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Dining Options in Tempe this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is Sunday, February 14, 2021.

Tempe is home to hundreds of restaurants with cuisines from all over the world. In February, love is definitely in the air… or maybe it’s the smell of delicious food calling to your taste buds for a romantic dinner! Either way, Valentine’s Day is on its way, and Tempe has lots of restaurants ready to welcome you or offer excellent to-go options. Here’s our list of Tempe area restaurants with special Valentine’s Day offerings and a few fun date night ideas.

If you’re not ready for dine-in or patio dining, consider taking your favorite dishes to-go and set up dinner at home or take it to local Tempe park. You can check out some parks and nearby dining options on our blog.

North and West Tempe

Top of the Rock Restaurant at Phoenix Marriott Resort Tempe at The Buttes

2000 W. Westcourt Way, Tempe, AZ 85282 | (602) 431-2370
Savor a pre fixe four course dinner menu created by Chef Sandy Santiago for Valentine’s Day overlooking gorgeous views of the valley at Top of the Rock, located at the Phoenix Marriott Resort Tempe at The Buttes. The dinner starts at $59 per person based on your choice of entrée. Your choice of entrée includes La Chauteaubriand ($89pp), Ruby Red Trout ($79pp), Skillet Roasted Chicken Breast ($69pp) and Harissa Roasted Tofu ($59pp).

Reservations are recommended. Call to reserve your spot or view the menu and make online reservations at opentable.com.

Barrio Queen at Tempe Marketplace

31 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 912-4052
Add a little spice to your Valentine’s Day by checking out Barrio Queen’s colorful menu, especially their dish of the month, Birria Grilled Cheese with Cream of Tomato Basil Soup. Their drink of the month, Feeling Lucky, will have you heading to the casino with its name alone. Feeling Lucky features Cazadores Blanco, pineapple juice, lime juice, muddled blackberries, lemon wedges, agave, triple sec, and Sprite. Sounds absolutely refreshing! Details about Valentine’s Day haven’t been tightened up yet, but they said they will be giving out roses to the first 200 people!

Genghis Grill at Tempe Marketplace

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1151, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 777-2695
Have you tried the delicious Mongolian stir-fry bowl from Genghis Grill? They’ve implemented all the safety standards to ensure that you’re comfortable during your dining experience. This build your own bowl allows you to be the prep chef for the evening, as you follow the easy recipe cards to flavor your Mongolian stir-fry bowl to your liking. We highly recommend their delicious adult beverages, like the Blue Dragon Punch Bowl. For a limited time, you can add on a skewer of premium Filet Mignon to any bow for only $4.99 – it really elevates your dining experience. Don’t forget to try their Old Fashioned cocktail, only $5 for a limited time.

You can check out how easy it is to visit Genghis Grill at Tempe Marketplace with this video.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory at Tempe Marketplace

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1064, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 284-8724
Chocolate is honestly my love language. I can’t think of a better place to snag chocolatey treats from than Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. They’ve got everything, from chocolate covered strawberries and apples to Valentine’s Day hot cocoa bombs. You can check out their Instagram page for more deals.

Special offer: 15% off all Valentine’s Day chocolate long stem strawberry orders placed by February 10. Valid on orders for pick-up on February 12-14 at the Tempe Marketplace location. Call the store to place your order.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill at Tempe Marketplace

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1041, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-2920
During Valentine’s Day weekend, February 12-14, Thirsty Lion at Tempe Marketplace will be offering Dinner for 2 for $99. Included in your purchase is choice of salad, choice of 2 entrees from Grilled Ribeye Steak, Grilled Atlantic Salmon, Grilled Shrimp or Butternut Squash Risotto, paired with a bottle of Curtrer Chardonnay and Dessert Mayana Chocolates. We definitely recommend reservations for your perfect evening.

Downtown Tempe and near ASU

Canopy by Hilton Downtown Tempe

108 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-6800
Alter Ego at Canopy Tempe
Alter Ego, named 2020 Best Hotel Restaurant by Phoenix New Times, presents a 3-course meal that has been inspired by vintage films, including The Great Gatsby, Casablanca and Gone with the Wind. This inspired menu can be found on their Instagram page, with each course taking a nod from the movies. Enjoy dinner for 2 for only $55 per person. Reservations are required, you can book on OpenTable or call (602) 612-7178.

Galentine’s at Alibi Rooftop Bar at Canopy Tempe
Grab your girls and head to Alibi! Tempe’s best rooftop bar on the 14th floor becomes your home for Ladies’ Night on Saturday, February 13th from 6-9 p.m. Ladies can enjoy $6 bubbly bar, pop up shop with local female vendors, live music with local female artists and $2 off food from Alibi! No cover or reservations needed to attended, but space is limited for COVID safety. Follow along on Instagram to see the latest details.

Alibi Bar Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown

Caffe Boa

398 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-9112
Right off Mill Ave. is iconic Caffe Boa, a staple in Tempe for more than 25 years. You can enjoy their divine dinner options this Valentine’s Day on their charming patio tucked under twinkling lights and greenery or inside their spacious restaurant. On the menu, you’ll be presented a four-course meal with an appetizer, choice of soup or salad, choice of entree, and choice of dessert ($55 per person). A four course Wine Pairing is also available ($65 per person). Some of the featured entrees for this special Valentine’s Day menu include Agnolotti Boa ravioli, Linguine el Greco, Filet Mignon… and more. Can we talk about how incredible their pasta and dessert is?? Don’t mind if we do!

Caffe Boa in Downtown Tempe

House of Tricks

114 E. 7th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-1114
The oh-so-romantic House of Tricks is iconic to our city and somewhere we obviously think about for Valentine’s Day. With COVID in play, it’s important to secure your reservation ahead of time during Valentine’s Day weekend. And, because they really want the opportunity to host everyone over the special holiday weekend, they are offering their full menu, plus an intimate Valentine’s Day Meal, February 12-14 from 5-9 p.m. On their Valentine’s Day menu, you’ll find a delicious Seared Scallops appetizer, Prime Rib with Mashed Potatoes, Fried Brussels Sprouts for the entrée, and Chocolate Cheesecake for dessert. Yep, we’re drooling too. We hope you’ve booked your reservation now, because if we haven’t convinced you yet… we’re pretty disappointed in ourselves.

House of Tricks

Reminder: Valentine’s Day happens to land over a three day weekend this year, so take advantage of a late night dinner reservation!

Mango Rabbit

1250 E. Apache Blvd. #112, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 912-6283
Mango Rabbit wanted to bring something new this Valentine’s Day! They’re offering Valentine’s chai bombs that are both dairy free and vegan so you can still indulge in a delicious cup of hot chai cocoa without the guilt! The chai made from David Rio Chai & Tea San Francisco, premium chai, so you can ensure a high-quality drink! Follow their Instagram page for their latest specials featuring vibrant drinks and desserts weekly. Order your Valentine chai bombs or any of their hot drinks online at www.mangorabbitboba.com

Pedal Haus Brewery

730 S. Mill Ave. #102, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 314-2337
Join your friends at Pedal Haus Brewery, February 13-14 for food and fun. Enjoy a bottle of wine and a special dessert for $20 (valid for dine-in only). Pairing wine with their delicious menu, followed by dessert?! Count us in! You can visit their website for more information and to look at their expansive menu, which happens to have vegan and gluten free options too.

Sauce Pizza & Wine

705 S. Myrtle Ave. #101, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 597-4260
The Sweetheart Deal at Sauce includes a salad, pizza and drinks for two for just $22. If you dine in, you can enjoy glasses of wine. If you choose takeout, only non-alcoholic beverages are available (but trust us, their iced tea is delicious). This offer is valid Feb. 12-14. See their website for more details.

Salut Kitchen Bar

1435 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 625-3600
Join Salut Kitchen Bar for Valentine’s Day Weekend! With a wonderful brunch selection, including $3 mimosas every Saturday and Sunday, you won’t want to miss it! Their made from scratch kitchen features delicious Mediterranean inspired cuisine with elevated touches of sophistication. They also have a spacious patio overlooking University Dr., so you can dine comfortably. It will be a spectacular time when you visit Salut Kitchen Bar! You can secure a reservation through Yelp.

Photo courtesy Salut Kitchen Bar

Tracy Dempsey Originals

1325 W. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (602) 376-9021
Tracy Dempsey Originals & ODV Wines is the place to grab your made in Tempe treats. They have exclusive offers you can view on their Instagram page. They’ve got a beautiful Valentine’s Day themed treat box for only $10.

They also have a Valentine’s Day Dessert Box for 2 for only $25 – this one features 1 Strawberry Basil Shortcake Jar, 4 Persian Love Cookies and 4 Chocolate Coconut Raspberry Bites. Be sure to place your orders by February 8th by calling Tracy at (602) 376-9021 or emailing Tracy Dempsey at [email protected] to secure your perfect treats order!

Photo courtesy of @tdo_odv

The Golden Pineapple

2700 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 590-5703
Looking to be wined and dined on Valentine’s Day without having to spend hours in the kitchen beforehand or doing the dishes afterwards? The Golden Pineapple has you covered with a delicious meal for two for $75. This romantic dining experience for two includes starter wedge salads, rib-eye entrees, three sharable sides, a strawberry & s’mores dessert, and your choice of two Love Rodeo cocktails or a bottle of Prosecco for the table. Reserve your meal in advance.

South Tempe and beyond

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza

1120 W. Baseline Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 590-5830
On February 14, bring your sweetie and enjoy a half salad, 3 slices cut in half, 2 glasses of prosecco and a choice of cheesecake or chocolate covered strawberries for $40. You can call to make a reservation to secure your meal for two! We’re obsessed with this New York based pizza spot with design elements reminiscent of the Big Apple.

Crêpe Bar

7520 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 247-8012
Crêpe Bar would like to help make your day extra special by offering these breakfast for two boxes. The boxes include:

  • Yogurt parfait with lemon curd, orange honey, mixed berries, and house made granola
  • 15″ chocolate crêpes
  • 15″ vanilla bean crêpes
  • Sides of lemon hibiscus custard, vanilla bean custard, house strawberry jam, salted caramel, dark mocha, candied mixed nuts, fresh bananas and berries
  • 16oz. bottles of cold brew coffee
  • Individual bottles of Brut + orange juice

Order by Friday, February 12, 1:30 p.m. by calling (480) 247-8012 or email jeff (at) crepe-bar (dot) com for pick up on Sunday, February 14 from 7:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Drink Me! Tea Room

1730 E Warner Rd #5, Tempe, AZ 85284 | (602) 206-5469
The adorable Drink Me! Tea Room is another terrific option for Valentine’s Day weekend. Their Valentine’s Day tea service is pictured here, just to tempt your taste buds! The bottom tray has a chocolate and rose tart, a decadently decorated heart cookie, and a lemon sponge with blueberry gels and coconut mousse. On the top layer is chocolate covered strawberries, a miso and tahini scone with whipped butter, and a chickpea salad wrap. This exclusive menu is available February 12-14 for $29.95 per person. Advance reservations are required. Be sure to snag yourself a spot while you can!

Drink Me Tea Room Tempe
Photo credit @drinkmetearoom

Ghost Ranch

1006 E. Warner Rd. #102-103, Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 474-4328
Ghost Ranch has reopened after an extended closure due to COVID! I think we speak for the community when we say how happy we are to welcome you back. February 12-14, our friends at Ghost Ranch will be offering a spectacular Valentine’s Day menu featuring Kumamoto Grilled Oysters, Mesquite Grilled Stuffed Quail, Rib Eye Steak and Dark Chocolate Globe for dessert. Don’t forget to try their signature Frose Margarita (frozen, rose margarita – so pretty and so tasty!). You can enjoy this Valentine’s Day menu on top of their Southwest inspired menu already offered.

The Peppermill: Steakhouse and Cocktail

7660 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 590-6755
The Peppermill will be open for dine-in reservations. They are also offering their popular three-course mystery picnic dinner for $55 which include a select bottle of wine for those who are not able to get a reservation or want to celebrate at home with some great food! The three-course meal includes an appetizer, an entrée and dessert that is all unique and not on the menu! Call (480) 590-6755 for reservations or to order a picnic dinner takeout.

Pier 54

5394 S. Lakeshore Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 820-0660
One of Tempe’s hidden gems is Pier 54 located in The Lakes neighborhood in South Tempe. For Valentine’s Day, they will be offering a special menu the entire day with 2 rounds of seating at this outdoor patio only restaurant/bar. Enjoy lunch from 12-2 p.m. and dinner from 5-7 p.m. Live street jazz music is scheduled from 12-3 p.m. to add something extra special. Reservations are required, so book online here.

Photo credit/permission @amerikadabirsivasl

Rustler’s Rooste

8383 S. 48th St., Phoenix, AZ 85044 | (602) 431-6474
Get romantic at the Rooste this year on Valentine’s Day. Or better yet, plan an outing for the whole family to get into the spirit of the holiday. Mouthwatering comfort food, live music, dancing, cotton candy and more will be at the ready for a night of fun at Rustler’s Rooste. Be sure to make a reservation in advance, as space fills up fast at this Western favorite.

Need a fun activity for Valentine’s Day? We have you covered!

Tempe Marketplace | Love Shot Exhibit

2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281
Love Shot is on view at Tempe Marketplace near The District Stage now through February 28, 2021.
Be struck by Cupid’s arrow and target the perfect V-Day photo under hearts a flutter. You’re sure to snap a shot you’ll fall head over heels for.

Couple posing for photo
Photo credit: Emily Piraino Photography

Swan Date Night Package on Tempe Town Lake

Boat Rentals of America – Tempe Town Lake: 72 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281
Take your sweetie out to sunbathe and sightsee on a swan boat this Valentine’s Day! Boat Rentals of America – Tempe Town Lake is offering a swan date night package on Tempe Town Lake and it includes a box of chocolates and floral decorations for you to enjoy. This is great for families too, as the swan fits up to 4 people.

Rates:
1-hour Rental: $63
2-hour Rental: $78

Tempe Town Lake Swan boat KurtDeanna
Swan Boat at Tempe Town Lake

Alamo Drafthouse Tempe

1140 E. Baseline Rd.., Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 795-6622
Visit Alamo Drafthouse Tempe for their February-only menu specials, including a Dessert for Two option where a couple can order one flourless chocolate cake (so it’s gluten free!) and two glasses of champagne. While supplies last, the champagne will come in the collectible XOXO, ALAMO flutes that were specially made for the occasion.

These flutes will also be available as an add-on purchase at checkout to specific movies (those in the XOXO, ALAMO series) as well as being an option on the February menu to just purchase in-theater (champagne not included).

The Champagne Cinema series is back with BRIDESMAIDS, just in time for Galentine’s Day! The ticket price *includes* a complimentary pour of champagne + an XOXO Alamo glass!

Get romantic at Alamo as they will be showing MOONSTRUCK, THE BEST MAN, and THE BIRDCAGE as part of Valentine’s Day weekend. Those shows will have the option at checkout to add-on an XOXO champagne glass.

Want to have a private movie session? Pick the movie and the guest list!

“Make like Rihanna and pour it up, pour it up with the whole squad this month. Rent your own private Alamo for a safe, fun outing starting at just $150. Pick from a list of movies including CRAZY RICH ASIANS, MAMMA MIA!, MEAN GIRLS, and more.” Learn more about theater rentals on their website.

Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing Tempe

3105 S. Fair Ln. #100, Tempe, AZ 85282 |(480) 773-6551
Nothing says “I love you” like wielding an axe! Lumberjaxes is the perfect spot for a Galentine’s Day celebration (ladies, don’t forget pictures of your exes), a group date or meeting your future son-in-law for the first time, there’s nothing quite like an axe-ident….am I right, dads? We’re kidding. Regardless of who you bring, Lumberjaxes will show you a great time. Lumberjaxes also runs on a “BYOB” policy, meaning you can bring your own adult beverages and food into the facility after 4 p.m.

Desert Sage Picnic Co.

Create a wonderful destination picnic with our friends at Desert Sage Picnic Co. They design a luxurious picnic out in your favorite Phoenix area locations, including some iconic spots in Tempe like Tempe Beach Park. Currently they have a lovely offer to spoil your partner this Valentine’s Day. Their Valentine’s Day Luxury Picnic packages include a customized set up with luxe extras like charcuterie boxes and a choice of chilled beverages. Prices start at $125; valid on celebrations from 2/8-2/21. You can book direct by emailing desertsagepicnic (at) gmail (dot) com to plan something you and your love won’t forget!

Photo courtesy of @desertsagepicnic

Weekend getaway? Stay & play in Tempe at these hotels:

Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown

108 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-6800
Book the Eat Your Heart Out King Room Stay Package to secure a $50 dining credit (for food & drink, not alcohol), a champagne split and Tracy Dempsey Originals treat box (shown above). You can book direct through their website over the dates and select the Eat Your Heart Out King Room package.

How to secure your exclusive date package:

  1. Head to Canopy Tempe’s website
  2. Adjust your chosen date(s) over their Valentine’s Day Weekend (February 12-14)
  3. Select 1 King Room – “more prices available”
  4. Scroll to the bottom and find the Eat Your Heart out Package
Canopy Tempe Guest Room

P.S. Don’t forget! Canopy Tempe’s signature restaurant, Alter Ego, has a three-course meal each evening from February 12-14 to create a memorable weekend with your special someone. A separate reservation for dinner is required.

The Tempest Hotel ASU

1375 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 774-2500
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your partner at the Tempest Hotel. The “Just you and I for Valentine’s Day” package includes rose petals on the bed upon arrival, a box of chocolates, and a voucher for two drinks at their lobby bar. You can book direct with the hotel on their website, or call the front desk at (480) 772-2500 with any questions.

The Tempest Hotel
Photo courtesy of The Tempest Hotel

Are you a Tempe restaurant, hotel or attraction offering Valentine’s Day specials? We’d love to feature you.
Please contact Rachel (at) tempetourism (dot) com to have your Valentine’s Day special offer added.

Don’t forget to tag us on social! @tempetourism #OurTempe

Amy Griglak
Written Amy Griglak

Originally from California, Amy loves to travel, go for runs, read all kinds of books, enjoy all things Disney, drink caramel macchiatos and explore new places and old favorites with her husband and two kiddos.