310 Houston St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
When it comes to romantic dining, Reata’s sprawling rooftop patio, perched atop Sundance Square, provides an enchanting setting under the stars. The restaurant is just as picturesque from inside where a cozy western chic ambiance is accented with dramatic views of Fort Worth’s downtown skyline. And it’s not just the atmosphere that draws a crowd. The southwestern-inspired menu showcases everything from tenderloin tamales and chicken chili rellenos to cowboy ribeyes, wild game and grilled fish. The extensive wine list and cocktail selection gets you through dinner quite nicely. End the evening on a sweet note with a molten chocolate cake that’s sure to have your date swooning with delight.
7501 Lone Star Drive, Suite B150
Plano, TX 75024
Sure, Mexican Sugar is a Mexican restaurant, but it’s not your usual Tex-Mex sort of place serving up nachos and platters of fajitas. Instead, the menu focuses on contemporary Mexican cuisine like chili brined bone-in pork chops with orange agave butter, lump crab enchiladas and tacos filled with items such as adobo-marinated seared snapper, vegetable ceviche and chili beef tenderloin. Along with an impressive selection of food and libations, an assortment of seating areas, complete with fireplaces, comfy booths, sofas and armchairs, provide an idyllic atmosphere for a romantic rendezvous with your betrothed. Be sure not to skip over dessert; the chocolate avocado cake is ethereal.
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3020 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
Romance is always in the air at this elegant bistro, renown for its old world charm and outstanding food. Here is where couples can snuggle up at tables or booths and enjoy candlelit dinners of classic French specialties such as beef tartar, escargots, steak Diane and chocolate soufflé. Soft lighting and a pianist playing soothing tunes in the background add to the overall romantic vibe. The wine list offers something for every price point and features everything from domestic and imported varieties to fabulous hard-to-find gems. If you’re set on celebrating Valentine’s Day with a romantic dinner, this is the place to go. The restaurant is offering a fixed-price, three-course dinner for $75, just be sure to reserve in advance.
2121 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75201
It’s hard to top a dinner at celeb chef Dean Fearing’s namesake restaurant in the swanky Ritz Carlton Hotel. Fearing and his chef de cuisine, Eric Dreyer, turn out spectacularly flavorful dishes ranging from seared foie gras with pistachio butter and caramelized apples on corn meal/sorghum waffles to maple-peppercorn buffalo tenderloin with jalapeño grits. Adding to the restaurant’s romantic appeal are the seven distinctive indoor and outdoor dining spaces that include everything from a formal room with chandeliers and soaring 18-foot ceilings to an intimate wine cellar and a glass pavilion. Foodies can also reserve a ringside seat in Dean’s Kitchen and watch the chef in action. Or if you can’t score a table in one of the main dining areas, you can enjoy the same menu in the Rattlesnake Bar without a reservation.
The French Room
1321 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75202
When it comes to romantic dining, it doesn’t get any dreamier, nor more opulent, than at the French Room in downtown’s legendary Adolphus Hotel. Vaulted, muraled ceilings, gold-leaf trim and stunning Murano crystal chandeliers capture the ambiance of a more refined era. And the experience continues beyond the beautifully decorated room. Chef Marcos Segovia creates expertly prepared dishes ranging from lump crab cakes with lemongrass lobster sauce and pork belly with white chocolate polenta to macadamia nut crusted halibut and rack of lamb with blue cheese soufflé. Speaking of soufflé, it’s a specialty here, so be sure to order one for dessert. Diners can choose from a fixed price menu of three courses for $80 per person or a five-course chef’s tasting feast for $110. Wine pairing is also offered for an additional charge.