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A comprehensive restaurant guide to Valentine's Day 2014

Need help with Valentine's Day plans?
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Valentine’s Day is right round the corner and if you need a touch of inspiration for the romantic holiday, here’s a Valentine’s Day comprehensive guide for restaurants around Raleigh and the Triangle.

For the uber romantic:

Highly-acclaimed French restaurant Saint Jacques is offering couples a special Valentine’s Day dinner for $79 per person. Reservations are strongly recommended and you can preview the Valentine’s Day menu here.

You can also get flirty at Coquette in Raleigh, where the French brasserie is offering lovebirds three and four-course Valentine’s Day special dinners at $45 and $55. Preview the menu here.

In Raleigh's North Hills district, Vivace is offering a four-course special Valentine's Day dinner for $50 per person. The Valentine's Day dinner will also be available on February 15 as well. Preview Vivace's Valentine's Day menu here.

For the fancy-schmancy:

The Angus Barn is hosting a Valentine Winemaker’s Dinner on February 14 at the Pavilion. Tickets to the dinner are $95 per person and can purchased online.

Treat your honey to a five-star experience at The Umstead’s Herons restaurant. The Valentine’s Day five-course tasting menu is $95 person. Reservations are recommended.

Washington Duke Inn is offering a special Valentine’s Day dinner. You can preview the Valentine’s Day menu here.

Cary’s Asian-fusion restaurant ãn and Raleigh’s Bloomsbury Bistro would also be great contenders for an upscale experience.

For the funky bunch:

If you’re looking for quirky and eclectic, Gonza Tacos y Tequila would be a great bet for a fun time along with fantastic food. The restaurant now has two locations--the original off Lead Mine Road in Raleigh and a new location in Wake Forest.

For Mexican fare a touch about the rest, Centro in downtown Raleigh is a can’t-miss spot. Nearby, for drinks and bar fare, the art-deco funkiness of Clockwork is worth checking out.

For the urban-sophisticate:

In the Mordecai district, you can knock out a killer epicurean experience with a one-two punch dinner at Stanbury and then dessert directly next door for ethereal chocolates at Escazú. The special line of Valentine’s Day chocolates will debut on February 8 at Escazú.

Worlds collide at Plates Neighborhood Kitchen, where the food is inspired by dishes around the globe. Plates will host a special Valentine’s Week tasting menu at $51 per person. A vegetarian tasting menu is also offered at $51 per person. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Moroccan restaurant Babylon is hosting a special three-course meal for the special holiday. Diners can feast on pan-seared scallops, filet mignon and more for $50 per person. Preview Babylon's special Valentine's Day menu here.

Top-notch restaurants Poole’s Diner and Bida Manda would also likely impress any Valentine’s Day date.

For the discerning foodie:

The locavore movement and Korean cuisine combine at Kimbap Cafe, a perfect spot for a Valentine’s Day date night.

Tip back a pisco sour and escalate to some of the area’s finest Peruvian cuisine at Machu Picchu.

Or, if sushi is more your style, Kai and Hayashi in North Raleigh offer some of Raleigh’s best sushi.

For the cozy, but casual:

Capital Club 16 in downtown Raleigh will offer a special Valentine’s Day menu. Preview the menu here.

Nearby on Martin Street, Garland and its Asian-inspired fare has opened late last year to rave reviews. Garland is offering couples on Valentine's Day a three-course meal for $80 per couple.

Also in the “new” category is the Oak City Meatball Shoppe--a restaurant dedicated to the love of the meatball.

Trophy Brewing, a neighborhood nanobrewery, offers a solid list of local beers and an evolving selection of specialty pizzas.

Margaux's in North Raleigh is offering a special prix-fixe Valentine's Day menu for $49.95 a person. Check out the special Margaux's menu here.

Old standbys like The Rockford and Hayes Barton Cafe remain classics for a reason--they're darn good.

For the tapas lover:

If you’re the type that can’t commit to one dish, but would rather indulge in a melange of flavors, tapas or small bites at Humble Pie or Oro are your best bet.

Spanish tapas are also well-represented at Tasca Brava on Glenwood Avenue. “Morsels” of food pair with microbrews and wine over at Taste in West Raleigh. And over at Calavera, you can pair an assortment of empanadas with shots of the area’s largest selection of tequila.

For the southern-comfortable:

Chicken and waffles may have become the emblematic food of the South and you can find them at Chef Ashley Christensen’s Beasley’s Chicken + Honey.

Over at Mandolin in Raleigh’s Five Points neighborhood, Southern classic foods are imbued with a modern interpretation.

And, at Jose and Sons, tradition Mexican dishes interlock with Southern influences in the The Depot district in downtown Raleigh to create some of the area’s most innovative fare. Jose and Sons will offer special dishes and cocktails for Valentine’s Day week.

For the artsy:

For the art-inclined, the full-service restaurant, Iris, located inside the North Carolina Museum of Art is highly recommended. Iris serves fresh, seasonal fare and reservations are always highly encouraged.

For the veggie-lover:

The vegetarian-friendly restaurant’s outstanding reputation is no lie over at The Fiction Kitchen. The menu at The Fiction Kitchen is one hundred percent vegetarian for those looking for a complete vegetarian experience.

Nearby in downtown Raleigh, The Remedy Diner also serves casual vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes.

For the roving chowhound:

Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours is hosting several Valentine’s Day restaurant and cocktail tours around the Triangle. Tours will take place in the Triangle and Triad area. For more information about the tours and times of each tour, see here. Tours will also take place on Saturday, February 15 as well.

For the early bird:

Chick-fil-A will serves its guests heart-shaped breakfast biscuits on Valentine's Day at Raleigh's Capital Crossing and Falls Village location. The special heart-shaped biscuits will be offered during its breakfast hours, from 6:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

For those that like streaking:

And lastly, if you want to burn off a few calories and enjoy running half-naked around town, the Cupid’s Undie Run will take place on Saturday, February 15 in Raleigh and will also be a fundraiser for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Pants are optional during the race. Find out more information about the run and fundraiser at Cupid’s Undie Run.