There are many ways to show someone you love them (or really, really like them if you haven’t quite gotten to that stage yet), but one that has stood the test of time is taking them out for a romantic dinner! Houston has plenty of nice restaurants, but they probably couldn’t all be described as romantic. If you’re wondering where to take your partner out for a romantic date next, we’ve got you covered. These are the most romantic restaurants in Houston.
Brenner’s on the Bayou
Address: 1 Birdsall St, Houston, TX 77007
Neighborhood: River Oaks
A romantic dinner of any scale deserves a breathtaking romantic view of equal scale. At Brenner’s on the Bayou, they offer up some of the most beautiful views in all of Houston, Texas, so if you’re looking for a place to bring your date that’s sure to impress, this is the one.
Whether you’re dining inside or out on their patio, you’ll have amazing views of the bayou that the restaurant overlooked. Not only that, but the atmosphere of this restaurant has been described as one of the most romantic ones in Houston.
They do operate as a more upscale restaurant, so you’ll want to dress accordingly, but this really is a great opportunity for you and your partner to dress to the nines and head out for a great evening of delicious food and romance.
“We opted to sit outside on the patio which overlooks the bayou. Amazing atmosphere and views. It was perfect. Also on the patio had lounge chairs if you just wanted to enjoy the view and have a drink.” - Yelp Review
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Address: 2003 Lexington St, Houston, TX 77098
Neighborhood: Museum District
Whether you’re stopping by as a single couple or as a pair within a larger group date, Ambrosia is the perfect place for your next date night. They specialize in small plates, but don’t think for a second that your meal won’t be filling.
The ambiance here is super intimate - which makes it the perfect place for a first date, or even an opportunity to catch up with your partner and friends after a long week of barely having the opportunity to speak to each other.
You can opt to choose something off their menu that comes straight from the steakhouse portion of their restaurant, or you can order some of their seafood. Their entire menu is inspired by cuisine from the far east side of the world, so you know the flavors will be bold!
“Though a little dim, the general vibe of the restaurant is a very intimate setting. The restaurant isn't very large but it also has an adorable front patio area with some tables there as well. Definitely a great date night spot.” - Yelp Review
Address: 4444 Westheimer Rd, Ste A-100, Houston, TX 77027
Neighborhood: Highland Village
What’s the best way to prove that you really haven’t skimped on taking your date out to a place meant to impress? A delicious, juicy, high-quality steak made exactly the way that you like it - which is exactly what you’ll find at Steak 48!
As an upscale restaurant, you’ll probably be expected to be dressed in your Sunday best when you show up for your reservation here, but why not give the person you care about most the opportunity to doll themself up a bit?
With “steak” in their name, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get a good steak here, but if you’re not a huge fan of red meat, there are still plenty of options for you. One of the fan favorites is their Alaskan King Crab, which is some of the best in Houston!
“Me and my boyfriend love coming here for date night. Almost nothing compares to the steak here in the city! Best choice for date night. - Yelp Review
Address: 4310 Westheimer Rd, Ste 150, Houston, TX 77027
Neighborhood: Highland Village
If you’re looking to find a new romantic restaurant where you can take your partner on the regular, look no further than Bosscat Kitchen & Libations. Not only do they offer up some of the tastiest meals you’ll experience in all of Houston, but they have a pretty wide alcohol selection as well.
The menu is seasonal here, which means that whether you’re stopping by frequently or even just quarterly, you and your partner can almost always find something new to try out every single time you visit.
Stop by their whiskey room to get a taste of the whiskeys they imported in from all over the world. Not a huge whiskey fan? No worries - they’ve got cocktails you’ll be dreaming about until the next time you can come out for a romantic dinner!
“We were promptly seated when we arrived. The place has a really mellow ambiance and is good for conversation and groups...They have a room that has international and national brands of whiskey on wooden racks lining the walls.” - Yelp Review
Address: 2442 Times Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
Neighborhood: West University
Is there any country out there that screams romance more than France? Since you probably can’t very well take your partner out on a ten hour flight just to grab some dinner in Paris, we recommend sticking local - to a restaurant that offers up French cuisine right in Houston.
From their food to their dessert, Café Rabelais brings all of the romance that France has to offer to their restaurant - and the ambiance isn’t half-bad either! Whether you’re just there to grab a drink and a dessert or you’d like to experience everything they have to offer, it’s all romantic here.
Pair some wine with any one of their dishes featuring traditional French cuisine - from boeuf bourguignon to escargot - or simply enjoy one of their sweeter wines alongside their chocolate mousse!
“This is a great cozy restaurant to take someone on a date or special occasion. It features a superb French bistro-style menu as well as one of the best Old World wine list that I've seen to date in Houston.” - Yelp Review
Address: 2011 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77008
Neighborhood: The Heights
You’ve heard of Houston restaurants that are located along the bayou and offer up some of the most awesome views in the whole city. Now get ready for a restaurant that does this and combines it with a menu packed with wild game and some of the best seafood in the city.
Rainbow Lodge is located on the banks of White Oak Bayou: a log cabin with some rustic decor that might just remind you of the romantic setting of any of the rustic weddings you’ve attended in a refurbished barn.
Much of their menu is inspired by flavors that you’ll typically find along the bayou including the cajun flavors of New Orleans and some very delicious takes on the classic seafood you might be used to.
“The interior was beautiful with a romantic cabin feel. I highly recommend this place for anniversaries. It's perfect for couples and dates. Their outside patio is gorgeous for special occasions.” - Yelp Review
Address: 2311 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005
Neighborhood: West University
We’re not the type to rank the origin countries of different cuisines based on how romantic they are, but if we hold that France is the most romantic country, then we’re definitely sure that Italy is the second most romantic place.
Packed with a menu of Italian cuisine, if your partner loves Italian food, Antica Osteria is definitely somewhere you’ll want to bring them on your next date night. From pastas to chicken pancetta, there’s a little bit of Italian food that everyone here will enjoy.
They have an excellent selection of cocktails and wines that you can pair with any meal you order, and if that’s not your thing, well, they also serve up fresh bread for you to enjoy before they even take your drink order.
“Ambiance was perfect. Romantic, quaint, comfortable. Server brought complimentary bruschetta. Italian bread was fresh...Service was great. Food was better! Give this place a try!” - Yelp Review
Treat your partner to a delicious meal at one of these swanky Houston restaurants the next time you need another date night. Let us know which one you think is the most romantic in the comments below!