By Lewis J.
This Valentine’s Day, about one quarter of Americans will visit a restaurant for a romantic dinner with that special someone. That’s 79 million people jockeying for a table at one of our nation’s 616,000 restaurants. We wanted to help. Since we know a lot about Google, we decided to help you out. Here are the top romantic restaurants on Google Maps:
- The Melting Pot (multiple locations). This is one you may have heard of, since it’s a nationwide restaurant chain specializing in fondue. Their meals are usually served in courses. First, a cheese fondue, then a salad, then a mouthwatering entrée, and chocolate fondue for dessert. Private dining rooms are available for couples looking for a more intimate evening.
- Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek (Dallas, TX). This was once the home of a Texas cotton magnate. Now, it’s the best restaurant and hotel in uptown Dallas. They specialize in contemporary American cuisine with a French twist. Couples can dine in the honey-colored dining room or under the stars on the restaurant terrace. If I were you, I’d arrive early so I could share a drink at the bar. Their specialty is the Mansion G&T.
- Green Pastures Restaurant (Austin, TX). Converted from an old Victorian home, this restaurant prides itself on its traditional Southern atmosphere. It serves a mixture of French cuisine and regional specialties. Their dining rooms are small, cozy, and perfect for romantic dinners. If you can, get a table beside their picture windows so you can catch a glimpse of the live peacocks wandering the grounds outside.
- Emil’s (Lansing, MI). This is an unexpected entry: a hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant for casual couples who don’t feel like dressing up. Chow down on pizza, pasta, and hoagies. No website, but Google users recommend the veal and cannelloni.
- The River Café (Brooklyn, NY). This place screams high-class. Not only does it have a first rate food and wine list, but it also has live piano music, an outdoor garden, and astounding views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. The kitchen serves a blend of American and international cuisine made using only the freshest ingredients. Be sure to dress your best, because they have a dress code.
- Espana Restaurant (Fernandina Beach, FL). This a Spanish and Portuguese restaurant loaded with old world charm. Eat in their dining room, decorated like a Spanish villa, or reserve a table in their lush kitchen garden. All of their food is prepared on traditional paella pans imported from Spain and paired with an extensive wine list. Couples should expect to come thirsty and leave full.
- Circa 1886 Restaurant (Charleston, SC). This is the no. 12 restaurant in TripAdvisor’s 2014 Traveler’s Choice Awards. They specialize in gourmet southern cooking. Dishes are seasonal and shy away from the fattening ingredients common in Southern food. Couples will be delighted by the restaurant’s distinctly southern flourishes: authentic wood-burning fireplaces, stable doors, and heart-of-pine floors.
- Café Nouveau (Ventura, CA). This place started as a bungalow in the 1920’s. Now, it’s an award-winning restaurant specializing in Californian cuisine. Winter nights are warm in California, so I’d grab a table on the warmly lit terrace.
- White Dog Café (Philadelphia, PA). This restaurant began as a breakfast bakery and grew into an environmentally conscious café. Their menu emphasizes organic food and sustainability. All of their food is harvested locally. The building is an old Victorian brownstone, so healthy couples will dine in style.
- Grico's Restaurant (Exeter, PA). In 2010, this place was voted “Best Romantic Restaurant” by its hometown, so it’ll probably be packed come Valentine’s Day. It has a 1930’s bar brimming with atmosphere and a menu stuffed with Italian treats.
There you have it. The ten most romantic restaurants in America, according to Google Maps. You’ve only got a few more days to make your reservations, so good luck and Happy Valentine’s!
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