The 15 Most Romantic Restaurants in Dallas
From skyline views to sushi, these spots are sure to bring the heat.
It’s not even February yet, but we have romance on the brain. After all, a date night with someone special (or multiple special someones lest we forget all the throuples out there) can make any otherwise ordinary day of the week something special. Regardless of when you feel like treating your boo, Dallas has a swoon-worthy number of restaurants with cozy nooks for canoodling and aphrodisiacs on the menu for, ahem, more uninhibited canoodling once you’re back home or doing something else in the dark. Work your way through this list and you’ll have a ready-set agenda to go on 15 of the most memorable dates possible. Who knows, one might be worth looking back on fondly years in the future—perhaps sharing a few PG-13 details with the ol’ grandkids as they roll their eyes and cover their ears.
Chef Julian Rodarte takes “cooking for his wife” to a whole new level of devotion with the opening of his latest restaurant concept now that he’s taken over as CEO of the multi-restaurant venue in West Dallas. Named after his wife, Alexa—whom he now gets to work with on a daily basis—the pretty-in-pink dining room couldn’t be more perfect for lovers’ liaisons. Start at the Moet Champagne vending machine, then work your way through the perfect-for-sharing menu inspired by the Rodartes’ travels. Must-try dishes include the wagyu tacos for an appetizer and the whole red snapper, which they filet for you in the kitchen and serve half roasted and half tempura-fried. End the meal with a premium chocolate heart filled with chocolate-covered strawberries that are revealed once you break it open.
High above the city on the 27th floor of the Hilton Anatole, this iconic steakhouse recently reopened after a 2020 shutdown (for obvious reasons) and it’s better than ever. Featuring the best views of downtown Dallas from a distance, the high-end steakhouse sets the stage for a night of staring deep into each other’s eyes with the twinkling lights of the city as a backdrop, ideal for sharing a chocolate “tomahawk” for dessert. Live music Friday and Saturday nights at the adjoining bar and lounge makes it easy to dance away a few of the calories from the Prime steaks and lobster tails you most likely enjoyed for dinner.
Barcelona Wine Bar
Get a taste of Spain with a tapas experience unlike anything else in Dallas. Discover new treats for yourself and perhaps some new insight into your partner’s likes and dislikes. Settle into a table for two then build your own charcuterie board while sipping on one of several dozen wines and sherries by the glass. This is also the best time to go ahead and order an incredible paella (the Mariscos version with prawns, mussels, squid, and clams can’t be beat) because it can take up to 45 minutes to prepare. For dessert, olive oil cake makes for an ideal sweet to feed each other if PDA’s your thing.
How to book: Reserve a table via Wisely.
Fire-roasted lasagna and a butcher’s reserve steak—this could be the best pairing ever and worth checking out from the 49th floor restaurant atop The National, the building that’s also home to Thompson Dallas (hint-hint: great for a post-dinner staycation). Views from Monarch are nothing short of breathtaking (request a seat by the window when making your reservation for one of the most spectacular views of Downtown from Downtown) and the indulgent food experience matches the sights. If you’re out to impress and money’s not an object, opt for The Royale, an over-the-top chef’s tasting menu where each course is a complete surprise—and an utter delight. Pro tip: Take your final cocktail with you up to the 50th floor where a skywalk gives you even more views of the great city of Dallas.
How to book: Make a reservation via SevenRooms.
Book a table for two at this elegant, hip restaurant across the way from the Kimpton Pittman Hotel and settle in for an evening of staring deep into each other’s eyes (and souls) over fresh oysters on the half shell and Champagne to start (or a refreshing Naked & Famous, a mezcal cocktail with wish fulfillment built right into the name). Then dive into one of many dishes perfect for sharing, whether it’s a 32-ounce Prime Tomahawk, the Royal Feast teeming with meat and potatoes, or the Seafood Paradise, which features lobster, a whole blackened or fried red snapper, grilled oysters, and king crab legs.
How to book: Reserve via SevenRooms.
White tablecloths, candles, and fragrant aromas set the scene for an internationally inspired date. Traditional Indian fare meets French technique for a standout evening of culinary adventure and sophistication. Seafood, lamb, chicken, and vegetarian options make it easy to create your own sampling of flavors ideal for feeding each other over giggles and a few glasses of wine (if you’re that kind of couple).
French restaurants always have a slight advantage over other eateries when it comes to romance, and Parigi is no exception. The intimate bistro features a new menu twice each month with a focus on seasonality and local sourcing to create masterful dishes that delight with their presentation and impeccable flavors. Ask for a cozy two-top in the dining room or out front to recreate a Parisian sidewalk cafe experience in the heart of Dallas.
How to book: Call 214-521-0295 to reserve.
Expect to go on a proper date in proper attire at this quaint steak and seafood joint that’s been catering to the Highland Park set for nearly four decades. Even though you’ll find white tablecloths and fresh flowers at every table, you won’t find any pretense—unless you take it upon yourself to eat your Oysters Rockefeller with your pinky out.
Despite occupying a rather large space, this stunner is rife with dimly lit hideaways in which to gaze lovingly at the person seated across from you. The world-class sushi here makes for a nice meal for two, but don’t overlook the Ponzu-soaked Oyster Shooters—after which you might also want to take advantage of the luxury hotel upstairs. Just sayin’.
How to order: Order takeout and delivery via Uber Eats.
If ever there was a restaurant specifically designed for romance, it would be the seven-table Gorji. With zero televisions, no children allowed, and a dedicated server to wait on you all night long, it may be hard to go on as special a date anywhere else after this experience. Better still, the gratuity is included, so at the end of the meal you can focus on the person opposite you instead of the calculator on your Apple Watch.
How to book: Call 972-503-7080 to reserve.
The Mansion Restaurant
Back in the day, gentlemen were required to wear a coat and tie to enter this see-and-be-seen space, and though the dress code has relaxed slightly (a sportcoat would still be appropriate), the seasonal menu and upmarket atmosphere are still some of the most coveted in the city. Tables for two can be found scattered away throughout the dining rooms, but you can also grab a seat on the terrace by the roaring fireplace for the ultimate bubbly-popping locale.
Have a vegan or vegetarian in your life you wish to impress? They’ll have plenty to love here (and so will meat-eaters, to be honest). The entire mezze selection consists of colorful, fresh, veg-friendly options that, along with a few orders of hot ciabatta or pita and a bottle of wine, make for one heck of an interactive meal without ever venturing into the menu’s entrée section.
The dining room at Tulum is sexy enough, but insiders know that the bar and lounge are where the majority of sweet nothings are whispered. With comfy couches, dim lighting, and a sense of being stashed far away from the main action, you can enjoy a full meal or hit it up during happy hour for half-off tacos, enchiladas, wine, and cocktails. After all, a hot date doesn’t have to be an expensive one.
Rise No. 1
One soufflé, two spoons: That’s the general idea behind this charming spot dedicated to the fine French art of the fluffy soufflé. Start with the famous Marshmallow Soup, then choose a savory soufflé to share with options ranging from Smoked Salmon to Cauliflower and Brie. Save room for a dessert soufflé, with Pecan Praline and Grand Marnier serving as can’t-miss options.
How to book: Call 214-366-9900 (Dallas) or 817-737-7473 (Fort Worth) to reserve.
Everything’s small at this quaint East Dallas spot, from the 50-seat dining room to the limited menu of Asian specialties—and that’s what makes it so fantastic. Grab a table by the window and bask in the seductive red glow of the neon sign out front, then dive into some Crab Dip, Lettuce Wraps, Steamed Buns, and sushi, all perfect for sharing.