Bring Your Valentine to One of Chicago's Best Steakhouses
Traditionally, steakhouses are places of celebration, and there can be no better place to celebrate Valentine’s Day – or find a better piece of beef – than at a Chicago steakhouse. Because your BFF deserves the best (as do you), consider taking him or her to one of Chicago’s best steakhouses.
Here’s a listing of seven of Chicago’s best steakhouses, each of which is offering something special for that someone special in your life.
Valentine’s Day is a big day at most restaurants (no surprise!), so make sure you call ahead for reservations at all these places.
III Forks. True to its image as a palace of over-indulgence, 3Forks offers a vast menu of starters (including crab cakes and lobster bisque, but much more), steaks (from a filet to a 32-ounce tomahawk) and seafood (such as cold water lobster tail and north Atlantic salmon). To accompany all this undeniable goodness, there’s an award-winning wine list, and you will want to get a glass or two to make the evening complete (or *almost* complete, wink-wink).
Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse. For Valentine’s Day, Harry Caray’s restaurants are offering a surf and turf special of a 6-ounce filet with green peppercorn Bordelaise and a 7-ounce broiled lobster tail for $61.95. As a nod to those who might have found their sweetheart on eHarmony or Tinder (or okCupid, etc.), there are special cocktails: Swipe Left, a Chambord Manhattan, or Swipe Right, a chocolate mint martini. For dessert, a Breaking Ball, which Harry’s tells us is “a white chocolate dome decorated with red stitches to resemble a baseball. You get to break the baseball open with a mini Harry Caray’s baseball bat.” Inside the pearl is a flourless chocolate cake with a scoop of cappuccino chip ice cream.
STK. STK is perhaps Chicago’s sleekest of steakhouses, and for Valentine’s Day, it becomes one of Chicago’s sweetest with a special menu. In honor of the day made for those in love, STK has made up a menu to remember: big eye tuna crudo, a surf and turf of Maine lobster tail and 8-ounce filet, Ora salmon and Lover’s Cheesecake (for two, of course). The cocktail du jour is Love Potion, a mix of Grey Goose, muddled strawberry, and a Graham Cracker crust (?!).
Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House. Truluck’s is where you want to go for over-the-top Southern-inspired cuisine, including Florida stone crab, miso-glazed seabass, and…Lobscargot (Maine lobster cooked escargot-style with garlicky herb butter, with a little added gruyere and Havarti). For this special occasion, both Gold Coast and Rosemont locations will be serving TruLuv Cocktails.
ALK . About Last Knife is offering three-courses for $49/person. Standouts include a starter oyster with house-made giardiniera, a second course of that could include such exotic items as a roasted Japanese sweet potato (your choice), and several entrees, including their much lauded Beef Wellington (if you haven’t had this yet, you really should). For dessert, sticky toffee pudding or cheesecake (a Valentine’s Day favorite). You can also get splits of Veuve Cliquot for $50, or 25% off full bottles. Sweet.
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille. A special Valentine’s Day dinner, featuring a bacon-wrapped filet mounted on a raft of crisp asparagus, will be offered as part of the Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille “Rare and Well Done” experience. If you come for an early dinner, anytime before 5:30pm, you can eat for $59.95/person; if you come a little later, after 7:30pm, the dinner will be $74.95. A great value for a Valentine’s Dinner of this quality.
Prime & Provisions. You get some very good options for Valentine's Day at Prime & Provisions. You can select fresh line-caught white fish (with potato scales -- fun!), porcini-crusted New York strip (with Wagyu bone marrow Bordelaise for a big umami blast in each bite) and a milk chocolate crème brulee (perhaps the second sweetest *treat* to enjoy on Valentine's Day). If you've been holding off on going to Prime & Provisions, waiting for a special occasion, this is it.