10 Valentine’s Day Dining Experiences in Metro Detroit

Here’s what’s going on at Oak & Reel, Pop’s for Italian, Marrow, and more
Oak & Reel
Oak & Reel is offering an à la carte menu and five-course tasting menu for Valentine’s Day. // Photograph courtesy of Oak & Reel

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and restaurants across the metro Detroit area are offering tasty dining experiences to celebrate the romantic holiday. Check online or call ahead to make a reservation.

Oak & Reel

From Feb. 11-14, the Milwaukee Junction restaurant is offering both an à la carte menu and a five-course tasting menu for Valentine’s Day. À la carte options include agnolotti with veal breast, sweet breads, and wood-fire grilled turbot, and the tasting menu is $100 a person and includes “chef creations.” Oak & Reel, 2921 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-270-9600; oakandreel.com

Metropolitan Bar & Kitchen

For Valentine’s Day, this new West Village restaurant and shop is hosting a dessert tasting menu event with pastry chef Lena Sareini on Feb. 12 and 13. Sareini was named Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine in 2020 and is a James Beard Rising Star semifinalist. Keep an eye on Metropolitan’s social media for information on the menu and reservations. Metropolitan Variety Bar & Kitchen, 8047 Agnes St., Detroit; 313-469-0976; metropolitanvariety.com

One-Eyed Betty’s

The Ferndale staple will be open from 4 p.m. to midnight on Feb. 14. Along with its usual menu, the restaurant is offering a Betty’s Dinner for the Lonely Hearts prix fixe menu. At $50 a person, the special includes pomegranate salad, a choice of short rib with hasselback potatoes and asparagus or Tuscan shrimp pasta with bread, strawberry shortcake, and your choice of beer in a Betty’s glass you can take home. One-Eyed Betty’s, 175 W. Troy St., Ferndale; 248-808-6633; oneeyedbettys.com

San Morello

The Italian restaurant will be open the weekend before Valentine’s Day and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. Diners can enjoy the restaurant’s à la carte menu as well holiday specials like crab crostini, lobster ravioli, and grilled veal chop. San Morello, 1400 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-209-4700; sanmorello.com


Enjoy dinner and a show at Andiamo’s Phantom of the Opera Valentine’s experience. Taking place from Feb. 11-19 at Andiamo locations across metro Detroit, the event is $90 per person and includes a live performance, cocktail reception, a three-course dinner, and a choice of red or white wine. Andiamo; see shop.vicarirestaurants.com for locations 

The Apparatus Room

At $125 a person, Apparatus Room’s Valentine’s Day menu kicks off with canapés like spinach and wild mushroom arancini and beef tartare, includes rolls and shaved root vegetable salad for starters, offers duck confit cannelloni as a mid-course, gives guests an entrée option of roasted sturgeon or duo of beef, and includes a dessert for the table. The Apparatus Room, 250 W. Larned St., Detroit; 313-800-5600; detroitfoundationalhotel.com

The Whitney

Named one of the top local restaurants for romantic dining in our 2021 Best of Detroit reader’s poll, The Whitney is offering a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner menu from Feb. 12-14. For $99 each, guests will enjoy music from a strolling violinist while experiencing a menu that includes items like lobster bisque, a choice of beef wellington, seafood sauté, filet mignon, and other main dishes, and seasonal appetizers. Each couple will also receive a souvenir red rose. The Whitney, 4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-5700; thewhitney.com


Hazel Park hot spot Frame is hosting a Valentine’s Day Old-School Steakhouse pop-up on Feb. 12 and 13 with Chef Michael Barrera. The menu includes a shrimp cocktail, steak tartare, wedge salad, an option of a 6 oz. petit filet mignon or 10 oz. N.Y. strip, sides, and a hot fudge sundae. Guests can reserve a spot inside Frame for $95 a person or pay $570 for a party of six in the yurts. For an additional cost, guests can enjoy wine pairings by sommelier and wine director Sean Crenny and cocktails by mixtress Jaz’min Weaver. Frame, 23839 John R Road, #2, Hazel Park; framehazelpark.com

Pop’s for Italian

This Ferndale restaurant is hosting a four-course Pop’s Cupid Dinner for two from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. The $100 dinner includes Caesar salad, choice of appetizer, choice of handmade pasta, and one shared dessert and a bottle of wine. Those who’d like to dine at Pop’s must purchase a ticket online ahead of time. Pop’s for Italian, 280 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale; 248-268-4806; popsforitalian.com   


West Village restaurant Marrow is offering two dining options this Valentine’s Day. For $150, diners can get a to-go meal kit for two that includes a shrimp cocktail, kale Caesar, crab pot pie, beef wellington, and chocolate cake. Orders include heating instructions and may be picked up on Feb. 13. And from Feb. 10-14 at the restaurant, diners can enjoy a Valentine’s Day menu for $100 per person that includes hors d’oeuvres like oysters Rockefeller, a tuna melt, ham salad, spinach-artichoke dip, meatloaf, a Coney dog with crab legs, banana cream pie, and a milkshake. Marrow, 8044 Kercheval, Suite 1B, Detroit; 313-513-0361; marrowdetroit.com

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