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.

West Lovers Lane
Rise No. 1
Photo courtesy of Rise No. 1

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

The French Room
Photo courtesy of Steven Visneau

Once regarded as Dallas' ultimate fine-dining experience, the French Room restaurant in the recently renovated historic Adolphus hotel has reopened with a new chef and a swanky updated menu to match its revamped digs. At the helm is executive...  Read More

Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
Photo courtesy of Five-Sixty

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

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

Gemma Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Gemma Restaurant

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

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
Photo courtesy of The Mansion Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

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

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

Flora Street Cafe
Photo courtesy of Flora Street Cafe

Since it debuted in 2016, this sleek Dallas Arts District restaurant has landed on all the "best lists" and earned a five-star rating by the Dallas Morning News. Which should come as no surprise considering this is the flagship restaurant of...  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