Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and unless you’re one of those people who considers it more “Hallmark Holiday” than actual holiday, you’re probably starting to think about dinner reservations for the night of February 14. You know the clichés of a romantic restaurant: soft lighting, long-stemmed roses, a strolling violinist. But the romantic restaurants in Portland have more to offer than just romance. We rounded up six Portland restaurants that focus on excellent service, unforgettable food and wine, and an authentic ambiance. The recipe for the perfect romantic restaurant is actually not that unlike the recipe for a perfect partner: it should make you feel warm, comfortable, and of course, special. From a Gothic Revival-style church to a cozy French bistro, here is our list of the most romantic restaurants in Portland
David’s Opus Ten | 22 Monument Sq.
If you choose to wine and dine at David’s Opus Ten, simply show up and let Chef David Turin do what he loves to do: cook. Specializing in tasting menus and wine pairings, a dining experience at Opus Ten is masterfully orchestrated and made to feel effortless. The David’s staff will design your perfect night so that you can focus on the person sitting across the table from you.
Grace Restaurant | 15 Chestnut St.
Housed in a renovated Gothic Revival-style church, this restaurant’s architecture features soaring arches, original stained-glass windows, and a massive circular bar that sits beneath cathedral ceilings. The food and beverages are so artfully created that you might just you forget that you’re drinking in a church!
Petite Jacqueline | 46 Market St.
Audrey Hepburn said it best: “Paris is always a good idea.” The same goes for Petite Jacqueline, the newly renovated French bistro on Milk Street. Owners Steve and Michelle Corry have years of experience in high-end restaurants, including the famed French Laundry in California. Their expertise shines through in delicately prepared French dishes.
Tempo Dulu | 163 Danforth St.
Although there are a handful of white tablecloth, special-occasion restaurants in Portland, Tempo Dulu still manages to stand out. The combination of decadent Southeast Asian cuisine, award-winning cocktails, and intimate ambiance of the Danforth Inn ensure that a Valentine’s evening here will be unforgettable.
Cellardoor Winery at the Point | 4 Thompsons Point #110
There is simply something inherently romantic about a bottle of wine. And there is no better place to enjoy a glass of vino with a loved one than at Cellardoor Winery at the Point. Magnificent chandeliers hang from the ceilings of this 5,000 square foot tasting room on Thompson’s Point, adding an element of grandeur that is entirely appropriate on Valentine’s Day.
Lolita Vinoteca + Asador | 90 Congress St.
Billed as a “vinoteca and asador” – Spanish for “wine bar and wood grill” – it is not surprising that upon entering Lolita one is greeted by the warm glow of the custom wood-fired grill. The walls are adorned with 75+ bottles of their thoughtfully curated wine selection. Whether you choose to sit at the cozy banquette or along the long zinc bar, you will be comfortable and cared for by the attentive and knowledgeable staff.