Boasting beautiful natural scenery and several attractions, Fort Wayne is a charming city in northeastern Indiana that is home to a variety of excellent restaurants for celebrating love. Spend the day exploring some of the city’s top attractions like the beautiful gardens at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory or the spectacular 19th-century stained glass windows at the 1860 Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Then head to one of these restaurants, eateries, bars, and cafés for a romantic dinner for two.
1.Asakusa Japanese Restaurant
© Asakusa Japanese Restaurant
Asakusa Japanese Restaurant is a stylish restaurant that serves contemporary Japanese cuisine and fresh, handmade sushi and sashimi in a sleek and sophisticated atmosphere. Featuring modern décor and an inviting ambiance, Asakusa serves a comprehensive menu of Japanese cuisine such as teppanyaki, tempura, hibachi, sushi, sashimi, California rolls, and other seafood dishes. Additional items on the menu range from fresh soups and salads to seasonal tempura and California rolls, and a variety of drinks from sake to classic cocktails are available. Asakusa Japanese Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily.
6224 Lima Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46818, Phone: 260-490-6888
2.Baker Street Steakhouse
© Baker Street Steakhouse
Hailed as one of the most romantic restaurants in the country, Baker Street Steakhouse is an elegant and intimate dining destination that offers a quintessential exceptional dining experience. The locally-owned restaurant has contemporary décor with dark wood and leather accents, cozy seating, and soft lighting, creating a tranquil, romantic ambiance. Chef Bremer creates seasonal menus that feature dishes of prime USDA steak and chops, fresh seafood and catch-of-the-day fish, fresh salads, and other creative culinary dishes, as well as decadent desserts. A diverse wine list offers a wide range of fine wines from around the world that can be enjoyed by the glass and bottle, as well as craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits and fresh fruit juices. Baker Street Steakhouse is open for lunch and dinner daily.
4820 N Clinton St, Fort Wayne, IN 46825, Phone: 260-484-3300
Located in Jefferson Pointe, Biaggi's is a casual Italian restaurant chain with a warm and welcoming vibe that offers an extensive selection of house-made and imported pasta, wood-fired pizzas and calzones, fresh salads and soups, fresh seafood and prime steaks. The family-friendly restaurant boasts a comfortable dining space and a team of professional, friendly staff who serve heaving plates of traditional Italian fare such as eggplant parmesan, spaghetti Bolognese, lasagna, ravioli Quattro formaggi, baked ziti al Forno, and sea scallop risotto. The cuisine is accompanied by a range of casual wines from Italy and around the world, several craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits and fresh fruit juices. Biaggi's is open for lunch and dinner daily.
4010 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804, Phone: 260-459-6700
4.Black Canyon Restaurant
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Located on the north side of Fort Wayne, Black Canyon Restaurant is a sleek eatery with a warm dining space and a charming outdoor patio with a beautiful stone fireplace. Decorated in a modern style with an open floor plan, comfy seating in the form of tables and large booths, and a full-service bar, the bustling restaurant is perfect for gathering with friends or enjoying a quiet dinner for two. An open kitchen has a hardwood burning grill on which steaks, chops, and fresh seafood are seared to perfection, and friendly, attentive staff whisk around serving heaving plates of house-made pasta, wood-fired pizza and fresh salads with flair. The bar serves a wide range of casual wines from around the world, several craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits. Black Canyon Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, daily and Sunday brunch.
1509 W Dupont Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825, Phone: 260-203-5900
5.Bourbon Street Hideaway Restaurant
© Bourbon Street Hideaway Restaurant
Tucked in a cozy basement below Columbia Street, Bourbon Street Hideaway is the quintessential romantic date restaurant. The charming subterranean venue features stone walls and exposed beams, elegant tables, and soft candlelight, and serves a menu of unique and unusual dishes with Cajun and Creole accents such as Alligator Sausage and Shrimp Quiche, Bourbon Street Fried Alligator Tail, Crispy Smothered Catfish, and N’awlins Crawfish Etouffee. Decadent desserts include Chocolate Voodoo Bread Pudding, French Beignets, and New Orleans Cheesecake, and a wide range of wines from around the world, several craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits is available from the bar. Bourbon Street Hideaway is open for dinner only, Thursday through Saturday.
135 W Columbia St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, Phone: 260-422-7500
© Catablu Grille
Located in the Covington Plaza, Catablu Grille offers an elegant, casual dining experience in the heart of Fort Wayne. The restaurant is based on the beautifully restored 75-year-old Cinema Blue, one of Fort Wayne's historical landmarks, and maintains the old theater's interior integrity with artworks by local artists adorning the antiqued wooden walls, industrial open ceilings, wine barrel lighting, and theatrical touches. The menu features a range of sophisticated appetizers and entrées made with the freshest, highest quality ingredients, and regional produce with signature dishes like Spice Roasted Faroe Island Salmon, Buttermilk Fried Walleye Pike, and Cauliflower Cashew Stir Fry. A granite bar offers a variety of libations ranging from casual wines from around the world, craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits is available from the bar. Catablu Grille is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday, and dinner only on Saturday.
6372 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804, Phone: 260-456-6563
7.Chop's Steak & Seafood
© Chop's Steak & Seafood
Located in the Village at Time Corners, Chop's Steaks & Seafood is a warm and welcoming, locally-owned restaurant that offers classic steakhouse fare in an elegant environment. The warmly-lit eatery has comfortable décor with dark wood hues, ample tables and dining booths, and a full-service bar that serves an extensive wine list, craft beers and classic cocktails like the café Trinity cream. The menu features favorites such as prime USDA steaks and chops, fresh seafood, homemade soups and crisp salads with signature plates of filet mignon, blackened shrimp, crab cakes, and risotto of the day. Chop's Steaks & Seafood is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday, and dinner only on Saturday.
6421 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804, Phone: 260-436-9115
© Club Soda
A long-standing favorite date-night spot, Club Soda is a stylish supper and jazz club that offers contemporary cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, and live jazz in an elegant, yet relaxed space. The restaurant has warm interiors with exposed brick walls, dark wood tables and chairs, and a sizeable historic martini bar that serves a variety of classic cocktails such as martinis, including martinis. The menu features starters of Duck Egg Roll, Calamari, Tuna Sashimi, and Bacon-Wrapped Scallops, followed by entrées of Lobster Tail, Diver Scallops, Lamb Chops, Filet Mignon and Ribeye, and Surf and Turf. The bar serves a wide range of casual wines from around the world, several craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits. Club Soda is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
235 E Superior St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, Phone: 260-426-3442
© Copper Spoon
Located in the Harrison in downtown Fort Wayne, Copper Spoon is a locally-owned restaurant and wine bar that offers an inventive food menu and bar program featuring classic and new-age cocktails. Cozy, upscale décor blends with intimate dining booths, tables, and seating areas on the lower level, and an expansive patio with an outdoor bar offers alfresco dining against a backdrop of beautiful views of Parkview Field. The menu focuses on using the freshest, highest quality ingredients sourced from local farms, artisan producers and fishermen, such as Hawkins Farm, Zinnia's Bakehouse, and Teds Market. Award-winning Chef Aaron creates sublime dishes of farm-to-table fare like coconut curry bowls, Faroe Island salmon, diver scallops, and ribeye steak. Unique wine-vending machines dispense a variety of wines, and the bar serves creative craft cocktails and craft beers on tap. Copper Spoon is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.
301 W Jefferson Blvd #100, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, Phone: 260-755-1019
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10.Cork 'n Cleaver
Cork’ n Cleaver is a casual South-western-themed steakhouse that has been serving award-winning chophouse fare for the past 50 years. Featuring stylish steakhouse décor, elegantly dressed tables and low lighting, the steakhouse serves a menu of succulent USDA choice steaks, organic, free-range chicken and pork, ocean-fresh seafood and a range of gluten-free and vegetarian options. A salad bar offers a wide range of freshly prepared and organic salad and vegetarian options, and the full-service bar has an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. Cork ‘n Cleaver is open for dinner every night of the week.
221 E Washington Center Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825, Phone: 260-484-7772
11.The Guesthouse Grille at the Guesthouse Hotel & Conference Center
© The Guesthouse Grille at the Guesthouse Hotel & Conference Center
Located in the Guesthouse Hotel & Conference Center, the Guesthouse Grille is an elegant restaurant and bar that serves contemporary New American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Located next to the lobby, the stylish restaurant serves market-driven menus of made-from-scratch cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients and served with flair. An omelet station offers a variety of omelets and egg plates for breakfast, along with the regular favorites, while the lunch and dinner menus feature prime steaks and chicken dishes, fresh seafood, pasta plates, and fresh salads, soups and sides. The bar serves a wide range of casual wines from around the world, draft beers on tap and by the bottle, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits, including mimosas for Sunday brunch and live entertainment is hosted in the intimate lounge. The Guesthouse Grille is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.
1313 W Washington Center Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825, Phone: 260-489-2524
12.Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef & Seafood
© Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef & Seafood
Located in Jefferson Pointe, Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef & Seafood Pittsburgh is a premium restaurant chain that specializes in prime-aged meats such as bison and wagyu beef, fresh seafood, and fine wines. The upscale contemporary American steakhouse boasts plush décor with warm golden accents, luxurious upholstered chairs, and walls lined with bottles of wine. The menu offers a wide range of hand-cut in-house, hormone, antibiotic, and steroid-free meat cuts, including ribeye, filet mignon, New York strip steaks, as well as appetizers, fresh salads, pasta dishes, and desserts, all of which are prepared using locally sourced ingredients and made from scratch. Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef & Seafood Pittsburgh has multiple private dining rooms for special events and functions and is open for dinner every night.
1502 Illinois Rd S, Fort Wayne, IN 46804, Phone: 260-459-2222
© Hideout 125
Located in the Pine Valley Shopping Center, Hideout 125 is a prohibition-themed restaurant that specializes in contemporary American cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. Focusing on using only the freshest, highest quality ingredients and locally sourced produce, the restaurant serves a menu of made-from-scratch, market-driven fare for lunch and dinner. Dishes are prepared with premium seafood, top-quality beef, lamb and chicken, organic herbs, salads and vegetables, and house-made pasta and include signature plates of shrimp linguine, filet medallions, sea bass, and crab cakes. An extensive selection of wines from around the world, along with 25 beers on tap and by the bottle, and classic cocktails created with high-end spirits are available from the full-service bar. Hideout 125 is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
10350 Coldwater Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825, Phone: 260-206-6192
Located in the Landing in downtown Fort Wayne, Nawa is a relaxed, brick-clad eatery that serves authentic Asian food with a modern twist in a casual, laid-back atmosphere. The menu features a variety of Asian fare, including Thai, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese dishes, such as soups, salads, several wok options, and signature dishes like the soft-shell crab, chicken massaman, and a selection of curries. Other favorites on the menu include a variety of bao buns, seaweed soup, seared Chilean sea bass, and pork chops, and the bar serves custom-crafted cocktails made with herbal and fruit flavors of the Far East, imported and local beers, hot and cold sake, and Japanese-style coffee drinks known as Bei Bei. Nawa is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
126 W Columbia St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, Phone: 260-399-7501
15.Old Gas House Restaurant
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Based inside a refurbished 19th-century gas plant in the heart of historic Fort Wayne, the Gas House Restaurant has been serving contemporary American cuisine for the past 60 years. A renowned spot for leisurely afternoon lunches and laid-back gatherings with friends, the Gas House Restaurant serves a menu of seasonal cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients from soups, salads, and sandwiches to delicious entrées of prime steaks, fresh seafood, and steaming plates of pasta. Diners can savor the excellent cuisine in the comfortable dining room or on the riverbank patio against a backdrop of lovely views and enjoy a wide range of libations from craft cocktails and beers to fine wines. The Old Gas Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily.
305 E Superior St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, Phone: 260-426-3411
© Oyster Bar
The Oyster Bar is a Iong-standing seafood restaurant and bar that offers classic pub cuisine and comfort fare in a laid-back, casual atmosphere. Based in a building that was initially opened as a saloon in the 1830s, the eatery and bar specializes in fresh oysters and scallops, served on the half shell, along with Tuscan shellfish, smoked salmon, seafood au gratin, and oyster bar sirloin steak. The bar serves a wide range of casual wines from around the world, several craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits. The Oyster Bar is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday and dinner only on Saturdays.
1830 S Calhoun St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, Phone: 260-744-9490
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17.Paula's On Main
Paula's on Main is a contemporary and elegant restaurant with a country cottage feel that serves fresh seafood in a refined atmosphere. The restaurant has a nautical theme and a comfortable dining room with a market counter for fresh fish and serves a wide variety of fresh seafood, catch-of-the-day fish, and shellfish. Signature dishes include Alaskan king crab legs, crispy sesame-crusted Thai tilapia, crab-stuffed whitefish with dill-caper hollandaise, Baja fish tacos, and blackened salmon with a blue cheese glaze. Non-seafood dishes on the menu include orange almond chicken and Louis Armstrong filet medallions, and the cuisine is accompanied by a selection of fine wines from around the world, craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits. Paula's on Main is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday and dinner only on Saturdays.
1732 W Main St, Fort Wayne, IN 46808, Phone: 260-424-2300
18.Ruth's Chris Steak House
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Ruth’s Chris Steak House is an upmarket steakhouse chain renowned for its sizzling steaks, succulent chops, and other chophouse fare. Elegantly decorated with contemporary décor in dark wood and leather accents, crisply laid tables with white cloths and gleaming glassware, and low lighting that creates a soft, romantic glow. The steakhouse specializes in thick house-butchered cuts of USDA choice steaks, free-range chicken and pork, fresh seafood and a range of vegetarian options and the full-service bar has an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. Ruth’s Chris Steak House is open for dinner, seven nights a week and lunch on Fridays.
224 W Wayne St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, Phone: 260-444-5898
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Tolon is an industrial-chic American eatery that offers an upscale farm-to-fork dining experience. The small, independent family-run restaurant specializes in serving seasonal, market-driven cuisine prepared with the freshest, highest quality locally, and regionally sourced ingredients. Chef Matthew Nolot creates signature dishes like roasted bone marrow, Faroe Island salmon, scallops, steak and potatoes, and bison sirloin steak, and the food is accompanied by fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. Tolon is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday and lunch on the weekends.
614 Harrison St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, Phone: 260-399-5128
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19 Best Restaurants in Fort Wayne, Indiana
- Asakusa Japanese Restaurant, Photo: Asakusa Japanese Restaurant
- Baker Street Steakhouse, Photo: Baker Street Steakhouse
- Biaggi's, Photo: Biaggi's
- Black Canyon Restaurant, Photo: Black Canyon Restaurant
- Bourbon Street Hideaway Restaurant, Photo: Bourbon Street Hideaway Restaurant
- Catablu Grille, Photo: Catablu Grille
- Chop's Steak & Seafood, Photo: Chop's Steak & Seafood
- Club Soda, Photo: Club Soda
- Copper Spoon, Photo: Copper Spoon
- Cork 'n Cleaver, Photo: Pixel-Shot/stock.adobe.com
- The Guesthouse Grille at the Guesthouse Hotel & Conference Center, Photo: The Guesthouse Grille at the Guesthouse Hotel & Conference Center
- Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef & Seafood, Photo: Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef & Seafood
- Hideout 125, Photo: Hideout 125
- Nawa, Photo: Nawa
- Old Gas House Restaurant, Photo: Andrey Popov/stock.adobe.com
- Oyster Bar, Photo: Oyster Bar
- Paula's On Main, Photo: Wirestock/stock.adobe.com
- Ruth's Chris Steak House, Photo: Ruth's Chris Steak House
- Tolon, Photo: Tolon
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