Romantic restaurants perfect for Valentine’s Day

Crowd favourite Giardinetto is a standout when it comes to Italian fare in Brisbane, having just been awarded People’s Choice at the inaugural Brisbane Restaurant and Catering Awards. With its traditional trattoria setting, you’ll feel as if you’re dining in style in the heart of Italy.

The menu at Giardinetto is quirky and fun – even chronicling the most popular dishes throughout the decades! Back in 1995 the meal of choice was mushroom caps stuffed with ricotta cheese, pine nuts, spinach, sundried tomatoes and shallots, crumbed and fried then served on a bed of cream and mustard sauce. Fast forward to 2010, and the flavour among Brisbanites was the tasty Italian herb and garlic meatballs cooked in a hearty napoletana sauce. Talk about delishimo!

The brain-child of hospitality entrepreneur Marco Daltorio, Saluti Restaurant is a must-visit when it comes to authentic Italian cuisine in the heart of Fortitude Valley. With a pizza bar and outdoor al fresco terrace, Saluti embodies traditional-meets-modern. 

The restaurant is conveniently located in the iconic Central Brunswick Complex, and the chefs at Saluti are the masters of Southern Italian delicacies, serving all the classic Italian meals you know and love. You can choose from popular plates such as ravioli, gnocchi and carbonara, to contemporary dishes of rich cutlets, steaks and seafood. For a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner, we suggest the Costine di Agnello, which is a dish of lamb cutlets served on a bed of eggplant purée and garnished with asparagus, roasted pumpkin and jus selected by the chef.

Since date night is all about donning your finest attire and dressing to impress, it is only fitting to dine at a stylish location, right? Long-standing Valley icon Cloudland is renowned for its elegance and sophistication, as well as its restaurant dishing up mouth-watering morsels. Why not go all out this year and make it a date to remember with Cloudland’s special Valentine’s Day Dinner and Show package? Feast on a three course menu, including a two hour drink package, while being serenaded by live entertainment from musicians and dancers. Now that’s sure to score you brownie points from your significant other!

From all of us at My Valley, we hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day!