The Most Romantic Restaurant in Every State

Glorietta Trattoria, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Photo: Read McKendree

Whether for Valentine's Day, date night or a special occasion, here's where to make a reservation for a romantic evening of dining. We rounded up the most romantic restaurants in every state in 2018.

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Fisher's Upstairs at Orange Beach Marina, Orange Beach, Alabama

Fisher’s Upstairs Alabama
Courtesy of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism

Picture it: It's sunset. You're staring down at multi-million dollar boats docked at a golden-cast harbor as you sip sparkling wine and feed one another locally sourced scallops, prepared by a James Beard Award-semifinalist. That is the romantic scene you can set with your significant other at Fisher's Upstairs at Orange Beach Marina.

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The Grape Tap, Mat-Su Valley, Alaska

Grape Tap Alaska
Robert DeBerry

Don't judge this book — err, restaurant — by its cover. In the basement of this 1930s pioneer home-turned-restaurant is a dimly lit wine cellar complete with stone walls. Here, you can indulge in a wine flight as you get to know your love a little bit better.

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Lon's Restaurant at the Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley, Arizona

Lon's restaurant arizona
David B. Moore

Lon's Restaurant offers not one but many romantic settings for an intimate dinner experience: an outdoor dining space surrounded by low adobe walls and nearby mountains, an indoor dining room illuminated by candlelight, and a wine cellar that offers seating for 12 people, perfect for your next double — or sextuple — date night.

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Arthur's Prime Steakhouse, Little Rock, Arkansas

Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse
Grant Boutiette

Old world elegance awaits you and your date at Arthur's Prime Steakhouse, where wood paneling and stone details deck the walls and staff are decked out in tuxedo shirts and bow-ties. But the real wow factor isn't in the décor — it's actually behind closed doors, where patrons can rent lockers in the restaurant's wine cellar. Rent one, and a staff member will serve your private bottle during your next date night.

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Sierra Mar, Big Sur, California

Sierra Mar
Kodiak Greenwood

Perched atop the cliffs of Big Sur — soaring some 1,200 feet high and with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean — is Sierra Mar, a restaurant set inside the Post Ranch Inn. On a clear, warm night, patrons can dine on the restaurant's patio under the stars.

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Beatrice & Woodsley, Denver, Colorado

Beatrice & Woodsley Colorado
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When you want nothing more than to cozy up in a cabin with your loved one, head to Beatrice & Woodsley, a restaurant that was designed to bring Colorado's stunning outdoor scenery inside to a rustic, cabin-like setting, complete with lantern lighting.

This restaurant temporarily closed due to the pandemic. Check for current hours in advance.

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Shell & Bones Oyster Bar, New Haven, Connecticut

Shell & Bones Oyster Bar Connecticut
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Set on New Haven's historic waterfront, Shell & Bones Oyster Bar beckons lovers to warm themselves by fires — inside and outside. And its nautical décor and floor-to-ceiling waterfront views will transport couples on a mini-vacation, if only for dinner.

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Krazy Kat's Restaurant, Wilmington, Delaware

Krazy Kat's Restaurant Delaware
Courtesy of Krazy Kat's Restaurant

Enjoy eating in what was once an old blacksmith's shop — with hooks still on Krazy Kat's Restaurant's walls — then stroll through the restaurant's grounds and gardens.

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Latitudes, Sunset Key, Key West, Florida

Latitudes Key West
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Latitudes offers the ultimate experience in romantic privacy: You must take a boat to reach this secluded space. Once here, you can dine outdoors, with the ocean's breeze gently blowing through your hair and a sunset over the Gulf of Mexico in your sights.

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Canoe, Atlanta, Georgia

Canoe, Atlanta, Georgia
James Camp Photography

Located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Canoe brings guests right up to the water, on a patio offering views of both nature and manicured gardens, where couples can stroll after dinner to escape the hustle and bustle of nearby Atlanta.

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Merriman's Restaurant, Kapalua, Hawaii

Merriman’s Restaurant, Kapalua, Hawaii
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Poised on the edge of the ocean, Merriman's Restaurant offers more than just views: Couples can snuggle up to one another on intimate couches — or embrace by outdoor fire pits as the sound of crashing waves serves as background music — while they eat.

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Forty-One South, Sagle, Idaho

Forty-One South, Sagle, Idaho
Doug Marshall

Forty-One South sits on the waterfront of Lake Pend Oreille, a beautiful sight from inside the restaurant's nearly floor-to-ceiling windows. While you may spot snow outside, you can keep yourself and your date warm by a wood-burning fireplace.

This restaurant has since closed.

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Ella Elli, Chicago, Illinois

Ella Elli, Chicago, Illinois
Galdones Photography

Step into Ella Elli, and you almost step back in time to the 1920s, where loveseats designed for two and alcove booths — private booths — reign supreme. A meant-to-be shared menu adds to the romantic ambiance inside.

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The Eagle's Nest at Hyatt Regency, Indianapolis, Indiana

The Eagle’s Nest
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Take a spin — quite literally — with your love at the Eagle's Nest, a rooftop restaurant that revolves 360 degrees, offering unparalleled views of the city skyline all around. It's as romantic as the classic Ferris Wheel — only with wine and linen tablecloths.

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Salt of the Hearth, Des Moines, Iowa

Salt of the Hearth
Ashleigh Rader

The centerpiece to Salt of the Hearth — if the name didn't already tip you off, that is — is a roaring fireplace smack in the center of the restaurant. Velvet floor-to-ceiling curtains add elegance and, of course, a bit of privacy lovebirds will likely appreciate.

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Siena Tuscan Steakhouse, Wichita, Kansas

Siena Tuscan Steakhouse
Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images

Hotel restaurants have an allure all their own. Throw in the floor-to-ceiling wine display featured at this mainstay on the second floor of the Ambassador Hotel, and you're sure to have a good night.

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The English Grill, Louisville, Kentucky

The English Grill
Courtesy of The Brown Hotel

People may have dubbed The English Grill the most popular restaurant in Kentucky, but with its oak wood panels and equestrian artwork — plus a list of more than 400 wines to choose from — we hereby name it the most romantic restaurant in the state.

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Café Amelie, New Orleans, Louisiana

Café Amelie New Orleans
Courtesy of Cafe Amelie

The expansive French doors on this old New Orleans mansion sweep open into the most charming courtyard, bedecked with gas-light lanterns, a three-tiered fountain, and tables tucked right into the foliage. But Café Amelie's menu was also made with romance in mind; Its oysters — a known aphrodisiac — are delicious any time of year.

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M.C. Perkins Cove, Ogunquit, Maine

M.C. Perkins Cove
Courtesy of MC Perkins Cove

If the epic views of Oarweed Cove from M.C. Perkins Cove's floor-to-ceiling windows don't put you in a romantic mood, then surely its extensive raw bar options will.

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The Bluebird Cocktail Room, Baltimore, Maryland

The Bluebird Cocktail Room
Shannon Patrick

With the Bluebird Cocktail Room, romance starts with the restaurant's name — it's named after a poem. It continues to the bar, where hand-cut ice allows pairs to linger over drinks, and continues into the dining room, where crystal chandeliers, a fireplace, and made-for-canoodling golden seats beg couples to get a wee bit closer.

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Yvonne's, Boston, Massachusetts

Yvonne’s, Boston
Eric Levin

Make a reservation for Yvonne's library room and you'll soon be cozying up to your loved one by the Locke-Ober's original fireplace, which dates back to 1832. You can order drinks and small plates meant to be shared, then pull a book from the library's shelves — one of which houses a first edition Peter Pan — and read to one another.

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Prime + Proper, Detroit, Michigan

Prime + Proper, Detroit
Aly Sasson

Prime + Proper's 10,000-square-foot space mixes textiles — patina brass, cowhide and leather, intricate tilework, tufted velvet, white marble, and aged woods — that scream intimate space despite its behemoth presence and fine view of Capitol Park.

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Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis
Travis Anderson

Walk into Spoon and Stable and you may feel as if you stepped into a chef's house — albeit a very design-savvy chef's house. Banquettes are made even more homey with the presence of throw pillows, while Oriental rugs warm up cool-toned wood floors.

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The Chimneys, Gulfport, Mississippi

The Chimneys, Gulfport, Mississippi
Chris Vignes City of Gulfport

You could get lost in your lover's eyes — or you could get lost in the views from The Chimneys. Set on the Gulf of Mexico, the restaurant offers views of both the sea and of the ancient, moss-covered live oak trees that survived the worst of Hurricane Katrina.

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Char Steakhouse & Oyster Bar, Springfield, Missouri

Touch Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Springfield
Courtesy of Touch Restaurant

When you want to dress to impress — in a setting that can be described as more city-chic than intimate and candlelit — look no further than Char Steakhouse & Oyster Bar, where you'll find two floors of stylish décor and conversation-starting artwork.

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Plonk Wine Bar, Missoula, Montana

Plonk Wine Bar, Missoula
Nicole Wickens of Green Door Photography

Where there is romance, there is (very often) wine. And that's just one reason Plonk Wine Bar — which boasts dozens of wines by the glass and more than 400 wines by the bottle — makes our most-romantic restaurant list. The other? It has a rooftop bar where romance can blossom over one of those bottles and under the twinkle lights.

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Timbers at Lied Lodge, Nebraska City, Nebraska

Timber Dining Room at Lied Lodge
Courtesy of Lied Lodge & Conference Center

At Timbers, the farm comes to your table — and into your sights. Seated beneath a soaring timber-wood ceiling, you and your date will have views of Arbor Day Farm, which has rolling green fields that seem plucked from a Jane Austin novel.

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Joël Robuchon, Las Vegas, Nevada

Joël Robuchon, Las Vegas
Courtesy of MGM Resorts International

When you want a space that exudes decadence, look no further than Joël Robuchon, which boasts walls draped in velvet and an 18-course menu that will wow any date.

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Ristorante Massimo, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Ristorante Massimo, Portsmouth
Courtesy of Ristorante Massimo

Three of your senses will go into romantic overload at Ristorante Massimo, where exposed brick walls, oil paintings, and candlelight greets your eyes; Frank Sinatra croons in your ears; and prime, Grade-A steaks and fine wines tickle your tongue.

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Café Matisse, Rutherford, New Jersey

Café Matisse, Rutherford, New Jersey
Courtesy of Cafe Matisse

Inside, you'll find traditional romance. Think: crisp white linens and candlelight, and something more exotic — a room with an eclectic Moroccan theme, including brass lanterns, gold-hued walls, and wood-carved paintings. But if you don't get the feels inside Café Matisse, you'll feel your romance bloom in its outdoor garden.

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Terra, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Tera, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Four Seasons Rancho Encantado

If the glorious sunsets and sweeping mountain views at Terra don't scream romantic to you, chances are nothing will. (Its garden-to-table dishes will also catch your eye.)

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One if By Land, Two if By Sea, New York, New York

One if By Land, Two if By Sea, New York
Courtesy of One if by Land, Two if by Sea

Harley Viera-Newton, model, It-girl, and DJ, chose One if By Land, Two if By Sea as the site for her wedding. If that doesn't convince you of this restaurant's romantic virtues, then perhaps its history will tug at your heart: The 1767 carriage house it occupies was the home of Aaron Burr, and was named after a Paul Revere poem.

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Canyon Kitchen, Cashiers, North Carolina

Canyon Kitchen, Cashiers, North Carolina
Courtesy of Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley

Nestled in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains — and framed by verdant forests and meadows encircled by thousand-foot cliffs — is Canyon Kitchen. Take in the views, with a cocktail in hand, on the restaurant's front porch before your meal, or step into the backyard — a manicured garden — for a nightcap under the starry night sky.

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Sky's, Grand Forks, North Dakota

Sky’s, Grand Forks
Phoebee Stensland / Trojan Promotions

With large windows overlooking downtown Grand Forks, Sky's offers the best view in town. It's also got a lounge made for lovebirds; private sectionals allow you to cozy up with a handcrafted cocktail and get to know one another better.

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Gervasi Vineyard, Canton, Ohio

Gervasi Vineyard, Canton, Ohio
Courtesy of Gervasi Vineyard

Take a stroll through the vines at Gervasi Vineyard before sitting together near the restaurant's fireplace or outside, with views of weeping willows and a large pond.

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Vast, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Vast, Oklahoma City
Courtesy of Vast

Soaring some 762 feet over downtown Oklahoma City, Vast is, well, vast. Inside the restaurant are a vast bar space, a vast Edison-bulb chandelier, and, of course, vast floor-to-ceiling windows for that vast view — a vast, epic setting for an epic romance.

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Stephanie Inn Dining Room, Cannon Beach, Oregon

Stephanie Inn Dining Room, Cannon Beach
Gregor Halenda

Quick, what's more romantic: a lighthouse, a beach, or an island? If you can't choose, that's actually A-OK. At Stephanie Inn Dining Room, you won't have to pick between the sights. The restaurant offers views of the Pacific Ocean, Tillamook Lighthouse, and Haystack Rock, a large sea stack (think of it as a mini island) in Cannon Beach.

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Talula's Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Talula’s Garden, Philadelphia
Courtney Apple Photography / STARR Restaurant Photography

Talula's Garden is the indoor-outdoor restaurant of your dreams. With reclaimed-wood tables and green couches inside and the smell of fresh herbs on the outdoor patio, it's almost like you took your date home — if you had a service staff at home.

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Spiced Pear at the Chanler at Cliff Walk, Newport, Rhode Island

Spiced Pear at the Chanler at Cliff Walk
Courtesy of The Chanler at Cliff Walk

The Chanler at Cliff Walk has been named the most romantic hotel in the U.S., so it only makes sense that its signature restaurant, Spiced Pear, would ooze romance as well. Ask for a table with ocean views — and an accompanying ocean breeze — as you indulge in a menu that features iconic items such as butter-poached Maine lobster.

Spiced Pear has since closed. The latest restaurant at The Chanler at Cliff Walk is called Cara.

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82 Queen, Charleston, South Carolina

82 Queen, Charleston
Jonathan Boncek

​The walk to 82 Queen — along a narrow, gas-lamp-lit alley — is romantic enough, but at the end of that walk couples will find even more romance: a garden courtyard, the perfect place to dine under the stars or sit and slowly sip a glass (or bottle) of wine.

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Minervas, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Minerva’s Restaurant, Sioux Falls
© Vanguard Hospitality

Minervas is the perfect nightcap to an evening out — its location near the Washington Pavilion, local movie theater, and sports center makes it so. But even if you begin your night here, you'll have a very romantic evening: There is live music on the weekends to serenade you and your date in the dim light.

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Folk, Nashville, Tennessee

Folk has opening date

Philip Krajeck's deceptively simple, hyper-thoughtful food philosophy has made him one of Nashville's most celebrated chefs, and his restaurant Folk — a super cozy pizza place with one of the best natural wine lists in the city — is the perfect spot for a low-key, intimate date night.

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The French Room, Dallas, Texas

The French Room, Dallas
Steven Visneau

The French Room, as its name suggests, is the epitome of fine French architecture: It has soaring arched ceilings with gilded Venetian plaster and crystal chandeliers. In other words, you can bring your date to France without having to buy a plane ticket.

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The Roof, Salt Lake City, Utah

The Roof, Salt Lake City
Courtesy of Temple Square Hospitality

According to inside sources, The Roof is a popular destination for Mormon lovebirds to pop the question, and that may have a little something to do with the restaurant's stunning sky-high view of Temple Square. Upping the romance factor is a Plexiglas piano — one of only 75 such pianos in the world — playing softly in the background.

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Hen of the Wood, Waterbury, Vermont

Hen of the Wood, Waterbury
Mackenzie Doyle

Hen of the Wood offers the coziest of settings: Stone walls, wooden rafters, and comfortable leather seating combine to create the warmest, most inviting date space.

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Lemaire Restaurant, Richmond, Virginia

Lemaire Restaurant, Richmond
Courtesy of The Jefferson Hotel

Set inside the Jefferson Hotel, which was built in 1895, Lemaire Restaurant today looks unchanged from the day its door first opened. Eight separate dining spaces are each adorned with different details: cream-colored marble walls, wood-burning fireplaces, and crystal chandeliers, each evoking a romantic and luxurious ambiance.

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The Pink Door, Seattle, Washington

The Pink Door, Seattle
Courtesy of The Pink Door

The most romantic evening of your teens — a night at the local fair, of course — is reimagined at The Pink Door, where you'll find trapeze, cabaret, music, and even tarot-card reading — in addition to amazing food — within view of iconic Elliot Bay.

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Laury's Restaurant, Charleston, West Virginia

Laury’s Restaurant, Charleston
Courtesy of Laury's Restaurant

American cuisine with French flare and an extensive wine list set the date-night tone at Laury's Restaurant, which offers views of Charleston and the Kanawha River.

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Lovechild, La Crosse, Wisconsin

Lovechild, La Crosse
TJ Turner Pictures

A romantic environment can be created with the right light, and that's exactly what Lovechild does with individual, low-lit lamps beside every barstool and banquette that cast just the right glow on the space's exposed brick walls and metallic finishes.

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Glorietta Trattoria, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Glorietta Trattoria, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Read McKendree

Glorietta Trattoria brings a bit of Brooklyn-chic to Jackson Hole — it was, after all, designed by a Brooklyn firm — which makes a meal here almost like a mini vacation out of the country and into the city. And we all know vacations are super romantic.

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