It’s the second busiest day for dining out so you should plan ahead for Valentine’s. Our annual roundup of Valentine’s Dinner deals runs the course from fine dining deals for about $100 to fast food for about $10 for two. Many deals are good past Valentines Day, look for those deals in red below.
Valentine’s Dining Deals for 2014
Here are the notable Valentine’s deals we have so far, in alphabetic order. Restaurants with a deal that is good past Valentine’s Day are in red.
Baja Fresh has a family meal for $22 with their new Facebook coupon. Get 2 entrées, 2 regular beverages and two kids meals for only $22. Coupon is required. Valid only at participating restaurants Feb. 14-16, 2014. You can get your coupon from the Baja Fresh Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bajafresh?fref=ts
Bob Evans has a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner for two for $19.99 with a coupon. Coupon is good for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15, 2014. You can get your coupon and more details at this Bob Evans website: https://bobevans.com/downloads/BEmail/2-13-V-Day-Dinner.pdf
Bonefish Grill has a steak and lobster Valentine’s dinner for $29.90 per person. Special is good starting on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. Get two salads, two six-ounce filets, two steamed lobster tails, two sides, a seasonable vegetable and a Macadamia Nut Brownie to share. Available for dinner from Feb. 12-23, 2014. Also available for lunch on Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. More details on the Bonefish website at http://www.bonefishgrill.com/content/valentines-day
Bravo! Cucina has a free $10 gift card when you dine with them from Feb. 13-16, 2014. Gift card is valid for use from Feb. 17 – March 2, 2014. More details on the Bravo Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151827900836793&set=a.161417866792.124823.128345406792&type=1&stream_ref=10
Brio Tuscan Grille has a free $10 gift card when you dine with them from Feb. 13-16, 2014. Gift card is valid for use from Feb. 17 – March 2, 2014. More details on the Brio Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/brioitalian
Buca di Beppo has a Family Feast for Valentines. Get a four-person meal for $59.80 through Feb. 16, 2014. Comes with salad, baked pasta, entree and dessert. More details on the Buca di Beppo website: http://www.bucadibeppo.com/valentines-day/
California Pizza Kitchen has a special Valentine’s dinner for two for $30. Comes with one appetizer to share, two entrees, and one dessert to share. Available on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, through Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. Entrees include Thai Crunch Salad and other salads, Five Cheese Pizza, Fettucini and more. More details and a complete menu on the California Pizza website at http://webhost.cpk.com/contactus/VDay.asp
Champps Americana has a special Triple Play Valentine’s dinner for two for $39.99. Comes with one appetizer to share, two entrees, and one dessert. Available Feb. 13-15, 2014. More details on the Champps website: http://champpsamericana.fbmta.com/members/ViewMailing.aspx?MailingID=23622390605
Flemings Steak House has a special Valentine’s Dinner available Feb. 13-15, 2014. The Flemings Valentines menu includes three courses and features a Petit Filet Mignon paired with either a Pecan-Crusted Salmon for $59.95 or Lobster Tail for $69.95. More details on the Flemings website at http://www.flemingssteakhouse.com/landing-pages/valentines-day-2014/?promoid=ValentinesDay
Genghis Grill has a special Valentine’s dinner for two for $24.95 Feb. 14-16, 2014. Comes with two regular bowls and a dessert. Coupon is required; you can get your coupon and more details at this Genghis Grill website: http://genghisgrill.myguestaccount.com/static/m131/cet4413/view.htm
Hooters sports bars have two 10-piece chicken wing orders for just $14 on Valentines Day. Choose from traditional bone-in or boneless chicken wings with buffalo sauce, ranging in heat from mild to 911, as well as new signature sauces and rubs such as teriyaki-style samurai, lemon pepper and chipotle honey. The Valentine’s Day deal is available at any of the more than 400 Hooters locations across the U.S., Hooters said in their announcement. No coupon required. Good during business hours on Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14. For a complete list of Hooters locations and additional information regarding the Valentine’s Day promotion, visit www.hooters.com.
Legal Seafood has a special Chef’s Tasting Menu for Valentine’s, priced at $85 per person. More details on this Legal Seafood website: https://www.legalseafoods.com/index.cfm/page/Valentines-Day/cdid/45571/pid/43564
Lone Star Steak House has a special Be Mine Valentine’s Dinner available Feb. 13-16, 2014. More details on this Lone Star website: http://www.lonestarsteakhouse.com/?show=45&promo
Maggiano’s has a special dinner for two on Valentine’s priced starting at $70 depending on location. Choose one appetizer to share or two side salads, two entrees, a dessert to share and two glasses of wine. Good Feb. 10-16, 2014. More details in the Maggiano’s announcement at http://maggianos.fbmta.com/members/ViewMailing.aspx?MailingID=36507267260
Melting Pot has Valentines Dinner specials that vary by location. More details on the Melting Pot website at http://www.meltingpot.com/special-occasions/valentines-day-restaurants.aspx
Mimi’s Cafe has a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner for two for $30. Good Feb. 10-16, 2014, after 4 pm. More details on the Mimi’s website at http://mimiscafe.fbmta.com/members/ViewMailing.aspx?MailingID=27917328287
Morton’s Steak House has a special Steak and Lobster Tail Valentines dinner for $55. Good Feb. 13-16, 2014. More details on the Morton’s website: http://www.mortons.com/
O’Charleys has a prime rib dinner for $14.99 good through Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. More details on the O’Charley’s home page at http://ocharleys.com/ and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ocharleysfans
Outback Steak House announced they will have a special steak dinner for two for Valentine’s, from Feb. 10-16, 2014. The Steak Menu for Two includes a Bloomin’ Onion appetizer and Classic Cheesecake to share, paired with two of Outback’s favorite steak entrées including 6-ounce or 9-ounce sirloin, 6-ounce filets, or one Bone-in Ribeye and one filet. Also lobster tails are 50% off when added on to the special dinner. Outback says this menu will be available with special Valentine’s lunch hours at Outback restaurants nationwide on Feb. 14. Look for pricing and more details to be posted soon at http://www.outback.com/love
Pollo Tropical has Valentine’s Day dinner for two for $10 with a coupon. You can get your Pollo Tropical coupon at http://i.pollotropical.com/5984/coupon.html
Shoney’s has a special Valentine’s dinner for two for $24.99. Comes with a special buffet featuring roasted Salmon, Garlic Shrimp, Seared Sirloin and more. Includes a choice of any Shoneys dessert to share. Good Feb. 14-16, 2014. More details at this Shoneys website: http://e2.ma/message/abd0z/qfbe2e
Spaghetti Warehouse has a special Valentine’s dinner for two for $34.99. Choose an appetizer to share, two entrées and share a dessert. Add a bottle of Red, White or Blush for just $10. Good Feb. 14-17, 2014. Menu and more details at http://www.40meatballs.com/?page_id=2202
Steak Escape has a special Valentine’s dinner for two for $10.99. Coupon is required; you can get your coupon and more details at this Steak Escape website: http://www.steakescape.com/promo/ValentinesDayCoupons.pdf
Waffle House has their annual Valentine’s dinner at select locations. The company said 175 Waffle House locations will have the candlelight dinner. More details at this Waffle House website: http://wafflehouse.com/
White Castle has their annual Valentine’s dinner at select locations. You should reserve a spot if interested. Locations and more details at this White Castle website: http://www.whitecastle.com/promotions/Valentines-Day-Reservations
Valentine’s Day Dining Statistics
The second most popular holiday for dining out after Mother’s Day, this Valentine’s Day is expected to be busy for restaurant operators across the nation. Not only will millions of Americans dine out on that day, but many are also choosing restaurant gift cards to celebrate the occasion.
According to the National Restaurant Association, Valentine’s is second only to Mother’s Day as the most popular holiday for dining out. The NRA says about one-quarter of Americans dine out on Valentine’s Day, and nearly one-third say they would also like to receive a restaurant gift card for Valentines. When presented with a list of six possible Valentine’s Day gifts, nearly one-third of the consumers who were polled favored restaurant gift cards, followed by jewelry, clothing/apparel, flowers, chocolate and perfume/cologne.
About Valentine’s Day (from Wikipedia)
Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them.
St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies. A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.
The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.