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Table for two: Your perfect Valentine’s Day meal awaits.

Made for sharing, these standout dishes are sure to inspire romance this Valentine’s Day. | By Alison Cavatore | February 2, 2023

It’s said that the way to someone’s heart is through the stomach — and we couldn’t agree more! So, if you’re searching for a fun and flavorful way to make your love’s heart skip a beat this Valentine’s Day, look no further than these perfect date night dishes.

  • Good vibrations: Create an intimate vibe dining experience with king crab tempura

  • Heartwarming moments: Savor the comforting richness of a wild mushroom risotto

  • Sweet love: Satisfy your cravings with a decadent red velvet cake

King crab tempura

Valentine’s Day is all about setting the right mood for love. Kick off your romantic dinner for two with this Vegas-style king crab tempura recipe from Joseph Elevado, executive chef of Zouk Group at Resorts World Las Vegas and you're guaranteed good vibes all night long.

Made with slender sticks of crab that are lightly battered and fried then topped with an amazu aioli, this dish is sure to impress your significant other with its bold flavors and stunning presentation. The chef’s top tip for making it at home? Cold batter is key to making this dish light and airy.

Get the recipeGo to recipe: King Crab Tempura

Wild mushroom risotto

For a showstopping (and heartwarming) Valentine’s Day main course, roll out your Parmesan cheese wheel (or, more realistically, a piece of Parmesan cheese) and prepare a red carpet-worthy wild mushroom risotto. The Beverly Hilton’s executive chef, Matthew Morgan, served a version of this risotto at the 2020 Golden Globes, so you know it’ll impress.

To make this recipe a winning one for the star in your life, chef Morgan recommends using a variety of mushrooms for depth of flavor.

Get the recipeGo to recipe: Wild mushroom risotto

Red velvet cake

The perfect Valentine’s Day meal isn’t complete without a sweet treat, so indulge your senses with a legendary red velvet cake recipe from The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel. This decadent piece de resistance will bring a sparkle to your evening with a dash of passion and masterful artistry.

Want to extend the experience? Keep any leftover ingredients and whip up a batch of red velvet waffles for breakfast. It’s the perfect way to make your Valentine’s Day celebrations that much sweeter.

Get the recipeGo to recipe: Red velvet cake

Alison Cavatore is the assistant editor for the content marketing team at Hilton. She has written and copyedited for numerous print and digital publications in the U.S. and abroad. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Alison has lived in Miami, Scottsdale, Holland, France, Switzerland and Canada. She currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area.

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