Valentine's Day Planner: Twin Cities

Want to give your sweetie a Valentine's gift they'll love? Treat them to an evening filled with fine food, great deals and tokens of affection from these Twin Cities restaurants and retailers.

Updated: February 16, 2010

Ideas for Romance

Saffron Restaurant & Lounge

123 N Third St Ste 101, Minneapolis, MN 55401

This chic Mediterranean restaurant in downtown Minneapolis offers a fun, intimate atmosphere and a Valentine's Day special that includes a five-course tasting menu for $55 per person, with an optional wine pairing for $25. You and your date can sample menu items from around the world and nibble on appetizers of hummus and olives.

Spill The Wine

1101 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Try out new unique red and white wines at Spill the Wine's ?Sweetheart Meal.? The downtown warehouse-like restaurant offers a candlelit dinner for only $98 a couple, and it includes wine pairings. Choose from lamb chops, halibut or smoked salmon.

Sapor Cafe-Bar

428 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Sapor stretches the globe and back again to offer an around-the-world menu in one meal to downtown patrons. Head here for a unique four-course meal for $60 per person that includes fish, meat and vegetarian options.

La Belle Vie

510 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

The best restaurant in town, and some say this side of Manhattan, offers plenty of decadent ambiance and palate-pleasing award-winning dishes that are sure to inspire romance and happy hearts. The five-course tasting menu runs $80, but is worth every penny. For an added $60, indulge in the wine pairing.

Acanthus Floral Art

3932 Cedar Ave S # 1, Minneapolis, MN 55407

For the perfect handpicked bouquet, check out Acanthus on Cedar Avenue in South Minneapolis. The little flower shop offers a wide arrange of unique flowers from all over the world, allowing you to pick out your favorites. And if you're not feeling creative, tell the owner what you like--colors and shapes--and she'll put together a work of art for you and yours.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

1360 N Lexington Pkwy, St Paul, MN 55103

It's cold outside, but the Como Zoo offers plenty of ways to get warm. Take in a view of the flora in the Conservatory, where you can pretend you're in the tropics. Then enjoy the Conservatory's special candle-lit dinner for two among the flowers, featuring music and more for $165 per couple.

Surdyk's Liquor & Cheese Shop

303 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Stay in, cuddle up with a movie or two and indulge in wine, olives, artisan cheeses and more from Surdyk's. The store has everything you need to plan a perfect evening--or an romantic indoor picnic--including desserts.