Perfect places to wine and dine your sweetheart
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These restaurants provide the intimate, romantic ambience to set the scene for your Valentine. If you want to really impress your date, personalize your evening. Bring in your sweetie's favorite dessert or a floral arrangement with her best-loved blossoms for the table. Be sure to call ahead and give the restaurant a heads-up on your plans, they might even suggest other romantic surprises.
Once you enter the world of Coromandel you will be loathe to leave it. You are greeted at the door with a smile that lightens your step. The servers will help you choose the perfect dishes to compliment your tastes. You simply cannot go wrong here. Doesn't good food put you in the mood?
Hours— Lunch: Monday-Friday 12-2:30PM, Saturday & Sunday 12-3PM; Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5-10PM, Friday & Saturday 5-10:30PM
Atmosphere— Contemporary design with bright colors of Indian Saris, comfortable and classy
Cuisine— Indian Cuisine from the Northern and Southern regions
Signature Dish— New Zealand Lamb Chops cooked in Tandoor with yogurt, scented with nutmeg and ajwain, served with pan fried vegetables and their Calamari Coromandel stir fried with onions, bell pepper, garlic and garnished with curry leaves
Specialties— Southern Indian Cuisine with diverse flavors, Seafood.
Features— Award winning menu and affable service and a menu where you can't go wrong.
Reservations— A good idea
Fairfield County locations in Darien, Stamford, South Norwalk, and Southport.
If you want to kick up the heat in your relationship this sensual middle Eastern gem is the place to come in the heart of Stamford's restaurant row. From the ambiance to the small tasting plates for sharing it's a feast for the eyes, as well as, your palette.
Hours— Monday-Wednesday 11:30AM-11PM, Thursday 11:30AM-Midnight, Friday 11:30AM-1AM, Saturday 5PM-1AM, and Sunday 5-11PM.
Atmosphere— Cozy with a funky vibe, Subdued lighting and rich dark walls set the tone for romance
Cuisine— Fine Moroccan with flavors from the region
Signature Dish— Baked Chicken Bastilla "wontons"
Specialties— variety in flavors and dish sizes from "snacks" to small and large plates
Features— Bellydancing and Live Music
Reservations— A good idea for holidays, otherwise if you have to wait you'll have a good time at the bar
Located in Stamford.
Considered a favorite by romantic couples and foodies this restaurant boasts incredible food, service and co-owner Richard Gere. Your date may not be the only gentleman you're ogling…
Hours— Wednesday - Sunday 5:30 − 10PM, Sunday 5:30 − 9PM.
Atmosphere— Contemporary, you'll be spending more time starting at the food (and your date's eyes of course)
Cuisine— Contemporary American cuisine with an Italian influence
Signature Dish— Strip Loin steak with arugula, parmiginon and olive oil.
Specialties— Seasonally inspired glorious food from started through dessert
Dress— Casual or Dressy it's up to you
Features— a la carte menu or a chef's tasting menu and Private dining in their Custom-designed Wine Cellar
Reservations— a Must
Located in Bedford, NY near New Canaan.
This French Country Restaurant is in a 1750 white clapboard farmhouse called the "Widow Brush House". The warm wood paneled walls are adorned with oil paintings and the floral drapery will make you feel like you're having a cozy dinner in a good friend's home in the French countryside. Sip your wine and enjoy an evening filled with romance and fine dining.
Hours— Lunch on Thursday - Saturday noon − 2:30PM, Dinner on Tuesday - Saturday 6 − 9:30PM, Sunday 1 − 8PM. Closed on Monday.
Atmosphere— Old fashioned ambiance
Cuisine— French inspired seasonally
Signature Dish— "Tournedos" of Salmon, Mustard Crust, Country Mashed Potato and a Basil Sauce
Specialties— save room for their homemade ice cream and sorbet.
Dress— Jacket & Tie required
Features— Award-winning Wine Cellar with over 14,000 bottles
Located in Banksville, NY, just over the Greenwich border.
Just over the Ridgefield town line this charming restaurant has excellent French food, the dark paneled woodwork interior and stone fireplaces create a cozy environment whether you're seated in their intimate dining rooms or the grand banquet rooms, lovely outside dining on the terraces overlooking the formal gardens (weather permitting), and the stunning views of the Hudson Valley make sunset dining a must. If you are up for it, there's serious couples dancing, too.
Hours— Dinner Tuesday - Friday 5:30 − 9PM, Saturday 6 − 9:30PM, Sunday 4 − 9PM and Sunday Brunch 12 −3PM.
Special Valentine's Hours— Friday, 2/10 Dinner & Dancing Cafe Musette 6:30 − 10:30PM; Saturday, 2/11 Dinner 6 − 9:30PM; Sunday, 2/12 Brunch 12 − 3PM Live Music with Danny D, and Dinner 4 − 9PM; Tuesday, 2/14 Dinner 5:30 − 9:30PM.
Atmosphere— Classic elegance
Signature Dish— Chateaubriand for two and Roasted Breast and Braised Leg of Duck with honey preserved lemon sauce
Specialties— delectable Soufflé
Dress— Preferred Jacket & Tie
Features— The Chateau itself--built by JP Morgan, Breathtaking Views, Fireplaces, and the Casual Upstairs Bistro, a special Valentine's Day Menu.
Reservations— Preferred and a must on Valentine's Day.
Located in South Salem, NY on the Ridgefield border.
Be transported to France for a few hours while in this terrific neighborhood French restaurant. Owner Hervé Aussavis opened Luc's in 2001 and has been pleasing Nutmeggers ever since. The warm, cozy atmosphere makes you feel as though you're dining across the pond.
Hours— Non Stop Service, Monday – Saturday 11AM − closing.
Atmosphere— French Country Cafe, relaxed dining, cozy tables and friendly faces
Signature Dish— It could be the Grilled Filet of Salmon or the Rack of Lamb. You'll have to become a regular and argue with the other passionate patrons over your favorites
Specialties— all the dishes are prepared "a la minute", surprise Homemade Desserts
Features— Lovely patio for outdoor dining (weather permitting)
Reservations— A very good idea at this popular eatery
Located in Ridgefield.
Those in the know (and there are many so definitely make a reservation) make dining at owner Liana DiMeglio's Italian restaurant a regular habit. Tucked away in a little multi-business building on Tunxis Hill Road, it's easy to zoom past so set your GPS because missing out on their food would be a tragedy.
Hours— Tuesday - Thursday 5:30 − 9:30PM; Friday & Saturday 5:30 − 10PM. Closed Sunday & Monday.
Atmosphere— Cozy, intimate
Cuisine— Fine Italian
Signature Dish— Ricotta Gnocchi, light and airy, served with meat sauce or sage butter
Specialties— Homemade desserts, like their amazing Coconut Cake
Dress— Smart Casual
Features— Mouth-watering Homemade Pasta, mozzarella, sauces, all made daily by Liana
Reservations— A Must on the weekends and holidays
Located at 591 Tunxis Hill Rd in Fairfield, (203) 368-1235.
Located in the historic train depot in Southport, the soaring ceilings and brick walls create a chic, minimalist environment—perfect for wooing your date.
Hours— Tuesday - Saturday 5 − 10PM + Special Holidays—Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day. Closed— Sunday & Monday.
Atmosphere— Warm, Minimalist blend of vintage and modern, Romantic
Cuisine— New Italian
Signature Dish— Vitello Milanese, pan seared veal cutlet topped with baby arugula and Holland cherry tomato salad
Specialties— Seasonal "Farm to Table" dishes, Fresh Pastas and Homemade Desserts
Dress— Smart Casual
Features— Awarding-Winning Wine Cellar, Private Functions for 50+ people, a special Valentine's Day Menu.
Reservations— A Must
Located in Southport.
Make your dinner reservation for at least a 1/2 hour before sunset to enjoy an expansive waterfront view and the stunning sunsets overLong Island Sound. Be sure to request a table by the window.
Hours— Daily, Noon − 11PM.
Atmosphere— Old World meets the Beach
Cuisine— Traditional Italian, fresh Seafood
Signature Dish— Pappardelle Positano
Specialties— Seafood specials change daily, Homemade pasta
Features— Catering, Private Parties
Reservations— A Must
Located at 233 Hillspoint Rd in Westport, (203) 454-4922.
For a casual date go early and score a spot on the tufted leather love seat in the Tap Room in front of the large stone fireplace. The food is good and you can snuggle for hours in front of the fire.
Hours— Monday-Thursday noon-closing, Friday & Saturday noon-11PM, Sunday Dinner 1-9PM & Brunch Buffet 11AM-2PM.
Atmosphere— Ye Olde New England Tavern, dark wood paneling and roaring brick fireplaces in each room
Cuisine— New American
Signature Dish— Upside-down Chicken Pot Pie in a puff pastry bowl with mashed potatoes
Specialties— Sirloin Burgers and juicy Steaks
Features— Great Live Entertainment Friday & Saturday nights in the Tap Room and Several Private Function and Banquet Rooms for 25-100 guests and an outdoor garden and terrace (weather permitting).
Reservations— Always a good idea, although you can't reserve their coziest spot on the love seat in the Tap Room.
Located in West Redding.