Woo Your Date at One of Dallas’ Most Romantic Restaurants This Week

It’s all about the romance at these Dallas locals’ favorite restaurants to bring a date.

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Texas is usually more well-known for it’s rodeos and boisterous bar-b-que than it is for a romantic date night with the person you love, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely devoid of romance. Throughout Dallas, there are actually quite a few romantic restaurants for you to take your partner to for a fun and romantic night out. Take at look at some of these favorite date spots among Dallas natives.

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Avanti Restaurant

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Website: avantirestaurants.com

Address: 2720 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

Neighborhood: Uptown

Whether you’ve been together for years now or you’re just going out for your first date now, a classic romantic date in Dallas is to wine and dine your date. At Avanti Restaurant, both the food and the wine are some of the best that either you or your date will experience.

Having recently been awarded the Wine Spectator Award in 2020 and in the two years before that, Avanti is well-versed in the world of wine. The Wine Spectator Award specifically celebrates the curation of a fine collection of wines.

Pair one of their award-winning wines with a three-course meal complete with an appetizer to share, a main entree, and a dessert that will have your mouth watering for more the second you’re hungry enough to enjoy food again. Who knows? Maybe Avanti will become your new regular date night spot.

“Good place for a date night...We arrived without a reservation Friday night and were impressed to have a Spanish guitarist playing as we drank at the bar and waited for our table.” - Yelp Review

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St Martin’s Wine Bistro

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Website: stmartinswinebistro.com

Address: 3020 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

Neighborhood: Lower Greenville

Name a more romantic dining ambiance than a French bistro, we’ll wait. While you probably won’t be able to take your date all the way to France for date night this time around, St. Martin’s Wine Bistro offers up authentic French cuisine for a delicious and intimate dining experience.

With “wine” in the name, you’re both guaranteed to be flushed and happy when you leave, too. They serve dinner five nights a week, and each one is just as special as the next. 

This is truly a place for special occasions, so whether you just really want to impress someone on your first date or you’re hoping to finally pop the question after weeks of planning it out, you’ll definitely want to do it at St. Martin’s Wine Bistro.

“This is truly one of our favorite date night spots. It has the most romantic atmosphere and incredible food. Definitely order the Champagne Brie soup. It's magical!” - Yelp Review

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Cadot Restaurant

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Website: cadotrestaurant.com

Address: 18111 Preston Rd, Ste 120, Dallas, TX 75252

Neighborhood: North Dallas

Authentic French cuisine always tastes a bit better when you know it’s being cooked up for you by an authentic French person. Cadot Restaurant is owned and operated by Jean-Marie Cadot, a Frenchman whose ancestors have been in the French cooking business since 1758.

His father and grandfather before him were both bakers, so while he’s strayed a little bit from family tradition by becoming a full-blown chef, he’s still kept his skills close to the family. In fact, he first gained his love for cooking through baking with his father!

Indulge in all of the delicious traditions French cuisine has to offer at Cadot, and enjoy some intimate conversation with your date while you do. From crepes to roasted duck to pastas made with some of Cadot’s original French sauces, you and your date are both going to love your meal here.

“Without a doubt one of our favorite restaurants when in town. Staff friendly, helpful and efficient. Atmosphere is pleasant and romantic with a business casual dress code. Great for a date night.” Product Directory | Creative Market - Yelp Review

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Toulouse Cafe and Bar

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Website: toulousecafeandbar.com

Address: 3314 Knox St, Dallas, TX 75205

Neighborhood: Uptown

Contrary to popular belief, romantic dates don’t have to be strictly romantic. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a night out with your date that combines both romance and a lively atmosphere, make a reservation at Toulouse Cafe and Bar!

Even better, make it a double date with some of your closest friends. Toulouse is well-known for its vibrant atmosphere, which adds a touch of fun to every meal you share with them. And after all, what’s romance without a little laughter.

You’ll hear clinking glasses as people toast each other here, a low hum of conversation as they chat away, and - most importantly - lots of laughter that may just be contagious and help break the ice for you and your date.

“The service was punctual to the point of seeming psychic. Anytime I would feel thirsty or hungry, I would raise my head and my next drink/dish would be rounding the corner.” - Yelp Review

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Si Tapas

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Website: sitapasdallas.com

Address: 2207 Allen St, Dallas, TX 75204

Neighborhood: Uptown

First dates are intimidating, and eating a massive plate of food on the first date could serve to make you feel even more intimidated. Instead, say “yes” to tapas here at Si Tapas, where they serve up bite-sized dishes to make up one collective, romantic meal.

Smaller servings served up in smaller dishes across several different items off the tapas menu here might just help you to feel a little more comfortable on your first date here. Even better, there’s no real requirement for how many tapas you need to order, so if you just want to stop by for a quick bite after gorging yourself on popcorn at the movies, that’s perfectly fine!

Spanish cuisine combined with some romantic Spanish music give this Uptown restaurant the perfect vibe to help you woo your date while you enjoy getting to know a little bit more about each other.

“I would say this is the perfect place to have a date. We got the house wine bottle and it paired so well with the cheese plate that we got.” - Yelp Review

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Sixty Vines

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Website: sixtyvines.com

Address: 500 Crescent Ct, Ste 160, Dallas, TX 75201

Neighborhood: Uptown

Most restaurants you go to that feature a lot of different wines put a heavy emphasis on making it known that their wines are some of the best. There are restaurants that put wine first, and then there is Sixty Vines.

The snobbish nature of a lot of wine culture has been completely tossed out the window at Sixty Vines, where they’ve let the wine take a backseat to the food they serve up. Don’t get us wrong - the wine is still good!

They just want to make sure that you enjoy your food above all else here. And if you get a romantic date of sharing food and trying each other’s wine out of it, well, can you really complain?

“Wow! Went there for the first time last night and it was arguably the best experience I have had in a restaurant. Beautiful atmosphere, food, and wine, but to top it off was the excellent service.” - Yelp Review

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Kostas Cafe

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Website: kostascafe.com

Address: 4914 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

Neighborhood: Upper Greenville

Even if you don’t usually think of Mediterranean food as something romantic, you may just change your mind once you’ve had a taste of the food at Kostas Cafe. Drawing inspiration from traditional Greek dishes, the food at Kostas is the perfect blend of healthy and aphrodisiac.

From homemade hummushumus and falafel, to Ggreek yogurt you can dip your pita bread into, to olives soaked in their own marinade. It might get a little loud in here, so it’s probably not the place to go if you’re looking for something especially intimate, but that doesn’t mean it’s without romance.

With love poured into each and every meal they cook up here, how could that not spill over to make quite the romantic evening for you and your partner. Give yourself the gift of something a little different this date night by indulging in some romance a little bit on the unexpected side.

“The staff is very attentive and very friendly. If you frequent the restaurant once a month or more they greet you by name when you walk in and treat you like family.” - Yelp Review

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Romance is hard work, but it’s not impossible. Whether you’re just trying to break the ice during a first date or you’re hoping to spend some intimate, quality time together with someone you’ve been romancing for years now, these are some of the most romantic restaurants in Dallas. Let us know which one is your favorite in the comments below!

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