Need a Valentine's Day reservation? Try these Des Moines-area restaurants
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Many of Des Moines’ top restaurants are already fully reserved for Valentine’s Day on Friday.
But don’t worry, romantic procrastinators. There are still plenty of cute date spots in and around Des Moines for your Valentine needs.
Here are some romantic restaurants to try:
East Village’s Alba will offer a 3-course prix-fixe Valentine's Day menu. The options include prime New York strip, pan-roasted chicken breast, gnocchi and pan-roasted sea scallops. The entrees are between $75 and $85 and include soup or salad and dessert. Choose between molten chocolate lava cake, Shaker lemon creme brulee, Manchego cheesecake, butterscotch budino and carrot cake bread pudding for an after-dinner treat.
The restaurant has limited availability, but has a couple of spots open at 5 p.m. and after 9:15 p.m. Friday. Alba will take requests to sit in the bar area or at the chef’s table due to the large number of Valentine’s Day diners.
Location: 524 E. Sixth St., Des Moines
Hours: 5 to 10 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m. Friday; 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.
Downtown’s Americana is open to any Valentine’s Day night owls, with spots available after 9 p.m. The restaurant has yet to announce its specials but will still have its weekly Champagne Friday with $4 Champagne cocktails and half-off Champagne bottles.
Location: 1312 Locust St., Des Moines
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Blue Sushi Sake Grill
This downtown restaurant opened last September. Blue Sushi Sake Grill offers coconut crab soup with roasted corn and yellow curry; sushi options like the tempura blue kani, bigeye tuna and yellowtail "Godzilla Bomb"; and chocolate spring rolls and mochi ice cream for dessert. The menu includes a number of vegan options.
Blue Sushi is filling up quickly for Valentine's Day dinner, but spots before 5 p.m. and after 8 p.m. remain open.
Location: 316 Court Ave., Des Moines
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 12 to 10 p.m. Saturday ; 12 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Contact: (515) 379-6800; www.bluesushisakegrill.com
With an atmosphere full of Southern charm and a menu of elevated Southern favorites, Bubba is a great place for a romantic dinner. The full menu will be available, along with a featured entree, dessert and drink. While Bubba already expects close to 300 guests on Valentine’s Day, it still has limited availability Friday for early or late dinners, as well as lunches. The bar and lounge area, which seats about 35 guests on a first-come, first-serve basis, will also be serving a full menu.
Location: 200 10th St., Des Moines
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Cheese Bar DSM
The Cheese Bar will make Valentine’s Day a weekend affair, with first-come, first-served specials Thursday, Friday and Saturday. A three-course dinner for two, including salad, fondue and dessert, is complemented by a bottle of champagne and will go for $100. Other options include fondue for two ($45), which will include rose wine, lavender flowers, house sausage, bread and fried potatoes, and a dessert for two ($12) consisting of chocolate orange pot de creme.
Location: 2925 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday.
Harvey's at Hotel Pattee
Looking beyond the heart of the Des Moines metro may be the right move this Valentine’s Day. Harvey’s at Hotel Pattee in Perry is offering holiday specials on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but executive culinary director Katie Harvey says Friday night reservations are limited.
Enjoy spinach and artichoke cannelloni with Parmesan cream and toasted garlic chips; seared swordfish filed with mango salsa and roasted jalapeno; and pepper and coffee-crusted bacon wrapped filet mignon with fingerling potatoes and baby carrots. But save room for chocolate tiramisu.
Location: 1112 Willis Ave, Suite A, Perry
Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Contact: (515) 465-3511
East Village farm-to-table restaurant HoQ is offering a four-course menu that includes choices like mushroom bisque; wild Alaskan salmon with spices and greens; duck with root vegetable puree; and a dessert of chocolate terrine with French macaroon. The romantic dinner is $75 per person with an additional $35 per person for a wine pairing.
There are just a few reservations left online for late Friday night dinners, but plenty of lunch reservations open.
Location: 303 E. Fifth St., Des Moines
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.
St. Kilda Cafe & Bakery
Dinner isn't the only romantic meal of the day. If you're looking for a Valentine's Day brunch spot, St. Kilda has you covered. St. Kilda Cafe & Bakery offers a wide selection of egg dishes, sandwiches and pastries, along with coffee, cocktails and wine.
Location: 300 S.W. Fifth St., Des Moines or 1013 Locust St., Des Moines
Hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
St. Kilda Surf & Turf
Just opened last year, St. Kilda Surf & Turf has limited availability early Friday evening and after 8 p.m., but none in the coveted 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. slot. The new hot spot, a companion to two St. Kilda Café & Bakery locations, will have two drink specials and two dining specials that have yet to be announced.
Location: 111 Grand Ave., Suite 101, Des Moines
Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Contact: (515) 288-1086; stkildasurfturf.com
Nestled inside the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Trellis allows diners to imagine a warmer climate while enjoying a special menu for couples priced at $65 per person. The cafe has openings at 5:30 p.m. and after 8 p.m. Feb. 15 for its four-course menu. The menu puts a twist on its offerings with themed names, including the first course of “My Heart Beets For You” salad and the entree of “Dance la Duet,” which is a medallion of Angus beef tenderloin. Finish with “Dark Chocolate I’ll Mousse You When I’m Gone.”
Location: 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines
Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday; closed Mondays.
Is your restaurant still taking Valentine's Day reservations and you don't see your place on this list? Please email Katie Akin to have your restaurant added.