Houston's 10 Most Romantic Restaurants: Start Planning Your Valentine's Day Dinner Now
Photo by Troy Fields Uchi's dining room gets downright sultry at night.
To me, there's something immensely sexy about going on an adventure together. Uchi offers culinary adventures in spades, as well as a just-dim-enough dining room that sets the right tone for a night of romance. It's no coincidence that half the people I've spotted each time I've been to Uchi have been on dates. The service helps a lot here, too; the terrific waitstaff is highly attuned to each table's needs, and is skilled at either helping you have a fun dining adventure or leaving you alone to take the plunge together.
Photo by Troy Fields The view from Philippe's second floor dining room onto the Galleria area is rather lovely at night, too.
The best part about Philippe's atmosphere is how effortlessly cool it is. And effortlessly cool always equals sexy. Although it's tempting to go overboard in the ritzy Galleria corridor here along Post Oak, Philippe never does -- in its food, its service or its ambiance. The French fare could be fussy, but chef Philippe Schmit's Texan touches -- as in the duck confit tamales or venison tenderloin with chili -- keep them elegant yet grounded.
1. Rainbow Lodge
Photo courtesy of Rainbow Lodge You should probably BYO flowers for Valentine's Day.
There's a reason Houstonians continue to host their weddings and celebrate their anniversaries at this beloved institution -- and it's not just the verdant views onto the gently rolling bayou or the romantic, lodge-like feel imparted by the wood-beamed, fireplace-warmed structure. The food is amazing, too, as is the warm, high-end service. Rainbow Lodge offers a meal well worth paying for in every single aspect. Nibble on rabbit boudin bites or smoked lamb belly between glasses of wine with your beloved, or treat your man to such exotic game as grilled elk chops, chile-rubbed antelope back strap or buffalo short ribs. Either way, everyone comes away happy.
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