The Most Romantic Restaurant In Philadelphia for Valentine’s Day

It’s that time of year again!  Love is in the air, Valentine’s Day gifts and cards are everywhere, and the internet is buzzing with jittery boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, and wives searching for the perfect way to express their love With Valentine’s Day coming up in just less than two weeks, many of us may be unable to jet off to a romantic getaway due to the ongoing pandemic and its accompanying travel bans and restrictions. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a romantic dinner in the City Of Brotherly love for this particular occasion, right?  We handpicked 14 of the most romantic Valentine’s Day restaurants in Philadelphia to enjoy with your Valentino or Valentina. 

The Victor Cafe

If you’re looking for a traditional date that includes both dinner and a show, look no further than The Victor, which has both. In the Victor Cafe, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to an Italian restaurant from a bygone era, but with a modern twist. 

Guests are thrown into the middle of a three-minute aria, and one of the waitstaff suddenly transforms into an opera star, their trained voice saturating the small restaurant and providing a unique experience. They’re a cultural and gastronomic treat that no couple should miss! As one of the few restaurants of its kind, The Victor offers a truly unique dining experience for anyone who steps inside. This restaurant is ideal for those who want to dine while listening to live operas.

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

For a romantic dinner with your significant other, Davio’s has everything you need. Davio’s three-course prix-fixe menu, prepared by Executive Chef Nick DeBerardinis, features specially prepared items not found on the regular menu. 

Cape Cod oysters or beef short rib ravioli can be served as an appetizer. We have petite center-cut filet mignon with additional sides or Atlantic swordfish served with crab meat, zucchini noodles and broccoli rabe as your entree option. Last but not least, indulge in decadent desserts like warm chocolate cake, red velvet cheesecake, or coconut cream cannoli! 

Reservations for February 13 and 14 already commenced for $95 per person. 

Fork Restaurant

You and your significant other are cordially invited to join them for a special Valentine’s Day dinner. Guests can enjoy a three-course dinner from a predetermined prix-fixe menu. From a selection of scallop crudo and grilled spatchcocked quail to baby beets with sheep’s blue, there are many options to choose from for the first course.

Monkfish with lobster, freekeh risotto, seared duck breast, and duck sausage, or lamb-chetta are all possible choices for the entree course. For an additional $25 per person, two people can share the entire branzino and New York strip steak. Desserts include hibiscus-lime pavlova, coconut custard, and Mexican chocolate tart. 

Fork Restaurant is especially known for its plating and cozy restaurant. 

Via Locusta

Via Locusta

The Via Locusta restaurant in Rittenhouse is one of the best places to go on a date if you haven’t already. On your first date, you can order cocktails at the long bar in the small pasta shop, and there are plenty of two-tops to choose from. The bucatini with leek and piave bathed in a cream sauce is our favorite of the pasta dishes, which make up nearly half of the menu. There’s a wide variety of options on the menu, from honey butter-slathered focaccia to eggplant fritto atop a mountain of farmer’s cheese. Take a look at this review: 

“Was here for the first time in Dec 2021 with friends on one of the first really cold nights in Philly. Really fantastic service, excellent cocktails, and delicious pasta dishes.  One of our appetizers was over-salted. We sent it back, and our server and the chef agreed and quite graciously brought us a replacement. It’s nice that they have the outdoor space with heaters during COVID, though our heater ran out of gas. Again, the server was on it and hooked it back up. Try this place out”  – Jessica James

High Street Philly

highstreetphilly

High Street Philly is one of Philadelphia’s most inventive concepts. Formerly High Street on Market, we moved in 2020 from long term Market Street home, close to our flagship Fork, to Washington Square West’s historic Franklin Building on Jefferson Campus. We are a bakery and restaurant delivering Philly’s tastiest sandwiches, handcrafted pastas, killer pizzas, the loveliest salads, and local items – all for take out and delivery.

High Street continues to build its artisanal bakery, acknowledged by Tiptree World Bread Awards as having some of the best breads in the country. You’ll see us in Headhouse Market, Heirloom Markets and Sisterly Love Food Fairs all throughout the City. Representing local growers and suppliers, our culinary program is a standout in Philadelphia.

Le Cavalier

If you’d like to spend Valentine’s Day away from the city, here are some ideas. Le Cavalier, just 40 minutes away in Delaware, will be open for you and your honey. $65 per person is Tyler Akin’s prix fixe menu for three courses from the chef. Foods on offer include foie gras mousse, lobster louie, duck a la orange, and gnocchi Parisienne. 

Here’s a reminder: Don’t forget to indulge in either a warm chocolate cake or a cold coconut semifreddo. In addition, caviar service or a petite plateau can be added to the menu for an additional fee. From Friday, Feb. 11 to Monday, Feb. 14, the menu will be available, including a special Sunday dinner. 

Read this review from one of their customers:

“It was a quiet Monday lunchtime. Very attentive staff. The restaurant is in hotel Dupont. There is parking along the streets and it’s paid. Lux and detailed setting makes you feel that you will be taken care of. And indeed they did. From the host to the server and the salon manager, I felt good. They did not have my choices (picked online) but I did get the crab dip with crostini. A bit too lemony for my taste but I finished it as it wasn’t too overpowering. I would recommend it in a heartbeat. Treat your taste buds and senses!” – Dessie Hristov

Bud & Marilyn's

Situated on the corner of 13th and Locust, Bud & Marylin’s is a unique little place that hits the ambiance ball out of the park. Known for its Chef’s counter, bar seating, and partially walk-in dining room, Bud & Marilyn’s offers a tasty American-inspired menu that makes it possible for anyone to find something delicious to eat. 

What makes this place perfect for date night, you might ask? Simple — it’s nice enough to wow without being stuffy enough to require a special dress code. The lighting is low and cozy during weeknight dinners, which makes it feel like a special occasion. The menu, meanwhile, is decidedly un-stuffy, with additions like burgers, wings, salads, and a few to-die-for biscuit dishes. The venue also features music on select nights, which adds a nice atmosphere for anyone exploring Bud & Marilyn’s for the first time.

Amada

Organizing a date can be a hassle. While there may be a barometer that indicates whether or not a person is “dream date” material, it’s not like that in The Sims. No matter what happens on the date, we can always go to this Spanish restaurant in Old City for some tasty tapas. 

Wine barrels line the walls, and there is an interesting chef’s table counter in the middle of the dining room. Split the piquillos while talking about your favorite Rita’s flavors or who you think should have won Love Island. There’s so much crab in these peppers that you’ll have to decide who gets the first bite with your date. 

Once you try this dish, you’ll realize that even if all the expansion packs for the Sims were purchased, you couldn’t come up with something this delicious. Wonder how other Philly defines their overall restaurant experience? Read below. 

“A wonderful experience, delicious food, and spectacular service! The staff here was so helpful and informative on the drink options, the waitstaff asked up front about any allergies before placing our order, the food for the different course came out with good timing to not overload our table, and the blood orange specialty drink was delightful. I would absolutely go back again.” – lindsey zaleski

Double Knot

No matter where you’re in your relationship, this sushi bar and izakaya in Center City is a great choice. To really get to know our date, we’ll go to the cafe upstairs for a cup of coffee and a light conversation about why Lincoln Drive is the worst. 

Once Netflix passwords have been exchanged like SEPTA Key cards, we head downstairs for some drinks and an order of Japanese scallops drenched in ponzu sauce. We prefer The Double Knot over the wine and cocktail list, which is as long as the Philadelphia Flyers championship drought. With double the whiskey, vermouth, and bitters, it’s their take on Manhattan.

Saloon Restaurant

The Saloon, which has been in the same location for 50 years, is known for its delicious food and stunning surroundings. For a date night in Philadelphia, The Saloon offers something a little more old-fashioned and swanky. Over the next half-century, Richard and Bobby Santore’s Saloon, which they bought in 1967, grew in size and renown. In contrast to the ornately carved doors, today’s laid-back fine dining establishment isn’t concerned with the finer points. In spite of its rich history, this location is anything but shabby. 

Menu favorites and freshest ingredients are still available, but the restaurant’s interior has been remodeled recently. If you’re planning a special event, consider having it here. Make sure to ask your server for some of the best “Saloon” stories if you go to visit. They might tell you about Billy Joel’s spontaneous performance on the second-floor piano! Here’s their latest review from one of their satisfied customers: 

“Came here for very important person in my life’s birthday. It was restaurant that we hadn’t come across after having probably passed it a lot of  times while walking by in the area. It’s quite odd we never saw it, because they even have a couple of parking lots along the Avenue. Anyhow, it was a wonderful time. The homemade pesto and bread was wonderful, and we both enjoyed the main dishes. Our server Frankie was very friendly and accommodating. He had a great knowledge of the menu. This is definitely a wonderful place to check out if you’re in the area. I do want to add that I especially look for atmospheres that are comfortable and energetically safe. I felt very cozy and at home here.” – Alura Cein

The Good King Tavern

The Good King Tavern in Bella Vista, Arkansas, is a great place for a casual dinner with friends on a Sunday night, but it’s also ideal for a romantic date in the middle of the winter. We almost forgot we were on a date when we reached for our fingers to dip in the tangy glaze on the crispy duck wings. 

They have a wide variety of small plates, including steak tartare and socca served with an eggplant puree. Head to Le Caveau, their wine bar, for a chocolate mousse nightcap after your meal. Wonder what their customers tell about them? Read below: 

“Tasty food, nice heated outdoor seating, friendly staff! Some unique food items in the menu. We and the kids especially enjoyed the chickpea pancakes (Socca). The cocktails are also surprising, most have unusual ingredients in them. If you feel like experimenting, you should try one of their cocktails.” – Hakan T

PUMPKIN BYOB

Chefs Ian Moroney and Hillary Bor have been in charge of Pumpkin for the past 14 years. Pumpkin’s menu changes daily and is made up of locally sourced, seasonal, and inventive dishes. Due to the lack of a liquor license, diners are welcome to bring their own alcohol (and are encouraged to do so). This restaurant, which seats just 26 people, gets booked up quickly.

Looking to check their reviews and contact details? Head over to their listing on our Philly Online Directory site. 

A.Kitchen + Bar

Restaurants like this one in the heart of Center City offer indoor and outdoor seating for your special day. For $85 per person or $75 for the vegetarian menu, guests can reserve a table on Tock and enjoy Chef Eli Collins’ four-course prix-fixe menu. Oysters and charcuterie are just some of the special occasion menu items that guests can request. 

With that in mind, the A.Bar will be open from 4pm to midnight on Valentine’s Day to serve up some of the best Valentine’s Day cocktails and raw bar snacks around. Want to know why this is a must-try? Hear it from one of their customers! 

“A.kitchen is by far one of the best restaurants I’ve had the pleasure of dining at in Philadelphia! My boyfriend and I have been going out to different restaurants in Philly for 5 yrs now, a.kitchen is definitely one of the most memorable. We sat at the chefs counter which was really cool, we were able to watch the chef and su chef cook all of the meals. The entire restaurant had a warm vibe, and everyone who helped us was really pleasant! Lastly, our food was outstanding, I ordered the short rib and my boyfriend ordered the half chicken. The short rib melts in your mouth and the chicken was so tender and perfectly seasoned. Highly recommend both meals! Oh…and heavy pours on the wine…yes pls!” – Elyse Clare

Talula’s Garden

Taula’s Garden takes pride in celebrating food in the way it was meant to be celebrated — constantly, with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Talula’s farm-to-table ambiance is inviting, delicious, and ideal for a special occasion or date night with restaurateur Aimee Olexy. The food is excellent, but what really sets this restaurant apart is the indoor/outdoor space that serves as its name. 

There is a lovely patio with string lighting, a cheese bar, and plants, vegetation, flowers, and vegetable plants covering nearly every square inch of the establishment. It’s the kind of setting that begs for a romantic candlelit dinner for two.

When it comes to a romantic evening, Philadelphia doesn’t disappoint. Right? From extravagant dining rooms, candlelit dinners,  cozy garden hideaways, Philly offers everything. Choose whatever first your mood date. Have a lovely date night! Visit our Philly Online Directory Restaurant section for more choices! 

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