With Valentine’s Day occurring on a Friday, restaurants are bracing for even heavier traffic than usual in 2020.  From fine dining to casino buffets, even White Castle rolls out the red carpet for couples on Feb. 14. Sure, one could skip the high prices and hassle for the romance of a homemade meal or Metro Pizza’s heart-shaped pie alongside Champagne, but for those set on a special night out why not consider these options at a variety of price points?

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer at The Venetian
When: From Feb. 14 through Feb. 16, 11 a.m. to midnight
What: Recently debuting a new menu that features several meatless options, Black Tap Las Vegas offers a casual vibe fit for couples or those celebrating being single. Starting first with appetizers and great sandwiches, guests are invited to satisfy their sweet tooth with either their first 100% vegan CrazyShake entitled “The Vegan Black ‘N White CakeShake” or a lovely Red Velvet Cake Shake featuring red velvet cake batter with a vanilla frosted rim, red and white sprinkles plus a slice of red velvet cake from Freed’s Bakery.

Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at MGM Grand
When: From Feb. 14 through Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
What: While Emeril Lagasse may be the man who made it cool to say “BAM!” it is Chef Ken Lum that will be serving a great spread for Valentine’s Day. Offered as either an $85 per person prix fixe, or a la carte, diners will celebrate with starters including fried gulf oyster Rockefeller with creamed spinach and Cajun caviar. Follow this with Hokkaido scallops served with homemade ricotta and mushroom ravioli or surf & turf of grilled beef and Maine lobster with shaved truffles. As always with Emeril, do save room for dessert, maybe even forgoing his signature banana cream pie for red velvet cheesecake with dark chocolate crumble and white chocolate crème anglaise.

La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn
When: From Feb. 14 through Feb. 16, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
What: As one of Las Vegas most secluded and romantic rooms, La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway welcomes guests on Valentine’s Day with candlelight and views of the picturesque Wynn pool.  Executive Chef William DeMarco will serve an array of specialty dishes, available exclusively during Valentine’s Day weekend. Featured entrées include Maine lobster tail risotto, prepared with roasted tomatoes, sweet peas and fresh oregano and a 6-ounce filet mignon, served Oscar-style with Alaskan king crab, accompanied by asparagus purée and tarragon béarnaise.  In addition, La Cave’s full menu of dishes will be available alongside specialty cocktails such as Cupid’s Kiss, prepared with Effen Rose vodka, lychee puree and lemon.

Locale Italian Kitchen at 7995 Blue Diamond Rd.
Feb. 14 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
What: Now a part of Las Vegas’ neighborhood evolution for eight months, Locale Italian Kitchen wants to help guests celebrate Valentine’s Day the Italian way on February 14th. Featuring Chef Nicole Brisson’s ode to regional Italian cooking, Locale is offering a prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu broken into four delectable courses - antipasti, pasta, piatti and dolci. The first course features a choice of baked oysters, charred octopus, Locale caprese, white truffle sformato or chicory & citrus salad. Round two brings Brisson’s signature beef cheek ravioli or seafood anolini, spaghetti bolognese, and rigatoni lobster al forno. As a main course, guests will have their choice of a Cape Grim grass-fed beef, Bobo Farms roasted chicken, orata al cartoccio rosen or bone-in lamb chops. To top off the delicious evening, guests can choose between Caramel & Rum Budino, Torta Caprese or a Sicilian Cannoli. The cost is $85 per person and a wine pairing will also be available.

Morels Steakhouse & Bistro at The Palazzo
Feb. 14 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
What: Whether inside or on the patio overlooking Las Vegas Boulevard, enjoy a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day with our a fixe menu in place of the regular dinner menu.  For $105 per person, choices include pan seared diver sea scallops, Caesar salad or butternut squash soup for appetizers.  Follow this with a choice of New York sirloin, filet mignon, pan seared Scottish salmon or roasted Shelton Farms chicken. To finish, consider Morels’ heart macaron, creme brulee trio or chocolate tart for dessert.

Sparrow + Wolf at 4480 Spring Mountain Rd.
From Feb. 14 through Feb. 15, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
What: Arguably Las Vegas’ best off-Strip restaurant, Chef Brian Howard’s Sparrow + Wolf will feature a special four-course menu for $125 per person to celebrate Valentine’s Day. First course options include hearts of palm and artichoke salad with ruby grapefruit and smoked pistachio; artichoke and potato soup with pommes maxim and chaat masala or Ossetra caviar with Japanese milk bread and jidori chicken egg sauce.  Second up, consider black winter truffle “Zha Jiang Mian” with fresh Shanghai noodle and heritage pork or wild shrimp and maitake mushroom dumpling with lap cheong and Santa Barbara sea urchin double cream. Entree options include Snake River Farms Beef Wellington or wood-grilled red snapper with bay scallop. For dessert, be ready for Sparrow + Wolf’s Mexican chocolate ganache tart with clementine kosho chantilly.

STK Las Vegas at The Cosmopolitan
When: From Feb. 14 through Feb. 16, 4:30 p.m. to midnight
What: A high-energy Steakhouse featuring the food of Stephen Hopcraft, STK’s holiday menu includes soy honey glazed ahi tuna ($48), roasted halibut filet ($57), and a 10-ounce bone-in beef filet rossini ($84). Shareable options are also available and include a porterhouse 28-ounce surf and turf with roasted lobster tail, confit shallots, and chimichurri sauce ($168); chocolate lava marshmallow cake with raspberry jam and dust and white chocolate ice cream ($24); and strawberry cheesecake with graham cracker crust, strawberry glass, and vanilla bean chantilly ($20).