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Your Perfect Valentine’s Day Meal Awaits at These Delaware Restaurants

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Light the romantic fire with your loved one with fine dining, delicious take-home dishes and more for Valentine’s Day in the First State.

Whether you’re canoodling with a significant other or celebrating with a platonic pal, don’t hold back on Valentine’s Day. Instead, unwrap a box of truffles, order a multicourse meal and sip pink bubbly with Cupid’s blessing. Here are some dining suggestions.

Lean into Romance

Several Delaware restaurants are still known more for romance than a fast-paced vibe. Consider Vincenza & Margherita (V&M) Bistro in Brandywine Hundred. The small restaurant is a labor of love for the Carrieri-Russo family, who reopened the dining room this year. On Valentine’s Day, the heart-shaped ravioli dish is a “fan favorite,” Vincenza Carrieri-Russo says. The bistro has also become known for chocolate-covered strawberries, heart-shaped cocoa bombs and Cakesicles (preorder). Make reservations.
1717 Marsh Road, Wilmington; 479-7999; vmbistro.com

 

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Heirloom in Lewes will reopen this month after being closed in January. Owner Meghan Lee has given the award-winning restaurant a makeover that includes a new menu and cocktails—as she puts it, “the whole shebang.” Ingredients will be “hyper seasonal.” Make reservations on Open Table.
212 Savannah Road, Lewes; 313-4065; heirloomdelaware.com

Forbes magazine named La Fable the most romantic restaurant in Delaware, and the French restaurant plays up the honor on Valentine’s Day with unique décor and complimentary roses.
26 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 227-8510; bonjourfable.com

Sister restaurant Houston-White Co. will go old school with surf-and-turf dinners for two, oysters Rockefeller, lobster, chateaubriand and chocolate-covered strawberries.
315 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 227-8511; houstonwhite.com

The new Bramble & Brine at the Buttery in Lewes is promoting a ticketed event with a Casanova-era Venetian theme and Italian wine.
102 Second St., Lewes; megancollective.com

In Fenwick Island, Matthew Kern is constantly changing things up at One Coastal, so expect a memorable meal regardless of the date.
101 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island; 537-4790; onecoastal.com

 

Make this Valentine’s Day extra special with an overnight stay at Christiana Hilton in Newark. This romantic experience offers a four-course dinner for two delivered right to your room with a bottle of Verdi champagne. The package is $299 plus tax.
100 Continental Drive, Newark; 454-1500; hiltonchristiana.com

Get Fixed Up

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Chocolate-covered berries are a Valentine’s Day staple and V&M Bistro does not disappoint./Photo courtesy of V&M Bistro

Prix fixe (fixed price) menus are typical on Valentine’s Day, and the Columbus Inn will feature a multicourse menu for $150. There are plans for a to-go version; prices may differ. Cocktails such as the Blushing Lady, Lavender Bee’s Knees and Agave Margarita are also available for takeout.
2216 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington; 571-1492; columbusinn.net

Vincente’s Restaurant is also doing a prix fixe option for $75 per person. Entrée options include veal and sausage diavolo, lobster ravioli, chicken piccata casino and filet mignon. Start with wedding soup, shrimp bisque or the famous Caesar salad prepared tableside. For dessert: Galliano cake with hot buttered rum sauce and homemade whipped cream.
5914 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington; 543-6451; vincentesrestaurant.com

Sister restaurants La Casa Pasta in Newark and Chesapeake Inn traditionally offer three courses with Champagne. La Casa Pasta has been a go-to spot for Italian dishes for more than 40 years. Chesapeake Inn gives couples a water view, which is why it’s a hit for wedding events.
120 Four Seasons Parkway, Newark; 738-9935; lacasapasta.com
605 Second St., Chesapeake City, Maryland; 410-885-2040, chesapeakeinn.com

Also in Newark, Caffe Gelato will once again have a seven-course menu featuring lobster tail or filet mignon, oysters and chocolate dessert—all paired with wine and Champagne. A red rose and violinist add to the candlelit ambiance. The price is $79. For $39 extra, you can surprise your Valentine with a dozen roses.
90 E. Main St., Newark; 738-5811; caffegelato.net

In Middletown, Back Creek Golf Club has created a Valentine’s Day menu with drink features and wine pairings. The special is available from Friday, Feb. 11, to Monday, Feb. 14.
101 Back Creek Road, Middletown; 378-6499; backcreekgc.com

“Unwrap a box of truffles, order a multicourse meal and sip pink bubbly with Cupid’s blessing.”

At the beach, Chesapeake & Maine in Rehoboth Beach will prepare a three-course dinner for $55 plus gratuity on Saturday, Feb. 12. (Beverages are à la carte.)

The Dogfish Head–owned restaurant will also debut a new Maine lobster bisque.
316 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 226-3600; dogfish.com

Five SoDel Concepts restaurants will showcase a prix fixe menu with wine pairings. Participating eateries include Fish On in Lewes, The Clubhouse at Baywood in Millsboro, Bluecoast Seafood Grill locations in Bethany Beach and Rehoboth Beach, and Catch 54 in Fenwick Island. Pastry chef Dru Tevis will create a valentine-themed dessert for all the SoDel Concepts restaurants. Visit sodelconcepts.com

 

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Park Café and Jamestown Catering invite guests to a pre fixe Valentine’s Day dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. This four-course dinner created by chef Mike will include dishes like the scallops in a white wine cream, a Sunday roast and more all for $75.
2510 W. 5th St., Wilmington; 543-2233; parkcafede.com. 

Tonic Seafood and Steak brings a delicious assortment of dishes like the pan-roasted barramundi, tornado of filet and the passion fruit panda cotta for dessert. Treat your significant other to a splendid prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner from February 11-14.
111 W. 11th St., Wilmington; 777-2040; tonicsns.com. 

Take It Home

Prefer to eat at home? Order the Lettie’s Valentine’s Day Special by Feb. 11. For $36.95 per person, choose one starter, one potato, two sides, an entrée and dessert. The main course is either salmon à la blanc or herb-crusted beef tenderloin.
1318 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin; 239-7816; lettieskitchen.com

Enjoy a tasty Valentine’s Day meal at home with Jamestown Catering’s kissed by cupid take-out package including the bacon-wrapped scallops, pan-seared halibut and the curry coconut chickpea cake for dessert. This four-course menu is $125 for two people and offers add-ons like chocolate truffles, flower bouquets and bubbly.
2510 W. 5th St., Wilmington; 510-8071; jamestowncatering.com. 

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