It’s that time of year yet again when love birds come out of the woodwork and coworkers make googly eyes over too-low cubical walls.
When kids create heartfelt, glue-sticked masterpieces and makeshift flower kiosks spring up alongside 620 like bluebonnets.
Yes friends, Valentine’s Day will soon fill the Lake Travis area and with so many fantastic dining options to consider, it’s time to get cracking on those reservations.
We’ve guided you in the past to the classics — from Steiner Ranch Steakhouse to Hudson’s on the Bend — and while those hotspots will fast book tables for two, there are some other players to consider when getting your romance on this year.
As always, reservations are warranted for the big night, unless of course you want to share a bucket of fries with your beloved at Whataburger (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
From gold-dusted dessert to ‘love sashimi,’ it’s Valentine’s Day dining Lake Travis Style:
CHO – Sushi Fusion
Think outside the box this year and enjoy Cho’s compilation of modern and traditional Japanese fare ranging from bacon-wrapped filet mignon to Spanish mackerel.
While their highly-rated sushi and Kobe beef will be available, keep an eye out for a special set menu just for Valentine’s Day.
The Emerald Restaurant
Infamously fine Irish dining since 1978 (so ya, they’re doing something really right), this quaint restaurant will offer up everything from Tenderloin Medallions and Truffles, to traditional stews and expertly prepared quail.
With tableside presentation and specials on hand, a night here is sure to impress.
Lakeway Resort and Spa
Spend the day getting couples massages then slip into the dining room for a special, 3-course Valentine’s Day menu.
From oysters to start and a dessert that’s dusted in gold (because no, powdered sugar wasn’t enough), all while taking in one of the very best views the Lake Travis area has to offer, this experience will be one to remember.
Apis Restaurant & Apiary
For the truly discerning food lover, finding your way to the tail-end of Lake Travis is entirely worth the drive come Valentine’s Day.
Offering up an outstanding special menu running the entire weekend, (chock full of the decadent and somewhat unpronounceable) an evening at Apis may be the only real option for those who love their meals, as much as those they share them with.
Let’s be honest here – sometimes the best you can do is a bottle of wine after the kids are in bed for the sixth time while marathon watching a truly romantic show with your love. Like maybe House of Cards or something.
But should you find yourself lucky enough to have a night out (you remember those — breath mints and brushed hair, no yoga pants in sight) with the one you adore, booking a table for two at any of these Lake Travis area restaurants is a truly lovely idea.
Post image via Creative Commons, Ruby Ran on Flickr.