The 7 Best New Restaurants in Dallas for a Romantic Dinner
To some, love is a thoughtful gift. To others, love is a compassionate act of service. And then there are others (and we like these people the most, TBH) who feel like love is a saucy plate of pasta smothered with Parm. Even if your feelings about food aren’t quite that extreme, these seven new restaurants are sure to make your Valentine’s Day unforgettable—provided you don’t forget to reserve a table ASAP, before they’re all booked.
Knox District golden boy Stephan Courseau joined forces with celebrity chef Curtis Stone to bring a super sexy stunner to the old Villa-O location. While sipping Champagne here, it’s easy to pretend—at least for the moment—that you are vacationing in Paris. No airfare required.
4514 Travis St. #132; georgiedallas.com
Old Hollywood but with a little Park Cities pizzazz—that’s the vibe we’re getting from this new steakhouse from Vandelay Hospitality Group. It’s perfect for whatever situation you find yourself in on Valentine’s Day, because while the cozy booths are occupied by couples sipping martinis and listening to jazz, the lively bar seems to be packed with singles ready to mingle.
5007 Lovers Lane; drakeshollywood.com
3. Ellie’s Restaurant & Lounge
Taking your valentine to a show in the Arts District? Do yourself a solid by booking a reservation at this beautiful newcomer nestled in the Hall Arts Hotel. It has great options for vegetarians (try the cauliflower grain bowl or vegetable pie!) and hardcore carnivores alike (share the double cut Niman Ranch pork chop).
1717 Leonard St.; elliesdallas.com
4. Commons Club
Matt McCallister has set up shop inside the Dallas Design District’s new Virgin Hotel with a French-influenced, seasonally driven menu. We’d say this is an ideal place to take a date you want to impress but don’t want them to know it quite yet. Casual but cool. Really cool. And speaking of really cool, we can’t stop looking at this restaurant’s ice-cold cocktail menu. We’ll take a High Tea and whipped ricotta toast on the fly, please.
1415 Turtle Creek Blvd.; virginhotels.com/dallas
This Bishop Arts District beauty is something straight out of an Instagram dream. And while some people fancy a phenomenal fixed menu for Valentine’s Day, some crave an adventurous evening. If you find yourself in the latter category, how does roving bar carts serving European snacks sound? We’re all for it.
308 N. Bishop Ave.; paradisodallas.com
6. Partenope Ristorante
Steal a pizza someone’s heart by taking them to this downtown destination, which is serving up Southern Italian fare. If you can’t score a table for the prix fixe menu on the 14th (which includes spinach and ricotta ravioli and a glass of prosecco with dessert), it’s worth planning a date night anytime. On those nights you can try the Montanara pizza, which won the gold medal at the Pizza Olympics in Naples. Think flash-fried then baked crust with mozzarella and tomato sauce, finished off with fresh basil. It’s amore!
1903 Main St.; partenopedallas.com
7. Te Deseo
Rooftop cocktails, a Latin American menu, swoon-worthy decor—this Harwood hot spot is the place to be on V Day. And while smoking is officially not cool anymore, we are v. intrigued by the chocolate cigar we are seeing on the dessert menu. Edible ashes? Tell us more.