Valentine’s Day is just 11 days away, which means time is running out to make reservations for a romantic meal out on the town. Some East Valley restaurants already are booked up for primetime seatings next Sunday. Many are offering special deals, including these five:
Queen Creek Olive Mill: In addition to breakfast and lunch specials, Arizona’s only producer of extra virgin olive oil is offering romantic picnic lunches for two in its olive grove. The $99.99 price includes a reusable keepsake bag; table cloth, napkins and silverware; wine, glasses and corkscrew; a choice of three meal packages (fruit and cheese, mini sandwiches or antipasto); olives; and tuxedo strawberries. The picnic lunches must be ordered by Monday. 25062 S. Meridian Road, Queen Creek, (480) 888-9290, www.queencreekolivemill.com.
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre: The East Valley’s marquee dinner theater is offering Valentine’s Day weekend specials for its productions of the rags-to-riches blockbuster musical “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” ($114-$132) or the interactive comedy “Patsy’s Bridal Shower” ($102), which is set in a trailer in Buckeye. The package includes show tickets, buffet dinner for two, a bottle of champagne or sparkling cider, a long-stem rose and chocolate-dipped strawberries. 5247 E. Brown Road, Mesa, (480) 325-6700, www.broadwaypalmwest.com.
Boston’s Gourmet Pizza: For 11 years, this national chain has teamed up with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to offer heart-shaped pizzas and desserts on Valentine’s weekend. A dollar from each pizza or dessert is donated to JDRF research. In addition, customers can buy paper hearts for a dollar and personalize them with a Valentine’s message. Last year’s promotion raised more than $31,000. 1026 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, (480) 813-9223; 400 W. University Drive, Tempe, (480) 517-1500; www.bostonsgourmet.com.
Flancer’s: You want to surprise your sweetheart with a romantic meal at home but your cooking skills are lacking? Flancer’s is offering a Valentine’s dinner to go with shrimp and prosciutto salad; chicken marsala with penne pasta au buerre and goat cheese-stuffed tomatoes; and chocolate lava cake. It’s packaged cold with instructions for reheating. Cost is $49.99 per couple. Order before Tuesday you get a free baguette. 610 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, (480) 926-9077; 1902 N. Higley Road, Mesa, (480) 396-0077; www.flancers.com.
Kai: Money no object? The Valley’s premier fine-dining restaurant at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort is offering five- and seven-course Valentine’s menus — featuring veal tenderloin, lobster and made-to-order doughnuts — for $150 and $185, respectively, per person. Wine pairings can run the price up to $300 per person and, yes, reservations are necessary because the American Indian-themed restaurant will sell out. 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, (602) 385-5726, www.wildhorsepassresort.com.