Valentine’s Day is a lot like brunch in that it encourages restaurants to put their worst foot forward. The crowd of lovebirds is nauseating, managers pull out all sorts of corny gimmicks to fill seats, and everything is marked up to make up for the fact that restaurateurs often loose money on the night.

But we get it: You’ve got to make a reservation and go somewhere to avoid spending the rest of the month in the doghouse. As you prepare for next Thursday, here are five common Valentine’s Day traps to avoid.