By Bryan Carey

Valentine’s Day is made for lovers. Fresh roses, poetry, greeting cards, lullabies, and other acts of devotion are common to this annual celebration of the wonders of love. In addition to these traditional gifts, another popular way to celebrate February 14 is by going out to dinner and the Houston area is home to many fine places for dining out with the one you love. Here are the best restaurants in Houston for Valentine’s Day, 2017:

Da Marco Italian Restaurant
1520 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 807-8857

Intimate and upscale in a romantic way, Da Marco Italian Restaurant is an excellent choice for a Valentine’s Day dinner. Italian food is the specialty at Da Marco’s and lovers will find everything from the appetizers to the main course and dessert succulently prepared and delightfully indulging. Da Marco’s serves seafood dishes as well as pasta and other traditional Italian foods and no one should ever leave without trying one of the delectable desserts. Da Marco’s is a little pricey, but Valentine’s Day only takes place once per year so go ahead and splurge at this fine Italian restaurant.

Rainbow Lodge
2011 Ella Blvd.
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 861-8666

If you want a place with an intimate vibe but an ambiance that is a little more country, then look no further than Rainbow Lodge. The log cabin atmosphere and the outdoor views of trees, green plants, and running water make Rainbow Lodge an excellent choice for those who love the rural life. For food, Rainbow Lodge is certain to please you and your loved one with delicious foods such as southern fried quail, beef tenderloin, and Pan Seared Gulf Snapper. For dessert, Rainbow Lodge offers several different bread puddings, chocolae torte, sorbet, and other options to make your meal complete. Rainbow Lodge isn’t like other restaurants and it is precisely this uniqueness and charm that make it a great choice for a Valentine’s Day celebration.

The Cellar Door
829 S. Mason Road
Katy, TX 77450
(281) 599-3303

West of Houston lies the suburb of Katy and its most romantic restaurant is definitely the Cellar Door, Notable for its wine, the Cellar Door sports stone structures, intimate lighting, and other features that make it just right for a Valentine’s Day dinner. The cheese trays, with their assorted cheeses, nuts,and meat are a great place to start and a matching wine is easy to find thanks to the large selection. Main courses feature American food options such as filet mignon, southern pork chops, and even more casual fare like flatbreads. Complete your special night out with a dessert and after dinner wine as you gaze into each others eyes at the Cellar Door, Katy’s top restaurant for Valentine’s Day romance.

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Americas River Oaks
2040 West Gray St.
Houston, TX 77019
(832) 200-1492

Americas River Oaks is a classy, upscale restaurants made for adults who want a little quieter place of dining free from distractions such as television sets and children. Americas River Oaks offers foods designed for the more serious couple like carnitas, pollo encamisano, and grilled grouper but there are also less pretentious options like the lollipop lamb chops and lobster corn dogs. Delirio de Chocolate and Tequila bread pudding are great ways to wind down at Americas River Oaks and don’t be surprised if you feel the sparks between you and your loved one start to fly before the evening is through.

Brennan’s Of Houston
3300 Smith St.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 522-9711

Intimate, upscale, and romantic in every sense, Brennan’s of Houston is one of the city’s best restaurants and a dining establishment certain to win the heart of your special someone. Brennan’s features a New Orleans inspired menu with seafood and creole foods dominating the selections. Crab, shrimp, and oyster are available as appetizers or as main courses and Brennan’s offers dinner options such as filet mignon, duck, pork chops, and other foods for those who don’t prefer seafood. No visit to Brennan’s of Houston would be complete without feasting on the famous Bananas Foster and the selection of compatible wines makes every meal complete. Your Valentine’s Day date will likely request a return visit in a short time, as the food, ambiance, and service makes Brennan’s a Houston area standout for all- around quality.

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