7 of the Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S.
A romantic dinner out might be the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but choosing a restaurant can be a tricky proposition. You want a place with great food, of course, but the right ambiance is just as important.
To pick a dining destination that will truly impress, draw on the experiences of other diners. Online reservation site OpenTable has put together its list of the 100 most romantic restaurants in the United States, based on more than 5 million reviews for more than 20,000 establishments in all 50 states.
“Food is inextricably — and deliciously — tied to love and romance,” Caroline Potter, OpenTable’s chief dining officer, said. “This year’s honorees represent the perfect places for diners to savor their love, whether it’s marking a moment in time or creating a new shared memory over fine fare in an intimate and special setting.”
From seaside dining in Hawaii to a world-class meal atop one of New York’s most iconic buildings, here are seven of the most romantic restaurants in the U.S. Make your reservation today.
1. Eiffel Tower
Whisking your significant other off to Paris may not be in your budget, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dine at the Eiffel Tower. This Las Vegas restaurant (part of the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino) offers an updated take on classic French cuisine — think Alaskan wild black cod with cauliflower couscous, lemon confit, and charmoula jus, or baked herbed crepes with artichoke, slow-roasted tomato coulis, and basil pistou. Dine at night, and you can take in panoramic views of downtown Vegas.
2. The English Inn
Situated in a 1920s Tudor-style mansion on the banks of Michigan’s Grand River, The English Inn is the perfect setting for a romantic Valentine’s Day meal. The menu is short but sweet at this Lansing-area restaurant; couples may want to try to chateaubriand for two. To make the evening extra special, spend a night at the inn’s bed and breakfast.
3. La Mer at Halekulani
You can watch the waves break on the beach as you dine at this AAA Five Diamond restaurant in Honolulu. The menu at La Mer combines classic French cuisine with local flavors, as in an appetizer of poached oysters with baby leeks and kona coffee jelly, or the Hawaiian red snapper with fennel mousseline and sea asparagus. For dessert, indulge in a Hawaiian vanilla soufflé or the peanut butter mont blanc.
4. The Melting Pot
Fondue restaurant The Melting Pot has dozens of locations across the United States, and 18 of them made it onto OpenTable’s list of most romantic places to dine in 2016, including locations in St. Louis, Boise, Indianapolis, and Oklahoma City. When making your reservation here, request to have roses or another special item, like champagne or chocolate-covered strawberries, waiting at your table for an extra touch of romance.
Cincinnati Magazine readers have declared Primavista one of the best restaurants in the city. The special Valentine’s Day menu at this Italian spot features entrees like capellini and veal meatballs, sautéed mahi-mahi, and veal piccata. But the food isn’t the only reason to visit this cozy restaurant — there’s also the stunning view of the Cincinnati skyline and Ohio river.
6. Rainbow Room
Located on the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Center, the Rainbow Room is the place to go if you want a quintessential New York fine dining experience. The restaurant has been open since 1934, and recently underwent a complete renovation. The views are extraordinary, and there’s also live music and dancing on the famous spinning dance floor.
7. Circa 1886
Executive chef Marc Collins offers his take on Lowcountry cuisine at this elegant Charleston, South Carolina, restaurant, situated in an 1886 carriage house. You and your significant other can choose from entrees like jerk duck with coconut yucca purée, curried heart of palm, and antelope paillard. Finish off your meal with a preserved blueberry crisp soufflé or a croissant doughnut trio. For maximum romance, try to get a table in one of the cozy, arched booths.
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