If you want to woo your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day with a perfect night out, don’t waste a minute second-guessing your restaurant reservation.
Yelp has put together a list of the 25 most romantic restaurants in the United States (based on volume of reviews mentioning the word ‘romantic,’ as well as rating), to insure your dinner is a home run.
To give the list a bit of geographic diversity, only three restaurants per state were included on this list.
There were many unsurprising mentions on the list, including New York City’s Gramercy Tavern (No. 24), Club A Steakhouse (No. 9), and Thomas Keller’s Per Se (No. 20), which serves a haute dessert tasting menu.
Chicago also had three restaurants appear on the list — Gilt Bar (No. 23), Penumbra (No. 4), and Baette’s Bar & Boeuf (No. 2) — while Philadelphia can take ownership of two (Bistrot La Minette at No. 21; Talula’s Garden at No. 11).
Not all of these charming restaurants are in major cities. The No. 5 most romantic restaurant, Gourmet Italia, is located in Temecula, California, while Mama’s Fish House (No. 8) can be found in Paia, Hawaii.
Café Monarch is well known for their special occasion, prix-fixe dinners — and this year, patrons can celebrate Valentine’s Day by ordering the $150, four-course menu. Dishes will feature swoon-worthy ingredients like prime filet mignon, Maine lobster tail and diver scallops, and Chilean sea bass.
Yelp reviewers raved about the attentive service (but not overbearing), the ambiance (bistro lighting, candles, a cozy fire), and incredible food (almost as much as the specialty cocktails).
Really impress your date by reserving a table on the ivy-covered, palm-fringed courtyard, and check out the full list of romantic restaurants below.
The Most Romantic Restaurants the United States, According to Yelp
25. Tidepools in Poipu, Hawaii
24. Gramercy Tavern in New York City, New York
23. Gilt Bar in Chicago, Illinois
22. La Mer in Honolulu, Hawaii
21. Bistrot La Minette in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
20. Per Se in New York City, New York
19. St. Martin's Wine Bistro in Dallas, Texas
18. Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas, Nevada
17. The Black Pearl in Dunedin, Florida
16. Bella on the River in San Antonio, Texas
15. The Olde Pink House in Savannah, Georgia
14. Bern's Steak House in Tampa, Florida
13. Chef Adrianne's in Miami, Florida
12. Café Amelie in New Orleans, Louisiana
11. Talula's Garden in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10. Cibo in Phoenix, Arizona
9. Club A Steakhouse in New York City, New York
8. Mama's Fish House in Paia, Hawaii
7. Island Prime in San Diego, California
6. L'ardoise Bistro in San Francisco, California
5. Gourmet Italia in Temecula, California
4. Penumbra in Chicago, Illinois
3. Canoe in Atlanta, Georgia
2. Bavette's Bar & Boeuf in Chicago, Illinois
1. Café Monarch in Scottsdale, Arizona