Dining out on Valentine's Day 

At this late date, if you're hoping to treat your special someone to a night off in the kitchen, you'll be lucky to get a reservation. And with Valentine's Day falling on a Sunday, dinner reservations could be particularly difficult to come by since many of Boise's most popular eateries take a day of rest on Sunday. But you may get lucky. With a table, that is.

Berryhill and Co. offers two options on Valentine's Day: brunch and dinner. Brunch is a new weekly thing at Berryhill, and the $14 buffet and well-priced mimosas could be your official dining out on the big day if you're planning to cook up dinner--or skip dinner and head straight for dessert--at home. If dinner it is, Berryhill will be open for dinner with an a la carte menu starting at 5 p.m. Reservations are a must. Call 208-387-3553 or visit berryhillandco.com.

Cozy North End Cafe Vicino, which is usually closed Sundays, will open for Valentine's Day dinner from 5 to 9 p.m., serving from the regular menu in addition to some Valentine's specials both Saturday and Sunday nights. Again, reservations are a must. Call 208-472-1463 or visit cafevicino.com.

Cottonwood Grille will be open for dinner on Valentine's Day, though reservation slots are quickly dwindling. If you want a spot near the fireplace, you might be out of luck at this point; you'll be lucky just to get a table. If you miss out on a dinner reservation and you're set on Cottonwood, don't forget Sunday brunch at the riverside restaurant. Call 208-333-9800 or visit cottonwoodgrille.com for reservations.

Also by the river but out in Eagle, Bella Aquila is open for dinner especially for Valentine's Day. Very few time slots remain available for dinner, but in addition to Sunday brunch, Bella Aquila--as well as each of the restaurants above--is encouraging lovers to consider Friday or Saturday night. Make reservations by calling 208-938-1900 or visit bellaaquilarestaurant.com.

Chandlers is taking the all-weekend Valentine's Day celebration seriously on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights with a prix fixe menu for $40 per person. Entree choices include lamb, prime rib, scallops, sea bass, salmon and pork. And, of course, reservations are a must. Call 208-383-4300.

And finally, if you want a break from the typical restaurant scene but don't want to cook, check out the Linen Building's Art of Love, featuring a five-course meal of aphrodisiacs courtesy of Open Table catering. The party starts at 6 p.m. Call 208-761-0042 to make a reservation or e-mail april@opentableboise.com.

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