America's 10 Most Romantic Restaurants Slideshow
February 6, 2012
2941 Restaurant — Falls Church, Va.
This Falls Church neighborhood restaurant is frequently called upon as a venue for weddings and anniversary celebrations. That’s not surprising considering its woodsy location, stunning koi ponds and waterfalls, and soaring ceilings that always make an impact. The long dessert list entitled "Naughty" definitely has the right idea.
One if By Land, Two if By Sea — New York City
There may be no plusher restaurant in the entire world than this New York classic, an ideal place to hide away with a significant other since it opened in 1972. Fireplaces, exposed brick, and velvety seats form a warm love nest in which to enjoy extravagant foie gras and duck dinners to the gentle sounds of the resident pianist.
Casa Tua — Miami
At this intimate restaurant attached to a Mediterranean-style guesthouse, glowing lanterns hang from trees, outdoor tables are nestled amongst a resplendent garden, and inside, the 20-seat chef’s table treats diners to a view into the kitchen. Hopefully you find big eaters alluring, because the seared branzino for two is a masterpiece of the upscale Italian menu.
River’s End Restaurant — Sonoma County, Calif.
Stunning views are a trademark of romantic restaurants, and this seafood spot’s location on the edge of the Russian River (the view from the restaurant is shown here) is unparalleled. Time your meal for sunset over the Pacific Ocean, open a bottle of regional wine, and don’t be surprised when your date pops the question.
Inn at Dos Brisas — Washington, Texas
Located in the rolling hills between Houston and Austin, this 300-acre certified organic farm and resort is home to a Relais & Châteaux-designated restaurant that can serve you and your significant other both a farm-fresh, eight-course chef’s tasting in the white-tablecloth dining room and a romantic picnic lunch for you to take on horseback.
The Vineyards Restaurant at Garden Ridge — San Antonio, Texas
The junipers and limestone ledges make the grounds of this vineyard absolutely stunning, while the restaurant itself is quaint and homey. Dine on Texas-style prime rib and glazed pork tenderloin in the candlelit wine cellar or outside in the rose garden under the twinkling stars of the night sky.
Nostrana — Portland, Ore.
Whereas many of the restaurants on this list excel at jaw-dropping views, this inviting Italian restaurant specializes in timelessly romantic, snuggle-inducing coziness. The pasta is the house specialty here, perfect for those Lady and the Tramp-inspired kissing moments, and chef Cathy Whims' butterscotch budino is famously addictive.
Everest — Chicago
They don’t stage Hollywood engagement scenes at restaurants like this for no reason. Located 40 floors up at the top of the Chicago Stock Exchange, diners are privileged to a west view of the city. Chef Jean Joho’s refined fare is interpretive French, a cuisine famous for its ardent qualities.
The Little Door — Los Angeles
Whether noshing by the fireplace or in the enchanted garden, every seat in this space practically bursting with charm is equally pleasant. The Mediterranean-inspired menu will keep you light on your feet, which is perfect for whatever comes after the date.
Wisteria — Atlanta
With exposed brick walls and a centerpiece bar, this Inman Park restaurant from chef Jason Hill is classy without being stuffy. That's helpful when you're trying to be yourself on a date, and the Southern-inflected food and thoughtful wine list will similarly keep you in high spirits.