Finding a top romantic restaurant in Dallas, Texas is easy. Choosing among the best romantic restaurants in the Dallas Metroplex to celebrate a special occasion- your beloved’s birthday, a special anniversary or simply to impress that special someone you thought would never agree to go out with you- requires a bit more thought. Whether the sky is the limit or you are on a budget, here are 3 best restaurants in Dallas for a special occasion in every price range.
MoMo’s Italian Specialties: Best romantic restaurant in Dallas for lovers on a budget.
Don’t be fooled by the run down strip mall location: MoMo’s Italian Specialties is a true gem, and one of the best places for a romantic dinner in Dallas, Texas. Once you settle into a cozy table for two by the fireplace and peruse the menu, you will realize that MoMo’s Italian Specialties is not just a top romantic restaurant for special occasions; MoMo’s is also one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in the Metroplex.
The menu is full of classic Italian dishes from all over the Italy, including my favorite antipasto, Carpaccio di Manzo. In fact, MoMo’s reminds me of one of our favorite romantic restaurants tucked away on a quiet cobblestone alley. We used to go there all the time- when my husband and I lived in Italy. It is hard to go wrong with anything on the menu, but I think MoMo’s Italian Specialties is especially strong in seafood dishes.
MoMo’s is a good romantic restaurant choice if you or your sweetie happen to be vegetarian, but be warned: the Italian definition of vegetarian is more elastic than you might expect, so it pays to ask. (Things are a bit trickier if the meat-free object of your desire is not a lacto-ovo vegetarian, but see below for a fantastic choice for best romantic restaurant if you want to impress a vegan.)
The most expensive item on the menu is the Portafoglio alla Momo; a 16 ounce porterhouse steak stuffed with fontina cheese and other goodies. At $19.95, it is big enough for two, with leftovers. Everything on Momo’s menu is fairly priced, generously portioned and delicious; unless you split every single dish, you can expect to take some home for tomorrow’s lunch. Even better for the budget conscious: MoMo’s Italian Specialties is BYOB, which means that the wine list is infinite and if you pay too much for a bottle of wine, it’s your own fault.
Momo’s Italian Specialties is located just east of Greenville Avenue on 9191 Forest Lane, Dallas, Texas. MoMo’s is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 am to 2 pm; MoMo’s Italian Specialties opens for dinner at 5:30 pm, seven days a week.
Got a date with a foodie? York Street is the best romantic restaurant in Dallas to impress a locavore.
If you are looking for a romantic restaurant in Dallas that says you care about food almost as much as your date, look no farther than York Street. York Street believes in supporting sustainable, responsibly raised food. The menu changes nightly, and is heavily dependent on what is in season and available from the restaurant’s small, owner-operated suppliers. The menu is far from the overtly frou-frou foodie nonsense you might expect; the cuisine at York Street is deceptively simple and simply delicious.
The location is discreet, and the decor is all about chic modern elegance. At around $30 for a main course, prices are moderate and excellent value given the quality of the ingredients and exquisite skill of chef and owner Sharon A. Hage. The terrific wine list is well-chosen and well priced; follow one of the suggested wine choices listed next to each dish on the menu, or ask the sommelier if you cannot decide. The expert service is warm but unobtrusive, and will not intrude on the romantic atmosphere surrounding you and your special someone.
York Street is located in the M Streets neighborhood at 6047 Lewis Street, Dallas, Texas 75206. Dinner is served Tuesday through Saturday, starting at 6 pm. There is no dress code, but most diners at York Street will be wearing some level of business casual. The restaurant states that reservations are strongly suggested; I would go farther and say that reservations are an absolute must, especially if you are planning to celebrate a special occasion with a romantic restaurant meal, since the tiny restaurant has a dozen tables at most. Call 214-826-0968.
Nana is the best romantic restaurant in Dallas for vegans, vegetarians and unabashed carnivores.
Nana in the Hilton Anatole tops the list of best romantic restaurants in Dallas. Warm candlelight, white tablecloths, an intimate atmosphere and stellar and genuinely innovative cuisine top the list of reasons that Nana tops the list of best restaurants in Dallas year after year. In 2009, Forbes rated Nana one of the top 10 most romantic restaurants in the United States. Add in a stunning view of the Dallas skyline and impeccable service guaranteed not to intrude on your romantic evening, and you can see how this fine dining spot is a prime candidate for your next special evening out with a loved one.
Nana at the Hilton Anatole is one of the top restaurants in Dallas for adventurous gourmets, and Spanish trained Chef Anthony Bombaci’s molecular gastronomy cred should banish any thoughts of blue-haired patrons and petrified time warp atmosphere that fine dining on the top floor of a fine hotel might otherwise inspire. You do not need to be some sort of snooty foodie to enjoy a romantic evening at Nana, either. If your idea of special occasion dining involves a beautifully aged and perfectly grilled rib eye steak with some over the top potatoes on the side, you will not be disappointed.
Nana is also a great place for a romantic meal if your beloved does not eat meat, and you can still have a memorable evening out at Nana if your honey doesn’t eat honey, either. Nana is the one of the best romantic restaurants in Dallas to take a vegan or vegetarian, offering both a vegan tasting menu and a lacto-vegetarian tasting menu, both with and without wine, for the same price as the carnivore extravaganza.
As you might expect, all this luxurious pampering does not come cheap. À la carte main courses at Nana start at $38, and the fabulous wine list is fabulously expensive. Top dining tip: Tasting menus offer exceptional value and a romantic evening out that your loved one will never forget. Consider paying extra for a tasting menu that includes wine: you will enjoy your tasting menu that much more, and it generally works out cheaper in the end. Tasting menus at Nana are $85 for 7 courses ($121 with wine) and $100 ($145 with wine) for 10 courses.
Go early to have a drink at the bar, ogle the Asian art on loan from the Crow Collection and ignore the stunning Dallas skyline to gaze into your date’s eyes. If things go really well, don’t forget that the best romantic restaurant in Dallas is located in a hotel. If your romantic dinner date goes really, really well, Nana and the Hilton Anatole is one of the best places in Dallas for rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions, too.
Nana is located in the Hilton Anatole hotel on I35, at 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway just north of Downtown Dallas. 2610 Maple Avenue in the Uptown area of Downtown Dallas. Nana is open for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 10 pm; Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10:30 pm. Reservations are not required, but if you are planning a romantic restaurant meal for the love of your life, I would definitely reserve a table ahead of time. Phone: 214-761-7470.