For when you want to go big on date night.
If you’re looking for somewhere sultry to dine out or have a drink this season, these local establishments will set the table and the mood. [Featured image: @thefrenchroom_]
Situated inside the 5-star Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is the beautiful and sophisticated Mansion Restaurant. Stained glass windows, hand-carved ceilings, and a flickering fireplace all coalesce to create a warm, intimate ambiance. Curated by Executive Chef, Sebastien Archambault, the menu’s highlights include Maine Lobster Ravioli, Wagyu Culotte, and Dover Sole Cioppino.
If there’s one thing that everyone needs a little more of in their lives it’s gourmet Mexican cuisine. In Dallas, Javier’s is where to get it. Its dazzling menu features a wide array of authentic Mexican entrées, including the likes of seasoned and stuffed tenderloin beef filet, charbroiled marinated quail, and slow-roasted pork tenderloin. After the meal, wind down inside its Cigar Room with a nightcap and cigar.
3. Town Hearth
Town Hearth is a bit of a contradiction. For example, you wouldn’t necessarily expect for a restaurant with an actual motorcycle behind the bar – or a replica yellow submarine, for that matter– to be a refined establishment. Yet, even if weren’t for the 64 chandeliers softening the atmosphere, its menu would win over even the coldest at heart. Editor recommendations include its Tot Poutine, Maine Lobster, or one of the restaurant’s prime steak cuts.
Discretion is the name of the game at Atwater Alley. In fact, the only signpost the bar has takes the form of two ambiguous As on a door in a crusty alleyway behind Henry’s Majestic. For those that can get past the initial sketch factor, however, a warm-lit cove of tantalizing libations awaits. Inside the double-A doors is a two-story dimly-lit den. In a seamless blend of wooden fixtures, dark leather, and antique, old-timey lighting, Atwater Alley provides a hauntingly enchanting atmosphere to enjoy an elixir.
5. Bowen House
Housed in a restored 1874 Victorian farmhouse, the award-winning cocktail lounge in Uptown offers top-notch libations in a cozy fireplace-lit atmosphere. Their dinner menu is nothing to wave a stick at either, especially if you’re in the mood to share, with dishes that include L’escargot, Charcuterie and Cheese, and Beef Tartare.
Located inside the Adolphus Hotel is what Food & Wine once called the most romantic restaurant in all of Texas. From its tastefully curated Parisian menu to its luscious wine selection, the restaurant lives up to its name. For an even more intimate experience, visit the French Room bar, where 42 pieces of art adorn the beautifully crafted space.
7. Lounge Here
The name says it all. Lounge Here is a laidback retro-fitted hangout made in the image of a vintage airline lounge. Founded by musicians, Julie Doyle and Tim DeLaughter, you know the lounge is coming through with good music to set the vibe. It’s a choice atmosphere for a couple of hand-crafted cocktails, a charcuterie board, or a veggie burger. See their full menu here.
With traveling right now being a bit of a bust, staycationing has never looked so appealing. If you’re in the DFW area and want to put your stockpiled travel funds to good use, Hotel Crescent is the spot to do so. Their breathtaking 17th-floor Crescent Club restaurant is a crystal clear picture of the high life. With exquisite fine dining and surreal skyline views, it’s hard to beat.
9. Yellow Rosa
The darkly romantic, Tulum-inspired Yellow Rosa is a new addition to the Dallas dining scene. Opened in October of last year, the coctelería was made in the image of the cantinas of San Miguel de Allende. Its moody atmosphere, accented by weaving vines and sand-based brick walls, dripping candelabras, and antique furniture, imbue the space with a sense of intimacy. For the full dining experience, be sure to reserve a table in the Sancho Room, which features its own four-course menu.
“Uchi” in Japanese translates to “house” – which is very appropriate for the cozy warm atmosphere inside the award-winning restaurant’s location in the Arts District. Fitted with gorgeous wooden fixtures, sleek contemporary furniture, and ornamental touches, its ambiance is second only to its top-tier menu.