50 States Series: Top Romantic Restaurants Worth Traveling For

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Valentine’s Day is a chance to celebrate the love in your life. Buy some chocolates, a new piece of jewelry, write a thoughtful note in a card, and of course, a romantic dinner at a luxury restaurant. Splitting a bottle of wine over a clean white tablecloth surrounded by world-class waiters at your beck and call – that sounds like a night to remember.

As the date draws near this year, let us help you narrow down the choices on where to go for that important meal. We compiled a list of the top romantic restaurant in each state worth traveling for. The nominations are based on the restaurant’s ambiance, menu, service, and traveler reviews. With this list you’ll be able to plan a memorable evening in your home state, or if you’re traveling and looking to light a spark on a special night out. So go ahead, treat yourself this Valentine’s Day (or any day, really) to a romantic evening at any of these award-winning establishments. Bon appetit!

Alabama (Huntsville): Cotton Row Restaurant

Alaska (Anchorage): ORSO

Arizona (Phoenix): Christopher’s Restaurant

Arkansas (Little Rock): Brave New Restaurant

California (Santa Monica): The Little Door

Colorado (Denver): Central Bistro and Bar

Connecticut (Greenwich): Thomas Henkelmann

Delaware (Chesapeake City): Chesapeake Inn

Florida (Winter Park): Luma on Park

Georgia (Atlanta): 4th & Swift

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Hawaii (Kona): The Fish Hopper

Idaho (Boise): Saint Lawrence Gridiron

Illinois (Chicago): Osteria Langhe

Indiana (Indianapolis): Harry & Izzy’s

Iowa (Iowa City): Atlas

Kansas (Leawood): 801 Fish

Kentucky (Louisville): Seviche

Louisiana (New Orleans): Commander’s Palace

Maine (Camden): Francine Bistro

Maryland (Washington D.C.): Equinox

Massachusetts (Boston): Sorellina

Michigan (Ann Arbor): The Chop House

Minnesota (Minneapolis): Basil’s

Mississippi (Flowood): Table 100

Missouri (St. Louis): Charlie Gitto’s

Montana (Missoula): Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern

Nebraska (Omaha): Salt 88

Nevada (Reno): Campo

New Hampshire (Dover): Stages at One Washington

New Jersey (Rutherford): Cafe Matisse

New Mexico (Albuquerque): Jennifer James 101

New York (Greenport): The Frisky Oyster

North Carolina (Charlotte): Heirloom

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North Dakota (Fargo): Granite City

Ohio (Columbus): G. Michael’s Bistro & Bar

Oklahoma (Oklahoma City): Mickey Mantle Steakhouse

Oregon (Portland): Imperial

Pennsylvania (Philadelphia): Beau Monde

Rhode Island (Providence): New Rivers

South Carolina (Charleston): Circa 1886

South Dakota (Sioux Falls): Crawford’s

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Tennessee (Nashville): Caffe Nonna

Texas (Austin): The Carillon

Utah (Park City): Riverhorse

Vermont (Waterbury Center): Michael’s on the Hill

Virginia (Richmond): The Boathouse

Washington (Kirkland): Cafe Juanita

West Virginia (Charleston): Tidewater Grille

Wisconsin (Madison): Heritage Tavern

Wyoming (Jackson Hole): Snake River Grill

For more restaurants per state to add to your trip, check out our lists of winners in 2014 and 2015.