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Chicago's Most Romantic Restaurants

Cozy up at these romantic Chicago spots.

  • Brindille
    • French
    • River North
    Food
    27
    Decor
    24
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $121

    What to Order: This intimate Paris-inspired restaurant from chef Carrie Nahabedian adds elegance to any date night with its refined takes on French classics, from Prince Edward Island oysters with Oscietra caviar to lobster Brindille.

    Insider Tip: Don't miss the sugar-spun dessert like the l’oeuf a la neige or fantaisie au chocolat. 

  • North Pond
    • American
    • Lincoln Park
    Food
    26
    Decor
    28
    Service
    26
    Cost
    $81

    Valentine's Menu: This elegant six-course prix fixe ($125 per person; optional wine pairings for $60) starts with gold beet “carpaccio” with sea trout ballotine and caviar followed by black peppered Wagyu beef with red wine carrots.

    Insider Tip: The fireplace, located in the corner of the dining room, makes this one of the coziest date-night spots.

  • Bavette's Bar & Boeuf
    • French
    • River North
    Food
    26
    Decor
    26
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $65

    What to Order: Whether you're seated in the swanky dining room with its vintage touches, like gilded mirrors and crystal light fixtures, or downstairs in the cozy lounge, dim lighting and bone-in filet mignon with béarnaise sauce and steak salt is sure to set the appropriate mood.

    Insider Tip: BYO but know that the corkage fee is sharing a glass with a nearby table.

  • Le Colonial Chicago
    • Vietnamese
    • Gold Coast
    Food
    25
    Decor
    25
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $54

    Valentine's Menu: Get a taste of the exotic with a French-Vietnamese feast at this Gold Coast mainstay. The Valentine's Day prix fixe menu is available for $65 and includes favorites from the popular date-night spot, such as Sup Do Bien, Vietnamese bouillabaisse in lemongrass saffron broth, as well as Vit Quay, ginger marinated roast duck with tamarind dipping sauce.

    Insider Tip: Ask to be seated in the upstairs sunroom that overlooks Rush Street.

  • Maude's Liquor Bar
    • French
    • West Loop
    Food
    25
    Decor
    24
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $49

    What to Order: Champagne and oysters sounds like the perfect start for a romantic evening in this chic cocktail lounge. A daily selection of four East Coast and West Coast outers are available as well as the grand seafood or shellfish tower if you really want to impress your date.

    Insider Tip: While downstairs has the feel of a chic French bistro, upstairs is a dimly lit cocktail lounge with the same menu.

  • Nellcôte
    • American
    • West Loop
    Food
    22
    Decor
    26
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $47

    What to Order: Channeling the vibe of a French château, this Randolph Street restaurant knows a thing or two about sexy with Valentines' Day food and drink specials. Can't keep your hands off each other after dinner? Take dessert to go. Macarons are available to-go with boxes of six for $9 or 12 for $18.

    Insider Tip: Grab a nightcap in the equally intimate RM Champagne Salon.

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