Birthday Dinner Menu Ideas: Our 5 Best Menus From Top Private Chefs

Throwing your loved one a birthday dinner can be pretty tricky. You have to pick your brain and recall their preferences. Then you have to put those ideas into action. The process includes deciding on their favorite cuisine and meals, style of presentation, and most importantly…dessert. And that’s only the thinking part! Next thing you know, you are drowning in the  kitchen among many bowls and ingredients, trying to perfect every recipe. But guess what?! It doesn’t have to be that stressful. We’ve put together 5 birthday dinner menu ideas for this special occasion! Plus they’ve been inspired by our top Private Chefs, where can you go wrong?


Birthday Dinner Menu Ideas: Our 5 Best Menus From Top Private Chefs

Birthday Dinner Menu Ideas: Our 5 Best Menus From Top Private Chefs

It takes a lot of effort to prepare for a surprise birthday dinner. Surely, everything has to be perfectly planned and executed. But, there’s no need for stress! We’ll take you through 5 different birthday dinner menu suggestions for your loved ones, each with 3 courses. Of course, when you take the executive decision to hire a private chef, you can adjust the menu to your preferences. You can go crazy with the number of courses, and the size of the dessert! So, here’s a suggestion: if you think there might be too much food left over, then simply reduce the size of the main course. Also, if you usually eat just one course for dinner, then a good rule is to reduce the main course by 2/3 – 1/2.  To add variety to your dinner, focus on protein as the main part , and just add more sides. Enjoy the cooking and always remember, our private chefs are always there for you! Now let’s get inspired by our private chefs, especially if you are planning a one-on-one dinner!

Get Inspired by Our Five Best Birthday Dinner Menu Ideas! 

1. Romantic Dinner Menu

This menu is perfect for a birthday dinner at home.  It begins and ends with an aphrodisiac course. The main course being an Angus steak, it is perfect for a romantic night. The starter, dessert and squash puree can be prepared in advance, even a day before. So, if you would really love to cook yourself,  all you need to do on the evening is plate the starter and dessert, and fry the steak to your liking and wilt the spinach.

Dinner Menu Ideas


Starter: Cajun chili oyster

Main: Aberdeen Angus fillet steak with squash puree and wilted spinach

Dessert: Chocolate spindles with vanilla cream and berry coulis

2. Sea Inspired Menu

Now, if the birthday person loves seafood, then treat them with this birthday dinner menu. It may seem like a hard menu, but you can make the starter and dessert in advance, up to two days before. This really relieves all the pressure on their birthday.  All you need to do is pan fry the grouper, pan frying gives the skin a lovely crisp texture.  This menu will harbor 2 different textures and flavors of fish. Smoked salmon is a rich decadent flavor with a very smooth texture; the cream cheese complements it perfectly. Grouper is a light white fish with a melt in the mouth texture. Also, the veloute adds depth to this dish. Definitely, there’s no better way to finish off a light dinner than with a rich chocolate tart.  The vanilla ice cream helps to lighten this course leaving you and your loved one pleasantly full.

Dinner Menu Ideas

Starter: Smoked salmon terrine with cream cheese and chives

Main: Grouper with an edamame and shitake mushrooms veloute

Dessert: Chocolate tart with honeycomb and vanilla ice cream

3. Vegetarian Dinner

This birthday dinner menu idea is perfect. Even if you aren’t vegetarians, it will be a refreshing experience to try something new. Because our private chefs are all about convenience, all of the food can be made in advance, up to two days before. This way, on the night of the dinner, all you have to do is heat up the food and enjoy your time with your loved ones. The starter is light and tasty, followed by a wholesome main packed full with vegetables and finished off with an unusual dessert.  By caramelizing the bananas in the cheesecake you add extra sweetness, even the biggest banana haters will love this dessert.

Dinner Menu Ideas

Starter: Potato cake with fresh herbs

Main: Baked ratatouille with aubergine and mozzarella

Dessert: Caramelized banana with vanilla cheesecake

4. Rainbow Inspired Menu

There’s nothing better than serving the colors of the rainbow for this special dinner. No doubt, this menu is perfect for summer babies as most of the ingredients will be seasonal, making them tastier and cheaper! It begins will an exotic fish dish with fig. The fig tastes tart as well as sweet.  You may never have imagined pairing these foods together, but trust our private chefs on this one! As for the main course, it involves spiralizing the vegetables. Moreover, if you’d like to add some filling carbs to the dish, then try some mash on the side. Most importantly, the dessert finishes off the the light courses by leaving you with a dose of sweetness to end the night.

Dinner Menu Ideas

Starter: Scallop and king prawn with fig puree

Main: Carrot and courgette tagliatelle with langoustine

Dessert: Brandy snaps with fresh flowers and beetroot caramel

5. Luxurious Dinner

We are definitely taking it up a notch with this menu! For the starter, the tart taste of the tangerine will perfectly complement the seared scallops. And it will leave you excited for the next course. The main course is surely healthy and luxurious. Adding quinoa to the tail of red mullet will add a nice satisfying volume to the dish. This won’t be a perfect birthday dinner if it is not sealed with the best chocolate cake. With an extra drizzle of chocolate, you’ll end the night with a chocolate high! 

Dinner Menu Ideas

Starter: Seared scallops with tangerine and fennel purée

Main: Tail of red mullet with quinoa and porcini foam

Dessert: Chocolate cake with a chocolate spiral


To make your night even more special, why not learn how to fold your napkins into impressive displays?

Instead of struggling your way through the kitchen, why not hire a Chef to do all the hard work for you? You can browse our Private Chefs here, or if you have something specific in mind you can let us know on our concierge page here. Now, if you’re organizing this birthday for your partner, take a look at our surprise birthday ideas for your husband. Surely, these ideas are perfect for any food lover!

Here is a list of out top private chefs for this special occasion!

Beirut Chefs


Dubai Chefs


London Chefs 

Chef Fabio in London   Chef Daniel in London  

Washington Chefs