1. Stand-out views - Your horizon is looking good
Treat your loved one to a magnificent three-course dinner with dramatic views at SkyHigh Mount Dandenong or in the beautiful tranquil garden setting of Mist@Olinda. The approach to SkyHigh as you wind your way up through the hills sets the scene beautifully for your romantic evening ahead and the view once you arrive at SkyHigh is mesmerising - there’s something magical about being on top of the world as the sun sets, looking out over the vast expanse below, towards the Melbourne skyline and beyond to the bay.
For garden lovers, Mist@Olinda is set within the tremendous 100-acre Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, so why not take a romantic stroll with your partner down through the meandering paths and marvel at the variety of rare and exotic blooms amidst the heady fragrance.
Price: refer to websites
Menu: refer to websites
Booking: Skyhigh Mt Dandenong: (03) 9751 0443 | Mist@Olinda: (03) 9751 0937
2. Rural escape - Country dreaming
Whisk your loved one away to the picturesque Yarra Valley this Valentine’s day for an unforgettable experience. Join Zono on Valentines Day to indulge in a delicious $80pp four course San Valentino Menu whilst taking in breathtaking Yarra Valley views. Their delicious indulgence includes Stuzzichini, Antipasti, Pizze, Arrostoe Insalate, Dolce & Caffe and Bevande.
Booking: 03 9730 2500
3. Nostalgic favourite - Relive memories whilst making new ones
All aboard! Puffing Billy Railway welcomes you to step back into the romantic era of train travel this Valentine's Day. Enjoy an evening of luxury dining with your loved one whilst whistling through the exquisite Dandenong Ranges. Enjoy this exclusive dining event in restored First Class dining carriages, accompanied by a live musician performing from 6:30 pm onwards at Belgrave Station!
This delicious three-course dinner is of course complemented by a selection of wines and boutique beers from Melbourne's local wine region, the Yarra Valley.
The steam and the train whistle makes for a thrilling journey through the temperate rainforest before the train arrives at Lakeside Station. Once there, grab your table lantern and take a stroll along the platform. This is a great opportunity to capture some amazing images of the steam engine at night. The return journey completes the evening, with dessert, tea, coffee and a complimentary glass of port served.
Booking Details: Puffing Billy
Booking: (03) 9757 0700
4. Frivolous fun factor - Your life together looks fabulous
Relax people! Calm yourselves. Innocent Bystander has got this. Valentine’s Day that is.
Innocent Bystander has got some specially prepared once off dishes rollin’ on out for you. If you’re prepared to share that is! Whether you are a lover or a hater of the day, you can’t go past a cocktail each with a four-course dinner including fresh oysters and a creamy chocolate dessert with house-made honeycomb. Oh, and a cheeky flask of Rosé because on Valentine’s Day we’re celebrating Rosé in all her glory.
You can’t go wrong for $110 for the lot or you can just pick and choose which specials you’d like (Innocent Bystander are easy on Valentine’s Day).
Booking details: Innocent Bystander
Menu: refer to website
5. Hot blooded lovers - Argentinian hospitality warms hearts
Practice your "Te Amo" (Spanish for "I love you") and head to the Independent in Gembrook for a hot-blooded eight-course dining experience. Settle in, pop a bottle of bubbles and let the Argentinian hospitality warm you and your lover’s hearts. The eight-course menu will feature Chef Mauro’s seductive and generous Argentinian favourites including the Braised lamb, charred cauliflower and ricotta gnocchi.
Bookings are essential.
Children's dining options are available at $25 per child.
Price: $76 per person
Booking: 03 5968 1110
5 reasons not enough? Then what about this one?
Spoil yourselves at Carne grill, they're all about the ingredients, not the egos. These guys have the finest local meat and seasonal seafood flame grilled to perfection. Delicious!
Price: refer to website
Menu: refer to website
Booking: (03) 8727 0600