Valentine’s Day Menu Ideas

This Valentine's Day, restaurants will be full of couples wanting to share a delicious meal with their partner. Whether you're creating a romantic atmosphere for a crowd or just making a quiet dinner for two, we have some Valentine's Day menu ideas that are easy to prepare and fancy enough to please a crowd on the holiday of love.

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Valentine’s Day Menu

Typically, couples look for something special when they dine out on this romantic holiday. Use our Valentine's Day meal guide to create a menu that exceeds guests' high expectations. Not only is it easy to prepare, but you can also make it in small batches or bulk. Click on any of the following courses to learn how to make our Valentine's Day menu.

4 Valentine’s Day Menu Ideas

From drinks to dessert, we break down how to create a full course Valentine's Day menu. Read on to discover our top four Valentine's Day menu recipes and cooking tutorial videos.

1. Valentine’s Day Appetizer

valentines day themed charcuterie board with a selection of cheeses appetizers and sweets

Start your Valentine's Day dinner with a colorful dish that grabs your customers' attention. A charcuterie board features a medley of flavors, each of which is light and refreshing and can be perfect for preparing your customers for the rest of their meal.

To create your charcuterie board, choose from a variety of cured meats, hard and soft cheese, crackers, and fruits that pair well together. This romantic shared dish leads perfectly into our recommended Valentine's Day menu special.

2. Valentine’s Day Entree

The most important part of a Valentine’s Day meal is the entree. Not only does it serve as the main course and highlight of your meal, but it must be fit for an event as special as Valentine’s Day dinner.

Below, you'll learn how to make delicious seared scallops with a carrot puree, plus a side salad with warm bacon vinaigrette that will impress your guests. To resize this recipe to suit your serving needs, enter the quantities into our recipe resizer and make it for as many people as you like.

How to Pan Sear Scallops Video

How to Make Carrot Puree


  • 1 1/2 lbs. carrots, trimmed, peeled, and cut into 2" pieces
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Butter (optional)


  1. Using a blender, puree the carrots, hot water, salt, and pepper, starting on a low setting and gradually working to a higher setting.
  2. Follow manufacturer instructions when adding hot liquids to your blender.
  3. Add a dollop of butter and puree again (optional).
  4. Transfer the puree to an oven-safe container and keep it warm in an oven on low heat until the scallops are done.

Seared Scallops Recipe

closeup of seared fresh sea scallops in butter and cracked pepper sizzling on a cast iron skillet


  • 6 dry diver scallops
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. butter


  1. Preheat a skillet on medium to medium-high heat.
  2. Season both sides of the scallops with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add a small amount of vegetable oil to the skillet, and add the scallops.
  4. Add butter to the center of the skillet, and cook the scallops for 1-2 minutes per side while basting with butter.
  5. Once the scallops are golden brown on both sides, keep them warm in the oven on a plate or tray while making the vinaigrette.

Frisee Salad Recipe


  • 4 oz. bacon, dried
  • 4 oz. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. shallots, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 small head frisee


  1. Fry and render the diced bacon on medium-high heat and remove it from the pan when crispy.
  2. Turn the heat to low, mix the apple cider vinegar with bacon grease, add minced shallots, and then simmer
  3. Add mustard and whisk the ingredients together in the pan.
  4. Turn heat off and add butter.
  5. Pour the dressing over your frisee salad and garnish it with bacon.
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3. Valentine’s Day Cocktail

To go along with your meal, consider preparing a Valentine’s Day cocktail such as the Strawberry Sweetheart. Not only does it pair perfectly with the scallops and salad, but its name, look, and taste make it the perfect Valentine’s Day drink.

By adding this festive drink to your menu as a special Valentine's Day option, you’ll give customers the impression that they're getting something indulgent for their holiday celebration. Below, we’ve included a list of ingredients and directions to make sure every Strawberry Sweetheart you prepare is as good as the last.

Valentine’s Day Cocktail Video



  1. Pour the strawberry nectar into a small glass.
  2. Stir in the vodka until mixed and pour into a champagne flute.
  3. Add champagne slowly to fill the rest of the glass.
  4. Garnish with a strawberry slice.

4. Valentine’s Day Dessert

Chocolate Pear Cake in cast iron skillet topped with Caramel drizzle and flakes of sea salt

Complete your Valentine's Day menu with a unique dessert that has a bit of a kick. This “hot” chocolate pear cake with salted caramel features an excellent balance of sweet and salty flavors that are a treat to the taste buds. Each bite finishes with a little heat at the end to provide the perfect conclusion to your dinner. This decadent chocolate cake can be served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side or can be taken home for your customers to enjoy as a midnight snack.

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Now that you have some Valentine's Day dinner ideas, make sure that you're stocked up on essential decor and serving ware supplies. If you find yourself needing last-minute Valentine's Day supplies, we carry a variety of Valentine's Day products to make sure you're prepared for anything this February 14th.

Posted in: Holidays|By Sabrina Bomberger
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