Let’s be honest, most of us make Valentine’s Day plans at the last minute. You may have already bought a gift for that special someone, have a vague date idea in mind, or just want to avoid the holiday all together. No matter where you fall, we’ve put together the perfect last minute Houston Valentine’s Day guide to help you figure things out.


There are endless Valentine’s Day possibilities when considering the perfect Houston dinner date. After all, Houston is known as the cultural and culinary capital of the south. Some of Houston’s most iconic restaurants are featuring special menus all weekend long. Head to Chef Hugo Ortega’s Hugo’s or Caracol for romance-themed menu from a James Beard Award nominated chef or try Brennan’s of Houston for a creole-inspired menu of decadent fresh seafood. Tony Mandola’s lays out a beautiful 4-course Italian/Cajun meal while Mark’s American Cuisine offers a dinner date in a romantic 1920s-era church building. We haven’t even touched the tip of the iceberg! Be sure to consult the full list of Houston restaurant Valentine’s Day menus on our events calendar before making reservations. 

Theater/Performing Arts

Houston's downtown Theater District spans 17 blocks and has nearly 13,000 seats in a concentrated downtown area. So of course there are plenty of shows to choose from this weekend. Don’t miss out on Rusalka by the world-renowned Houston Grand Opera. The epic opera production is known as being one of Dvořák’s masterpieces. The Houston Symphony presents the soaring concert Haydn & Sibelious, a thrilling musical experience with acclaimed Argentine cellist Sol Gabetta. Looking for something more modern? Head to the Alley Theatre for All the Way, a Tony Award-winning political drama centered on President Lyndon B. Johnson. For the Jazz lover, be sure to check out Love, Jazz & Romance at the Wortham Center for a romantic night of soul and R&B.

Off the Beaten Path

If dinner and a show sounds a little too predictable, try something new. Hop aboard the Spirit of the Bayou for a cozy cruise down Buffalo Bayou. The one hour boat ride offers a spectacular view of downtown Houston complete with sweet bites and champagne from Phoenicia Specialty Foods and Barefoot Wine. Other fun ideas include a Valentine’s Day glass blowing workshop with Three Dimensional Visions, a couples painting class with complimentary wine and appetizers at Rosinka Wine and Tea House, MKT Bar’s Cuddle Fest and Karaoke for a hilarious night of music and friends, or even head to the Texas Lunar Festival to celebrate Chinese New Year.


Get away from all the ooy-gooy stuff in the air at the “Love Sux” party at Howl at the Moon. You can even get in free with a torn photo of your ex.  Uptown’s Sherlock’s Pub and Baker St. Pub are hosting a Love Sucks all day happy hour and heartbreak trivia. And if you really need to let out some pent up feelings, head over to Boyert Shooting Center for the BYOB (Bring Your Own Bear) shootout. Bring your least favorite plush animals and send them down the range to benefit the Houston Police K-9 Unit Foundation. 

For more options and a full list of Houston events visit our calendar.