Love is in the air. Cue the music and rose petals falling from the ceiling. It’s that time again, and if you struggle to be a swooning casanova or you’ve just left your Valentine’s Day plans a little late, never fear… We’ve got the simplest run down to help you out.
Africola – You just know that this will be special. Get romantic at Africola’s Valentynsdag Dinner. We have no doubt that their menu for the lovers will be as colourful as this cracking venue and the chef behind it! There are multiple sittings and this one will book out, so get in fast!
Cost: $75 pp or $120pp (includes romantic sipping potions for max feelings of love)
Call (08) 8231 7611 to make a booking.
George’s on Waymouth – We are in love… With George’s Valentine’s Day menu! Because oh em gee it sounds delicious. From the Pan Roasted Scallops, bbq’d cauliflower, caramelised red grapes, quinoa cracker to the Grass Fed Sirloin, glazed beef cheek, croutons, pumpkin, radish we have some serious cravings. As if the three course set menu including an Amuse Bouche and side dishes wasn’t enough, you also receive a glass of Clover Hill Tasmanian Cuvee on arrival to really get the good vibes started.
Call (08) 8211 6960 to make a booking.
Ginza Miyako Japanese Restaurant – This is one for the lovers… Head Chef Kazuki at Ginza Miyako has designed a delicious menu that will have you looking like that love heart eyed emoji. With dishes including Avocado Mousse with Premium Seafood Medley, plus Roasted Wagyu Beef using M9 grade wagyu (mouthwatering), it will be seriously mind blowing and the perfect meal to spoil that special someone.
Cost: 5 courses for $100 pp or 8 courses for $135 pp
Call (08) 8221 6147 to make a booking.
Hoosegow – With three dining options to celebrate the day of love, there will be something for everyone at Hoosegow. Getting in early, they are offering a three course set menu on Saturday 13 February plus a lunch and dinner option on Sunday 14 February. The set menu will include mouthwatering options such as Chargrilled Tropicana Scallops, Chargrilled Lamb Rack and the sweetest sounding dessert, La Rosa De Amour – a Vanilla Cream Cheese Mousse, wild berry centre with flor de Jamaica coulis. Just yes! Did we mention that there will also be a flamenco guitarist? Ohhh that will give the lovers all of the feels!
Cost: $89pp (food only)
Call (08) 8332 6599 to make a booking.
Hotel Richmond – This gorgeous setting is normally closed for Sunday dinner but they’re keeping their big beautiful doors open especially for Valentine’s Day. And we couldn’t be more thrilled. Especially considering they have put together a stunning Valentine’s Day menu including Mushroom Arancini and a White Chocolate and Raspberry Semifreddo served with Persian fairy floss. Deliciously lovely.
Call (08) 8215 4444 to make a booking.
Lindes Lane – Find love at the lane. Lindes Lane that is… This V Day celebrate with a share plate and wine special that you will fall in love with. You can grab two glasses of house red or white and the Chef’s selection plate for $35, or indulge in two dishes from their all day menu and two desserts for $45 each and get a free bottle of house red or white. We will have all of the above!
Mayflower Restaurant at The Mayfair Hotel – This gorgeous inner city hotel is super luxe and has that old world sophistication and charm that has been lost by so many establishments of late. Enjoy three gorgeous courses of food and service that oozes romance. Plus a glass of bubbles, because love should always be saluted with a glass of champagne. Perhaps stick around and enjoy a night in the hotel afterwards to really keep the romance going.
Bookings call (08) 8210 8899
Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard – Say hello to some of the most gorgous views in Adelaide! Enjoy a lunch from their normal menu, or make the day a bit more special with their five course tasting menu. With dishes including Hiramasa kingfish and salted scallop with avocado as a starter; beef, mayo, dill cucumber, black onion and smoked potato as a main; and to round things off, a dessert of red liquorice ice cream with aerated chocolate mousse and almonds… We accept!!
Call (08) 8389 8339 to make a booking.
National Wine Centre – It is a throwdown… The NWC are hosting a Valentine’s Day Sparkling Vs Champagne Dinner for all of the bubbly lovers out there. Enjoy what will only be an exquisite four course dinner with sparkling and champagne, of course, along with beer and cider. You will be seated on long tables on the outdoor terrace under beautiful lighting. Just setting the scene for all of the love. Each female guest will receive a gift (yay!).
Call (08) 8313 3355 to make a booking.
Republic – Putting on a feast for the lovers, Republic’s Valentine’s Day two course or three course special will be available for both lunch and dinner. Couples can indulge in an array of delicious nibbles including Chargrilled SA King Prawns, Cured Meats, Oysters Kilpatrick, Local Olives and Sour Dough Bread. And that is just for starters…
Cost: $49pp for 2 courses and $59pp for 3 courses
Call (08) 8362 4657 to make a booking.
Riverside Restaurant – A stunning six courses at this brilliant Adelaide restaurant will leave your loved one so satisfied. Plus receive a glass of G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge each and a gorgeous red rose too. You’ll have exceptional views of Adelaide Oval while you dine and five star service. Why not go the extra mile and stay overnight at the Intercontinental too? You’ll receive a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine if you stay and dine!
Call (08) 8238 2400 or via [email protected] to make a reservation
Sean’s Kitchen – Sean will be delivering the goods this Valentine’s Day (but doesn’t he always?!)… His 5 course menu has us weak at the knees. With dishes like King Crab Salad, Ricotta Gnocchi and Wild Hibiscus & Mixed Berry Bombe Alaska we are already googly eyed over this one.
Call (08) 8218 4244 to make a booking.
Shiki – Did someone say NINE delicious Japanese courses? Yes, that’s right. Nine. Plus an entire bottle of N.V. Veuve Cliquot and a red rose for each lovely couple. With dishes prepared before your very eyes by swift moving super chefs. Definitely one to impress.
Call 08 8238 2400 or via [email protected] to make a reservation
The Arkaba – Why not get really romantic and book a stay at The Arkaba Hotel? Enjoy a bottle of Mumm Champagne on arrival along with delicious Haigh’s Chocolates (yes please), a morning paper delivered to your room, a continental cooked breakfast served in the Ark Bistro and a midday check-out… Where the heck do we sign up!! All you have to do is select your room (any spa room) and add on the Luxurious Valentine’s Package.
Cost: $89 per booking
Call (08) 8338 1100 to make a booking.
The Highway – Pick between lunch or dinner at The Highway, or just stay for both! With ladies receiving a delicious glass of the stunning Bird in Hand D&B Rosé when dining in the bistro, you will want to hang around.
Call (08) 8297 8155 to make a booking.
The Lion Hotel – One of Adelaide’s institutions will be serving up a menu that will have you falling in love… With all of the food (and maybe the chef who cooked it). The three course menu (plus a divine and complimentary glass of Bird in Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir) will leave you salivating just when you read some of the gorgeous dishes up for grabs. For starters they have a Share Platter, to really get those Valentine’s Day vibes happening. And with main course options such as Murray Valley Pork Rack with Black Vinegar, Coconut Yoghurt, Sambal Belacan and Kimchi Cabbage and Slow Roasted Organic Beetroots with Smoked Ricotta, Kale, Radicchio and Cherry Vinegar, we just hope you have room for dessert because, trust us, you will want to! It is the most epic sounding share platter including Lemon Curd Tart with Raspberry Chocolate, Cherry and Coconut Eton Mess Caramel and Peanut Chocolate Bar. Yep, and we are done!
Call (08) 8367 0222 to make a booking.
Where To Do Dinner (or lunch, or breakfast!)
2KW – Dine on top of the world. Spectacular food surrounded by unparalleled views.
Bird in Hand – A beautiful picturesque location, these guys will give couples a special welcome with a glass each of their stunning Sparkling. Plus The Gallery Restaurant will be open so why not enjoy a glorious meal before strolling through the actual art gallery?
Cliche Exhibition – Ooh La La. So French. So modern. So mouthwateringly good. Get the creme brulee, possibly the best we’ve ever tasted (and we’ve been to Paris).
Coal Cellar & Grill – Highlighting amazing South Australian produce. Nip to the Collins Bar after for perfect cocktails.
Colonist Norwood – Why not start the day off with a whole lot of love and a delicious breakfast cooked up by the team at The Colonist? Nothing says “I love you” like perfectly poached eggs.
Cos 18 Leigh – Leigh Street is gorgeous this time of year. Dine alfresco European style on the street and soak up all the atmosphere of this stunning little restaurant.
d’Arenberg – The setting is stunning, as are the wines. The degustation here is a real treat, especially when done with the matching vino.
Grace The Establishment – Have a casual lunch or Parisian brunch in a beautiful open courtyard. It’s breathtakingly beautiful here when the sun is out.
Hill of Grace – Unfortunately, this year’s fabulous spread at this superior Adelaide venue is sold out BUT that just shows you that you should get booking your spot for next year!
Hotel Richmond – This gorgeous setting is normally closed for Sunday dinner but they’re keeping their big beautiful doors open especially for Valentine’s Day. We couldn’t be more thrilled.
Longview Vineyard – Grab the Sunday Tapas here. It is incredible. The food is delicately hand crafted and you can enjoy on the terrace or the lawns. So romantic.
Madame Hanoi – The french music played here gives a romantic feel without being too intimate. A good spot if you’d like to keep it casual, but still acknowledge the day.
Maximilian’s – The Sunday Farm House is certain to impress. It’s a minimum of two courses but you’ll be wanting at LEAST that. We recommend the Let Us Feed You menu.
Sushi Planet – Because what says “I love you” more than perfectly presented sushi? Not much, we say!! This place is already booking up fast so get in quick!
The Mile End – Dabble in a special share platter or dessert while you listen to some live music from 3pm!
The Unley – Share a platter or share dessert and indulge in some champagne and cocktail specials to really set the mood. With live acoustic tunes from 3pm you will really get that loving feeling.
Dates That Are A Little Different
Adelaide Oval Roof Climb – You won’t be able to do this on the day… but it’s a great one if you’d like a belated Valentine’s Day. Coming in March you’ll be able to climb the roof of this Adelaide Icon. We can’t wait for the twilight climb.
Moonlight Cinema – As the sun sets enjoy some self-packed picnic goodness, a few wines and watch a movie while snuggling on a bean bag. At last year’s Valentine’s screening someone proposed…. Just a subtle suggestion. This year’s movie is the timeless Breakfast At Tiffanys.
Escape Hunt – Get the heart racing nice and early. You and your date can get locked in a themed room with 60mins to solve the clues and escape. This is a great experiment to see how well you work as a team. Did we mention that they even have some special deals for the day of love? Oh yes… For the clued up couples you can enjoy a 2 player game along with 2 glasses of Bird in Hand Sparkling (our fave) and a cheese platter all for $45pp. Stop it!!! But for the singles out there, they haven’t forgotten about you… You can get together with 3 of your single mates and enjoy a 4 player game along with one bottle of either Bird in Hand Sparkling, Vigna Bottin Barbera or Bremerton Sauvignon Blanc plus a cheese platter. Throw your hands in the air like you just don’t care because that is awesome! Full article here.
Latitude – This indoor adventure playground is for big kids too. And will ensure you spend your V Day filled with laughter. Zip lines, trampolines, rock climbing and Gladiator-esque tasks will challenge your competitive side. All for under $20!
Popeye Paddle Boats – This one is super cute. And with the Torrens Footbridge looking so shmick these days your views of the Riverbank Precinct have never been better than from a paddleboat!
QuickSteps Dance Studio – One of Adelaide’s best dance studios, and they just moved to a new spot… with a bar! Try something different on your date PLUS your first lesson is free. Win.
Sidewood Estate – Have a hit at the floating golf course. Even if you’ve got a terrible swing at least you can do the cliche ‘teaching your partner that it’s all in the hips’ scenario. Or just sip wine on the deck and watch others attempt a hole in one.
Gifts You Want/You Should Get Your Loved One
Arbeaumont Champagne – Spoil the one you love with a cheeky bottle of French Champagne. Hey, maybe you will get to join in on the drinking too!
Chocolat by Daniela – Get a box of bespoke handmade chocolates that will blow your lover’s mind. Using SA ingredients and flavours this little goddess creates chocolate you’ll never ever forget.
Five is Even – Get something completely unique created for your guy. Design your own fashionable tshirt with the designer himself. It’s 100% unique, SA made and heaps affordable. Website is still coming but you can order through their Facebook page.
Flourish Gift and Home – This King William Road store has so many great gifts. We love the Orbit Key and their ranges of Socksmith socks for guys. And Hill Tribe handbags or Angus and Celeste hanging planters for us ladies.
One Rundle Trading Co – SO many adorable homewares fashion and clothing. Like seriously you won’t be able to pick. We’ll take one of everything if you’re struggling to choose.
OTR – Are you one of those convenience people? Or maybe you are one of those last minute people? Or maybe you just plain forgot that it was Valentine’s Day… Well you can pick up fresh flowers, chocolates and even a take away dinner from OTR that will definitely get you back in the good books!
REB Cosmetics – Did somebody say sale? Yes, Reb did, because at the moment you can get 20% off their amazing vegan/cruelty free AND South Aussie products over on their website. There you go fellas, the perfect gift for your lovely lady friend. A new lippie maybe? Or girls, if you are looking to spruce yourself up for that special date, this is the answer to your makeup stash prayers! Just use the code ‘VEGAN” at the checkout.
Variety SA x Haigh’s Chocolates – Buy a present that is really special (and delicious) by purchasing a heart from Haigh’s Chocolates. Part proceeds from the sale of every Large Milk Chocolate Heart will go to Variety the Children’s Charity. So you will be doing your part in helping those in need, making someone happy with chocolate and hopefully get to help in the devouring of that amazing Haigh’s deliciousness.
Your One Big V-Day Saviour
The Love Lettery – It’s all in the name really. Above all else, this spot is your Valentines Day number one. Have hand written love notes constructed if you can’t find the words, buy adorable gifts or grab a pedal powered cupid! These guys have displays of love down pat! And they have really gone above and beyond this Valentine’s Day… Pairing their shared love of all things South Australian, EcoCaddy and The Love Lettery have come together in a match made in romance heaven. City romantics can send and receive a uniquely South Australian gift hamper which include a choice of fresh roses from The Flower Nook, handmade jewellery by local artist Ashley Playfair, a choice of Adelaide Hills bubbles or French champagne, locally made chocolates plus a personalised love letter from The Love Lettery, all ‘delovered’ by EcoCaddy’s cycling cupids. Easy peasy!!
Lock in the Love – Lock in the love this Valentine’s Day… The giant Lock in the Love installation is hitting the Garden of Unearthly Delights as part of the Adelaide Fringe. From Feburary 11 to March 14 you can join a very special cause by writing a message for your loved one and then adding it to the wall. Share your message via social media by using the hashtag #lockinthelove. And all for a $10 donation which will go towards vital research for heart disease. What a special way to say “I love you”.