Let the sparks fly and your heart flutter with this list of the top romantic places to dine in Oklahoma.
Setting the mood for romance over a mesmerizing meal is never a wasted feat – lingering over impeccable cuisine, elegant wine and seductive lighting will not only impress your date, but leave them breathless. The following Oklahoma restaurants fit the bill with excellent service and well-executed menus, while infusing the air with an intangible quality that continues to lure love-sick couples to their tables year after year. Whether toasting your love on Valentine’s Day, celebrating a sweet anniversary, or simply searching for the perfect place to dine on date night, these restaurants are guaranteed to bring the heat.
Nestled within Oklahoma City’s trendy Paseo Arts District, the Paseo Grill is known for delicious, sophisticated entrees, an elegant atmosphere and soft lighting, making this legendary restaurant one of the top choices for a romantic rendezvous. Secluded tables and tucked-away booths with plush privacy curtains will allow you and your date to gaze into each other’s eyes over an exquisite meal without interruption. Enjoy fare such as Chilean sea bass or prime ribeye, but save room for dessert – a serving of Tahitian vanilla bean crème brulee ordered with two spoons will provide a perfectly sweet conclusion to your evening.
Housed within a former 1920s country club, White Dog Hill in Clinton is a hidden gem perched atop the expansive western Oklahoma prairie. This getaway destination sets the scene with rustic, red stone walls, live music and breathtaking views from every direction. Satisfy your appetite with hearty entrees such as steak, Cornish game hens and grilled shrimp, and then take your date by the hand and lead them to the patio. Here, curl up with your partner on Adirondack chairs with glasses of wine and take in the sunset as it paints the sky with bold strokes of color above the horizon.
Step into Bodean in Tulsa and you’ll be greeted by blue glass art installations, tables covered in pristine white tablecloths and the celebratory clinking of wine glasses. This 5-star seafood restaurant is famous for their fresh fish flown in daily from around the world and its expansive wine list – over 200 bottles of elite wine earned this restaurant the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Begin your meal with shared plates of crab cakes, calamari or artisanal cheeses before moving on to main courses of pan-seared scallops, lobster and mahi mahi. Bodean is also renowned for its extensive selection of oysters, long rumored to be potent aphrodisiacs.
For a dose of drama and urban opulence, look no further than Red PrimeSteak in downtown Oklahoma City. Step into this award-winning restaurant and you’ll know immediately what makes Red so special - 18-foot ceilings, an exposed wine collection and parallel tubes of lighting that bathe the dining room in sultry red tones create a modern, yet intimate, setting. Sip on hand-crafted cocktails and then treat your date to the house specialty of dry-aged steaks complete with spice rubs and sauces infused with chiles and other vibrant flavors. For extra special occasions, ultra-private booths that provide enclosed seating right on the dining floor can be reserved prior to your arrival.
Whisk your date away to Polo Grill in Tulsa and enjoy an impeccable dining experience filled with wine, exemplary service and to-die-for steaks. The softly lit, sophisticated interior of this Tulsa staple will leave you feeling like the only couple in the room, while the 1,000 label wine cellar will whet your appetite with everything from cabernets to champagne. Dine on Polo Grill’s famous steaks served with demi-glace and chef’s butter before enjoying an evening stroll along the lamppost-lined walkways of nearby Utica Square, an elegant outdoor village filled with over 60 luxury shops and boutiques.
Treat your partner like royalty with a meal at Castle Falls, an impressive estate in Oklahoma City modeled after a French castle. Available by reservation only, Castle Falls offers exclusive, five-course dining in a magical atmosphere nestled on five tree-lined acres. Ask for seating in the Primrose Library and enjoy a secluded meal surrounded by the castle’s Old-World, European charm. Castle Falls takes great pride in its fresh, made-to-order European cuisine, so be prepared to budget at least two hours to relax over your meal. Ready to propose? Request a Proposal Package and Castle Falls will take care of all the special details.
Surrounded by forest and the rugged, untamed beauty of southeast Oklahoma, Abendigo’s in Broken Bow is known for tender ribeyes, filets and seafood cooked over its wood-fired grill, as well as its remote location near the popular Beavers Bend area. Feast on hearty fare such as deep-fried calamari with tarragon aioli, sautéed mushrooms with oven-roasted garlic bread, or pan-crusted chicken primavera before heading out to enjoy the amenities of the area – fresh air, gorgeous scenery and some of the most romantic cabins in the state will leave you and your partner spellbound.