This Valentine's Day, whether you are planning a romantic dinner or a night on the town, head to downtown Cincinnati, recently chosen by Amazon.com as the one of the most romantic cities in America. You'll find plenty of ways to celebrate that evening (Friday, February 14) or make a weekend of it.
Blue Wisp Jazz Club, 700 Race St. – Enjoy Valentine's Day with Samantha Carlson at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club that features a Valentine’s Day menu of Prime Rib, Cornish Hen or Salmon. Dessert and half off bottle of wine. $99/Couple. Call (513) 241-9477 or visit www.thebluewisp.com
Boi Na Braza, 441 Vine St., in the Carew Tower – Valentine's Day Special: Enjoy a gourmet salad bar, 16 cuts of meat, a selection of desserts, coffee, and a champagne toast. $55.95/person. Offer valid February 14-16. Call (513) 421-7111 or visit www.boinabraza.com
CRAVE, 175 Joe Nuxhall Way – Celebrate Valentine’s Day at CRAVE with the four course special Valentine’s Day menu featuring delicious appetizers, a wide variety of entrees, and a slice of cheesecake. Regular menu will also be available. $89/Couple. Valentine’s Day menu available February 13 – 15. Call (513) 241-8600 or visit www.cravecincinnati.com
Cincinnatian Hotel, 601 Vine St. – Two packages to choose from. Celebration Package: One night accommodation (King), overnight valet parking, a bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries delivered to room upon arrival, and breakfast at The Palace Restaurant or room service. Getaway: One night accommodation, overnight valet parking, and breakfast at the Palace Restaurant. Call (513) 381-3000 or visit www.cincinnatianhotel.com.
Mahogany's at the Banks, 180 East Freedom Way – Enjoy A Special CreamAlicious Ice Cream Dessert in a variety of flavors for Half Off Dessert For Two. Reservations required. (513) 721-7685 or visit www.mahoganysatthebanks.com.
McCormick and Schmick's, 21 East 5th St. – Celebrate Valentine's Day with fresh seafood, tender steaks, desserts, fine wines, tableside champagne service and a personalized menu. Call (513) 721-9339 for reservations or visit www.mccormickandschmicks.com.
Metropole, 609 Walnut St. – Chef Michael Paley’s farm-to-fireplace four course table d’hôte menu will be available. Call (513) 578-6660 or visit www.metropoleonwalnut.com. Popping the question? 21C Museum Hotel has a special engagement package! Details at www.21cmuseumhotels.com/Cincinnati.
Morton's, 441 Vine St. – Full menu plus seafood and champagne list and decadent desserts. Also offering Steak and Lobster menu for $55 a person, from February 13-16. More information at (513) 621-3111 or visit www.mortons.com/Cincinnati.
Palomino, 505 Vine St. - Special weekend menu for Valentine's Day on February 14 and 15 featuring Prime Rib and entrees from $18.50 to $39.00. Also Murder Mystery Dinner featuring a four-course meal and lots of laughs for $50 / person on February 16. More information at (513) 381-1300 or visit http://www.palomino.com
Red Roost Tavern, Hyatt Cincinnati, 151 W. Fifth St. – Treat that someone special to an unforgettable meal at the Red Roost Tavern. Three course tasting for $65. Call (513) 579-1234 or visit http://cincinnati.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/RedRoostTavern.html
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, 100 East Freedom Way at The Banks – Wine and dine your sweetheart with filet and lobster for $47.95/person, February 13-16. Make a reservation online at www.ruthschris.com/or call (513) 381-0491.Open at 5 p.m. on Valentine's Day.
Symphony Hotel, 210 West 14th St. - Open for Valentine's Day dinner. Call (513) 721-3353 for reservations. Menu and more information at www.symphonyhotel.com.
Washington Platform, 1000 Elm Street, Corner of Court and Elm Streets – “Sweetheart of a Deal” One dozen fresh shucked oysters, choice of two entrées, soup or salad, chocolate covered strawberries, a bottle of wine, and half-hour horse-drawn carriage ride. $105/couple, $80/person. More information at www.washingtonplatform.com.
For Arts Lovers
King Arthur’s Camelot, Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St. – Enjoy the Cincinnati Ballet’s 50th season world premiere of this ballet, with new costume designs and the world’s most sought after dance designers. $32/person. Showing February 13 -15. www.cballet.org or call (513) 621-5282
Coppelia, Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St. – Celebrate Valentine's Day with De La Dance’s production of the classic story of a toy maker who brings a doll to life. Showing February 14 and 15. More information at www.cincinnatiarts.org or call (513) 621-2787
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St. – The entire cast of Hamlet returns to deliver the series premiere of Tom Stoppard’s comedic tour de force. $35/person. Showing February 14 and 15. More information at www.cincyshakes.org or call (513) 381-3300.
Tribes, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St. -- This touching play about membership in your tribe offers excoriating dialogue and sharp, compassionate insights, in a savage and funny look at family dynamics, belonging and the limitations of communication. Tickets $39, through February 22. More information at www.ensemblecincinnati.org/ or call (513) 421-3555.
The Perfect Gift
Downtown Cincinnati Gift Card – If you love downtown, you can share the love with the Downtown Cincinnati Gift Card. Always available to purchase at http://www.downtowncincinnati.com/about-us/gift-card. Now accepted at more than 200 establishments throughout downtown, OTR and The Banks.
Booksellers on Fountain Place, 505 Vine St. – Find a great selection for the book lover in your life, plus Valentine cards, candy, and other gifts. More information at www.booksellersonfountainsquare.com or call (513) 258-2038
Cappel's, 920 Elm Street – Find all your Valentine's Day party supplies, plus fun novelties and gifts. Call (513) 621-0952 for information or www.cappelsinc.com.
Jones The Florist, 511 Walnut, by Fountain Square – Valentine's arrangements now available. Call (800) 755-0528 for Cincinnati Metro delivery or visit www.jonestheflorist.com.
Macy's at Fountain Place, 505 Vine Street. – Find everything you need for your Valentine. Call (513) 361-4200, browse online before you visit www.macys.com.
Richter & Phillips Jewelers, 202 East Sixth St. – Diamonds are always the perfect gift on Valentine's Day. Also find fantastic pieces by Pandora Jewelry. Call (513) 241-3510 or www.richterphillips.com for more information.
Saks Fifth Avenue, 101 W. Fifth Street – Special Valentine's gifts available. Call (513) 421-6800 or www.saksfifthavenue.com.
Tiffany & Co, 505 Vine St. – A selection of Valentine's gifts for him and her. For more information call (513) 721-2022 or www.tiffany.com.
TJ Maxx, 18 W. Fourth Street. – The store offers two floors of great prices on Valentine's Day gift items from jewelry and lingerie, to candy and home décor. For more information call (513) 621-0065 or www.tjmaxx.com.
Outside the Box
Fountain Square/U.S. Bank Ice Rink: 2 for 1 admission and skate rental; Details at http://myfountainsquare.com.
Horse-drawn Carriage Rides: Take a romantic ride through the Downtown. Board near Fountain Square. Elegant Carriages call (937) 903-5156. Carriage Occasions call (812) 744-5592.