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Valentine's Day Reservations: Philly Restaurants for Procrastinators

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Valentine's Day falls on a Tuesday this year, meaning it's not as tough to find a table as when V-Day is on a weekend, but reservations for two are nonetheless in hot demand.

But by scouring the city's dining rooms, turns out there are still plenty of good bets available for the evening itself, and this map presents some of those places, across a range of cuisines. At the time of publication on Friday (February 10), every restaurant on this map had tables available at semi-reasonable times for Valentine's Day — some slightly on the early or late side, but some of them still have plum 7 or 7:30 p.m. availabilities too.

Some places here are also doing set menus or table d'hôtes (and some of those are running all weekend, too): check the descriptions for details. But reserve fast — Eater takes no responsibility for restaurants on this map getting booked out.

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This new-ish Logan Square spot from the folks behind Mac's Tavern has availabilities throughout the evening, and a $65 three-course table d'hôte featuring filet mignon, braised halibut, and lobster bisque. Details on their OpenTable page.
Eat hearty pub food and drink from a solid selection of craft brews with your loved one at cozy neighborhood tavern The Cambridge. Reservations are available throughout the night of the 14th, and there's no set menu or table d'hôte.
Wood-fired pizza is the deal at Northern Liberties' Bufad, although you'll have to settle for earlier or later timeslots. No set menus.

La Peg

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It's three courses for $45 at Peter Woolsey's modern brasserie, with options including blackened catfish, lamb ribs and fancied-up potato skins. Spaces are available on the earlier and later ends of the evening.
It may be better known for its Happy Hour (and realistically, a V-Day happy hour probably won't be raucous), but you can get filled up on buns, potstickers, and pan-Asian takes on seafood here, with reservations available on the early side of the evening. No Valentine's set menus, either.
University City izakaya Cozara has a thorough selection of Japanese meals and snacks — if you don't want to slurp ramen with your date, there's ample sushi and yakitori. No set Valentine's menus, and availabilities at various times throughout the evening.
North African-cum-Meditteranean spot also known for its hookah pipes, Aksum has a prix fixe menu of three courses for $55, and spaces open at most times outside the 7 p.m. hour.
Spoon korma into your lover's mouth at one of Philly's better Indian options. There's no prix fixe or any kind of Valentine's Day forced menu, and a range of booking times available.

Effie's

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This homey Greek taverna in Washington Square West has something of a "Lady and the Tramp gone Greek" feel to it, and is BYOB. No V-Day set menus.

Whetstone Tavern

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Hearty but well-crafted pub food is the focus at Whetstone in Queen Village, from wild boar shepherd's pie to roast chicken. No set menu for Valentine's Day, but there's flights of sparkling wine for $15. Places available throughout the evening.

Seorabol

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Treat your lover to bibimbap and Korean barbeque. It's a hike north, but spaces are available at most timeslots and you won't be forced into a prix fixe menu.

Xochitl

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One of Center City's go-to more-than-just-tacos Mexican restaurants Xochitl has a set menu at $50 for four courses (although its contents are yet to be released), and a range of times available for reservations.

James

This new-ish Logan Square spot from the folks behind Mac's Tavern has availabilities throughout the evening, and a $65 three-course table d'hôte featuring filet mignon, braised halibut, and lobster bisque. Details on their OpenTable page.

The Cambridge

Eat hearty pub food and drink from a solid selection of craft brews with your loved one at cozy neighborhood tavern The Cambridge. Reservations are available throughout the night of the 14th, and there's no set menu or table d'hôte.

Bufad

Wood-fired pizza is the deal at Northern Liberties' Bufad, although you'll have to settle for earlier or later timeslots. No set menus.

La Peg

It's three courses for $45 at Peter Woolsey's modern brasserie, with options including blackened catfish, lamb ribs and fancied-up potato skins. Spaces are available on the earlier and later ends of the evening.

Sampan

It may be better known for its Happy Hour (and realistically, a V-Day happy hour probably won't be raucous), but you can get filled up on buns, potstickers, and pan-Asian takes on seafood here, with reservations available on the early side of the evening. No Valentine's set menus, either.

Cozara

University City izakaya Cozara has a thorough selection of Japanese meals and snacks — if you don't want to slurp ramen with your date, there's ample sushi and yakitori. No set Valentine's menus, and availabilities at various times throughout the evening.

Aksum

North African-cum-Meditteranean spot also known for its hookah pipes, Aksum has a prix fixe menu of three courses for $55, and spaces open at most times outside the 7 p.m. hour.

Karma

Spoon korma into your lover's mouth at one of Philly's better Indian options. There's no prix fixe or any kind of Valentine's Day forced menu, and a range of booking times available.

Effie's

This homey Greek taverna in Washington Square West has something of a "Lady and the Tramp gone Greek" feel to it, and is BYOB. No V-Day set menus.

Whetstone Tavern

Hearty but well-crafted pub food is the focus at Whetstone in Queen Village, from wild boar shepherd's pie to roast chicken. No set menu for Valentine's Day, but there's flights of sparkling wine for $15. Places available throughout the evening.

Seorabol

Treat your lover to bibimbap and Korean barbeque. It's a hike north, but spaces are available at most timeslots and you won't be forced into a prix fixe menu.

Xochitl

One of Center City's go-to more-than-just-tacos Mexican restaurants Xochitl has a set menu at $50 for four courses (although its contents are yet to be released), and a range of times available for reservations.

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