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Valentine’s Day Restaurant Round-Up

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Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is upon us and if you haven’t made a dinner reservation yet, you better get on it. We did a little research and uncovered a few spots that still have some table space. So don’t delay – forward this post to your special someone and make that reservation today!

Valentine’s Day Restaurant Round-Up:
The juke joint that’s taking South Philly by storm, the Twisted Tail, just might be one of the liveliest places you could take your sweetheart. Enjoy their southern-inspired menu with a 3-course meal for $40/person. Offerings include options like Lobster and Crawfish Bisque, Fennel Dusted Scallops and Southern Style Beingets with Bourbon Honey Ice Cream.

Dine under the watchful eye of Nectar’s resplendent Buddha and give your valentine a romantic experience to remember. Chef Patrick Feury is one of the regional leaders in sustainable dining (think on-site herb garden and grass-fed beef) and his menu reflects an interesting fusion of Asian and French cuisine. Also not to miss are Nectar’s expertly crafted cocktails. We suggest you arrive a little early and have a drink at the bar to kick-off your evening.

Jason Cichonski and Chip Roman’s newest venture, Ela, has resulted in one of the most delightful menus of late. Paired with one of the better wine programs in the city, Ela’s food is all at once innovative, comforting and seasonal. If you can’t score a table, wait your turn at the bar which offers an amazing menu of its own with options like oysters, shaved kale or duck magret with pretzel spaetzle, brussels sprouts and smoked butternut squash.

Midtown Village’s Opa has become a go-to spot for small plate dining. Perfect for sharing a cozy meal, Opa offers a wide variety of Greek eats. It is also a great place for couples who split the line between eating meat and preferring not to. Don’t miss their super addictive zucchini chips or the wine-braised rabbit.

Rather than a traditional sit down meal, head to Tria to feast on all things fermented and an enticing small plates menu. With three locations (Rittenhouse, Washington Square and University City) Tria offers the wine, beer and cheese lover plenty of opportunity to celebrate. And if that wasn’t enough, Tria will be pouring two special Prosecco’s from legendary Italian winemaker Giorgio Rivetti.

The other option you have to making a reservation is to try your luck at a place that takes no reservations. We suggest Zavino, nestled in the middle of busy 13th street, this wine and pizza-focused spot always delivers. They offer a great selection of cheese and cured meats, our current favorite being the Baby Jesus (cured pork, aged 30 days in New York). Also, don’t overlook the Burrata small plate, it’s a deliciously creamy piece of cheese heaven.