Desert Romance: 10 Best Romantic Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

It's hard not to get in the mood for love at T. Cook's, the signature restaurant at Phoenix's ultra-romantic Royal Palms Resort and Spa. The menu of New American fare, featuring Mediterranean-inspired pastas, soups, and seafood dishes. The restaurant has one of the loveliest dining rooms in the city, featuring a colorful Moroccan-inspired prints and plush seating. The two bougainvillea-dotted patios offer lovely views of Camelback Mountain. The restaurant also has a glass-enclosed wine and tequila tasting room, perfect for taste-testing bottles with your sweetie. 

One of the loveliest outdoor patios in the city is over at House of Tricks in Tempe. The historic house-turned-restaurant, tucked away on a quiet street near the Arizona State University campus, is a long-time favorite fine dining with locals and visitors alike. The farm-to-table menu features seasonally-inspired sandwiches, pasta dishes, meats and fish plates - all crafted from locally sourced ingredients. 

Over in downtown Phoenix, enjoy a quiet dinner at Nobuo at Teeter House, an elegant Japanese teahouse located inside on of the oldest homes in the city. The gourmet menu invites guests to think beyond sushi rolls, teriyaki, and other usual suspects for a totally innovative take on Japanese cuisine. For an extra special dinner, contact the restaurant in advance to request the tasting menu experience. 

For an ultra-romantic date night that won't break the bank, head over to Cibo. The restaurant is situated inside a 1913 bungalow near the Roosevelt Row arts district. For dinner, the menu is replete with gourmet wood-fired pizzas, but you'll also find a great list of antipasti and salads. The restaurant has a lovely garden patio with twinkling lights, and the dining room is cozy and rustic. 

This Asian-style teahouse was an immediate sensation at its debut back in 2010, famous for the artistic sensibilities of local superstar chef Nobuo Fukuda. The chef-artist is a critical darling for his iconoclastic take on traditional Japanese...  Read More

Top of the Rock

As the name suggests, this noteworthy establishment is perched proudly on a butte overlooking the Tempe area. Combine breathtaking panoramic views, romantic candlelight ambiance, and delectable Southwestern/New American cuisine; the result is a...  Read More

Two fireplaces, antique furnishings, and tables positioned to offer the utmost privacy adorn various rooms at House of Tricks, evoking an inviting, home-like ambiance. Dining on the terrace is a delightful experience, thanks to tables set under...  Read More

Vincent on Camelback has been a Valley favorite since the 1980s, when Chef Vincent Guerithault pioneered his unique brand of Southwestern-inflected French cuisine. Chef Vincent boldly marries traditional French techniques with indigenous...  Read More


Kai is noteworthy on so many levels that it's difficult to know where to start when describing it. The esteemed crew includes Consulting Chef Janos Wilder, Executive Chef Michael O'Dowd, and Chef de Cuisine Jack Strong. They have devised a menu...  Read More

Adapted from what used to be a neighborhood post office, this trendy wine bar is awash in candlelight, earthy colors, and dark wood furniture. It's also distinguished by a glass garage door that blurs interior and exterior space when the weather...  Read More

Different Pointe of View

As the name implies, views from this dining room are breathtaking. Sit outside on the patio and enjoy a beautiful sunset, or dine inside and check out the cityscape through huge picture windows. The restaurant delivers a winning menu featuring a...  Read More

T. Cook's rests within a 1920s-era mansion (now a luxury hotel, the Royal Palms Hotel and Spa) constructed by New York financier Delos Cooke. The property's elegant restaurant is considered one of the best in the state. The menu consists of...  Read More

Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain offers a unique fine dining experience in a bucolic slice of South Phoenix. The restaurant, located inside a historic home at the end of a pecan tree-line path at The Farm, features excellent...  Read More

This Central Phoenix urban pizzeria is situated in a restored 1913 bungalow, making it the perfect backdrop for a leisurely lunch or romantic dinner. Exposed brick, hardwood floors, authentic stained glass windows and a working fireplace means...  Read More


Meet Patricia Escarcega

Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

She received her MFA in Creative...  More About Patricia

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