The 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in America
A romantic dinner can take many forms. Sometimes, nothing says love like a takeout container of pad Thai on the couch. But other times, we want a date night that pulls out all the stops—flickering candles, sweeping vistas, intimate nooks built just for two. Here are ten restaurants that spell romance with a capital "R."
One if By Land, Two If By Sea (New York, NY)
Tucked away in a colonial carriage house in the West Village, this elegant spot is all Old World romance—candlelit chandeliers, brick fireplaces and roses on every table. Even the name, from a Longfellow poem, gives us shivers.
Canlis (Seattle, WA)
Seattle’s most iconic restaurant sits high above the city in a classic mid-century modern mansion (think Mad Men, without Don Draper’s bad manners). The views of Lake Union and the Cascade Mountains are swoon-worthy, and the Canlis Salad is legendary.
White Barn Inn (Kennebunk, ME)
Go ahead, get snowed in. The cozy, candlelit five-star restaurant is attached to a luxury bed-and-breakfast (with fireplaces in every room and a spa featuring couples’ massages).
The French Laundry (Yountville, CA)
The French Laundry, in the heart of California’s bucolic wine country, is not exactly an average date night. Dinner might cost more than your mortgage, and you’ll need to get a reservation months in advance. But we promise, it will be memorable.
La Mer (Honolulu, HI)
A table for two on a breezy lanai, overlooking Waikiki Beach at sunset? We’ll take it.
Circa 1886 (Charleston, SC)
With its cobblestoned streets and graceful old mansions, it’s hard not to feel romantic in Charleston. Circa 1886, in the carriage house of the Wentworth Mansion, takes it to another level. Especially if you arrive in a horse-drawn carriage.
Canoe (Atlanta, GA)
Set on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Canoe feels a world away from the bustle of downtown Atlanta. Linger over a classic Southern dinner on the covered patio, then break away for a stroll through the manicured gardens, hand in hand.
Bondir (Cambridge, MA)
This perfect little farmhouse-style restaurant checks all of the romance boxes—candles, flowers, flickering fireplace—without feeling at all stuffy or pretentious. It’s warm and intimate, and perfect for any date night.
The Little Door (Los Angeles, CA)
The secret to this lovely little French-Moroccan gem is the courtyard—filled with flowers, twinkling lights and even a koi pond. Plus, an outdoor bar means that the next glass of Champagne is always just a moment away.
The Inn at Little Washington (Washington, VA)
There’s nothing understated about this sumptuous spot—the walls are lined with brocade, and rose-colored silk lampshades flow above every table. The food is rich, and the wine cellar is 14,000 bottles deep. If you can tear yourself away from the luxurious dining room, head outside for gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.