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.