Top 5 Valentine’s Day Dinners

  1. Chef Rouse’s Valentine’s Day menu at Baüer Farm Kitchen aims to celebrate Cincinnati’s German heritage and the rustic, comfortable food that post-war immigrants brought to the Queen City. Think barely smoked pork belly, parsnip puree, and apple kraut with crispy volkenbrot, roasted trout with sauce soubise, confit fennel, crispy potato, and watercress, finished with a dark chocolate truffle and a selection of paired reds and whites. Reservations required. Special menu is $45 per person, plus optional wine selections. Baüer Farm Kitchen, 435 Elm St., (513) 621-8555,
  2. The Valentine’s Day prix fixe at The National Exemplar never disappoints. This year, the three-course menu includes selections like crab and rock shrimp cake, a traditional surf and turf, and mascarpone cheesecake. Add the optional wine pairings for $15, and you and your date will dine happy. Reservations required; $49 per person (does not include tax and tip). The National Exemplar, 6880 Wooster Pike, (513) 271-2103,
  3. Not into a traditional Valentine’s Day dinner? Grab your significant other, your mom, or your best friend and head over to Tablespoon Cooking Company to cook your own V-Day feast. 6-9pm at the Findlay Kitchen; tickets sold in pairs. 1719 Elm St., (419) 297-2907,
  4. The rustic-chic atmosphere of Hotel Covington’s Coppin’s Restaurant and Bar is the perfect backdrop for a romantic celebration. Three courses of creative, fresh fare like blood orange and persimmon gazpacho with fennel, mint, and local greens, New York strip steak with Hasselback potatoes, country ham-wrapped asparagus, and truffle chive butter, and sweet potato custard with Speculoos crumble, and blackberry jam. Reservations required; $45 per person. Coppin’s Restaurant and Bar, 638 Madison Ave., (859) 905-6600,
  5. Arnold’s Bar and Grill is offering a special “Ballin’ on a Budget” Valentine’s dinner for those who want to celebrate love without breaking the bank. For $49.95 you get soup or salad, appetizers, and entrees plus beer, wine, or soda for two. Live music from Todd Hepburn sweetens the deal. Reservations required. Arnold’s Bar and Grill, 210 E. 8th St., (513) 421-6234,





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