Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in the Chicago Suburbs
Need a date night? Wondering where you and your significant other will spend Valentine’s Day? Check out our picks for the top 10 romantic restaurants in the burbs!
1. Antico Posto | Oakbrook | Italian Fare
This intimate Italian Cafe has an outstanding wine selection. Although it’s located in the Oakbrook Center Mall, it’s a well-hidden gem. Their wine list boasts over 40 imported and domestic varieties. Popular dishes include Insalata Caprese, Tomato Cream Ricotta Gnocchi, and Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Raguso.
118 Oakbrook Center Oakbrook, IL 60523
2. Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant | St. Charles | American Food & Wine Bar
Cooper’s Hawk is a place to eat traditional American food and drink American wines. On Valentine’s Day, they feature a special menu suggested by the chef to perfect your night. The Wine of the Month is a rich Portuguese blend with hints of baking spices and vanilla. Like what you drink? Bottles are available for sale so you can take your favorite wine home with you.
3. Suzette’s Creperie | Wheaton | French & Vegetarian Friendly
Suzette’s Creperie makes for a perfect date night (or afternoon). The offerings include breakfast, brunch, and dinner menus. This February’s Valentines celebration extends from the 14th to the 17th. The wine selection is outstanding. The restaurant is proud recipient of the Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator. Nestled in historic Downtown Wheaton, Suzette’s is a quaint place to spend a romantic evening.
4. Ivy Restaurant | Wheaton | Steaks, Chops & Seafood
Ivy Restaurant in downtown Wheaton is a unique experience. The restaurant sits in what was a chapel built in 1928. Stained glass, beautiful woodwork and arched doorways make it one of the more picturesque date night locations. For food, the ingredients are sourced locally and paired with fine wines and craft brews. The predominantly gluten free menu is perfect for people with dietary needs. Reservations are available online.
120 N Hale St. Wheaton, IL 60187
5. fire + wine | Glen Ellyn | Wood Fired Pizza & Wine Bar
TripAdvisor rates fire + wine as the best restaurant in Glen Ellyn from 2014 to 2017. Seating at this local hotspot is hard to get, so make your reservations early. Wood-fired pizza, small plates, and unique cocktails keep the menu small but interesting. This restaurant may be affordable, but the demand is huge. Treat yourself to a romantic meal at fire + wine.
6. Bigby’s Pour House | Addison | Beer Bar & Pizza
This is not your typical white tablecloth romantic date night spot, but it’s a local favorite in Addison, IL. If your significant other loves craft beer, homemade pizza, video games and a laid-back ambiance, Bigby’s Pour House is perfect. For added entertainment, check their Facebook page for open mic nights and live music.
1700 W Lake St. B Addison, IL 60101
7. Sushi Nest | Elmhurst | Sushi & Sake
The Sushi Nest is everything you think of when you think “romantic dinner”: candlelight, cozy surroundings, and exotic foods. There is a lovely, intimate table in the storefront that can be reserved special. The sunken table gives a view of downtown Elmhurst. This spot is small and fills up fast for special occasions! Be sure to reserve your seats for February.
142 N York Rd. Elmhurst, IL 60126
8. Gaetano’s | Batavia | Creative Italian
Gaetano’s is a Zagat reviewed restaurant that focuses on creating a fusion of traditional Italian with regional cuisine. Tasting menus include wine pairings, so even a wine novice can order the right wine for their meal. The restaurant is small and warm. If live music with the same amazing food is more your thing, visit the second floor lounge. On weekends, the market on their lower level offers cured Italian meats, cheeses and prepared foods.
15 E Wilson St. Batavia, IL 60510
9. Tango2 | Naperville | Argentine & Tapas
For Argentinian steaks and tapas, look no further than Tango2. Food is expertly prepared and plated. Chef specials include items like Sweet Chili Calamari, Surf and Turf, and Salmon Medialuna. They do have daily specials, so if you’re looking for a romantic deal, check them out. Did we mention the sangria?
5 Jackson Ave. Naperville, Illinois 60540
10. Parkers’ Restaurant & Bar | Downers Grove | Traditional American, Seafood & Steaks
Not sure what to do on your next date night? How about some surf and turf? Parkers’ Restaurant & Bar specializes in just this. Parkers’ is Zagat Rated and the recipient of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for 2017. The New England style building might not scream romance, but couples will be treated to a memorable meal and excellent service.
1000 31st St. Downers Grove, IL 60515