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Love in St. Louis: Best Romantic Restaurants

Need a special date-night spot? Restaurant recommendations you (and your love) will love

Canoodle and nosh at some of the city's most romantic and intimate spots, where a corner booth or a two-top near the bar could easily be the best seat in the house, depending on who's there to share it.

Drunken Fish

The local mini-chain has four area locations, each with its own flavor. At all, though, you’ll find award-winning sushi and plates to share, from Asian lettuce wraps to calamari. Fried green tea ice cream is a perfect finish. 

Food from Drunken Fish
Drunken Fish (©D. Lancaster)

Barcelona Tapas

This stylish and boisterous spot serves small plates perfect for sharing with your plus-one, in a vibrant, colorful dining room that can't help but turn up the heat.


No bigger than a minute, so you’re bound to be snuggled up together at this corner wine bar, where the wine flights are perfectly paired with tasty bites like couscous salad, Gruyère fondue, and honey-chipotle shrimp. 

Aya Sofia

Mediterranean food + sophisticated cocktails and wine offerings + a sumptuously decorated (and cozy) dining room = failproof formula for a romantic night out

Cocktail from Aya Sofia
Cocktail from Aya Sofia (©D. Lancaster)


There’s nothing more heart-expanding and eye-opening than a spectacular view—and the 40th floor of a downtown skyscraper should do it! Take in the Arch and the glittering lights below while enjoying renowned, classic Italian cuisine. 

Charlie Gitto’s

It’ll be in hot demand, but it never hurts to request the corner booth at this venerable Italian restaurant on The Hill. In truth, there’s not a bad seat in the house, though—because they all get you access to the lobster ravioli, chicken spiedini, and green peppercorn NY strip steak no matter where you perch. 

Share dessert at Charlie Gitto's
Share dessert at Charlie Gitto's (©D. Lancaster)

Herbie’s Vintage 72

With brick walls, a glassed patio, vintage liquor posters on the walls and house charcuterie, oysters, duck confit crepes, and beef Wellington on the menu, you can’t go wrong at this neighborhood brasserie.

Herbie's Vintage 72 (©D. Lancaster)


Five different rooms here, from a cheery wine garden to intimate, curtained spaces, offer couples a wealth of well-appointed settings in which to enjoy progressive American cuisine and a killer wine list.