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Valentine’s Day Dinner: 10 Most Luxe Options in the Valley

By Dominique Ziegler

Photo courtesy of Kitchen West Restaurant


The most lavish dishes and restaurants in the city for a savory evening filled with romance, love and fine cuisine.

Marcellino Ristorante: Dinner and Diamonds
Marcellino Ristorante has created a customized menu for a sumptuous evening filled with “Dinner and Diamonds”. For $2,000, you can enjoy a five-course dinner, paired with Chef Marcellino’s Elite Reserve wines. Dinner will also be combined with stunning 18K white gold hoop earrings with .5 carats of round brilliant cut diamonds set inside and outside allocated from Black, Starr & Frost, America’s first jeweler since 1810. In addition to the Valentine’s Day menu, Chef Marcellino has also created specials such as porcini fettuccine and wild boar chop to be purchased separately. For those who prefer to dine a casa, Marcellino offers 3-course “baskets of amore” to go from $95 to $115. 7144 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, 480.990.9500

Prado: Omni Resort Restaurant
Prado, located in Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia, is offering a romantic dining experience made up of a four-course menu and live music. The menu includes a plethora of dishes including lobster paella and bone-in prime filet. Starting at $105 per person, Prado also provides options of Spanish or sparkling wine pairings for $135 to $155 per person. 949 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, 480.627.3004

Elements Restaurant: Sanctuary, Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
With breathtaking mountain views and renowned Food Network celebrity chef Beau MacMillan, couples can enjoy an evening filled with romance and palatable cuisine. Situated against Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, the restaurant will provide a Chef’s Amuse and a four-course meal featuring Maple Leaf Farm’s duck and baby beetroot and goat cheese tart. $125 per person. 700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, 855.245.0251

Talavera Restaurant- Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale
Satisfy your palate with a taste of Spain this Valentine’s day with a tasting menu inspiring by the passionate country itself. Start off with tapas to share and end on a sweet note of chocolate Aztec macarons. Couples will leave feeling replete and content with a stronger sentiment of intimacy. $125 per person. 10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale, 480.513.5085

Sassi encompasses the charismatic feel of an Italian villa with Sonoran Desert views and an elegant ambiance. The restaurant is one of the most romantic in the area and for the past 5 consecutive years has received AAA 4 Diamond Awards for distinctive fine-dining. The menu incorporates dishes such as eggplant braciole and delectable chocolate bomba. $169 per couple. 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, 480.502.9095

Match Restaurant & Lounge at FOUND:RE Phoenix
Couples looking for a more artistic venue for the evening can dine at Match Restaurant & Lounge at FOUND:RE Phoenix for a prix fixe Mediterranean-inspired menu. The hotel also offers two romance packages for those wishing to extend the occasion, starting at $299. This includes breakfast in bed for two, half a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne and a variety of additional treats in either the “romantic” or “risqué” package. Dinner begins at $75 per person before wine pairings. 100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602.875.8000

Tomaso’s Italian/Tomaso’s When in Rome Wine Room
Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant in the Biltmore neighborhood and Tomaso’s When in Rome in North Scottsdale, both owned by Chef Tomaso Maggiore, will be serving authentic Sicilian cuisine. The Italian influenced menu is composed of dishes such as red velvet fettucine “alfredo” al tartufo and the renowned menu favorite, lobster tail crustacean fradiavolo. Tomaso’s is also known for their private-label wine brand, “Luxus 5.” Tomaso’s Italian, 3225 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602.956.0836; When in Rome, 23655 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste.120, Scottsdale, 480.404.6085

Kitchen West- Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
Those who want to celebrate the holiday on a more serene night can do so with dinner at Kitchen West at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. Chef Rick Dupere has prepared a sophisticated three-course tasting menu offered Feb. 9, 10, 14, 16 and 17. Extend the night on Feb. 10 or 17 with The Scottsdale’s Romance Package, featuring a rose petal turndown, chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. Rates from $349 per night, $59 per person, $79 per person with wine pairings, 7700 E. McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale, 480.596.7522

Rusconi’s American Kitchen
Diners craving American cuisine can enjoy a three-course menu with multiple satisfying options to choose from. Chef Michael Rusconi has influenced and designed almost every element of his restaurant from the stunning community art installation to the carefully curated menu. From boneless short ribs and mild roasted pepper risotto to grilled apple fritters, guests can fulfill their comestible desires with dishes exclusive for the holiday. $62 per person, 10637 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, 480.483.0009

The Market by Jennifer’s Restaurant + Bar
The Market’s open air-venue and intimate lighting is an idyllic rendezvous location for a love-filled evening. The restaurant and bar incorporates locally sourced and organic ingredients to provide customers with the best quality components. Enjoy delicious items featuring ahi tartare crostini and Cornish hen. Seatings for 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. are available via reservation. $120 per couple, $145 with wine pairings, 3603 E. Indian School Road, Ste. A, Phoenix, 602.626.5050