As romantic as it may seem to cook dinner and light a few candles for your love, nothing can quite compare to the experience of being served exquisite cuisine at a fine restaurant in Dallas. There doesn’t need to be an occasion for an intimate night of luxury service and lavish four-course meals. All you need is a bit of direction. And that’s why I suggest following your nose (and heart) to these elegant establishments around Big D:
This is arguably one of the most exclusive restaurants in Dallas. The French Room is only open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. — so, if you’re able to get a reservation, your date will be even more impressed. To dine in the elegant restaurant, men must adhere to the dress-code policy: Jackets are a must, and denim and sneakers are strictly prohibited. You’ll understand why once you see the grand prix-fixe menu. Start your French dinner off with the seared ahi tuna and foie gras torchon. For your main dish, order the Massachusetts diver scallops or the sumptuous Black Angus beef tenderloin. Finish with chocolate hazelnut crunch torte with delicious malted milk chocolate cream and salted caramel ice cream.
It doesn’t get much more romantic than this classy Dallas address. The Mansion Restaurant offers a French-influenced menu and a great list of fine wines. The main dining room’s honey-colored walls and bare dark wood tables lend it a modern feel. But the intricately carved fireplace adds a classic and cozy touch. If you’re in the mood to treat your sweetheart to a private meal, reserve one of the quaint private dining rooms. It is an intimate spot for you to enjoy savory appetizers such as the kabocha squash risotto and entrées like the lobster with caramelized endive, syrah reduction and orange dust.
Located in the famed Uptown neighborhood, Hôtel St. Germain Restaurant impresses with its top-notch service and prix-fixe menus. Expect dishes like foie gras mousse with toasted brioche and kumquat preserves, and the prime rib-eye with potatoes a la boulangère. The main dining room overlooks a gorgeous, ivy-covered courtyard. As you’d expect from a fine-dining establishment, a strict dress code is enforced. But then again, it only makes sense that you and your significant other look the part in a place that’s serving a fantastic meal with Limoges china and antique stemware.
Photos Courtesy of Hotel St. Germain, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts and The French Room