Here are 33 Cincinnati Valentine's Day Dinners and Events to Feel the Love with Your Sweetie, Yourself or Your BFFs

The Queen City has plenty of dinners for two, gal-pal parties and anti-Valentine's Day events to satisfy all types of celebrators

click to enlarge Fairfield Market - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Fairfield Market

Looking for something to do with your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? Need to find a new person to date altogether? Maybe you and your friends don't give a crap about Valentine's Day and just want to dance. Well, there's plenty of dinners and events in Cincinnati to satisfy all types of lovers and haters and I-don't-care-ers.

Here's 33 to get you started.

Note: RSVP for dinners and most events is required.

Dinners

Valentine's Day at Hotel Covington — Coppin's at Hotel Covington is crafted a special three-course menu. Select from entrees including garlic lemon marinated salmon or chicken fried picatta. Course three is dessert. If you want to go VIP, opt for a four-course meal with wine pairings in an intimate dining room, accompanied by live music. 4-11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15. $49 per person three-course; $175 per person four-course. Coppin's at Hotel Covington, 638 Madison Ave., Covington, hotelcovington.com.

Valentine’s Day at Fairfield Market — Fairfield Market is providing a romantic Valentine’s Day date for two. You can spice up your evening with an all inclusive dinner-for-two. One ticket is good for a bottle of wine (white, red or sparkling), a charcuterie board, two entrees and a dessert to top it all off. Tickets and bar are first-come, first-served. 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. seatings Friday, Feb. 14. $100 per couple. The Fairfield Market, 700 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, facebook.com/FairfieldMrkt.

Valentine's Day at Nicola's Restaurant — Nicola’s Restaurant is providing a three-course meal to all you lovers out there — with a special dessert. 5-10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. $75 per person. Nicola’s Restaurant, 1420 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/NicolasRestaurantOTR.

Valentine's Day Masquerade Murder Mystery Dinner — Turfway Park is looking to provide lovers, friends and guests with a night of mystery and romance with the Valentine’s Day Masquerade Murder Mystery Dinner. One ticket guarantees a buffet dinner as well as domestic beer and wine. Then put your heads together to solve the mystery at hand while enjoying locally made drinks and an abundance of food. And don’t forget your mask! 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. $50 per person. Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Florence, turfway.com.

That's Amore - Valentine's Day Prix Fixe Dinner at The Butcher and Barrel — The Butcher and Barrel is hosting That’s Amore, an all-inclusive Valentine’s Day dinner for couples or members of the Lonely Hearts Club (aka singles at the bar). The special prix fixe menu includes two entrees, which include options like grilled caesar salad, braised beef bruschetta, filet with mushroom risotto and more. Leave room for dessert: Course three is your choice of strawberry cheesecake, chocolate raspberry mousse or a classic red velvet cake. Specials on cocktails, sparkling wine and more will also be available. 6-11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. $90 per couple; $45 Lonely Hearts Club. The Butcher and Barrel, 700 Race St., Downtown, thebutcherbarrel.com.

Wild Side of Love Valentine's Dinners — The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is hosting a series of “Wild Side of Love” Valentine’s dinners this February. Cozy up with a partner and interact with some of the zoo’s animals for a night of wildlife, romance and fun. You’ll learn about animals’ reproductive activities while enjoying a dinner buffet and champagne toast. For an extra $20, guests can opt for a flight of paired red, white and dessert wine; a cash bar is also available. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7; Saturday, Feb 8; Friday, Feb. 14; Saturday, Feb 15. $200 per couple. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org.

Valentine's at the Memo — Cincinnati favorites The Phoenix and Eli’s BBQ are teaming up again this Valentine’s Day for a four-course dining extravaganza at Memorial Hall. Each guest will receive four courses (appetizer, salad, entree and dessert) as well as two drink pairings. Live music, architectural wonders and romance await. Please choose a meat or veggie option. 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. $70 per person. Memorial Hall OTR, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, memorialhallotr.com.

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Vinoklet — Vinoklet Winery is hosting an evening of romance with a Valentine’s Dinner for two with an entree choice of chicken, filet mignon, salmon, shrimp or New York strip steak. Various side selections will be provided such as au gratin potatoes and fresh garden salad. Live music will be performed by John Walsh throughout the evening, capping off a night of fine dining, wine and romance. 5-11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. $36.45-42.06 per person. Vinoklet Winery, Restaurant, & Vineyard, 11069 Colerain Ave., Bevis, facebook.com/vinoklet.

Valentine’s Day at Montgomery Inn — Montgomery Inn will be offering a full menu, specials and live music. 5-10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Montgomery Inn, 9440 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; The Boathouse, 925 Riverside Drive, Downtown, montgomeryinn.com.

Valentine’s Dinner at Che — Chef Mandy Carlos has prepared a four-course prix fixe menu. Choose your first course and entree and then Che selects the rest. 6-11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. $90 per couple with bottle of wine; $50 single with a glass of wine. Che, 1342 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, checincinnati.com.

Valentine’s Prix Fixe Dinner at The View at Shires’ Garden — For a great view of sparkling city lights, make an RSVP for this prix fixe dinner at The View at Shires’ Garden. The evening includes four courses — three of which are shareable — and a glass of sparkling wine. 6-11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. $100 per couple. 309 Vine St., 10th Floor, Downtown, theviewatshiresgarden.com.

Valentine’s Day at Branch — Branch chef Shoshannah Anderson has crafted a three-course prix fixe dinner with multiple meaty and vegetarian options, plus bread and culture butter. Visit Night Drop downstairs for Bottles and Bonds from 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m.: “A night of debauchery for those less inclined to be coupled up on this ‘holiday.’ Or, for those couples looking to push the bonds of their love.” 5-11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Branch, 1535 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills, eatatbranch.com.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Party at Schwartz’s Point — This jazzy evening at Schwartz’s includes a dinner buffet, roses and live entertainment by singer Mandy Gaines, backed by the city’s best musicians. 7:30 p.m.-midnight Friday, Feb. 14. $35; $40 per person Feb. 13 and day of. Schwartz’s Point Jazz & Acoustic Club, 1901 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/schwartzspoint.

Valentine’s Day Prime Rib Buffet — Mt. Carmel Brewing Company hosts an evening of dining and drinking. A dinner buffet will include a prime rib carving station, pasta station, salad bar, potatoes and desserts. There will also be wine by the bottle and craft cocktails. 6 or 8 p.m. seating Friday, Feb. 14. $29.95 per person. Mt. Carmel Brewing Company, 4362 Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road, Mt. Carmel, facebook.com/mtcarmelbrewing.

Valentine’s Day Wine Dinner at The Phoenix — The Wine Merchant hosts this four-course dinner at The Phoenix. 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. $80. The Phoenix, 812 Race St., Downtown, winemerchantcincinnati.com.

Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two at Streetside Brewery — Street Chef Brigade will be preparing a low-stress meal for two. For each $30 ticket, you’ll get three sliders, french fries, four chocolate strawberries and two half pints of beer. 5-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. $30. Streetside Brewery, 4003 Eastern Ave., Columbia Tusculum, tickets here.

Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Dinner at The Littlefield — The Littlefield is hosting several dinner seatings over several days for its Valentine’s Day celebration. There will be four courses with dishes ranging from patatas bravas and honeyed butternut squash risotto to filet mignon and Mexican chocolate layer cake. 5-5:30 p.m. or 8:30-9 p.m. seatings Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15. $65 per person. The Littlefield, 3934 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, facebook.com/TheLittlefieldNorthside.

EVENTS

Love In the Wild: A Match Made in Habitats — This Valentine’s Day, you can soak in the beauty of the Krohn Conservatory at night while learning more about the natural world. Cincinnati Parks staff will offer insight into wildlife love and reproduction in habitats like the rainforest and desert. Tickets include two drink vouchers and light snacks. 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. $25 per person; $40 per couple. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Mt. Adams, facebook.com/CincyParks.

Candlelight and Cocktails Valentine’s Day — Head to new bar Twenties Cincinnati — a Roaring Twenties-inspired bar — to imbibe some classic cocktails from a special themed drink menu. There will also be $4 glasses of house bubbly until 10 p.m. and live music from Nick Tuttle starting at 9 p.m. 4-11:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Twenties Cincinnati, 2733 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills, facebook.com/twentiescincy.

Sweet Harmony at Rhinegeist —Grab a drink and some sweets at Rhinegeist’s third annual Valentine’s Day event. One $35 admission ticket will allow you to bring one guest, while tasting five paired beers and desserts that Rhinegeist has specially selected for maximum complementing flavors. Local beer. Local treats. 8-11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. $35 per person w/ one guest. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/rhinegeist.

Macaron and Beer Pairing at Locoba — Locoba and Macaron Bar are teaming up to provide you with four pairs of specially coupled macarons and beers to kick off Valentine’s Day with a fun — and tasty — experience. Locoba is offering its specialty beers, like the Red Martian, and pairing them with Macaron Bar’s complementary treats, like their chocolate strawberry macaron. 6-7 p.m., 7-8 p.m. and 8-9 p.m.Friday, Feb. 14. $23 per person. Locoba by Platform, 1201 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/locobaplatform.

Loveapalooza: A Non-Traditional Valentine’s at Know Theatre — If you're looking for something non-traditional to do this Feb. 14, head to Know Theatre's Valentine’s Day party, where there will be "drag queens, speed-friending, love-themed improv, cheeky craft cocktails, lite bites and so much more." Purchasing a ticket enters you into the night’s raffle for a chance to win prizes and gives you access to the theater's silent auction. The night is full of chances for you to feel the love this Valentine’s Day. Presented with The Cincinnati Sisters and OTRImprov. 7-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. $15 per person. Know Theatre of Cincinnati, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/knowtheatre.

Stupid Cupid: Anti-Valentine’s Day Event at Main Event — Valentine’s Day isn’t glamorous for everybody but Main Event Speakeasy can make it glamorous for you with their Anti-Valentine’s event. Be dazzled by drag performers including host Jessica Dimon, Misty Phoenix, P.H. Dee, Montana Banana and the Cincinnati Sisters, then have a few drinks and enter for your chance to win one of six raffle baskets. All tips and proceeds from the event go to Caracole’s free mobile HIV testing/education program. According to a description, this event is geared toward those who feel "Too queer, poly, asexual, or single to enjoy the holiday? Come celebrate those who are left out of valentine's day." 8-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Main Event Speakeasy, 835 Main St., Downtown, facebook.com/cincinnatisisters.

Leather & Lace at The Birdcage — This sexy, sultry event is hosted by Cincinnati Leather and the Birdcage. Dress up in your lace and leather and celebrate all kinds of love this Valentine’s Day. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14. The Birdcage. 927 Race St., Downtown, facebook.com/birdcagecincy.

Valentine’s Acro Yoga — Relieve some bad energy this Valentine’s with a partner — -or by yourself — at HUE Yoga’s Valentine’s Acro Yoga event. No yoga experience is required. 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. HUE Yoga. 2916 Highland Ave., Corryville, facebook.com.

The Love Below Art Exhibit and Speed Dating at Arts OTA — View and appreciate local artwork and take your chance at love with this event hosted by Arts OTA. If you’re looking for a potential Valentine, you can participate in their speed dating. There will be a free Hennessy hour taking place during the event. 5-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. $10 per person. Dress professional. Arts OTA, 2141 Central Ave., Brighton, facebook.com.

Night Circus: Cabaret — Prepare for a classical take on Valentine’s Day with a cabaret. Magical cirque performances, “lovely madames” and a full bar are waiting to make your Valentine’s night with your partner one you won’t forget. Your ticket includes full access to the bar, vendors, seating for the show and, if you’d like, stick around for the afterparty. 7-10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. $25 online; $30 at door. 18+. The Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/passionproductionscincy.

The Soul Pocket Valentine’s Day All Red Party — Put on your best red outfit and head over to the Redmoor for a night of live music, soul and love. Cocktails and food served throughout the night. 8-11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. $10 per person. The Redmoor Live Music, 3187 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, facebook.com/weekeepyoudancing.

Special Couples Open Wheel at Queen City Clay — You can cozy up to the pottery wheel and spin with your loved one this Valentine’s Day at Queen City Clay. Inspired by Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore’s sexy scene in Ghost, couples will spin their own pottery and enjoy some chocolates and wine. Ghost will of course be playing in the background for you and your partner to watch. 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. $75 per couple. Queen City Clay, 3130 Wasson Road, Hyde Park, facebook.com/queencityclay.

Lovebirds: Valentine’s Improv Comedy — Improv Cincinnati is making it so you don’t have to take Valentine’s Day so seriously this year with their Valentine’s Day comedy event. Three pairs of comedy duos, who happen to be real-life couples, are bringing their relationships to the stage and the laughs to the crowd. 8-9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. $10 per person. Improv Cincinnati, Clifton Performance Theatre, 404 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, facebook.com/improvcincinnati.

Alex Bugnon’s 4th Annual Valentine’s Day Celebration — Swiss Jazz pianist Alex Bugnon returns to the Ludlow Garage with his fourth annual Valentine’s Day Jazz presentation. An evening of sultry and soothing sound for Cincinnatians of all ages, this night is sure to top off the season of love in high-class style. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15-16. $30-$60. Ludlow Garage Cincinnati, 342 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, ludlowgaragecincinnati.com.

Valentines with The Sycamore Trio at Arnold's Bar and Grill — Take it easy this Valentine’s Day with a casual and soothing performance by the Sycamore Trio. Date or no date, this can be your night to take it easy and allow yourself to be serenaded by some local jazz vocalists. 8-11:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Free admission. Arnold’s Bar & Grill, 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown, facebook.com.

Valentine’s Day Concert Dance Extravaganza — Join Grammy-nominated singer Chante Moore this Valentine’s weekend to sing your heart out and dance your socks off. 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Feb. 15. $55. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatiarts.org.

My Furry Valentine — Intended to spur the love of animals and get some cute critters into a safe and loving home, this event is meant for you to find your one true love: a new pet! Dozens of Cincinnati rescues and adoption services will be under one roof at the Sharonville Convention Center for Cincinnati's largest animal adoption event, featuring more than 1,000 animals. 10 a.m.-noon early bird and noon-5 p.m. general admission Saturday, Feb. 15; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. $25 early bird; $5 general admission. Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, myfurryvalentine.com.

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