Shore Diner, 6710 Tilton Road, Egg Harbor Township, 609-641-3669. Valentine's Day menu served 11 a.m. to closing. Surf and turf with Angus N.Y. strip and two jumbo stuffed shrimp or broiled seafood combo with stuffed flounder, Norwegian salmon, jumbo shrimp, day-boat scallops and king crab legs. Specials include soup or salad, sauteed string beans, baked sweet potato, unlimited coffee, tea or iced tea and strawberry shortcake. $21.95 per person.
Harbor Pines Golf Club, 500 St. Andrew's Drive, Egg Harbor Township, 609-972-0006. Valentine's Day romantic dinner for two served 5 to 8 p.m. Appetizer choices: oysters Rockefeller, shrimp tartlets or warm baked brie, crab bisque or hearts of romaine salad. Entree choices: grilled filet mignon, chicken Wellington, bourbon-glazed salmon or broiled stuffed flounder with crab imperial. Dessert selection: chocolate creme brulee, red velvet cake, tiramisu. Includes a rose for the lady and complimentary glass of champagne. Live music featuring George Johnson. $75 per couple plus 7 percent tax and 20 percent gratuity.
Golden Inn, 78th Street, Avalon, 609-368-5155. Valentine's Day Romantic "Island" escape package ($149) includes: welcome amenity, four-course dinner for two, DJ after dinner, overnight lodging and breakfast for two. Appetizer choices: jumbo lump crabmeat cocktail, jumbo shrimp with Ketel One bloody Mary sauce, garlic and white wine steamed clams. Second course: shellfish chowder, French onion soup, Seaglass salad or Caesar salad. Entrees: broiled filet mignon, apple cider-marinated pork loin, grilled chicken Oscar, jumbo shrimp, scallop and crab meat risotto, broiled salmon bruschetta or Seaglass lump crab cakes. Dessert: deep-dish apple pie, strawberry shortcake, Godiva chocolate cheesecake.
800 Bay by Philippe, 800 Bay Ave., Somers Point, 609-926-3500. Valentine's Day three-course dinner served Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 to 16. A la carte menu also available. First course: choice of trio of oysters, classic lobster bisque, everything-crusted tuna tataki, shrimp and crab turnover or salad of mixed greens, walnuts, goat cheese and raspberry vinaigrette. Entrees: surf and turf, stuffed lobster for two, meat lover's platter or duo of salmon and Chilean sea bass. Dessert: warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream and white chocolate or strawberry and raspberry shortcake with Chambord. Complimentary pink champagne cocktail. $50 per person plus tax and gratuity.
The Crab Trap, 2 Broadway, Somers Point, 609-927-7377. Special selections for Valentine's Day dinner. Appetizers: clams casino, cream of lobster bisque, bacon-wrapped day boat scallops, oysters on the half-shell with champagne mignonette. Entrees: broiled cold-water lobster tail, pan-seared Chilean sea bass with winter vegetables, filet mignon wrapped with applewood-smoked bacon, grilled veal chop, sauteed New Orleans seafood. Assorted desserts. Complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Live entertainment. $45 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Sofia, 9314 Amherst Ave., Margate, 609-822-9111. Valentine's Day Sweetheart selection for two served Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 to 16. Entree choices: char-grilled filet mignon, Chilean sea bass, pasta Aphrodite, pan-roasted duck. Live music featuring Christine Daisy and Peter Nicotera. $79 per person.
Romanelli's Garden Cafe, 279 S. New York Road, Galloway, 609-652-1079. Valentine's Day specials running all weekend. Appetizer choices: bacon-wrapped stuffed shrimp ($7.99), stuffed mushrooms with Italian sausage and mozzarella cheese ($7.99), mussels red, white or diablo ($7.99). Entrees: 6-ounce twin stuffed lobster tails ($34.95), prime rib king ($24.95), prime rib queen ($22.95), filet tips in Marsala sauce ($20.95), chicken Italiano ($20.95), broiled seafood platter ($34.95), salmon Oscar ($25.95). All dinners come with choice of soup or salad.
Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking, Plaza 9 Shopping Center, 1333 New Road, Northfield, 609-646-8189. Special Valentine's Day a la carte menu served at 5 , 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Offerings include beet and blood orange with goat cheese sformato ($10); shaved foie gras insalata with arugula, fresh pomegranates, hazelnuts and date vinaigrette ($10); Casonsei pasta, candy-wrapper ravioli filled with roasted beets and smoked ricotta, crushed poppy seed Burro Faso ($20); baked Maine lobster for two stuffed with scallops and fennel, lobster zabaglione, fine herbs ($70); grilled 16-ounce Dunedin natural veal chop, Pioppini mushroom ragu and cauliflower gratin ($45); grilled bone-in ribeye arrabiata for two, 30-ounce steak with cabernet mustard, crisp fingerling potatoes, broccoli rape alla Parmigiana ($80). Chef's dolce: white chocolate and crystalized ginger mousse ($10).
Latz's by the Bay, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point, 609-788-8838. Valentine's Day specials served 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 to 16. Appetizer: beef carpaccio paired with tuna tartare ($10.95). Salad: roasted beet salad dressed with citrus vinaigrette ($8.95). Entrees: filet mignon and lobster tail Bordelaise with baby vegetables and mashed potatoes ($47.95), or rack of lamb with mushroom ravioli and tomato puree ($40.95). Valentine's menu for tea room served noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 to 16. Call for prices. Savories: chicken salad in pate a choux shell, egg salad blt on rye, salmon rosette on wheat with lemon spread, cucumber ribbon sandwich on white bread with dill spread, currant and cranberry cream cheese spread on date nut bread. Desserts: linzer cookie with raspberry filling, fresh fruit tart, white chocolate cake bon bon infused with champagne and raspberry tea, chocolate and raspberry petite fours coated in ganache, and chocolate cream puff shell with rose flavored mascarpone cheese.
Renault Winery Resort & Golf, 72 North Bremen Ave., Egg Harbor City, 609-965-2111. Renault Gourmet restaurant serving 5 to 9 p.m. Six-course gourmet dinner includes shrimp and crab cocktail with mango cocktail sauce, smoked chicken and corn chowder, butternut squash cannelloni, sorbet intermezzo. Entree choice of Frenched organic chicken breast ($40), grilled N.Y. strip steak ($49), pan-roasted Scottish salmon ($45), Australian rack of lamb ($49), roast filet mignon and lobster tail ($52). Roasted beet salad, goat cheese crostini. White and dark chocolate mousse swirl. Live entertainment.
Joseph's Restaurant at Renault Winery, 72 North Bremen Ave., Egg Harbor City, 609-965-2111. Serving 5 to 9 p.m. special surf and turf entree of filet and 6-ounce lobster tail for $38. Live entertainment available.
Gregory's Restaurant & Bar, 900 Shore Road, Somers Point, 609-927-6665. Gregory's 33rd Cajun Festival will run until Sunday, Feb. 17. Valentine's Day Cajun dinner begins 4 p.m. A la carte appetizer selections include: Joe's gumbo (cup $3.50/bowl $4.75), marinated gator bites ($7.25), spicy Cajun shrimp ($8.95), gator fritters ($4.69), whole crawfish ($8.29) and Cajun popcorn ($7.99). Entrees: jambalaya ($17.99), crawfish etouffee ($17.99), Louisiana horse shrimp ($17.99), Louisiana catfish ($19.99), shrimp and crawfish creole ($16.99), pan-blackened grouper ($17.99). Desserts all $3.99: pecan pie, pecan ice cream sundae, custard bread pudding. Free champagne toast for all couples having dinner.
Fitzpatrick's Deli and Steakhouse, 650 New Road, Somers Point, 609-653-8155. Thursday, Feb. 14, to Sunday, Feb. 17. Three-course dinner option includes choice of shared appetizer: reuben egg rolls, mussels - red or white - garlic herb shrimp over fried rice, or fried calamari. Shared entree: two 6-ounce lobster tails and 9-ounce center-cut filet served with garlic mashed potatoes, vegetable medley and stuffed tomato Provencal. Shared chocolate lava cake served with ice cream and cinnamon whipped cream. Beverages and single rose included. Reservations suggested. $65 per couple.
Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road, Somers Point, 609-927-2300. Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. "My funny valentine dinner and comedy show." Four-course dinner includes first-course bistro sharing platter for two with prosciutto, pepperoncini, calamata olives, mozzarella, hearts of palm and balsamic reduction. Second course: Sandi Pointe salad or homemade soup of the day. Main course: sauteed evoo chicken, black and white sesame-coated Atlantic salmon, broiled scallops Atlantic City, mushroom stuffed tortelloni or pork chop Milanese. Dessert: chocolate molten lava cake for two or fresh strawberries with Frangelico whipped cream for two; coffee service. Live music. Comedy show. $100 per couple, tax and tip included.
Washington Inn, 801 Washington St., Cape May, 609-884-5697. Valentine's Day prix-fixe menu, $39 per person, will be available all night on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Feb. 14, 15 and 17, and from 5 to 6 p.m. only on Saturday, Feb. 16. Appetizer choices include Cape May chowder; grilled merguez sausage with duck-fat-fried fingerlings Romesco; exotic mushroom crespelle fontina fonduta; roasted peppers Provencale with goat cheese olive tapenade, roasted tomato and foccacia; or field greens salad with raspberry vinaigrette, dried cranberries, shaved pears and toasted walnuts. Entrees: plancha fish, shrimp and cavatelli pasta, Meyers steak, veal medallions. Choice of dessert. The Valentine's Day a la carte menu is available February 14 to 17. Appetizer selection includes: Chilled oysters mignonette ($2.50 each), rock shrimp and lobster bisque ($10), Cape May Clam chowder ($8), garlic and wine braised escargot ($12), crab cake, lemon butter ($15). Entrees include: Doug's hand-made lobster ravioli ($33), espresso-rubbed duck breast ($29), seafood cioppino ($29), cassoulet braised pork shoulder, duck confit, lamb sausage, white beans ($29). Specials: rack of Australian lamb ($40), Australian lobster tail and rock shrimp risotto ($75), iced American caviar ($45).
The Windjammer Diner Bar Grille, 18 MacArthur Blvd., Somers Point, 609-365-8056. Valentine's Day four-course menu served 3 p.m. to closing. First course: choice of calamari fritti, mussels red or white, bruschetta. Second course: choice of soup or salad. Third course: choice of 8-ounce filet mignon and crab cake; stuffed Maine lobster tail, N.Y. strip and king crab leg; 16-ounce veal porterhouse; Windjammer combo; chicken Oscar. Fourth course: choice of strawberry shortcake, chocolate mousse cake or Bavarian cream cake. Featured drink specials, wine specials by the bottle or glass. $29.99 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant, 1301 Beach Ave., Cape May, 609-884-9090. Valentine's four-course chef's tasting menu available Thursday, Feb. 14, to Monday, Feb. 18. Amuse bouche: Cape May Salt oyster, champagne ice, paddlefish caviar. First course: winter mushroom soup, duck confit, creme fraiche, baby greens. Second course: bacon-wrapped local canyon monkfish. Third course: milk-fed veal tenderloin, butter-poached Maine lobster. Fourth course: chocolate panna cotta. Petit fours: bitter-sweet chocolate strawberries. Complimentary glass of champagne. $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
Steve & Cookie's, 9700 Amherst Ave., Margate, 609-823-1163. Special Valentine's menu served 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 to 16. Appetizers: seafood tower for two ($43); baked brie wrapped in puff pastry ($14); Prussian pearls ($4/each); pan-seared sea scallops ($15). Soup: roasted red pepper with jumbo lump crabmeat ($6). Entrees: grilled New Zealand rack of lamb ($38); seafood pan roast ($37); cornflake-crusted wild halibut ($36). Featured cocktail: George's Fresh cherry-infused Maker's Mark ($15). Live jazz in the Piano Bar and roses for the ladies.
Tomatoe's, 9300 Amherst Ave., Margate, 609-822-7535. Menu Specials for Valentine's Day served 5 to 10 p.m. Appetizers: lobster bisque; napoleon of vanilla-scented pears, beets and goat cheese in a balsamic-orange reduction; or Oysters Rockefeller Style - panko-encrusted oysters lightly fried and served atop spinach and applewood-smoked bacon in a gorgonzola bechamel sauce ($10 to $15). Entree choices: pan-roasted rack of lamb in a pomegranate glaze; farro risotto with spicy butternut squash, apple and walnuts; grilled filet mignon in a brandy peppercorn jus with roasted spiced carrots and a mascarpone polenta; or lobster medallions Francaise with parmesan-crusted asparagus and potato pave ($24 to $30). Live DJ.
The Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel, 25 Jackson Street, Cape May, 609-884-5700. Four-course Valentine's dinner. First course: oysters Rockefeller, bay scallop ceviche or vanilla-poached lobster salad. Second course: parmesan gnocchi, maple orange carrot soup or wild mushroom risotto. Third course: espresso-cured duck breast, filet of beef, Cornish game hen en croute or day boat swordfish. Dessert: chef's selection. Includes complimentary glass of champagne. $75 per person plus tax and gratuity.
The Blue Pig Tavern, 200 Congress Place, Cape May, 609-884-8422. Valentine's Day menu additions available Thursday to Sunday, Feb. 14 to 17. Appetizers: Cape May salts on the half-shell with champagne and grapefruit granita ($15) or pan-seared scallops with cardamom-spiced cauliflower puree ($14). Entrees: roasted duck breast ($28) or butter-poached lobster Bolognese ($28). Dessert: chocolate panna cotta ($12) with red heart sugar garnish, chocolate dipped strawberry and raspberry coulis.
Cattle 'n Clover, 3817 Pacific Ave., Wildwood, 609-522-3800. Valentine's menu available starting 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 to 16. First course: mussels or clams in chorizo broth, mozzarella sticks with Marinara, or corned beef 'n cabbage spring rolls. Second course: Mixed green Lover's salad. Third course: butternut squash risotto. Fourth course: petit filet and jumbo tempura prawn, strip steak Oscar or cornmeal-crusted salmon. Dessert: red velvet cupcake. Complimentary champagne toast. $75 per couple plus tax and gratuity.
Atlantic City Country Club, One Leo Fraser Drive, Northfield, 609-236-4465. Four-course candlelight dinner served Valentine's Day. Seatings every half-hour from 5 to 9 p.m. Valentine's Day four-course menu. Appetizer: jumbo shrimp and jumbo scallop in phyllo pastry with salpicon of vegetables in tarragon sherry cream reduction. Salad: tropical salad for two. Dinner: choice of petite 6-ounce filet mignon and jumbo lump crab cake with cracked pepper demi-glace and chili Bearnaise sauce or miso-glazed Chilean sea bass over sesame noodles and wok stir-fried oriental vegetables, toasted sesame seeds and Napa cabbage. Dessert: Chocolate and raspberry devastation or sampler of miniature chocolate desserts. $55 per person plus tax and gratuity. Valentine's Sweethearts a la carte menu also available. Complimentary rose.
Ram's Head Inn, 9 W. White Horse Pike, Galloway, 609-652-1700. Valentine's Day four-course prix-fixe menu offered starting at 5 p.m. First course: house-smoked salmon and cobia, tuna tartar, lobster bisque, stuffed quail, crab brulee, seafood crabcake. Jumbo shrimp cocktail or colossal lump crabmeat cocktail (add $6). Second course: Ram's Head Inn mixed green salad or Caesar salad. Entree: sauteed red snapper, jumbo-stuffed shrimp with crabmeat, roasted duck with wild rice, broiled seafood combination, hazelnut-encrusted New Zealand rack of lamb, grilled filet mignon, Chateaubriand (add $10), 16-ounce lobster tail (add $15). Beef Wellington and chicken pot pie available upon request. All entrees served with chef's potato and vegetable of the day. Dessert cart includes freshly brewed coffee and hot tea. $62 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Gaspare's Gourmet Italian Bistro, 501 Zion Road, Egg Harbor Township, 609-653-2112. Romantic three-course dinner for two served 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday to Monday, Feb. 14 through 18. Entrees: Love of veal (filet of veal involtini), passion for jumbo lump crabmeat, simply and skillfully prepared fresh fluke or salmon, sexy seafood (shrimp and scallops) or Cupid's stuffed chicken. Decadent chocolate dessert. Complimentary glass of champagne or prosecco. $25 per person plus tax and gratuity.
The Inn at Sugar Hill, 5704 Mays Landing-Somers Point Road, Mays Landing, 609-625-2226. A-la-carte menu available with Valentine's Day specials including oysters Rockefeller and veal stuffed with crab imperial with champagne lobster sauce ($28.95). Music by "Smooth" Jacob Smith 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Roman Grill, Central Square, Route 9, Linwood, 609-926-3030. A la carte Valentine's Day specials menu available served Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 to 16. Call for details.
Rio Station, Routes 9 and 47, Rio Grande, 609-889- 2000. Special a la carte Valentine's Day menu. Starters include choices of artichoke, spinach and crab dip (11.99); Mandarin chicken wings ($8.99); or sausage and red pepper garlic bread ($6.99). Entrees include choices of Delmonico steak ($23.99), flounder florentine Franchaise ($24.99); or chicken Atlantis ($20.99). Desserts include chocolate-covered strawberries or Mouleux au chocolat.