If you're looking for a romantic date spot in Houston, you won't be disappointed. The city is home to a wide range of eateries, from Vietnamese to barbecue, but it also features some cozy, elegant restaurants perfect for first dates or anniversaries. Recently, AOL City Guide's editors and local voters picked some of Houston's top romantic dining establishments.
This 100-year old log cabin converted to a cozy restaurant is a favorite among locals for its unique wild game fare and regional Gulf seafood. Picturesque views, three fireplaces, a citrus grove, and multiple decks and patios create a romantic get-away feeling in the middle of the city.
Rainbow Lodge 2011 Ella Blvd. Houston, TX 77008 713-861-8666 rainbow-lodge.com
Mark's American Cuisine
This renovated 1920s church with golden ceilings, hand painted deco walls and candle lit tables provides diners with an intimate escape from the daily grind. he ambience is unlike that of any other restaurant, as is the menu. Dining at Mark's is a culinary adventure, with ever-evolving selections of unique ingredients, such as grilled Texas red snapper served with mascarpone carrot risotto. The wine list features more than 550 selections chosen by the chef.
Mark's American Cuisine 1658 Westheimer Houston, TX 77006 713-523-3800 marks1658.com
The Melting Pot
Visiting Houston's only fondue restaurant makes dinner a romantic, fun, hands-on experience that you won't forget. The four-course meal includes appetizer, salad, entrée, and dessert. This popular chain has been pleasing customers since 1975.
The Melting Pot 6100 Westheimer Suite 146 Houston TX 77057 713-532-5011 meltingpot.com
Sambuca Jazz Café
Located in Houston's historic Rice Hotel, Sambuca prides itself on combining fine dining with live music seven nights a week, though it's not limited to jazz. You can listen to anything from Latin rhythms to classic rock while you dine and hit the dance floor afterward. The menu features grilled beef tenderloin and miso-glazed sea bass. Swanky décor and dim lighting create a perfect date atmosphere.
Sambuca Jazz Café 909 Texas St. Houston, TX 77002 713-224-5295 sambucarestaurant.com
Another converted church, Chez Nous offers authentic French dishes with only fresh, seasonal ingredients. Located in the small town of Humble, this intimate, charming eatery has been a favorite among locals since the 1980s. Entrees include seafood, duck, lamb, and beef. Superb service and excellent desserts make this a great spot for couples.
Chez Nous French Restaurant 217 South Ave. G Humble, TX 77338 281-446-6717 cheznousfrenchrestaurant.com