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Dining Guide: 2012 Valentine’s Day options in Las Vegas

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The Heart Box Collection from Ethel M’s Chocolates.

This Valentine’s Day, save yourself the heartache of presenting a burnt pot roast to your sweetie and just go out instead! Las Vegas has a number of tasty candy shops to purchase delicious treats and a wide variety of restaurants serving up aphrodisiac-inspired meals to make your Valentine’s Day a special event.

Local chocolate shops:

Ethel M serves up treats year-round at its Henderson factory but their beautifully packaged Valentine’s Day heart-shaped box is only available for a limited time.

With locations at Mirage, Planet Hollywood and Paris Las Vegas, Sugar Factory offers up an array of gift baskets and sweet treats including their signature Couture Pops.

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Max Brenner Valentine's Day Package.

Max Brenner in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace specializes in chocolate. Their various Valentine’s packages include chocolate bon bons, pralines and even chocolate-themed spa products.

Restaurants with special Valentine’s Day menus:

Simon at Palms Place offers a four-course prix fixe menu from 6-11 p.m. on Valentine’s Day for $75 per person. The menu includes a choice of a trio of oysters or oven-roasted asparagus followed by a choice of a salad of hearts with hearts of palm and artichoke or a crab salad with shaved fennel. The main course is a choice of osso buco, poached lobster or the surf and turf which is an additional $10. Dessert options include a strawberry rhubarb tart, red velvet cake or chocolate cake for two. For an additional $32, there is a wine pairing option. Call 944-3292 for reservations.

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Frankie Moreno

The Stratosphere offers up a special dinner and show combination in its showroom. Dine on food from the Top of the World restaurant, which will be served in the showroom, then enjoy the music of Frankie Moreno and his ten-piece band. The menu starts off with a Love Puff featuring shrimp and scallops or chicken and artichoke in a heart-shaped puff pastry with béchamel sauce. Next is an iceberg wedge salad with nueske bacon and maytag blue cheese. Entrée options include filet mignon oven roasted free-range chicken with white truffle oil or pan seared organic salmon with shitake mushrooms and lemongrass beurre blanc. A Chocolate Fantasy dessert completes the meal. Throughout the meal, the film Casablanca will air on screens throughout the showroom. The price of the dinner and show is $119 per person. For tickets, call 380-7777 and mention the code LOVE_FRANKIE.

Morels at The Palazzo offers a four-course prix fixe dinner featuring crab salad on a potato crisp, Boggiato Farms baby iceberg salad and grilled filet mignon with Maine lobster tail. Dessert is a hazelnut and Gianduja chocolate dome with winter berries. The meal is priced at $95 per person with an additional wine pairing option for $45. For reservations, call 607-6333.

Comme Ca at The Cosmopolitan offers a prix fixe menu featuring a salad of hearts of roasted beets, seared scallops, Osetra caviar, lobster thermidor and beef wellington. An assortment of truffles rounds out the meal. The menu is priced at $99 per person with a fruits de mer addition for $40 more. Call 698-7910 for reservations.

Luxor’s Asian bistro, Rice & Company offers up a special roll for the holiday: the “Naughty & Spice.” This roll features crunchy shrimp tempura, spicy tuna and mango topped with salmon, avocado and a sweet and spicy strawberry sauce. The roll is priced at $16. Call 262-4774 for reservations.

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Valentine's Day cocktail at Sushisamba.

Sushisamba at the Palazzo offers a menu featuring chilled seasonal oysters with American caviar, tomato-yuzu sorvete and red shiso, Maine lobster goyza and robata filet mignon. Dessert is a banana split for two. Also available is a special Valentine’s cocktail with Pisco, Domaine de Canton, fresh pineapple and freshly muddled raspberry. Items are priced a la carte. Call 607-0700 for reservations.

Alize at the top of the Palms offers a four-course meal with vegetarian options as well. The meal begins with an amuse bouche of caramelized onion and white truffle panna cotta then moves on to a first course of either roasted king crab with celery root bisque or Andre’s foie gras terrine. For the second choice, choose from a salad with candied walnuts and prosciutto or crispy lobster and St. Andre cheese croustillant. For the main course, choose from pan-roasted veal loin with bacon polenta, sautéed free-range chicken breast with truffled potato puree, sautéed filet of beef with jumbo green asparagus or Chilean sea bass with fricassee of fingerling potatoes. Dessert will feature strawberry and chocolate fondue, shortbread cookies and a macadamia torte. The meal costs $125 per person. Call 951-7000 for reservations.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Summerlin offers a special menu from the 12th through the 14th featuring filet mignon and prawns, prime New York strip and king crab and North Atlantic lobster tail with lobster mac and cheese, each priced at $69.95. For dessert, enjoy red velvet cake with espresso truffles. For an additional reason to celebrate, Flemings is offering a $25 dining card to each couple who dines on the 12-14, good for use on a future date. Call 838-4774 for reservations.

Mon Ami Gabi offers its specialty menu from Feb. 9-14. The menu features items like lobster bisque, the seasonal tartine of wild and tamed mushrooms with poached egg, sautéed sea bass with crab mashed potatoes or the beef wellington. Dessert options include blood orange and white coconut sorbet and red velvet cake. Call 944-4224 for reservations.

Sushi Roku offers up a special a la carte menu featuring items like Love on Ice- a raw seafood assortment with Kumanmoto oysters and caviar, tuna carpaccio and yellowtail foie gras. The cooked version, the Love on Fire, features a lobster tail and filet mignon. Wash it all down with their signature Red Fever cocktail made with raspberries, Hanger One raspberry vodka, peach schnapps, sour mix and Sprite. Call 733-7373 for reservations.

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Pizza kit from Sammy's Woodfired Pizza.

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza takes some of the challenge out of a home-cooked meal with its take-home pizza kits. The kits are available in traditional, whole-wheat or gluten-free and are all under $8.50. They are available at all Sammy’s locations from Feb. 11-14.

The Country Club at Wynn offers up the Aphrodisiac Menu with a selection of aphrodisiac favorites like chilled oysters, house-smoked salmon parfait with a caviar cube, pan-roasted sea scallops and grilled filet mignon. Dessert is a chocolate fondue for two with strawberries, raspberries, pineapple, port-macerated figs and vanilla macaroons. These items can be ordered a la carte or as a prix fixe menu for $95 per person. Call 248-3463 for reservations.

Botero offers a five-course tasting menu featuring items like ahi tuna parfait with avocado, smoked salmon with American caviar, Maine lobster crepe with Mornay sauce, crispy skin black bass and Moulard duck a la orange for two. Dessert is a Valrohna chocolate soufflé with crème anglaise. The menu is priced at $105 per person. Call 770-3463 for reservations.

La Cave offers a five-course tasting menu featuring items like roasted quash salad, tuna and stone crab salad, sweet potato gnocchi with braised short rib, carved filet and lobster tail and a chef’s selection of desserts. The cost is $95 per person with a wine pairing available for an additional $50. The special menu includes a glass of Beau Joie champagne. Call 770-7375 for reservations.

Enjoy the Valentine’s Supper Club with Wes Winters at Sam’s Town Live. Dance to the sounds of Winters’ renditions of Broadway hits and standards and dine on the special Valentine’s buffet that includes shrimp cocktail, caprese salad, chicken breast dijonaise, pecan-crusted salmon, prime rib and a chocolate fountain with fresh fruit and pastries for dipping. Tickets are $55 per person. Call 284-7777 for reservations.

Billy Bob’s Steakhouse and Saloon at Sam’s Town offers the “Sweethearts Special” for $25 featuring a choice of steak and seared scallops, blackened ahi filet or sautéed chicken chateau. Dessert choices include chocolate mousse torte, red velvet cake and ice cream du jour. Call 456-7777 for reservations.

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Del Frisco's Steakhouse.

Del Frisco’s offers a special menu on the 14th offering an 8 oz. filet and an 8 oz. lobster tail for $79 per person. Call 796-0063 for reservations.

Border Grill at Mandalay Bay serves up a four-course prix fixe menu featuring items like smoky mussel ceviche shooters, Dungeness crab cakes, grilled lobster tamales, wild mushroom chilaquiles, grilled baseball steak and upside down caramelized plantain cake. The menu costs $55 and specialty cocktails like the margarita frees and the omim-fum-fum will be available for $13. Call 632-7403 for reservations.

Origin India offers a five-course meal featuring items such as oysters, lobster bisque, arugula salad, spinach salad, lobster makhani, saffron chicken korma and lamb chop masala. Desserts include cigar beet halwa, saffrom kulfi or mango pannacotta with mixed berries. The meal is priced at $65 per person with optional wine pairings for an additional $20. Call 734-6342 for reservations.

Marche Bacchus in Summerlin offers a four-course prix fixe dinner, including a glass of champagne, on the heated patio. Menu offerings include seared scallops, warm duck confit, jumbo lump crab rissoto, crispy Atlantic salmon, Colorado lamb chop and filet mignon. Dessert is the red velvet cake with white chocolate crème fraiche ice cream. For reservations, call 804-8008.

Rao’s at Caesars Palace offers several a la carte options including beef carpaccio, garganelli pasta with veal short rib ragu, Chilean seabasss, filet mignon and a chocolate cake layered with white chocolate and strawberry mousse. For reservations, call 877-346-4642.

Valentino at Venetian offers a five-course prix fixe dinner featuring oysters and strawberries, spanner crab cakes, spaghetti with lobster tail, Wagyu beef tagliata with black truffles and a brown butter raspberry tart with chocolate sauce and pink guaya gelato for dessert. The menu is priced at $96 per person. Call 414-3000 for reservations.

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One of the Valentine's Day offerings from Society Cafe.

Society Café offers a three-course menu for two featuring items like lobster bisque in puff pastry, a chilled seafood pairing of crab salad and shrimp cocktail, roasted and shaved beet salad, herb-crusted sea bass, Jidori chicken breast with truffled mashed potatoes and Society’s “Double Surf and Turf” with filet mignon, lobster and a lobster croquette. Dessert is Society’s Sweet Tasting for Two including brulee cheesecake, mini doughnuts and Oreo ice cream sandwiches. The menu is priced at $120 per couple and includes a champagne toast. Call 770-5300 for reservations.

Payard Patisserie & Bistro offers a five-course holiday menu, priced at $52 per person, that offers items like crab salad, foie gras, oysters, lobster salad, risotto with asparagus and black truffles, Branzino papillotte, baby rack of lamb and the “Palette of Love” for dessert. Call 731-7292 for reservations.

Ember’s Steakhouse at Imperial Palace offers three special surf and turf combos with filet mignon plus Grand Marnier crème brulee and a chocolate mousse duo for dessert. Call 731-3311 for reservations.

The Range Steakhouse at Harrah’s offers surf and turf specials plus sides like truffled lobster macaroni and roasted cippolini onion and crimini mushroom ragout. For dessert, enjoy a Grand Marnier crème brulee and a chocolate mousse duo. Items are priced a la carte. Call 369-5000 for reservations.

Spend a night with your “Baby” at the Venetian and Palazzo and take advantage of the “Bieber+Burger” package featuring a ticket to Madame Tussauds (featuring a new wax figure of Justin Bieber) plus a soft drink, burger and fries from I Love Burgers in The Palazzo. This is priced at $35 per person.

Pasta Cucina locations at various Station Casino properties offer up a special menu including items like a warm spinach salad, heirloom tomato bisque, gorgonzola and bacon crusted filet, stuffed filet of salmon and zabaglione (Italian custard) with fress fruit and banana cannoli for dessert. The special meal is priced at $24.99.

Cabo Mexican restaurants at various Station Casinos offer a special holiday entrée of shrimp cotija served with a salad and a vegetable medley for $12.99.

35 Steaks + Martinis at the Hard Rock offers a special dinner for two featuring a bottle of “wines that rock.” The prix fixe menu is $150 per couple and features dishes like crab cakes, warm Yukon gold potato terrine, duet of chilled seafood, foie gras, warm spinach salad, Valentine’s surf and turf for two and the Heart Shaped Box for dessert. Call 693-5000 for reservations.

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Colors of Caviar from Restaurant Guy Savoy.

Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace offers two distinctive Valentine’s Day dinner packages. The Valentine’s Elegance meal offers lobster, black cod with oysters, artichoke and black truffle soup, black truffle risotto, roasted duck and chocolate fondant with crunchy praline and chicory cream for dessert. This option is priced at $250 per person. The Valentine’s Prestige meal offers quail egg with truffle, caviar, scallop and beet carpaccio, roasted turbot, foie gras with black truffle bouillon, artichoke and black truffle soup, Guinea hen, brie with black truffle and a dessert of vanilla and red currant and jasmine and chocolate. This option is priced at $340 per person. Call 862-3530 for reservations.

Oscar’s Steakhouse at The Plaza offers a three-course meal featuring items like a mixed green salad, chateaubriand for two, herb-crusted rack of lamb and a dessert of chocolate lava cake or chocolate covered strawberries. The meal is $120 per couple. For reservations call 386-7227.

Pinot Brasserie at The Venetian offers a three- ($75), four- ($90) or five-course ($100) meal offering dishes such as lobster bisque, crab salad, striped bass, pan- seared scallops, veal cheek, filet mignon and options like crème brulee, chocolate opera cake and Strawberry Napoleon for dessert. Call 414-8888 for reservations.

At American Fish by Michael Mina, the prix fixe menu offers Kumomoto oyster, Maine lobster carpaccio, surf & turf and a couer de chocolate soufflé for dessert. The menu is priced at $110 per person. Call 230-2742 for reservations.

Jean Georges Steakhouse offers a special a la carte menu featuring items like warm Kusshi oysters, wasabi creamed basil and crispy potatoes, shitake and snap pea salad, surf and turf, ginger sweet potatoes and peanut butter cream puffs and warm chocolate fondue for dessert. Call 590-8550 for reservations.

Sirio offers a five-course meal featuring lobster medallions wrapped in duck prosciutto, sunchoke and salsify soup, beef agnolotti, lamb shank and a dessert of lemon Orizaba pannacotta with cocoa bean streusel and pistachio gelato. The meal is priced at $100 per person. Call 230-2742 for reservations.

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Lobster ME's lobster roll.

Lobster ME at Planet Hollywood offers their signature lobster rolls with a buy-one-get-one-half-off price for the holiday.

Prime offers a la carte specials including oysters Rockefeller, dry aged bone-in New York steak for two and strawberry butter cake. Call 693-7111 for reservations.

Circo offers a festive menu featuring items like ahi tuna tartar, sweat pea and prosciutto torteloni, roasted Mediterranean sea bass, grilled Colorado lamb chops and a heart-shaped surprise dessert. The menu is priced at $125 per person, or items can be ordered a la carte. Call 693-8150.

Le Cirque’s holiday menu features dishes like champagne poached oysters, endive salad, foie gras, Santa Barbara sea urchin with king crab, sea bass, bucatini Timbale, ris de veau and chocolate cigars with passion fruit sorbet and sugar spheres with yuzu and raspberry for dessert. The meal is $155 per person with an optional wine pairing for an additional $95. Call 693-8100 for reservations.

Michael Mina offers a special menu featuring seafood platters to share including a variety of chilled shellfish and caviar. Appetizer and entrée options include ahi tuna tartare, caviar parfait, phylo-crusted sole, American Kobe New York steak and a homemade peanut, pretzel and chocolate candy bar for dessert. The menu is priced at $125 per person with an option wine pairing for an additional $65. Call 693-7472 for reservations.

Olives offers an a la carte menu with items such as a morel mushroom tart, creamy parsnip soup, Alaskan crab cocktail, veal medallions, Chilean sea bass, bacon-wrapped sea scallops, surf & turf and Cupid’s shooter for dessert. Call 693-8181 for reservations.

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Heart-shaped sushi from Koi.

Koi at Planet Hollywood offers specials from Feb. 10-14 including king crab legs, pan-fried Fanny Bay oysters, an Osaka sushi box, pan-seared sea scallops, salmon roulade and kobe sirloin steak with half a lobster. The items are priced a la carte. Call 454-4555 for reservations.

Fleur offers a tasting menu for two featuring dishes like the duo of ahi tuna, salmon sashimi, foie gras cappuccino, rock shrimp, diver scallops, pineapple carpaccio and a chocolate-passion fruit dome for dessert. The menu is priced at $75 per person. Call 632-9400 for reservations.

Diego offers a Valentine’s menu for two featuring diver scallops, baked Oaxaca and Chihuahua cheeses with chicken chorizo, slow roasted veal loin, grilled lobster chile relleno and a tasting of chocolate and vanilla tres leches cakes for dessert. The meal is $85 per couple, or each course can be ordered individually as a sharing portion. Call 891-7777 for reservations.

The Pub at Monte Carlo offers a meal featuring dishes like a mixed green salad, French onion soup, shrimp Puttanesca, Boursin cheese and herb stuffed chicken breast and chocolate decadence cake for dessert. The price is $28 per person. Call 800-311-8999 for reservations.

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Serendipity 3's Valentine's Day dessert.

Serendipity offers the Adam & Eve Special for $75 per person. This includes a bottle of Serendipity brand sparkling wine to share plus a salad and a choice of entrees like the Garden of Eden parmesan stacked salad, The Moons of Venus New York strip, Mighty Aphrodite shrimp pesto fettuccine and the roasted chicken. Desserts include Cupid’s molten chocolate cupcake and the sensual strawberry shortcake. Call 731-7373 for reservations.

Kokomo’s offers a special meal for two featuring a chilled seafood platter, lobster and albacore tuna, New York strip and red velvet pops, bittersweet chocolate lava cake and chocolate truffles for dessert. The meal is priced at $120 per couple. Call 791-7111 for reservations.

The Resort at Mount Charleston offers a special room and dinner package for $214 per couple. The deal offers a four-course dinner for two featuring items like a 20 oz. rib eye steak, sea bass, stuffed pork tenderloin and a raspberry mousse for dessert. To sweeten the deal, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries will be delivered to your room. The dinner option without the room is priced at $119 per couple. Seatings are at 6:30 and 8:30 and reservations are required. Please call 872-5500.

The Golden Grill at the Gold Spike offers a four-course dinner for two featuring items like Cupid’s appetizer platter, 8 oz. New York strip steak, shrimp scampi and a selection of desserts, all priced a la carte. Call 384-8444 for reservations.

If you don’t want to leave your room on Valentine’s Day, Rumor Boutique Hotel offers a special package with a Deluxe Oasis Suite room with an in-room five-course dinner with butler service and a wine tasting, a professional portrait by Brittany Higgins and breakfast in bed the next day. This is priced at $465 per couple. Call 369-5400 for reservations.

Hash House A Go-Go offers various specials, ranging from $4.95 to $24.95 at each of its restaurants. The special menu includes roasted tomato bisque, mixed grill flatiron steak, BBQ pork loin, chicken breast with blue cheese mashed potatoes, mahi, and desserts like Snickers bread pudding, cranberry cobbler and cherry chocolate cheesecake.

R Steak & Seafood at The Riviera offers up a specialty menu priced at $75 per couple featuring items like oysters Rockefeller, ahi tuna, filet mignon and desserts like the heart-shaped pastry with chocolate ganache. Call 794-9233 for reservations.

CollectiveZoo hosts the Love and Lust Sleepover event at the Artisan Hotel. The Artisan’s restaurant will offer a five-course diner priced at $125 per couple or $65 per person. Following dinner, enjoy entertainment in the lounge from DJ Kaotic, Kid Conrad and The BloonKace. The third floor of the hotel will feature music from MikeysWorld and DJ Sousay plus champagne and Valentine’s Day surprises from local downtown boutique Better Than New. Hotel rooms are available and each room will include “liquid courage” and in-room surprises. Call 214-4000 for reservations.

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Wolfgang Puck's Trattoria del Lupo.

Wolfgang Puck’s Lupo offers a special four-course prix fixe menu featuring items like blue crab salad, Maine lobster ravioli, prime beef tenderloin and milk chocolate pannacotta for dessert. The price is $65 pre person. Call 740-5522 for reservations.

Ri Ra at Mandalay Place offers a special menu from Feb. 10-14 featuring a la carte desserts like Cupid’s chocolate cake and a prix fixe option for $45. This menu includes items like oysters on the half shell, baked brie, shrimp cocktail for two, oven roasted chicken breast, scallop pasta, pan seared salmon, grilled New York steak and an apple pastry or chocolate cake for dessert. Call 632-7771 for reservations.

The Flame Steakhouse at El Cortez offers a special menu that includes a Caesar salad, 8 oz. filet with an 8 oz. lobster tail, asparagus and chocolate ganache for dessert. The meal is priced at $60 per person and includes a bottle of Gerard Bertrand champagne. Ladies also receive a long-stem rose. Call 385-5200 for reservations.

Bally’s Steakhouse offers a special menu offering items like lobster bisque, a wedge salad, 10 oz. veal chop, red snapper, 10 oz. bone-in rib eye and a dessert of chocolate soufflé with raspberry coulis and vanilla crème anglaise. The menu is priced at $75 per person and includes a glass of champagne. Call 967-4661 for reservations.

Le Provencal at Paris Las Vegas offers a special three-course menu featuring items like a roasted beet salad, pizza margherita, tuscan steak Florentine, whole grilled loup de mer, and a dessert of chocolate soufflé with raspberry coulis and vanilla crème anglaise. The menu is priced at $80 for two and includes a glass of champagne. Call 946-7000 for reservations.

Le Café Ile St. Louis at Paris Las Vegas offers a special meal featuring items like butternut squash soup, crevettes thermidor, dj jus de pomme salade, Saint-Jacques en bacon, filet mignon, seared duck breast and chocolate mousse for dessert. The price is $35 per person and includes a glass of champagne. Call 946-4364 for reservations.

Via Brasil Steakhouse offers its standard rodizio dinner at the everyday price of $44.99 or the special Valentine’s three-course dinner for two including the salad and appetizer bar, the full rodizio of meats and sides, a dessert of chocolate covered strawberries and a select bottle of wine. The menu is offered from Feb. 10-14 and is priced at $125 per couple or $62.50 per person. Call 804-1400 for reservations.

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The view from the Eiffel Tower restaurant.

The Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas offers a special “Diner de la St. Valentin.” The meal features dishes like cold foie gras torchon, warm shrimp salad, lobster bisque, sautéed prime beef tenderloin, slow poached filet of salmon, baked herb crepes and dessert options like crème brulee, a trilogy of sorbets and the Eiffel Tower chocolate soufflé. The sunset seating at 4 p.m. is priced at $95 per person and the Valentine’s Day Dinner Gala is priced at $145 per person and runs from 5 until 11 p.m. Call 948-6037 for reservations.

Strip House at Planet Hollywood offers specialty appetizers like the spicy lobster salad and specialty deserts like the warm red berry cake, all priced a la carte. Call 737-5200 for reservations.

Lavo at Palazzo offers specialty items like lobster ravioli, surf and turn and the Bavarian Love chocolate cake for dessert. Items are priced a la carte. Call 791-1800 for reservations.

Due Forni in Summerlin offers a special menu for two, priced at $60, featuring stracciatella al forno, heart-shaped lobster ravioli, pizza bresaola and cannoli for dessert. Call 586-6500 for reservations.

PBR Rock Bar & Grill offers two-for-one glasses of champagne and two-for-one bull rides plus some holiday specials like the “Get Some Mac On” Doritio-crusted mac and cheese and the “Love Drunken Peach Cobbler.”

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Valentine's Day offerings at Tao.

Tao at Venetian offers appetizers like oysters on the hall shell, surf and turf and red velvet roulade for desert. Items are priced a la carte. Call 388-8338 for reservations.

Tender Steak & Seafood at Luxor offers the “Love Me Tender” menu on Valentine’s Day featuring menu items like Maine lobster ravioli, wild mushroom soup, rib eye, free-range chicken and Mediterranean seafood cioppino. Specialty holiday cocktails include the chocolate covered strawberry martini. The menu is priced at $65 per person. Call 262-4852 for reservations.

First Food and Bar offers the “Get A Room” prix fixe menu featuring items like smoked tomato bisque, warm goat cheese soufflé, surf & turf and a s’mores chocolate cake for dessert. The menu is priced at $69.96 per person. Call 607-3478 for reservations.

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