The Most Romantic Valentine’s Day Restaurants in Every State
It comes as no surprise that February 14 just happens to be one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants. In fact, almost one quarter of the population will dine out on Cupid’s favorite holiday according to the National Restaurant Association. Not sure where to go? We’ve identified a very special restaurant in each state that will ensure your evening is filled with delectable cuisine—and a taste of romance.
Courtesy Hilton Waikoloa Village
Sitting on the Big Island’s volcanic coastline, Kamuela Provision Company at the Hilton Waikoloa Village is rated one of the most romantic restaurants in Hawaii by OpenTable. Reserve the private chef’s table dining experience for a customized five-course menu including items such as fresh ahi tataki and a ginger-infused Hawaiian monchong. Although with the 180-degree views of the Kohala Coast and spectacular sunsets, you may not even pay attention the food.
Courtesy Beverly’s Restaurant
Located in the Lake Tower at The Coeur d’Alene Resort, Beverly‘s glass-enclosed restaurant provides incredible views of Lake Coeur d’Alene, named by National Geographic as one of the top five most beautiful lakes in the world. Try an elk chop or Chilean sea bass with prawns washed down with a bottle of wine from the restaurant’s cellar, billed as the largest private wine collection in the northwest with more than 14,000 bottles. We love these winter date night ideas that will keep you warm and toasty.
Courtesy Deer Path Inn
One of the most celebrated fine dining venues on Chicago’s North Shore, The English Room at the Deer Path Inn is the ideal setting for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day dinner. Enjoy British classics with a twist, including almond-crusted Dover sole and rack of lamb with Jerusalem artichoke and goat cheese potato purée in a quietly regal setting.
Courtesy Visit Indiana
The most romantic day of the year calls for extra-special treatment and the French Lick Springs Hotel in the town of French Lick, won’t disappoint. From February 9 to 14, treat your sweetheart to an overnight stay and receive a dinner for two at your choice of resort restaurant. You can’t go wrong at its 1875: The Steakhouse, with its classic fare and intimate atmosphere. There’s even a curried cauliflower steak for the vegetarian in your life.
Courtesy Go Cedar Rapids
The menu at Cobble Hill Eatery and Dispensary in Cedar Rapids changes seasonally, and for V-Day you’re looking at smoked popcorn grits and barrel-aged hot sauce jus. Chef and co-owner Andy Schumacher encourages sustainable food practice in the restaurant, which itself is made of restored brick walls, floors of salvaged wood found in a barn, and tables from floor joists from what was the community’s oldest home.
Courtesy Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks Tourism
Food-savvy Kansans are enamored with Harry’s Restaurant in Manhattan, which features no less than 15 succulent appetizers, eight soups and salads, and 16 entrees. Bruschetta is a delicious favorite among the antipasto items. It’s situated inside the Wareham Hotel and takes its name from the hotel’s founder, Harry Pratt Wareham.
Nestled in the spectacular landscape of the beautiful surrounding horse farms, The Kentucky Castle hotel in Versailles offers a truly special Valentine’s experience. The Castle Farms Restaurant takes farm-to-table to a whole new level by considering not only their produce but even the soil it was grown in. From February 10 to 15, diners will be treated to a special Valentine’s Day including caviar crostini, fried oysters, and mushroom tarts. Making a trip of it? Tour the nearby horse farms and distilleries for a weekend you and your sweetie will never forget.
Serving eclectic cuisine out of its 225-year-old Creole cottage on Rue Dauphine in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Bayona welcomes guests into its secluded courtyard and intimate dining rooms. Helmed by Chef Susan Spicer, Bayona’s culinary team crafts a sumptuous fixed price menu for Valentine’s Day, perfectly paired with wines from an extensive cellar collection. Samples from their regular menu include eggplant caviar as an appetizer, cream of garlic soup and sautéed redfish, peppered lamb loin, or veal sweetbreads.
Courtesy Inn by the Sea
At Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, just ten minutes from Portland, you’ll find the intimate Sea Glass Restaurant. Chef Andrew Chadwick’s Valentine’s menu will treat guests to an extravagant dining experience with local ingredients, think: local oysters, lamb, and scallops. The spectacular ocean views are all you need to complete the romantic evening.
Courtesy The Ivy Hotel
The Magdalena, located inside Baltimore’s The Ivy Hotel is elegant without being stuffy. Dine on house smoked salmon with horseradish panna cotta, dill mayonnaise, and American caviar. Or sample the venison loin au poivre or five spiced eggplant dumplings. Couples can share such decadent desserts as Tahitian vanilla creme brulee or apple, raisin and almond strudel. Can’t get a sitter? Here are perfect date night ideas for parents of young children.