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9 romantic restaurants for date night in Phoenix

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by Robrt Pela
Updated February 02, 2023

Urban sophistication and natural beauty make Phoenix ripe for romance. The city’s best date-night restaurants are experts at setting the stage for love whether it’s an easygoing evening or a once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

White Louis XVI chairs and glittering chandeliers make a proposal-worthy backdrop at a stunner in Old Town Scottsdale. A modern brasserie in North Scottsdale draws couples for spirited sommelier competitions.

This striking Sonoran metropolis is filled with places to celebrate your sweetheart. Read on for a guide to Phoenix’s 9 most romantic restaurants to book now.

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4.6
4.6 (1131)
$31 to $50
Unspecified
Biltmore
About the restaurant

Snuggle with your potential special someone on the patio at Renata’s Hearth in the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. Chunky chairs and sofas with blankets and throw pillows invite you to relax and lend a cozy touch to the luxe Art Deco ambience. Let chef Victor Davila dazzle you with dishes from Central and South America. Smoke and Arizona chiltepin peppers play starring roles on the menu, appearing in dishes such as charred and smoked steelhead trout with jicama and herb salad or roasted Chilean sea bass with mole verde.

Top review
RichardS
Dined 5 days ago
Great experience and great flavors! The ambiance was relaxing and the service was impeccable. We celebrated our anniversary and every touch was special.
A photo of The House Brasserie restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1860)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Old Town Scottsdale
About the restaurant

Modern American cuisine is the order of the day in the Victorian-inspired dining room and romantic patio at chef Brandon Jedd’s popular restaurant. Knowledgeable wait staff will keep their distance while also advising you toward the best from a list of fine wines and dishes such as jerk Berkshire pork chop and fried citrus chicken. Details like drippy candles and a grove of 80-year-old pine trees by the patio add up to a memorable date.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Best steak I've ever had! The steak was like butter. Even my son who doesn't like rare steak raved about it.
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4.6
4.6 (1206)
$31 to $50
American
Biltmore
About the restaurant

The rooftop cocktail lounge, Upstairs at FLINT, offers gorgeous views of Camelback Mountain—it’s an excellent spot to start your date. Descend to the mid-century modern dining room for Middle Eastern and Mediterranean bites such as smoked bone marrow and short rib hummus. Chef Travis Strickland’s award-winning menu changes seasonally and includes a variety of small plates, wood-grilled mains, and wood-fired pizzas. FLINT is a city hotspot, so be sure to book ahead for your special night out.

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lindaWvip
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
Everything on the menu was fantastic. Started with the hummus and short rib. Had the tuna tartare. And the scallops for the main course and it was amazing. Service was great and nice wine list.
A photo of T. Cook’s at Royal Palms Resort and Spa restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4357)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Central Scottsdale
About the restaurant

This Mediterranean haven at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa has an outdoor area that’s primed for year-round cuddling with cooling mist machines in the summer and a fireplace and heat lamps in the winter. For peak romance, book one of the private dining areas next to the restaurant’s bar. No matter where you’re seated, the evolving Italian-accented seasonal menu features highlights such as seafood pasta and pork osso bucco.

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ValerieF
Dined 6 days ago
Best waffle anywhere! Why do I have to give you 50 characters?!
A photo of The Mission – Old Town Scottsdale restaurant
4.6
4.6 (6938)
$30 and under
Latin American
Old Town Scottsdale
About the restaurant

Grab some friends and head to The Mission, an acclaimed pan-Latin star in Old Town Scottsdale. The dining room’s candles and crosses are tributes to The Mission’s neighboring church—one of the oldest buildings in Scottsdale. Outside, wicker chairs line a spacious patio. Chef and owner Matt Carter’s sophisticated, shareable menu offers hits including duck carnitas empanadas, mahi mahi tacos, and marinated free-range chicken with Oaxacan cheesy rice. The kitchen is especially accommodating when it comes to dietary restrictions, so it’s no surprise that this special occasion spot is a consistent crowd favorite.

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Stacer219
Dined 3 days ago
The food was absolutely amazing and the service amazing
A photo of Kai Restaurant at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2238)
$50 and over
Southwest
Chandler
About the restaurant

Native American foodways get the spotlight at Kai, a fine-dining spot at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass. Start with a cocktail by the fireplace and soak in stunning, sunset views. On the dinner menu, expect lesser-seen dishes from the Pima and Maricopa communities such as blue corn- and sumac-crusted quail and grilled tribal buffalo tenderloin. Service is especially attentive here—fitting since Kai is Arizona’s only restaurant to score both a AAA Five Diamond Award and a Forbes Five-Star Award for a whopping 12 years in a row.

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Tommy
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
Our special occasion go to place. Outstanding food and service. Nothing like it.
A photo of The Mick Brasserie restaurant
4.9
4.9 (582)
$30 and under
French
Central Scottsdale
About the restaurant

This modern brasserie draws couples for French-inspired small plates, an extensive wine and beer selection, and bi-weekly live music performances—not to mention the Somm Brawl. Oenophiles flock to the Mick for this popular competition that pits some of the Valley’s most accomplished wine pros against each other in multi-week brackets. Diners are served a four-course meal plus two wine pairings selected by participating sommeliers, then asked to pick their favorite. The result is a lively, out-of-the-box dinner that’s guaranteed to impress your SO.

Top review
KellyLvip
Dined 3 days ago
We love their wine dinners! Excellent menus and interesting wine.
A photo of Cafe Monarch restaurant
4.9
4.9 (7493)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Old Town Scottsdale
About the restaurant

White Louis XVI chairs, gilt mirrors, candelabras, and glittering chandeliers set an enchanting, proposal-worthy scene at the Café Monarch. Chef Gus Lewkowicz offers elegant four- and eight-course American menus including bacon-crusted Chilean sea bass with truffles, maple-glazed pork belly with honey nut squash, and chestnut date soup with duck confit. Master sommeliers are on hand to assist with pairings. There’s not an unromantic seat in the house, so go ahead and pop the big question.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
We had an amazing experience at Cafe Monarch! The food was incredible and our servers Chris and Angelo made the evening memorable. We were there celebrating a birthday and the restaurant went out of their way to make it special! Every dish was spectacular. We dined inside, but the outdoor seating is beautiful. I can't wait to go back!
A photo of elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain restaurant
4.5
4.5 (6422)
$50 and over
American
Central Scottsdale
About the restaurant

Reserve a window table at this scenic Paradise Valley restaurant and your view will be as delicious as the Asian American plates. Twice James Beard-nominated chef Samantha Sanz is known for crushing the fusion game with dishes such as barbecue eggplant, kimchi bacon and Brussels sprouts, and shishito peppers with soy caramel. Understated decor and soothing earth tones allow you to focus solely on your beau. Though you might catch a glimpse of Mummy or Camelback Mountain, which make breathtaking backdrops for an unforgettable proposal.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Phenomenal dinner and excellent service from Kat. Desserts were incredible. Thank you!
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