Drink to me only with thine eyes… then pass me the bottle of Pinot Noir so I can polish it off! Love is all about sharing.
Any time of year is a good time for romance, but February seems to be the month when most of us feel compelled to share a dinner a deux with our significant other. And restaurants are more than happy to accommodate: special menus abound, filled with notorious libido enhancers like oysters, foie gras, champagne and dark chocolate.
Arm yourself with our list of romantic dining spots and you’re sure to find one that fits your fancy, whether you dine out with your sweetie on February 14 or any other night of the year. Vive la romance!
Sipping sangria and devouring tapas puts you in the mood for el amor.
Feed each other the Grand Marnier Soufflé. Et voila.
See a play at Steppenwolf and then enjoy some luscious pasta.
4882 N. Clark St.
We love Chef Guiseppe’s take on our Italian favorites, like Cozze alla Marinara, just saying it sounds sexy. Special Valentine’s weekend menu available with all-star romantic favorites.
Francesca’s Bryn Mawr
1039 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
The low-lit bar has cozy booths to keep away the winter chill. Snuggle while you share risotto.
5203 N. Clark St.
Soju martinis and bibim bop are the new red wine and beef bourguignon of love.
Belden-Stratford Hotel, 2300 N. Lincoln Park W.
This gorgeous restaurant is dressed to impress, with a prix fixe seafood menu that’s every bit as elegant and dramatic. Wow your significant other with a visit.
Flattering lighting means you can eat more of these delish steaks. The white-jacketed waiters won’t tell.
201 E. Delaware Pl.
So authentically Italian, such a lovely, romantic space… you had me at risotto.
If hip lovers from a Bollywood film lived in Chicago, this is where they’d dine.
730 Waukegan Rd.
Ask for a booth in this dark and very groovily designed place; eat sushi and get busy.
Oysters. Steak Frites. Chocolate Terrine. Owner Pascal Berthoumieux. Yum.
What’s sexier than a flight of intriguing wines? You, after you finish them.
Quiet, intimate space with fantastic food from Chef Andy Moto. The man has a way with lamb… and the desserts are crazy good.
Flight Wine Bar
1820 Tower Dr.
Sharing small plates + tasting many interesting wines = romance.
306 Green Bay Rd.
The twinkly lights, the beautiful greenery, and yummy French cuisine are all conducive to love.
Cozy, crowded, but the food is inspired and you will be, too.
1849 Second St.
Ask for an upstairs booth in what I call the leopard grotto. Rowrr.
Bank Lane Bistro
670 N. Bank Lane
Cozy, romantic spot with inspired food. Overlooking historic Market Square.
Gorgeous plating and innovative food gives seafood a modern, fresh vibe. And yes, lobster risotto is romantic.
Flirty drinks made with HUM liqueur paired with spicy, delicious Nuevo Latino menu.
4400 Golf Rd.
This is where Harry Connick, Jr. would take a date. Still the best lamb chops anywhere, served in the supper club of your memories.
Feel coddled by the perfect service and luxe food. A date-night magnet.