Show your love and treat your special someone to the delicious food and cocktails Albany restaurants and bistros have to offer, not just for Valentine’s Day, but all month long. And don’t forget to cap the night with an exciting one-of-a-kind gift you discovered while browsing the city’s fascinating downtown shops.
A few of Albany’s restaurants are offering Valentine’s Day packages, whether eating in responsibly spaced comfort or getting take-out, and that includes drinks-to-go. Whatever your plans for dining, be sure to call ahead to see if the deals are still available, as many spaces have been filling up fast.
And check the restaurant section of our COVID-19 page for up-to-date information and links directly to their social media and websites for information about reopening indoor dining areas.
Here are some exciting suggestions for you and your loved ones to enjoy:
DINNER AND DRINKS
Frankie’s Restaurant: Frankie’s is currently open for outdoor seating in its spacious patio tent with heaters, or call ahead for take-out (and make it even more memorable with a delicious craft cocktail drink kit to go!). 541-248-3671. Treat yourself to fresh-cut ribeye steaks, pork belly fries, Frankie’s famous Bistro Burger or many other dishes featuring locally sourced ingredients this farm-to-table restaurant has to offer.
Sweet Red Bistro: Sweet Red is offering a Valentine’s Day special, a tantalizing dinner for two for $99. Flying solo? Indulge yourself with a Lonely Hearts Dinner for One at $59. The restaurant will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 12-14, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for outdoor dining and take out. Due to limited seating, each night will have two seatings for dinner – 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Reservations for outdoor dining and takeout are required and will be accepted through Messenger on the Sweet Red Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/sweetredbistro. If the restaurant gets the OK to open for indoor dining, it will update its available reservations, so stay tuned!
Novak’s Hungarian Restaurant: The famed Albany restaurant is offering a Sweetheart Special: a five-course dinner for two for $60 which includes soup, salad, a spinach/artichoke dip appetizer, a Chicken Cordon Bleu entrée and a chocolate box to share. Add a bottle of house red or white wine for $25. Call ahead now, 541-967-9488, and pick up on Saturday, Feb. 13, between 1 and 3 p.m. In case of changes for indoor dining check out Novak’s Facebook page for current information.
Sybaris Bistro: The restaurant, which is still doing carry-out meals only, offers a Valentine’s Day special to go like none other, as featured in Wine Press Magazine. Call for availability, this one is selling out fast. Chef Matt Bennett has planned a special Valentine’s menu, which includes an antipaso to appetizer, first course of smoked pheasant and wild mushroom soup, and main course of surf and turf Wellington: beef tenderloin, Maine lobster and spinach in puff pastry, with a silky Maine lobster sauce. Dessert is Valrhona chocolate raspberry tart with raspberry whipped cream. Click here for the current menu and other information. To enjoy a dinner from Sybaris, please call 541-928-8157 to place your orders between the hours of 11 AM and 4:15 PM, Tuesday through Saturday. Pickup times begin at 4:45 and end at 7 p.m. The restaurant plans to open for limited inside seating beginning Tuesday, Feb. 16.
The Pix Theatre: Sweets for your sweet! The Pix is holding a curbside event featuring their to-die-for truffle chocolates, while supplies last. Click here to place your order, then pick them up between 2 and 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11. All sales need to be made in advance.
Vintage Roost: The shop will be filled to the brim with sweet and beautiful gifts for your special someone. Find antiques and collectibles, handmade gifts with a vintage charm, amazingly decorated cookies, Belgian chocolate, delicious baked goods, boxwood heart-shaped wreaths, and much more. Open Fridays and Saturdays only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through February 13. Masks are required and there will be a limited capacity allowed in the shop at one time. Hot cocoa will be served outside while you wait.
Margin Coffee: Browse some amazing locally made goods while waiting for your tasty drink at a special Valentine’s Day makers market at the cozy coffee house between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13. Local craft vendors include Bushel & A Peck, natural skin care; Bond & Bevel, leather goods; Good Good Wood, custom tables; De La Lune, candles; and much more!
Crow’s Foot Gallery: Want to give something a little different for Valentine’s this year? The Crow’s Foot has what you need: Sculpture, jewelry, paintings, prints and a variety of eclectic items made from everything from concrete to skateboards. While there, enjoy the memorial exhibit celebrating the creative life of Mio Streitberger.
Gallery Calapooia: Find a one-of-a-kind heart-shaped gift at the gallery, which houses beautiful art and crafted pieces from local artists and artisans.
Linn County Arts Guild: Heart-shaped eggs, hand-crafted Valentine’s Day cards and other wonderful items await visitors to the gallery.
Albany Historic Carousel & Museum: The Carousel staff and volunteers are so excited to officially welcome you inside for the first time in 2021! Doors open at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, and they’ll be open all weekend 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take a romantic ride, take a tour, have lunch and shop the gift shop!
Little Loves Lunchbox Ride: 1 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13. Spread the love on this 1.5-hour ride from Santiam Excursion Trains This is great for the whole family, and includes lunch (sandwich, chips, cookie) as you ride the rails. A bar car is available that has soda, water, coffee, beer, wine and mixed drinks for purchase. The ride will go on rain or shine, so dress for the weather. For reservations and other information, click here.
Valentine’s Dinner Ride: Santiam Excursion Trains, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13. Grab your date, some friends or make some new ones on this 2.5-hour, 21-and-over dinner train ride. Tickets include a full dinner catered by Honeybrine Catering. For reservations and other info, click here.