Here’s where to head for a degustation dinner with your bae, drinks with a Tinder date or a sugar hit with your sweetie.



New Zealand’s best-looking celebrity chef has designed a delicious set menu for lovers on Valentine’s Day. Book for one of two sittings (6pm – 8pm or 8.30pm – late) to experience Josh Emett’s glorious seafood platter, or for a slightly more casual dining experience, pop into the Deck at Ostro for a lobster combo with mini Moet Rose. (1)


Head chef Fred Wong has also created a special menu for Valentine’s Day, which pairs his signature beautiful plating with modern Japanese flavours and an unbeatable chocolate egg dessert. Book for the special menu, or dine a la carte on the night. (2)


Although it’s a hot favourite of Aucklanders (with good cause), Amano’s vast size and half-bookings, half walk-in policy means that if you have left it late to book a dinner spot for Valentine’s, and are happy to spend time chatting over a drink, it’s a safe bet for an amazing night. (3)


Could you choose a more romantic restaurant for dinner on Valentine’s Day than Ortolana’s garden courtyard backed by the fairy lights of The Pavilions? It’s a tough question, but we’re going to say no. (4)



Tommy’s Champagne Parlour

For those with a taste for the high life, Tommy’s are pulling out all the stops this Valentine’s Day with candlelight, caviar, champagne and lobster on the menu. (5)


Up on the open-air rooftop at Seven, they will be serving up dumplings and love-inspired cocktails all night long. (6)


The tropical tiki-hut styled bar at Talulah seems like the most appropriate place for a date on a humid midsummer Auckland evening. Look out for the special Valentine’s cocktail on their drinks list. (7)


With its hard-to-find downstairs entrance, moody lighting and epically talented bartenders with a reputation for showing their guests a good time, Caretaker is a safe bet when it comes to impressing someone you’d like to get to know a lot better. (8)




At Miann, there’s no end to treats that look almost too good to eat, but for February, their Cake of the month is the Raspberry Heart – a luscious glossy raspberry mousse heart filled with vanilla sponge and pistachio cream. (9)



The luxurious chocolate-box interior of Milse is a perfect place to settle in on Friday night, whether with a pal or a romantic partner. They’ve got a decadent Valentine’s special in the works – keep an eye on our social media for full details. (10)


La Petit Fourchette

As an authentic French patisserie, La Petit Fourchette has an incredible counter of takeaway treats, as well as a full menu of gloriously decorated made-to-order cakes, gateaux and tarts. (11)