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.
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It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, which means it’s time to plan your special date night. According to Open Table, more than 30 percent of people celebrate by dining out, with Italian food being the top choice, followed by contemporary American cuisine. Not sure where to go? We found the most romantic spots in each state. Cooking at home? Try one of these totally original DIY heart-shaped food ideas.
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 Black Winter Truffle Tagliatella Pasta and Moroccan-Spiced Grilled Lamb Belly. Check out these 15 signs that your relationship is solid as a rock.
At Seven Glaciers Restaurant, a luxurious mountain-top hideaway with panoramic views of glaciers and the Pacific Ocean in Girdwood, you’ll be offered signature Alaskan entrées in a romantic atmosphere. Your experience begins with a tram ride from the Hotel Alyeska to the restaurant, which is 2,300 feet above sea level. Specials for Valentine’s Day include a three-course meal starting with a crab platter, followed by poached oysters or a winter vegetable salad and then duck ravioli. Be sure to save room for the black forest cake, which is actually white chocolate mousse, cherry caviar, and chocolate sorbet. You’ll also want to check out these 14 dreamiest adventures for couples.
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. 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. 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.
The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, offers a fine dining experience from one of the best vantage points in Napa Valley. 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. Find out the 9 Valentine’s Day ideas long-time couples swear by.
The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs recently introduced new Chef de Cuisine Max Robbins, who creates contemporary European cuisine inspired by the seasons. Set in a classically elegant ambiance with enchanting mountain views, the Broadmoor’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. 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. Find out the most historic hotel in your state.
Ensconced in a beautiful 19th-century Victorian manor house set on three acres of garden and lawn, Homestead Inn – Thomas Henkelmann, Greenwich, is an exquisite boutique hotel located in the prestigious Belle Haven residential area. Its contemporary French restaurant is overseen by renowned Chef Thomas 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. Don’t miss these Valentine’s Day gifts women actually want for more inspiration.
More than a restaurant, 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 crab cakes with house-made remoulade, and for main dishes, you can’t go wrong with the pan-seared tuna glazed with apple pomegranate vinaigrette and fennel or roasted duck breast with farro risotto.
At Spencer’s by the Sea at The Reach Resort in Key West, you’ll find beach views coupled with a can’t-miss menu of refined steak dishes and fresh, local seafood. Guests can enjoy a candlelit meal on the outdoor veranda with the sound of crashing waves and a backdrop of swaying palms. For those looking to pop the question on Valentine’s Day, the resort’s newly launched “Proposal Package” comes with private dinner at Spencer’s and a custom sand sculpture. 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. While it’s closed from January 9 until February 13, it’s re-opening just in time to celebrate the big day. The restaurant created a four-course Valentine’s Day menu under executive chef Nicolas Lebas that includes pan-seared foie gras, smoked halibut, beef filet, and a chocolate mousse heart. 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. 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 to the food. 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. 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. 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. Don’t miss these 15 romantic weekend getaway ideas for Valentine’s Day.
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 13 to 15, treat your sweetheart to an overnight stay and receive a dinner for two at with a special Valentine’s Day menu at Sinclair’s Restaurant, plus a half-dozen chocolate-covered strawberries delivered directly to your room.
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. 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.
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. 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. Discover 25 of the best road trips in America.
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. 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. 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 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.
Located in the heart of Harvard Square, The Charles Hotel is home to two acclaimed restaurants. Enjoy a four-course pairing menu at Chef Michael Pagliarini’s recent venture, Benedetto. On Valentine’s Day, they’ll be offering a four-course prix-fixe menu that includes an antipasti along with red wine braised beef cheeks, pan-roasted chicken, seared scallops, and more. Find out 25 of the best Valentine’s Day gifts for him.
The historic Lady of the House in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood is perfect for date night as the menu often features meals for two—not to mention the roaring fireplace that was made for romance. The menu demonstrates a passion for knowledge and technique, with 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.
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. 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. 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. 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. Check out the 25 most popular Valentine’s Day gifts on Amazon.
Pompey’s Grill, located in the historic Sacajawea Hotel in Three Forks, aspires to envelop guests in a warm, elegant atmosphere. 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 and livestock. 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. 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. To help your relationship grow through the decades, follow this marriage advice of couples who have been together for 50+ years.
The Bedford Village Inn Restaurant in Bedford will be serving a special four-course prix-fixe dinner in their AAA Four Diamond-rated restaurant. Be sure to ask for a table by one of its many fireplaces when you make your reservation. 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 February 14 to 16 with a wine pairing. Starters include pepper-crusted ahi tuna and ginger beef tips, and guests can select such entrees as filet oscar, pecan-crusted salmon and vegetable Neapolitan. These are the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts for every stage of a relationship.
It’s hard to top the Tablao Flamenco at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town when it comes to heart-racing romance. The National Institute of Flamenco in partnership with Heritage Hotels & Resorts offers intimate flamenco performances. For Valentine’s Day, they’re offering two tickets to the show, a large chef’s choice tapas platter, and a bottle of house wine or pitcher of sangria.
At 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 Patrick Higgins serves locally sourced, award-winning cuisine with a farm-to-table focus. There are numerous must-try options on the menu: carrot latkes with raisin, red onion, and hazelnut, a local pear chopped salad, grilled beef tenderloin, or hand-made pasta. Find out the Valentine’s Day secrets that the card you chose reveals.
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. 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 or 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. The hotel’s dining experience is not-to-miss with an authentic turn-of-the-century western atmosphere in the stunning scenery of the North Dakota Badlands. This Valentine’s Day, couples will be treated to an intimate dining experience starting with a champagne check-in, followed by a happy hour. Couples will enjoy a romantic Valentine’s prime rib buffet featuring sweet potato risotto, sautéed vegetables and wine hand-selected by the chef. Then they will finish dinner with the dining room’s signature dessert; sticky toffee pudding to share. Making it extra special? The restaurant is usually closed during the winter, save for special occasions, like Valentine’s Day.
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 a 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.
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 four-course dinner for two in honor of St. Valentine’s. You and your Valentine can partake of romantic delights including dry aged beer sirloin, farm pork loin, and parmesan corn pudding. The cherry clafoutis is a sweet way to end the evening.
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. At Hook & Barrel, a sleek and contemporary seafood spot with an open-kitchen concept, you can indulge in a five-course sweetheart dinner available February 9 to 17. Or if brunch is more your speed, try the three-course champagne brunch at Croissants, available February 9 to 18. You’ll love the intimate feel, soft lighting, and French-bistro vibe.
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. 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. This is the most popular Valentine’s Day candy in your state.
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. 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. 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. The restaurant is offering a four-course Valentine’s Day special, with such options as fried Pacific oysters, pan-seared black cod, red beet risotto, grilled New York strip, and more. 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 sight at the Sunrise Backcountry Hut. This one-of-a-kind offering combines the exciting, muddy side of 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. Find out more date night ideas that are more creative than a Netflix binge sesh.