It was love at first bite.
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If the restaurant's white linen tablecloths, candles, and historic wine cellar don't say romantic, the old-world charm and character certainly will. Bonus: Farmers and foragers provide the restaurant with fresh and seasonal ingredients.
Dine on prime-aged steak and fresh-caught seafood while enjoying a panoramic ocean view with rose petals scattered around your table. Sounds idyllic, right?
Quissence, a gorgeous restaurant located in Phoenix's Farm at South Mountain property, offers the truest expression of a daily menu, creating their meals from the local market's offerings. The farm employs Phoenix's finest farmers, herdsmen, and artisans, who are working on a four-course "Lovers Menu" for you and your sweetheart.
Southern comfort meets elegance meets Michelin-starred, James-Beard Award-winning chefs, and it makes it the perfect spot for a wow-worthy V-Day. Just make sure to order the chocolate soufflé with Chantilly cream.
Voted Los Angeles' "Best Romantic Restaurant," you can make things even more special by opting to dine in the open-air courtyard. On the patio nearby, water trickles from the Koi pond, and as day turns to night, candelabras offer a soft light to set the mood.
If you're looking for excellence this Valentine's Day, look no further than the Palace Arms in Denver. This winter, they're serving a four-course tasting menu, which allows diners their pick of an appetizer, soup or salad, entrée, and dessert off a menu featuring gourmet delicacies like suckling pig, foie gras, and Colorado trout. You can even arrive by horse drawn carriage.
Can't decide on which cuisine is more romantic? You don't have to. Cavey's offers Italian upstairs, and French downstairs, so you can dine on rustic pastas for dinner, and finish with an elegant French soufflé for dessert.
Nothing spells romance like dining in an old, restored Victorian mansion set inside a lush garden. As for the cuisine, the Osso Bucco is not to be missed.
Dine al fresco surrounded by palm trees, and watch the sunset over the ocean while enjoying fresh seafood. As could be expected, their cioppino is a standout.
Like things a bit off the beaten path? Canoe, in Atlanta, has you covered. Nestled close to the Chattahoochee River, visitors here enjoy a private and romantic waterfront that offers glimpses of colorful gardens and winding walkways. Once you've strolled to your hearts' content, take a seat and enjoy the seasonal menu created by Chef Matthew Basford.
If all you did was sit at one of the tables and drink a glass of water, you would enjoy yourself. Fortunately you can do much more than that at Hawaii's Brown's Beach House. Just steps from the shore, Brown's is known for cuisine inspired by seasonal flavors and local ingredients. Relax and enjoy the live music as the sun sets over hte ocean.
If you're looking for a classic steakhouse dinner, Chandler's has got you covered. A dimly lit lounge sets the mood, and they offer a prix fixe menu for $50/person on Valentine's Day.
Grant Achatz's Chicago restaurant is no stranger to best lists. Since opening its doors in 2005, Alinea has continually impressed diners with its sophistication, sleek interior, superior wine list, and unique menu. All this makes for a dining experience you'll want to share with someone who's really, really worth it.
It doesn't get much better than wining and dining with a panoramic, rooftop view. Throw in filet mignon and we're swooning.
You don't have to leave Iowa to eat like you're in New York. Cobble Hill is modeled after a cluster of Brooklyn neighborhoods and offers delicious dishes like seafood gumbo and roasted lamb, all with an emphasis on sustainability and local ingredients.
Head to downtown Wichita to dine at the historic Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview. They serve up crab cakes, steaks, and shrimp scampi, among many other steakhouse favorites.
Though this farm-to-table restaurant features an extensive wine list, the bourbon selection is definitely the standout. And don't leave without trying the chocolate lava cake for dessert!
Looking for something traditional but with a lot of bite? Arnaud's, located off of Bourbon Street in New Orlean's French Quarter, can give you just that. It's been serving classic Creole cuisine since 1918. They celebrate Mardi Gras year round, so perhaps the same holds true for Valentine's Day. Regardless, the restaurant's extensive oyster options should jump-start your private party in no time!
It's hard to imagine a setting more magical to celebrate Valentine's Day than in a wooden barn. For the holiday, the restaurant is serving up a special menu featuring roasted halibut, local venison, and a strawberry crepe souffle.
Eat your way through a six-course tasting menu served inside an antebellum country manor, complete with it's own drawing room for enjoying hors d'oeuvres and a wine cellar.
Though Wheatleigh is a relatively small, privately-owned hotel, it boasts one of the best dining rooms in the country. Open year-round, Wheatleigh is perhaps at the apex of fine dining. The staff, trained in Europe, is flawless. Set in an airy, spacious room with simple and sophisticated seating, one can concentrate fully on his or her date and the work ahead. And by work we mean the tasting menu, which includes Dungeness Crab with caviar, Hot Foie Gras, and a cheese trolley.
The popular foodie destination is set in a former apple orchard and features rustic, Italian cooking. If you want to up the romance factor even more, make sure you get a table by the fireplace.
The open, light, and airy restaurant brings the romance with elegant Italian plates like black truffle tagliarini, foie gras tortellini, and red wine spaghetti with pine nuts.
If you're craving soul food but want a more elegant setting, head to Char. Diners can choose between classics such as fried crab claws, pecan crusted blackfish, and a house made pecan pie, while a low-lit, wood paneled dining room sets the mood.
If you're looking for romance, you can never go wrong with French. From the red walls, to the giant draped windows, to the collection of antlers behind the bar, it feels opulent, to say the least. Tip: You have to start with the Gruyere cheese soufflé!
Cozy up in a log cabin dining room (it's one of Montana's oldest log structures still in use) and warm up by the fire, while dining on baked brie in puff pastry, baked Alaskan halibut, white truffle mac & cheese, and prime rib.
If your idea of romance sounds anything like pitchers of sangria, Spanish guitar, seafood paella, and chocolate fondue, head to Espana. You won't regret it.
Take a world-class chef, five-star French cuisine, and a glamorous, mansion-like setting, and you've got one over-the-top Valentine's Day that's the epitome of "treat yoself."
The historic inn sources its ingredients from local farmers, and cooks with seasonal produce. The nationally acclaimed dining room features fireplaces to set a warm and cozy atmosphere, and serves dishes like Long Island duck breast, seafood pot au feu, and bone in sirloin with roasted potatoes.
Floor-to-ceiling windows give you a view of the sun setting over the mountains as you dine on oysters, venison, and salmon. The restaurant also boasts an extensive wine list.