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Let's Dish: What Was Your Most Romantic Meal Ever?

Let's Dish: What Was Your Most Romantic Meal Ever?

With Valentine's Day coming up this weekend, I've got romantic meals on the brain, and it naturally makes me think of the most romantic dinner I've ever had. Six years ago, my sweetheart and I had an impromptu dinner at a French restaurant in New York City.

Everything about it was perfect, from the outdoor garden with its trickling fountain to the thoughtfully prepared food. The service was impeccable.

As one diner strained to read her check, I noticed the waiter make the slightest, most inconspicuous adjustment to the lighting in the garden. The chef not only generously sent out dessert wine on the house, but he also graciously thanked us for coming as we were the last ones to leave the restaurant. Oh, and did I mention that I was completely head over heels in love?

The emotions surrounding that dinner were so unforgettable that, for the next two days, I felt like I was floating on a cloud. The restaurant is now closed, but that only makes my memory of the experience more sacred. Tell me: What was your most romantic dining experience ever?


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KTQ KTQ 8 years
My most romantic dinner or evening was on my birthday 2 years ago. We had dinner at an Italian restaurant where the food was wonderful (the ambiance a little bright and loud but that wasn't the romantic part). After dinner we drove to a beautiful spot on top of a hill (he'd been driving all over the city during the preceeding week looking for the perfect spot). Having parked the car he opened the boot and produced a warm parker for me to put on (my birthday is in June), escorted me to a seat that had the most incredible view of the city below and was slightly submerged so protected from the breeze. He disappeared back to the car and returned with a doona to put over my lap then headed back to the car and reappeared again with an eski from which he produced milk, chocolate, little ceramic mugs that sat atop candles and proceeded to make the most delicious hot chocolate. We sat sipping our drinks, chatting away, snuggly warm under the doona with all the city lights twinkling below. It was just beautiful. The only thing that would have made the night more romantic was if the man who had arranged and escorted me on this wonderful evening wasn't an ex partner trying to win me back *laugh*. Whilst I didn't give our relationship another go - I definitely appreciated all the thought he'd put into the evening and how romantic it was.
muse2323 muse2323 8 years
My husband & I had a 5-week road trip honeymoon. It wasn't supposed to be 5 weeks, but the van died on the race to the wedding, so we left it in Boise to have a new engine installed, and while we waited for the repair shop to tweak the new engine into place, we explored Boise. We walked by this restaurant--Berryhill & Co.--and on a whim, decided splurge on dinner there that night, so we walked in & made reservations. The food was fabulous, the service amazing, and the atmosphere was perfect. It was the wedding dinner I'd hoped to have (but unfortunately, the real wedding dinner was rather disappointing).
becoming-brina becoming-brina 8 years
It's not the most sophisticated or delicious meal we've ever had, but it happened a few years ago while i was incredibly sick, and the 2 guys i was "seeing" both offered to come over to take care of me. When Guy 1 showed up, he asked me what i would like to eat and i told him "tomato soup and grilled cheese," and he told me he was thinking of making me an omlette. The next day Guy 2 came over and asked what i'd like to eat and i said again "tomato soup and grilled cheese," and he made it for me and brought it into the living room so we could eat and watch a DVD he knew i'd been wanting to see. It was the most romantic meal i've ever had because that was when i realized that Guy 2 really cared about me and that i wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. That was a little over 2 1/2 years ago and he proposed on New Years Eve :-)
huneyx huneyx 8 years
spaghetti bolognaise, we go to this resteraunt called Garfunkles when its an occasion and the spaghetti bolognaise in there is gorgeous
Spectra Spectra 8 years
People are going to laugh at this, but our most romantic meal was when my husband and I were night, he took me out to Old Country Buffet and I noticed that he was being incredibly flirty and stuff. After dinner, he asked if I wanted to go out to Picnic Point and build a bonfire. I said "Sure" and we went out there and he built a fire and started talking about love being like a fire and then he pulled out a box, got down on his knee, and proposed. He told me that he took me out to Old Country Buffet to throw me off so I wouldn't suspect anything :)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I'm coming up empty, too. I can't think of anything. :) Well, hubbie is planning a surprise for us this Valentine's weekend. Maybe that will be something nice.
lily_xx lily_xx 8 years
The first night of our honeymoon in Jost Van Dyke. We arrived at nighttime by boat, walked barefoot to the outdoor restaurant, and they had dinner waiting for us - The most amazing lamb chops I've ever had and a lovely bottle of wine. The whole experience was sublime.
emalove emalove 8 years
Oh wow, there are definitely a few, but it's probably the lobster dinner my husband and I had on a "floating restaurant" in Portland, Maine last year. We had delicious food and wine and watched the sun go down over the harbor. It was beautiful.
mellie_608 mellie_608 8 years
My most romantic dinner was while on vacation in Hawaii. My fiance and I had just gotten engaged earlier in the trip. I really wanted to go somewhere fancy with amazing food so we went to Mama's Fish House in Paia, Maui. It was so beautiful and the food was to die for! My fiance's fish was melt in your mouth and my pork tenderlion was the best I've ever had. The service was amazing and we just took our time enjoying the scenery and each other!
lawchick lawchick 8 years
The mornings of our honeymoon in the virgin islands when we had room service breakfast on our balcony that was literally on the beach. that was AWESOME! we have breakfast in bed every weekend, though we take turns cooking. I do love that, too. It's more cozy than romantic, thugh.
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 8 years
Another one for the not-so romantic, but totally "us" files: After a night of partying together and waking up hungover, me and the bf dragged ourselves to the living room. While I dozed under the sleeping bag, he got pizza, filled my wine glass with Diet Coke (something he doesn't drink, but knows is my fave) and turned on his "fireplace" DVD, and we sat on the floor laughing and relaxing by our "fire".
SweetSaucy SweetSaucy 8 years
Probably my fiance's and my first Valentine's Day. We went to a French restaurant (Le Gaulois in Old Town Alexandria, VA) and spent $90 dollars and drank champagne. I'm willing to bet that any of the meals we eat together once we're married and living together will top that, though. <3
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I love breakfast in bed! But a post-nookie grilled cheese and kielbasa sandwich in bed is even better.
bbkfk8 bbkfk8 8 years
We were at a gorgeous fondue restaurant, with four courses, a bottle of great wine, with peace and quiet. And like you said, it really doesn't hurt when you're head over heels in love with the one you're with. They make everything better, even a burger at a fast food place can be magical.
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
I can't decide between Babbo or Gramercy Tavern. I just know that my guy was making googly eyes at me all night, which was a first.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I'm coming up empty. I had breakfast in bed once... it was sweet and thoughtful, but not romantic.
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 8 years
For our first Valentine's Day, my fiance (now DH) made arrangements for us to go on the Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise on San Diego Bay. The weather was bone-chilling, the dining area was open-air, and the food was mediocre but it was wonderful just to be with my darling, who lived 500 miles away at the time. As soon as we debarked from the ship and sprinted back to the car (ever try sprinting in spindle heels?? LOL), my sweetie drove us to the closest coffeebar and ordered us coffees with brandy. We both caught atrocious colds but it was worth it just to have spent some time together. :)
partysugar partysugar 8 years
I can't remember a most romantic meal! I guess this is what happens when you've been single for 3.5 years.
Mel475 Mel475 8 years
hahako66 - I love the Stinking Rose (I live in the Bay Area)!!! I think one of my most romantic meals ever was the lunch my now husband took me to immediately after proposing to me (at the spot where we had our first kiss). It was just a little cafe (one of our fave spots) but everything seemed perfect. It was Christmas Eve but being in CA, the weather was actually nice enough to dine outside on their patio and when our server discovered we were just (minutes) engaged, she brought us complimentary sparkling wine and dessert! Just being there, in that moment, everything felt perfect and beautiful. The food was great, but obviously, it was the occasion and the company (and a beautiful engagement ring!) that made the meal so romantic.
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
I know that the name of the restaurant (The Stinking Rose) and the fact that every dish has garlic would suggest otherwise, but my husband and I had such a great time there. We were visiting SF and I had wanted to try it for dinner. We were given this little table for two by the window that was set apart from all of the others and had a great meal. After that we somehow found ourselves in this amazing jazz club sipping martinis before going back to the hotel was the best date night ever.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
When my husband and I first started dating we went on a secret weekend getaway and found this great Thai restaurant near our hotel. The music was authentic (and for that reason, very memorable), the food was spicy and delicious, and the company was fantastic :]
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
ilanac13 I'm with you. My boyfriend has surprised cooked for me, showed up with food, taken me out to my fav place as a surprise and made me b'fast in bed but I never really consider it "romantic." It's cute and all but a meal isn't really romantic to me...ha.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
My fiance and I needed a break from wedding planning and work and we haven't been away from our 1 year old since she was born. So we planned a weekend getaway a few hours away. He did all the planning all I had to do was wear something "really nice but casual." He took me to the Melting Pot and we had our own little room. I have never been wooed like that before. I didn't know dinners could be so nice except in movies. (We live in Nebraska so we don't have a lot of fancy places here. Everything is an Applebee's or a steakhouse.)
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
The first night that I went out with my boyfriend, almost 5 1/2 years ago now, we went to one of my favorite restaurants sort of as an afterthought after being out for the night. Because it was late in the evening, we were the only two people out on the courtyard, which was lit by tons of tiny little white lights, and shared a couple appetizers while we talked for almost two hours. It was pretty much the perfect first date, and ended with the perfect first kiss.
syako syako 8 years
The first one that popped in my head: It was when hubby and I first started dating. I had just started learning to really cook and decided I'd make him Chicken Cacciatore. I bought all the ingredients, a bottle of wine and was all set. Unfortunately he had to work late that night so he kept calling me every ten minutes or so letting me know an update of when he'd be able to leave work (so I'd know when to start cooking!). So he finally calls and I start cooking (it was pretty late like 9-ish) and he came to my house and I set up this cute little picnic blanket in the living room (for no apparent reason, or at least I can't think of why I chose to do that now) and anyway we sat on the floor drank wine and ate a wonderful meal and he was so impressed with my dinner that he kept complimenting my cooking skills all night. I guess it wasn't overly romantic, but it was very "us" :)
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