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Spread the Love: Six Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in New Orleans

12:00 February 03, 2021
By: Staff

It's that time of year again when you scramble to come up with gifts and plans to make Valentine's Day as special and wonderful as your partner. With restrictions in place to save lives from COVID-19, it may seem hard to do the holiday up big. Here are some places you might want to consider, either for dining in or having a candlelit evening at home (candles not included).

Crescent City Steaks

Crescent City Steaks has been in Mid-City since 1934. The rock-solid landmark destination is the ideal place to toast your everlasting love over a Porterhouse for Two. You could even enjoy your meal in one of their vintage-looking private "photo booths" isolated by curtains. When COVID-19 partitions began going up in restaurants last spring, spoke with Anthony Vojkovich about their unique approach. Vojkovich explained it had to do with the history and legends of the well-established steakhouse. "It's everything that you can imagine about the people who came in here through the years and the things they would want to do in a private booth," Vojkovich said mysteriously. What's more romantic than a little intrigue? 1001 N. Broad St., (504) 821-3271,

Roses 4 Nola

There is an Alice Walker quote that says, "In nature, nothing is perfect, and everything is perfect." We can agree that a natural rose is exquisite, but we might also want to tweak it a little. That's where online rose outlet Roses 4 Nola comes in with their customized creations. The red and white Love Mist rose looks like something from Alice in Wonderland. Add a custom text or choose an icon to "stamp" on, like a cute heart. More info at

Nephew's Ristorante

In the 19th century, the Great Migration brought thousands of Sicilians to Louisiana. The long history, connection, and combining of the cultures lives on today at places such as Nephew's Ristorante in the form of Italian Creole food. This joint with singing waiters calls for dressy attire, making it perfect for the holiday. Call in for your dinner reservation, because Valentine's Day will be the last chance you get until after Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday, and you won't wanna wait that long for a plate of their pasta with pesto. 4445 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, (504) 533-9998,

Alto on the Rooftop of Ace Hotel

Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday this year, which means Alto at Ace Hotel is hosting brunch. Their Sunday-only menu features music and menu items such as buttermilk ricotta pancakes with satsuma syrup and pecans. Their spectacular rooftop panoramic view over the CBD will make the meal extra memorable. 600 Carondelet St., (504) 900-1180,


On Friday, February 12, Briquette is having a five-course Mardi Gras Masquerade Dinner from 7 to 10 p.m. On the menu will be a chilled jumbo lump crab with fried green tomato and remoulade drizzle paired with The Snitch Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2018—and that's just the first course. Expect shrimp and artichoke soup, Oysters Rockefeller, Mardi Gras Mambo Surf and Turf, and Briquette's house-made king cake. The respective wines will be Eternally Silenced Pinot Noir, Saldo Zinfandel, The Prisoner Red Blend, and Blindfold White Blend, all by The Prisoner Wine Company. If that weren't enough, there will also be a special Mardi Gras welcome cocktail. Savor delicious food and wine while taking part in a mask contest and raffles. Call in for your reservation. 701 S. Peters St., (504) 302-7496,

The Steakhouse at Harrah's Casino

The Steakhouse at Harrah's has the romantic atmosphere and champagne choices you're looking for to celebrate Valentine's Day. No matter what you order, make sure to get a side of lobster mac + cheese to share, because that's real romance. 228 Poydras St., (504) 533-6111,

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