Romantic Places in Houston
As Valentine’s Day approaches quickly, I know many people are on the hunt for romantic places in Houston. (Well, that is, if you live here!) Houston has a vast array of romantic places and we’ve had fun discovering them over the last 7 years. These are in no particular order- we love ’em all!
Dolce Vita– (500 Westheimer)
This was recommended to us by friends when we first moved to Houston. At first I was like, “Pears on a pizza?” But trust me, it’s good. So good. Dolce Vita’s patio outside is awash with twinkling lights, which makes it a romantic spot, especially after dark.
Sambuca– (909 Texas Avenue)
This one has got to be our favorite (I think!) and definitely one of the most romantic places in Houston. With (incredibly good) live music 7 nights a week, it’s dinner and entertainment in one place. (Check out the music schedule here.) They have very cozy booths that make for romantic dining and the service has been impeccable (minus one night, but it was a new server.) The food is “upscale American.” Do me a favor when you go and get the Buca Beignets for an appetizer. They’re cheesy, buttery, sweet, and basil-y all in one bite. Delish.
Andalucia– (1201 San Jacinto)
This is also a favorite place- the food is just amazing. Spanish tapas were a new concept to us when we moved to Houston, and I’ve got to say they’re on the top of my “food list.” They also feature live music on Friday and Saturday nights, including Flamenco Dancers! It’s so much fun to watch them. This place is small so be sure to get reservations whenever you go. One of our favorite dishes: Croquetas de Patatos y Queso.
Da Marco– 1520 Westheimer
It’s been years since we’ve been to Da Marco, but I’ll never forget it was the first time I tasted butternut squash pasta. It was delicious. Da Marco’s requires business dress, so keep that in mind when picking out your romantic place to eat.
Corner Table – 2736 Virginia
Self-proclaimed as “Houston’s premier dining for Paleo, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free cuisine,” I can definitely vouch for the Paleo portion of that statement. We went with friends a few weeks back and I had the Curry Cauliflower Soup (it was the inspiration for this recipe) and the Veggie Lasagne. Both were scrumptious and a welcome time-out from cooking Whole30 Style. (And the patio? Gorgeous and VERY romantic!)
BRC Pub– 519 Shepherd
Although we ate at this place with good friends, the atmosphere is definitely romantic and would make a great date place. It was dimly lit and the food! Oh, my, the food! I was about 36 weeks pregnant with our 4th child when we went, and I lamented that my stomach wouldn’t hold more! Cheddar biscuits with bacon jam, fried chicken, a potato-chip coated Chicken Fried Steak… I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
Downhouse– 1801 Yale Street
A cute place in the Heights, Downhouse is a newer find for us. They offer vegan and gluten-free options, plus their food is locally sourced. The atmosphere is very cozy (what in the Heights isn’t?? ) and it makes a great romantic place in Houston.
I’d love to hear- what are you favorite romantic places in Houston? We’d love to try Mark’s and a few others on our list.