If you haven’t made your Valentine’s Day dinner reservation, it’s time to get cracking. While some of the best local restaurants fill up quickly, each restaurant will have multiple seating times, which increases your chances of getting the restaurant you want.
And because Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday, many will offer their holiday specials through the weekend.
Where you choose to dine depends on whether you are a romantic or a foodie, or perhaps a bit of both. Do you want to go back to the scene where you had your first date, where you proposed, or where you had your wedding reception? Or do you want to choose something new and different, or sample a kind of cuisine or a restaurant you have been dying to try?
Happily, you won’t have to go far in Bucks County and across the river in New Jersey to find restaurants with good culinary credentials.
Among the newest restaurants on the scene to offer both ambiance and gourmet cuisine is Cascade Restaurant at Durham Springs in Kintnersville. A farm-to-table restaurant, it offers a variety of settings in the more than 70-year-old Cascade Lodge, including a room where you can see the natural spring that runs under the restaurant.
Honey restaurant in Doylestown is known for its trendy, adventurous cuisine and modern decor. A favorite among local foodies, the chef serves an ever-changing array of small plates suitable for sharing by carnivores, seafood lovers and vegetarians.
Guests at the Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm in Holicong can dine in the dining room, stay overnight in the inn or do both. The handsome restaurant is located in the estate’s manor house, and dinner is served Wednesday through Saturday nights, plus brunch on Sunday. Breakfast is served to those who stay overnight.
If you are pining for French food, Slate Bleu in Doylestown is a classic European bistro set in the Rhoades Livery, the oldest section of the Agricultural Works built in 1864 with the original timber and exposed brickwork part of the décor.
Manon in Lambertville, N.J., also has a French menu, crafted by owner/chef Michel Dumas in his restaurant decorated with a ceiling mural reminiscent of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.”
In Princeton, N.J., one of the newest restaurants, Kristine’s, offers French cuisine in an attractive contemporary setting.
If you enjoy dinner at historic inns, there are plenty to choose from. The Sergeantsville Inn in Sergeantsville, N.J., was damaged by fire several years ago, but has returned in full strength with handsome dining rooms and a choice of a casual tavern menu or an extensive fine dining menu.
The Washington Crossing Inn, the Yardley Inn, Rocco’s at the Brick in Newtown and the Riegelsville Inn are all examples of former stagecoach stops that have been maintained and upgraded to fine dining restaurants.
The Washington House in Sellersville is both inn and restaurant, where Valentines can spend the night and see a show at the neighboring Sellersville Theatre.
Whatever restaurant you choose, whether it’s pizza and pasta or haute cuisine, have a great time.