Tucson is the second largest city in Arizona and is sometimes referred to as The Old Pueblo. The University of Arizona and a few other colleges and universities are located here, which draws visitors on a regular basis. Museums and other cultural establishments help to do the same. The city has numerous restaurants, some of which are particularly suited to romantic dining.
Hacienda del Sol
Hacienda del Sol is a guest ranch resort in Tucson, complete with lodging and meeting rooms. The entire place, though, can be specially tailored for romance, even for those only interested in coming to the restaurant. In fact, weddings are held here on a regular basis. The restaurant here is called The Grill is open to both guests of Hacienda del Sol and those staying elsewhere in Tucson. For over a decade, it received "Best Of" accolades from Wine Spectator. The decor is classy and timeless, offering intimate seating arrangements both indoors and on the terraza garden patio. Specialties of the house include carne asada tacos, tequila steamed Blue Hill mussels and fried organic chicken and biscuits. These pair with a glass of wine from a list that includes over 2,000 varieties. As of 2010, live music plays nightly to add to the romantic air. Hacienda del Sol 5601 North Hacienda del Sol Road Tucson, AZ 85718 520-529-3500 haciendadelsol.com
The Melting Pot
The Melting Pot may be a national chain, but it is still an intimate and romantic restaurant. It focuses on fondue, which is meant for sharing, so romantic dinners become even more so with one of the many dinners for two available here. It is a well-known Tucson restaurant and, as such, reservations may be useful on Friday and Saturday nights. Cheese fondues in many forms are also available, which makes for a perfect appetizer. Entrees include different selections of fish, chicken, vegetables and beef in four different cooking styles. Dessert fondue, like strawberries dipped in chocolate, are a must for any romantic dinner. The Melting Pot 7401 North La Cholla Boulevard #109 Tucson, AZ 85741 520-575-6358 meltingpot.com
Jax Kitchen opened in August of 2008 by Brian and Sandy Metzger, with Chef Casey McQueen in the kitchen. The menu offers classic comfort foods with a European twist, as well as over 45 wines to pair with meals. A full bar also offers cocktails, liquor and beer. The dining room is small and intimate with white tablecloths and a dimly lit atmosphere. While offering an air of modern class, it is still a casual restaurant. In 2009, Tucson lifestyle Magazine awarded Jax Kitchen with the "Best New Restaurant in Tucson" award. Appetizers include steak tartare, roasted red pepper hummus and lump crab cake. Entrees include cast-iron pork chop, hangar steak, wild Pacific sea bass and duck confit salad. Jax Kitchen 7286 North Oracle Road Tucson, AZ 85704-6334 520-219-1235 jaxkitchen.com