Valentine’s Day is a great time to make your partner feel special, and nothing beats a classic, romantic dinner and drinks to set that mood.
Fortunately, several restaurants in and around Knoxville already have Valentine’s Day dinners and drinks planned. All you have to do is choose!
Knox News has compiled a list of 14 restaurants and bars with Valentine’s Day specials and holiday-themed courses.
RT Lodge, one of Maryville’s fine dining experiences, is accepting reservations for its four-course Valentine’s Day dinner.
For $135 per person plus tax, dinner starts with a cream of mushroom soup or a beet and citrus salad, then pan-roasted duck breast or lobster, followed by an entrée of red wine-braised beef rib or Gulf grouper, and finally a dessert choice of Black Forest cake or Baked Alaska.
RT Lodge also offers a weekend package with overnight stay for February 11 and 12 including dinner and breakfast. It costs $565 plus tax for couples. For more details, visit the website rtlodge.com.
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BRAVO! Italian Kitchen
BRAVO! Italian Kitchen has a Valentine’s Day dinner for two with dine-in or to-go options.
For $59.99, dinner includes a choice of chopped or Caesar salad, choice of entree between lobster and shrimp fettuccine, pasta bravo, chicken caprese or grilled salmon fresca, and a caramel mascarpone cheesecake decorated with a chocolate heart to share.
You can book online at bravoitalian.com.
The melting pot
Located in Old Town Knoxville, The Melting Pot is a great spot for a Valentine’s Day date night. It has extended hours for the romantic holiday from noon to 11 p.m. at its 111 N. Central St. location.
There’s no specific Valentine’s Day dinner package, but there are plenty of options for two, including the Complete Experience and Big Night Out Dinners, both four-course dinners. You can make reservations online at meltingpot.com.
JC Holdway’s fine dining experience at 501 Union Ave. hosts a prepaid, reservation-only Valentine’s Day dinner from 5-9 PM
For $95 per person excluding tax, drinks, and tip, dinner is a four-course meal with salad, shrimp, and tenderloin. Wine pairings are optional and added after dinner.
Reservations are made online on Resy and are non-refundable.
Fleming’s Steak House
The Fleming’s Steakhouse in Knoxville is hosting a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner for two.
There’s the Surf and Turf for two with a 35-ounce shareable tomahawk paired with lobster tail scampi and crab-stuffed shrimp for $230. The other option is the filet mignon menu with lobster tail scampi or crab-stuffed shrimp for $85 per person. Both options come with choice of salad and dessert.
The Valentine’s menu is only available between 10 and 14 February and the full dinner menu is also available.
Peter Kern Library
Not your typical bar, Peter Kern Library is a great way to impress your Valentine’s Day date by taking them to the historic Knoxville speakeasy.
Peter Kern Library, located in the alley behind the Oliver Hotel, has a full cocktail menu that makes everyone feel important. There is even a food menu if you decide to eat there.
You just need to dress nicely and find the access code to get in, but don’t tell the doorman who sent you.
The Listening Room
A new location in Pigeon Forge called The Listening Room will open on Valentine’s Day.
The bar and grill has two holiday offerings. One is a romance package for $25, which includes chocolate-covered strawberries and two glasses of bubbly or rosé. The second is live music from 6pm with Gabby Patrice and Friends and then at 8:30pm with Troy Catellano and Friends.
Osteria Stella and Brer Wolf
Back in the old town, Italian restaurant Osteria Stella and its neighbor Brother Wolf is an excellent option for Valentine’s Day.
Brother Wolf is an aperitivo (premeal) bar, so it’s the perfect first stop for your dinner plans, especially if you have a reservation for Osteria Stella. It serves cocktails, beer and wine, among other things. Reservation is not necessary.
Osteria Stella has exclusive reservations for Valentine’s Day, along with a special menu. It teased on Facebook that oysters and caviar will be one of the offerings, and look for an updated reservation link on the social media platform.
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is offering a Valentine’s Week dinner for two at its Knoxville location and is available February 10 through February 19.
Dinner includes a choice of two entrees, a chateaubriand for two with a 22-ounce roast beef tenderloin with brandy sauce, sides of mashed potatoes with garlic and creamy spinach, chocolate cake for dessert, and wine pairings for the meal.
The meal costs $160 for two and reservations can be made online at ruthschris.com.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
The restaurant chain Carrabba’s Italian Grill is hosting a wine dinner on Feb. 7, featuring dishes such as linguini pescatore and filet Bryan.
At 6:30 PM, guests sit down to a four-course dinner with wine pairings during the meal. It costs $70 per person excluding tax and tip. Reservations can be made online at carrabbas.com.
The Fresh Market
For fine dining at home, The Fresh Market has several options and recipes to prepare a meal and impress your significant other.
You can order from the Valentine’s Day page at thefreshmarket.com/valentinesday. It includes a sweet ribeye, stilton raspberry prosecco, and milk chocolate roses as some options available, along with tips and instructions. You can even order flowers!
In another part of the Oliver Hotel, Oliver Royale is a fine dining establishment at 5 Market Square. It hosts a Valentine’s dinner.
The four-course dinner comes with champagne toast and dessert. Dinner is $129 per guest excluding tax and gratuity with a $50 deposit per guest upon reservation.
Reservations can be made online or by calling the restaurant at 865-622-6434. Available dining times are between 4:00 PM and 9:30 PM
Volunteer Princess Yacht Cruises
With a cruise around Knoxville, Volunteer Princess Yacht Cruises has scheduled dinners throughout Valentine’s weekend from February 11 through February 14.
Dinner is at a private rose table during the cruise with a menu that includes a grape, basil and brie skewer with balsamic reduction, a garden salad, a double entrée of tenderloin and chicken cordon bleu with dijon cream sauce, mashed potatoes, greens beans and a chocolate cake with berry compote.
February 11 and 12 also have a $45.95 brunch option. Dinners are $89.95 or $99.95 per person, depending on whether the dinner is on the two-hour cruise or the two-and-a-half hour cruise. Reservations can be made online at www.vrijwilligerprinses.com.
Lonesome Dove western bistro at 100 N. Central St. has a special menu for Valentine’s Day.
There is the wild game fettine option with three sets to choose from. The first course has four options, including deviled Gulf Coast blue crab cakes with Lonesome Dove hot sauce. The second course has four options, including shrimp bisque, crème fraiche, Conecuh sausage, and corn salad. The main course has eight options, including the reef and beef for two. There are four sides to choose from and finally three dessert options.
Reservations can be made online through OpenTable or by calling the restaurant at 865-999-5251.
Keenan Thomas reports for Knox News’ business growth and development coverage team. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Support strong local journalism and unlock premium benefits at knoxnews.com/subscribe.