20 Romantic Dinner Recipes
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Classic Cheese Fondue
Pretend you’re at a Swiss ski chalet with this old-school cheese fondue. Pop open a bottle of light Pinot Grigio for the perfect pairing.
Rack of Lamb with Mustard-Shallot Sauce
A rack of lamb is the right move for a special dinner for two, as it’s the perfect portion of meat to split and works with almost any side dish.
Oysters with Pikliz
Easily elevate a home-cooked dinner by serving oysters on ice. This recipe from Eduardo Jordan can be prepped beforehand, too.
Juicy Lemon-and-Herb Roast Chicken
Pulling off a restaurant-quality roast chicken at home starts with bagging the best bird you can find. This recipe is the other essential piece.
Littleneck Clams In the Style of Escargot
Steak Frites with Black Garlic Butter
Nothing says romance like a perfectly cooked steak and crispy fries. This one with black garlic butter is marriage material.
Sweet Potato Gyoza with Beet Puree
Try something a little more elegant and light with this gyoza with sweet potato and hazelnut butter.
Tomato-Braised Baccalà with Olives and Polenta
Simmering soaked salt cod in a tomato sauce filled with peppers, onions, and olives infuses the fish with flavor and leaves it flaky and tender. Pour a glass of Pinot Nero and it’s the perfect meal.
Oven-Braised Veal Stew with Black Pepper and Cherries
Low and slow is the name of the game with this delicious dish. It’ll fill your home with the best aromas. Swap in pork shoulder instead of veal for an even juicier dish.
Charred Vegetable Ragù
Plant-based can be just as rich and romantic as a meat dish, and this ragù is the perfect example. Make even a weeknight dinner a special occasion with this recipe.
Hot and Sour Soup with Ramen
Warming yet not overly hearty, Molly Yeh’s hot and sour soup is elevated with ramen noodles.
Three-Pepper Cacio e Pepe
Nothing evokes yearning like fresh noodles being stirred into the layers of buttery pepper and cheese in cacio e pepe. A winning romantic dinner idea.
Pizza night is the perfect low-lift option for an evening for two. We never knew a better match than pizza and wine.
Sweet Brown Rice Risotto with Kale and Cremini
A creamy risotto is our love language, and this one is set off with kale and cremini mushrooms.
Linguine with Clams and Fennel
We can’t get enough of this pasta, and if you’re less inclined to red meat and cheese, this is the ultimate entrée.
Gambas al Ajillo
The simplest and best tapas dish to make is also the ideal part of a romantic evening.
Steak and Brassicas with Red Wine Sauce
This recipe is the complete package: hearty, elegant, and simple.
Tomato-and-Mozzarella Salad with Orange Oil
As a first course, try an update on the classic caprese salad. Something this fresh and simple will set off your heartier main course.
Calabrian 'nduja, a spicy spreadable sausage, brings loads of delicious heat and flavor to his silky carbonara.
Slow-Cooker Classic Beef Stew
This stew is the gift that keeps on giving (the leftovers are a blessing). The slow cooker also makes it fairly hands-off, so you can focus on your pre-dinner drinks.