Feb 9, 2023 - Food and Drink

Richmond's most romantic restaurants

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Valentine's Day is Tuesday, which means it’s appropriate to celebrate with a romantic dinner any night from this weekend through next weekend.

So even if you can't nab a reservation for Tuesday night, you've got ample other days to try. We've got you covered with recommendations from you all for the city's most romantic restaurants.

Bacchus: The dim lighting, the plates of delicious pasta, the intimate dining room — everything about this Fan District restaurant screams romance.

Chez Foushee: This downtown restaurant is doing special Candlelit Evenings Feb. 11, 14 and 18 with candle-mood lighting and a pianist on those nights. A small bouquet of flowers can be added to your table (and to take home) for $16.50.

Laura Lee's: It's the curved booths and delicious food that makes this South Richmond restaurant a go-to date-night spot for reader Allison B.

L'Opossum: From the menu descriptions to stained-glass and crocheted phalluses (or is it phalli?), this Oregon Hill restaurant is all top-notch food and sexual innuendo. Start with the Vegan Orgy, feast on the Swank Bank and sip the French Tickler.

The Hill Cafe: Sometimes the most romantic restaurant is simply your neighborhood fave, says reader Gerald B. And this Church Hill stalwart is a perennial neighborhood best.

The Melting Pot: Melted cheese and chocolate, plus shared dipping, might be the most romantic meal ever. This Henrico fondue joint is celebrating V. Day through the 18th, including optional add-ons like rose petals on the table, balloons and flowers.

Waffle House: Yes, Waffle House. Each year, a few locations go all out with Valentine's Day-themed decor, plus white tablecloths, candles and flowers on each table.

This is just a sampler of some of Richmond's most romantic restaurants. As reader Gerald B. reminds us, the most romantic spot is wherever you are with the one you love.


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