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Romantic Restaurants In Chicago

The 7 Most Romantic Restaurants In Chicago

Special occasion coming up? We have searched high and low for the restaurants that go the extra mile for couples. Whether it’s a naturally romantic setting or special little touches, these places are utterly charming. In fact, they’re the most romantic restaurants in Chicago.

From sultry steakhouses to live flamenco guitarists playing while you dine, this city has some top spots for date night. Here’s our top picks…

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1. Spiaggia 

With sweeping views of Lake Michigan, the iconic Spiaggia is a Chicago icon. Barack and Michelle Obama previously enjoyed a date night here, so it really must be one of the most romantic restaurants in Chicago. It’s over the top, yet still manages to retain a beautiful elegance in the atmosphere and menu.

Impress your date with their 700-bottle wine list, which represents the larger Italian wine regions of Toscano and Piemonte, as well as lesser known regions.

2. Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar

This dimly lit restaurant is a stylish take on a traditional steakhouse. The sexy space at Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar is filled with timeless touches, like comfy leather booths, mirrored walls, and glittering antique chandeliers.

The menu is old school too, but in the best way possible. Dig into their classic selections like chilled seafood towers, baked crab cakes, and the best cuts of meat. P.S. Don’t miss the chocolate cream pie, it’s the perfect dessert for two…

3. Gilt Bar

When it comes to a romantic date night, it’s tough to beat Gilt Bar. This hideaway is a great spot to take your date, with red velvet booths, soft candlelight, and a dramatic bar backed with gilded mirrors. The modern American dishes are made for sharing, including the house-made pasta, seafood, and wood-fired entrees.

If you have to wait for a table, just head downstairs to The Library, a hidden drinking den that’s even more intimate than the dining space itself.

4. Momotaro

This local favourite specialises in modern Japanese fare. Sit in the stylish dining room for dinner; our go-to order is an Imperial strip steak roasted over hot coals or expertly prepared slices of sashimi.

After dinner, head downstairs to The Izakaya. This sultry, subterranean bar has  hand-painted Japanese menus, moody neon lights, and vintage Tokyo street signs. It’s the perfect spot for a night cap on date night.

Romantic Restaurants In Chicago

5. Sepia 

Located in a former 1890s print shop, Sepia is all about simple sophistication. The brick and wood interior brings back feels of old-school Chicago, while the food is all modern. Chefs source ingredients from local artisan suppliers for the seasonal menus, so it’s a must-eat spot for passionate foodies in the city.

The impressive cocktail and wine list ticks all the boxes when it comes to date night drinks.

6. Elske

The name of this restaurant means “love” in Danish, and there’s a husband-and-wife duo running the kitchen. So we reckon it doesn’t get much more romantic than that. The interior has minimalist decor and soft lighting, with a small patio and working fireplace.

The tasting menu offers nine courses of beautifully presented dishes made with seasonal ingredients. There’s also an a la carte menu, with dishes that show off the very best of their talented chefs.

7. Geja’s Cafe

This is well known as one of the city’s most romantic restaurants, and has been a popular date night spot for more than 50 years. It feels like a cosy wine cellar, with curtained booths, candlelit tables, and a live flamenco guitarist.

Everything is cooked in a sizzling fondue pot right at your table, from the creamy Swiss gruyère cheese appetiser to the velvety Belgian chocolate dessert. It’s the perfect spot for a first date, special occasion, or even a proposal (Geja’s has seen more than 16,000 engagements over the years!).

Romantic Restaurants In Chicago

Sarah Clayton-Lea
Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder and global head of content of Big 7 Travel, 26-year-old Sarah created the company through her passion for discovering the world's best food and travel experiences. Formerly based in Dublin, Ireland, she now travels the world sharing her finds with our readers - a community that loves travel just as much as we do.

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