Nestled in the southeastern corner of the state, the Groton, Connecticut, area has a number of dining options for couples looking for romance. Couples can indulge in rich Italian food or mouthwatering steaks and seafood as they enjoy intimate conversation, share laughs over a bottle of wine, or take in the scenery.
Diners will be ready for romance as soon as they enter the Seahorse Restaurant, which features elegant white linens, candlelit tables and intimate lighting. The restaurant offers a "Wine & Dine" special on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, which lets couples share two entrees, like pollo alla cacciatore and grilled eggplant rollatini, and select a bottle of pinot grigio or cabernet sauvignon. After dinner, couples can continue their night of romance by stopping by the restaurant's bar, which serves after-dinner cocktails, beer and wine. Seahorse Restaurant 65 Marsh Road Noank, CT 06430 860-536-1670 seahorserestaurant.net
Olio Restaurant and Bar
Groton's upscale Olio restaurant is an ideal date-night destination for couples seeking romance. Couples can get cozy at a table for two, lit by sparkling votive candles, and choose from an extensive martini and wine list that features everything from decadent chocolate martinis to rich red wines like Chilean cabernet. The menu offers hearty Italian pastas like open-face seafood ravioli, as well as lighter Italian fare like bruschetta. Olio Restaurant 33 Kings Highway Groton, CT 06340 860-445-6546 bravobravoct.com
Octagon Steakhouse, located inside Groton's Mystic Marriott Hotel and Spa, is the top-rated restaurant in Connecticut, according to AAA. White linens and candlelight set a romantic mood at this award-winning restaurant. Choose oysters, a natural aphrodisiac, from the Octagon's raw bar to heat things up. After dinner, indulge in rich desserts like pumpkin crème brûlée or mile-high chocolate cake. To keep the romance alive, visit the Red Door Spa, which is also inside the Mystic Marriot, and book a couples' massage so that you can relax together after your romantic dinner. Octagon Steakhouse 625 North Road Groton CT 06340 860-326-0360 octagonsteakhouse.com
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