The Californian city of Riverside has much to offer in the way of things to see and do, ranging from exciting museums and art galleries to historic parks and plenty of outdoor activities. The sunny city also has several options for romantic dining from casual restaurants like Bella Trattoria and Pier 76 Fish Grill to fine dining establishments such as Le Chat Noir French Restaurant and Ooka | Japanese Restaurant. Here are some other great spots to head to for wining and dining with your loved one.

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1.Bella Trattoria

Bella Trattoria
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Located in the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Bella Trattoria is a romantic Italian eatery that serves delicious authentic Italian cuisine and fine wines in an elegant European setting. Inspired by their travel through Italy, owners of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Duane and Kelly Roberts, have created a menu of traditional Italian cuisine such as freshly baked focaccia, handmade pasta, Napoli-style wood-fired pizza, gourmet paninis, and fresh seafood and meat dishes. The refined full-service bar serves a wide range of libations including casual wines from around the world, craft beers and microbrews on tap, and classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. Bella Trattoria is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.

3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501, Phone: 951-784-0300

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2.Duane's Prime Steaks and Seafood

Duane's Prime Steaks and Seafood
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Located in the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Duane's Prime Steaks and Seafood is an AAA-Four Diamond Award-winning restaurant that is world-renowned for serving the finest USDA prime steaks, ocean-fresh seafood and a hand-curated selection of fine wines from around the world. Boasting the perfect setting for a romantic celebration, the well-appointed steakhouse features sophisticated décor in warm amber tones and original artworks, including the restaurant's central masterpiece, the Charge Up San Juan Hill painting of Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders. The sublime cuisine is accompanied by world-class wines, including the Roberts Reserve Pinot Noir, which is handcrafted especially for the hotel’s guests. Duane's Prime Steaks and Seafood is open for dinner Monday through Sunday.

3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501, Phone: 888-326-4448

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3.El Patron Restaurant

El Patron Restaurant
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Based in a three-story, 8,000-square-foot historic train station dating back to the early 1900s, El Patron Restaurant is a lively eatery that serves hearty, traditional Mexican cuisine in a vibrant atmosphere. Celebrating his native Mexico, owner Jose Hernandez transformed the old train station into the charming restaurant it is today, featuring wooden tiled floors imported from Tonala, pine wheel sconces, rustic chandeliers, and granite bar counters. The Mexican-inspired menu features favorite dishes such as Carne Asada, Molcajete, Costa Azul, Camarones a Mojo de Ajo, and Grande Burrito, and the cuisine is accompanied by a wide range of libations including casual wines from around the world, craft beers and microbrews on tap, and classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. El Patron Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.

3204 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92507, Phone: 951-462-1161

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4.Le Chat Noir French Restaurant

Le Chat Noir French Restaurant
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Le Chat Noir is an elegant French restaurant serving classic French fare and a robust wine list in a refined, yet comfortable setting. Located in the heart of Riverside, the charming French bistro boasts a small, sophisticated dining room with a romantic ambiance and is renowned for its authentic cuisine prepared with all-natural, fresh ingredients from local farms and producers and selection of fine wines from around the world. Signature dishes include rack of lamb, sea salt scallops, escargots, Poisson du jour, and mouthwatering homemade desserts and the restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

3790 9th St, Riverside, CA 92501, Phone: 951-786-9266

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5.Mario's Place

Mario's Place
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Mario’s Place is a classy, super-romantic dinner spot that serves upscale Northern Italian fare in a quiet and intimate setting. Riverside's premier Italian eatery, the restaurant has a comfortable dining room, and a charming outdoor patio and hosts live jazz over the weekends. The restaurant serves an innovative menu of contemporary cuisine with signature dishes of mushroom ravioli, calamari crispy squash blossoms stuffed with goat cheese, sea scallops, succulent lamb chops, and wood-fired pizza, along with a selection of fine wines from around the world. Mario’s Place is open for Monday through Saturday.

3646 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501, Phone: 951-684-7755

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6.Mission Inn Restaurant

Mission Inn Restaurant
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The Mission Inn Restaurant is an award-winning fine-dining restaurant that is famous for its highly acclaimed Champagne Sunday Brunch complete with a mimosa bar, and other exceptional culinary offerings. The beautifully appointed restaurant features vaulted ceilings and ornate wall sconces, exquisite décor with colorful tiles and marble accents, and state-of-the-art display kitchen, where diners can watch chefs prepare signature contemporary cuisine. The Spanish Patio is a beautiful alfresco dining venue set in the heart of the Inn surrounded by a circular tiled fountain and a collection of bells from missions throughout the United States known as Anton’s Clock and Glockenspiel. The Mission Inn Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, daily.

3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501, Phone: 951-784-0300

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7.Ooka - Japanese Restaurant

Ooka - Japanese Restaurant
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Located in the Riverside Plaza, Ooka is a contemporary Japanese restaurant that serves fresh handmade sushi, sashimi, and teppanyaki in a sleek, wood-floored space. The restaurant is light and bright and decorated in warm tones and serves a menu of Japanese cuisine such as Bento Boxes for lunch, consisting of soup, salad, seasonal tempura and California rolls, and an array of hibachi, sushi, sashimi, rolls, tempura, teppanyaki, and other fresh seafood dishes for dinner. Diners can watch the expert sushi chefs preparing specialty rolls at the open sushi bar, and a range of drinks from sake to classic cocktails are available. Ooka is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday.

3525 Riverside Plaza Dr #200, Riverside, CA 92506, Phone: 951-779-0099

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8.Pier 76 Fish Grill

Pier 76 Fish Grill
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Located in the Riverside Plaza, Pier 76 Fish Grill is a restaurant owned by Christopher Krajacic and Michael Santos that specializes in fresh, high quality seafood and catch-of-the-day fish. Boasting a sleek dining space, the seafood-centric restaurant serves a menu inspired by the bounty of West Coast and uses local ingredients and sustainably caught fish. Every dish is prepared daily in-house with an artisanal approach and presented with thoughtful culinary execution to provide diners with an unforgettable dining experience. Pier 76 Fish Grill is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday.

3555 Riverside Plaza Dr #108, Riverside, CA 92506, Phone: 951-341-9297

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9.ProAbition Whiskey Lounge & Kitchen

ProAbition Whiskey Lounge & Kitchen
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The ProAbition Whiskey Lounge & Kitchen is a hip Prohibition Era–themed spot that serves American fare such as hand-crafted smokehouse burgers and a range of libations including more than 60 types of whiskeys. The restaurant has a cozy dining room and an outdoor patio for summer dining and offers excellent all-American food with signature dishes like hearty burgers and delicious steaks, ahi tartare, gourmet sandwiches and paninis, Caesar salads, and the ultimate Big Daddy Mac & Cheese. The full-service bar serves a wide range of libations including casual wines from around the world, craft beers and microbrews on tap, and classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits and Sunday brunches offer bottomless mimosas and live music. The ProAbition Whiskey Lounge & Kitchen is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch throughout the week.

3597 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501, Phone: 951-222-2110

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10.The Salted Pig

The Salted Pig
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Located in Riverside's historic downtown district, The Salted Pig is a hip gastropub with a trendy, and casual atmosphere that serves an inventive menu of globally-inspired cuisine along with craft cocktails and draft beer. The industrial-style restaurant offers a fresh seasonal menu of farm-to-table fare as well as daily chalkboard specials, such as Pork Belly Sandwiches, specialty house burgers, and Filthy Fries, all of which are prepared using locally sourced ingredients and regional produce. The full-service bar has a wide selection of over 40 bottled and canned beers, along with 12 different rotating draft beers, and a wide variety of classic and creative cocktails. The Salted Pig is open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch throughout the week.

3700 12th St, Riverside, CA 92501, Phone: 951-848-4020

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