Some say it’s the thought that counts—but when you realize you should have started marinating those mushrooms an hour ago and your vegan chocolate soufflé falls flat, it’s time to turn to the experts. Make a dinner reservation for Valentine’s Day, and the vegan restaurants will provide the ambiance and the food you need to get in the mood (for cuddling, of course). From Atlanta to Los Angeles, these 11 romantic restaurants are turning up the heat with their special Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menus. 

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1. True Bistro, Boston, MA
Vegan or otherwise, all who reside within the Commonwealth should book their table here. Granted, this is an intimate space, so don’t delay. The refined yet accessible menu includes a Cashew Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper Phyllo Cigar amuse-bouche, Chickpea Socca appetizer, mesclun green salad with warm cashew cheese, saffron-infused Root Risotto, and a choice of a berry custard tart or raspberry cheesecake for dessert. The menu starts at $85 per person with an additional $30 for wine pairings.

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2. Blossoming Lotus, Portland, OR
Busy on Valentine’s Day? This local favorite is offering its $60, four-course Valentine’s menu from February 13-16. With a menu that includes phyllo-enrobed cashew cheese, Grapefruit and Feta Salad, Wild Mushroom Fettuccine, and Layered Chocolate Cherry Cake, you might just want to dine here two nights in a row.

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3. Raven’s Restaurant, Mendocino, CA
Located within the inclusive vegan coastal resort—Stanford Inn by the Sea—this cozy plant-based restaurant is offering its annual four-course Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu for all the lovers on a retreat. Never stale, the chef has incorporated new items to distinguish the dishes from last year’s menu. Expect a Fokomati Roll amuse-bouche; Rustic Flatbread starter made with roasted red peppers and cashew cream; Chinese Salad with seared tofu, fresh vegetables, and chow mein noodles; a choice of three entrees (from Mushroom Scallopini to Lentil and Spinach Roulade); and three unique options for dessert. Our tip is to order the Crepes Suzette and Banana Split—to split!

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4. Plant Food and Wine, Venice, CA & New York City, NY
We can always count on this bi-coastal eatery to provide romance and impeccable hospitality for special occasions. This year’s Valentine’s menu includes five courses at $85 per person with an optional $40 wine pairing (wine is in the restaurant name—we don’t advise you pass on this). Dishes vary slightly based on the location, but the Venice menu includes items such as Winter Vegetable Dumplings, Celery Root and White Truffle Raviolo, and Brandy Ice Cream with Chocolate and Cherries.

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5. Fig + Farro, Minneapolis, MN
Show the planet some love by dining at this community-oriented, chic restaurant with a sustainability mission in mind. The $65 four-course menu includes two options for each course—from Buckwheat Tortellini to Tandori Carrot to a sensual gluten-free dessert titled Passionfruit Orgasm. If you were indecisive about where to eat, that last option should lead you in the right direction.

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6. Verdura, Phoenix, AZ
While the space may lean toward the casual side, the food at this new vegan Arizona restaurant is polished and refined. The three-course, $100 per couple exclusive Valentine’s Day menu features a Poached Pear & Candied Pecan Salad,  Steaktien Katsu with an herb latke and king oyster mushroom scallops served over creamy risotto, and Raspberry-Filled Goth Beignets served with chocolate truffles. Still hungry? À la carte options include a butternut squash bisque, avocado mousse crostini, Love Potion #9 cocktail, and more.

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7. Vegetable, Studio City, CA
Dating around? We won’t judge. This intimate, chef-owned LA eatery is offering an exclusive Valentine’s menu from February 14-16 so you can take a different date every night—even if one of them is your mom. The seven-course dinner is priced at $129 per couple and includes the kitchen’s greatest hits along with a sprinkling of inventive new dishes. A sampling of menu items includes butternut toast amuse-bouche, Wild Mushroom Bisque, a fresh strawberry salad, Truffled Crispy Blackened Brussels Sprouts, BBQ Roasted Cauliflower, and a choice of three desserts from Double Chocolate Brownie to a mason jar of sweet potato pie.

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8. Harvest Beat, Seattle, WA
Driven by local vegan artisans and produce, this vegan restaurant only offers tasting menus throughout the year. The $67, five-course meal ranges depending on what’s in season, but the current menu reflects Celeriac Ravioli, Pan-Seared Ufra Beirber Gnocchi, tiramisu, and more. Tag on a local wine pairing for $35 or a non-alcoholic beverage pairing for $21.

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9. Cafe Gratitude, multiple locations, CA
Show your date how grateful you are by booking a table at this affirmation-based vegan concept. The exclusive $45, five-course Valentine’s Day menu includes a “connection activity” with each dish—encouraging you and your partner to develop a deeper bond over nourishing food.

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10. Cafe Sunflower, Atlanta, GA
This beloved Atlanta restaurant never misses an opportunity to celebrate. The globally inspired five-course menu will only be available at the Buckhead location for $70 per person. The chef is preparing a fruity pistachio salad, an assortment of vegan cheeses, saffron-infused rise over a pomegranate stew, vegan shrimp fettuccine alfredo, and a decadently adorned pecan pie with maple lemon cream—among other creations.

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11. Eve, Encinitas and Oceanside, CA
Celebrate your love connection by the ocean at one of two Eve locations. Each community-minded space is offering a $95 four-course dinner for two accompanied by a live musician. The menu features Buttery Button Rice-Stuffed Mushrooms; a layered broccoli salad; a choice of Stuffed Squash Blossom or Seitain Filet with mushrooms, asparagus, and rosemary potatoes; and Dark Chocolate Cardamon Mousse Cake with saffron ice cream for dessert.

Tanya Flink is a Digital Editor at VegNews as well as a writer and runner living in Orange County, CA.

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