CINCINNATI -- What are you doing to celebrate Valentine's Day, Cincinnati? After all, you're living in one of the most romantic cities in the United States.
No, really, you read that right. The Queen City was rated the eighth most romantic city in the country this year by Amazon.com. Cincinnati was in the top seven each of the past three years, topping out at fifth last year .
In order to ensure you and your significant other have a Danielle Steele novel-inspired good time, we've put together a list of deals on romantic dinners as well as a few extra tid-bits to make your V-Day perfect.
(All specials and events are for Feb. 14, unless otherwise noted. Check back for updates to this list.)
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 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 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 www.cincinnatianhotel.com for more information.
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. Call (513) 721-7685 or visit www.mahoganysatthebanks.com .
McCormick and Schmick's, 21 East Fifth St. - Celebrate Valentine's Day with fresh seafood, tender steaks, desserts, fine wines, table side champagne service, and a personalized menu. Call (513) 721-9339 for reservations, more information at 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 www.mortons.com/Cincinnati .
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 cincinnati.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/RedRoostTavern
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 from the world's most sought after dance designers. $32/person. Showing February 13 -15.More information at www.cballet.org or call (513) 621-5282
Coppelia, Jarson-Kaplan Theater at 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 cincyshakes.com or call (513) 381-3300.
Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St. -- This touching play about membership in your tribe offers scathing 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.
Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East Sixth St. - For the month of February, you can visit the CAC for free -- but a donation is appreciated.
While the museum is between major exhibitions this month, the staff still wants to promote all there is to see in its two small exhibit galleries - Diane Landry’s “By Every Wind That Blows” and Joey Versoza’s “Is This It.”
The Perfect Gift
Tiffany & Co, 505 Vine St. - Can you think of a more perfect gift for the most romantic day of the year than something that comes in the famed little blue box? Tiffany & Co. offers a selection of Valentine's gifts for that special lady or man in your life. For more information call (513) 721-2022 or www.tiffany.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 .
Downtown Cincinnati Gift Card - If you love downtown, you can share the love with the Downtown Cincinnati Gift Card. Always available to purchase at 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. - From beautiful jewelry to intoxicating fragrances, find everything you need for your Valentine. Call (513) 361-4200, browse online before you visit www.macys.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 Options
Fountain Square/U.S. Bank Ice Rink - Two-for-one admission and skate rental; details at http://myfountainsquare.com .
Horse-drawn Carriage Rides - Take a romantic ride through Downtown. Board near Fountain Square. Elegant Carriages call (937) 903-5156. Carriage Occasions call (812) 744-5592.
Walk Along The Riverfront - Head over to Smale Riverfront Park to take in some gorgeous views of the Ohio River and the architecture along the Kentucky riverfront. It's free, beautiful and perfect for a midday or moonlight stroll. Find out more about the park at mysmaleriverfrontpark.org .
It's The Thought That Counts At Skyline Chili - The Cincinnati landmark is giving away a tasty token of love to all its Tri-State diners on Valentine's Day. You'll get a free chocolate mint at all local locations.
Visit www.DowntownCincinnati.com for updates on deals in downtown Cincinnati.