The big day of romance is almost here, and if you haven’t made plans yet, don’t worry! There’s still plenty of wonderful places to eat and drink this Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re looking for a fancy banquet, a sweet dessert or just some cocktails to set the mood, we’ve got you covered. Check out this list for some awesome places around Melbourne to eat and drink this Valentine’s Day.
1. Grossi Florentino
From the moment you enter this Italian restaurant, you’ll feel a spark of romance. Journey up the spiral staircase into an illustrious dining room, filled with red rose petals. Throughout the space, and on your table, you’ll be surrounded by lavish floral installations. Choose between a classic three-course menu for $175 per person, or go all-out on the six-course Gran Tour for $210 per person. You’ll dine on modern Italian creations and celebrate Valentine’s Day in a wonderfully romantic venue. Bookings are required.
📍80 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
2. Rippon Lea Estate
Head to the gorgeous grounds of Rippon Lea Estate and enjoy a night of romance. Venture through the lush green gardens and sip on a pre-dinner cocktail on the western veranda. Then, indulge in a three-course menu, while listening to cellist Gary Fu. End the night with another cocktail at the bar. This Valentine’s Day dinner costs $159 per person, plus booking fee. More info here.
3. Mr Miyagi
Eat and drink your way through a romantic six course menu at Mr Miyagi this Valentine’s Day. Receive a cocktail on arrival, and dine on favourites like Salmon Nori Taco, Schnitty Baos and Smoked Sticky Soy Scotch. End the night with Mr M’s V Day dessert, miso white chocolate mousse with a Kokuto black sugar caramel. This meal is $149 per person. Learn more here.
📍99 Chapel St, Windsor VIC 3181
Fire up a bit of romance this Valentine’s day with plenty of delicious things to eat and drink at Firebird. Your date starts with a welcome cocktail, followed by snacks, an entrée of beef carpaccio and grilled squid noodles, and Firebird’s famous duck à l’orange. End with a vintage-inspired Love Cake from Miss Trixie Drinks Tea. Roses will be available for purchase on the night. The meal costs $90 per person. Bookings are available now.
📍223 High St, Prahran VIC 3181
5. Black Star Pastry
Does your lover have a sweet tooth? Black Star Pastry will be serving up their famous Strawberry Watermelon Cake, in a special heart-shape form. This cake was originally designed for a wedding, so you know the flavours will be all about the romance. Expect rose-scented cream, almond dacquoise, watermelon, strawberries, pistachios and dried rose petals.
This year, the vegan chocolate cupcakes at Black Star Pastry will be adorned with an assortment of Valentine’s Day themed toppers. These cupcakes are available in limited numbers at each store from Monday February 6, or in six packs to pre-order online.
The limited-edition cake is available for pre-order now, and in-store from Saturday February 11.
📍2C Acland St, St Kilda VIC 3182 or Chadstone Shopping Centre.
6. Yarra Botanica
This floating pontoon is the perfect place to eat and drink this Valentine’s Day. Take in views of the river and the twinkling city lights, while sipping on limited-edition cocktail specials and limited-edition Valentine’s desserts. See more here.
📍Sandbridge Bridge, Southbank VIC 3006
Enjoy an intimate, candlelit dinner with your beloved at Estelle. Feast on some fan-favourite dishes, including oysters, ricotta agnolotti, Murray cod, wagyu bavette and white chocolate with passionfruit pave. This Valentine’s Day meal costs $140 per person. Learn more here.
📍243-245 High St, Northcote VIC 3070
8. The Smith
The Smith is serving up nothing but romantic vibes in the stunning floral surrounds of the Atrium. Eat and drink your way through a three-course dinner, specially curated for Valentine’s Day. Bookings are available from 6pm onwards. See more here.
📍213 High St, Prahran VIC 3181
9. QT Melbourne
Need a table for three? Throuples are invited to dine on the Rooftop at QT. Every rooftop dinner booking on Valentine’s Day will include Aphrodisiac Hour – a half-dozen oysters and three SKYY vodka mini martinis. On top of that, one throuple dining that night will be invited for an overnight sleepover at QT Melbourne. Bookings are available here.
📍133 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000
10. Tokyo Lamington
This wonderful lamington store in Carlton is trying to cover all potential moods on Valentine’s Day, opting for a romantic, a classic and a boozy option. Will you try the Rose & Pistachio lamington, the Red Velvet, or the Chocolate Sake? Pre-orders are open now, and the lamingtons are available from February 13. See more here.
📍258 Elgin Street Carlton VIC 3053
11. Overnewton Castle
Ever thought about dining in a castle? Enjoy a fairy tale dinner in this romantic Scottish Castle. This location, which is literally a wedding venue, has created a special Valentine’s Day menu. Enjoy a glass of beer, white, red or bubble on arrival, then journey through a delicious three course meal. This event costs $90 per person, and starts at 7pm. Find more info here.
📍51 Overnewton Rd, Keilor VIC 3036
12. 400 Gradi
Looking for comfort and romance? Look no further than 400 Gradi. They’re serving up a special, heart-shaped pizza just for Valentine’s Day. This Margherita costs $25, and is the perfect, casual way to celebrate the day.
📍Find it in Brunswick, Crown, Essendon, Eastland and Mornington. See their locations here.
Looking to surprise your loved one? Take them to this European-style bistro and bar, and pre-order a personalised love letter and red rose. This lovely gesture will be waiting on the table for your arrival. Order from the à la carte menu, and end the night with the special “Lovers Victoria” dessert. See more here.
📍625 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141
14. Botswana Butchery
Spend Valentine’s Day with your loved one and an indulgent four-course meal at this New Zealand restaurant. The menu showcases some of the restaurant’s favourite dishes, like Bass Strait Angus Tenderloin, dry-aged Aylesbury Duck and NZ Ōra King Salmon. Finish on a sweet note, with options like Chocolate Jaffa Mousse Cake with candied orange.
The Valentine’s Day menu costs $160 per person, and you can add upgrades like Perrier-Jouët champagne, oysters and caviar bumps. See more here.
📍66 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Treat your loved one to a romantic six-course menu at Luci. In this modern Australian restaurant, you’ll enjoy treats like octopus carpaccio, roast spatchcock and tiramisu. As you eat and drink, the restaurant will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special live musical performance. This special meal costs $180 per person. See more here.
📍472 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000