A romantic and delicious dinner for two tops any foodie's bucket list. And when it comes to romance, Kansas City has some of the best restaurants in the country to bring your better half. From a quaint French bistro to a modern Spanish restaurant offering panoramic views of the city skyline, a night out in Kansas City will transport you to a cosmopolitan place. Both the restaurant ambiance and the quality of the food Kansas City has to offer (seafood is often flown in fresh that day) will make you forget you're in the middle of the prairie.
Le Fou Frog
This charming, unpretentious French bistro, located on the edge of Kansas City's River Market, has diners saying "Oui!" Small tables and candlelight exude French warmth, while an ever-changing menu and an attentive waitstaff deliver an exceptional culinary experience. Chef-owner Mano Rafael sources seasonal ingredients to create authentic from-scratch food like escargots provençale and steak au poivre. Daily haute cuisine specials grace the menu and the servers are prepared to give recommendations. Pair your dinner with a wide selection of French wines or treat yourself to a specialty French martini.
In Spanish, a piropo means "flirty compliment"—a fun way to share your affection for another. Similarly, Piropos Restaurant in Briarcliff Village offers a great way to celebrate your fondness for your loved one. The ambiance created by Argentinian antiques showcases the restaurant's authenticity, but it's the panoramic hilltop view of downtown Kansas City that immediately draws you in. That is, until you see the menu. Traditional empanadas and a bottle of Argentine Malbec are the best way to start off your night. Then, segue onto an offering from Piropos' expansive menu of grilled meats, seafood, fresh salads, and vegetables. Try traditional parrilla (grilled meat) or any premium-cut beef dish on the menu. They won't disappoint.
Taste the creations of a New York celebrity chef right in Kansas City at Lidia Bastianich's world-class restaurant, Lidia's. A huge fireplace, dimly lit dining room, ornate chandeliers, and amazing food give this restaurant its recognition as one of Kansas City's most romantic hotspots. Lidia's menu is filled with classic Italian favorites, like pasta carbonara and housemade gnocchi, alongside Croatian dishes, like ribeye bistecca with garlic-fried potatoes. The extensive wine list includes dozens of options, all of them hailing from one of Italy's renowned wine regions. Visit Lidia's at its historic Union Station location to experience traditional Italian farmhouse cooking.
Italian charm and amazing culinary delights await you at Jasper's, where chef-owner Jasper J. Mirabile Jr. creates Sicilian dishes with Tuscan and Piemontese influences. For this reason, Zagat named Jasper's one of America's top 25 Italian restaurants, and Travel & Leisure deemed Jasper's one of the top Italian restaurants in the country. Mirabile Jr. cooks up signature specialties like Shrimp Livornese, lobster ravioli, and Scampi Marie Antoinette. Then, he reinforces the restaurant's inviting atmosphere with impromptu visits to guest tables and other personal touches. The service at this eatery is truly like no other.
Walking into Brookside's Aixois Bistro transports you to a Parisian stomping ground. This lovely French bistro, located in the Shops at Crestwood, offers romantic dining at its finest. Huge windows overlook Brookside Boulevard and the Trolley Trail, as chef-owner Emmanuel Langlade serves up delicious French cuisine that includes sautéed veal liver, duck confit, and crêpes. Start off a romantic day with an intimate breakfast, or enjoy a lunch appetizer of oysters flown in fresh from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Try Aixois' specialty, Quiche Lorraine, then complete your romantic French brunch with a mimosa made with French champagne.
Kansas City's historic Union Station train depot offers a few popular dining options, making it a romantic setting for any date. Pierpont's elegant white-tablecloth dining room only adds to this intimacy. Begin your meal by saddling up to their 30-foot mahogany bar, one of the city's most popular happy hour spots. Pierpont's menu is eclectic and elegant with offerings like Kansas City prime-cut steaks, ceviche, and roasted bone marrow. If you prefer, tuck yourself into one of the restaurant's private tables in the wine cellar for a private experience, and then top off your dinner with a signature cocktail. For Valentine's Day, Pierpont offers a three-course prix fixe menu, complete with offerings like Maryland crab cakes and pan-roasted lamb chops.