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Romantic Restaurants in Chicago, Perfect for Date Night

Geja's Cafe
Chicago Chop House
Punch Bowl Social Chicago
Robert et Fils
Alinea
Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse
Piccolo Sogno
Sunda Chicago
Geja's Cafe
Chicago Chop House
Punch Bowl Social Chicago
Robert et Fils
Alinea
Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse
Piccolo Sogno
Sunda Chicago

If you’re planning a special night out with the one you love or want to make a great impression on a first date, it’s important to choose a restaurant that offers a sophisticated atmosphere and great food. If you’re in the Chicago area, you’re in luck –there are plenty of places to have a memorable date night. To help you prepare for your big nights, here are some recommendations for the most romantic restaurants in Chicago.

 

 

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Geja’s Cafe

340 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL
(773) 281-9101

This restaurant has been called one of the most romantic restaurants in Chicago, particularly in the Lincoln Park area. This quaint eatery has been a city staple since 1965 and is famous for its delicious fondue. In addition to gruyere cheese fondues, you can also order dinner to enjoy a hearty meal at Geja’s Cafe that includes your choice of Australian lobster tail, white shrimp, beef tenderloin, boneless chicken breast, or roasted sea scallops. Meals are served with your choice of steamed veggies with ha side of gourmet dipping sauces. The restaurant also provides several white and red wines to choose from that complement sweet or savory fondues beautifully.

 

 

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Chicago Chop House

60 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL
(312) 787-7100

Chicago Chop House has an impressive menu and an elegant atmosphere which makes it the perfect place for a romantic date. Start your meal with the Chop House signature crab cake served with remoulade sauce, the steak tartare with grain mustard, or the seafood tower with lobster, crab legs, tuna tartare, and oysters. The lobster bisque and French onion soups are delicious ways to begin your meal as well, and Chicago Chop House also has several salads to choose from like the Caprese salad with beefsteak tomatoes or the Chop salad with spinach, feta cheese, and smoked bacon. One of the most popular meals on the menu is the USDA Prime Rib Special which comes with au jus, horseradish cream, and your choice of garlic mashed potatoes or creamed corn. You can also enjoy the Colorado rack of lamb with mint jelly or chimichurri, or try the homemade fettuccine with white truffle oil.

 

 

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Punch Bowl Social Chicago

310 N Green St, Chicago, IL
(312) 809-9551

If you and your date want to take in the beauty of the city while enjoying your meal, check out Punch Bowl Social. This fun and modern restaurant has a variety of delicious menu options that are designed for sharing, such as the gluten-free queso dip with tomato and roasted poblano pepper or Fruit n’ Fromage with fresh berries, assorted nuts, and blueberry onion jam. The chopped salad with your choice of roasted chicken, fried chicken, or shrimp is a popular choice that can serve as your main dish, or you can opt for entrees such as the chicken tacos with red salsa and fresh lime. The Alabama chicken sandwich with white barbecue sauce is a delicious choice as well. Side dishes such as rosemary or buffalo fries or gluten-free hummus with cherry tomatoes, carrots, and cucumbers are the perfect accents to your entree. If you’re in the mood for dessert, you can’t go wrong with the Massive Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich which is the perfect sweet treat to share with your sweetie.

 

 

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KFIRE Korean Barbecue

2528 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
(773) 572-0323

If you and/or your date is a fan of Korean barbecue, KFIRE is the ideal date night spot. Entrees are grilled to order and range from spicy chicken served with seasoned cucumber and kimchi, to Kalbi, which are short ribs marinated in soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. You can also enjoy the Bokki “fries” which are fried rice crisps tossed in a sweet and savory sauce and served with beef and caramelized onions. KFIRE also offers a number of small plates such as fried corn, rice balls, and fried dumplings filled with pork and vegetables. Authentic Korean beverages like peach or pear soda offer a refreshing finishing touch to your meal. If you’d like to have dessert with your meal, try the sweet version of Bokki fries with honey sauce or the Korean sweet bun with brown sugar filling. KFIRE also offers takeout and delivery options so you can choose the appetizers and entrees you want and enjoy your meal during an at-home date night.

 

 

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Robert et Fils

4229 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
(773) 687-9179

This beautiful French restaurant in Chicago is sure to impress your date whether you’re enjoying a meal with your date for the first time, you’re celebrating a special occasion with your significant other, or you’re taking a break from your busy schedules to spend more time together. The restaurant has a rotating menu so you can enjoy a different entree each time you visit. Choose from meals such as the potato gnocchi with foraged mushrooms and braised kale which comes with an apple creme fraiche cake with rum raisins for dessert. The chicken menu is deliciously impressive as well and features several courses. First, you’ll enjoy baguettes with whipped butter, then you’ll dine on a chicken liver mousse with spring fennel salad. The main course is roasted chicken with preserved lemon stuffing and olives and mixed farm vegetables and the tarragon puff pastry with seasonal fruit is the sweet treat that concludes this lovely meal. Robert Et Fils also has a wine club so you can sample a variety of wines that pair perfectly with your dinner each time you dine.

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Alinea

1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Phone-free, but can be reached at hospitality@alinearestaurant.com

Any foodie in the Chicago area will be quick to recommend this place to anybody, whether they’re visiting the area or lifelong locals. Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas founded Alinea to challenge the parameters of food and redefine what the restaurant experience should entail. Through the cutting-edge process of molecular gastronomy, they offer a perpetually changing 16-18 course menu of dishes as bold as you can possibly imagine (we’d list a few, but part of the Alinea experience is going in cold). It’s expensive but you’re paying for more than just the food. Every dish is presented with the ceremony of a theatrical performance. There’s a reason Alinea is internationally renowned as well as a a must-go for any lovebirds in Chicago. 

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Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse

1028 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

(312) 266-8999

Gibson’s has been a Chicago icon since partners Hugo Ralli and Steve Lombardo opened its doors in May of 1989. It is the first steakhouse in the nation to be awarded its own USDA certification program, offering Gibson’s Prime Angus Beef along with locally-sourced fish, strong and tasty cocktails, an extensive wine list, and top-notch service. There’s fewer styles of restaurant more romantic than the steakhouse, and you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Make sure to indulge your sweet tooth after your meal with the carrot cake, which pairs perfectly with their espresso martini.

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Piccolo Sogno

464 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60642

(312) 421-0077

Piccolo Sogno, which means “little dream,” in Italian (a reference to owners Tony Priolo and Ciro Longobardo’s little dream to open a restaurant), features a charming menu of seasonal rustic Italian cuisine with a huge wine list with over 400 selections, hand-picked by Longobardo. There’s a wine for any dish you may want, from the pappardelle con cinghiale (wild boar ragu) to the rosticciana (braised beef short ribs). Sprinkle in some romance by sitting in the stunning garden or patio area (though you may want to wait for springtime for those seats).

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Sunda Chicago

110 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654

(312) 644-0500

The owners of Sunda Chicago were inspired by the Asian fusion of cultures found on the Sunda Shelf, where the cuisines of Japan, China, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines merged. The result is a refreshed take on classic and culturally-significant dishes that have been modernized by their ingredients, preparation, and presentation. This approach is abundantly clear when you scan the menu that has many familiar concepts presented in new and original ways. You and your plus-one will be fighting over the oxtail potstickers filled with braised oxtail meat, caramelized onion jus, and served with white wasabi cream. You may love each other, but you’ll love the lemongrass beef lollipops even more.

 

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on May 2, 2021 and last updated on November 24, 2021. Please refer to restaurant websites and social media pages for the most up-to-date information.