Valentine’s Dinner Ideas to impress your sweetheart! We’ve chatted about all of the best Valentine’s dessert ideas, but what about a cozy dinner in? If you’re planning a night in with your sweetie, these deliciously decadent dishes will make your meal just as special as if you had gone out. Actually, more special! We’ve got romantic Italian meals, special seafood options, flavorful Mexican meal ideas and other cozy favorites, like breakfast for dinner. Healthy options too!

all of the best Valentine's dinner ideas

If you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day or you just need some ideas for a date night at home, you’re going to find lots of delicious options in this dinner list. I know you want something special. And something that seems kinda fancy, yet a meal that’s super easy and won’t take up too much of your date night time. I’m here to help with all of my favorite Valentine’s dinner ideas!

You’ll find everything from pizza and lasagna to the best salmon tacos. I’ve even included my favorite buttermilk pancakes for a fun breakfast for dinner date night idea. There are plenty of lightened up date night food choices too!

Pick out one of these incredible dinners to share with a loved one this week and enjoy! If you make any of these recipes, be sure to post a photo on Instagram and tag me @kimscravings. I loving seeing what you guys cook up!

Italian Valentine’s Dinner Ideas

Easy Lasagna / My favorite cozy date night meal has to be this lasagna recipe. My whole family loves it! It’s packed with flavor and just SO delicious. Serve it alongside a simple Italian salad and garlic bread for a comforting Valentine’s dinner that’s perfect!
scooping out a serving of classic lasagna from a casserole dish
Best Ever Spaghetti and Meatballs / This spaghetti and meatballs recipe is my love language. The recipe comes from my Italian grandma and it is often made for special occasions in my family. As an added bonus, the meatballs and sauce can be made in advance, so all you have to worry about for date night is boiling the pasta and heating up the meatballs and sauce.
close up of the best EVER Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe on a white plate

Healthy Chicken Parmesan / A tasty recipe for cheesy, saucy, crispy, healthy chicken parmesan is absolutely perfect for Valentine’s dinner! It can be ready in about 30 minutes with very minimal prep, it only requires 5 simple ingredients, and it’s better-for-you. Serve it up with pasta, crusty garlic bread and a classic Italian salad for a dream date night dinner in a hurry!

baked chicken parmesan served over pasta and garnished with fresh parsley

Chicken Parmesan Burgers / A cross between a delicious burger and yummy chicken parmesan, these Healthy Chicken Parmesan Burgers will totally knock your dates socks off! These burgers are full of so much flavor and goodness and they make for a quick and easy Valentine’s dinner!

Healthy Chicken Parmesan Burgers on a white plate with top bun off

Baked Ziti / If you’re preparing a Valentine’s dinner with the kiddos, I highly suggest this simple, delicious meal. It’s super easy, but definitely a crowd pleaser and even picky kids seem to love it.

baked ziti served with a salad and cheesecake bars

Homemade Pizza / Pizza is a favorite for so many and this pizza recipe is so easy to follow, but will result in the most irresistible pizza crust. And I love this recipe for a “cook together” themed date night. While waiting for the dough to rise, you can enjoy a glass of wine and then have fun choosing your own toppings.

Margherita Pizza on parchment paper and sliced

Seafood Valentine’s Dinner Ideas

Seafood Chowder / This cozy chowder is OMG good. It’s flavorful, creamy, full of delicious seafood and can be table ready in about 45 minutes! This recipe is going to make you really popular with your people. Are you even ready for that kind of love? Three, two, one…

bowl of healthy seafood chowder filled with shrimp, carrots and fish and served with a spoon

Parmesan Crusted CodThis recipe is BOTH a quick weeknight meal and something that you might feel like you’d order at a restaurant. It’s a super healthy meal ready to serve in less than 30 minutes! Light and flavorful and so perfect for date night in!

baked cod and broccoli on a white plate served with lemon slices

Sweet Potato Salmon Cakes with Creamy Dill Sriracha Sauce / You guys are going to LOVE these Sweet Potato Salmon Cakes! They are absolutely wonderful! SO YUMMY and super easy, with basic ingredients. Perfect with a green salad and crusty bread. And the dill sriracha sauce – you’ll be putting it on everything!

Sweet Potato Salmon Cakes served on a large white platter with Brussels sprouts and a dill dip

Mexican Valentine’s Dinner Ideas

Shrimp FajitasThese shrimp fajitas are fast, easy, and will give you something to look forward to at the end of the day. It’s one of mine and Brad’s all-time favorite dinners and so perfect to enjoy with your special someone for Valentine’s dinner!

Shrimp Fajitas topped with avocado and serve with lime wedges

Seared Salmon Tacos with Avocado Crema / So fresh and flavorful, these salmon tacos are always a hit! It’s the ultimate way to do taco night and date night together! These tacos are quick and easy and may just turn those salmon skeptics into fans for life!

salmon tacos on a large white plate served with chips

Super Flavorful Tacos / These. Tacos. Are. Life. I’m always raving about this taco meat recipe. I adore it. I know you will love it. These are my absolutely favorite tacos that I make at least a couple times each month. Even if you don’t make these for Valentine’s dinner, you absolutely have to make them very soon!

soft tacos topped with diced avocado, sliced jalapeño and chopped cilantro

Enchilada Casserole / This is a quick and simple meal that the whole family will love! It’s a great recipe to have for those busy nights when you don’t have a ton of time to get dinner on the table. It’s a crowd pleaser for both kids and adults alike. And works perfectly for a whole family kind of Valentine’s dinner situation!

chicken enchilada casserole with a spoon full out

Easy Chicken Enchiladas / These chicken enchiladas. I’m pretty much in love with them. Actually, my whole family is! This is another amazingly delicious dinner that would work great if you’re cooking for the whole family for Valentine’s dinner. 

easy chicken enchiladas in a white baking dish topped with avocado and cilantro

Other Cozy Favorite Date Night Dinner Options

Shepherd’s Pie / Since Valentine’s Day happens to fall within the season of cozy, I think Shepherd’s Pie makes the perfect romantic comforting dinner idea. This meal is going to require comfy clothes, a blanket, slippers, and a candle burning. And definitely bring a big appetite!

Shepherd's Pie in a white baking dish with a wooden spoon

Classic Beef Chili / Everyone LOVES chili and especially if it’s an award-winning chili like this one! As an added plus, you can make this in advance and it’s even tastier after the flavors have a chance to meld together. YUM!

chili served in bowls with cheese, sour cream and avocado

Healthy Turkey Chili / We ♡ this healthy, flavorful, extremely simple and wonderful turkey chili! Served this chili with all your favorite toppings and my Mexican cornbread muffins for a warm and cozy Valentine’s meal in!

turkey chili in a white bowl and topped with avocado slices, cheese and fresh cilantro

Buttermilk Pancakes / Breakfast for dinner is always a comforting and romantic choice for Valentine’s dinner! Your sweetie pie will love you forever after one taste of these scrumptious, light, fluffy and absolutely delicious pancakes!

a stack of Buttermilk Pancakes served on a white plate with butter and maple syrup