Lucia is one of the best, if not the best Italian restaurant in Dallas! Lucia is housed in a charming historic home located in the Bishop Arts area. The menu is seasonal and all of their gourmet pasta is made from scratch. Work your way through antipasti, then risotto with white truffles, followed by scallops with honey nut squash, maitake mushrooms, fennel and smoked pancetta. Reservations go fast, with calls a month ahead recommended. You can view their Valentine’s offerings here. (picture source. LuciaDallas.com)
Boulevardier is great for any special occasion and we think it would be an excellent choice for Valentine’s Day. It’s very romantic with a French Bistro flair; flickering candles, oysters and champagne – you’ll get that all here and more! We love the French onion soup, Poached Egg Farm salad, Mussels, and Beef Bourguignon Pappardelle. They also have a fantastic beverage list featuring over 120 of American and French wines, along with wonderful cocktails and craft beer. (Picture Source: Gilt City Dallas)
Tei-An offers luxurious Japanese cuisine that never ceases to amaze – it’s always absolutely delicious. The interior design is contemporary and gives off a very zen-like vibe that’s just begging you to relax. The ambiance is great for date night, located in the One Arts District, a very trendy, artsy new area of Dallas. The service is fantastic with very well-trained. Our waitress was particularly wonderful, which added to the overall dining experience. Eat your way through their Soba offerings, sushi, proteins, seafood and absolutely incredible desserts. (Picture Source: D Magazine)
The Mansion Restaurant
This is Dallas’ best restaurant when it comes to luxe fine dining. The Mansion Restaurant has been in Dallas for more than 30 years and is an absolute classic. We love that they are creating and serving “haute cuisine – Texas style”. It’s located in the beautiful Mansion on Turtle Creek Hotel, which is absolutely perfect for those looking for a very romantic spot. It’s also a popular location for proposals and anniversaries, a testimonial to its truly romantic ambiance. We dined here during restaurant week and loved not only the food, but also the restaurant’s charm. Also, don’t miss the live music on the veranda over the weekend, a perfect spot for romantic al fresco fireside dining and lounging. (Picture Source: Rosewoodhotels.com)
A local favorite, Neighborhood Services is a wonderful date spot. It’s located on Lover’s Lane – how fitting for Valentine’s Day. The Chef, Nick Bodavinus, is well-known and wonderful bringing his guests delicious America fare every single time. It’s also home to our favorite scallop dish in Dallas and scallops are very sexy. The steaks and pastas are equally delicious. The vibe is pretty sexy too; dimly lit, lots of wood, cool Americana style art and extra cozy. (Picture Source: Dallas Eater)
TJ’s Seafood Market & Grill
TJ’s is on the list because it is a favorite close by little neighborhood gem. It has super fresh seafood and a wonderful welcoming feel to it. We love being able to walk up the street and see what’s in new for the day. Some of our favorites are their lobster rolls, fresh fish tacos, oysters, tuna steak and asian cole slaw – so, so good! They also have a great wine list. On nicer days, we like to sit outside and eat on the patio. (Picture Source: Tj’sSeafood.com)
Hibiscus features modern chophouse cuisine that focuses on local, regional and responsibly raised, with an emphasis on wood cooking. The drinks at Hibiscus are tops and heavily showcase the best of Texas wines and cocktails. Located in the hip Knox-Henderson area of Dallas, Hibiscus offers rustic décor that’s intimate, relaxed and comfortable. I have to add that some of our very close friends recently chose Hibiscus as the restaurant to celebrate their engagement. (Picture Source: Hibiscusdallas.com)
Hattie’s is an America bistro with a low country southern flair. They use traditional southern recipes and give them an upgraded modern twist. They’re located in the ever-interesting Bishop Arts neighborhood and have really influenced the area. The Dallas Observer has noted, “Dallas’ most vibrant dining scene may owe it all to one restaurant. Hattie’s helped build Bishop Arts..”. I love this restaurant and have eaten here many times. It brings back the best of memories, including a birthday celebration for my daddy-man and first date with my boyfriend. When you go, be sure to try the fried green tomatoes, grits, wedge salad and my personal favorite the mac & cheese encrusted filet of beef! It’s also great for people watching. (Picture Source: Hattie’s)
Mot Hai Ba
We love this little Vietnamese restaurant so much. Mot Hai Ba is tucked away on a side street off of the popular Greenville Avenue and resides in the Lakewood area of Dallas. Their story is really cool too, with Mot Hai Ba’s creation stemming from the chefs’ fateful motorcycle foodie trip through Vietnam! It is absolutely exquisite, elegant, energetic and very romantic. We love love, love the garlic noodles, green papaya and beef salad, imperial rolls, oxtail, duck, the list goes on and on. It’s also recently been voted the best new restaurant in Dallas! (Picture Source: mothaibadallas.com)
Famous in New York City and now in Dallas Le Bilboquet offers some of the best French food I have had state-side. It has an intimate feel with it being on the small side with about 55 seats. Crisp white table linens, woven bistro style chairs, along with delicious food and champagne – this restaurant definitely deserves to be on our most romantic spots to dine in Dallas. They’re known for their dish Le Poulet Cajun and it is absolutely amazing. I hardly ever order chicken when dining out and keep coming back and ordering this incredible dish – I am hoping to master it at home soon. If you can’t make it for dinner, their brunch is fantastic too. (Picture Source: Urban Daddy)
Honorable mention….any meal prepared or shared with love and enjoyed with loved ones wherever that may be!
Here’s wishing you a happy, delicious Valentine’s Day!
Let us know what your favorite romantic Dallas restaurants are.