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Valentines Day Dining in Tucson

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AZUL, Westin La Paloma
Step into the blue this Valentine’s Day and celebrate in style at the Westin La Paloma and AZUL Restaurant Lounge, the Foothills’ newest upscale hotspot. AZUL invites you and your sweetheart to enjoy a delicious Mediterranean-inspired four-course meal for $60 per person.

An ideal locale for a romantic evening, this contemporary, upscale cocktail and dining experience is surrounded by dramatic blue lighting, deep lounge music and unrivaled mountain views. Executive Chef Serge DeLage and Chef de Cuisine Amanda Lindquist have planned a special prix-fixe menu that includes tempting starters like Seared Scallop Carpaccio, Merlot Braised Oxtail and Baked Malpec Oysters made with a champagne dijon. For the entrée, guests can choose between a Pan Seared Chilean Seabass, Root Vegetable Stuffed Cornish Hen or Pancetta Wrapped Beef Tenderloin. For an indulgent dessert, guests can savor a Dark Chocolate Valentine Gateau with pink champagne sabayon.

Sneak away for the weekend and stay in a plush suite at La Paloma. The Valentine’s Weekend package starts at $359 and includes a room, dinner for two at AZUL, sparkling house champagne, chocolate strawberries and breakfast for two the next morning.

Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 520.742.6000. For more information about dining hours and specials, visit the website.

Harvest Restaurant
Join the award-winning Harvest Restaurant,  and enjoy a romantic $55 three-course prix-fixe dinner and carefully selected wine pairings.

This Valentine’s Day, Harvest’s special first course menu will feature Maine Lobster Bisque with butter poached little neck clams and a Seafood Antipasti for two that includes Oysters Rockefeller, citrus and fennel steamed mussels and Dungeness Crab. As a second course, dishes include a Salmon River Braised Pork Shank, Lemon Braised Lemon Sole stuffed with blue lump crab, and Chateaubriand with a cognac demi glaze served with cauliflower gratin, oven dried roma tomatoes and wild mushrooms. Wine pairings for the evening will be an additional charge. Harvest’s pastry chef will prepare a special Valentine’s Day inspired shared chocolate dessert.

Recently awarded a Three Diamond rating from AAA/CAA for high quality of standards in food, personal service and décor, and renowned for offering imaginative seasonally-inspired cuisine, Harvest has become an Oro Valley neighborhood favorite.

To make reservations, please call (520) 731-1100 or visit the website ; 10355 North La Canada Drive.

The Grill at Hacienda del Sol
The Grill at Hacienda del Sol invites you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a $75 prix-fixe four-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Ramiro Scavo. Ladies each receive a beautiful red rose.

Consistently praised for its unrivaled Southwestern ambiance, The Grill at Hacienda del Sol is an elegant choice this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy piano music while sipping on a bottle of wine from the Grill’s first-class wine cellar, with more than 2,000 labels and 25,000 bottles to choose from. Wine pairings for the evening come at an additional cost.

The dinner will begin with complimentary amuse-brouche.  Scavo’s appetizers for Valentine’s Day include Pan Seared Foie Gras with candied apricot, Herbed Gnocchi and Oysters on the Half Shell served with citrus caviar. Special entrees prepared especially for the evening include Braised Rabbit Leg with sous vide loin, Whole Roasted Barramundi and a Vegetarian Plate with house-made hummus, cucumber relish, currant couscous, fresh tzatziki, house-made pita bread and baby vegetables.

As a special Valentine’s Day indulgence, guests can enjoy one of Hacienda’s famous desserts. Hacienda’s exclusive fine cheese cart will be offered at the very end of the meal.

Reservations start at 5pm and are strongly encouraged for Valentine’s Day. Please call 520.529.3500, located at 5501 North Hacienda del Sol Road.

Bluefin
Make this Valentine’s Day memorable by celebrating at the award-winning Bluefin Seafood Bistro, 7053 North Oracle Road. Executive Chef Jim Murphy has prepared an à la carte menu which will include special items and a mix of favorite dishes from Bluefin’s dinner menu.

À la carte items include the Cashew Crusted Mahi-Mahi and Bluefin Bouillabaisse made with lobster, cod, shrimp, scallops and mussels. Specials for the evening include a flavorful Lobster Bisque, Cedar Planked Hawaiian Escolar, Roasted and Carved Beef Tenderloin and Grilled New Zealand Sea Bass. Most entrées are accompanied by Texmati rice and sautéed vegetables. Prices for entrées will fall between $21 and $30.

For dessert, Bluefin will feature signature dishes including the Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Torte, Vanilla Crème Brûlée and Ginger Molasses Cake made with roasted pear cinnamon caramel.

Guests can enjoy an intimate dining experience in the upper level dining room, downstairs lounge area or the beautiful patio area for a romantic candlelit dinner.

Reservations are recommended at Bluefin Seafood Bistro by calling the restaurant at 520.531.8500 or visiting the website.

Kingfisher Bar & Grill
This Valentine’s Day, make reservations at Tucson’s Best Seafood Restaurant and treat your sweetheart to dinner at Kingfisher Bar & Grill, 2564 East Grant Road. A special Valentine’s Day menu of house favorites will be available from 5pm-10pm; the late night menu will be available from 10pm-midnight.

Share a bottle of wine and savor oysters, grilled shrimp, smoked ruby trout and scallop ceviche from Kingfisher’s famous Oyster Bar Tasting. The Valentine’s menu also includes tasty appetizers like New England and Manhattan Clam Chowder served with oyster crackers, and the Baked Oysters “Storyville” made with crab meat, champagne, crème fraiche, cayenne, parmesan and sweet butter.

Entrées prepared especially for the evening include live New England Lobsters, steamed with drawn butter, Texmati rice pilaf accompanied with julienne vegetables and Kingfisher’s Cioppino with crab, scallops, littleneck clams, mussels, shrimp, codfish, tomato, leeks, fish broth and basil pesto crouton.  Entrées are priced between $24 and $34. Dessert includes the ever popular Kahlua Cheesecase with dulce de leche sauce and the Apricot Ginger Poundcake with butterscotch ice cream and hot buttered rum sauce.

Reservations are encouraged for Valentine’s Day. Please call 520.323.7739 or visit the website.

Make a Date with Fox Restaurants this Valentine’s Day

Treat someone special to a romantic and memorable Valentine’s Day at your favorite Fox Restaurant. Wildflower, Montana Avenue and NoRTH are pleased to offer special three-course prix-fixe menus for $55 per person from 5:30 pm to close. Early evening special prices are $35 per person from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at each restaurant. In addition, Sauce, Zinburger and Blanco will offer tempting Valentine’s Day specials.

Wildflower
Enjoy an inviting and casually sophisticated Valentine’s Day at Wildflower in the Casas Adobes Plaza. Wildflower’s special prix-fixe menu features popular favorites such as the Asparagus Bruchetta, Butternut Squash Soup, Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb, Braised Prime Short Rib and Pan Roasted Mediterranean Sea Bass. For dessert, guests can savor the sinfully delicious Bars of Sin or the sweet and simple Crème Brûlée.

Wildflower 7037 North Oracle Road. Call 520.219.4230 for reservations.

Montana Avenue

Known for serving great American cooking at its finest, Montana Avenue will offer special dishes this Valentine’s Day. Guests can choose from mouth-watering starters like Warm Brie, Black Mussels or White Truffle Potato Soup. As a second course, choose between the ever-popular Potato Crusted Scottish Salmon, Kurobuta Pork Chop or Bone-in Rib Eye among others. Enjoy a Chocolate Flourless Torte or a Warm Cinnamon Sugared Doughnut for dessert.

Montana Avenue 6390 East Grant Road. Call 520.298.2020 for reservations.

NoRTH

Indulge in modern Italian cuisine at NoRTH at La Encantada this Valentine’s Day. Nosh on flavorful starters including Dungeness Crab, Poached Shrimp or Grilled Artichoke. Entrée options include Filet Mignon, Short Ribs “Osso Bucco” or Grilled Tuna Steak made with roasted root vegetables and chickpea fondue.  Choose from enticing desserts such as Tiramisu or a Nutella Mousse Cake served with toasted hazelnuts and fresh berries.

NoRTH 2995 East Skyline Drive Call 520.299.1600 for reservations.

Valentine Day Deals

Sauce

For a casual and delicious Valentine’s Day feast priced just right, swing by any Sauce location to enjoy a pizza, a crisp salad, two glasses of select wines and one dessert to share for only $20!

Sauce 7117 North Oracle Road 520.297.8575

Sauce 2990 North Campbell Avenue 520.795.0344

Sauce 5285 East Broadway Boulevard 520.514.1122

Zinburger and Blanco

Visit Blanco or Zinburger on February 14th and enjoy a special Valentine’s Dinner for two for $35 from 5 pm to close. Enjoy one appetizer, two entrees, one dessert and two drinks.

Zinburger 1865 East River Road #101 520.299.7799

Blanco  2905 E Skyline Drive #246 520.232.1007

Karyn Zoldan
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