What do you think of when it comes to romantic dining? White gloves, candlelight, soft music, and of course, good food and great wine. While I could easily fill this list up with just romantic French restaurants (a la the coveted French Room inside the Adolphus), I would rather give you fellas some variety in regional options when it comes to seductive cuisine. So before you select that date place for Valentine’s Day (if you have really waited this long to reserve a table,) read on to see what atmosphere and menu might truly tickle her fancy.
Perched atop the sprawling city-like Hilton Anatole, Nana is a perfect spot to look over the city and enjoy a romantic dinner. For sweetheart's day and for the entire weekend, enjoy a four-course meal for $99, with more options than any other prix-fix in town. Enjoy Chilean Langostine Ceviche, Seared Half Maine Lobster or Thai Pickled Cucumber Spaghetti, and that's just the second course. Sip Moet & Chandon Imperial and top it off with a decadent Peanut Butter Gelato or Mojito Coulis.
Hilton Anatole, 2201 Stemmons Freeeway, 27th Floor, (214) 761-7470, http://www.nanarestaurant.com/
Fine French dining in Dallas is at it's peak with Bijoux. Chef Scott Gottlich award-winning prix-fix menu just got better with a la carte options, allowing for briefer and smaller bites that are just as indulgent. For Valentine's Day, take your time with their four-course dinner with wine pairings. Try the Pan-Seared Fois Gras with the Steele Pinot Noir, followed by the Blood Orange Panna Cotta with a glass of Michele Chiarlo "Nivole" Moscato d'Asti. Pronounce that one without a hint of hesitation, and impress your date even more.
5450 W Lovers Ln # 225, (214) 350-6100, http://www.bijouxrestaurant.com/
3 Mi Piaci
To find true amore this weekend, try Mi Piaci in Addison, an authentic, upscale Italian eatery. Their V-day specials include three-course meals with complimentary champagne and a rose for the lady. Nab a spot overlooking the lighted fountain, and start your meal off with some Crudo, citrus cooked himachi tuna, scallop and mackerel with an herb gremolitta, and a side of their thin, house-made bread that comes topped with a variety of ingredients, from roasted wild mushrooms to sweet Italian sausage. Then opt for some made-to-order risotto (order takes about 25 minutes, but you aren't in any hurry, are you?) Or perhaps you feel more like the Veal Scallopini, Rigatoni or the Osso Buco. The knowledgeable wait staff will guide you through the dinner and wine menu to ensure your evening is seasoned to perfection.
14854 Montfort Dr, 972.934.8424, http://www.mipiaci-dallas.com
4 The Grape
While New American restaurants may be a dime a dozen, Chef Brian Luscher brings the history of The Grape with him on his creative ventures. Inspired by the bistros and wine bars of New York City and Europe, The Grape was the first restaurant in Dallas to offer a blackboard menu as well as one of the first to offer wines by the glass in 1972. Over the years The Grape has boasted a cast of employees that reads like a who’s who of Dallas (famed restaurateur, Alberto Lombardi, was an early waiter, for example), but throughout its 35 years The Grape has managed to maintain the quality and subdued swank it was always known for. In 2007, the Luschers purchased The Grape from the original owners, added a small face lift but kept a lot of things intact. From the house-cured meats to the ever-evolving menu, The Grape will continue to be a place to impress. Join Brian for their three-course Valentine's meal on Monday.
2808 Greenville Ave, 214.828.1981, http://www.thegraperestaurant.com/
5 Lanny's Alta Cocina Mexicana
Since we in Dallas know our Tex-Mex, we sometimes are very selective about our south of the border eateries. Lanny's in Fort Worth has well exceeded our expectations of a singularly innovative while at the same time authentic and delicious menu that will please any discerning North Texas palate. If you don't mind the drive, head to Lanny's for tantalizing tapas items such as Quail Tamales and Chorizo-wrapped Scallops, and wow your date with your incredible vino knowledge (the extensive wine list is divided by old and new world selections.) Don't forget to share the Tres Leches Crème Brulee for dessert.
3405 W Seventh St., 817.850.9996, http://www.lannyskitchen.com