Detroit may be hurting from the 2008 financial crisis and the collapse of the auto industry, but it still boasts many restaurants. Several of these are upscale and offer an intimate dining experience perfect for a date. Many boast candlelight or ethnic food or romantic booths or other romantic touches.
This intimate restaurant has only 27 tables. The style is intimate but rustic, with wooden furniture, white tables and fresh flowers. Cuisine has special menus for romantic nights like Valentine's Day. The menu is French, with a choice of either a progression of dishes or a la carte. You can order items like stuffed eggplant with ricotta and scallions in tomato sauce or Indiana Duck roasted with red wine braised strawberries and quinoa. Cuisine 670 Lothrop Road Detroit, MI 48202 313-872-5110 cuisinedetroit.com
Sharing a plate of spaghetti is always a romantic move. This upscale restaurant serves classics like oven roasted bruschetta with Roma tomatoes, pesto, and four cheeses or potato gnocchi with pesto or manacotti filled with ricotta and tomato sauce. There is also an extensive wine list. Giovanni's Ristorante 330 S. Oakwood, Detroit, MI 48217 313-841-0122 giovannisristorante.com
This upscale restaurant features dramatic statues and intimate booth seating. The food is elegant American with a French accent, starting with appetizers like oysters on the half-shell. Salads are elegant, with choices like fennel, parsley, red onion, orange and grapefruit segments, with white balsamic vinaigrette. Their specialty entree is a quintet of jumbo shrimp in a filo pastry with potato gratin and sauce béarnaise. Opus One 565 E. Larned St. Detroit, MI 48226 313-961-7766 opus-one.com