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Positano Coast’s “sweetheart” takeout meal for Valentine’s Day stars pork chop parmigiana.
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Where to Celebrate Valentine’s Day In Philly

Set the mood at home with chocolate truffles, lobster ravioli, booze kits, and more

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Positano Coast’s “sweetheart” takeout meal for Valentine’s Day stars pork chop parmigiana.
| Positano Coast/official photo

Valentine’s Day dinner may look a little less romantic during a pandemic, but many Philly restaurants and bars are still trying their best to help diners impress significant others.

Between oyster shucking kits, virtual classes on making gin cocktails and empanadas, and decadent to-go dinners for two, there are plenty of ways to woo one another at home. Here’s a range of options for a takeout-filled Valentine’s Day — and a few for those who want to go out for date night.

Indoor dining is currently capped at 25 percent capacity in Philly; for updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit here. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hudson Table Philadelphia

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1001 N 2nd St Unit 01
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 982-2580
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Hudson Table fills up fancy weekend meal kits with lobster bisque, pommes puree, beef bourguignon or creamy Roquefort cheese pasta bake, and champagne truffles and chocolate-covered strawberries for pickup on Valentine’s Day ($130-$140). In addition, intimate dinners spread out over the evening ($240) will be crafted by chef Benjamin Flesch behind its open kitchen.

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2. Jezabel’s Argentine Café & Catering

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206-208 S 45th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 554-7380
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Learn the art of empanada-making with a Valentine’s Day virtual class. DIY dinner for two from the Argentinian standby includes dough circles and fillings for 12 ready-to-assemble empanadas, plus local cheese, Spanish-style pickled eggplant, housemade chimichurri, a roasted veggie side, and dessert. Available for pickup or delivery ahead of the Zoom class, running 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ($95). Or swing by earlier in the day for a brunch pop-up with local bagel brand Kismet.

3. Art in the Age

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116 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-2600
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The Philly tasting room and its New Hampshire sister Tamworth Distilling pair bottles of their whiskey, gin, brandy, and cordial with cheese and charcuterie from Liberty Kitchen; doughnuts from Okie Dokie Donuts; chocolates from Oui Pastries, and more ($65-$95). Each boozy kit is available for purchase at the Old City shop and online.

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4. Bank & Bourbon

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1200 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 231-7300
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Executive chef Thomas Harkins sets the weekend mood with a three-course romantic dinner spanning three nights starting Friday, February 12 (reserve here). Offerings include whipped ricotta with local honey, tuna crudo, and Bank & Bourbon’s beloved seared Amish chicken ($59 per person), with a free glass of champagne upon arrival. Guests who overindulge — or simply want to get away — can stay the night in a newly renovated room or suite starting $109.

 

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5. Rosy's Taco Bar

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2220 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 858-4561
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Rosy’s Taco Bar starts the pink party early on Friday, February 12 with specials like spiked Mexican hot chocolate or a Rejon Blanco cocktail with a rose petal garnish ($13), along with

salmon picante with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus ($19) and jalapeno-infused mussels with chorizo ($16). Available for delivery, takeout, or indoor/outdoor dining all weekend.

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6. Oyster House

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1516 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 567-7683
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Philly’s aphrodisiacs central conjures Cupid with two takeout options starring its namesake bivalves. A “Shuck Buddies” kit ($96) includes two dozen premium oysters, a professional shucking knife, locally screen-printed towel, and instructions on how to shuck like a pro. A “Shell-a-bration” seafood platter for two ($94) stacks oysters, littleneck clams, jumbo shrimp cocktail, a chilled one-pound lobster, scallop crudo and two personal-sized bottles of bubbly. Call to place orders by Thursday, February 11, for pickup on Valentine’s Day.

Oyster House’s shucking kit.
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7. Charlie was a sinner. and Bar Bombón

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131 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 758-5372
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The chic siblings each offer “Big Night In” decadent dinners for two, complete with five courses, a bottle of sparkling Italian rosé, custom bouquet of local flowers from Maidencreek, and vegan chocolate from Triangle Roasters. Order pickup from Charlie was a sinner. ($250) or Bar Bombón ($190). There’s also prix fixe menus at both for dinner, lunch, and brunch at Charlie’s new chalets, Bombón’s heated tent, or inside at either restaurant.

Charlie was a sinner.’s “Big Night In” package includes mezze boards and porcini mushroom ravioli, while Bar Bombón’s set is all about tacos and tapas.
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8. Forsythia

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233 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19105
(215) 644-9395
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Old City’s French bar and restaurant just returned after a month-long hiatus with a new menu and expanded outdoor seating area. Its $75 four-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu is available for dine-in or takeout and delivery (free within a one-mile radius) starting Friday, February 12. To-go orders come with heat-and-eat instructions and a generous portion of its famous focaccia with spiced butter. Preorders include the option to augment dinner with wine pairings, cocktails, Champagne, and flowers.

Forsythia chef Christopher Kearse.
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9. Amada

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217-219 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-2450
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The Jose Garces restaurant just reopened for indoor service, and to mark its comeback, a three-course Spanish spread ($80 per person) and a la carte tapas are available all Valentine’s Day weekend. A heat-and-eat holiday meal is also available for pickup at The Olde Bar ($85 per person). Order the festive four-course spread by Tuesday, February 9, which includes manchego and serrano, garlic shrimp, crab-stuffed peppers, lamb and chicken pintxos, diver scallops with jamon, and more.

10. Talula's Daily

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208 W Washington Square
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 592-6555
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The gourmet market and private dinner space offers a special five-course menu for indoor dining, pickup or delivery. The savory-and-sweet feast starts with fried cheese curds with rosemary honey, followed by lobster risotto, short rib dressed with polenta croutons, and a trio of cookies, berries, and whipped cream. Call to place orders, with a $50 beverage pairings available for pickup only.

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11. Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti

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212 Walnut St 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 238-0499
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The sultry staple in Old City has plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year.

A “sweetheart” takeout menu for two features crab tacos, rigatoni, pork chop parmigiana or grilled salmon, chocolates, and a bottle of prosecco ($125), available Friday, February 12 to Sunday, February 14. The restaurant will be lit with candles all weekend to set the tone for elegant orders of lobster ravioli, linguine with sea urchin and crab, seafood boards, and whole lobster fra diavolo, along with a selection of oyster and champagne pairings all weekend.

Grilled octopus at Positano Coast.
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12. Chart House

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555 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 625-8383
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The surf-and-turf staple on the banks of the Delaware River extends the holiday from Thursday, February 11, to Monday, February 15, with a dine-in dinner two ($140) starring filet mignon and lobster tails and Russian River Valley wine pairings for $65 more. Or do date night at home with a three-course menu ($100) comprised of strawberry salad, lobster trio and chocolate molten cake, with to-go wine bottles available too.

13. Fond

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1537 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 551-5000
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The acclaimed French restaurant on East Passyunk Avenue offers an array of choices for Valentine’s Day: a bake shop pop-up, surf and turf specials, and sammies from its street-side grill.

Specials include shrimp cocktail, crab cakes with smoked paprika aioli, and beef Bourguignon by the quart. The pop-up features heart-shaped sugar cookies, lemon tarts, coconut caramel chocolate truffles, peanut brittle, and olive bread. Pre-order through Friday, February 12 by email (orders@fondphilly.com) or phone for pickup on Valentine’s Day.

Chef Lee Styer will grill street-side from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with sausage sammies, soups, salads, burgers, cocktails to-go, and more. 
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14. Manatawny Still Works Craft Spirits Shop and Tasting Room

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1603 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(267) 687-8772
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To celebrate the second release of its port barrel-aged gin — named one of the “Top 100 Spirits of 2020” by Wine Enthusiast — Manatawny Still Works hosts a Valentine’s Day Zoom tutorial on how to make two cocktails with the spirit. Registration for the 2 p.m. class ($65) includes a bottle of the gin, which can be shipped or picked up at its Pottstown or East Passyunk locations.

 

1. Hudson Table Philadelphia

1001 N 2nd St Unit 01, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Hudson Table/official photo

Hudson Table fills up fancy weekend meal kits with lobster bisque, pommes puree, beef bourguignon or creamy Roquefort cheese pasta bake, and champagne truffles and chocolate-covered strawberries for pickup on Valentine’s Day ($130-$140). In addition, intimate dinners spread out over the evening ($240) will be crafted by chef Benjamin Flesch behind its open kitchen.

1001 N 2nd St Unit 01
Philadelphia, PA 19123

2. Jezabel’s Argentine Café & Catering

206-208 S 45th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Learn the art of empanada-making with a Valentine’s Day virtual class. DIY dinner for two from the Argentinian standby includes dough circles and fillings for 12 ready-to-assemble empanadas, plus local cheese, Spanish-style pickled eggplant, housemade chimichurri, a roasted veggie side, and dessert. Available for pickup or delivery ahead of the Zoom class, running 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ($95). Or swing by earlier in the day for a brunch pop-up with local bagel brand Kismet.

206-208 S 45th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

3. Art in the Age

116 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Philly tasting room and its New Hampshire sister Tamworth Distilling pair bottles of their whiskey, gin, brandy, and cordial with cheese and charcuterie from Liberty Kitchen; doughnuts from Okie Dokie Donuts; chocolates from Oui Pastries, and more ($65-$95). Each boozy kit is available for purchase at the Old City shop and online.

116 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

4. Bank & Bourbon

1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Bank & Bourbon/official photo

Executive chef Thomas Harkins sets the weekend mood with a three-course romantic dinner spanning three nights starting Friday, February 12 (reserve here). Offerings include whipped ricotta with local honey, tuna crudo, and Bank & Bourbon’s beloved seared Amish chicken ($59 per person), with a free glass of champagne upon arrival. Guests who overindulge — or simply want to get away — can stay the night in a newly renovated room or suite starting $109.

 

1200 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

5. Rosy's Taco Bar

2220 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Rosy’s Taco Bar/official photo

Rosy’s Taco Bar starts the pink party early on Friday, February 12 with specials like spiked Mexican hot chocolate or a Rejon Blanco cocktail with a rose petal garnish ($13), along with

salmon picante with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus ($19) and jalapeno-infused mussels with chorizo ($16). Available for delivery, takeout, or indoor/outdoor dining all weekend.

2220 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

6. Oyster House

1516 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Oyster House’s shucking kit.
Oyster House/official photo

Philly’s aphrodisiacs central conjures Cupid with two takeout options starring its namesake bivalves. A “Shuck Buddies” kit ($96) includes two dozen premium oysters, a professional shucking knife, locally screen-printed towel, and instructions on how to shuck like a pro. A “Shell-a-bration” seafood platter for two ($94) stacks oysters, littleneck clams, jumbo shrimp cocktail, a chilled one-pound lobster, scallop crudo and two personal-sized bottles of bubbly. Call to place orders by Thursday, February 11, for pickup on Valentine’s Day.

1516 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

7. Charlie was a sinner. and Bar Bombón

131 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Charlie was a sinner.’s “Big Night In” package includes mezze boards and porcini mushroom ravioli, while Bar Bombón’s set is all about tacos and tapas.
Charlie was a sinner./official photo

The chic siblings each offer “Big Night In” decadent dinners for two, complete with five courses, a bottle of sparkling Italian rosé, custom bouquet of local flowers from Maidencreek, and vegan chocolate from Triangle Roasters. Order pickup from Charlie was a sinner. ($250) or Bar Bombón ($190). There’s also prix fixe menus at both for dinner, lunch, and brunch at Charlie’s new chalets, Bombón’s heated tent, or inside at either restaurant.

131 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

8. Forsythia

233 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19105
Forsythia chef Christopher Kearse.
Lexy Pierce/Forsythia

Old City’s French bar and restaurant just returned after a month-long hiatus with a new menu and expanded outdoor seating area. Its $75 four-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu is available for dine-in or takeout and delivery (free within a one-mile radius) starting Friday, February 12. To-go orders come with heat-and-eat instructions and a generous portion of its famous focaccia with spiced butter. Preorders include the option to augment dinner with wine pairings, cocktails, Champagne, and flowers.

233 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19105

9. Amada

217-219 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Jose Garces restaurant just reopened for indoor service, and to mark its comeback, a three-course Spanish spread ($80 per person) and a la carte tapas are available all Valentine’s Day weekend. A heat-and-eat holiday meal is also available for pickup at The Olde Bar ($85 per person). Order the festive four-course spread by Tuesday, February 9, which includes manchego and serrano, garlic shrimp, crab-stuffed peppers, lamb and chicken pintxos, diver scallops with jamon, and more.

217-219 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

10. Talula's Daily

208 W Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Talula’s Daily/official photo

The gourmet market and private dinner space offers a special five-course menu for indoor dining, pickup or delivery. The savory-and-sweet feast starts with fried cheese curds with rosemary honey, followed by lobster risotto, short rib dressed with polenta croutons, and a trio of cookies, berries, and whipped cream. Call to place orders, with a $50 beverage pairings available for pickup only.

208 W Washington Square
Philadelphia, PA 19106

11. Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti

212 Walnut St 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Grilled octopus at Positano Coast.
Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti/official photo

The sultry staple in Old City has plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year.

A “sweetheart” takeout menu for two features crab tacos, rigatoni, pork chop parmigiana or grilled salmon, chocolates, and a bottle of prosecco ($125), available Friday, February 12 to Sunday, February 14. The restaurant will be lit with candles all weekend to set the tone for elegant orders of lobster ravioli, linguine with sea urchin and crab, seafood boards, and whole lobster fra diavolo, along with a selection of oyster and champagne pairings all weekend.

212 Walnut St 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106

12. Chart House

555 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19147

The surf-and-turf staple on the banks of the Delaware River extends the holiday from Thursday, February 11, to Monday, February 15, with a dine-in dinner two ($140) starring filet mignon and lobster tails and Russian River Valley wine pairings for $65 more. Or do date night at home with a three-course menu ($100) comprised of strawberry salad, lobster trio and chocolate molten cake, with to-go wine bottles available too.

555 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19147

13. Fond

1537 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Chef Lee Styer will grill street-side from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with sausage sammies, soups, salads, burgers, cocktails to-go, and more. 
Fond/official photo

The acclaimed French restaurant on East Passyunk Avenue offers an array of choices for Valentine’s Day: a bake shop pop-up, surf and turf specials, and sammies from its street-side grill.

Specials include shrimp cocktail, crab cakes with smoked paprika aioli, and beef Bourguignon by the quart. The pop-up features heart-shaped sugar cookies, lemon tarts, coconut caramel chocolate truffles, peanut brittle, and olive bread. Pre-order through Friday, February 12 by email (orders@fondphilly.com) or phone for pickup on Valentine’s Day.

1537 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

14. Manatawny Still Works Craft Spirits Shop and Tasting Room

1603 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148

To celebrate the second release of its port barrel-aged gin — named one of the “Top 100 Spirits of 2020” by Wine Enthusiast — Manatawny Still Works hosts a Valentine’s Day Zoom tutorial on how to make two cocktails with the spirit. Registration for the 2 p.m. class ($65) includes a bottle of the gin, which can be shipped or picked up at its Pottstown or East Passyunk locations.

 

1603 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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