More Unique Romantic Restaurants
When it comes to celebrating love, there are a plethora of romantic restaurants across the country, but some stand out a bit more than others, if not for their soft candlelit ambiance and cozy welcoming atmosphere, then for the elegant décor, superb cuisine, world-class wines, and outstanding service. From Creole classics in New Orleans and gluten-free Keto in California to ocean-fresh seafood in Maine and sizzling prime steaks in Houston, here are some of the best romantic restaurants around the United States to head to for a romantic night out.
Located in the heart of Oklahoma City's historic Paseo Arts District, Paseo Grill is a casual restaurant that offers a stylish and sophisticated dining experience. The restaurant boasts contemporary décor and soft lighting and has a lovely patio overlooking Spanish villa-style art galleries, making a perfect spot for sundowners and pre-dinner cocktails. The seasonal menu features American cuisine with global influences prepared with fresh locally sourced ingredients, such as fresh seafood, prime steaks, imported pasta and homemade sauces, and organic salads and vegetables. The cuisine is accompanied by a curated selection of fine wines from around the world, local craft and draft beers, and handcrafted cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. Paseo Grill is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday and dinner only on Saturdays.
2909 Paseo, Oklahoma City, OK 73103, Phone: 405-601-1079
La Fable Brasserie
La Fable Brasserie is a traditional French restaurant on Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware that has been voted one of the most romantic restaurants in the country. The elegant eatery has a low-slung ceiling, crisp white tables, and a soft glow from flickering candlelight and exudes a bohemian Parisian street café-style ambiance. Seasonal menus feature authentic French cuisine with signature dishes such as Steak Tartare, Soupe Aux Oignons, Escargot, Trout Amandine, Boeuf Bourguignon, and Coquilles St. Jacques. The cuisine is accompanied by a curated selection of fine French wines and imported spirits, as well as signature cocktails and craft beers. La Fable Brasserie is open for dinner Thursday through Tuesday.
26 Baltimore Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971, Phone: 302-227-8510
Canlis is a landmark fine-dining destination on Aurora Avenue in Seattle that has long been renowned as being one of the best restaurants in the city. Based in a beautifully preserved midcentury-modern home with breathtaking waterfront views of Lake Union and the Seattle skyline through large glass windows, the world-class eatery has been serving award-winning cuisine and vintage wines for the past 65 years. Boasting dark, cozy interiors decorated natural, rustic elements and designer décor, the restaurant serves a seasonal menu of Pacific Northwestern fare prepared using the freshest, highest quality locally sourced ingredients and produce from surrounding farms. The cuisine is paired with 2,500 different kinds of wine from the 20,000 bottles of wine in the cellar and a vast range of champagne and high-end liquor, including rare bottles of whiskey selling at $350 an ounce. Canlis is open for dinner Monday through Saturday, and bookings are essential.
2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, Phone: 206-283-3313
Located at the new Hotel 43 in downtown Boise, Idaho, Chandlers is an upscale dining destination that specializes in Kobe-style beef and prime corn-fed steaks paired with award-winning wines. The quintessential steakhouse boasts elegant décor in dark hues, crisply dressed tables with comfortable seating and low lighting to create a romantic ambiance. A la carte and three-course prix-fixe dinner menus feature dishes of ocean-fresh seafood, prime USDA steaks, housemade soups and salads, imported pasta, and specialty desserts, all of which is accompanied by a list of world-class wines, handcrafted cocktails, and craft beers by the bottle and on tap. A stylish martini bar offers a classy spot for pre-dinner cocktails in a swanky setting with live jazz. Chandlers is open for dinner, seven nights a week.
981 W Grove St, Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-383-4300
Geja’s Café is a classic fondue restaurant in Lincoln Park, Chicago, that has been serving an unforgettable Swiss-style dining experience since 1965. The restaurant boasts comfortable interiors that haven’t changed since the 1950s with such low lighting that the waitrons carry flashlights to help diners see the menu. The simple menu features standard fondues of meat, cheese, seafood, and chocolate, as well as a la carte and a prix fixe menu of three courses, featuring an appetizer, entrée, and dessert. The dark, maze-like interior is ideal for an intimate and cozy romantic night out, and the full-service bar offers a wide range of casual wines, craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails. Geja’s Cafe is open for dinner, seven nights a week.
340 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, Phone: 773-281-9101
Gary Danko is an award-winning Michelin-star restaurant in the Fisherman's Wharf area in San Francisco that promises an unforgettable fine-dining experience. Owned and helmed by world-renowned chef Gary Danko, the elegant restaurant features shiny parquet floors, elegant décor, ornate mirrors, gilded plates, and extravagant floral arrangements. The consistently top-ranked restaurant serves customizable contemporary New American prix fixe menus of three, four, or five courses featuring Dungeness crab, filet steak, lobster, foie gras, and to-die-for desserts. World-class wines from around the globe, including rare vintages, accompany the cuisine, along with classic cocktails and premium spirits. Service is flawless, and reservations are essential. Gary Danko is open for dinner seven days a week.
800 North Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109, Phone: 415-749-2060
L'Auberge Chez François
L'Auberge Chez François is an elegant restaurant in Great Falls, Virginia that serves traditional French cuisine in a charming farmhouse setting with a beautiful garden patio. Opened in 1954, the family-owned and operated restaurant serves seasonal menus, including a six-course prix-fixe menu of classic French fare using fresh, locally sourced ingredients such as fresh seafood, prime steaks, and naturally-raised meats, housemade pasta and sauces, organic salads and vegetarian dishes, and decadent desserts. An impressive wine list is presented by a sommelier and features a variety of world-class wines from around the world, local craft and draft beers, and signature cocktails created with high-end spirits. L'Auberge Chez François is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
332 Springvale Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066, Phone: 703-759-3800
Located in the Planters Inn in the heart of the bustling Historic District of Charleston, the Peninsula Grill is a renowned restaurant that serves elevated Southern fare in a spacious, posh setting. South Carolina’s only Relais & Châteaux, the award-winning restaurant, features a quiet candlelit garden with illuminated palmetto trees and flickering tea lights that creates a dining oasis in which guests can savor what has been described as “exquisite dining with beautifully choreographed service.” The interior of the restaurant boasts an iconic velvet-lined dining room where seasonal menus of exquisite cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients are served. Don’t miss the restaurant’s legendary dessert – the famous 12-layer Peninsula Grill Ultimate Coconut Cake - that has earned worldwide praise. The Peninsula Grill is open for dinner only, Monday through Sunday.
112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-723-0700
Located in a beautifully preserved historic 19th-century French-Creole building in New Orleans’ Central Business District, August is a contemporary Creole restaurant that specializes in new French fare and fine wines from around the world. The sophisticated restaurant features gleaming hardwood floors, elegant French chandeliers, original French doors, antique mirrors, red leather seating, crisply dressed tables and a soft candlelight glow, in which guests can dine on delicious dishes such as oysters with Cajun caviar, lacquered duckling with blackened foie gras, blackened yellowfin tuna with Louisiana shrimp, and roasted gulf swordfish with blue crab. The cuisine is paired with an award-winning boutique wine list that boasts globally-inspired wines, classic cocktails, and premium spirits. August is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday and dinner only on the weekends.
301 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130, Phone: 504-299-9777
St. Martin's is a chic neighborhood eatery that combines European style and sophistication with innovative culinary techniques to produce an unrivaled dining experience. The restaurant features classy, elegant décor, live piano music, friendly, professional staff, and complimentary valet parking seven nights a week. The restaurant serves a seasonal menu of authentic French-American cuisine for dinner and Sunday brunch with signature dishes and nightly blackboard specials such as Louisiana Redfish with Jumbo Lump Crab Meuniére, Boursin-Stuffed Filet with Red Wine Bordelaise, Elk Tenderloin with Truffle White Cheddar Macaroni, and George's Bank Diver Scallops. The cuisine is accompanied by a wine list with over 200 different vintages, including an impressive Captain's portfolio and an extensive seasonally-updated by-the-glass selection. St. Martin's is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
3020 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206, Phone: 214-826-0940
Circa 1886 Restaurant
Located behind the historic Wentworth Mansion, Circa 1886 offers a fine-dining experience inspired by famous Southern dishes and global culinary traditions. Exuding classic Charleston charm, Circa 1886 puts a healthy spin on traditional Low Country cuisine with an array of bright, boldly flavored dishes created by Chef Marc Collin and imaginative desserts brought to life by Pastry Chef Scott Lovorn. Signature dishes include appetizers like Carolina crab cake soufflé, entrées such as catfish with lobster and white cheddar grits, or pork belly served with yuzu apple butter and a mouthwatering dessert-like and sweet potato butterscotch soufflé. The restaurant offers a monthly three-course prix-fixe menu, and the exceptional cuisine is complemented by an extensive wine list. Circa 1886 is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.
149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-853-7828
Located in Old Town Scottsdale, Cafe Monarch is a fantastic spot for a romantic dinner with your foodie partner where you will enjoy a seasonal menu of multi-course meals that are served in a quiet, intimate space. The restaurant is known for its contemporary four-course prix-fixe menu, which features dishes such as Niman Ranch pork tomahawk, Chilean sea bass, Maine lobster rolls, and Wild Mushroom Ravioli, which are paired with fine wines from around the world. The á la carte menu features mainstays such as foie gras and filet mignon, and the restaurant has a 12-seat bar where diners can enjoy a drink before or after dinner as well as a lovely garden patio for alfresco dining. Café Monarch is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
6939 East First Avenue, Scottsdale, Phone: 480-970-7682
Hailed as one of the top restaurants in the city, Mizuna is an intimate neighborhood joint helmed by Chef Frank Bonanno, who presents a creative menu of New American cuisine paired with fine wines in an elegant setting. Bonanno and his culinary team experiment and explore the finest locally sourced and seasonal ingredients to create an ever-changing menu firmly rooted in French cooking techniques with dishes that reflect the bounty of each season on both land and sea. The restaurant boasts a relaxing ambiance with linen-draped tables and soft yellow tones where diners can savor exquisite dishes such as Foie Gras Pie, Burgundian Escargot, Smoked Spanish Octopus, and Seared Yellowfin Tuna. A signature selection of fine wines accompanies each course, with suggestions given by the professional and friendly staff. Mizuna is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Sunday.
225 E 7th Ave, Denver, CO 80203, Phone: 303-832-4778
Folk's Folly Prime Steak House
Folk's Folly Prime Steak House is a popular steakhouse in the heart of East Memphis that serves classic steakhouse fare such as USDA prime steaks, fresh seafood, salads, and vegetarian plates and decadent desserts. Established in 1977, the restaurant features five separate dining rooms with elegant décor, soft lighting, eight private rooms for small parties and special celebrations, and the intimate Cellar Lounge where a pianist plays live music Monday through Saturday in a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere. Signature dishes on the menu include Maker's Mark Medallions, Filet a la Duxelle, Breast of Duck, Veal Piccata, and Smoked Pork Chops, and the cuisine is accompanied by a curated selection of fine wines from around the world, local craft and draft beers, and handcrafted cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. Folk's Folly Prime Steak House is open for dinner, seven nights a week.
551 S Mendenhall Rd, Memphis, TN 38117, Phone: 901-762-8200
Located on the 40th floor of the towering Chicago Stock Exchange, the aptly named Everest Restaurant is an award-winning dining destination that offers world-class French cuisine and fine wines against a backdrop of breathtaking panoramic views of Chicago. The restaurant is exquisitely decorated with designer décor, tables adorned with bronze sculptures by acclaimed Swiss artist Ivo Soldini, and walls lined with Chicago-based artist Adam Siegel’s paintings. Guests can enjoy the finest seasonal French in the form of three and four-course pre-fixe menus, a seven-course vegetarian degustation menu, and Chef Joho’s highly-acclaimed seven-course degustation menu. The cuisine is accompanied by an internationally acclaimed selection of 1,600 wines from the region of Alsace, along with classic cocktails and craft beers. Everest is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Saturday.
425 South Financial Place, Chicago, IL 60605, Phone: 312-663-8920
Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar
Located in the Brodnax Building in downtown Memphis, Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar is an elegant bi-level eatery with stylish décor, crisply dressed tables, large windows embracing charming views, and a lovely sidewalk patio for alfresco dining. The restaurant focuses on serving multiple small and sharing plates of sophisticated American fare including fresh seafood, prime steaks, and game, fresh salads, and vegetables. Diners can also tuck into decadent dessert trios, and the food is paired with a selection of flights and glasses of wine from around the world. Don’t miss the signature dish of chicken and waffles made with potatoes, and shrimp and grits. Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar is open for dinner Monday through Saturday and brunch and lunch on Sundays.
39 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103, Phone: 901-521-8005
Latitudes Restaurant and Bar
Located in the Hollywood Beach Marriott hotel directly on the famed Hollywood Broadwalk in South Florida with beautiful views over the beach, Latitudes Restaurant and Bar offers casual oceanfront dining with indoor and outdoor seating and a backdrop of spectacular views. The restaurant serves a menu of contemporary American and Caribbean cuisine such as Fried Lobster Tail, Chicken Picatta, Grilled Scottish Salmon, Rum Glazed Mahi, Corona Beer Battered Cod, Grilled Filet Mignon, Hawaiian Strip Steak, and Lobster Ravioli. Enjoy colorful cocktails at the Tiki Bar while watching the world pass by on the Broadwalk or sip fine wines from around the world, and craft and draft beers. Latitudes Restaurant and Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week, and live music is available every weekend.
2501 North Ocean Drive, Hollywood FL 33019, Phone: 954-924-2202
Eiffel Tower Restaurant
Surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that embrace spectacular views of the bright lights and stunning water show of the Strip from the 11th floor of Paris Las Vegas' Eiffel Tower, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant is an elevated French restaurant that offers one of the most romantic, fine-dining spots in Las Vegas. Designed to evoke the same romantic feeling of being at the famous landmark on Paris, the restaurant exudes an elegant and relaxed ambiance and serves a menu of critically acclaimed cuisine and fine wines, which can be enjoyed in cozy booths or window-side banquettes. Culinary gems on the menu include Foie Gras Torchon with duck prosciutto and fig, beef wellington with sauteed snap peas, Rossini-style filet mignon in a creamy truffle sauce, and roast rack of lamb in a tarragon jus. The Eiffel Tower Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
3655 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, Phone: 702-948-6937
The Fig Tree is a classic steakhouse in San Antonio with cozy interiors, and a charming villa-style riverside terrace with gorgeous views over the San Antonio River. The multi-award-winning restaurant is renowned for its superb cuisine, global wines, and impeccable service and offers a seasonal menu of signature and unique, regularly-rotated dishes prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and produce. Signature dishes include Diver Sea Scallops, Shrimp Capellini Caprese; Sous vide Duck Breast, Scottish Salmon, Blackened Redfish, Braised Short Rib Bourguignon, Filet Mignon, and Rack of Lamb. The cuisine is accompanied by a curated selection of fine wines from around the world, local craft and draft beers, and handcrafted cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. The Fig Tree is open for dinner only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
515 Villita St, San Antonio, TX 78205, Phone: 210-224-1976
One if by Land, Two if by Sea
Hailed as one of the most romantic restaurants in the country, One if by Land, Two if by Sea is an award-winning landmark dining destination in Greenwich Village that promises an unrivaled dining experience. Established in 1973, the restaurant is based inside a historic carriage house built in 1767 and features a cozy brick-walled dining space with a grand dark-wood staircase, floor-to-ceiling windows, a baby grand piano, and soft candlelight that casts an intimate glow over the dining space, making it ideal for special celebrations. Seasonal menus feature contemporary New American cuisine with prix-fixe plates like classic beef Wellington, miso-marinated quail, ginger-spiced lobster, and mouthwatering fluffy chocolate soufflé. A private garden provides a beautiful setting for pre-dinner drinks, and the restaurant is open for dinner, seven nights a week.
17 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014, Phone: 212-255-8649
The Charleston Grill is an opulent dining destination set in The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place that serves upscale Southern-French fare that is paired with fine wines from around the world. World-class jazz music meets mouth-watering cuisine in this exceptional dining locale, where Chef Michelle Weaver takes local delicacies to innovative new heights. The menu is divided into four sections, namely Field & Pasture, Roots & Stems, Waces & Marsh, and Social & Shared, and feature creative dishes prepared with locally sourced, regional and seasonal ingredients. Creations include a grilled peach salad with country ham and candied pecans or seared flounder with buttery grits and shrimp and sherry-country ham gravy. Staff trained in the French tradition offer exceptional service as well as wine pairing suggestions from the restaurant’s extensive wine cellar. The Charleston Grill is open for dinner only, seven days a week.
224 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-577-4522
Located in the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe, Eloisa is a contemporary restaurant that serves elevated New Mexican fare and handcrafted cocktails in a stylish and relaxed setting. The restaurant has an intimate and romantic feel with white brick walls, a sleek bar with an extensive list of libations, and a charming patio with an outdoor fireplace. Chef John Rivera Sedlar creates an a la carte and tasting menu of traditional New Mexican fare with signature dishes such as duck enfrijolada, chile primavera, pastrami tacos, Carne adovada, and potato-wrapped scallops. The satisfying, down-to-earth foods are paired with a curated selection of fine wines from around the world, local craft and draft beers, and handcrafted cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. Eloisa is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday and dinner only on Saturday.
228 E Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, Phone: 505-982-0883
Enzo's on the Lake
Based in a beautiful Italian-style villa overlooking Lake Fairy in Longwood, Orlando, Enzo's on the Lake is a lovely secluded lakefront restaurant that serves elegant Italian fare in a stylish and sophisticated setting. Established in 1980, the fine dining destination is dedicated to serving modern, yet straightforward Roman and Neapolitan cuisine prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and farm-fresh produce such as seafood, prime meats, and organic salads and vegetables. An antipasto bar serves sharing platters of light bites, and a full-service European-style bar offers a variety of libations ranging from French Champagne and fine global wines to craft beers, high-end spirits, and classic cocktails against a backdrop of spectacular lake views. Enzo’s on the Lake is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday and lunch on Fridays only.
1130 S US Hwy 17 92, Longwood, FL 32750, Phone: 407-834-9872
Flagstaff House Restaurant
Perched at an elevation of 6,000 feet atop Flagstaff Mountain in Boulder, Colorado, Flagstaff House Restaurant is a fine dining restaurant with several outdoor terraces boasting breathtaking views that serves seasonal New American cuisine with European influences in a stylish mountain top setting. Built for year-round dining, the family-owned and operated restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows that offer breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, and serves a three-course a la carte menu or Chef's multi-course tasting menu that features signature dishes of fresh seafood, prime steaks, housemade pasta, organic salads and vegetable plates, and decadent desserts. The award-winning cuisine is accompanied by a curated selection of fine wines from around the world, local craft and draft beers, and handcrafted cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. Flagstaff House Restaurant is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Sunday.
1138 Flagstaff Rd, Boulder, CO 80302, Phone: 303-442-4640
Summit House Restaurant
Summit House Restaurant is an airy New American eatery in downtown Summit, New Jersey that serves seasonally rotating menus of classic East Coast cuisine, imaginative craft cocktails, and fine wines from around the world. Housed in a historic landmark 1896 building, the restaurant features soaring ceilings, exposed-brick walls, light food finishes, cozy dining booths, a sizable full-service bar, and a warm, rustic vibe. Inspired by the Garden State's diverse edible bounty, seasonal menus boast elegant cuisine prepared with ingredients sourced from local farms, fishermen and purveyors, including peak-season vegetables, humanely raised meats, and fresh East Coast oysters served at an exceptional raw bar. The cuisine is accompanied by an extensive seasonal craft cocktail program, locally brewed beers, and biodynamic and organic old- and new-world wines. Summit House Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
395 Springfield Ave, Summit, NJ 07901, Phone: 908-273-6000