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18 Detroit Date-Night Options for Valentine’s Day

Restaurants offering curated dining experiences, special release beer, and sweet treats for Valentine’s Day or any date night in February

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What a date night and Valentine’s Day look like during a pandemic is different for everyone this year. Despite it all, Detroit’s restaurant industry continues to deliver. Restaurants, bars, and food businesses around town are serving out-of-the box (some, quite literally) experiences to make date night and Valentine’s Day special.

Listed below are a variety of to-go, curbside pick-up, outdoor dining spots, and reservations-only dine-in options to consider for a special occasion this month. Remember to tip your server and be kind to the restaurant staff.

A number of metro Detroit restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the state of Michigan’s coronavirus tracker. 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. Good Cakes and Bakes

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19363 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 468-9915
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Purchase a DIY cookie decorating kit, hot cocoa bombs, and Valentine’s Day cupcakes through February 14.

2. Narrow Way Cafe & Shop

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19331 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 397-7727
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Choose a stress free coffee takeout date in February with drinks from Narrow Way’s seasonal menu, featuring a red velvet cappuccino, red velvet freeze, and chocolate-covered strawberry smoothie.

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3. El Asador Steakhouse

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1312 Springwells St
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 297-2360
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The Southwest Detroit Business Association just installed three Luminarias (life-sized lanterns) for El Asador Steakhouse to create a private dining experience to enjoy its halal-certified fare this February. Always add guacamole. 20 percent of the restaurant’s sales benefit laid-off employees during the pandemic.

4. Frame

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23839 John R Rd #2
Hazel Park, MI 48030

Have a date at home with Frame’s Valentines Day gift guide or grab a reservation for one of Frame’s private yurts. Valentine’s Day includes a Romanian seafood dinner from the Danube and Black Sea. Chefs Gabriel and Gabriela Botezan are incorporating ingredients from the northern end of the Bulgarian coastline into the dishes.

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5. Kiss N Cakes

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Fisher Bldg, 3011 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202

Kiss N Cakes’ Valentine’s Day preorders just went live for customizable floral cupcakes. Choose the color of hand-piped buttercream frosting over cupcake flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry champagne. Additional sweets of kissncake-sicles, decorated sugar cookies, and chocolate covered strawberries are also available for pick-up at the Peacock Room, located in the Fisher Building. Pick-up on Friday, February 12, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, February 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

6. Yumvillage

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6500 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 334-6099
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New Center’s West African and Caribbean food company offers a Valentine’s Day dinner, alongside cooking classes, Djembe classes, and personalized Djembe greetings. All can be purchased online for an at-home date night. Pick up some food curbside, too.

7. Ferndale Stock Pot at Kiesling

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449 E Milwaukee Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 638-2169
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Ferndale Stock Pot is popping up at the Kiesling to-go window with beet borscht and pizza puffs. Menu specifics are posted to Instagram, with beverages from Kiesling and Milwaukee Caffe available for purchase.

8. Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails

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15 E Kirby St D
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 818-3915
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In addition to curbside pick-up and meal kits, Chartreuse will offer an a la carte menu during the second weekend in February. There’s a limited number of reservations. The special weekend also includes a caviar package with cava and other accoutrements. For each package purchased, a second will be donated to a restaurant staff worker.

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9. FOLK Detroit

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1701 Trumbull
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 742-2672
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Fat Love Bundles are available for pre-sale now for pick-up February 14 and February 15. Choose a unique collaborative box experience to bring home that includes a variety of options, like six Roses Fine Food and Wine paczki flavors and charcuterie with bubbles, CBD, or Big Heart Tea.

10. Bon Bon Bon Midtown Detroit

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441 W Canfield St Suite 12
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 316-1430
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A “little tingle here or there” is the theme for Bon Bon Bon and chef Jon King’s chocolate collaboration. These cleverly named, limited release bon bons celebrate Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, or any date night this month.

11. Avalon International Breads

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422 W Willis St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-0008
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Order brunch for two to-go for $25 at any location of Avalon International Breads that includes a beverage, pastry, and an entree for each person or opt for one of the brunch boxes.

12. Batch Brewing Company

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1400 Porter St
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 338-8008
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Sip a Meet Cute, the Valentine’s Day release porter from Batch Brewing Company, while grabbing brunch, courtesy of Chef Matt, in the “Fauci Fieldhouse” beer garden. A second heater was just installed to keep things warm and toasty.

13. Grey Ghost Detroit

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47 Watson St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 262-6534
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Opt for a five-course tasting menu on February 13 ($85 per person), with optional beverage pairings. Reservations can be made by emailing events@greyghostdetroit.com. Valentine’s Day features the full menu selection, in addition to specials. Specifics are being finalized by the chefs and will be posted to Grey Ghost’s social media pages.

14. The Apparatus Room

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250 W Larned St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 800-5600
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Two dining room seatings at 5:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. or ten private dining suites are available on February 13 and February 14. The night includes a $95 prix fixe dinner with optional menu supplements and wine pairings. Private suite seating available between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. for an additional $100.

15. Highlands

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400 Renaissance Center floor 71
Detroit, MI 48243
(313) 877-9090
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How about a sweetheart brunch in the sky on Valentine’s Day morning for $49 per person? Or, enjoy date night while taking in the spectacular views atop the Renaissance Center on February 14 or February 15. The evening features a special four-course dinner with dessert and a glass of sparkling wine for $95 per person. Seating is limited. Reservations required.

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16. Two Way Inn

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17897 Mt Elliott St
Detroit, MI 48212
(313) 891-4925
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On January 30, Two Way Inn hosts a takeout Sweetheart Vodka sale with offerings of house-infused vodka, spiked hot chocolate, and spiked iced coffee. Polish vodka flavors include Lemonheads candy, cucumber, dill pickle, peppered dill, and horseradish.

17. Big Girl Burgers and Biscuits

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1454 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48207

Crack open a beer in the rooftop dugout at Collect Beer Bar and enjoy burgers, chicken tender biscuits, and fries at the weekly pop-up of Big Girl — a Sunday restaurant hosted inside Bunny Bunny. Pre-orders go live each Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

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18. Warda Pâtisserie

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1464 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48207
(248) 795-3026

Warda Pâtisserie is serving Shiraz tarts, a rose and lychee tart, pâtes de fruits, and other treats for Valentine’s Day. Order online for pick-up at the Eastern Market location.

1. Good Cakes and Bakes

19363 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221

Purchase a DIY cookie decorating kit, hot cocoa bombs, and Valentine’s Day cupcakes through February 14.

19363 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221

2. Narrow Way Cafe & Shop

19331 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221
Narrow Way (courtesy photo)

Choose a stress free coffee takeout date in February with drinks from Narrow Way’s seasonal menu, featuring a red velvet cappuccino, red velvet freeze, and chocolate-covered strawberry smoothie.

19331 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221

3. El Asador Steakhouse

1312 Springwells St, Detroit, MI 48209

The Southwest Detroit Business Association just installed three Luminarias (life-sized lanterns) for El Asador Steakhouse to create a private dining experience to enjoy its halal-certified fare this February. Always add guacamole. 20 percent of the restaurant’s sales benefit laid-off employees during the pandemic.

1312 Springwells St
Detroit, MI 48209

4. Frame

23839 John R Rd #2, Hazel Park, MI 48030
Frame (courtesy photo)

Have a date at home with Frame’s Valentines Day gift guide or grab a reservation for one of Frame’s private yurts. Valentine’s Day includes a Romanian seafood dinner from the Danube and Black Sea. Chefs Gabriel and Gabriela Botezan are incorporating ingredients from the northern end of the Bulgarian coastline into the dishes.

23839 John R Rd #2
Hazel Park, MI 48030

5. Kiss N Cakes

Fisher Bldg, 3011 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202

Kiss N Cakes’ Valentine’s Day preorders just went live for customizable floral cupcakes. Choose the color of hand-piped buttercream frosting over cupcake flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry champagne. Additional sweets of kissncake-sicles, decorated sugar cookies, and chocolate covered strawberries are also available for pick-up at the Peacock Room, located in the Fisher Building. Pick-up on Friday, February 12, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, February 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fisher Bldg, 3011 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202

6. Yumvillage

6500 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

New Center’s West African and Caribbean food company offers a Valentine’s Day dinner, alongside cooking classes, Djembe classes, and personalized Djembe greetings. All can be purchased online for an at-home date night. Pick up some food curbside, too.

6500 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202

7. Ferndale Stock Pot at Kiesling

449 E Milwaukee Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

Ferndale Stock Pot is popping up at the Kiesling to-go window with beet borscht and pizza puffs. Menu specifics are posted to Instagram, with beverages from Kiesling and Milwaukee Caffe available for purchase.

449 E Milwaukee Ave
Detroit, MI 48202

8. Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails

15 E Kirby St D, Detroit, MI 48202
Hot Dish Chartreuse

In addition to curbside pick-up and meal kits, Chartreuse will offer an a la carte menu during the second weekend in February. There’s a limited number of reservations. The special weekend also includes a caviar package with cava and other accoutrements. For each package purchased, a second will be donated to a restaurant staff worker.

15 E Kirby St D
Detroit, MI 48202

9. FOLK Detroit

1701 Trumbull, Detroit, MI 48216

Fat Love Bundles are available for pre-sale now for pick-up February 14 and February 15. Choose a unique collaborative box experience to bring home that includes a variety of options, like six Roses Fine Food and Wine paczki flavors and charcuterie with bubbles, CBD, or Big Heart Tea.

1701 Trumbull
Detroit, MI 48216

10. Bon Bon Bon Midtown Detroit

441 W Canfield St Suite 12, Detroit, MI 48201

A “little tingle here or there” is the theme for Bon Bon Bon and chef Jon King’s chocolate collaboration. These cleverly named, limited release bon bons celebrate Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, or any date night this month.

441 W Canfield St Suite 12
Detroit, MI 48201

11. Avalon International Breads

422 W Willis St, Detroit, MI 48201

Order brunch for two to-go for $25 at any location of Avalon International Breads that includes a beverage, pastry, and an entree for each person or opt for one of the brunch boxes.

422 W Willis St
Detroit, MI 48201

12. Batch Brewing Company

1400 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48216

Sip a Meet Cute, the Valentine’s Day release porter from Batch Brewing Company, while grabbing brunch, courtesy of Chef Matt, in the “Fauci Fieldhouse” beer garden. A second heater was just installed to keep things warm and toasty.

1400 Porter St
Detroit, MI 48216

13. Grey Ghost Detroit

47 Watson St, Detroit, MI 48201

Opt for a five-course tasting menu on February 13 ($85 per person), with optional beverage pairings. Reservations can be made by emailing events@greyghostdetroit.com. Valentine’s Day features the full menu selection, in addition to specials. Specifics are being finalized by the chefs and will be posted to Grey Ghost’s social media pages.

47 Watson St
Detroit, MI 48201

14. The Apparatus Room

250 W Larned St, Detroit, MI 48226

Two dining room seatings at 5:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. or ten private dining suites are available on February 13 and February 14. The night includes a $95 prix fixe dinner with optional menu supplements and wine pairings. Private suite seating available between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. for an additional $100.

250 W Larned St
Detroit, MI 48226

15. Highlands

400 Renaissance Center floor 71, Detroit, MI 48243
Michelle Gerard | michellegerard

How about a sweetheart brunch in the sky on Valentine’s Day morning for $49 per person? Or, enjoy date night while taking in the spectacular views atop the Renaissance Center on February 14 or February 15. The evening features a special four-course dinner with dessert and a glass of sparkling wine for $95 per person. Seating is limited. Reservations required.

400 Renaissance Center floor 71
Detroit, MI 48243

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16. Two Way Inn

17897 Mt Elliott St, Detroit, MI 48212

On January 30, Two Way Inn hosts a takeout Sweetheart Vodka sale with offerings of house-infused vodka, spiked hot chocolate, and spiked iced coffee. Polish vodka flavors include Lemonheads candy, cucumber, dill pickle, peppered dill, and horseradish.

17897 Mt Elliott St
Detroit, MI 48212

17. Big Girl Burgers and Biscuits

1454 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207
Big Girl (courtesy photo)

Crack open a beer in the rooftop dugout at Collect Beer Bar and enjoy burgers, chicken tender biscuits, and fries at the weekly pop-up of Big Girl — a Sunday restaurant hosted inside Bunny Bunny. Pre-orders go live each Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

1454 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48207

18. Warda Pâtisserie

1464 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

Warda Pâtisserie is serving Shiraz tarts, a rose and lychee tart, pâtes de fruits, and other treats for Valentine’s Day. Order online for pick-up at the Eastern Market location.

1464 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48207

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