Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in Houston

Photo courtesy Rainbow Lodge
Of course this place is on the list, but this year, it's not number one...
It's that time of year again, Houston! Love is in the air!

No wait, that's just the smell of the refineries surrounding our fair city. No matter. This year, Valentine's Day falls on a Friday, which means couples will be out in force all weekend jockeying each other for prime seats at one of the many local restaurants featuring three-day Valentine's Day specials.

For those of us who would rather not be surrounded by teens on first Valentine's Day outings at restaurants their parents are paying for or sit near that one couple from the gym whose PDA is out of control, the holiday is a day to stay in and nurse a bottle of wine with our cat someone we love. But once the crowds go home and the lovey-dovey feelings and gestures subside (until the next February 14), that's when I want to go out. All of the romance, none of the kissy crowds.

So grab your special someone (though please note that cats aren't allowed at any dining establishments) and check out some of Houston's most romantic restaurants, sure to recreate that lovin' feeling any day of the year.

Honorable mention: Mark's American Cuisine, Kris Bistro, Osteria Mazzantini, Kiran's, Frank's Americana Revival.

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The backyard at Backstreet Cafe houses one of Houston's nicest patios.
10. Backstreet Cafe
Hugo Ortega and Tracy Vaught's "New American Bistro" is a great date spot not only because the diverse menu featuring everything from southern classics to re-imagined Italian dishes is so well-executed, but also because of the gorgeous outdoor seating area, which is reminiscent of a New Orleans patio. There are tall trees whose branches hang languidly over white cloth-covered tables and vine-covered trellises lit with soft spotlights to create a romantic and intimate atmosphere.

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Get something hot and spicy or cool and seductive at Peruvian Latin Bites.
9. Latin Bites
I once ate at Latin Bites with my mother, and somehow the food, service and décor managed to make even that meal feel like a date (though a weird one). The small, intricate appetizers are ideal for sharing, while a few pisco sours -- the national drink of Peru -- will get you a little loosened up. Many tables seat only two, so there's no room for any third wheels who want to tag along. The atmosphere is very sleek and modern, but the food is all beautiful interpretations of classic Peruvian dishes. No need for a whole vacation. Just spend an evening at Latin Bites.

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Location Info

Backstreet Cafe

1103 S. Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Latin Bites

5709 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Dolce Vita Pizzeria & Enoteca

500 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brasserie 19

1962 W. Gray St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


9595 Six Pines Drive, Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brennan's of Houston

3300 Smith, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cafe Rabelais

2442 Times Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar

1985 Welch St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Etoile Cuisine et Bar

1101 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Rainbow Lodge

2011 Ella Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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On any cold night, I'll take the fire-lit room and a steamy duck gumbo at Rainbow Lodge. Close to the city yet it moves me to the streams and mountains of Idaho...about as romantic as I can feel these days.


I would add Cinq to the list and as a bonus there are rooms for the night upstairs! 

del.martinis topcommenter

Seems French is the most Romantic! 

Chris Franklin
Chris Franklin

Huh. They should be easy. They are on KTRHs top 10. Ryan is doing an interview this morning.

Chris Shaw
Chris Shaw

Chris Franklin how on earth is Brenner's on the Bayou not on this list?

Bruce_Are topcommenter

Corn dog on a stick at the mall. This will subtly introduce tumescence.


Romance, like the effects of weather, happens internally, if you're an imaginative human of warmth and optimism. I think that's what the clever, somewhat illiterate, fellows below are trying to convey.

Xavier Balderas
Xavier Balderas

Close, but you have to understand the authenticity of the mexican cuisine taco bell as well...

Jeff Berlat
Jeff Berlat

Black Eyed Pea comes in a close 2nd.

Xavier Balderas
Xavier Balderas

Popeyes off of Antoine and Pinemont on a tuesday afternoon... can't get anymore romantic with a chick than that gem. :)



Tiny little French place in my hood that I really like...modern but romantic...L'Olivier. Guy used to chef for an uber romantic family in Switzerland, name of Onasis.

FattyFatBastard topcommenter

I agree.  It was the original Rainbow Lodge.


@Bruce_Are  I love how everyone is suggesting fast food places an junk food in the comments. Houston, you know how to loooooove.

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