The state of Pennsylvania, home to the Pocono Mountains, one of the most popular Honeymoon destinations in the country, serves as home to a variety of romantic restaurants. These upscale establishments make the perfect venue for an intimate meal celebrating an engagement, birthday, Valentine's Day or a special anniversary.
The Hyeholde Restaurant is in Moon Township, Pa., approximately 17 miles northwest of downtown Pittsburgh. The restaurant is inside a Tudor-style home built in 1930. The dining room area resembles the Great Hall of a castle with high ceilings set with exposed wood beams, a balcony area, stained glass windows and a large wood-burning fireplace. Tables are located in nooks throughout the two-floor dining room, allowing you to feel as if you are having a private dinner in a fairy tale castle. Request a table near the fireplace for added ambiance. The menu features wild game like elk with sour cherries in bourbon sauce, as well as beef, chicken, house-made pasta and a vegetarian dish of the season. A tasting menu is also available nightly. The restaurant's wine list includes selections from around the world. The restaurant serves high tea Mondays through Fridays and dinner Mondays through Saturdays. Reservations are highly recommended. Business casual attire is appropriate. Valet parking is available for dinner. For something more casual during warm weather months, you can call ahead and order one of the Hyeholde's picnic dinners. The restaurant packs a basket full of sandwiches, gourmet salads, beverages and dessert and allows you to dine anywhere in the restaurant's private gardens under the stars.
Tavern on the Hill Seafood & Steakhouse
Tavern on the Hill Seafood & Steakhouse is on Howard Street in Enola, Pa., across the Susquehanna from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's capital city. The restaurant has won the "International Award of Excellence" from the International Restaurant and Hospitality Rating Bureau and a variety of awards from the readers of "Harrisburg Magazine" for its overall dining experience and service. The candlelit dining room features large, cozy booths and dark wood, making for a romantic ambiance. Steaks are the specialty of the house at The Tavern on the Hill, and the majority of the meat is U.S.D.A. certified black Angus beef and then aged on-site for four to six weeks. The signature preparation is the Tuscan-style Kansas City steak, a bone-in New York strip seasoned with rosemary, sage, garlic and olive oil. Featuring around 575 selections, the wine list is a past recipient of the "Best of Award of Excellence," the second-highest honor given by "Wine Spectator" magazine. The Tavern on the Hill Seafood & Steakhouse serves dinner Monday through Saturday. Reservations are highly recommended. Business casual attire is appropriate. Free parking is available directly across from the restaurant.
Bistro Romano is on Lombard Street between Front and Second Streets in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. The restaurant held Zagat dining guide ratings of "very good to excellent" for its food, decor and service as of October 2010. The cozy dining area features exposed brick walls and low lighting provided by small lamps on the walls and candles on the tabletop. The restaurant's ambiance has earned it a place on Open Table's Users' Choice listings for "Most Romantic" in Philadelphia. Italian cuisine is the specialty of the house with classic dishes like chicken parmigiana and veal saltimbocca available. A signature entree is the Bistro duck, served in a sauce made from Barolo wine, peppercorns and garlic. The wine list consists of more than 500 selections and is a "Wine Spectator" "Best of Award of Excellence" recipient. The restaurant is open daily for dinner. Reservations are highly recommended. Casual attire is acceptable. On Friday or Saturday night, finish the evening by having an after-dinner drink in the restaurant's piano bar while listening to the stylings of the house pianist. You can also choose to dine in the lounge, if you prefer. The nearest parking garage is the Park America Garage on Lombard Street; discounted vouchers off the garage rates are available from the hostess.