Dinner for Two: Romantic Restaurants

Food — By adamgauzza on December 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Looking for a cozy nook to call your own or something grandiose to prove your love to one another?  Here are a few ideas for romantic dining in the Windy City.

Romantic dessert at NoMI Kitchen

Quiet and Candlelit

Lincoln Square’s Bistro Campagne brings just a touch of French country rusticism to a romantic night out.  Begin with escargot, share the cassoulet or foie de veau, and finish with chocolate pot-de-crème and the evening’s cheese plate.  Any of the warm, woody corners offer just the right amount of privacy for you and yours.

Above it All

NoMI Kitchen boasts chic ambience, a Michelin-starred menu, and view to boot.  Enjoy an incredible seasonal foie gras preparation or Kusshi oysters as you look out (and down) upon the bustling Magnificent Mile.  Making a night out of it?  NoMI is conveniently located in the Park Hyatt hotel.

Romance al fresco

Stop in at Pastoral in the Loop and pick up one of their picnics for two.  You’ll choose from sandwiches, fine cheeses, bread, charcuterie, olives, and sweets for two along with an enormous selection of boutique wines and beers (and stylish picnic-ready wine glasses).  Best of all, you’ll be down the block from Millenium Park, ideally on a beautiful summer evening.


Bucktown’s Hot Chocolate is perfect if you have something sweet in mind for your significant other.  You can certainly have a full dinner, but dessert is the showstopper here.  Get close to your mate to split the apple-cider potpie or share a mini-hot chocolate flight with homemade marshmallows.

Cheers to You

If you’re looking to celebrate your loved one, head to Pops for Champagne in River North.  With a beautiful seasonal menu and an enormous selection of bubbly, plush booths, accompanied by a small jazz combo, it’s practically a recipe for romance.

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