Friday, January 29, 2016

Valentine's Day Dining Options in Portland, Oregon

No matter what the occasion, Portland is a draw for those with a love of food. But in February, thoughts of love and romance give Portland restaurateurs good reason to go all out for diners. Here is a great selection of restaurants and shops offering special Valentine's menus.
 
Andina
1314 NW Glisan St. Portland, OR 97209; Tel: 503-228-9535
Warm up with your loved one at Andina this Valentine’s Day.

Get cozy in the elegant, inviting dining room, enjoy authentic Peruvian cuisine, toast with a cocktail that warms from within, and listen to live Latin music.

The restaurant will be offering a three-course pre-fixe dinner for the holiday, from which guests can select from a variety of piqueos (Peruvian tapas), Platos de Fondo and a trio of postres (desserts) served spectacularly on a gorgeous platter that you can indulgently share with your partner. Each course offers gluten-free and vegetarian options to accommodate dietary restrictions. Guests can also sip on the Grenada de Amore, a romantic Peruvian cocktail crafted to pair perfectly with the holiday.

Each three-course menu is $65 per person. Festive wines, house cocktails and oysters are à la carte. Andina will be serving the Valentine’s Day menu as an option Saturday 2/13 and as the entire menu 2/14.

Ataula
1818 NW 23rd Pl. Portland, OR 97210; Tel: 503-894-8904
Send your love on a trip to remember by dining at Portland’s small slice of Spain, Ataula. The romantic dining room and exotic cuisine are the perfect spot for a night that will transport you to the streets of Catalon. Ataula will be offering luxurious specials that include iberico jamon. Ataula will be serving special dishes Feb. 12-13 and will not be open on Sunday Feb. 14.

Aviary
1733 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR 97211; Tel: 503-287-2400
Treat your sweetheart to an elegant menu from the talented Chef Sarah Pliner at Aviary. The restaurant will be open on Valentine’s Day Sunday, serving a special 4-course meal for the holiday. Each 4-course meal is $65 per person, with an optional $35 wine pairing. Aviary’s bartender, Justin Garcidiaz will also be serving up a duo of romance inspired cocktails. The Thorn and the Petal are named after Portland’s famous moniker Rose City, and leave you feeling both the burn of lust and sting of love.

Bollywood Theater
2039 NE Alberta, Portland OR 97211; Tel: 971-200-4711
3010 SE Division, Portland OR 97202; Tel: 503-477-6699
Take your Valentine to India with the heartwarming gift of masala chai from Indian street food eatery, Bollywood Theater. Chef/Owner Troy MacLarty partnered with the Reluctant Trading company to bring the most authentic, robust chai blend possible over from India. Delicious served hot or cold, this beverage is sure to transport you and your loved one to the bustling, colorful streets of Mumbai with just a sip. The chai tea and Bollywood Theater’s other collaborations with The Reluctant Trading Company can be purchased here or reluctanttrading.com.

Imperial
410 SW Broadway, Portland OR 97205; Tel: 503-228-7222
Imperial heats things up for Valentine’s Day dinner with a menu of specialties from their wood-fired grill. Celebrate the holiday with loved-ones at James Beard award winner Chef/Owner Vitaly Paley’s Imperial, Willamette Week’s 2015 restaurant of the year. Have Bravo’s Top Chef finalist/Eater Portland’s Chef of the Year 2015, Executive Chef Doug Adams prepare a feast to remember.

The evening’s menu will be à la carte, including a few specials like Scallops a la Plancha with persimmon and blood orange, Crispy Parsnip and Foie Gras, Duck Confit with sweet potato, sweet onion salad, and Foie Gras Terrine with pickled huckleberries and sorrel, as well as fresh oysters on the half shell and Pastry Chef Danielle Bailey’s menu of irresistible desserts. Toast to the occasion with a classic Honeymoon Cocktail, a mixture of Calvados, cointreau, benedictine, and lemon juice, or Bar Manager Lindsay Baker’s newest creation, the Horizon with cognac, tea infused vermouth, and a thyme liqueur. Cheers!

Little Bird Bistro
215 SE 6th Ave. Portland, OR 97204; Tel: (503) 688-5952
Little Bird will be offering a decadent, three course prix-fixe meal perfect for spoiling the one you love this upcoming Valentine’s Day on both Saturday Feb. 13th and Sunday Feb. 14th. Indulge in a selection of Little Bird’s most tempting dishes while soaking in the romantic ambiance of a French-inspired Bistro in downtown Portland. Guests will also be able to imbibe the special Valentine’s Day cocktail, Amer Amour, a gorgeous sparkling sipper.

The regular a la carte menu will not be available, however there will be multiple choices for each course. Guests will be able to add oysters to their meal as well. Three-course prix-fixe dinner $60 (gratuity not included).

Reservations are available now. Please call the restaurant to book (503)-688-5952 Little Bird will not be taking reservations online through OpenTable or via email.

SE Wine Collective
2425 SE 35th Place, Portland, OR 97214; Tel: 503-208-2061
Start off your Valentine’s Day festivities by sharing a fabulous bottle of bubbles and a delicious Cultured and Cured Board of artisanal cheeses and meats with that someone special for $20 a person (two people minimum). Who doesn’t love a little day drinking? The Collective will be open 1-8pm and serving its regular a la carte menu in addition to the holiday special.

Stop by for drinks or to pick up your Valentine’s Day presents.

Salt and Straw
838 NW 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97210; Tel: 971-271-8168
Open 10am - 11pm
3345 SE Division St., Portland OR 97202; Tel: 503-208-2054
Open 11am - 11pm
2035 NE Alberta St., Portland, OR 97211; Tel:
503-208-3867
Open 11am - 11pm

What’s more quintessentially Valentine’s Day than treating loved ones to lots and lots of chocolate? Every year Salt & Straw partners with the best and smartest, small-batch, artisanal chocolatiers throughout Portland, like Xocolatl de David, Missionary Chocolates, Alma Chocolate, Woodblock Chocolate, and Cocanú's Chocolates to show off each of their unique chocolate making styles, techniques and ingredients through scoops of ice cream. This menu goes way beyond chopping up yummy chocolates and mixing them into ice cream. The ice cream wizards collaborated closely with these chocolatiers to humbly recreate their incredible chocolates in ice cream form. Taste through with a flight, pint, or cone and find yourself taking a guided tour of the city in the form of February
chocolates!