Houston's 10 Most Romantic Restaurants: Start Planning Your Valentine's Day Dinner Now

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Uchi's dining room gets downright sultry at night.
3. Uchi

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.

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The view from Philippe's second floor dining room onto the Galleria area is rather lovely at night, too.
2. Philippe

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.

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You should probably BYO flowers for Valentine's Day.
1. Rainbow Lodge

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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Location Info

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar

1985 Welch St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Charivari Restaurant

2521 Bagby St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Aldo's Cucina Italiana - CLOSED

18450 Interstate 45 S., Shenandoah, TX

Category: Restaurant

Masraff's

1753 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Aldo's Cucina Italiana - CLOSED

18450 Interstate 45 S., Shenandoah, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hawthorn - CLOSED

3200 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hubbell & Hudson Bistro

24 Waterway Ave., The Woodlands, TX

Category: Restaurant

Giacomo's Cibo e Vino

3215 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brenner's on the Bayou

1 Birdsall St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Vinoteca Poscol

1609 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Spindletop At the Hyatt Regency

1200 Louisiana, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mark's American Cuisine

1658 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bistro Provence

13616 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse

1510 Texas St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Uchi

904 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bistro Alex

800 W. Sam Houston Parkway, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Philippe - CLOSED

1800 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Rainbow Lodge

2011 Ella Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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dustin.kalman
dustin.kalman

Side note: I remember when Dream Merchant had a location in Sharpstown mall, as well as the current Mark's location. 

Jantzen288
Jantzen288

The Spindletop? Granted, most Valentine's dates don't involve small children who might explore the room, but ladies with extraordinarily small feet and those who favor excessively flowing garb might beware of the floor/building crevice that nearly swallowed a young'n.

Lucrece Borrego
Lucrece Borrego

Or you could just come to our UnValentine's Day party. None of the romance, all of the beer.

Salvie
Salvie

I think Sparrow and Provisions are pretty romantic as well. They're both sexy and upscale, while not being uptight.  They're great places to take someone you've just recently started dating. Provisions does tend to get fairly loud though...

Monterosso
Monterosso

Rainbow Lodge has grounds you can actually walk before or after a meal....so it gets my vote!

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

I'll assume the bathrooms at these establishments are suitable for banging.

chatalain
chatalain

@Paula Murphy  I believe they've been demolishing Backstreet Cafe, turning it into the Bob Lanier Mayoral Library, according to World Net Daily and the Drudge Report.

Nojusticenopiece
Nojusticenopiece

@Bruce_Are haha nice Bruce. I don't get how Vinoteca is on this list. How is a loud restaurant with tables crammed in every inch of space considered romantic? Maybe it's just me, but being able to hear the conversation of every table around me isn't the type of dining intimacy I'm looking for.

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