Having started a serious relationship around the age of fifteen, and consequently marrying that same girl about seven years later, I can’t say I did a lot of typical dating in my prime years. That didn’t keep me from going out on the town with my then-girlfriend/now-wife, though, and I can proudly say that the Portland metropolitan area is a treasure trove of palate-pleasing purchase when you have romance in mind. Following are the top restaurants that never failed to deliver the important, romantic ambience that every date night isn’t complete without, and I refer to each with high regard. An evening’s magical and romantical effect is sure to be emphasized by a stay at any of these three eateries.
La Terrazza Italian Grill
933 SW 3rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97204
Located in the heart of downtown Portland, La Terrazza Italian Grill is perfectly placed for romantic indulgence. The neoclassical ambience of Portland at sunset already begins to set the desirable mood for a date, and to this concoction La Terrazza Italian Grill brings the setting required of such an event. The atmosphere of the restaurant is quaint yet refined, very cozy and romantic, and with a comfortable combination of booths and open-air tables, which easily grant an enchanting air of isolation to the dating couple. Tables come adorned with tasteful flowers and/or candles to add a genuine and respectable touch of the classically romantic to the dining experience.
The menu unfolds without withering the wallet, with appetizers ranging from $6 to $9 and entrées ranging from $8 to $20. For the price, the portions are certainly enough to satisfy, but not enough to raise worries of appearing a pig in front of your potentially significant other. Without doubt, the dishes are delicious, and come prepared with such artisan visual elegance that your date cannot help but expect the cost to be greater than it really is. Look who just gained bonus points!
Rheinlander German Restaurant
5035 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR 97213
German cuisine and the characteristic, festive culture that accompanies it has been and continues to be mesmerizingly supplied to the Portland metropolitan area, by way of this next suggestion. Rheinlander German Restaurant’s particular dining atmosphere is without equal in the Portland area. Rheinlander German Restaurant’s diners are treated to a setting as captivatingly authentic as it is rustically enchanting. It comes lively and festive, yet with seclusive side-tables to provide that romantic and isolated feeling. Live music and entertainment is a regular addition to evening dining, and nothing complements a romantic evening out like festively elegant music to accompany the food.
Rheinlander German Restaurant offers a very fair menu, with general appetizers pricing between $3 and $5, while entrées range on average from $15 to $22. One of the great things about Rheinlander is that a pot of fondue and diced bread comes with any entrée, and fondue has often been a very date-friendly appetizer. It encourages sharing and builds lasting romantic bonds and memories between couples.
3520 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202
DeNicola’s provides delicious Italian food to the Portland metropolitan area of Oregon, but it is the restaurant’s award-winning pizza that has set DeNicola’s as a perfect place to wine and dine. Their unique pizza, with thick, pillowy crust and all the toppings you could dream of, comes in three sizes, the smallest of which is the duet. Their duet serves two (plentifully), and provides a lovingly prepared meal to reflect the warm mood that dates demand and their environs support. DeNicola’s, specifically, houses an atmosphere both cozy and familial, with an Italian “old world” wooden interior and candles on each table. Large seclusive booths are provided for those with isolation in mind, as well as open-air tables. Very rustic and relaxing, time spent at DeNicola’s will rear a genuine air of romance and passion.
The menu at DeNicola’s is opulent in its selections, with varying appetizers priced from $2 to $19 and entrées ranging from $8 to $20 on average. They offer many delectable Italian dishes, all which come with very generous portions. Their award-winning pizza comes priced between $14 and $21 for the two-person duet size. Fully customizable with tons of traditional toppings, as well as available in preset specials, a duet pizza from DeNicola’s will make for a memorably romantic date night.
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