Dining Destinations for Valentine’s Day

Romantic Restaurants to Warm Up With Your Beloved

It may still be chilly outside, but the time is nigh for warming up with a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day. Looking for the perfect place for the perfect evening? For a memorable dinner, choose a restaurant that can offer you a unique experience. There are countless Pioneer Valley restaurants, so we’ve created a list of five outstanding Valentine’s Day dinner destinations.


782 Center Street, Ludlow

Specializing in Mediterranean cuisine and the ultimate interactive dining experience, Europa Black Rock Grill presents your meal cooking on our volcanic rocks at your table.  You can then enjoy a meal freshly prepared and cooked to your personal taste. Europa offers a unique experience for a memorable evening to eat, drink, relax, and celebrate.

Delaney’s Grill

3 Country Club Road, Holyoke

If you want a great steak, you will love Delaney’s Grill. Featuring mouthwatering steaks and amazing appetizers, perfect sides and a family-style chop-chop salad, Delaney’s Grill is among the best steaks in the Valley. For a twist on Valentine’s Day dinner, try their acclaimed Sunday Signature Brunch.

Lattitude Restaurant

1338 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield

Helmed by New England native Chef Jeffrey Daigneau, Lattitude’s menu is inspired by the changing seasons. Featuring a range of dishes inspired by the farm to table dining philosophy, Lattitude offers and unique and refreshing experience that brings excitement to dining out.

Max’s Tavern

1000 West Columbus Avenue, Springfield

Featuring an innovative menu of contemporary American cuisine, classic chophouse fare, craft cocktails, and more, Max’s Tavern makes for a sporting take on fine dining. Sports fans will especially love its proximity to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Max’s team will make sure you have a memorable dining experience each and every time.

Chandler’s Restaurant and Yankee Candle Village

Routes 5 & 10, South Deerfield

For a romantic candlelight dinner, experience extraordinary dining at Chandler’s. This award-winning restaurant at Yankee Candle Village features a menu that changes regularly and one of the region’s best wine cellars. Combine with an afternoon at Yankee Candle Village for a full day of sensory delights.

Whichever style of restaurant you seek, you’re sure to find an exciting dining option in the Pioneer Valley. Make sure to make your reservations soon, because booking will surely fill up fast. Looking for more info on fun activities in the Pioneer Valley? Visit the Valley Visitor website today.

5 Great Places to Grab Lunch in Pioneer Valley

Pioneer Valley is home to a rich culinary heritage, especially in Northampton and Springfield. From spicy ethnic cuisine to fresh organic dishes, here are five great places to grab lunch in the area:

Grab lunch in Pioneer ValleyLuxe Burger Bar

1200 W. Columbus Ave., Springfield, MA

Located along Springfield’s Riverfront, Luxe Burger Bar lets you build any burger you can dream up. Ranging in price from $9 to $13, you get your choice of meat, cheese, toppings, sauce, bun, condiments, and sides. Meat options include Gold Label, American Kobe and wagyu beef, as well as lean bison, turkey, and ahi tuna.

River Valley Market Quarry Café

330 N. King St., Northampton, MA

The menu at the Quarry Café is filled with organic ingredients sourced from local farms. The daily hot bar includes a wide selection of homemade specialties, including three award-winning soups, and sandwiches that range from $6–$8. The café also features monthly regional artisanal cheese specials and rotating exhibits of local artwork.

Café Evolution and Oh Sweet Mama’s Vegan Bakery

22 Chestnut St., Florence, MA

Offering an eclectic mix of delicious vegan dishes and delectable gluten-free desserts, Café Evolution serves up large portions of fantastic organic food for just $4–$9. The menu includes savory daily soups served with organic sunflower oat bread, a vegetarian chili burrito and a wheat pasta with peanut or coconut curry sauce topped with a healthy heaping of fresh vegetables. The attached bakery sells fresh cookies, cakes, and other sweet vegan treats, including a mint chocolate chip cupcake and apple cardamom scone that patrons rave about.

Panjabi Tadka

1688 Main St., Springfield, MA

Cozy and aromatic, Panjabi Tadka offers a selection of dishes that reflect the diverse heritage of spicy Indian cuisine. The reasonably priced menu includes appetizers that cap at $6, a cup of lentil or coconut soup for $2.50, and daily lunch specials that average $6.50. The restaurant also offers an extensive selection of Indian vegetarian options, authentic desserts, and refreshing yogurt beverages. The vegetable samosas, Chicken Curry, and chickpea Aloo Chole come highly recommended.


111 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA

Housed in the historic home of Sylvester Graham—who invented the Graham cracker—Sylvester’s caters to meat lovers and vegetarians with its award-winning menu. While “Grahamites” happily wait for service on crowded weekends, the homey restaurant also serves up a delicious lunch menu that includes the triple-decker BLT Calvin Coolidge Club Sandwich, a hearty Gorgonzola Bacon Burger, and a homemade oatmeal sunflower seed roll with the soup of the day.

Be sure to browse the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website for a wide selection of fun things to do in Springfield, MA, after enjoying your lunch!