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12 Dallas-Fort Worth Restaurants That Are Perfect for a Romantic Night Out

Where to find flickering candles, cozy booths, and delicious bites for a romantic date night

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There are a lot of elements that go into creating a romantic dining space. Obviously, it starts with excellent dishes. Then there’s the lighting, the service, the size of the space, how it’s decorated, the musical soundtrack: all of these things come together to create an ambiance that nurtures romance.

In DFW, the options for a big date are numerous. But these restaurants located throughout the Metroplex are the best places to go for a memorable, romantic night out.

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RM 12:20 Bistro

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If you can’t get to France, get to this romantic bistro in Lake Highlands. The cozy booths and neighborhood feel are great for an intimate night out over a candle and a shared bottle of wine.

St Martins

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Get dinner and a show at this Lower Greenville institution. Pair your favorite from the extensive wine menu with a show from a live piano player and classic French fare.

Pizzana Dallas Knox Street

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Can a pizza place be romantic? Yes, if its Pizzana. This Knoxville spot is fancy pizza at its finest, served in a small room with moody lighting that lends itself to close conversation and shared bites. This is not your average pizza. And, the restaurant is offering a heart-shaped pizza special this Valentine’s Day. No, it’s not too on the nose — for some folks.

Georgie by Curtis Stone

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Curtis Stone’s Dallas outpost is heaven for midcentury modern lovers—the blonde wood and orange velvet seating with brass accents are an eye-catching combo. But the hospitality at Georgie will push the experience over the top. Diners here often splurge on a caviar starter and a steak dinner.

Quarter Acre

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With an adventurous menu, a redesigned interior that’s reminiscent of a New Zealand beach, and cozy, dark interiors, this new Lowest Greenville spot is a wonderful romantic destination. Impress your person with an order of the smoked beef tartare that comes with a real wow-factor.

Apothecary

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If small bites and fancy cocktails with a dash of “off the beaten path” ingredients is your idea of romance, this Lowest Greenville cocktail bar is where you should take your sweetheart.

Mot Hai Ba

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Make a reservation because this tiny spot in Lakewood doesn’t hold too many folks. The great service and dark lighting go a long way towards making a romantic atmosphere, as do the excellent cocktails. Just order carefully because some dishes are spicy.

El Carlos Elegante

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Make it a long, romantic evening at this Design District hot spot. Plan to grab a Mezcal cocktail at the bar first, then tell the server about restrictions and budget and just let them bring dishes and wines. Everything is a must-try. For an extra-romantic moment, ask to be seated near one of the fireplaces.

Niwa Japanese BBQ

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Strengthen your relationship by doing a little work together — cooking delicious bites at this Deep Ellum Japanese barbecue joint, that is.

Don Artemio Restaurant

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It’s looking luxuriously romantic over in Fort Worth. This Mexican food place is all the posh vibes you could want, and it’s giving “nicest resort in Northern Mexico” energy. Pair that with the wonderful seafood options and a few cocktails and you’ve got the recipe to romance. Valentine’s Day diners can take advantage of a 5-course tasting menu.

Boulevardier

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For couples with a shared interest in wine and the great foods it can be paired with, this Bishop Arts restaurant is the reservation to make. Add a plate of oysters to the mix for an extra aphrodisiac.

One of the corner tables, tucked away in the dark bits of this tiny Italian spot with some of the city’s most amazing food is a great way to get closer to your sweetie.

RM 12:20 Bistro

If you can’t get to France, get to this romantic bistro in Lake Highlands. The cozy booths and neighborhood feel are great for an intimate night out over a candle and a shared bottle of wine.

St Martins

Get dinner and a show at this Lower Greenville institution. Pair your favorite from the extensive wine menu with a show from a live piano player and classic French fare.

Pizzana Dallas Knox Street

Can a pizza place be romantic? Yes, if its Pizzana. This Knoxville spot is fancy pizza at its finest, served in a small room with moody lighting that lends itself to close conversation and shared bites. This is not your average pizza. And, the restaurant is offering a heart-shaped pizza special this Valentine’s Day. No, it’s not too on the nose — for some folks.

Georgie by Curtis Stone

Curtis Stone’s Dallas outpost is heaven for midcentury modern lovers—the blonde wood and orange velvet seating with brass accents are an eye-catching combo. But the hospitality at Georgie will push the experience over the top. Diners here often splurge on a caviar starter and a steak dinner.

Quarter Acre

With an adventurous menu, a redesigned interior that’s reminiscent of a New Zealand beach, and cozy, dark interiors, this new Lowest Greenville spot is a wonderful romantic destination. Impress your person with an order of the smoked beef tartare that comes with a real wow-factor.

Apothecary

If small bites and fancy cocktails with a dash of “off the beaten path” ingredients is your idea of romance, this Lowest Greenville cocktail bar is where you should take your sweetheart.

Mot Hai Ba

Make a reservation because this tiny spot in Lakewood doesn’t hold too many folks. The great service and dark lighting go a long way towards making a romantic atmosphere, as do the excellent cocktails. Just order carefully because some dishes are spicy.

El Carlos Elegante

Make it a long, romantic evening at this Design District hot spot. Plan to grab a Mezcal cocktail at the bar first, then tell the server about restrictions and budget and just let them bring dishes and wines. Everything is a must-try. For an extra-romantic moment, ask to be seated near one of the fireplaces.

Niwa Japanese BBQ

Strengthen your relationship by doing a little work together — cooking delicious bites at this Deep Ellum Japanese barbecue joint, that is.

Don Artemio Restaurant

It’s looking luxuriously romantic over in Fort Worth. This Mexican food place is all the posh vibes you could want, and it’s giving “nicest resort in Northern Mexico” energy. Pair that with the wonderful seafood options and a few cocktails and you’ve got the recipe to romance. Valentine’s Day diners can take advantage of a 5-course tasting menu.

Boulevardier

For couples with a shared interest in wine and the great foods it can be paired with, this Bishop Arts restaurant is the reservation to make. Add a plate of oysters to the mix for an extra aphrodisiac.

Lucia

One of the corner tables, tucked away in the dark bits of this tiny Italian spot with some of the city’s most amazing food is a great way to get closer to your sweetie.

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