Love At First Bite: Ten Tantalizing Dallas Restaurants To Seduce Your Sweetheart

They say the best way to your special someone's heart is through his or her stomach, so what better way to ignite the flames than a magical meal at a dreamy dining spot? Luckily, Dallas has no shortage of romantic restaurants to set the mood.

Looking for something dark and intimate? Then book a table at St. Martin's Wine Bistro, where classic French fare paired with an old-world vibe has earned it the reputation for being one of the most romantic date places in the city. Speaking of French, nobody does l'amour like Rise No 1, a hidden gem in University Park that's famous for whipping out decadent savory and sweet soufflés. And just about everything at the swanky Mansion Restaurant on Turtle Creek oozes romance, from its stunning setting, complete with cozy nooks and fireplaces– to its enticing menu of modern American cuisine.

Of course, nothing is more seductive than a sensational meal with stellar views– which is what you'll find at Wolfgang Puck's Five Sixty restaurant at the top of Reunion Tower and SER Steak & Spirits perched on the twenty-seventh floor of the Hilton Anatole hotel.

Whether it's a first date, special occasion or just an intimate meal for two, be sure to keep this fail-proof list handy when you want to make a good impression.

Al Biernat's
Photo courtesy of Al Biernat's

Enduringly popular with Dallas' movers and shakers, Al Biernat's has been a neighborhood stalwart for over 15 years. And there's as much buzz around the celebs who dine here as there is about the food. The attraction is a combination of...  Read More

Gemma Restaurant
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Since opening in late 2013, Allison Yoder and Stephen Rogers' charming Napa inspired restaurant has continued to be one the most sought-after reservations in town--and for good reason. The restaurant is comfortably chic and the food is nothing...  Read More

West Lovers Lane
Rise No. 1
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It's a rarity to find soufflé on a restaurant menu these days, much less a place boasting a menu almost entirely devoted to this puffed up French classic. Enter Rise, a rustic French-inspired bistro showcasing ethereal soufflés in versions...  Read More

St. Martin's Wine Bistro
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Often billed as one of the most romantic restaurants in Dallas, this much-loved neighborhood stalwart oozes old-fashioned glamour with its dimly-lit Victorian decor, intimate little nooks and a menu that shines with comforting, Francophile...  Read More

Tei-An Soba House and Sushi
Photo courtesy of Joey Stewart Photography

Getting a table at this Dallas Arts District hot spot has been a challenge ever since it opened in 2008. Understandably so, as Tei-An is considered to be one of the best restaurants in Dallas. And its chef/owner, Teiichi Sakurai, has been a...  Read More

SER Steak + Spirits
Photo courtesy of Ilene Jacobs

With its location on the twenty-seventh floor of the Hilton Anatole hotel, the views from SER (pronounced sear) are, as you might expect, stunning. And if the views alone don't wow you, then the black angus tomahawk encrusted with smoked blue...  Read More

Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
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Reunion Tower is Dallas' most iconic landmark and Wolfgang Puck's Five Sixty restaurant resides at the top (560 feet up) of its glittering orb. The revolving restaurant is a destination for the setting alone: floor-to-ceiling windows provide...  Read More

Lucia Dallas
Photo courtesy of Evans Caglage

If you ask any discerning foodie which is the hottest restaurant in town, they'll point you to David and Jennifer Uygur's rustically charming 36-seat Bishop Arts trattoria. But be warned, the place is so popular that you have to either book two...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Matt Callahan

Dallas has long had a love affair with celeb chef Dean Fearing-- whose modern take on Southwestern cuisine has earned him numerous accolades over the years, including a James Beard Award for best chef of the Southwest. Here at his namesake...  Read More

The Mansion Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
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Dallas has no shortage of fine dining options, but the Mansion Restaurant, tucked inside the iconic Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek hotel-- has remained a standout for more than 35 years. Luxuriously kitted out with sleek contemporary...  Read More


Meet Ilene Jacobs

As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. Ilene got hooked on this wanderlust lifestyle after...  More About Ilene