Hey, Mavens! If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day dinner options for 2022, check out this Indy Maven article.
Somehow, Valentine’s Day snuck up on us this year. With the oh-so romantic (well, at least for some) holiday just days away, scrambling to put swoon-worthy plans together may seem difficult. While comfortability levels toward going out may vary, the idea of preparing an entire meal at home (again) may not be the best elixir for putting you in “the mood.”
Luckily, a variety of Indianapolis restaurants are offering carryout and socially distanced dine-in dinner options so you can enjoy a stress-free romantic evening with your special someone (or yourself … we totally recommend it) all while supporting local businesses.
With Valentine’s Day on a Sunday this year, the Northside Social restaurant group will be offering specials the entire weekend. Anticipate outstanding culinary features, bubbly cocktails, and boutique wine options. Make your reservations early for Northside Social or Delicia soon to ensure social distancing.
SoBro’s Mediterranean villa Mama Carolla’s is a favorite any evening, and when all the top entrees AND four specials are part of a holiday deal, the cravings get even stronger. In true European style, the restaurant is offering a prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day, where guests will receive an appetizer, soup or salad, and an entree for $50 each. Secure a table, grab your date and head to Mama Carolla’s for an Italian holiday right here in Circle City.
Have you considered spending Valentine’s Day at a hardware store? Sully’s Grill, located at Sullivan Hardware & Garden’s 71st and Keystone location, is celebrating Valentine’s Day for three nights with Dinner & Laughs. There are two seatings per night (6 pm and 7:30 pm), and your evening includes a gourmet steak dinner at Sully’s Grill, a Love Train ride, a socially distanced comedy show in the greenhouse, and dessert with champagne. Get your tickets here.
HINATA JAPANESE FINE DINING
If you’re looking for an authentic Japanese dining experience in downtown Indianapolis, look no further than Hinata. On Valentine’s Day, Hinata is offering two seatings at 5 pm and 6:30 pm serving their Yamabuki course menu for $120. Find out more about the menu here and call Hinata at (317) 672-4929 for reservations.
GALLERY PASTRY SHOP
Enjoy a night out on Saturday, February 13th from 6-8 pm for an evening of charcuterie, desserts, and wine pairings. Each ticket includes a charcuterie board for two featuring Smoking Goose charcuterie and local cheeses, dessert from two from Chefs Ben Hardy and Youssef Boudarine, and three wine pairings and dessert wine. Tickets are $125 per couple.
Make reservations from Friday-Sunday of Valentine’s Week for dinner for two at Prime 47 downtown. For $150 per couple, your menu includes two glasses of Chandon Brut Sparkling along with your choice of a starter, soups or salad, two entrees, a side, and chocolate covered strawberries to share.
GOOSE THE MARKET
As if we needed another reason to love Goose the Market, it’s now offering a variety of Valentine’s Day treats, including appetizers like oysters and charcuterie boards, entrees ranging from ribeye to lobster tail, pastries and desserts, wine and beer pairings, and various essentials like cookie assortments and flower arrangements. The best part? You can get your goodies via pickup or carryout!
SEND A FRIEND LASAGNA + CIRCLE CITY SWEETS
In case you haven’t heard, Send A Friend Lasagna is a local lasagna delivery service right here in Indianapolis. Sounds like a dream come true, right? It gets even better. For Valentine’s Day, Send a Friend Lasagna is partnering with Circle City Sweets to offer a 9×13 lasagna, heart-shaped macaron for 2, and a Valentine’s Day card–all safely delivered to your home on February 13 or 14. Quantities are limited and all orders are due by February 7, so order soon!
ILLINOIS STREET FOOD EMPORIUM
Let Illinois Street Food Emporium do the preparations for you this year with a meal for two to-go. Order a three-course dinner with main course options including beef, salmon, or chicken, and indulge in the mini dessert tray that includes lemon mascarpone tartlets, chocolate eclairs, and chocolate covered strawberries. Get your order in by Tuesday, February 9th for pickup on Friday or Saturday. You can find the Valentine’s Day menu here.
Enjoy a gourmet, chef-prepared dinner from the comfort of your home with Vanguard’s Valentine’s Day weekend dinner, available for pickup or delivery on February 12th between 3-5 pm. The special menu includes crab cakes, filet, gruyere mashed potatoes, butter poached asparagus, and bette noir. There are even add-ons such as caviar, champagne, and flowers by Lilly Lane. Get the full menu and order here.
For those planning to start the celebrations early, you’re in the right place. Ruth’s Chris’ curbside takeaway and delivery Valentine’s Day special runs from February 8-14 at both its downtown and north side locations. This $150 Valentine’s Dinner for Two is offers romance to-go with a shrimp cocktail starter, salad for two, two 11 oz filets, creamed spinach and mashed potatoes, and cheesecake to share.
Wanting an intimate in-person experience? The Sweetheart Special dinner for two is $140 and includes a surf and turf entree (8 oz filet and 6 oz lobster tail), house salads, mashed potatoes and creamed spinach, and raspberry chocolate cheesecake. This dine-in experience runs all V-day weekend, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Eat your heart out at Bluebeard with a special take-home dinner for two. This four-course meal requires minimal warming and composition, with great rewards. Share clam and halibut chowder, spaghetti and meatballs, duck breast, and blood orange cheesecake all from the comfort of your home after picking up on Saturday or Sunday of Valentine’s Day weekend.
Psst! Does this holiday have you more in the mood for a quick snack before skipping right to dessert? We feel that. In addition to Bluebeard, Amelia’s Bread is offering a variety of light appetizers, drinks, and desserts for those who prefer to shop around rather than commit to a single dish.
As an ode to everyone’s favorite euphemism, King Dough Pizza is offering a $69 “Netflix & Chill” dinner special for the perfect Valentine’s date at home. The deal includes a margherita pizza, large salad, cake for two, and a bottle of Slo Down Wine’s Sexual Chocolate. Paired with your favorite flick, this sweet deal is sure to leave you satisfied. Order on Valentine’s Day and enjoy a night full of savory and sweet surprises.
HARRY AND IZZY’S
For a taste of Harry and Izzy’s Northside at home, try the restaurant’s Take-and-Bake Valentine’s Day Special for two. This scrumptious special includes Indy’s famous St. Elmo shrimp cocktail, protein (filet or NY strip), soup, sides, dessert, a bottle of wine, and even rose petals to set the mood. All you have to do is cook the steak (seasoning included) and warm up the sides, and your meal will be *chef’s kiss* complete!
Kylie Stine is Indy Maven’s community engagement manager and is excited for her Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two—especially because the second portion will make a great warmed-up lunch on Monday.