The clock is ticking so loudly now that you can hear it from Spicewood to Georgetown. Many Austin-area restaurants are serving special fixed menus on Valentine’s Day, and the surrounding days. Get your reservations locked up soon, because it is sure to be one of the busiest dining days of the year. Asterisks denote my critic’s picks.
Andiamo Ristorante. 2521 Rutland Drive. 512-719-3377, andiamoitaliano.com. The Italian restaurant in North Austin will serve a four-course love-themed menu with sections like Happiness (prosciutto and cheese), Kisses and Hugs (shaved fennel and goat cheese salad), Destiny (shrimp risotto) and more. The meal costs $75 per person (additional $25 for wine pairings).
*Apis Restaurant & Apiary. 23526 Texas 71, Spicewood. 512-436- 8918, apisrestaurant.com. The Spicewood restaurant will sandwich its $95 Valentine’s Day prix fixe, which includes foie gras terrine and guinea hen stuffed with shrimp and pork belly, between $75 prix fixe dinners on February 13 and 15. Wine pairings will be an additional $65.
Blue Dahlia Bistro. 1115 E. 11th St. 512-542- 9542; 3663 Bee Cave Road. 512-306-1668; bluedahliabistro.com. A more budget-friendly option includes Austin’s favorite bistro, which will be celebrating Valentine’s Day in true European fashion with live accordion music. The restaurant will also be serving heart-shaped ravioli pasta and heart-shaped brownies. Large brownies for $4, 75 cents for bite-size, and an a la mode option.
*Boiler Nine Bar + Grill. 800 W. Cesar Chavez St. 512-220-9990, boilernine.com. The industrial restaurant built in the old Seaholm Power Plant will serve a prix fixe menu for $95 that includes grilled Akaushi sirloin, smoked quai, Kumomoto oysters and more.
Brix and Ale. 1101 Woodlawn Ave. Georgetown. 737-444-2700, sheratongeorgetowntexas.com. The restaurant at the Sheraton in Georgetown will serve its Valentine’s surf-and-turf menu from February 10 through 14 for $28.
*Carillon. 1900 University Ave. 512-404-3655, thecarillonrestaurant.com. The fine dining restaurant on the University of Texas campus will serve a three-course dinner for $65 (additional $20 for wine pairings), with a menu that includes lobster salad, red lentil soup, Chilean sea bass and filet mignon.
Cru Food & Wine Bar. 238 W. Second St. 512-472-9463; 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Suite #104. 512-339-4463; cruawinebar.com. The two locations of the wine bar will serve a four-course dinner for $55. The menu includes filet of sole, beef tenderloin and lamb loin.
Dine. 111 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-478-2991, dineradissonaustin.com. The restaurant helmed by longtime Austin chef David Garrido will serve a five-course menu for $65. The menu includes lobster bisque, sea bass and shrimp in a saffron leek sauce, and beef tenderloin.
Goodall’s Kitchen. 1900 Rio Grande St. 512-495-1800, hotelella.com. The restaurant at Hotel Ella at the top of Judges Hill will serve a three-course dinner (starting with complimentary sparkling rosé and chocolates) February 10-14. The meal which includes complimentary valet parking, includes tuna carpaccio, includes tuna carpaccio and filet mignon. Cost is $55 (with wine pairings for an additional $40).
*Hudson’s on the Bend. 3509 RM 620 N. 512-266-1369, hudsonsonthebend.com. The revamped Hill Country classic will serve a three-course meal for $105 per person, with dishes such as roasted beet and carrot salad, New York strip with mojo verde and uni-spiced quail.
*Kuneho. 1600 E. Sixth St. 512-436-9626, kunehoatx.com. The revamped sushi-centric restaurant from chef Paul Qui will serve a seven-course prix fixe dinner on February 13 and 14. The $85 meal ($125 with wine pairings) will include oyster, madai in leche de tigre, rabbit and more.
*Launderette. 2115 Holly St. 512-382-1599, launderetteaustin.com. Chef Rene Ortiz will feature an a la carte menu with special offerings for the day, such as dressed Kushi oysters, dates and figs with Humboldt Fog blue cheese, grilled lamb chops with almond-saffron oil and a surf-and-turf offering of New York strip and lobster thermidor.
*L’Oca d’Oro. 1900 Simond Ave. 737-212-1876, locadoroaustin.com. Getting in touch with its supper club roots, the Italian restaurant in the Mueller development will host a Valentine’s Day dinner inspired by the music of Stevie Wonder and Public Enemy, with guests having a “love” or “hate” dish for each of the four courses. Options will include frutta di mare, caviar, corzetti and arborio rice pudding. The cost is $65 ($95 with wine pairings).
Lucky Robot. 1303 S. Congress Ave. 512-444-8081, luckyrobotrestaurant.com. The casual Japanese restaurant will serve a set menu that includes a salmon and beet salad, braised short rib and a dessert of pistachio-matcha cake, salted chocolate, and raspberries from former LaV pastry chef Janina O’Leary. The cost is $50.
*Olamaie. 1610 San Antonio St. 512-474-2796, olamaieaustin.com. The refined and sophisticated Southern restaurant will host special dinners on both Feb. 13 and 14. The five-course meals includes venison heart tartare, ribeye with Carolina Gold rice and benne oil cake. The meal costs $100 per person.
Olive & June. 3411 Glenview Ave. 512-467- 9898, oliveandjune-austin.com. The modernist treehouse Italian restaurant from chef Shawn Cirkiel will run its Valentine’s specials February 10-14. The four dishes, which include salmon and butternut squash pappardelle, can be ordered individually or as a four-course prix fixe for $56.
Paul Martin’s Austin Grill. 3120 Palm Way #130. 512-953-8800, paulmartinsamericangrill.com. The newcomer in North Austin is celebrating Valentine’s Day Feb. 9-14 with specials like a chilled seafood platter for two ($26), seared ahi tuna with sesame ginger vinaigrette ($32), and a surf and turf of angus filet mignon with Dungeness crab and shrimp cake ($49).
Peached Tortilla. 5520 Burnet Road #100. 512-330-4439, thepeachedtortilla.com. The Southern-Asian fusion spot will serve a four-course menu for $45. It includes red curry noodles with Japanese eggplant and miso scallion creme fraiche, and buttermilk pie ice cream with passion fruit jam.
Searsucker. 415 Colorado St. 512-394-8000, searsucker.com/austin. The Austin outpost of this California-based restaurant is making the most of the holiday for lovers by offering its Valentine’s menu from Feb. 10 through Valentine’s Day. The five-course dinner costs $110 per couple.
Second Bar + Kitchen at Domain Northside. 3121 Palm Way, Suite 101. 737-300-4800, sbkdomain.com. Chef David Bull’s restaurant at the Archer Hotel will serve a prix fixe dinner for $75, with a menu that includes white lobster bisque and beef short rib ravioli. Wine pairings will be offered for an additional $40.
Sophia’s. 500 West Sixth St. 512-580-9990, sophiasaustin.com. The subterranean Italian supper club from Chicago will serve a three-course, family-style dinner for $55. The meal includes cauliflower bisque, rabbit, roasted quail and house-made pasta.
Swift’s Attic. 315 Congress Ave. 512-482-8842, swiftsattic.com. The clubby fusion restaurant will serve a three-course meal for $60 (additional $20 for wine pairings) with options like jicama tacos with harissa-roasted carrots, roasted pork shoulder in parsnip milk with potato gnocchi and seared scallops.
Three Forks. 111 Lavaca St. 512-474-1776, 3forks.com/austin. The downtown steakhouse will serve a dinner for $160 per couple from Feb. 10-14. The meal includes lobster bisque, filet mignon, chocolate lovers’ dessert and more.
Trace. 200 Lavaca St. 512-542-3660, traceaustin.com. The restaurant at the W Hotel Austin is serving a themed menu, with sections titled Crush (strawberry gazpacho), Flirt (foie gras parfait), Be Mine (pavlova) and more. The meal costs $65 for three courses and $75 for four courses.
*Uchi and Uchiko. 801 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-916-4808, uchiaustin.com. 4200 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-916-4808, uchikoaustin.com. The two sushi restaurants from chef Tyson Cole will both serve a seven-course tasting menu with some of the restaurants’ “greatest hits.” The meal, designed to be shared by two people, costs $150 per couple. Regular menus will also be available that night.
Vox Table. 1100 S. Lamar Blvd #2140. 512-375-4869, voxtableaustin.com. The restaurant across from the Alamo Drafthouse will serve a four-course dinner for $100 per person. It will include choices such as asparagus bathed in lavender, smoked yogurt and Meyer lemon oil; wild striped bass; and roasted duck breast.
Waller Creek Pub House. 603 Sabine St. 512-358-1903, wallercreekpubhouse.com. The bar overlooking Waller Creek is having some fun with the dinner by appealing to parties of one.They will serve an 18-ounce T-bone steak, loaded baked potato and glass of bourbon on the rocks and are calling their meal Relationships are a Mis-Steak.
Walton’s Fancy & Staple. 609 W. Sixth St. 512-542-3380, waltonsfancyandstaple.com. The cafe and bakery owned by Sandra Bullock will sell dinners for two to go, with customers having a choice of entrees and sides. The packaged meals will sell for $45.
*Wu Chow. 500 W. Fifth St. 512-476-2469, wuchowaustin.com. The Chinese restaurant in the IBC Bank building will serve dinner for $88 per couple (additional $20 for wine pairings) from a menu that includes shrimp, beef and pork meatballs; beef and shrimp dumplings; lobster and chicken stir fry and more. Their famed soup dumplings will also be served a la carte.