Love is in the air, everywhere I look around. The most romantic day of the year is almost upon us and, depending on how your preparations are going, your heart will either be racing with excitement or you’ll have a fair few palpitations as you bid to create the perfect evening for your other half. Thankfully, we live in a city filled with top-class restaurants, relaxing spas and superb staycation spots, so there is no reason why cupid’s arrow should ever miss the mark. Make your Valentine’s Day extra special – with a little help from your ever faithful Time Out team.
55&5th, The Grill
This sleek steakhouse is a prime spot for your romantic evening. Housed in the swanky St.Regis Saadiyat Island, this signature restaurant will be going all out on February 14, so prepared to be wowed. The evening will start with a bubbly mixed drink and canapés on arrival, before you tuck into a delectable four-course menu, enhanced by live entertainment from the resident jazz band.
Dhs1,000 (per couple), Dhs1,690 (per couple including a bottle of French bubbly). Feb 14. 7pm onwards. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort (02 498 8443).
99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant
It’s not easy to stand out among the world-class roster of restaurants on Al Maryah Island, but this super stylish restaurant does so with ease. Booking a table at the winner of our Best Newcomer gong at the recent Time Out Abu Dhabi Restaurant Awards for your Valentine’s Day date is a wise choice indeed. The Japanese joint (brought to Abu Dhabi by way of Spain) will be serving up a nine-course offering crammed with many of 99 Sushi’s very best flavours.
Dhs999 (per couple). Fri Feb 14 7pm-11pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 672 3333).
Finding the time for a romantic meal isn’t easy when you have a family to think of, even on Valentine’s Day. Thankfully, the team at this international eatery has got you covered.
The little ones can let off some steam at the Rose Buds Children’s Club while mum and dad enjoy some quality time. The chilled-out venue will be serving up a barbecue buffet with dessert to share.
Dhs185 (per person), Dhs250 (per person, including free flow of sparkling Italian grape). Feb 14. 6.30pm-10.30pm. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5552).
Shout your love from the rooftop! Well, actually, just enjoy a nice meal there instead. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi’s intimate rooftop lounge is offering a beautiful dining experience under the stars. Soak up the panoramic views over the corniche while you enjoy a four-course menu of Arabic grills and other classic tastes. This is a chilled-out option.
Dhs320 (soft drinks), Dhs470 (house beverages). Feb 14 7pm-11pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, Corniche Road West (02 694 4553).
BBQ Al Qasr
An enchanting evening awaits in the grand surroundings of the five-star Emirates Palace. BBQ Al Qasr, with its idyllic seaside location, is pretty romantic at the best of times – so imagine what it will be like come February 14.
A specially curated dinner menu will only serve to improve your mood. Why not give your partner the royal treatment this Valentine’s?
Dhs730 (per person for three-course dinner, including one glass of bubbly), Dhs945 (per person for five-course dinner, including one glass of bubbly). Feb 14. 7pm onwards. Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road (02 690 7999).
BBQ Al Qasr beach
Or, you could move it onto the beach... Make the evening really sizzle by enjoying a sunset soirée besides the pristine white sands of the five-star hotel’s beach. A picnic basket crammed with enough goodies for two, plus live music and two glasses of bubbles will make this a day you’ll never forget.
Dhs650. Feb 14 4.30pm until sunset. Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road (02 690 7999).
Dine on the venue’s terrace and enjoy a seafood platter and a special dessert.
Dhs180 (per couple). Feb 14, 6.60pm-10.30pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).
If you are partial to a taste of Thailand, you can’t go far wrong with Benjarong.
The Dusit Thani restaurant will be laying on a five-course set menu for a celebratory evening. As well as quality Thai cuisine, diners will get a free glass of bubbly and ladies will receive a red rose.
Dhs200 (per person). Feb 14. 7pm onwards. Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Al Muroor Road (02 698 8137).
Make a dinner date at one of the capital’s most exclusive addresses. Italian favourite BiCE, based in the heart of the lavish Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, is cooking up a three-course set menu, including a glass of pink bubbly as a generous welcome.
Dhs350 (per person). Feb 14. 7pm-11pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche (02 811 5666).
What about Italian, French or maybe a steak? If you are not sure what to plump for then how about a little bit of everything? Bistro will be putting on a Valentine’s buffet, crammed with a whole host of tasty treats. For a more-laid back celebration that won’t break the bank, head on over to Bistro.
Dhs150 (per person). Feb 14. 7pm-11pm. Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center, Abu Dhabi (02 698 2222).
This superb steakhouse is a feast for the eyes – as well as the stomach. Enjoy striking views of the Eastern Mangroves from the outdoor terrace or enjoy the special five-course set menu from the vibrant dining area. Guests will also be handed a glass of French bubbly on arrival. Cheers!
Dhs1,250 (per couple). Feb 14. 6.30pm-11pm. Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Sheikh Zayed Street (02 641 1500).
Transport your taste buds to Italy for a feast full of authentic charm. For Valentine’s Day, chef de cuisine Leonardo Passone has prepared a special three-course set menu, featuring delights such as marinated salmon and swordfish, plus pan-fried monk fish fillet and a crunchy chocolate mousse topped with raspberries and hazelnut ice-cream for dessert.
Dhs276 per person. Feb 14. 7pm-11pm. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road West (02 681 1900).
Make a French connection at this fine-dining favourite. The talented kitchen team will be crafting a five-course dinner, featuring delectable dishes such as Scottish scallops and lemongrass, freshly caught northern seas halibut and Brillat-Savarin, a soft, white-crusted milk cheese triple-cream brie from Normandy. The superb food and elegant setting, will make this a date night to remember.
Dhs860 (per couple including bottle of bubbly or grape pairing). Feb 14. 6.30pm-11.30pm. Shangri-La Hotel, Abu Dhabi, Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8511).
Celebrate ‘Bu!’ love at this lively Pan-Latin venue. The chilled-out restaurant and bar will be presenting a four-course menu for two featuring a whole host of superb flavours, including oysters, sashimi, nigiri, soft tacos and anticuchos, plus mouth-watering main courses such as pescado al grill and cazuala trufada and the signature dessert you just have to try, the piñata. Enjoy Latin songs while you go on your foodie voyage in the striking dining room or opt for a bit more intimacy in a private booth. À la carte is also available on the night.
Dhs550 (per couple). Feb 14 7pm onwards. The Hub, The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street (02 666 8066).
Butcher & Still
Take a trip back in time to this 1920s inspired Chicago-style steakhouse. A flavour-packed three-course menu awaits, with chef Marshall Roth offering up a varied selection of dishes, such as caviar, grilled Boston Bay scallops with butternut squash, beef wellington and line-caught sea bass with cockles and a roast pepper jus. Of course you’ll also care to share when it comes to the finale of red velvet cake with chocolate fondue and strawberries.
Dhs485 (set menu). Feb 14. 6pm-midnight. Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 333 2444).
Do Valentine’s Day your way at this trendy café. The three-course set menu can be enjoyed from noon through to evening and has been crafted by the venue’s expert kitchen team. Enjoy artfully presented dishes made from the heart on this special day.
Dhs250 (per couple). Feb 14. noon-10.30pm. Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, Fatima Bint Mubarak Street (02 610 6666).
Fall in love with one of the most fashionable spots in the city on Valentine’s Day in the space of five courses. The stylish menu includes an appetiser of fried oyster with braised shallots and raspberry vinegar, a heart-shaped ravioli with lobster and a roasted rack of lamb. Lap up the lovely waterfront views while you dine in style. If the experience whets your appetite for all things Italian, you can also enter a competition to win a trip to Rome for two.
Dhs400 (per person, with soft drinks). Feb 14. 6pm-11.30pm. Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 333 2444).
Caramel Restaurant & Lounge
Hop over to the luxurious St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort for a picture-perfect evening out. Chilled-out Caramel is a great place to unwind in while savouring a four-course menu, which includes a choice of mains. You will also get a glass of bubbly as you arrive.
Dhs650 (per couple). Feb 14. 6.30pm-11pm. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island (02 678 3344).
You might already think you’re a great catch (well, don’t we all?) but this could just prove it. Treat your better half to a romantic three-course dinner at this beautiful seafood spot and you will be able to keep them hooked for a little while longer at least. Soak up stunning waterfront views while enjoying some of the freshest flavours in town.
Dhs489 (soft drinks), Dhs569 (bottle of bubbly). Feb 14. 7.30pm-11pm. Nation Riviera, Corniche Road (02 611 0909).
Take a romantic stroll down to the beautiful Yas Marina for a sophisticated Valentine’s Day date at refined Italian favourite Cipriani. The classy spot will be presenting a special set menu for the occasion. Settle down at a candle-lit table for two as you tuck into a four-course menu of traditional Italian dishes while being serenaded by a talented classical musician. There will also be roses for the ladies, too. The set menu includes terrific dishes such as fresh burratina with tomatoes and olives, roasted veal shoulder with chestnut sauce and mashed potato and a delightful dessert of Cipriani chocolate heart with strawberries and vanilla sauce. Cipriani? That’s amore...
Dhs820 (per couple), Dhs1,050 (plus bottle of grape). Feb 14 6pm-11.45pm (last food order). Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 657 5400).
The churrascaria will have a band, samba dancers and lots and lots of meat.
Dhs399 (per couple, soft drinks), Dhs499 (per couple, house beverages). Feb 14, 7pm-midnight. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).
Go on an Asian adventure at this cool Crowne Plaza spot. A fantastic four-course menu, featuring cuisine from all over the continent, paired with two glasses of bubbly per couple, will put some extra sparkle into your plans.
Dhs300 (per couple). Feb 14 7pm-11pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street (02 616 6149).
Cho Gao Marina Walk
A five-course set menu with flavours from around Asia.
From Dhs399(per couple) Feb 14, 7pm-11.30pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).
The Italian restaurant is serving a three-course menu at its opera-themed evening.
Dhs399(per couple with two glasses of grape) Feb 14, 7pm-11.30pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).
All will be rosy in the garden come Valentines’ Day. Romance can really bloom at this cool alfresco eatery, which will be cooking up a four-course menu from chef Federico. Start off with buttery scallops and red shrimps, followed by beetroot ravioli with smoked ricotta, capped off with main course options of marinated slow roast duck or herb-infused pan-seared black cod fillet and a dessert of creamy raspberry cheesecake and passion fruit crumble. Dine under the stars as soulful jazz music provides a lovely soundtrack to your evening. A red rose will be waiting for the ladies, plus a welcome glass of sparkling for both of you.
Dhs500 (per couple, four-course set dinner with bottle of grape). Feb 14, 5pm-1am, Feb 15, 5pm-3am. Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Yas Island (02 656 2000).
The fish restaurant is serving a seafood dinner.
Dhs345 (soft drinks), Dhs420 (house beverages). Feb 14, 6pm-11.30pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).
Vibrant Vietnamese is served with a dash of French flair, making for a recipe for success. The one-night-only Valentine’s meal includes mixed seafood soup and choices of lemongrass-marinated rack of lamb and steamed sea bass, before the evening is topped off with the mysterious Chef’s Special Dessert. It’s a secret you’ll be eager to uncover.
Dhs480 (per couple, including one bottle of bubbly). Feb 14. 6pm-11.30pm. Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Khor Al Maqta (02 509 8888).
If you don’t fancy an evening out, why not broaden your horizons and do lunch with your love instead? Horizon, based in the heart of Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, will be presenting a specially-crafted buffet lunch.
Dhs241 (per couple). Feb 14. 12.30pm-3.30pm. Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Corniche Road (02 657 0200).
Jazz Bar & Dining
What could be more romantic than a bit of cool jazz? This lively joint is cooking up a three-course menu for two that will be music to your ears on Valentine’s Day. Throw in a bottle of bubbly and non-stop entertainment from resident band DNA 2.0 and you have a top night out in store.
Dhs501 (per couple). Feb 14. 7pm-2am. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road West (02 681 1900).
Guys will be kept sweet with the offer of chocolates and ladies will be charmed with red roses – oh, and did we not mention there will be a bumper buffet, too? This international eatery will be embracing Valentine’s Day with a lavish spread of global tastes, including desserts galore, plus a pair of glasses of bubbly to toast the evening.
Dhs390 (per couple). Feb 14. 6pm-11pm. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Al Forsan International Sports Resort (02 201 4000).
Soak up the romantic ambience beside the beach or perch yourself by the pool for a four-course feast at Kamoon. As well as fine food and vibrant views, there will also be live entertainment laid on during the dining experience.
Dhs999 (per couple). Feb 14. 6pm-11.30pm. Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Corniche Road (02 657 0111).
Koi ABU DHABI
Share the joy at KOI. Traditional Japanese cuisine is fused with contemporary tastes at this upscale venue, part of The Collection at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. Sip a free glass of French bubbly on arrival before indulging in a four-course menu.
Dhs950 (per couple). Feb 14. 6.30pm-11pm. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island (02 678 3334).
Enjoy a classy Italian meal that will really hit the right note. The four-course meal will be enhanced by live piano music. Diners will get the choice of dinner with a welcome drink or an upgrade to an unlimited grape package.
Dhs230 (per person, four-course set menu with welcome drink), Dhs340 (per person, four-course set menu with unlimited grape). Feb 14. 6pm-11pm. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road (02 677 3333).
La Petite Maison
It may seem a bit of a sweeping generalisation, but in this case we don’t think the French will mind us saying they are experts in this whole romance thing. So, for a real swoon-inducing evening, we reckon you could do a lot worse than booking in at La Petite Maison. The fancy fine-dining venue, which has been winning hearts all over the city since launching late last year, is a great option for the most important date night of the year. Treat your beloved to specially crafted dishes, many of which are made to share, including caviar, lobster and oysters, followed up with decadent desserts, all served up in a swanky setting befitting of the occasion, including a beautiful outdoor terrace with gorgeous views of the city skyline.
Prices vary. Open noon-3.30pm; 6pm-11pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 692 9600).
Le Meridien Abu Dhabi
This looks like something well worth ticking off your culinary bucket (and spade) list. Enjoy a romantic dinner on the hotel’s beach, looking up at the twinkling stars. Enjoy top class service from dedicated staff while you savour a flavoursome menu, including oyster ceviche, mini skewers of chicken, beef and shrimps, which you cook to your liking on the fire pit, and chocolate and passion fruit mousse.
Dhs799 (per couple). Feb 14. 8pm onwards. Le Meridien Abu Dhabi, Tourist Club Area (02 644 6666).
Lovers of Lebanese food can plot a course (or three) for this chic restaurant. Diners are invited to sample a three-course menu of authentic favourites, accompanied by a glass of pink bubbly.
Dhs350 (per person). Feb 14. 7pm-midnight. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche (02 811 5666).
Add a Far-Eastern flavour to your evening at this vibrant Southeast Asian restaurant. Whet your appetite for the culinary journey ahead, with appetisers of pan-seared scallops, crab, avocado, wasabi mayonnaise and homemade chilli tomato, followed by starters of foie gras dumpling with creamy shimeji mushroom, Thai basil and bok choy. Main course dishes consist of wok-fried lobster, wagyu beef in pepper sauce and seafood fried rice, while you can end the evening in style with a Tiny Pavlova dessert, with berry tartlets and macaroons. The venue’s pretty outdoor terrace also affords stunning views of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, offering an added ambience.
Dhs815 (per couple). Feb 14. 7pm-11pm. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8282).
Love will be in the air at this cosy terrace venue, nestled next to the pool. Enjoy an intimate three course meal al fresco style.
If that doesn’t warm your hearts enough, heaters and blankets will be provided so the evening never cools down too much. If you book quickly, you might be in time to secure one of six couples’ cabanas available.
Dhs399 (three-course menu with bubbly). Feb 14 7pm-11pm. Aloft Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 654 5193).
Enchant your dining partner with a terrific taste of Arabia. Authentic favourites are served with a modern twist, including hummus with cranberry and labneh with truffle oil, before shareable dishes such as lobster and shrimp kibbeh and almond and hazelnut falafel are brought to the table, followed by a traditional Arabic mixed grill and a Kubid Delicatessen for dessert – a red choux pastry case filled with apricot purée and caramel mascarpone cream, with a pistachio crust.
Dhs630 (per couple). Feb 14 7pm-11pm. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8282).
Observation Deck at 300
Now this really is a high tea. February 14 is one day of the year that guests dining at Observation Deck at 300, up on the 74th floor of the glittering Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, makes more sense than usual. Take the afternoon tea tradition to new heights with a delectable menu for two. Fabulous food and incredible views are on offer.
Dhs500 (per couple). Feb 14 2pm-6pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche (02 811 5666).
Take a romantic stroll through the scenic walkways and picturesque gardens of The Village before taking your seat for dinner at this Italian mainstay. Diners can choose from three- or four-course menus, both of which come with a glass of Italian sparkling per person. You can also upgrade to unlimited house beverage and bubbly packages if you feel like splashing out.
Dhs189 (per person, three courses), Dhs239 (per person, four-course menu), Dhs100 (upgrade to unlimited house beverages), Dhs150 (unlimited bubbly upgrade). Feb 14 7pm-11pm. The Village, Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, AL Zahiya (02 644 6666).
They say the course of true love never runs smoothly, but how about if you spread it over five courses? Elegant Italian eatery, Roberto’s, is serving up a fantastic feast that diners are sure to fall in love with. The Valentine’s Day dinner, held on February 14 itself, is perfect for those who believe the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. The five-course dinner menu for two can be enhanced further with a glass of sparkling grape or a wine pairing option throughout your meal. Celebrate Valentine’s Day the Italian way.
Dhs800 (five-course dinner per couple), Dhs1,000 (including glass of sparkling grape), Dhs250 (extra wine pairing option per person). Feb 14. 7pm-11pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 627 9009).
If you only have eyes for one person, then book a private dinner in a cozy cabana at Italian spot Sacci. The Westin Abu Dhabi’s patio will be hosting a three-course dinner, complete with entertainment from a live band.
Dhs280 (soft drinks), Dhs380 (grape pairing), Dhs500 (cabana, on request). Feb 14. 6pm-11pm. Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Sas Al Nakhl (02 616 9999)
Take your other half for a buffet dinner on Valentine’s Day.
Dhs165 (soft drinks), Dhs230 (house beverages). Feb 14, 6pm-10.30pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).
A three-course meal is all well and good, but it is Valentine’s Day after all, so how about six of the best? The extensive menu at Shang Palace will charm seafood fans, with lovely options such as Boston lobster dumplings, silver cod fish fillet and stir-fried gulf king prawn. If you are not after a fresh catch of the day, why not dig into the wagyu beef slice with foie gras and Chinese five sauce. Make a date at the palace this Valentine’s.
Dhs530 (per couple, including one bottle of bubbly). Feb 14 7pm-11.30pm. Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Khor Al Maqta (02 509 8503).
Solarium at Rosewood Abu Dhabi
The secluded outdoor space at the plush Rosewood Abu Dhabi will be playing host to an exclusive dining experience. Enjoy a three course set menu under the stars, washed down with premium bubbly, while a saxophonist serenades you. This culinary concept is only available for ten couples so this will really make your night extra special.
Dhs400 (per couple, three-course set menu), Dhs650 (three-course set menu, including free flowing premium bubbly). Feb 14 8pm onwards. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5555).
This beautiful beachfront restaurant is renowned as one of the most romantic spots in the city (in fact, we gave it an award to say so) so there’s no better day to check it out. The Thai favourite will be presenting a fantastic four-course menu in a stunning setting, complete with floating pavilions overlooking turquoise waters.
Dhs350 (per person, food only). Feb 14. 7pm onwards. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort (02 498 8443).
The restaurant name might be a bit of a mouthful, but they speak the language of love at Spaccanapoli. A special four-course menu has been created for the day, featuring palate pleasers such as pink fettuccine with shrimp, bottarga and cherry tomatoes, main course options of dusted porcini beef fillet with sautéed red spinach and shallot confit and lemon and mint risotto with caviar tomatoes, followed by an irresistible red velvet cheesecake.
Dhs260 (per person, soft drinks), Dhs310 (per person, grape pairing). Feb 14. 6pm-11pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohamed Street (02 616 6261).
If your world revolves around your significant other, this is the place to take them. Enjoy a three-course sharing menu at this upscale rotating restaurant, while taking in stunning 360-degree views of the city skyline. DJ Lola Nova will provide the entertainment which each lady will also be presented with a rose. Even if you can’t make it on February 14 itself (or just want to double up on the fun), the romantic meal will also be served up the following day at this popular venue.
Dhs325 (three-course set menu). Fri 14 and 15. 7pm-11pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Street (800 101 101).
Whether you are in the mood for love or not, Tamba is sure to steal your heart. A deserved winner of the Best Indian accolade at the recent Time Out Abu Dhabi Restaurant Awards, the always innovative eatery offers its guests the kind of experience you’ll be happy to share with another. The vibrant à la carte offerings will be served up, featuring a host of Indian classics cooked with a modern twist. You can round off the evening with a selection of delicious desserts, including the theatrically-presented chocolate treat, The Break-Up. Of course we’re hoping it’s the only break-up on the cards that night. Never fear, though, there are plenty of aptly named desserts on offer, including The Bride, a chilli meringue with Chantilly cream, raw mango and coconut sorbet. Each couple even gets a glass of sparkling each to go with their meal.
Prices vary. Feb 14 noon-1am. The Hub, The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street (02 672 8888).
The Capital Grill
On the hunt for a night out that is a cut above the rest? Sophisticated steakhouse, The Capital Grill, will be treating diners to
a five-course dinner in a setting where the romantic vibes never fade. Guests will also receive a complimentary glass of bubbly and a red rose for the ladies.
Dhs250 (per person). Feb 14. 7pm onwards. Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Al Muroor Road (02 698 8137).
Enjoy all the glitz of The Ritz on Valentine’s Day at this upmarket steakhouse. Don’t worry, either, if your better half’s dream date doesn’t involve a juicy slab of beef, as there is plenty to sink your teeth into on the menu. Kick off an indulgent meal with 30g of caviar served on a blini with sour cream, followed by a middle course of tuna with smoke raspberry habanero sauce, pickled onions, hibiscus flower and red cabbage purée and a delicious main course of bone-in striploin and lobster with purple mashed potato and asparagus and Béarnaise sauce. A beautiful meal is capped off with Cupid Delicatessen, a decadent red choux pastry case filled with caramelised mango purée and caramel mascarpone cream. To be honest, even if we don’t want have a date lined up, we are tempted to come along anyway.
Dhs940 (per couple including two glasses of bubbly). Feb 14. 7pm-11pm. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8282).
The ever-popular steakhouse will be bringing together brilliant cuts of meat and superb seafood in a shareable menu, rounded off by a gorgeous dessert buffet inspired by Willy Wonka. You will feel like you’ve won the golden ticket after this culinary experience.
Dhs559 (per couple, set menu with soft drinks), Dhs699 (per couple, set menu with bottle of bubbly or grape). Feb 14. 7pm-11pm. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Mina Street, Al Zahiya (02 818 4888).
Your Valentine’s Day plans are about to heat up at one of the city’s top steakhouses. A juicy set menu of prime cuts and other tasty treats will be served up, while guests will also be handed two complimentary glasses of grape at the classy Couture Lounge bar in the hotel after their dinner to keep the evening in full flow.
Dhs500 (per couple). Feb 14. 6pm-11pm. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Al Forsan International Sports Resort (02 201 4000).
The Terrace on the Corniche
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi’s signature all-day dining restaurant will be a huge hit with seafood lovers. A spectacular selection of fresh flavours, cooked to order with a generous helping of Arabian flair, will be on the menu, including scallops, lobster, crab, prawns, mussels and sushi. Fresh oysters will be opened and served on your table, which will be decorated with roses.
Dhs260 (soft drinks), Dhs550 (one of bottle of bubbly). Feb 14. 7pm-11pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, the Corniche (02 694 4553).
Twelve and Relax@12
If the only way is up for your relationship (this is the time of the year to be optimistic) then ascend to the rooftop of Aloft Abu Dhabi to celebrate the big day. Sleek lounge Twelve and its outdoor partner, Relax@12 are getting into the spirit of things with a fun-packed night featuring live DJs, sushi bites and brilliant views, plus a three-course set menu with bubbly and roses for the ladies.
Dhs399. Feb 14 7pm-11pm. Aloft Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 654 5193).
Named after the intrepid traveller Vasco da Gama, this international eatery will be inviting diners on an international tasting tour on February 14. Whether you dine inside or enjoy an alfresco evening with great views of the Arabian Gulf, you can savour global flavours as part of a four-course menu.
Dhs276. Feb 14. 7pm-11pm. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road West (02 681 1900).
Transport yourself to Tuscany without dusting off your passport. One of the city’s most romantic Italian restaurants will be serving up a truly memorable Valentine’s Day, with a four-course menu of top-quality cuisine on offer, with a house drinks package as well.
Dhs530 (soft drinks), Dhs720 (house beverages). Feb 14. 7pm-11pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers (02 694 4553).
The spa team here will spread the love when you book in for a romantic retreat. Enjoy any treatment for two (lasting 60 minutes or more) throughout February and you will bag a special gift, along with roses and chocolates. A perfect pampering awaits.
Prices vary. Until end of Feb. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8051).
Now this will get you in the good books until, well, the next anniversary or birthday you forget. The ultimate couples’ pampering day comes complete with complimentary pool access, a 60-minute couples’ massage, a 30-minute extra of your choice (massage, scrub or facial) followed by tea and sweets at the Lobby Lounge. As good as all that sounds, there is another option on the massage table. Indulge in a 60-minute couples’ massage, enjoy free pool access and end the spa date with a glass of bubbly at the super-cool Couture Lounge within the hotel. Both offers are Dhs830 per couple.
Dhs830. Feb 14. 10am-10pm. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Al Forsan International Sports Resort (02 201 4000).
Looking for some TLC? Then don’t go chasing waterfalls, just plot a course for the Radisson Blu in Yas Island. Kick off a majestic retreat with a 75-minute hot stone massage for him and her. The relaxing treatment uses a combination of signature aroma oils and heated volcanic stones to melt away stress and tension. Once your luxurious spa experience is complete, a beautiful two-course candlelit dinner awaits at Filini Garden. This sounds like a Valentine’s Day you will never forget.
Dhs1,000 per couple. Feb 14 only. Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Golf Plaza, Yas Island (02 656 2000).
If you are really looking to pull out all the stops for Valentine’s Day, this deal will really float your boat. Dubbed the Ultimate Romantic Escapade, love-struck couples can set up on the floating dock for an exclusive dinner including impeccable service by a personal butler and a free flow of bubbly. Enjoy a lavish five-course menu out on the waters, with beautiful sunset views, plus there will be flowers and a box of chocolates waiting on deck for you as you arrive. Prior reservation is required.
Dhs3,000. Feb 14. 7pm-midnight. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road West (02 692 4247).
Helipad Sunset Supper
Here is some blue-sky thinking for those looking to do something a little bit different on Valentine’s Day. A lovely meal at a top-class restaurant is special, but how about making life-long memories in one night?
An exclusive list of ten couples will get the chance to dine 255 metres in the air on The St. Regis’ own helipad. The unique atmosphere will be enhanced by the soothing sounds of a saxophonist, free flowing bubbly, carefully crafted canapés and stunning views from the highest active helipad in the Middle East. This really is living the high life. Reservations must be made in advance and depend on availability.
Dhs1,300 per couple (canapes with soft drinks), Dhs1,700 (canapés with bubbly). 90 minutes during sunset. The St. Regis
Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, the Corniche (02 694 4553).
Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana
Valentine’s Day might come just once a year, but it’s not the only day you can show a little love. From February 8 through to February 17, guests can book a romantic escape at Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana. The stay for two includes buffet breakfast at Café 302, a 30-minute massage treatment for two and a late checkout at 2pm the next day.
From Dhs399. Feb 8-17. Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, Fatima Bint Mubarak Street (02 610 6666).
Capital Centre Arjaan by Rotana
There’s no better time to spoil your loved one – and yourself too, of course. Book a romantic break at Capital Centre Arjaan, based right in the heart of the city, and you will get breakfast brought to your room, 25 percent off massages and Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club and a complimentary room upgrade thrown in for good measure. Let the pampering begin.
Dhs356 (per couple, per night). Feb 9-17. Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 495 4444).
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
Show the special person in your life just how special they are by booking a luxurious stay at one of the capital’s best hotels. The Romance at The St. Regis package includes a plush room and breakfast for two at The Terrace on The Corniche. Brownie points in the bag.
From Dhs1,100 per room, per night. Feb 8-17. Nation Towers, The Corniche (02 694 4444).
Zaya Nurai Island
Let’s be honest, we’ve all made that promise to whisk our partner off to an idyllic island for a romantic getaway at some point. It may have seemed a bit fanciful at the time (you may even, tut, tut, have just been trying to impress them) but now that dream can become a reality without even leaving the capital. Spend Valentine’s Day with your loved one at the wondrous Zaya Nurai Island, surround by pristine sands and glistening waters. The luxurious escape includes a one-night stay in a Beach Villa, suitably decorated for the romantic occasion, plus a couple’s spa treatment, breakfast in bed and dinner at island restaurant Frangipani, where you can enjoy delicacies such as seared scallops, duck confit ravioli and white Chilean sea bass.
Dhs5,399. Feb 14-15. Zaya Nurai Island (02 506 6222).
Aloft Al Ain
Not in the mood for a slap-up meal? Then simply add a little sparkle to your evening plans in the Garden City. Aloft Alain will be hosting a free Valentine’s Day party, with complimentary bubbly for the ladies from 7pm until 10pm.
Free entry. Feb 14 7pm-11pm. Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium Development (03 713 8888).
You don’t have to go to great lengths to make for a memorable evening, just dive in for an evening of entertainment at one of the brightest night spots in the city. Spend the evening in your own private cabana, take in a night swim and enjoy a rich array of bites and sparkling beverages once you are back on dry land.
Dhs500 (minimum spend per couple). Feb 14. 8pm until late. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5550).
Take your evening’s entertainment to a whole new level at swanky Ray’s Bar, up on the 62nd floor of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. DJ Stew will be cranking out tunes from 8pm until 2am, while one complimentary Valentine’s Day mixed drink can be enjoyed per couple.
Free entry. Feb 14. 8pm-2am. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche (02 811 5666).
Valentine’s Day (well, night to be exact) will be far from so, so at Sho Cho. The cool waterfront hangout will be hosting a special February 14 celebration, with unlimited Cuban mixed drinks and Italian sparkling grape on offer from 7pm until midnight. Whether you're planning on spending the evening with someone or not, that sounds like a decent night out to us.
Free entry. Feb 14. 7pm-midnight. Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain (02 558 1117).