The Most Romantic Valentine’s Day Restaurants in Every State
Valentine's Day may be arriving in the midst of a pandemic this year, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate with a delicious meal—and you don't even have to cook it yourself.
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Typically, many couples plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day at a favorite or fancy restaurant. This year, dining out won’t be happening in many places (or if it does, it won’t look like it used to), but even if you don’t choose to dine-in, take-out is still an option—and restaurants could really use the business. 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.
Valentine’s Day guests can enjoy a taste of genuine southern hospitality at Cotton Row Restaurant in Huntsville, featuring Chef James Boyce’s modern American cuisine in a setting that exudes comfort and elegance. Choose between the very intimate Wine Cellar or one of the Loft rooms that are designed to provide a more private and personal experience. Diners are offered a champagne toast, roses, and chocolate-covered strawberries, to name a few romantic delights. Menu highlights include the seafood chowder and the braised back Angus bone-in short ribs.
Crow’s Nest, a luxurious restaurant in Anchorage’s Hotel Captain Cook, offers 360-views in a romantic atmosphere along with its signature Alaskan entrées. The restaurant is known for its fresh seafood, so start with the King Crab Legs (tip: order the entree portion as an appetizer and split it with your sweetie). Then, move on to the halibut, served with a spring pea ragout. Be sure to save room for dessert—the menu changes daily but always includes a rich chocolate option. Learn 15 signs that your relationship is solid as a rock.
Set along the banks of the majestic river, Cress on Oak Creek at the famed L’Auberge de Sedona hotel offers a romantic dining experience perfect for a Valentine’s Day celebration. Boasting candle-lit tables and an interior that truly sets the mood, couples can enjoy dishes by executive chef Michael O’Dowd, who draws upon the earth as inspiration for his ingredient-focused dishes. Dining is only open to guests of the hotel at the moment, so consider making a weekend of it. They are very careful with their precautions (they’ve been asking guests to order at a desk, and then have the waiter deliver your food to your table). His special Valentines’ Day menu features a three-course meal including day boat scallops ceviche, farm stuffed quail, poached sea bass, or an Angus filet followed by a dessert for two. This is why the Cheesecake Factory menu is so long.
Located inside Southland Park Gaming and Racing in West Memphis, the Bourbon Street Steakhouse Grill is a culinary gem of the Arkansas Delta. With its intimate ambiance and delectable menu, the restaurant is the perfect place to share an evening with your Valentine (they are open for indoor dining, and are taking serious COVID precautions). The menu is an eclectic mix of Cajun and Creole-inspired dishes, a favorite is the lollipop pork chop, glazed with a Smokey Mountain moonshine and maple syrup. Finish with the restaurant’s signature Bananas Foster cheesecake; it’s perfect for sharing. Find out why Cupid is the symbol of Valentine’s Day.
The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, offers a fine dining experience from one of the best vantage points in Napa Valley. They’re currently offering their meals-to-go, and if you’re staying at the hotel, you’ll receive your dishes served in a Le Creuset dutch oven. With 11 consecutive Michelin Stars, executive chef Robert Curry’s inspired cuisine reflects the natural diversity and rich seasonal produce available in the region. Ingredients are sourced largely from local and regional purveyors and are complemented by one of the most extensive wine cellars in the valley. Feast on delightful appetizers such as sautéed foie gras with pineapple and spiced cashews, and main courses including bacon-wrapped veal with Yukon gold potatoes or Liberty Farm duck with apples, walnuts, currants, and cider sauce. Here’s how to have an amazing celebration if you’re single on Valentine’s Day.
Set in a classically elegant ambiance with enchanting mountain views, the Broadmoor Hotel’s Penrose Room was recently named Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel by the National Trust for Historic Preservation/Historic Hotels of America, and it’s the only Forbes five-star AAA five-diamond restaurant in Colorado. On Valentine’s Day, don’t miss the “Chocolate Experience” featuring three decadent chocolate desserts: Milk Chocolate & Passion Fruit Parfait with Hazelnut Feuilletine, Dark Chocolate & Bergamot Marquis, and White Chocolate and Huckleberry Panna Cotta. Currently, indoor dining is open in Colorado at a limited capacity so be sure to make a reservation in advance. Find out the most historic hotel in your state.
Ensconced in a beautiful 19th-century Victorian manor house set on three acres, Thomas Henkelmann at the Homestead Inn in Greenwich recently re-opened after closing for COVID. The contemporary French restaurant is overseen by renowned Chef Henkelmann, who along with his wife Theresa, founded the Inn in 1997. Begin your Valentine’s Day feast with oysters, a crab cake, lobster bisque, rack of lamb, swordfish, and filet mignon. You’ll need to start your meal early, though, as at press time, Connecticut currently has a 10 p.m. curfew in place for restaurants. Avoid these Valentine’s Day gifts that send the wrong message.
More than a restaurant, Le Cavalier at the Green Room in Wilmington’s iconic Hotel DuPont is an experience in grandeur and the perfect place for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner date. With an atmosphere right out of The Great Gatsby, luxury and sophistication are on the menu along with unforgettable, seasonally inspired French cuisine. Savory appetizers include foie gras mousse, and for main dishes, you can’t go wrong with the steak frites or the chicken tagine. Before dinner, take a few minutes to read a chapter or two of one of these romantic novels you’ll want to read together.
At Four Marlins at The Reach Resort in Key West, you’ll find beach views coupled with a can’t-miss menu of locally sourced ingredients, fresh-caught fish, and an impressive wine list. Guests can enjoy a candlelit meal on the outdoor veranda with the sound of crashing waves and a backdrop of swaying palms. Don’t miss these outrageous marriage proposals you have to read to believe.
The Rice House Restaurant at the Barnsley Resort in Adairsville is housed in a 19th-century farmhouse that was carefully relocated from nearby Rome. The restaurant has created a four-course Valentine’s Day menu under executive chef Nicolas Lebas that includes lobster bisque, smoked halibut, and chocolate mousse. Discover the best weekend getaways in every state.
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. Although with the 180-degree views of the Kohala Coast and spectacular sunsets, you may not even pay attention to the food. Restaurants in Hawaii are open for indoor dining at 50 percent capacity, and reservations are required. These are the best beaches in Hawaii to visit in your lifetime.
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. Indoor dining is up and running here, so you won’t miss out on the view. 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.
One of the most celebrated fine dining venues on Chicago’s North Shore (just outside Chicago), 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. While dining indoors is prohibited at the moment in Illinois, they offer meals in the courtyard – or everything is available to go. Pro tip: They’re also known for their afternoon tea, so stick around for a day or two (the inn is lush), and you won’t regret it.
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. Sinclair’s Restaurant is open to overnight guests, and indoor dining is open. From February 11 to February 14, Sinclair’s is offering Valentine’s dinner for two for $85. It includes stuffed oysters, mussels, and desserts to share.
The menu at Cobble Hill Eatery and Dispensary in Cedar Rapids changes seasonally, and for V-Day you could be looking at anything from the pork belly crepe to the flat iron steak. Dine-in service is open, although seating is spaced and limited. 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 at one time the community’s oldest home.
Food-savvy Kansans are enamored with Scotch & Sirloin in Wichita, which features locally sourced, premium steaks, prime rib, and massive sides. The prime rib is famous across the state and the wine list is as large as a book—wines are available by the glass in nearly every category. Dine-in is allowed with restrictions.
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. On Valentine’s Day, diners will be treated to fried oysters, a warm goat cheese salad, a choice of entrees including a Blackhawk filet and a duck breast, and a Bourbon sorghum creme brulee. 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. Indoor dining is open but limited to 50 percent, so be sure to make a reservation. 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. Its Valentine’s Day menu will include a four-course meal that may include seared scallops, steak tartar, lentil salad, grilled lamb, or salmon and dessert. Samples from their regular menu include eggplant caviar as an appetizer, cream of garlic soup and sautéed redfish, peppered lamb loin, or veal sweetbreads. If you want to give your Valentine flowers, be sure to know the meaning behind each kind of color rose.
At Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, just ten minutes from Portland, you’ll find the intimate Sea Glass Restaurant. Take-out meals and oceanside outdoor dining area available. 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.
The Magdalena, located inside Baltimore’s The Ivy Hotel is elegant without being stuffy. Dine out (Charm City currently only allows take-out and delivery) 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.
Located in the heart of Harvard Square, Harvest restaurant is offering indoor and outdoor dining. They have a back patio decorated with string lights, overhead heaters, and a gas fireplace. There’s also an open-air dining room, which is weather permitting. Dine on seasonal food including lobster, oysters, berries, and exotic cheeses.
The historic Lady of the House in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood is perfect for a date night out (COVID is restricting diners to take-out and delivery only). The menu demonstrates a passion for knowledge and technique, with a special emphasis on freshness and creativity. Mouthwatering appetizers include steak or tuna tartare, while entrees such as prime rib for two or whole-roasted chicken are hard to resist. They are following recommended COVID-friendly procedures.
With a name that translates to “abounding with fish,” Pescara in Rochester goes to great lengths to serve the most sustainable, line-caught fish available. Everything is ready to go for curbside and take-out orders. Wild Alaskan halibut, wild Alaskan, Scottish, or Atlantic salmon, Hawaiian Ahi tuna, Costa Rican mahi-mahi, and Icelandic Arctic char are just some of the options that are shipped in from around the world. Celebrate Valentine’s Day from the 14 to 16 with a special menu including surf-and-turf beef tenderloin, lobster tail, black cod, and chocolate-dipped strawberries.
With 14 booths, Giardina’s Restaurant inside The Alluvian hotel will feel like a private hideaway for you and your date—and it’s all very socially distanced and safe. Located in the historic Delta town of Greenwood, the charming restaurant serves Southern classics to tempt your palate including seafood gumbo, fried green tomatoes with jumbo lump crabmeat, Delta catfish cakes, or Cajun shrimp and grits. Bread pudding with bourbon caramel is a lusciously rich way to end the meal.
Osage Restaurant is the cornerstone dining experience at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, the top-ranked resort in the Midwest as named by Travel + Leisure. Featuring upscale regional cuisine in a stunning dining room with sweeping Ozark Mountain views, Osage Restaurant is a fascinating destination where guests can linger long after their meal (though please keep in mind that due to social distancing and other COVID requirements, the meal may be a little quicker than in previous years). Only-in-Missouri menu items include the seared bison fondue and hearty elk sausage, potato, and kale soup. After getting your fill of Ozarks-inspired appetizers, Valentine’s Day worthy main dishes include a 28-day aged filet, pan-seared halibut, and grilled rack of lamb. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the Ozark mud pie.
Pompey’s Grill, located in the historic Sacajawea Hotel in Three Forks, aspires to envelop guests in a warm, elegant atmosphere. As long as you’re out by 10 p.m., you may dine indoors. Don’t miss Pompey’s Grill‘s signature Manilla clams, fresh Manilla clams steamed in a red curry coconut lime broth with fresh basil and mint. If they don’t put your date in an amorous mood, we don’t know what will! Be sure to browse this Valentine’s Day gift guide so you don’t show up empty-handed to dinner.
The Grey Plume in Omaha focuses on seasonally driven contemporary American fare with an emphasis on locally grown produce. Duck ravioli or Steelhead trout are delicious starters and the homemade buttermilk agnolotti or Beaufort mahi-mahi are too good to pass up. Can’t make up your mind what to order? Try the four-, five- or eight-course tasting menu.
With stunning floor-to-ceiling windows and striking views of mountains, pines, and glistening sapphire Lake Tahoe, Edgewood Restaurant is hard to beat. Currently, they are seating at 25 percent capacity per the state’s mandate, and will only seat a maximum of four guests per table. Diners can watch the sun set over the mountains surrounding the lake while enjoying seared sea bass, tiger shrimp, crushed fingerling potatoes, snap peas, lobster bisque, and herb-crusted rack of Colorado lamb with asparagus. On Valentine’s Day, they’ll have a special prix fixe menu with black truffle custard, Kumamoto oysters, a smoked quail salad, quail leg confit, prime filet mignon, lobster and scallop souffle, and more.
The Bedford Village Inn Restaurant in Bedford will be serving a special four-course prix-fixe dinner in their AAA Four Diamond-rated restaurant. They are offering curbside takeout—or you may eat at the tavern (slightly less formal) for indoor or outdoor dining at 50 percent capacity. Sit back and relax in the warm atmosphere with a handcrafted winter cocktail before indulging in regionally sourced cuisine including Cape Cod oysters, pan-roasted Scottish Salmon, and local mushroom and ricotta lasagna.
Couples don’t need to wait until the summer for a reason to visit the Jersey Shore. Stone Harbor’s Sax at The Reeds is offering a prix-fixe dinner from February 14 to 16 with a wine pairing. They have limited capacity and staggered seating, so be sure to make a reservation. Starters include pepper-crusted ahi tuna and ginger beef tips and guests can select entrees such as filet oscar, pecan-crusted salmon, or vegetable Neapolitan.
It’s hard to top Antiquity Restaurant in Albuquerque when it comes to heart-racing romance. The restaurant is closed for indoor dining due to the latest state health order, but they do offer curbside takeout service for a romantic meal at home. The menu features fresh seafood, charcoal-grilled steaks, lamb, veal, and nightly specials.
At 1833 Kitchen & Bar (formerly the Aurora Inn Dining Room) in upstate New York, couples are able to cozy up in front of an original fireplace. The dining room’s location on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake in Aurora guarantees that almost every meal is enhanced with gorgeous sunset views. Executive Chef Eric Lamphere serves locally sourced, award-winning cuisine with a farm-to-table focus. There are numerous must-try options on the menu: cheese & charcuterie, Hudson Valley duck breast, and seared scallops. Find out the secrets revealed by your Valentine’s Day card.
One of only 64 Forbes Five Star restaurants in the world, Herons in Cary, North Carolina, is the signature restaurant of The Umstead Hotel and Spa. Led by Executive Chef Steven Greene, Herons offers dynamic, decadent, and refined American cuisine inspired by the rich natural beauty of its region. Currently, they are serving a modified menu and simplified service levels until further notice. Three and four-course dinners, as well as tasting menus, are not available at this time. Pastry Chef Jonathan Fisher recently joined the team and is a vet of the famed French Laundry in Napa. Menu highlights include tuna with Iberico, satsuma, egg white caviar, winter roots, onion consommé and beef with black garlic, parsnip, chestnut polenta, and Brussels sprouts.
Luxury meets western charm at the historic Rough Riders Hotel in the center of Medora. With an authentic turn-of-the-century western atmosphere in the stunning scenery of the North Dakota Badlands, the hotel’s dining experience is not-to-be-missed. This Valentine’s Day, couples will be treated to an intimate dining experience, though it won’t be as lavish as in previous years when there was a prime rib buffet. The upside is a more intimate affair for a party of two.
At The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls in Logan, you’ll find Kindred Spirits, a restaurant known for its cozy and secluded atmosphere making it the perfect venue for Valentine’s Day. Situated in the rural Hocking Hills region in southeastern Ohio, the quaint restaurant, located in an 1800s-era log cabin, serves up a special menu for Valentine’s Day, including locally sourced items like filet mignon. Have kids? Then check out the most adorable Valentine’s Day gifts for children.
At O Bar, situated atop the Ambassador Hotel, you’ll find one of the best views of downtown Oklahoma City. To go along with that view, order delectable New England style crab cakes, followed by a signature dish of Dijon crusted Faroe Island salmon or dry-packed scallops and saffron risotto.
Dining at The Stephanie Inn, Cannon Beach, is an intimate experience as Chef Aaron Bedard creates a culinary tribute to the bounty of the Pacific Northwest region. Complete with resplendent Pacific Ocean views and incredible sunsets, the Inn doesn’t disappoint. Feast on Dungeness crab cakes with heirloom squash purée, braised fennel, roasted parsnips, roasted rutabaga, and caper piccata sauce, or rack of lamb with Chanterelle mushroom risotto, caramelized Brussels sprouts, and baby carrots. Can’t decide on which flowers to bring for your date? Choose one of these flowers that aren’t roses for Valentine’s Day.
Nestled in the pristine Pocono Mountains, the Tree Restaurant at the Lodge at Woodloch, makes you and your date feel pampered from the moment you walk through the front door. Befitting a spa, the restaurant embraces the philosophy that food that is good for you can also be creative, artfully presented, and graciously served. Don’t worry, you won’t go away hungry after dining on dishes like blackened Atlantic sea scallops and vegetarian chickpea and lentil stew.
Newport’s Castle Hill Inn is featuring an intimate three-course dinner for two in honor of St. Valentine’s at The Dining Room from February 12 to14. Choose from oysters, tuna carpaccio, red king crab and lobster tail. Indoor dining resumed in September, so this will actually feel normal and romantic.
One of Myrtle Beach’s newest culinary ventures, Heidi’s Corner features two separate restaurants that are offering some extra sweet options for Valentine’s Day—though it’s take-out only. At Hook & Barrel, a sleek and contemporary seafood spot with an open-kitchen concept, you can order an entire beach boil bucket to cook at home. Or if brunch is more your speed, try the three-course at-home champagne brunch at Croissants Bistro & Baker.
Enjoy a magical evening of food and wine, featuring hors-d’oeuvres and a helicopter flight from Strawbale Winery located near the small town of Renner to downtown Sioux Falls. It’s literally made out of strawbales, so the winery was able to recreate the controlled environment that the cellars and caves need. The winery will be hosting Valentine’s flights on the big day.
With a style and tradition befitting one of Memphis’ most legendary hotels, The Peabody Memphis Hotel, Chez Philippe has been named among Food & Wine magazine’s “Top 50 Hotel Restaurants.” Executive Chef Andreas Kisler is pulling out all the stops for Valentine’s Day from February 12 to 14 and plans on featuring a four-course menu including trout bisque and dumplings, asparagus and lobster, filet mignon and beef short rub in a puff pastry, and a chocolate dessert for two. Make sure you know what your Valentine’s Day flowers say about your relationship before you give them to your date!
Overlooking a quiet bend of the San Antonio River Walk, Biga on the Banks showcases the creative cuisine of chef/owner Bruce Auden, who has been a top name on the city’s dining scene for nearly four decades. Delicious dishes such as chicken-fried oysters and chile-rubbed steaks show how food doesn’t have to be formal to be good. Table 31, a private spot just off the main dining room, offers a slightly secluded spot for the world’s rich and famous and those guests who just want to dine like one.
Salt Lake City’s Stanza Italian Bistro and Wine Bar, an elegant contemporary restaurant, sets a very romantic scene for Valentine’s with dramatic architecture, Italian cuisine, hand-picked Italian wines, and discreet but attentive service. Currently, you can eat indoors in Utah, so head over for an incredibly romantic evening. Chef Jonathan LeBlanc’s offerings for Valentine’s will be a four-course menu including favorites such as the porcini wild mushroom ravioli, grilled Teres major steak, broiled Australian lobster tail, and plenty of options for dessert.
It doesn’t get more intimate than the 42-seat Junction Restaurant at The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa—it was designed to make diners feel like they’re in the chef’s home, and right now, all the tables are spaced to be socially distanced per the guidelines. The cozy fireplace offers a perfect backdrop for a romantic Valentine’s Day meal. Butternut squash bisque is the perfect choice to begin your dinner followed by a seasonal vegetable tart or a lamb rack with braised red cabbage and roasted cauliflower. Don’t feel like spending a ton of money this year? Here are some of the best cheap Valentine’s Day ideas you can find.
Virginia is for lovers and The Red Hen in Lexington is the perfect location to celebrate the romantic holiday. The 26-seat restaurant is the definition of cozy, celebrating Virginia-grown ingredients and the Southern influences of food culture. They are offering dine-in and take-out service. Executive Mike Freidman expertly prepares French onion risotto and Port-braised short ribs. For dessert, you and your sweetie can indulge in lemon meringue and a chocolate brownie like you’ve never had before.
The Dining Room at Salish Lodge & Spa, Snoqualmie, is perched directly over 269-feet Snoqualmie Falls with a stunning view of the valley and the Snoqualmie River. Tucked on the south side of the dining room are a handful of cozy nooks, each with a feeling of privacy and romance. At the moment, they’re offering take-out service, and you can feast on 24-day Angus filet mignon, Pacific scallops, and Winter Squash risotto. Don’t miss these 14 sweet Valentine’s Day traditions from around the world.
Couples skiing at Snowshoe Mountain Resort can discover adventure dining with a romantic twist. What happens when gourmet chefs team up with those wild adventure guides? You get an adrenaline-fueled off-road tour of the mountain that ends with a decadent meal prepared and served on site at the Sunrise Backcountry Hut. This one-of-a-kind offering combines adventuring with a refined, intimate dining experience you won’t soon forget.
The Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro features a beautiful setting in a park pavilion overlooking the shores of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee. The ambiance of the restaurant is perfect for couples on a date night, anniversary, or Valentine’s Day celebration. For more than 20 years, Lake Park Bistro has been a top romantic restaurant in Milwaukee because of the intimate setting, décor, and French-inspired menu that features entrees such as pan-seared foie gras on brioche French toast or sauteed sea scallops with roasted cauliflower, lemon butter, and thyme. Find out 15 facts you never knew about Valentine’s Day.
Located inside the historic Occidental Hotel in Buffalo, The Virginian combines fine dining with the area’s rich western history in the heart of Cowboy Country. Guests can also have a drink at the historic saloon and overnight in The Occidental Hotel. Among the house specials are tender and succulent buffalo steaks along with mouth-watering prime rib, filet mignon, and sensational seafood.