It can be hard to find “the one.” That is, the one perfect romantic night for two.
Luckily, Delaware restaurants and venues around the state have done the hard work and are offering great options for date night this Valentine’s Day.
From candlelit dinners to entertaining shows or dance parties, we’ve compiled a cheat sheet to some of the holiday events and menus planned around the First State.
Enjoy a four course meal at Columbus Inn this Valentine’s Day. Dishes include duck confit and wild striped bass. The menu is $65 per person, or choose the four courses with wine pairing for $105 per person. View the menu here.
Feb. 14 • 2216 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington
Enjoy a Valentine’s Day Chef’s Table Dinner at the Hilton Wilmington/Christiana. The menu includes six courses for $82 per person (gratuity included), featuring dishes like the seared wasabi sesame diver scallops and grilled coffee-rubbed New York strip steak. A beer or wine pairing can be added. Click here to view the menu. Reserving a seat at the Valentine’s Chef’s Table qualifies you for a discounted room rate of $99 at the Christiana Hilton. Secure your spot by calling 631-1542 or emailing email@example.com.
Feb. 14, 7 p.m. • 100 Continental Drive, Newark
Book a stay at the Hotel Du Pont with its “Courted with Orchids” Valentine’s Day package. The package is available to book now until Feb. 16 and can be used for any stay between now and Dec. 31, 2020. Stays start at $250 a night. The package includes breakfast for two ($25 credit per person), complimentary valet parking, ticket admission to the Orchid Extravaganza display at Longwood Gardens, and on Feb. 14, enjoy music from the strolling violinist Ann Fontanella from 1-4 p.m. in the Conservatory at Longwood Gardens. For more information or to book this package, use promo code “LOVE” and visit hoteldupont.com or call 594-3100.
Through Feb. 16 • 42 W. 11th St., Wilmington
Can you keep a secret? Step into Hummingbird to Mars, a speakeasy above Catherine Rooneys in Trolley Square. Find the door with the golden bird on 16th Street and ring the bell. Once inside, the eatery will host four nights of Valentine’s Day celebrations, complete with live music and dinner specials. Stand out dishes include pan seared jumbo scallops and potato gnocchi.
Feb. 12-15, 5-10 p.m. • 1616 Delaware Ave., Wilmington
At Limestone BBQ and Bourbon, enjoy the Doo-Wop Sweetheart Social featuring live music by Rick Griffin and restaurant specials.
Feb. 13, 7-9 p.m; Food specials run through Feb. 14 • 2062 Limestone Road, Wilmington
At Piccolina Toscana, couples can choose from a variety of Valentine’s Day options. On Feb. 14 and 15, a prix fixe menu will be available with dishes like baked oysters, lamb shank and veal scallopa. If you’re more inclined to indulge in your pajamas, enjoy Toscana at home with Valentine’s to-go. Order by Feb. 12 to pick up on Feb. 14. The menu is available here. Or, enjoy the Bubblefest which includes a guided tasting of six or more sparkling wines and hors d’oeuvres followed by a DJ party in the lounge.
Feb. 14-15 • 1412 N. DuPont St., Wilmington
Stone Balloon Ale House will have a three-course dinner for $70 per couple. Dishes include caprese fettuccine and shrimp Valentina. Couples can also choose to participate in the Oysters and Bubbles Happy Hour featuring buck-a-shuck oysters and premium sparkling wine by the glass.
Feb. 14 • 115 E. Main St., Newark
At Tonic Bar and Grille, enjoy a chef inspired menu of special dishes for the romantic day. Dishes include braised octopus, chateaubriand filet mignon and raspberry lemon layer cake. Top off your meal with a selection from Tonic’s expansive drink menu.
Feb. 14 • 11 West 11th St., Wilmington
Celebrate sips and sonnets at Shakespeare + St. Valentine. Held at Wilmington Brew Works, the event includes Delaware Shakespeare actors performing readings of romantic scenes and sonnets, along with some songs. Sign up for the Romeo and Juliet Package for $90 which includes admission for two, preferred seating, two drinks per person and a Shakespeare sonnet performed pre-show at your table. (Only four of these packages sold per performance.) General admission tickets are $25 and includes one drink. Get more information here.
Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. • 3129 Miller Road, Wilmington
Enjoy the Valentine’s Dessert and Dance Party at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Tickets are $30 and you must be age 21 or older to attend.
Feb. 14, 8 p.m. • 1131 N. Dupont Highway, Dover
Celebrate sips and sonnets at Shakespeare + St. Valentine. Held at Painting Stave Distilling, the event includes Delaware Shakespeare actors performing readings of romantic scenes and sonnets, along with some songs. Sign up for the Romeo and Juliet Package for $90 which includes admission for two, preferred seating, two drinks per person and a Shakespeare sonnet performed pre-show at your table. (Only four of these packages sold per performance.) General admission tickets are $25 and includes one drink. Get more information here.
Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m • 106 W. Commerce St., Smyrna
Feb. 14, 6-9 p.m. • 102 Second St., Lewes
There’s no reason to fret about the bill at Chesapeake & Maine this Valentine’s Day when a three course meal is only $20 per person. The courses include bouquet hibiscus salad, panko mustard seed encrusted salmon and strawberry love letter. Call 226-3600 to reserve your table.
Feb. 11-14, 4-9 p.m. • 316 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach
Enjoy a festive Valentine’s Day meal at The Clubhouse at Baywood. Plan ahead with So Del Concepts’ in-house florist to assemble a custom flower arrangement for your table. Half-priced bottles of wine will be available. More information can be found here.
Feb. 14, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. • 32267 Clubhouse Way in Millsboro