It's often said that the way to the heart is through the stomach and, if that's true, then your love life is in for a real treat. Whether you woo your date with a night of fine dining or cozy up in a dimly lit corner of a charming bistro, this curated collection of favorite Dallas dining spots will guarantee an ambience that pair perfectly with a bouquet of flowers and a lot of sweet nothings.
If atmosphere is everything then run, don't walk, and make a reservation at this Upper Greenville staple of 42 years. Like a fine wine, St. Martins only gets better with age. The traditional French cuisine and extensive wine list are show stopping, but it's the candlelit ambience and Old World charm that will keep stars in your eyes long after you've finished dessert. They offer a three course pre fixe Valentine's Day menu that will not disappoint, but if you can't find an evening reservation, fear not. The Sunday Brunch is an equally delicious option that will keep love alive all weekend long.
Whether it's your first date or you've been together for forever, the understated elegance that pervades the atmosphere and the menu at Gemma makes it the perfect date night out for any couple. If you're nervous about ordering the 'right' bottle of wine or picking the perfect entree to wow your date, the wonderfully knowledgeable staff can kindly guide you through their expertly crafted selections, making dinnertime decisions effortless so you can focus on flirting across the table.
Neighborhood: Lowest Greenville
Cuisine: Contemporary Southern
Vibe: Elevated neighborhood bistro for cozy night out
Modern Southern cuisine and sensational cocktails are always on the menu at this bustling Lowest Greenville locale. Rapscallion, a name that lends itself to playfulness and mischief, is a beloved spot for sharing creative culinary dishes and cozy conversation. No need for pretense at this neighborhood bistro, throw on your best jeans and treat your Valentine to an evening of classic cocktails like the Sazerac or a grilled pineapple gimlet, tea-brined chicken breast and maybe a bit of corner booth canoodling.
If grand gestures are your thing or you pride yourself on a flair for the dramatic, you'll feel right at home dining underneath the awe-inspiring 64 chandeliers hanging from the ceilings at Town Hearth. Or, perhaps, you'd prefer to be seated next to an Instagram-worthy vintage yellow submarine housed in giant fish tank or within sight of a 1961 silver MG parked just inside the restaurant. There are no limits to the surprises that await you here. Whether you decide you'd like to order the Battle Axe steak or the Ducati (yes, you read that right) proudly displayed over the bar, you can rest assured that the menu inspires just as much delicious delight as the outlandishly awesome decor.
Artisanal dishes are the staple at this tiny but mighty Bishop Arts gem. Fresh baked bread, house cured meats, and hand-rolled pasta created in house means you can taste the 'amore' that goes into the creative menu of the highly sought-after tables at Lucia. Inspired by a trip to Verona, home of famed lovers Romeo and Juliet, the reinvented Italian fare makes for a romantic night out that will have you sipping chianti and sharing spaghetti a la Lady and the Tramp.
Hidden like a secret garden in the middle of Downtown Dallas, Dakota's Steakhouse is the ultimate night out if you're looking to romance that certain someone with fine dining flair. After descending 18 feet below street level in a glass canopied elevator, a resplendent subterranean garden awaits. The underground patio, complete with cascading waterfalls, a lava rock fire pit and a jet-black granite bar top, has long been considered one of the most romantic places to dine in Dallas. Everything from the Carrera marble floors, luxe leather and dark wood paneling to the unmatched wine list and hand selected cuts of meat, Dakota's inspires amorous indulgence in every detail.
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