My wife and I don’t eat out on Valentine’s Day. The anonymous waiter explains why. In the article he refers to Valentine’s Day as “amatuer night.” I heard exactly the same characterization last week from the owner of a nice restaurant where we sometimes eat — “amateur night.” Bottom line, most of the nice restaurants here will be fully booked, they’ll be offering a truncated prix fixe menu with the most boring dishes imaginable, and the most obnoxious customers will be thick on the ground. I rate Valentine’s Day as safe to skip, but I guess it depends on your significant other. I’m happy that my wife understands the downsides of holiday-mandated romace.