Where to Eat for Valentine’s Day in Lexington, Kentucky – 2020 Edition

February 12, 2020

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It’s almost that time of year – Valentine’s Day aka the day of love! Lexington has so many amazing restaurants throughout the city, so why not eat some delicious, yummy food and at the same time support a local business?!?

The other day, I made a list of “Thing to Do in Lexington, Kentucky for Valentine’s Day” and “Things to Do for Galentine’s Day.” It’s perfect whether you are single, married, dating, or have kids.

This particular list here is all about the food! I wanted to give y’all some ideas on where to celebrate for dinner. I’ve included a description about each restaurant, as well as their regular menu and/or special Valentine’s Day menu.

As always, remember that Valentine’s Day is a busy time (only three days until the big day!), so be sure to make reservations ahead of time! Something also important to remember is that some restaurants will have their regular menus available, while others will have a special prix fixe available for that day only. Lastly, some restaurants may be even running their special menus throughout the weekend!

WHERE TO EAT IN LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY FOR VALENTINE’S DAY – 2020 EDITION

1. Valentine’s Day Dinner at Mirror Twin Brewing:

Mirror Twin Brewing and Rolling Oven are bringing you and your special someone something great this Valentines Day! This is what you’ll get:

  • $100 for two people
  • 18oz Bone in Wood Fired Ribeye
  • Spinach and Strawberry Salad with walnuts
  • Fire Roasted Baked Potato
  • Asparagus fire roasted with parmesan
  • New York Style Cheesecake
  • Your Choice of a bottle, house Red or White, Champagne

This is a ticketed event with limited seats. You may purchase your ticket in the taproom or on eventbrite. Tickets available: HERE.

  • Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 5pm to 9pm

 

2. Girl Scout Cookie + Cider Pairing at Pivot Brewing

Come try four different Girl Scout cookie and cider pairs to find your favorite. There will be plenty of extra boxes of cookies to buy from Troop 7344 so you can make your favorite pairing at home. Tickets are only $12! You get a flight of 4 ciders paired with 4 different kinds of Girl Scout Cookies. ALSO, the Girl Scouts who provided us with cookies will be in the taproom!! So you can grab some more cookies on your way out. Tickets available: HERE.

  • Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 5pm to 6:30pm

 

3. Four Course Valentine’s Day Dinner at Oscar Diggs

Come out for a seated candlelit dinner down at Oscar Diggs to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Check out their four-course menu:

  • Soup (French Onion Or Creamy Tomato)
  • Salad (Spinach, Ruby Apples, Cranberries With A Honey Vinaigrette)
  • Entree Choice – one of the following
    • Roasted Chicken With A Smoked Mushroom Cream Sauce And Scalloped Potatoes With Cheddar Cheese
    • Grilled Salmon With Herb And Shallot Risotto With A Lemongrass Beurre Blanc
    • Roasted Portobello Mushroom And Creamy Risotto
  • Dessert (Chocolate Covered Strawberries Served Over Top Cheese Cake Bites)
  • Drinks (Choice Of One Of their Beers on tap, A Classic Buffalo Trace Cocktail Or Pour Of Wine Included With Purchase For Those 21 And Over)

There are two seatings at 6pm and 8:15pm. This is a ticketed event, so grab your ticket: HERE.

  • Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 6pm and 8:15pm

 

4. Valentine’s Day at West Sixth Brewing

Come to the main taproom & brewery for Valentine’s Day this year! They’ll have some delicious beers on tap all day, champagne by the glass for sale, their free tour at 5pm and beer packages for two all day. See more details: HERE. Their friends at Smithtown Seafood will also be running some Valentine’s Day specials!

You can also purchase your Valentine’s Day package early! ALL DAY at the main taproom on Sixth Street. They’ll be running their yearly packaged special that includes beer, some sweet treats, & fun extras! Purchase ahead of time online for $25, or just stop by day-of and purchase at the bar for $30.

Does not include seat reservation. Redeem at anytime during Valentine’s Day at West Sixth Brewing! Ages 21+

Package includes:

  • “Box of Chocolates” Flight -4 5oz pours of dark, malty & sweet beers
  • Cold Bottle to split of any variety currently available
  • Goodie bag with Sunrise Bakery Sea Salt chocolate chip cookie, paper games, W6 stickers, Valentines & more!

In addition, Chef Agnes Marrero of Smithtown Seafood will offer a special menu of shareable Latin specialties for Valentine’s Day. Order these things at the counter day-of!

  • Tacos de Amor four fried oyster tacos over lime-beet slaw, avocado mash, topped with Crema Rosa
  • Octopus’ Garden octopus poached in red wine, roasted peppers, shaved radicchio, red onions, paprika, Sherry vinaigrette with crispy plantain chips
  • Paella for Two melange of fresh seafood and chorizo over saffron rice

Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 11am to 11pm

 

5. Valentine’s Day Special at El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant

Grab your sweetheart or best friend and head on over to El Mariachi for Valentine’s Day. They will be offering a Fajitas for two with a house margarita each for $35!
  • Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 5pm to 10pm

 

6. Valentine’s Dinner with Forage and Wise Bird Cider

Be our Valentine! Join Wise Bird Cider and Forage for a special farm-to-table Valentine’s Dinner. Choose between two seatings.

Join the chefs and cider makers for a special Valentine’s Day pairing of acclaimed farm-to-table cuisine and award winning traditional style ciders. Tickets are $65 include a five course meal with cider pairings. See menu: HERE.

Dinner will be offered in two seatings, the first at 6pm and the second at 8pm, and will take place at Wise Bird Cider. Seats are limited, so book now! Gratuity is already included in the ticket price. Tickets are non refundable. Book your ticket via the link HERE or by calling the cidery. They accept reservations over the phone.

  • Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 6pm and 8pm

 

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7. Valentine’s Day at Pasta Garage

Check out the menu for this Valentine’s Day! They are now taking reservations only for February 14th. Call and book your reservation now! 859-309-9840 or send your request reservation to info@pastagarage.com

  • Date: Friday, February 14, 2020

 

8. Vegan Valentine’s Day Dinner at Alfalfa

Go to Alfalfa for Valentine’s Day this year. For Reservations call 859-253-0014

  • Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 5pm

 

9. Valentine’s Day at the Greenroom

Come to the West Sixth Greenroom in Downtown Lexington after your dinner plans for Valentine’s Day! Like last year, they’ll have beer & dessert packages to share — with tasty creations from their friends next door at Sunrise Bakery! Grab your loved one, BFF, Mom, or whoever and join us for a cozy Valentine’s day dessert! See more details: HERE. Each ticket covers TWO guests! 21+

DESSERT – $30 Includes

  • 8 total beer samples (4 varieties for each person) paired with…
  • A dessert tray to share – slice of delicious Sunrise Bakery cheesecake, cookie trio & fresh fruit.

Please come by any time after 7:30 pm! Let them know if you’d like to sit with other ticket holders. Tickets available: HERE.

  • Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:30pm

 

10. Valentine’s Friday Night Special at Shamrock’s – Patchen Drive

They are bringing back their Valentine’s Special – Spaghetti and Meatball Plate*.

  • Single Plate: $9.99
  • Couples Plate: $18.99

*Served with Side Caesar Salad, Garlic Bread, and Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

  • Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 5pm

 

11. Valentine’s Day Sweetheart’s Dinner at Rooster Brewing (Located in Paris, Kentucky)

Valentine’s Day dinner with your sweetheart! Indulge in a three course dinner specially created for you by Sally T, dessert handmade by Ricki’s Endorphin Deliverance Confections, and a bottle of champagne.  Tickets available: HERE.

  • Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 6pm-8pm

 

12. Valentine’s Edition Beer Dinner at HopCat Featuring Sierra Nevada

  • Come to HopCat on Wednesday, February 12th as they celebrate Valentine’s Day early with a special 4-course menu paired with beers from our friends at Sierra Nevada! Tickets available: HERE.
  • Welcoming Beer: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale / American Pale Ale / 5.6%
  • First Course: Tomato and Olive & Prosciutto and Feta Crostinis. Paired w/: Sierraveza / American Lager / 5%
  • Second Course: Nopalitos Cactus Salad with Grilled Shrimp and Cilantro Lime Aioli. Paired w/: Otra Vez / Gose w/ Lime and Agave / 4.9%
  • Third Course: Chicken Roulade with Peppery Garlic Sauce. Paired w/: 40th Anniversary Ale / West Coast American IPA / 6%
  • Dessert: Chocolate and Raspberry Crème Brulee. Paired w/: BA Narwhal / Bourbon BA American Imperial Stout / 12.9%

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 7pm to 9pm

 

13. “Bourbon & Bubbles” Valentine’s Dinner at The Kentucky Castle (Located in Versailles, Kentucky)

Celebrate your Valentine with a “Bourbon & Bubbles” dinner at The Kentucky Castle!

Enjoy a delightful five-course meal paired with bourbon or champagne beverages. Dinner is served in the Grand Ballroom with social seating. Following dinner, you’re welcome to visit the rooftop or take a memorable photo on the Grand Staircase.

MENU

  • Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, stuffed with crab and apricot chili sauce
  • Warm Brie Salad, baby spinach with peppercorn Dijon vinegar, and crispy country ham arugula
  • Intermezzo, Champagne cherry gelato
  • Braised Lamb Shank
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu
  • Redskin Mashed Potatoes with ricotta
  • Heirloom carrots with honey sorghum
  • Amoretto White Chocolate Mousse Tart with toasted marshmallow

If you would like to be seated with someone who purchased tickets under a different name, please email Mary@thekentuckycastle.com. If you have dietary restrictions, we are happy to let you know which foods you can safely eat. Please email Mary@thekentuckycastle.com. The Kentucky Castle sells tickets to special events only on Eventbrite. If guests purchase tickets through another source, they may not be valid. Guests must be 21 years or older. Menu subject to change. Tickets available: HERE.

  • Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2020 at 7pm to 9pm

 

14. Valentine’s Day at Azur Restaurant

They are celebrating Valentine’s Day from Thursday to Sunday! All tables are sold out on Friday however we will be serving the menu each night! Visit azurrestaurant.com or call (859) 296-1007 to make those reservations before it is too late! See menu: HERE.

  • Date: Thursday, February 12, 2020 to Sunday, February 16, 2020

 

15. “Unforgettable” Valentine’s Dinner at The Kentucky Castle (Located in Versailles, Kentucky)

Celebrate your loved one with an Unforgettable Valentine’s dinner at The Kentucky Castle!

Enjoy a five-course meal served in the Grand Ballroom with social seating and live romantic jazz music. Following dinner you’re welcome to walk the grounds, visit the rooftop, or take memorable photos!

MENU

  • Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, stuffed with crab and apricot chili sauce
  • Warm Brie Salad, baby spinach with peppercorn Dijon vinegar, and crispy country ham arugula
  • Intermezzo, Champagne cherry gelato
  • Braised Lamb Shank
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu
  • Redskin Mashed Potatoes with ricotta
  • Heirloom carrots with honey sorghum
  • Amoretto White Chocolate Mousse Tart with toasted marshmallow

If you would like to be seated with someone who purchased tickets under a different name, please email Mary@thekentuckycastle.com. If you have dietary restrictions, we are happy to let you know which foods you can safely eat. Please email Mary@thekentuckycastle.com. The Kentucky Castle sells tickets to special events only on Eventbrite. If guests purchase tickets through another source, they may not be valid. Tickets available: HERE.

  • Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7pm to 9pm

 

16. Valentine’s Dinner at Zim’s Cafe and The Thirsty Fox

Come out for a lovely three course prix fixe Valentine’s Dinner, available on February 14th and 15th. Dinner for two is $80, with an add-on option of a bottle of wine or two cocktails for $20. Please call (859)785-3690 for reservations. More details: HERE.

MENU

First (choose one):

  • Sweetheart Salad- crisp baby spinach tossed with strawberry poppyseed vinaigrette and topped with herbed goat cheese, candied pecans, and strawberries
  • French Onion Soup-traditional French onion soup with Sunrise Bakery sourdough baguette and topped with melted gruyere

Main (choose one):

  • Duxelles and Lobster Tail Stuffed Beef Tenderloin- topped with drawn butter and served with sautéed haricots verts and pimento cheese scalloped potatoes
  • Seafood Pappardelle- fire roasted octopus, lobster, clams, and Gulf shrimp in a white wine butter sauce with basil, cherry tomatoes, zucchini and mushroom over house made pappardelle pasta sprinkled with fresh shaved parmesan. Served with a French baguette
  • Pan-seared Duck Breast- sliced duck breast seared and topped with a berry glaze. served with pimento cheese scalloped potatoes and sautéed haricots verts
  • Classic Ratatouille-delicately layered eggplant, squash and zucchini in a house made tomato sauce. Served with a French baguette

Dessert (serves two):

  • Lovers Cake for Two- black forest cake layered with Luxardo whipped cream topped with chocolate ganache and chopped Luxardo cherries garnished with a pistachio tuille and served with Sorella pistachio and Amarena cherry gelato

Specialty Cocktails:

  • French Kiss- castle & key gin, lemon, peychaud’s
  • Rosé Royale- le grand courtage brut rosé, chambord, berries

Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 and Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 5pm to 9pm

 

17. Valentine’s Dinner & Private Carriage Ride at The Burley Markey & Cafe (Located in Cynthiana, Kentucky)

Experience a special evening with your Valentine at The Burley Market in downtown Cynthiana! The Burley Market will host a candlelight full-course dinner on Valentine’s day, complete with a private carriage ride throughout downtown Cynthiana! Dinner for two and the private carriage ride through downtown Cynthiana is $80. Alcohol and specialty coffees will be available at the bar for additional purchase.

This evening is by reservation only. To make a reservation, please call The Burley Market during business hours (859) 569-5069. More details: HERE.

The Burley Market has crafted a delicious menu just for the occasion and will offer tableside service.

MENU

First Course:

  • Burley Mixed Green Salad and Cup of Tomato Bisque or Split Pea Soup (your choice)
  • Served with assorted breads and whipped honey butter.

Second Course:

  • *Option One: Lobster Ravioli with our specialty lobster marinara sauce, topped with freshly grated parmesan and garnished with a sprig of oregano.
  • *Option Two: Island Pork Tenderloin or Grilled Chicken with a creamy peppercorn Cognac sauce. Include two sides of your choice (see below).
  • Option Three: Handmade Crab Cakes with our homemade remoulade sauce, served with two sides of your choice.

Sides:

  • Cornbread Pudding, Bourbon Glazed Carrots, Green Beans, Herb-roasted potatoes.

And for a sweet finish…choose your dessert!

  • Tiramisu
  • Triple Chocolate Mousse
  • Blueberry Pie a la mode

Meal includes sweet or unsweet tea, soda, water, and bottomless coffee. Cocktails, wine, beer, and specialty coffees will be available from our bar for additional purchase.

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18. Valentine’s Day at The Blue Heron Steakhouse

The Blue Heron is offering a special, multiple course Prix Fixe Dinner for $75.00 per person on Valentine’s Day-check out these amazing choices!! More details: HERE.

Amuse:

  • Lamb Brochette with Romesco

First Course – choose one:

  • *Braised Berkshire Pork Cheeks with Fried Cabbage & Cippolinis
  • *Baby Greens with White Stilton, Beets, Walnuts, poached Pear, Maple-Sherry Vinaigrette & crisp Parsnips
  • *Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail with spicy Cocktail Sauce
  • *Half Dozen Oysters fried or served on the half shell with Cucumber-Jalapeño Granita
  • *Duck Consommé with grilled Baguette & Foie Gras butter

Second Course – choose one:

  • *Charbroiled Filet of Beef Tenderloin with Potato-salt cured Bacon Hash, Cambozola fritter & black pepper Cabernet glaze
  • *Pan-seared Atlantic Grouper with Lobster Galette, Meyer Lemon Nage & Celeriac salad
  • *Slow roasted, Garlic Herb crusted Prime Rib with charcoal baked Potato & roasted Asparagus
  • *Bourbon Maple brined Pheasant, Cassoulet, Cornbread, bitter greens & Cracklins
  • *Stone Cross Farm Pork Belly with Salsify, Golden Trumpet Mushrooms, sautéed Escarole & wild Mushroom Jus

Desserts – choose one:

  • *Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta, Blueberry sauce & Almond Cookie
  • *Dark Chocolate Espresso Soufflé with Bailey’s Anglaise
  • *Pear Bread Pudding with Maple Butter, Woodford Caramel & Oat Streusel
  • *Butterscotch Pots de Crème with coarse Sea Salt
  • *Beignets with Bitter Chocolate sauce

***Please note that they will not be serving our regular menu on Valentine’s Day.

 

19. Valentine’s at Honeywood

Chef Lawrence Weeks is offering a couples dinner special on Valentine’s Day at Honeywood: two three-course meals for $99. Each person chooses from three of these four categories.
(Items are also available at a la carte pricing.) Reservations available at www.honeywoodrestaurant.com or by calling (859) 469-8234. More details: HERE.

This menu will only be available on 2/14/2020 and the only menu available that night.

STARTER

  • West Coast Oysters; half-dozen, kimchi cocktail, muscadine mignonnette
  • Shrimp Newburg; Midway bakery bread, brandy cream sauce
  • Roasted Baby Carrots sorghum glaze, black walnut herb crumble, sumac yogurt, bee pollen, Fresno chili
  • Butternut Squash Soup; coconut cream, rose oil, honey

SALAD

  • Honeywood Caesar; mixed greens, kale, vegan Caesar dressing, crispy chickpeas, crunchy kale, shaved radish
  • Beet Salad; walnut vinaigrette, shaved Ricotta salata, black walnut, mixed greens

MAIN

  • Rack of Kentucky Lamb; couscous, curried vegetable ragout, oregano yogurt, muscadine vincotto, pistachio crumble
  • Confit of Kentucky Chicken; half bird, potato gratin, broccolini, Sherry chicken jus
  • Smoked Mushroom Croquettes; chow chow marmalade, poblano-peanut purée, broccolini
  • Hoppin’ John; ham hock, field peas, Cajun popcorn rice, trinity, sorghum jus, pea shoots
  • Trout; cornbread stuffing, carrot potlikker, root vegetables
  • Filet of Beef; 10-ounce Stone Cross Farm filet, truffled marble potatoes, soy broccoli, mushroom jam, red wine gastrique

DESSERT

  • Crispy Beet & Cocoa Fritters
  • Bananas Foster Sundae
  • Coconut Cream Pie
  • Red Velvet Cake

Date: Friday, February 14, 2020

 

20. Sweethearts Dinner at Red State BBQ

Come out this Valentine’s Day for their Sweethearts Dinner. They will be offering a meal deal for two. Each person can enjoy a salad, one entree of their choice, and a dessert to share!

  • Entrees: Smoked Prime Rib or Smoked Salmon with two sides and a roll or corn muffin.
  • Dessert: Strawberry Bourbon Chocolate cake with chocolate covered strawberries.
    • $29.99 with two Prime Rib entrees.
    • $27.99 with one Salmon and one Prime entree
    • $25.99 with two Salmon entrees.

Date: Friday, February 14, 2020

 

21. Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two at Shakespeare & Company

MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS TODAY ON OPEN TABLE OR BY CALLING 859-367-0411. Tickets available: HERE. $99 + tax and gratuity. More details: HERE.

MENU

  • Choice of (1) Appetizer (Stuffed Mushrooms or Bruschetta)
  • Choice of (2) Entrees (Blackened Chicken breast served with Roasted potatoes and Grilled Vegetables or Grilled Salmon served with Mashed potatoes and asparagus or 12 oz Ribeye served with Roasted potatoes and asparagus)
  • Choice of (2) Desserts (Creme Brûlée or Chocolate Fondant)
  • Served with a glass of Champagne!

Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 4pm

 

22. Valentine’s Day Sweet Deal at Drake’s

No Valentine’s Day reservations? No problem! Two can dine for $39 at Drake’s on Valentine’s Day. Enjoy two entrees, an appetizer and dessert to share and two glasses of champagne or non-alcoholic sparkling cider for a Valentine’s toast. View menu: HERE. More details: HERE.

Grab your sweetheart, your best friend or a stranger off the street, because this deal is too sweet to miss!

*Offer available all day. Dine-In Only. Regular Drake’s menu will still be available.

  • Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 11am to 11pm

 

23.  Valentine’s Day at CRU Bar

Wine, Dine & Be Mine at CRU on Valentine’s (14th or 15th)! Reserve your table early: 859-971-9463. Four course prix frixe menu for $60.

  • Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 and Saturday, February 15, 2020

 

24. Valentine’s Day at Malone’s

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day? Nothing says love like Malone’s Bread and Butter! View Valentine’s menu: HERE and their regular menu: HERE. Be sure to make reservations in advance just in case!

  • Date: Friday, February 14, 2020

 

25. Valentine’s Day at OBC Kitchen

Have you made Valentine’s Day reservations? Celebrate at OBC Kitchen with special features available February 14-15. View Valentine’s menu: HERE and their regular menu: HERE. Be sure to make reservations in advance just in case!

  • Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 and Saturday, February 15, 2020

 

 

 

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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Hey y'all! My name is Whitney, and I'm the founder of Fabulous in Fayette. I grew up and lived in Appalachia for 22 years. In 2008, I left my life in Appalachia behind, and have been living in Lexington ever since. I'm a Proud Kentuckian and am in love with my city of Lexington. It's seriously one of the best places to live!

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