Love is in the air at these five Phoenix romantic restaurants, guaranteed to set the tone for a memorable night out with that special someone.
Exposed brick, hardwood floors, stained glass, and a patio decked out in twinkling lights. The stage is set for romance at Cibo (pronounced “chee-boh,” which means “food” in Italian), an urban pizzeria café located in central Phoenix where the ambiance is rivaled only by the food. Situated in a restored 1913 bungalow, Cibo serves thin, made-to-order pizza inspired by the traditions and flavors of Southern Italy. Chef Guido Saccone, a native of Southern Italy, prepares the hand-stretched pizzas and bakes them in wood-burning oven. You can choose between “pizze rosse” (“red pizza”) and “pizze bianche” (“white pizza”), all topped with fresh, local ingredients and imported Italian meats and cheeses. The lunch menu features hot and cold sandwiches, salads, and an assortment of authentic Italian desserts.
House of Tricks
Nestled on a quiet street just north of Arizona State University in Tempe, this foodie magnet is also one of the Valley’s great date destinations. The restaurant is situated in a restored 1920s cottage featuring a cozy dining room, vintage stone fireplace built with local river rock, and an impressive collection of original art. Outside, the mature shade trees provide a perfect canopy for sunny afternoon lunches and evocative dinners. Chef Kelly Fletcher’s seasonally-inspired menus embrace local and international flavors for an exquisite take on Contemporary American cuisine. The romantic atmosphere, extensive fine wine list, and impeccable service make House of Tricks a perfect date spot.
This is one of the most romantic restaurants in the city. Gracious, upscale, and inviting, T. Cook’s is located at the luxurious Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix. Vaulted ceilings and a dining room of rich, earthen tones set the mood for an intimate, gracious evening. Executive Chef Lee Hillson hand-selects all ingredients for the Mediterranean-inspired menu that incorporates Italian, Spanish, and French traditions and flavors. Stop off at the popular Lounge for a romantic night cap.
Charming to a tee, Sophie‘s is a French bistro serving authentic, traditional French fare. Here is your destination for such French specialties as escargot and hand-rolled, Parisian-style crepes. The house specialty is Duck Contif Cassoulet, a slow-cooked duck leg, Schriener’s lamb sausage, and pulled ham hock meat served in a cast iron Le Creuset with simmering white beans. Whether you have the Beef Bourguignon or something from the lighter side of the menu, Sophie’s is a white-table cloth restaurant with impeccable service and a serene, peaceful dining room, absolutely perfect for a romantic lunch or dinner.
What could be more romantic than fine dining in a quaint, picturesque farm surrounded by a grove of shady pecan trees? Located at the historic Farm at South Mountain in south Phoenix, Quiessence is gaining a reputation as one of the Valley’s best and most memorable places to enjoy a meal. This hidden gem specializes in contemporary American farm cuisine, hand-crafted from the best local ingredients. This is one of the only places to experience a “daily menu” culinary experience in the Valley, where ingredients are hand-picked daily by the chefs to create a singular, never-replicated multi-course dinner that will leave your taste buds singing.