Geja's Cafe in Chicago Named Best Romantic Restaurant
Eiffel Tower Restaurant, Circa 1886, Il Cielo and Fearrington House Restaurant also winners
Many of the world's most seductive dining destinations can be found in the U.S. We teamed up with food and romance experts to nominate the 20 best, most romantic restaurant in the nation, and then we turned it over to our readers.
For the past four weeks USA TODAY 10Best readers have been voting daily for their favorite romantic restaurant, and now we have a winner. Chicago had two nominated restaurants on the list, but it was Geja's Cafe, a candlelit fondue restaurant, that took home top honors as America's best romantic restaurant.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Romantic Restaurant are as follows:
- Geja's Cafe - Chicago
- Eiffel Tower Restaurant - Las Vegas
- Circa 1886 - Charleston
- Il Cielo - Beverly Hills, Calif.
- Fearrington House Restaurant - Pittsboro, N.C.
- Alizé - Las Vegas
- French Room - Dallas
- The River Café - New York
- Blantyre - Lenox, Mass.
- Log Haven - Salt Lake City
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Susan Moynihan (The Honeymoonist), Larry Olmsted (Great American Bites) and Ashley Day (USA TODAY Experience Food & Wine) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of the American restaurant scene.
Additional nominees for Best Romantic Restaurant included Addison in San Diego; August in New Orleans; Bayona in New Orleans; Canlis in Seattle; Everest in Chicago; The French Laundry in Yountville, Calif.; Joël Robuchon at The Mansion in Las Vegas; La Mer in Honolulu; One if by Land, Two if by Sea in New York and The White Barn Inn in Kennebunk, Maine.
10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners.
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