Dallas Date Night: The 16 Most Romantic Restaurants in Dallas

Whether it’s for Valentine’s Day or a milestone anniversary, or you’re trying to impress a first date, there are plenty of romantic restaurants in Dallas for all occasions. My husband and I always make an effort to plan a date night at least once a fortnight, and we like to mix it up between casual spots and fancier dining. Luckily, there’s no shortage of date night restaurants in Dallas to keep the romance alive! Read on for this list of 16 of the best date night options.

This post was updated in September 2021. I’ve done my best to check that information remains current in light of the uncertainty of the world right now, but please check with individual businesses before booking. If you see any errors, please let me know so that I can keep this article updated.

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Lucia

Lucia is my absolute favourite restaurant in Dallas. I’m not a huge pasta fan, but the cacio e pepe here blew my tastebuds. The menu changes regularly which makes each visit exciting. It’s a cozy little place with memorabilia on the walls. For a restaurant where you need to book two or three months in advance, the staff are ridiculously friendly and welcoming. This is one of the best places to eat in Dallas if your date is a foodie.

Visit the Lucia website to make a reservation online

Sassetta

The retro-glam dining room in the Design District will impress any design lover. The menus features a range of inventive cocktails and modern Italian dishes. Pizzas, pastas, fresh Mediterranean flavours and rotating specials – think red wine-braised beef cheeks with polenta – will have you struggling to make a decision.

The Sassetta dining room is currently closed, but the restaurant is serving to-go food from it Commissary pop-up.

View the Sassetta menu

St Martin’s Wine Bistro

A little old-fashioned? Maybe. But if you ignore the rundown strip mall this wine bar and restaurant is tucked into and look past the old-world decor you’ll find sublime food and service. Slide into one of the intimate booths and sway along to the pianist tapping away in the corner. The cuisine here is French, with a lean toward seafood, and the staff know their wines. You must order the champagne brie soup to start.

Photo credit: St Martin’s Wine Bistro

Make a reservation online | View St Martin’s Wine Bistro’s menu

Gemma

Gemma is known for its great cocktails and simple, sophisticated food. While you’re perusing the menu, the waiters will bring over a basket of delicious homemade breads, which is something I don’t see a lot of in Dallas restaurants. Service is on point, enthusiastic but not in that in-your-face kind of way.

Photo credit: Gemma Restaurant

Make a reservation online | Check out the Gemma menu

Town Hearth

This has to be one of the swankiest restaurants in Dallas, with the decor to match. Dozens of chandeliers hang from the ceiling, and a tank in the centre of the dining room holds a real minesweeping submersible.

You can order pretty much anything from the extensive menu, including the “tots du jour”, which was the real reason I went there. Tater tots covered with Alaskan King Crab and then smothered with hollandaise? Yes please.

If you’ve got money to burn and you want to win your date over with a truly over-the-top gift, the menu even features a $75,000 restored Ducati.

Photo credit: Town Hearth

Visit the Town Hearth website

Sachet

There are plenty of good restaurants in Dallas, but Sachet takes it further and creates exceptional food. From the team behind Gemma (see above), this restaurant can only be described as stunning. High ceilings and understated neutrals draw the eye toward the floor-to-ceiling glass wine cellar. The menu is Mediterranean with dozens of dishes – most featuring tonnes of fresh vegetables – all designed to be shared. A gorgeous spot for a romantic dinner.

Make a reservation at Sachet | View the menu

Uchi

This sleek restaurant attracts Dallas’s elite, but the service remains friendly and approachable. The modern Japanese menu features fresh produce, and Uchi prides themselves on sourcing products that are traceable. If you can’t make decide what to eat (like us), opt for the omakase menu and leave it up to chance.

Uchi is a good choice for a date night in Dallas - it's always busy so you know the food is great

Make a reservation online | View the Uchi menu

Sixty Vines

It’s big, it’s usually loud, but it’s a great place for a first date or an anniversary when you’re not keen on a fine dining restaurant in Dallas. Sixty Vines made a great decision when they brought their fresh, modern food to Uptown Dallas with their second restaurant. This comfortable restaurant is always packed with people gorging on the delicious food (I could eat one of the whole roasted cauliflower heads all to myself) and slurping down the wines on tap.

Make a reservation at SixtyVines online | View the menu

Mot Hai Ba

This small, unassuming restaurant in Lakewood is one of Dallas’s secret gems. Serving up the best Vietnamese food across the city in an intimate, no-fuss setting, it’s a great restaurant to book if your other half is a foodie. If it’s on the menu, make sure to order the stuffed, deep-fried zucchini flowers.

An unassuming restaurant from the outside, Mot Hai Ba serves up the best Vietnamese food in Dallas

Make a reservation online | View the menu

The French Room

The French Room screams elegance and sophistication, and is regularly labelled as one of the most romantic restaurants in Dallas. As the name suggests, the menu at this fine dining restaurant in Dallas is French with a touch of Texan. Save this one for a super special occasion or if you really want to wow your date.

The French Room is one of most romantic restaurants in Dallas - its decor is stunning
Photo credit: Dallas Morning News

Make a reservation at The French Room | View the menu

Jalisco Norte

If you’re in the mood for modern Mexican, schedule a date night at Jalisco Norte. Executive chef José Meza has worked at some of the best restaurants in the world, and he brings his love for his homeland’s food to this stylish Oak Lawn space. The menu is extensive so grab a few dishes to share with your sweetheart.

Make a reservation online | View Jalisco Norte’s menu

City Hall Bistro

This sophisticated bistro in The Adolphus Hotel is not your usual hotel restaurant. The gorgeous interior catches your eye the moment you step in, and then the menu will have you salivating. Share from the range of Mediterranean-style tapas, or go large and grab something from the main menu. It’s a lovely choice for date night in Dallas.

Date night is a special occasion at City Hall Bistro, one of the romantic restaurants in Dallas

Make a reservation online | Check out City Hall Bistro’s menu

Bullion

Located inside what looks like a huge, gold bullion (hence the name), this French brasserie is one of Dallas’s most impeccable fine dining restaurants. It caused quite a stir on the Dallas restaurant scene when it first opened, and the menu continues to deliver. If your budget doesn’t stretch to the restaurant, you can grab a seat at the more casual lounge area and share a few hors d’oeuvres.

Bullion is one of the many fine dining restaurants in Dallas and is perfect for a romantic night out
Photo credit: Dallas Observer

Bullion is temporarily closed. Stay tuned for a date for re-opening.

Make a reservation at Bullion | View the menu online

Tei-An

There’s no shortage of fancy restaurants in Dallas, and Tei-An is up there with the best. Step inside this hushed, muted space for Japanese food that will blow your tastebuds. Grab a seat at the bar area and let the rock garden and fountain soothe you. Tei-An is one of the few places in the United States that makes fresh soba noodles on site.

Make a reservation online

Leela’s Wine Bar

Looking for something casual? Not sure if you want the date to turn into dinner? Pop into Leela’s in Lower Greenville and grab a few glasses of wine and see where the evening takes you. The wine selection is great, there’s a cocktail bar upstairs, and there’s a range of light tapas to nibble on.

Leelas is a great place for a romantic date night in Dallas if you're looking for something a little more casual
Photo credit: D Magazine

Visit Leela’s website

The Lounge Here

This cosy bar styled as a retro airline lounge is perfect for a relaxed date. The Lounge Here is a chilled space that’s always playing great music. The menu features Southern favourites like shrimp and grits, fried chicken and deviled eggs.

The Lounge Here is a cool spot for a date night in Dallas
Photo credit: The Lounge Here

View the menu online

What are your favourite romantic restaurants in Dallas? Share your Dallas date night ideas in the comments below.

This post was originally published in January 2018, and was updated in January 2020 and September 2021.

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2 thoughts on “Dallas Date Night: The 16 Most Romantic Restaurants in Dallas”

  1. Omg! From one restaurant lover to another: I feel like I need to visit Dallas ASAP. Town Hearth looks AMAZING, I love the chandeliers and I desperately want tater tots with crab, didn’t know that could even be a thing, but I guess with food anything is possible. Gemma’s bar looks amazing and any eatery that offers a late night menu has a special place in my heart. Italian is probably one of my favorite types of food and you have me dreaming of Lucia and Sassetta!

    Hope you two enjoy your date night!

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