You don’t have to wait for Valentine’s to enjoy a romantic night at a restaurant. We’ve scoured the country for some of the most romantic places you can dine.
Terrace in the Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Situated in a glass atrium in the beautiful surroundings of Assiniboine Park, Terrace in the Park certainly raises the bar for romance. The menu has a strong focus on seafood, and produce is locally sourced. For Valentine’s Day 2014, it’s featuring a three-course set menu that finishes with a decadent chocolate almond cake for dessert.
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Diva at the Met, Vancouver, British Columbia
Try out award-winning international cuisine at the opulent Diva at the Met. Two standout features are the chef’s table and the restaurant’s renowned wine cellar, with over 500 varieties to select from. The open-style kitchen means you have front-row seats to all the action in the kitchen. Romantic anytime of the year but especially for Valentine’s, from Feb. 14 to Feb. 16, you can choose from a set menu at $75 each or with wine at $115.
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The perfect place for popping the question, Auberge du Pommier boasts fancy-pants French food with cozy, warm open fires during winter and floral decorations during summer. Choose from an à la carte menu or the chef’s tasting menu.
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Watermark Rooftop Restaurant,
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Voted one of the top 10 romantic restaurants in the world, the Watermark Restaurant at the Hilton Hotel in Niagara Falls boasts one of the most spectacular views. With a menu featuring continental cuisine, there’s something for even the fussiest taste buds.
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Initiale, Quebec City, Quebec
Possibly one of the most romantic restaurants, Initiale has a AAA/CAA diamond rating. It is quiet and elegant, the perfect place to enjoy a spectacular artisan menu from fresh local produce and to relax over a glass of wine. If your partner is paying, we recommend the lobster.
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Le Beaujolais, Banff, Alberta
With gorgeous views of the mountains, you’d be hard pressed to not get swept away with the romance of the place. Awarded four diamonds for fine dining, Le Beaujolais serves sophisticated French cuisine and offers a six-course surprise menu. What’s even more surprising is that you won’t have to rob a bank to afford to eat here.
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L’Astral, Loews Hotel Le Concorde, Quebec City
Highly regarded, this award-winning, revolving rooftop restaurant offers unparalleled views of Quebec City. Often the food at revolving restaurants fails to compare to the spectacular views, but L’Astral is the exception. Reviews on Yelp sing its praises and highly commend the dessert menu.
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Mariposa dinner cruises, Toronto, Ontario
Imagine watching the Toronto city skyline as the sun sets and the city evolves into twinkling lights. Add to that a buffet dinner and dancing on the deck under the starry night sky, and you have a recipe guaranteed for romance. Mariposa dinner cruises start from $73 per adult.
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Claddagh Oyster House, Prince Edward Island
Oysters are a powerful aphrodisiac, so we couldn’t leave a restaurant that has oysters so fresh they shuck them at the bar off our list. It’s not a traditional fine-dining, la-di-da kind of atmosphere at the Claddagh Oyster House, but it’s very quaint, cozy and perfect for a more casual romantic night out. Every day from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., oysters are only $1.
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Langdon Hall Country House, Cambridge, Ontario
You won’t want to go just for dinner at Langdon Hall Country House; you’ll definitely want to stay for an entire weekend. Girls, this is 5-star luxury, and the food is to die for. A great deal of the produce comes straight from the gardens on the property, and the restaurant is diamond rated. This is no wear-your-favourite-jeans-and-a-nice-shirt kind of restaurant; suit jackets are required, and the menu is super fancy.