"My perfect Valentine's Day? I'm at home, three cell phones in front of me, fielding desperate calls from people who want to buy one of the 50 restaurant reservations I made over six months ago."

That's Dwight from the seventh season of "The Office," with an ingenious entrepreneurial scheme.

Hopefully you won't find yourself in a desperate situation on this day of love and can get into one of Madison's many romantic spots for a special meal.  

Valentine's Day is one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants, second only to Mother's Day, said Wisconsin Restaurant Association president and CEO Kristine Hillmer. "So many people choose going out to eat as their favorite way to celebrate the ones they love."

The holiday falls on a Thursday this year, which in Madison has long been considered an honorary weekend night.

Here are 10 places to consider if you need inspiration.

 -- Samara Kalk Derby

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