The Best Romantic Restaurants in Chicago

The Chicago dining scene has always been seen as the underdog to top-culinary cities like New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. However, in recent years the buzz about Chicago chefs has gone through the roof and they've become a worthy player in the fine-food industry. There are numerous romantic restaurants that offer not only a breathtaking atmosphere, but a menu you'll dream about. Take the one you love on a culinary exploration amid an atmosphere perfect for an intimate occasion.

Casual Dining

The stress of overspending does not make for a romantic meal. Luckily for you, Chicago has a host of romantic restaurants that won't leave you cleaning the dishes. Home Bistro Chicago is an eclectic mix of coziness and rustic design. Chef Joncarl Lachman has won praises for his take on American/French fare by the Chicago Free Press and TimeOut Chicago. For sharing a delicious fondue, no place can beat Geja's Cafe. Touted as Chicago's most romantic restaurant, Geja's has won accolades by the Chicago Tribune for its rich cheese fondue and dream-inspiring chocolate fondue. Imagine dim lights, flamenco players, and sharing a dish with the one you love. Don't get discouraged by the price of fine dining. There are plenty of places that won't break the bank in Chicago.

Moderate and Expensive Dining

When comparing the price of taking a trip to taste exquisite French food and visiting Les Nomades, the choice is easy. Heralded by The Chicago Tribune as the most romantic restaurant in Chicago, the simple decor mixed with beautiful artwork, comprehensive wine list, and phenomenal dishes will make for a memorable evening. If duck confit is not a staple in your diet, one night here will have you wanting more. Located near the North Side, Tru has achieved legendary status. Chef Rick Tramonto has won numerous awards including a James Beard Award for Best Chef. The multiple dining rooms are often the sites for wedding receptions and parties. The clean, elegant style with gorgeous artwork make an unbelievably romantic spot. Likewise, the artistry of the dishes will leave you scratching your head with wonderment. Both restaurants lend themselves to perfect backdrops for your night.

Most Aclaimed

Alinea is arguably Chicago's most-acclaimed restaurant. Chef Grant Achatz has wowed the culinary world with his approach to gastronomy cuisine. Booked months in advance, "foodies" travel here from all over the country for Alinea's tasting menu. The interior is spot-on for its sophisticated minimalist decor. Artwork and lighting give it an intimate ambiance ideal for courtship. By Chicago restaurants setting the standard for amour, your night will be complete with the one you love.

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