South Dakota’s Sioux Falls is home to beautiful natural scenery, cultural and historic attractions, an array of outdoor activities and plenty of romantic restaurants for special celebrations of love. Visit Falls Park to watch the Big Sioux River tumble over a series of rock faces and see the ruins of the 19th-century Queen Bee Mill.

Stroll around the town and explore some of the attractions which include the Pettigrew Home & Museum, and the Old Courthouse Museum before heading out for a quiet dinner for two at one of these cozy and intimate restaurants.

1. Johnny Carino’s Italian

Johnny Carino’s Italian
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Johnny Carino’s Italian is an authentic Italian restaurant chain that serves Italian classics and one-of-a-kind Italian favorites in a cozy, romantic atmosphere. The menu serves dishes from locally sourced ingredients, prime meats and fresh seafood, handmade pasta and sauces and decadent desserts. Signature dishes include the 16-Layer Lasagna, Jalapeno Garlic Tilapia, Frutti di mare pasta, and famous Italian Nachos. The cuisine is accompanied by a bar menu of casual wines from Italy, imported spirits, craft beers, and aperitifs, and decadent desserts include tiramisu, gelato, and pannacotta. Johnny Carino’s has over 70 locations in the United States and is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

Johnny Carino’s Italian, 2310 South Louise Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57106, Phone: 605-361-7222

2. Carnaval Brazilian Grill

Carnaval Brazilian Grill
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Carnaval Brazilian Grill is a contemporary Brazilian-style steakhouse that serves bottomless plates of authentic Brazilian food, from grilled and roasted skewered meat to fresh seafood and salads. Helmed by a traditional gaucho chef, the restaurant offers a selection of meats form the special rotisserie, which is served table-side and complemented with a seasonal fresh salad bar and a Brazilian-style hot bar. There is also a more traditional a-la-carte menu with options such as hearty burgers, thin-crust pizzas; fresh seafood and catch-of-the-day, handmade pasta, and succulent steaks. Signature dishes include Feijoada, the national dish of Brazil, which is a stew of black beans and meat served traditionally with rice. Carnaval Brazilian Grill is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.

Carnaval Brazilian Grill, 2401 S Carolyn Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57106, Phone: 605-361-6328

3. Cherry Creek Grill

Cherry Creek Grill
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The Cherry Creek Grill is a cozy, romantic restaurant with a relaxed neighborhood atmosphere. The restaurant features a comfortable dining room with soft lighting, original artworks, and a horseshoe-shaped bar, and an outdoor patio for alfresco dining. The menu offers classic all-American fare like hearty burgers, prime ribs, fresh seafood and salads, and grass-fed meats slow-roasted on a wood-fired rotisserie. Ideal for a quiet dinner for two or a fun night out with friends, the Cherry Creek Grill also served an extensive list of casual wines and craft beers, handcrafted cocktails, and imported spirits. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

Cherry Creek Grill, 184 Steele St, Denver, CO 80206, Phone: 303-322-3524

4. Crawford's Bar & Grill

Crawford's Bar & Grill
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Situated in historic downtown Sioux Falls, Crawford's Bar & Grill is an upscale American eatery and bar that blends rustic and vintage accents in a trendy, brick-walled space. Boasting century old quartzite and brick walls, a cowhide-paneled bar with a quartzite bar top and iron railroad track footrest, reclaimed wood tables, and Moroccan chandeliers, the eatery is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner for two. The menu features a range of all-American cuisine including prime cut steaks, wild-caught salmon, pork shanks, chicken Pomodoro, and Mongolian beef pasta. Guests can also enjoy live music every Sunday evening. Crawford's Bar & Grill is open for dinner only, seven days a week.

Crawford's Bar & Grill, 214 S Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104, Phone: 605-332-5333

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5. Grille 26

Grille 26
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Located in Park Ridge Shopping Center, Grille 26 is a casual American bistro that serves a seasonal menu of all-American fare in a comfortable space. The relaxed and contemporary eatery features a large bar and light wood accents and serves a seasonal menu of classic dishes such as wood-fired pizza, hearty burgers and sides, succulent steaks, chicken entrées, and side salads, all prepare with fresh locally sourced ingredients. The fully-stocked bar serves a list of libations, ranging from craft beers, casual wines, handcrafted cocktails, and other drinks, along with freshly brewed coffee and tea to enjoy with dessert. Grille 26 is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

Grille 26, 1716 S Western Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57105, Phone: 605-444-1716

6. K Restaurant

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Located near Downtown Sioux Falls in the East Bank neighborhood, K Restaurant is an open, contemporary restaurant that serves a seasonal menu of seasonal New American cuisine. Chef Tina Kuehn creates a new dinner menu every week with fresh locally sourced ingredients including grass-fed meat and chicken, herbs and salads, fresh seafood, and other produce. Signature dishes include New York steak, mussels in garlic, shrimp boil and chicken andouille sausage, and a vegetarian quinoa bed with pomegranate molasses. The restaurant caters for special events and functions and is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.

K Restaurant, 401 E 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103, Phone: 605-336-3315

7. M.B. Haskett Delicatessen

M.B. Haskett Delicatessen
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Located in historic Downtown Sioux Falls close to the State Theater, M.B. Haskett Delicatessen is a classic deli that has been serving the neighborhood authentic deli fare since 2012. The casual eatery specializes in gourmet and specialty sandwiches, freshly prepared salads, crepes with various fillings, and craft brews. The deli’s selection of seasonal cuisine is made with locally sourced ingredients and regional fare, including grass-fed meat and chicken, fresh seafood, organic herbs and vegetables, and prime dairy. The newly renovated space provides a warm and welcoming space in which to enjoy the food which can be eaten in or ordered to go. M.B. Haskett Delicatessen is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

M.B. Haskett Delicatessen, 324 S Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104, Phone: 605-367-1100

8. Mama’s Ladas

Mama’s Ladas
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Mama’s Ladas is a homey restaurant that serves delicious homecooked cuisine with a Mexican influence along with sangria, craft beers, and wine by the glass. The restaurant is cozy and neat with a warm and welcoming atmosphere and ideal for a secluded dinner for two. The menu specializes in enchiladas with a variety of choices from beef, chicken, broccoli, and cheese and weekend specials of shrimp and spinach, while starters include nachos and tostada crisps. The food menu is accompanied by homemade sangria, craft beers, and wine by the glass. Mama’s Ladas is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

Mama’s Ladas, 116 W 11th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57104, Phone: 605-332-2772

9. Minerva's Restaurant

Minerva's Restaurant
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Minerva’s Restaurant is a historic eatery that has been serving the community of Sioux Falls since 1977. The inviting restaurant boasts a friendly, welcoming ambiance with a comfortable indoor dining room and a spacious outdoor patio with beautiful views of downtown Sioux Falls. The restaurant offers an extensive menu of in-house aged steaks, ocean-fresh seafood, an award-winning salad bar, hearty sides, and a selection of mouthwatering desserts. Along with outstanding cuisine and world-class wines, the restaurant also provides impeccable service and a cozy, romantic atmosphere. Minerva’s Restaurant is also home to an inviting lounge known as Paramount Cocktails & Food, which offers a happy hour and live entertainment most weekends. Minerva’s Restaurant is open

Minerva's Restaurant, 301 S Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104, Phone: 605-334-0386

10. Morrie’s Steakhouse

Morrie’s Steakhouse
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Morrie's Steakhouse is a classic old-school steakhouse that serves a variety of steaks and fresh seafood in stylish, white-tablecloth environs. Exuding a style and sophistication of a bygone era where excellent food was served with impeccable service and live jazz was the backdrop for every meal, Morrie's Steakhouse takes diners on a journey back time to Old Hollywood for an unforgettable dining experience. Located in the vibrant Empire Mall district, the restaurant offers a range of dining options from fine dining in the elegant dining room to casual fare taken at the bar and private dining in a secluded space. Morrie's Steakhouse is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.

Morrie’s Steakhouse, 2507 S Shirley Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57106, Phone: 605-362-8125

11. Ode to Food and Drinks

Ode to Food and Drinks
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Ode to Food and Drinks is a stylish eatery offering eclectic American fare along with handcrafted cocktails and live music in a friendly, inviting atmosphere. Serving chef-crafted breakfast, lunch and dinner, the neighborhood favorite has a full coffee bar offering a wide range of coffee and specialty coffee drinks, a full-service bar serving an extensive menu of libations and a casual food menu of locally sourced cuisine. The restaurant has a Bloody Mary Bar on Saturdays, Happy Hour specials throughout the week, and live music and a charming outdoor patio draws a crowd who come to soak up the beautiful views while enjoying a drink. Ode to Food and Drinks is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

Ode to Food and Drinks, 300 N Cherapa Pl, Sioux Falls, SD 57103, Phone: 605-275-6332

12. Parker's Bistro

Parker's Bistro
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Parker's Bistro is a quaint restaurant in downtown Sioux Falls that serves a seasonal menu of from-scratch and made-to-order food and drinks. A seasonal menu features thoughtfully prepared dishes made with locally sourced and organic where possible ingredients, including fresh fish flown in twice a week for the very popular weekly fish special. Signature dishes include squid ink pasta, buffalo meatloaf, stuffed pork chops, filet mignon, and fresh sea scallops, and the food is accompanied by a hand-curated list of wines, craft beers, handcrafted cocktails, and imported spirits. Parker's Bistro is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.

Parker's Bistro, 210 S Main Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104, Phone: 605-275-7676

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