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Fine Dining on Valentine's Day

By Heather Smith · February 4th, 2009 · The Dish
Fine Dining on Valentine’s Day

As you might have already heard, Jean-Robert at Pigall’s will be closing on Feb. 28. The four-star restaurant wasn’t making a profit, according to Martin Wade, who owns Pigall’s with his wife Marilyn. The sad part is that the public announcement was made on the same day the restaurant received a four-star rating by Mobil Travel Guide. It’s the only Ohio restaurant to hold this honor.

So if you really want to impress your date on Valentine’s Day take her (or him) to Pigall’s for one last fling; after all, Cincinnati might never get another four-star restaurant again. Enjoy it while it lasts.

If Pigall’s isn’t your style and you still want to support the local restaurant economy this Valentine’s Day, insuring we keep fine dining alive in this city, consider making a reservation at one of the following.

Ask anyone where the best place to go for Valentine’s Day is, and most will say, “Primavista.” Here’s why: It has a gorgeous view of the city, and although the dining room is large the experience manages to be intimate. In fact, at times you can feel like you’re the only couple in the room.

Given the quality of the experience, the price is reasonable: entrées range from $25 to $36. Primavista’s special Valentine’s Day menu will include Shrimp Scampi, Veal Marsala, Filet Mignon, Chicken with Pancetta, Lamb, Salmon and Fresh Fish with Lobster. Normal menu pricing applies. Make reservations ASAP — Primavista fills up quickly — at 513-251-6467.

The Summit
Run by Cincinnati State’s Midwest Culinary Institute, The Summit offers some of the best fine dining in the city. It’s also a great place to get an education on food while you’re being served — by all accounts, the servers, all culinary students, know what they’re doing. Their reasonably priced Valentine’s Day menu will run Feb. 13 and 14, offering a three-course meal with four entrée options, including Herb Gnocchi with brussels sprouts, wild mushrooms and truffle and Tenderloin of Beef with dauphinoise potato, broccolini and béarnaise sauce. The threecourse meal is reasonably priced at $39; you can also add a wine pairing for $10. Call 513-569-4980 for reservations.

The Cincinnatian: Dinner and a Room
If you’re pretty sure your Valentine’s Day is going to get really romantic, The Cincinnatian downtown is a good choice because they’re offering dinner and a room. The Palace Restaurant will offer an a la carte and 3-course prix fixe menu at $72 per person, and if you dine after 9 p.m. they’ll also offer you and your date a queen-sized bedroom for $75 and a king-sized for $100. Also, the American breakfast for two the next morning is free. Call 513-381-300 for reservations.

Dinner and Dancing at the 20th Century Theatre
The 20th Century Theatre on Oakley Square is offering an evening of dining and dancing. Cocktails will be served 7-8 p.m., including a champagne greeting, hors d’oeuvres and music by John Keene. Dinner will be served 8-9 p.m., including a full-course dinner buffet, gourmet chocolates, roses and music by Heart & Soul, followed by dancing well into the night. The price is a steal at $100 per couple. Call 513-731-8000 for reservations.

CONTACT HEATHER SMITH: hsmith@citybeat.com



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