Flowers? Check. Card? Check. Choccies? Double check. Booking at a special restaurant? D’oh! Still, not to worry. We’ve got five fabulous restaurants to choose from right here.
An immensely cool wine bar with rustic stylings and trendy lighting, Udaberri Pintxos Y Vino is well up there when it comes to date spots. Settle in amongst the oaken barrels and exposed wooden beams for some quality tapas and a bottle or two. If you’re not looking for anything too heavy, you can always just pop in to sample the cheese and wine options (aka the food of love).
“It’s been a while since I’ve been to this great little bar. Love the space out the back. Great wine list, great drinks list and a good menu. Our meat and cheese platter was fantastic.” – 4chillis
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Our next destination takes us to Adelaide’s trendy east end, where Golden Boy waits to meet all your Valentine’s needs. This cosy little eatery excels in authentic Thai food, specialising in plentiful sharing plates. The low-key interior and booth seating lets you get up close and personal without too much pressure, and the excellent staff will make sure you have a meal to remember. Speaking of the food, you can’t go wrong with the Braised Pork Belly – it’s the stuff dreams are made of.
“My friends took me here for a belated birthday dinner and I was quite pleased indeed. The food was delicious and I certainly want to come back and give some other dishes a try that I didn’t get to order. The beef cheek we ordered was the best, it was just melt in your mouth delicious! Definitely recommend that dish. I cannot wait to come back again and eat some more yummy Thai.” – xbabydollx
All plushy armchairs and mountainous wine racks, Apothecary 1878 brings a touch of old-timey elegance to Adelaide’s city centre. You can sidle up, have a chat and a drink at the bar, and then move into the lush restaurant area, where rich red walls and chandeliers complete the decadent look. Order up some high-quality tapas to share, and your evening is well and truly complete.
“What a gem of a place this is! Decked out like a chemist shop from the distant past, this place has amazing food and hundreds of wines on offer. Read about the history of the building from the large wine menu and order incredible local produce. Wanted to try the alpaca, but couldn’t with the menu we chose but still had a brilliant feed. Great ambiance and friendly service.” – Amanda Cassar
Sumptuous Italian food in a charming restaurant set in a Heritage-listing building? Colour us tickled pink! Chianti Classico is a gorgeous setting for any couple to dine in, and the grub is as authentic and expertly prepared as you’ll find anywhere else in the city. What’s more, it serves all day! That means you can pop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner, depending on what you fancy for your special day.
“One of Adelaide’s absolute greats. The brekkies and their coffees are something to write home about. My utmost favourite memory and dish is the risotto Nero con calamari – squid ink perfection! Long lunching is also a favourite past-time, the service is outstanding – prices on the more expensive side but you certainly get what you pay for here. Love.” – ShaeShae
The award-winning Culshaw’s is a fabulous date choice any time of the year, but the special Valentine’s Day Event makes it even more magical on February the 14th. For just $75 per head, you get pre-dinner canapés, a delectable three-course meal and complimentary glass of bubbly, all on the restaurant’s dreamy rooftop garden. That’s all sorts of loveliness wrapped up into a neat little package.
“Fantastic flavour combination married with great service! Dined for dinner with a few friends. Everything was cooked perfectly. The staff were knowledge on what wines matched the food or if you have a favourite they can recommend something from their selection.” – thumb