To some, love is a thoughtful gift. To others, love is a compassionate act of service. And then there are others (and we like these people the most, TBH) who feel like love is a saucy plate of pasta smothered with Parm. Even if your feelings about food aren’t quite that extreme, these nine new-ish restaurants are sure to make your V-Day unforgettable—provided you don’t forget to reserve a table ASAP, before they’re all booked. Here are the best Valentine’s Day restaurants in Dallas to treat your beloved or your bestie this February—because after the year we’ve had, we totally deserve it.

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Georgie by Curtis Stone/Facebook

1. Georgie

Knox District golden boy Stephan Courseau joined forces with celebrity chef Curtis Stone to bring a super sexy stunner to the old Villa-O location. While sipping Champagne here, it’s easy to pretend—at least for the moment—that you are vacationing in Paris. No airfare required.

4514 Travis St. #132;

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Vandelay Hospitality Group

2. Drake’s

Old Hollywood but with a little Park Cities pizzazz—that’s the vibe we’re getting from this recently opened steakhouse from Vandelay Hospitality Group. It’s perfect for whatever situation you find yourself in on Valentine’s Day, because while the cozy booths are occupied by couples sipping martinis and listening to jazz, the lively bar seems to be packed with singles ready to mingle.

5007 Lovers Lane;

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Ellie’s Restaurant & Lounge/Facebook

3. Ellie’s Restaurant & Lounge

Do yourself a solid by booking a reservation at this beautiful spot nestled in the Hall Arts Hotel. It has great options for vegetarians (try the cauliflower grain bowl or vegetable pie!) and hardcore carnivores alike (share the double cut Niman Ranch pork chop).

1717 Leonard St.;

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Commons Club

4. Commons Club

Matt McCallister has set up shop inside the Dallas Design District’s new Virgin Hotel with a French-influenced, seasonally driven menu. We’d say this is an ideal place to take a date you want to impress but don’t want them to know it quite yet. Casual but cool. Really cool. And speaking of really cool, we can’t stop looking at this restaurant’s ice-cold cocktail menu. We’ll take a High Tea and whipped ricotta toast on the fly, please.

1415 Turtle Creek Blvd.;

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5. Paradiso

This Bishop Arts District beauty is something straight out of an Instagram dream. And while some people fancy a phenomenal fixed menu for Valentine’s Day, some crave an adventurous evening. If you find yourself in the latter category, how does roving bar carts serving European snacks sound? We’re all for it.

308 N. Bishop Ave.;

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Partenope Ristorante

6. Partenope Ristorante

Steal a pizza someone’s heart by taking them to this downtown destination, which is serving up Southern Italian fare. If you can’t score a table for the prix fixe menu on the 14th (which includes spinach and ricotta ravioli and a glass of Prosecco with dessert), it’s worth planning a date night anytime. On those nights you can try the Montanara pizza, which won the gold medal at the Pizza Olympics in Naples. Think flash-fried then baked crust with mozzarella and tomato sauce, finished off with fresh basil. It’s amore!

1903 Main St.;

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7. Sloane’s Corner

This newcomer to the downtown Dallas dining scene is offering a Valentines prefix dinner menu from February 12th to 14th. For $75 per person, choose from an appetizer (we recommend the short rib tortellini), a main (steak, chicken, grouper or scallops) and a luscious dessert (we’re ordering the molten lava cake, obviously). Or opt for a prefix brunch menu on the 14th, featuring croissants, fruit salad, deviled eggs and your choice of main ($28 per person). Psst: If you don’t have a date, Sloane’s Corner is also offering a Singles Awareness Day menu at the bar from the 12th to the 14th.

2001 Ross Ave Suite 125;

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8. Asador

Nothing says romance like cooking over an open flame, right? Created by celebrity chef Dean James Max, this New American grill at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel Downtown focuses on seasonal, farm-to-fire cuisine. You can’t go wrong with any of the perfectly prepared cuts of meat, served with cheddar mac or green bean casserole and topped off with a decadent dessert like rice pudding or apple cobbler—all enjoyed in elegant yet casual atmosphere.

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Rob Underwood

9. Te Deseo

Rooftop cocktails, a Latin American menu, swoon-worthy decor—this Harwood hot spot is the place to be on V- Day. And while smoking is officially not cool anymore, we are very intrigued by the chocolate cigar we are seeing on the dessert menu. Edible ashes? Tell us more.

2700 Olive St.;

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