While neon lights and queso might make for a great happy hour, they don't exactly elicit an amorous mood. But a place with a little charming decor, starlit patios, and flickering candlelight? That can go a long way to setting the tone for a romantic night out. Throw in some tasty food and mouth-watering dessert, and you have the makings of a memorable evening.
Whether it be for Valentine's Day, an anniversary dinner or just because, visiting a romantic restaurant with someone you care about isn't a bad way to spend an evening. For your perusal, here are the best places to spark romance in Houston.
Sambuca Jazz Cafe
A nice mix of Jazz and upscale new American cuisine served tapas style, Sambuca Jazz Café is just the right amount of flash and quality. With live music, dancing, and patio seating, it's a great spot for a high-energy date night.
Pro tip: Give the creme brulee a chance; you won’t regret it.
A long-time staple of Post Oak, this European-style dining moved over to Greenway and took all of the things that make it enjoyable along. To supplement their upscale décor and dining, they also have a quality wine selection. Servers at Tony's are attentive and knowledgeable, and while the menu features mostly Italian cuisine, dishes are prepared with a Texas flare that's as unique as your date.
Just Dinner is BYOB, so you never have to worry about spoiling your romantic dinner with a bad house red. The restaurant itself is housed in a charming old cottage built in 1928 and is just the right mix of cozy and elegant. Be sure to try the maple-glazed pork belly; it's a fan favorite.
Pro tip: Seating is limited, so be sure to book a reservation beforehand.
Uchi is a favorite date night spot for many Inner-Loopers because of its gorgeous ambience and out-of-this-world sushi. Start your dinner off with the brussels sprouts (trust me on this one), then share the Walu Walu and foie gras sashimi, before polishing it all off with their signature fried milk.
Pro tip: Want the experience without the price tag? Bring your date to Uchi's happy hour. Every evening from 5 - 6:30 p.m., Uchi offers a "sake social" menu that features specials on small plates, tastings, and drinks.
Ibiza has an extensive wine collection and absolutely delicious food, all complemented with a gorgeous backdrop of elegant decor and candlelight. The menu features traditional comfort food items — like steak and macaroni and cheese — but also features interesting flavor combinations like chili-crusted red fish with bacon butter. When the weather is nice, sit in one of the outside tables to enjoy a peek at the Downtown skyline and the bustle of Houston's Midtown.