Where to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Portland

by Alexander Frane on Feb 6, 2017 in Roundups

Valentine’s Day is approaching, so it’s time to make plans for yourself, you and your friends, or you and your partner. There are plenty of options this year, so we’ve outlined a few dinner locations we know are going to be worth your time. Let us know where you’re taking your mate or yourself on our Twitter or Facebook.

Produce Row
Portland’s original gastropub is throwing a Valentine’s Day event at the reasonable price of $45 for a three course meal. The dinner is a classic Oregon one, with options including mussels, salmon, Oregon mushrooms with kale, and more. For $20 you can pair each dish with a glass of Oregon wine, or you can always stick to the excellent tap list and cocktails Produce Row normally serves. Make your reservations by February 7, and you will get a complimentary Americano (Campari, sweet vermouth, and soda) to start the night with. Call for reservations. (204 SE Oak St.; 503-232-8355)

Le Pigeon
If you want to go all out this year, there’s no better place to do it than at Le Pigeon, one of Portland’s most celebrated dining experiences. It’s no small bill — it’s $260 a person, which includes a five-course dinner, wine pairings, and gratuity, but it will be no doubt worth it. The night starts the only way it can at Le Pigeon, with foie gras torchon and champagne, and it just gets better from there. Reservations are only available for 5:30 PM or 8:30 PM and can be made here. (738 East Burnside St.; 503-546-8796)
 
La Moule
La Moule is one of the sexiest spots in town, with its gorgeous design, rich foods, and lush drinks. This Valentine’s Day is going to be even more indulgent, with a $60 tasting menu full of treats, including gazpacho, smoked steak tartare, NY Strip, and, of course, moules, all finished off with a bruleed banana split for two. Vegetarian options are available for each course. Instead of a wine pairing, find a choose-your-own-adventure of special glass pours, including tons of bubbles, rosé, and bubbly rosé. La Moule’s signature cocktails will also be joined by some festive specials (think pink). Reservations are best made by phone. (2500 SE Clinton St.; 971-339-2822)
 
Altabira City Tavern
It’s hard to get a more romantic view than from Altabira, which overlooks the city from the east side of the river. This Valentine’s Day, the beer focused restaurant is featuring a number of special, à la carte items rather than a prix fixe. These specials include a duck foie gras torchon with pomegranate gelée and grilled pineapple ($15); oven-baked salmon with French lentils ($31), a cherry and dark chocolate baked Alaska ($9), and more. It’s a great spot for a casual but classy Valentine’s Day dinner. Reservations are strongly encouraged, and should be made via phone. (Hotel Eastlund, 1021 NE Grand Ave #600; 503-963-3600)
 
The Waiting Room
What’s more romantic than homestyle Southern cuisine and sparkling rosé? The Waiting Room is serving up just that on Saturday, February 10, Sunday, February 11, and on Valentine’s Day night. Enjoy a romantic and rustic dinner for two: ½ dozen oysters, a half-bird fried chicken, and cremeux to share, all with a 375 ml bottle of Gruet rosé sparkling wine. If that’s not enough, the regular menu will still be provided to supplement it. Make your reservations via phone or on the website. (2327 NW Kearney St.; 503-477-4380)
 
Coquine
Another of Portland’s most lauded dining spots is Coquine, the bakery/farm to table restaurant from Katy Millard and husband Ksandek Podbielski. Normally the restaurant is closed on Tuesdays, but for Valentine’s Day it will be open for a special five-course dinner for $95 a person. The menu is exemplary of Coquine’s fresh, local, creative fare, with dungeness crab, abalone, maitake mushrooms, lamb, dessert, snacks, and more. Wine lovers should not miss out on the perfect pairing from Ksandek; at $50 it’s sure to be a great deal. The restaurant is open only for the special menu, and by reservation only, which you can call to make. If you’re not going in for dinner, you can still order some of Coquine’s exquisite chocolate chip cookies for your loved one. (6839 SE Belmont St.; 503-384-2483)
 
Ringside Group
Ringside Steakhouse, Ringside Fish House, and Ringside Grill are each hosting their own Valentine’s Day three-course meal. The Fish House is offering a mixed chicory salad and a black cod bouillabaisse; the steakhouse is serving an indulgent menu of duck three ways (foie gras torchon, smoked duck breast,  and duck confit) and a seared A-5 Wagyu steak with Maine lobster tail; and the grill, a more subdued meal of 1/2 dozen Diamond Creek Oysters Rockefeller, followed by a 12 oz. Painted Hills' beef wellington. Each meal is finished with a bittersweet almond tart. Prices vary between restaurants, but wine pairings for two costs $45 at each. Reservations should be made online at the respective sites. (Steakhouse: 2165 W Burnside St.; 503-223-1513; Fish House: 838 SW Park Ave.; 503-227-3900; Grill: 14021 NE Glisan St.; 503-255-0750)
 
East Burn
East Burn is egalitarian and wants both couples and single folk to be happy with a dinner and an anti-Valentine’s Day dance party. Diners can make reservations for a special Valentine’s Day dinner, complete with great deals on bottles of wine and bubbly, as well as some as of yet undisclosed dinner specials. Dinner goes until 10:00 PM, but the Stupid Cupid Dance Party in the downstairs bar starts at at 9:00 PM. Reservations can be made here for dinner, and the dance party has no cover. (1800 E Burnside St.; 503-236-2876)
 
Nel Centro
The stylish Italian restaurant downtown, Nel Centro, isn’t serving a prix fixe meal, opting instead for a number of specials available only on February 14, including wild mushroom consommé with celery root tortellini, Washougal lamb chops with matsutake-potato gratin and sauce Perigourd, and a Black Forest mousse cake, among others. The restaurant always features a cocktail that represents current performing arts in Portland. Around Valentine’s Day, it will be The White Swan cocktail in honor of Oregon Ballet Theater’s Swan Lake. With Godiva white chocolate liqueur, Stoli Vanil, and Nocello, it will make a great Valentine’s Day after dinner treat. Make your reservations by calling or visiting the website. (1408 SW 6th Ave.; 503-484-1099)

Photo via Flickr user tlindenbaum

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