Best Romantic Restaurants

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What makes a romantic restaurant? Is it twirling pasta or sipping French onion soup by candlelight? Savoring fresh sashimi at an intimate sushi counter? Or cocktails and a club atmosphere in the "city that never sleeps"? From dimly dens to date night hot spots, here are TripSavvy's favorite romantic restaurants for 2018.

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Norman's: Orlando, Fla. — featured in Romantic Restaurants in Orlando

Celebrated chef and cookbook author Norman Van Aken is known for food fusions, and NORMAN’s, located in Orlando’s Ritz-Carlton, definitely does not disappoint. Taking inspiration from Latin, Caribbean, and Asian cuisines, NORMAN’s menu features favorites like shrimp ceviche, steak tataki, and guajillo spiced filet mignon—not to mention, plenty of fresh-caught, Florida seafood. If you can’t choose just one dish, opt for the tasting menu. In addition to its primo menu, NORMAN’s has a gorgeous, modern dining room, and expansive views of Grande Lakes and its surrounding gardens, making it the perfect place to cozy up for date night. Christina Donnelly

The Pink Door
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The Pink Door: Seattle, Wash. — featured in Romantic Restaurants in Seattle-Tacoma

In a city filled with restaurants large and small, upscale and casual, The Pink Door is something special. The atmosphere starts as you enter from Post Alley, and then continues as the interior greets you with warm woods, dim lighting cast from chandeliers, twinkling city lights outside the windows (assuming you’re dining after dark, which is ideal to up the romance factor), and a hint of cirque as each night brings unique entertainment that ranges from aerial performances to trapeze to tarot readers. Entertainment is free, except for the Saturday night cabaret and burlesque show. The menu focuses on Italian-American cuisine with farm-fresh and often local ingredients. Kristin Kendle

Uchi Houston

Uchi: Houston, Texas — featured in the Most Romantic Restaurants in Houston

Forget French food or cheesy Italian restaurants. Uchi’s contemporary Japanese vibe proves there’s nothing more romantic than a culinary adventure. Aesthetically, the Montrose restaurant checks all the date night boxes — cozy booths, intimate lighting, warm decor, and courteous staff — but it’s the food that brings couples together. Chef de Cuisine Chris Davies whips up an ever-changing selection of complex dishes, using locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. From the grilled shishito peppers and fresh sashimi to the lime cream and fried milk, the menu features a broad range of unique flavors and textures that are perfect for sharing. Robyn Correll

Tenuta's: Milwaukee, Wis. — featured in Romantic Restaurants in Milwaukee

Aromas of roasted tomatoes and garlic are a nightly occurrence in this tight, narrow space on the corner of a residential Bay View street. It’s also a popular “date night” spot. Open only since 2003, Tenuta’s ambiance feels like it’s been here forever (in a good way). Wines skew Italian, naturally, and a meal is not considered complete if you don’t start with calamari or burrata. Pizzas here are both classic (like the “Classic,” with sausage, mushrooms and pepperoni) and inventive (cream cheese and pineapples are on the “Diavola”) and the entrees cover fish, beef and vegetarian options (including roasted-mushroom gnocchi and butternut-squash ravioli). Kristine Hansen

the interior at Abejas

Abejas: Golden, Colo. — featured in The Best Things to Eat in Golden

Step foot in this restaurant with a handsome, rustic interior and you’d never guess it once housed a Piggly Wiggly grocery store. With a focus on seasonal ingredients, the menus here are always changing up, giving diners a chance to discover new favorites. You might spot something like Colorado lamb loin on the dinner menu, served with an edamame-dill puree and horseradish yogurt or an omelette of the day on the brunch menu that’s made with local produce. Abejas has helped position Golden, which is at the base of the mountains, as a food destination. The intimate setting makes it a perfect date-night restaurant. Brittany Anas

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