Planning the perfect Valentine’s Day date can be a little overwhelming, so we’re here to help! Whether you’re looking to celebrate early or looking for something other than a fancy dinner, your Valentine’s Day plans will be sure to have your partner lusting after your thoughtful planning.

DINE OUT 

Exile Brewing Company
Celebrate Valentines’ Day early with Exile Brewing Company from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on February 10. Their Valentine's Beer Dinner includes a four-course dinner and beer to pair with each course, plus a brewery tour for $85 per person. The menu includes oyster shooters, pulled pork crostini and toasted crostini, grilled ribeye, and slow burn chocolate mousse. Get your tickets here

RoCa
Do you enjoy wine and finding out how it pairs with other foods? Join RoCA on February 10 for their Belle Glos Wine Dinner. You’ll start with some appetizers and sparkling wine, followed by a four-course tasting menu created by chef Chef Andrew Havlovic paired with three single-vineyard Pinot Noirs. Cost is $95 per person. Space is limited, reserve your spot here

Clyde’s Fine Diner
Get an early start on celebrating Valentine’s Day at Clyde’s Fine Diner with their three-course prix fixe menu on February 11 and 12. The menu includes oysters, beef tarte, scallops, coq au vin, pork loin, orange matcha flan, and chocolate torte. Cost is $75 per person. You can add on wine and cocktail pairings for an additional cost. Book your reservation here

HoQ
HoQ in the East Village is offering a four course Valentine’s Day menu for $75 per person. First course: Mushroom bisque or winter salad. Second course: Duck leg confit momos or vegetarian momos. Main course: Grass fed lamb (Dalla Terra Ranch braised lamb, Duchess potatoes, sauteed greens, and HoQ steak sauce) or walleye and shrimp (wild-caught walleye and shrimp, root vegetables, and fish broth). Amuse bouche will also be offered as a course. Reservations can be made for this menu February 11, 12, and 14.  

The Republic on Grand
Reserve a table for The Republic on Grand’s Valentine’s Dinner, February 11 – 14, and get a discounted room. They are offering a three-course Valentine’s menu featuring little charred apple salad, beef tenderloin steak diane or jumbo shrimp sauteed with tarragon-tomato butter, and double chocolate mouse cake. Cost is $65 per person.

The Hall
The Justice League of Food will be fixing a Valentine's Day Tomahawk Dinner for Two at The Hall on Sunday, February 13. Dinner includes a 42 oz Tomahawk ribeye, fancy potatoes for two, seasonal vegetable, salad, dessert, and four glasses of red wine or four pints of craft beer or a combination. Seating will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the main hall. Cost is $120 per couple.  

Alba
Spend your Valentine’s Day enjoying a prix fixe menu from Alba. The menu includes items such as French onion soup, romaine wedge, and cauliflower bisque for the first course; gnocchi, chicken breast, filet, and wild striped bass for the entrée; and molten chocolate lava cake, coconut rice pudding, and vanilla bean crème brule for dessert, in addition to food for the table. Reserve your table to make sure you get a spot! If you can’t wait until Valentine’s Day, the menu is available for al a carte ordering February 12 and 13.

Opa Italian and Greek
Nothing says love like food. Enjoy dinner for two at Opa Italian and Greek. Their “My Sweet Valentine Dinner for Two” includes one bottle of sparkling wine or two glasses of any wine, coke product, or specialty drink with one combo appetizer, two original Greek salads, two entrees of your choice, and two desserts. You can enjoy this Valentine’s Day special for $99.99, 4 – 9 p.m., February 12 – 14.  

Hotel Pattee
Let the chefs at the Pattee Café in Hotel Pattee do the cooking this Valentine’s Day. The dinner will be a four-course meal including an appetizer, soup and salad, entrée, and dessert for two. Seating is available at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. on February 12 and 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on February 14. Cost is $75 per person. 

Mulberry Street Tavern
Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day menu at Mulberry Street Tavern inside the chic Surety Hotel for $75. First course includes butter lettuces, Chevre, fines herbes, garlic croutons, and verjus vinaigrette, followed by Parisian herb gnocchi, Perigordblack truffle, and parmesan cream for the second course. The third course features grilled duck breast, butternut squash, parsnips, and pomegranate duck jus. Vegetarian options are available upon request. A special dessert menu will be offered separately.

AJ’s Steakhouse
Get lucky this Valentine’s Day at AJ’s Steakhouse at Prairie Meadows Racetrack, Casino and Hotel. Their Valentine’s Day dinner features a special chef-curated menu with seafood options, USDA Prime beef entrees, and a unique dessert experience. Reserve your table here

BeerStyles
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your love or friends at BeerStyles with their prix fixe dinner. The four-course dinner includes Greek salad with walnut vinaigrette, saganaki, Greek lamb shank, and melopita. You can add on a wine pairing for each course. Cost is $60 per person. Get your tickets to the private dinner here

The New Northwestern
Grab some drinks for two at the newly opened, The new Northwestern on Valentine’s Day. Their special curation for two includes a complimentary appetizer and a bottle of Prosecco or wine for $65. They have two time slots available: 6 – 8 p.m. or 8 – 10 p.m. Call (618)509-2308 or email pat@thenewnorthwestern.com to reserve your spot. 

ACTIVITIES 

Smash Park
Get the girls together for brunch at Smash Park for Galentine’s Blooms and Booze on Sunday, February 6. Stems Flower Shop will be there to help create a flower arrangement. While you craft you can order brunch and brunch cocktails. Registration is $30. 

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Create the perfect Valentine’s Day bouquet at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden February 12 or 13. Their Bouquet Bar event is a drop-in program where you can create a petite bouquet while supplies last. Stop by 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. either day. Cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members. 

Bottle and Bottega
Make it a date night when you visit Bottle and Bottega in Des Moines for their cosmic love painting event. Pairs will paint one side of a panel so you can them hang both side by side to make one painting or have two stand alone pieces. Cost is $42 per person.