Get Your Cupid On: Romantic Dining in Memphis

Nothing says 'I love you' like dining in a romantic setting - whether you're watching a sunset, enjoying the grandeur of five-star service, or simply sharing a bottle of really fine wine.

In Memphis, couples looking to make a love connection - or rekindle one - have plenty of romantic dining options. Our list of the 10Best restaurants for romantic dining were chosen for their ambiance, their dim lighting, and their great food. Romantic, in this list, doesn't have to equal expensive, either.

Being a sucker for sunsets, we picked the rooftop restaurant Terrace at the River Inn of Harbor Town, for our list. It features large glass windows (which open wide in pleasant weather) which give a perfect view of sunset over the Mississippi River. Another out of the way spot is Itta Bena, the eatery tucked away above B.B. King's Blues Club on Beale Street. With its hidden entrance and speakeasy feel, it's like a little hideaway for lovers. Both of these spots are perfect for impressing a first date.

If you're seriously in the throes of love and a long-term commitment is in the works, then the Peabody's Chez Philippe or Paulette's are our top choices for all-out ambiance and fine dining.

On this list, we've even thrown in a few restaurants located in hotels, just in case your romantic meal leads to something more. . . we'll never tell!

Cafe Society
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Located in the historic Evergreen District, Cafe Society offers Parisian flair and bistro atmosphere. The owner's father was a chef at Maxim's in Paris, so the restaurant features loads of classic French sauces and touches. A small bar and...  Read More



Acre is an example of a great restaurant that serves up an awesome signature steak - a grilled angus ribeye served with garlicky rosemary 'crushed' potatoes in a red wine reduction. Y-U-M. The menu changes frequently based on what's available...  Read More



The Terrace at the River Inn has upgraded to become a year-round spot - and brings a casual yet upscale nightlife offering to Harbor Town. Big glass windows are either thrown wide open to welcome the weather - or closed to ward it off - and...  Read More



Tucked high above noisy Beale Street, but with a great view of the action, Itta Bena is a lush bit of quiet yet rustic elegance that sits on top of B.B. King's Beale Street club. With a practically unmarked entrance (facing Second Avenue, around...  Read More



Tucked away on an East Memphis side street, Erling Jensen is a bit difficult to find but worth the trouble. Grounded in French tradition but much broader in scope, this fine restaurant has been a favorite for years, its personable chef,...  Read More



Take off for a taste experience at this downtown Memphis restaurant - with flights of both wine and food, the options are seemingly endless. From champagne flights to salad flights to beef or seafood, cabernets or chardonnays, it can...  Read More



Recognized year after year as the best steakhouse in Memphis, Folk's Folly guarantees a flawless American feast from start to finish. With its very own butcher shop next door, the restaurant asserts that steak is clearly the specialty. However,...  Read More



Since its move to the River Inn, Paulette's is now open for breakfast daily, and that's a real treat as its breakfast offerings are lush - from eggs Benedict with creamy Hollandaise to hands-down the best French toast in town. Weekday breakfast...  Read More

Restaurant Iris
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Chef Kelly English is usually in the house - as in, the darling house in Midtown that serves as the backdrop for his first eatery, Restaurant Iris. The homey feel of the individual dining rooms is supplemented by great artwork and a low-key...  Read More



The most opulent dining experience in all of Memphis is found at Chez Philippe, located in the lobby of the historic Peabody Hotel. Fortunately for diners, the cuisine matches the lush and elegant surroundings. Traditional French fare is the...  Read More


Meet Sally Walker Davies

Sally Walker Davies is enchanted by Memphis' music, history, and characters. From the artsy South Main Historic District to the grittiness of her favorite live music clubs to the sophisticated...  More About Sally