Arguably the most romantic city in the U.S., New Orleans doesn’t fall short when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a romantic meal with your loved one or plan a special date that they won’t forget. We know Valentine’s Day isn’t just about that one person, so we've got options for celebrating the friends in your life on Galentine’s Day too here.
On Valentine’s Day, dine at Jack Rose for a three-course meal of your choice curated by Chef/Owner Brian Landry. Options include lamb meatballs, duck gumbo, white truffle mac ‘n cheese, squid ink fettucine Pontchartrain, and much more. Their famous mile high pie is set for dessert.
This year, swoon over a romantic dinner at James Beard “Best Chef: South” Nina Compton’s gastronomic gem, Compère Lapin at The Old No. 77 Hotel. On Valentine’s Day, the eatery will be offering a regular à la carte menu along with specials such as Steak for Two ($95), Gulf Oysters with pickled jalapeño mignonette and mango hot sauce, and Hummingbird Cake with St. Lucian Chocolate and Roasted Pineapple.
Chef/Owner Sophina Uong will kick off the 2023 season of her wildly popular Guest Chef Pop-Up series on Tuesday, Feb. 14 with Chef Michael Bruno of Filipino pop-up Kusina. Aptly named Kusina’s Lovapalooza, the four-course prix fixe menu is priced at $75 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) with two seatings available at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The menu consists of Gulf Fish Kinilaw, Home Place Pastures Pork Belly, Louisiana Wagyu Beef Kare Kare, and Ube Budino. Special libations include the Weng Weng Sling - gin, Luxardo, Benedictine, bitters, pineapple, calamansi, pizazz and a Spirit Free Coconut Fizz - coconut milk, coconut juice, pineapple, pomelo, and soda.
On Tuesday, Feb. 14, Commons Club will host a Valentine’s Day Dinner with à la carte specials and live entertainment by Mari E Bruno from 6-9 p.m. Mari E Bruno – husband-and-wife duo – will be crooning your favorite tunes as you enjoy a romantic evening with your special someone.
The Pool Club at Virgin Hotels New Orleans
Virgin Hotels New Orleans & The Meetery are teaming up this Valentine’s Day to bring together all things LOVE. The Meetery marries the convenience of dating apps and the longing for in-person dating to create a new, efficient way to date in the age of technology. The festivities will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Valentine’s Day at the rooftop Pool Club, and will feature themed cocktails and a DJ.
Tujague’s, New Orleans’ second oldest dining institution, will be celebrating love on Valentine’s Day with an a la carte menu including dishes like Grilled Filet Mignon ($44); Grilled Fish Bienville ($35); and Pan Seared Maple Leaf Duck Breast ($34). Finish it all off with a special Valentine’s Day dessert that is perfect for sharing–Chocolate Molten Lava Cake with raspberry coulis, white chocolate sauce and fresh berries ($15).
This Valentine’s Day, Toups’ Meatery, the contemporary Cajun eatery located in Mid-City, is offering festive specials sure to impress your Valentine. In addition to Chef Isaac Toups’ signature menu, he will be serving up several specials including jumbo Platinum Wagyu steaks and tantalizing sea scallops. Guests can complement their meal with a special Valentine’s Day wine list.
Treat your special someone to an evening at Bakery Bar, the cozy Lower Garden district spot for inventive cocktails, savory bites, and sweet treats from renowned bakery, Debbie Does Doberge. Guests can enjoy à la carte Valentine’s Day specials (in addition to the regular menu) including Salmon Toast for Two – beet cured salmon served atop toasted seeded sour dough bread with cucumber ribbons and horseradish foam and Beef Heart Steak served with chilis, mushrooms and spinach. Get a slice of doberge cake for dessert.
The Peacock Room will be serving a prix-fixe four-course menu for $125 in honor of Valentine’s Day. The menu consists of choice of Black Truffle Beef Tartare or Ahi Ceviche, Louisiana Crawfish Tortellini, choice of Yellowfin Tuna or 48 Hour Short Rib, and Raspberry-Dark Chocolate Torte.
The Bower is inviting couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day with culinary delights from Executive Chef Marcus Woodham. Guests can enjoy small plates like Bubble and Squeak Waffle with cured salmon, smoked trout roe, dill, and crème fraiche; Porcini Conchiglie with duck ragout, apple, celery, fresh horseradish, pine nuts, and sweet peas and a special Valentine’s Day Flourless Chocolate Cake with candied rose petals.
Creole Queen - Valentine’s Day Cruise
Hop aboard the Creole Queen for a Valentine’s Day river-cruise along the Mississippi. The experience includes an upscale buffet, open bar, live entertainment, and a champagne toast.
Tipsymeal Cooking Lesson @ Faubourg Brewery
Join Chef Aleck Woogmaster for a cooking class at Faubourg Brewery. This special Valentine’s Day edition menu features maple-whipped mousse parfait and mocha-espresso mousse parfait served with maple whipped cream.
Head to Jack Rose for brunch on Saturday, Feb. 11 for Galentine’s Gras. This fun-filled event includes glitter fried chicken and waffles, espresso martinis, and chocolate strawberry 75s. There will be a glitter bar and temporary tattoos in the lobby, as well as a giveaway. Jack Rose is right on the parade route, so be aware that parking may be a challenge.
Celebrate friends on Saturday, February 11 at Commons Club’s Galentine’s Brunch with DJ Rusty Lazer and shopping pop-ups by women-owned businesses Rich Auntie Vintage and Align with Lani. Enjoy à la carte brunch specials from Executive Chef Alex Harrell. Brunch hours are 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., shopping pop-ups are from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Spend Galentine's Day at Criollo for their Le Petit Chef immersive dining experience. Part dinner theater, part art installation, Le Petit Chef uses cutting-edge technology to bring each guest on a multi-sensory and five-course journey. The menu includes burrata, bouillabaisse, butter poached lobster tail, wagyu beef tenderloin, and la bombé. Make your reservation for Sunday, Feb. 12 or Monday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy a romantic night at a Garden District hotel with the Valentine’s Day package from Hotel Indigo. The package includes a rose petal display, chef’s choice of romantic dessert, and champagne for two. Rates start at $109/night plus tax. Call 1-504-648-2875 to book.
Kimpton Hotel Fontenot
Book the Romantic Escape Package at Hotel Fontenot for a couples’ dinner at the Peacock Room, a bottle of Champagne, and in-room amenities that include an intimacy kit, specialty curated dessert delivered via room service, and nightly turn down service.
Sonesta ES Suites New Orleans
Book your romantic getaway to New Orleans at Sonesta ES Suites New Orleans! The NOLA Romance Package includes luxurious accommodations, complimentary valet parking, and a fruit and cheese platter upon check-in. Book with promo code ROM.
Enjoy a bottle of champagne and box of chocolates to sweeten your stay with the Love is in The Air! Package at NOPSI Hotel.
For more V-day inspiration, check out our blog on the Most Romantic Restaurants in New Orleans and our Girls Weekend Itinerary.