What exactly make a restaurant a “romantic” restaurant? It could be candlelight, dark setting, amazing food options ,fireplaces, beautiful views, an excellent wine list, or well-trained and attentive staff. The best romantic restaurants in the United States could feature any of these, a combination, or all of these, as well as perhaps a feeling of not wanting to leave. What’s important is that these romantic restaurants provide the right intangible and tangible features that make them perfect for an anniversary meal, a date night, or a fancy night out.
© Paseo Grill
Located within the heart of the historic Paseo Arts District in Oklahoma City, the Paseo Grill provides a sophisticated, yet still casual dining experience, serving classic American cuisine with a bit of international flair. Some of the options guests will find on the menu at the romantic Paseo Grill include signature salads, fresh fish feature dishes, and prime beef. The many dishes available at the restaurant also pair well with Paseo Grill’s wide variety of top-rated, hand-picked wines. The outdoor patio overlooking beautiful Spanish villa style art galleries is a particularly good place for having a meal.
2909 Paseo, Oklahoma City, OK 73103, Phone: 405-601-1079
Chandlers Steakhouse in downtown Boise, Idaho is one of the city’s premier fine dining restaurants, serving some of the best seafood and steak in the area. Along with delicious food, Chandlers also offers great cocktails and a wide array of wines, all of which can be enjoyed by guests while listening to live jazz entertainment. The steakhouse certainly has seemed to raise the bar for offering the best beef in Idaho, seared to perfection and slow cooked. Signature dishes combine local homegrown ingredients with freshly caught fish. The restaurant’s wine list has received the Best of Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator.
981 West Grove St, Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-383-4300
3.L'Auberge Chez Francois
© L'Auberge Chez Francois
L'Auberge Chez Francois is a French country-style inn in Great Falls, Virginia, just a short ways away from the capital of the nation. Captivating visitors for more than sixty-four years, this restaurant has long been a place for celebrating special moments, cookie demonstrations, weddings, and private parties. The extensive menu offered at L'Auberge Chez Francois is of traditional French cuisine classics and the flavors of the Alsace region of France. A casual, yet elegant atmosphere, strong attention to detail, excellent service, and delicious food are all part of what has made the restaurant a favorite in the Washington, DC area.
332 Springvale Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066, Phone: 703-759-3800
4.Circa 1886 Restaurant
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The Circa 1886 Restaurant is tucked away inside of an original carriage house of the beautiful Wentworth Mansion and evokes old-world charm and romance in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Noted as one of the finest restaurants in Charleston, Circa 1886 offers a charming and romantic setting and modern takes on classic Lowcountry cuisine. For more than ten years, the Executive Chef has worked with a local networks of fishermen and farmers to create unique culinary magic. The menu takes guests on a trip through the South Carolina Foodways, from humble beginnings to modern day, fused together from the rich history.
149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-853-7828
Latitudes is the signature restaurant of Sunset Key Cottage in Key West, Florida, serving flavorful and fresh island cuisine that is complemented by the stunning views and ocean breeze of the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant’s ever-evolving, “work of art,” delicious menu features locally sourced tropical fruit and fresh fish based on what ingredients are in-season and also includes the daily catch. Al fresco dining at Latitudes offers guests a choice of sitting outside among tiki torches that illuminate the Key West sunsets, ocean views, and the night sky.
245 Front St, Key West, FL 33040, Phone: 305-292-5300
6.One if by Land, Two if by Sea
© One if by Land, Two if by Sea
One if by Land, Two if by Sea is located inside of a landmarked, historic carriage house from the year 1767 in New York City. The restaurant boasts a romantic setting for a special dinner out and is recognized for its beautiful decor, long history, and classic menu. One if by Land, Two if by Sea is even often noted as one of the most romantic restaurants in the city, featuring a private garden, baby grand piano, brick fireplaces, and candlelit tables. Established back in 1973, the restaurant offers a choice of dining in the main dining room, The Mezzanine, or The Constitution Room.
17 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014, Phone: 212-255-8649
© La Fable
The La Fable Brasserie is situated on the iconic Baltimore Avenue’s beach block in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. This unique, romantic restaurant adds a touch of the bohemian street cafe flair of Paris to traditional French cuisine classic. Along with eight specials and eight appetizers that change on the menu at La Fable, standard options include escargot, trout almondine, steak frites, and beef bourguignon. Dish preparations aren’t always traditional here, such as their fried chicken cordon bleu for example. The dining room at La Fable Brasserie is open Thursday through Sunday and the Piano Bar open on Fridays and Saturdays.
26 Baltimore Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971, Phone: 302-227-8510
Canlis offers New American cuisine and a fine dining experience in Seattle, Washington. Established in 1950 within the city’s Queen Anne neighborhood, this family-owned and operated restaurant boasts views of the Cascade Mountains and the Gas Works Park. Founded by Peter Canlis, this high-end dining establishment is one of the Northwest’s most award-winning restaurants and has been referred to as "Seattle's fanciest, finest restaurant for over 60 years” by the New York Times. Canlis has also named by Gourmet Magazing as one of America’s top 20 restuanrants and has been awarded the Wine Spectator Grand Award every year since 1997.
2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, Phone: 206-283-3313
© Charleston Grill
The Charleston Grill provides Southern soul with a contemporary flair. A place where world-class jazz and modern gastronomy unite, the award-winning restaurant is one of the most romantic restaurants in the United States and one of the most esteemed restaurants in Charleston, South Carolina. The Charleston Grill is a recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award for Food Excellence and the Forbes Four Star Award, making it an excellent choice for a special night out. The culinary experience here is a series of dishes divided into four categories: Field and Pasture, Waves and Marsh, Roots and Stems, and Social and Shared.
224 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-577-4522
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Situated in the middle of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Eloisa is a James Beard-nominated restaurant that fuses together Southwestern and Latin flavors with the culinary classics of northern New Mexico into something that Chef John Rivera likes to call “modern Southwestern cuisine.” The menu here features locally sourced, premium ingredients that explore the local culture and Latin history, taking influences from the Native Puebloan people. Eloisa is open for lunch from 11:30am until 2:30pm Monday through Friday and dinner nightly from 5:30pm until 10:00pm. The restaurant also offers brunch on Sundays from 10:30am until 2:30pm.
228 E Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, Phone: 505-982-0883
11.Enzo's on the Lake
© Enzo's on the Lake
Enzo's on the Lake, located within the Orlando, Florida area, is an ideal place for a romantic evening of fine wine and food, cocktails, amazing desserts, and special hospitality. Established in 1980, the restaurant was designed to resemble an Italian villa and is situated along a beautiful secluded spot along the lakefront. This family-owned and operated restaurant is a dedication to the concept of “simple yet sophisticated” cuisine that’s crafted with love and uses the freshest vegetables, fruits, meats, and fish available. Enzo's on the Lake features a dock and lakeside gardens, private dining areas, and a European-style full-service bar.
1130 South Hwy. 17-92, Longwood, FL 32750, Phone: 407-834-9872
© Flagstaff House
The Flagstaff House sits at an elevation of six thousand square feet in Boulder, Colorado, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Along with these spectacular views, the award-winning, romantic restaurant provides impeccable service, a world-renowned wine list, and new American cuisine. Seasonal and local cuisine takes the spotlight with the menu at the Flagstaff House, which features a multi-course tasting menu and a three-course menu, which is also available as a la carte options. Among the restaurant’s many awards are the AAA Four Diamond and Four Star rating by Forbes and the Wine Spectator Grand Award.
1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder, CO 80302, Phone: 303-442-4640
© Gary Danko
Gary Danko, located in the iconic Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood of San Francisco, California, has continued to refine an award-winning combination excellent and personable service, inventive and thoughtful use of locally sourced ingredients, and classic French cooking for more than nineteen years. According to Chef Gary Danko, a restaurant is “a constant work in progress.” The chef’s commitment to innovation and excellence has earned his Michelin-rated restaurant a AAA Five Diamond rating and multiple James Beard Awards, including Best Chef, Best Service, and Best New Restaurant in California. Dinner is served nightly at Gary Danko from 5:30pm until 10:00pm.
800 North Point Street, San Francisco, CA 94109, Phone: 415-749-2060
© Peninsula Grill
The Peninsula Grill in Charleston, South Carolina is one of the crown jewels of the city’s booming dining scene. This Four-Star and Four-Diamond restaurant is hidden away in a lush garden, right in the center of Charleston’s picturesque and charming Historic District. Loved by both tourists and locals alike, the dining experience at the Peninsula Grill is one that aims to “pull out all the stops,” offering delicious and fresh cuisine, famous signature dessert, superb service, and an award-winning wine list. Guests are greeted into the candlelit ambiance by the Champagne Bar, where an array of appetizers and fresh oysters offered every night.
112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-723-0700
August in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana is a contemporary creole dining establishment that creates unique dishes. The chef here is inspired by classical training and focused on locally sourced ingredients from the state of Louisiana. The restaurant itself is housed inside of a historic, nineteenth-century French-Creole building. The interior of August features antique mirrors, mahogany paneling, soaring columns, gleaming hardwood floors, and original architectural details, offering a historic romantic setting for a special night out. Dinner is served nightly from 5:00pm until 10:00pm, as well as lunch Monday to Friday from 11:00am until 2:00pm.
301 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130, Phone: 504-299-9777
© St Martins
St. Martin’s in Dallas, Texas is a romantic restaurant that strives to perfect the “art of dining,” combining chic European sophistication and innovative style, as well as live piano music during the evening. Featuring stylish, smart, and elegant decor, St. Martin’s serves culinary creations prepared by expert chefs and inspired by several traditional favorites. Along with delicious food, the restaurant also provides attentive and friendly service, an extensive wine list that is updated seasonally, nightly blackboard specials, and complimentary valet parking every day. In addition to dinner service seven days a week, St. Martin’s also offers a Sunday Brunch.
3020 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206, Phone: 214-826-0940
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© Cafe Monarch
Cafe Monarch was named as one of the “Top 3 Fine Dining Restaurants in the Nation” by TripAdvisor in 2018 and has become a gem within the middle of historic Old Town in Scottsdale, Arizona. The family-owned and operated restaurant has earned a reputation for five-star cuisine, an elegant ambiance, and first-rate service. As for the menu at Cafe Monarch, the array of dishes are always changing, offering guests an ever-evolving variety of innovative creations that feature the finest sustainable, seasonal, local, and fresh ingredients. Four-course prix-fixe menus at Cafe Monarch are carefully designed and pair well with expertly crafted cocktails.
6939 E 1st Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, Phone: 480-970-7682
Mizuna is a beautiful little restaurant that is consistently ranked as one of the top restaurants in the United States. A neighborhood dining establishment, Mizuna is rooted in the classic techniques of French cooking and strives to blend culinary mastery and professional, tight service. The menu here changes from month-to-month and reflects the bounty of the season, both sea and land, offering intense, yet simple flavors. Rich stocks are made from wild fishes and farm-raised meats, ice cream is freshly spun, and produce and other ingredients are locally sourced. Dinner is served at Mizuna Tuesday through Saturday, from 5:00pm until 10:00pm.
225 East 7th Ave, Denver, CO 80203, Phone: 303-832-4778
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19.Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar
© Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar
The Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar in the center of downtown Memphis, Tennessee offers a number of different dining selections for guests to enjoy and a knowledgeable wait staff. Customers will find a bustling scene on the main floor where people gather and a welcoming area at the bar for a quick bite or dining alone. The balcony level, however, consists of small tables and booths, some of which overlook Main Street, and provide more privacy for a romantic dinner out. Dinner is served Sunday through Saturday and brunch is served from 10:00am until 1:00pm on Sundays.
39 S. Main St, Memphis, TN 38103, Phone: 901-521-8005
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20.Eiffel Tower Restaurant
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The Eiffel Tower Restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada overlooks the famous Bellagio Fountains and offers spectacular views of the iconic Las Vegas Strip. Combining impeccable service and classic French cuisine with an updated twist, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant provides an ideal atmosphere for a romantic night out within its elegant dining room. Signature dishes include a Roasted Rack of Lamb, Beef Wellington, and the Grand Seafood Platter, while specialties during lunch and brunch include the Age Parmesan Crusted Chicken, the Moroccan Lamb Burger, and Lobster Eggs Benedict. The restaurant also boasts an impressive wine list of more than 1,400 labels.
3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109, Phone: 702-948-6937
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© Fig Tree
The Fig Tree is a quaint, romantic restaurant in San Antonio, Texas and offers guests a choice of dining in the villa-style outdoor terrace that overlooks the San Antonio River or the cozy dining room indoors. Along with a charming atmosphere, mainstays at the restaurant include impeccable service and exquisite food. One of the most historic restaurants in San Antonio, the award-winning Fig Tree serves a regularly rotating menu of French-inspired cuisine in a romantic setting and has been doing so for around five decades on the city’s RiverWalk. For year, the Fig Tree is named as one of San Antonio’s best restaurants.
515 Villita, San Antonio, TX 78205, Phone: 210-224-1976
© Geja's Cafe
Geja’s Cafe is considered to be one of the most romantic restaurants in Chicago, Illinois and features a wide selection of fine wines and a fondue dining experience. For more than fifty years, this restaurant has been a popular indulgence for the residents of Chicago, as well as visitors. It’s recommended for guests to choose one of the three-course Premier Dinners offered at Geja’s Cafe. Couples can experience a romantic setting in the candlelit dining room as they dine on Swiss Gruyere cheese fondue, fresh seafood and meats in delicious broths, and end with the famous chocolate fondue.
340 West Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, Phone: 773-281-9101
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23.Summit House Restaurant
The Summit House Restaurant is located in a quaint and charming English-style inn in Fullerton, California. Upon entering the romantic Orange County countryside restaurant, guests are greeted by welcoming fireplaces, cozy dining rooms, and friendly faces, and the restaurant’s Inn Keepers strive to create a hospitable place for everyone. The Summit House Restaurant is open for lunch from 11:30am until 2:00pm, Tuesday through Friday, and dinner is served seven nights a week starting at 5:00pm. Sitting by the crackling fire, guests can dine on a variety of hearty fare, roasted beefs, and a selection of sweets.
2000 E. Bastanchury Rd, Fullerton, CA 92835, Phone: 714-671-4111
24.Folk's Folly Prime Steak House
© Folk's Folly Prime Steak House
Folk's Folly Prime Steak House is a place in Memphis, Tennessee where the meat is dry aged and topped with a classic bearnaise sauce, rather than slow smoked and covered with barbeque sauce. The city’s fine dining steakhouse offers pretty much any prime cut guests can think of, as well as a wide array of vegetables and starches to complete the steakhouse meal. Along with steak, duck breast, seafood, and more are also on the menu. A perfect end to a meal here often includes the Folk’s Folly Freeze, vanilla ice cream mixed with a choice of premium liqueur.
551 S. Mendenhall Rd, Memphis, TN 38117, Phone: 901-762-8200
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Located in the city of Chicago, Everest is known for its world-renowned French cuisine, boasting an excellent wine collection and a menu of some of the finest seasonal fare. Guests have the choice of ordering the chef’s seven-course, acclaimed degustation menu, a vegetarian degustation menu, or a three-course or four-course prix fixe menu. Along with delicious food, Everest offers stunning views of the surrounding city from its 40th floor location in the Chicago Stock Exchange building. Everest is open Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30pm until 9:00pm, Fridays from 5:30pm until 9:30pm, and Saturdays from 5:00pm until 10:00pm.
425 South Financial Pl, Chicago, IL 60605, Phone: 312-663-8920
25 Best Romantic Restaurants in the United States
- Paseo Grill, Photo: Paseo Grill
- Chandlers, Photo: Chandlers
- L'Auberge Chez Francois, Photo: L'Auberge Chez Francois
- Circa 1886 Restaurant, Photo: Circa 1886 Restaurant
- Latitudes, Photo: InsideCreativeHouse/stock.adobe.com
- One if by Land, Two if by Sea, Photo: One if by Land, Two if by Sea
- La Fable, Photo: La Fable
- Canlis, Photo: Canlis
- Charleston Grill, Photo: Charleston Grill
- Eloisa, Photo: Eloisa
- Enzo's on the Lake, Photo: Enzo's on the Lake
- Flagstaff House, Photo: Flagstaff House
- Gary Danko, Photo: Gary Danko
- Peninsula Grill, Photo: Peninsula Grill
- August, Photo: August
- St Martins, Photo: St Martins
- Cafe Monarch, Photo: Cafe Monarch
- Mizuna, Photo: Mizuna
- Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar, Photo: Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar
- Eiffel Tower Restaurant, Photo: Eiffel Tower Restaurant
- Fig Tree, Photo: Fig Tree
- Geja's Cafe, Photo: Geja's Cafe
- Summit House Restaurant, Photo: davit85/stock.adobe.com
- Folk's Folly Prime Steak House, Photo: Folk's Folly Prime Steak House
- Everest, Photo: InsideCreativeHouse/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Mikhaylovskiy/stock.adobe.com