It's time to make Valentine's Day reservations 

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Valentine’s Day is the ninja of holidays. It has a habit of sneaking up on people, and if they’re caught unawares, it can be deadly.

Not this year. You still have a couple weeks to lock down a reservation and plan a night that will have your significant other feeling very appreciated.

Some romantic spots are best to reserve no matter the evening. Savvy food lovers are already lining up for tables at La Baguette Bistro, 7408 N. May Ave. The high demand led the restaurant to expand from Valentine’s Day to a Valentine’s week.

But for those who can’t dine there, the French restaurant and bakery so well known for its desserts is taking orders for Valentine’s pastries, too.

Even a restaurant as vast as, well, Vast, 333 W. Sheridan Ave., can reach capacity. The sky-high restaurant celebrates Valentine’s Day for four days, said general manager Enis Mullaliu.

“We have about 200 reservations [for Feb. 14] right now, and we’ll take another 200,” he said.

Diners can enjoy the featured Valentine’s Day dinner menu or the regular menu on Feb. 10, 11 and 13. On the holiday itself, Mullaliu said, the restaurant will only serve the special dinner menu.

The $85 per person four-course dinner includes some exotic options for the first three courses, including a choice of appetizers: grilled octopus with spicy capicola, sweet potato puree and warm sherry vinaigrette. The restaurant creates a trio of desserts to end the meal, including sachertorte (a Viennese chocolate cake), a chocolate-dipped strawberry and a fresh berry tart.

Nosh at Catering Creations, 200 SE 19th St., in Moore hosts dinner and a show with music from singer-songwriters Maggie McClure and Shane Henry 6:30-9 p.m. Feb. 14.

The event is $100 per couple and includes a five-course meal with wine pairings. Couples must prepay when making reservations.

A romantic trip to Italy is outside the budget for most of us, but Inspirations Tea Room, 2118 W. Edmond Road, in Edmond brings Italy to Oklahoma with a four-course dinner 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 14.

While the menu is still under construction, the $89.95 per couple evening includes a few options throughout, including a smoked salmon appetizer and dessert choices like Italian cream cake, tiramisu and raspberry crème brûlée. The restaurant can accommodate 80 guests for the meal.

Inspirations also hosts a valentine tea party 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Available to adults ($30) and children ($23) through February, the party includes a themed service of savory snacks, sweets and fine teas. Reservations are required for both events.

Hidden Trails Country Club, 6501 S. Country Club Drive, is going a different direction for the holiday: south. After hitting the course for a few rounds of golf, diners will be ravenous for club restaurant’s Brazilian-style steakhouse dinner 6-8 p.m. Feb. 14.

For an equally meaty meal, Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse puts on lunch and dinner Valentine’s Day services. The restaurant at 7 S. Mickey Mantle Drive opens early for a four-course, $49 per person lunch 11-2 p.m. Feb. 14, including complimentary valet parking. Entree choices include chicken Florentine in a brandy mushroom sauce, 14 oz. rib-eye steak, 7 oz. filet or miso-glazed halibut with bok choy and stir-fried vegetables.

Dinner also is four courses at a price of $89 per person 5-10 p.m. with three steak choices, halibut or lobster tail poached in citrus butter for the entree and a chocolate brownie decadence dessert. There will also be bottles of Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut ($75) and Scarpetta Prosecco ($35) available.

Legend’s Restaurant, 1313 W. Lindsey St., in Norman is serving a sweetheart special to share on Valentine’s Day. The $64 meal includes an 8 oz. filet topped with black garlic compound butter, blue cheese potatoes dauphinoise, two grilled shrimp Veracruz, a pair of seared sea scallops with tomato hollandaise, two salads and a choice of dessert.

Manager Ashley McMahan said Legend’s offers strawberry cream cake and strawberry genoise in addition to the regular dessert menu.

Flint, 15 N. Robinson Ave., offers a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner for $69 per person. Starters include beef carpaccio or smoked salmon and a choice of 12 oz. rib-eye steak, 7 oz. tenderloin filet or 5 oz. lobster tail with sides.

The artistically inclined might also look to dine at Oklahoma City Museum of Art Museum Cafe, 415 Couch Drive. The always-elegant restaurant serves both dine-in and carryout Valentine’s dinners 5-9 p.m. Feb. 14.

The dine-in menu is $57 per person with a duck breast amuse bouche, a winter salad with crab-stuffed mushrooms, a chocolate heart cake layered with caramel mousse, fresh berries, berry coulis and whipped cream and a choice of stuffed Dover sole or a 7 oz. beef tenderloin.

The three-course carryout menu is $90 per couple and includes both a steak and a stuffed Dover sole, chocolate heart cake and winter salads. Orders are due before Feb. 10 and can be picked up 3-5:30 p.m. Feb. 14.

Another art-filled restaurant, Mary Eddy’s Restaurant x Lounge, 900 W. Main St., beckons from the 21c Museum Hotel. The restaurant planned a menu inspired by the five languages of love with dishes including lamb leg with walnuts and minted yogurt and a strawberry panna cotta dessert. Meals are $49-$69 per person.

The hotel is also offering Valentine’s Day packages for those who’d like to stay the night. Visit 21coklahomacity.com.

Looking for something completely different? The Patriarch Craft Beef House & Lawn, 9 E. Edwards St., in Edmond teams up with mobile sweets purveyors That Pie Truck for an evening of beer and dessert pairings 6-10:30 p.m. Feb. 14.

That Pie Truck is bringing tequila key lime, Southern bourbon buttermilk, chocolate mint and more pie flavors. Patriarch will pair the pies with beers from its available kegs. Jazz pianist Timothy Haverkamp plays at 7 p.m.

This year, be the one to catch Valentine’s Day by surprise by actually making plans. It’ll never see it coming.

Print headline: Romance reservations, It’s already February? Make Valentine’s Day reservations now to claim your seat.

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