Whether the first date or one of many a shared meal is a classic way to spend some quality times with that special someone. To add a little romance to the occasion I have collected some restaurants in The Valley of the Sun which feature fine dining, beautiful ambience, and unique menus. These aren’t your average family restaurants so shine your shoes and prepare to be indulged!
Flemings Steak House
Red is a color commonly associated with love, passion, and the heart. Why not continue the theme into dinner with some delicious red wine and red meat. Fleming’s Steak House specializes exactly in these appetizing foods fabulously. It also offers the romantic ingredients of fine dining with low lighting and a beautiful restaurant. If you and your date are carnivores, get ready to have one of the best steaks of your life. Fleming’s uses USDA prime beef which was corn fed and then aged for at least four weeks. Steaks are served with salt, pepper, and butter. Honestly, the meat was so delicious that I didn’t need or want to add anything else onto it. I’m a medium rare girl and my date ordered his medium well and we were both amazed and found our steaks entirely delicious. I also was very impressed with our waiter’s knowledge and proficiency on everything from the way the steaks are prepared to exactly what wine would make a great coupling. Unfortunately Flemings isn’t something I could afford very often, it is on the pricy side, but for a special occasion it cannot be beat! Flemings is also now offering a happy hour until seven pm at the bar featuring select wines, appetizers, and cocktails for six dollars. This would make an excellent stop with your date before a night of fun!
Five valley locations
Is it just me, or is there something sexy about French food? It brings to mind the city of lights, glasses of wine at candle light and French kisses. Although located in Kierland commons in Scottsdale, Arizona, which is no Paris, Zinc Bistro captures the essence of French food and culture. It’s the perfect quiet and classy bistro to share meal with your special someone. The ambience is candlelit with intimate tables for two or more with quiet instrumental and lounge music playing in the background. Personally, one of my favorite parts of the menu at Zinc Bistro is the desserts. There is nothing more dreamy or luscious then sharing a crème Brule in my opinion. That being said Zinc Bistro also excels at all areas of French food including an extensive wine collection, entrees, and of course bread! The menu for lunch and dinner consists of French favorites like French onion soup, ratatouille, duck, flat iron steaks, bacon wrapped pork tenderloin, and a crab and truffle omelet. For seafood lovers Zinc Bistro also offers an oyster bar featuring fresh lobster, oysters, mussels, and clams. Kierland Commons is also the ideal outdoor shopping mall for a late night stroll to walk off all the decadence. Window shop along the flower bed lined sidewalks or find a bench near a fountain to look at the stars!
15034 N Scottsdale Rd # 140
Scottsdale, AZ 85254-8140
Olive and Ivy
Tucked away at the Scottsdale Waterfront is Olive and Ivy. The restaurant is actually exceptionally large, but features lounge tables, a stunning patio which overlooks the city and waterfront canal, and several personal rooms. The restaurant is both modern in its vastness and simplicity and romantic in its ambience of lighting and large open windows. The menu boasts a mixture of Mediterranean, Italian, and Western Influence. The bar menu also features a mixture of wines and martinis and everything else you fancy. Once again the dessert menu caught my eye. My date and I, although full off of some delicious pork and mahi mahi, couldn’t turn down the truffle sampler which featured different types of chocolate truffles. There really isn’t a bad seat in the house, but I would strongly recommend sitting on the patio with your sweetie especially around sunset. You will have spectacular views of Camelback Mountain, the historic city of Old Town Scottsdale, and the waterfront.
Olive and Ivy
7135 E. Camelback Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251