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Myriel on Cleveland Avenue in St. Paul.
Jes Lahay

10 Restaurants For Romantic Date Nights in the Twin Cities

Candlelit tables, indulgent tasting menus, and the most romantic bowling alley you’ve ever been to

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Myriel on Cleveland Avenue in St. Paul.
| Jes Lahay

Fragrant bites of bolognese, opulent dining rooms, and brandy pours in basement speakeasies: these are the ingredients of a romantic date night in the Twin Cities. From fine dining tasting menus to a charming, vintage bowling alley, Minneapolis and St. Paul have an array of romantic restaurants to choose from, all with different price points and tastes. Here are some essential date night spots in the Twin Cities.

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Martina

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The work of celebrated chef Daniel del Prado, Martina has a range of dishes for special occasions: share plates like the celery root ravioli with king crab, the pork with parsnip puree and manzana juice, or the octopus with kalamata olives and fingerlings. The panqueque with dulce de leche, bananas, and crushed caramel is a favorite from the dessert menu.

A large open room set with tables, a large white wall to the right sports just a few green plants and the open kitchen is barely visible to the left.
Make your reservation for this romantic restaurant in Linden Hills.
Kevin Kramer / Eater Twin Cities

Broders' Pasta Bar

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Broder’s is worthy of a Lady and the Tramp pasta moment. Try the classics — like the spaghetti carbonara or the bolognese — or creative takes like the fettuccine with boar and fennel or gnocchi with veal and roasted carrots. (A simple eggless pasta with tomatoes and olive oil is available for vegans.) Broder’s is elegant but not overly formal — the wooden wrap-around bar is a great place to share a cozy dinner.

A close-up photo of a wooden bar with wooden chairs, that’s set with white plates with white rolled napkins on them, plus small class containers of olive oil.
Pasta can enjoyed in the restaurant or to-go for a date night-in.
Broders’ Pasta Bar

Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theater

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Okay, sure: Bryant Lake Bowl is not the Twin Cities’s most buttoned-up date spot. But there’s an undeniable romance to its vintage set-up: the lustrous wooden bar, the wrap-around benches, the eight lanes crammed into the tiny bowling alley. There’s often a wait to bowl, even on weeknights — so show up ahead of time, get your name on the list, and grab a patty melt or Bryant Lake Bowl’s signature bloody mary wings while you wait.

A dark wooden bar with an array of glass bottles of alcohol on it, and bar stools and dine chairs with wooden backing in the foreground. The space is well-lit and the walls are deep yellow.
The historic bowling alley’s bar.
Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater

P.S. Steak

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This formal Minneapolis restaurant serves fine cuts of meat, much-lauded highballs, and, notably, crab cakes — hard to find in land-locked Minnesota, and a good indicator of P.S. Steak’s price point. The restaurant is known for its sumptuous dining room, fitted with all manner of chandeliers and cloaked in tones of black. For date night, try to book a reservation in the private, more dimly-lit cozy back area.

Renowned chef Gavin Kaysen’s hit restaurant Demi is a great option for a date night at a higher price point (around $95 to $200 per person, depending on your drink choices). Hedge your bets with the acclaimed tasting menu — details aren’t posted on the restaurant’s website to see in advance, but previous menus have included Rohan duck with braised endives and honey soy ice cream with cashew butter and kiwi. Reservations for the intimate North Loop restaurant can be made via Tock.

Shelves behind a bar in dark lighting: there are many glass bottles of alcohol and mirrors behind the shelves.
Inside Demi in the North Loop.
Demi

Sanjusan

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One of last year’s hottest restaurant openings is a great date-night spot in the North Loop. Two culinary powerhouses (Daniel del Prado of Martina and Colita, and Shigeyuki Furukawa of Kado No Mise) fuse their talents with a unique Japanese-Italian menu, unlike any other restaurant in Twin Cities. Share a memorable night with dishes like pork gyoza with wood ear mushroom and foie gras, squid ink pappardelle, and pizzas with flavor combinations like fontina, preserved lemon, and maitake mushrooms.

Crisped chicken liver gyoza topped with chives in a stone-colored bowl.
A dish at Sanjusan.
Sanjusan

Young Joni

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Chef Ann Kim’s award-winning restaurant is a marvelous choice for date night: the pizza is famously chewy, airy, and inventive, and the ambiance is intimate and warm, all walnut tones and candlelit tables. Slip through the alley into the basement speakeasy for a drink after dinner. The Korean BBQ pizza — made with short ribs, mozzarella, and soy-chile vinaigrette — is a favorite, as is La Parisienne, with prosciutto and brown butter. If you want to stay in for date night, grab a pizza for takeout.

Tucked into a cozy brick building on University Avenue, Alma is a great date night spot that’s especially accommodating to vegetarians. In addition to its regular prix-fixe menu (with options like arctic char, whey-braised pork shoulder, and apricot and orange cake) there’s an entirely separate version for vegetarians (think crispy saffron rice, gnocchetti with porcini cream, and buckwheat crepes). It’s also attached to a hotel of the same name — make date night a weekend stay, if you’re so moved.

Chef Karyn Tomlinson’s standout restaurant opened last year and fast became essential Twin Cities date-night dining. Choose from the tasting menu or a la carte options: both change often (sometimes daily) and are not available online, but expect dishes like Muscovy duck eggs and apple pies made with local ingredients. At the end of your meal, enjoy a Scandinavian-style egg coffee.

A dark marble bar with a lamp and greenery on it. Above is a wooden rack for wine glasses and wine glasses dangling from it; attached to the wall is a mirror.
Karyn Tomlinson’s restaurant dining room.
Jes Lahay/Myriel

Hyacinth

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Hyacinth is perhaps Grand Avenue’s most romantic dining room. Here, standout dishes include beets with stracciatella, linguine with mussels and saffron, and risotto with squash and candied walnuts. The petite dining room has an intimate, New York City feel — appropriate, as chef Rikki Giambruno returned to the Twin Cities after a period in Brooklyn.

A light-filled room with a bar and small table set nearby.
Get romantic on Grand Avenue.
Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

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Martina

A large open room set with tables, a large white wall to the right sports just a few green plants and the open kitchen is barely visible to the left.
Make your reservation for this romantic restaurant in Linden Hills.
Kevin Kramer / Eater Twin Cities

The work of celebrated chef Daniel del Prado, Martina has a range of dishes for special occasions: share plates like the celery root ravioli with king crab, the pork with parsnip puree and manzana juice, or the octopus with kalamata olives and fingerlings. The panqueque with dulce de leche, bananas, and crushed caramel is a favorite from the dessert menu.

A large open room set with tables, a large white wall to the right sports just a few green plants and the open kitchen is barely visible to the left.
Make your reservation for this romantic restaurant in Linden Hills.
Kevin Kramer / Eater Twin Cities

Broders' Pasta Bar

A close-up photo of a wooden bar with wooden chairs, that’s set with white plates with white rolled napkins on them, plus small class containers of olive oil.
Pasta can enjoyed in the restaurant or to-go for a date night-in.
Broders’ Pasta Bar

Broder’s is worthy of a Lady and the Tramp pasta moment. Try the classics — like the spaghetti carbonara or the bolognese — or creative takes like the fettuccine with boar and fennel or gnocchi with veal and roasted carrots. (A simple eggless pasta with tomatoes and olive oil is available for vegans.) Broder’s is elegant but not overly formal — the wooden wrap-around bar is a great place to share a cozy dinner.

A close-up photo of a wooden bar with wooden chairs, that’s set with white plates with white rolled napkins on them, plus small class containers of olive oil.
Pasta can enjoyed in the restaurant or to-go for a date night-in.
Broders’ Pasta Bar

Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theater

A dark wooden bar with an array of glass bottles of alcohol on it, and bar stools and dine chairs with wooden backing in the foreground. The space is well-lit and the walls are deep yellow.
The historic bowling alley’s bar.
Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater

Okay, sure: Bryant Lake Bowl is not the Twin Cities’s most buttoned-up date spot. But there’s an undeniable romance to its vintage set-up: the lustrous wooden bar, the wrap-around benches, the eight lanes crammed into the tiny bowling alley. There’s often a wait to bowl, even on weeknights — so show up ahead of time, get your name on the list, and grab a patty melt or Bryant Lake Bowl’s signature bloody mary wings while you wait.

A dark wooden bar with an array of glass bottles of alcohol on it, and bar stools and dine chairs with wooden backing in the foreground. The space is well-lit and the walls are deep yellow.
The historic bowling alley’s bar.
Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater

P.S. Steak

This formal Minneapolis restaurant serves fine cuts of meat, much-lauded highballs, and, notably, crab cakes — hard to find in land-locked Minnesota, and a good indicator of P.S. Steak’s price point. The restaurant is known for its sumptuous dining room, fitted with all manner of chandeliers and cloaked in tones of black. For date night, try to book a reservation in the private, more dimly-lit cozy back area.

Demi

Shelves behind a bar in dark lighting: there are many glass bottles of alcohol and mirrors behind the shelves.
Inside Demi in the North Loop.
Demi

Renowned chef Gavin Kaysen’s hit restaurant Demi is a great option for a date night at a higher price point (around $95 to $200 per person, depending on your drink choices). Hedge your bets with the acclaimed tasting menu — details aren’t posted on the restaurant’s website to see in advance, but previous menus have included Rohan duck with braised endives and honey soy ice cream with cashew butter and kiwi. Reservations for the intimate North Loop restaurant can be made via Tock.

Shelves behind a bar in dark lighting: there are many glass bottles of alcohol and mirrors behind the shelves.
Inside Demi in the North Loop.
Demi

Sanjusan

Crisped chicken liver gyoza topped with chives in a stone-colored bowl.
A dish at Sanjusan.
Sanjusan

One of last year’s hottest restaurant openings is a great date-night spot in the North Loop. Two culinary powerhouses (Daniel del Prado of Martina and Colita, and Shigeyuki Furukawa of Kado No Mise) fuse their talents with a unique Japanese-Italian menu, unlike any other restaurant in Twin Cities. Share a memorable night with dishes like pork gyoza with wood ear mushroom and foie gras, squid ink pappardelle, and pizzas with flavor combinations like fontina, preserved lemon, and maitake mushrooms.

Crisped chicken liver gyoza topped with chives in a stone-colored bowl.
A dish at Sanjusan.
Sanjusan

Young Joni

Chef Ann Kim’s award-winning restaurant is a marvelous choice for date night: the pizza is famously chewy, airy, and inventive, and the ambiance is intimate and warm, all walnut tones and candlelit tables. Slip through the alley into the basement speakeasy for a drink after dinner. The Korean BBQ pizza — made with short ribs, mozzarella, and soy-chile vinaigrette — is a favorite, as is La Parisienne, with prosciutto and brown butter. If you want to stay in for date night, grab a pizza for takeout.

Alma

Tucked into a cozy brick building on University Avenue, Alma is a great date night spot that’s especially accommodating to vegetarians. In addition to its regular prix-fixe menu (with options like arctic char, whey-braised pork shoulder, and apricot and orange cake) there’s an entirely separate version for vegetarians (think crispy saffron rice, gnocchetti with porcini cream, and buckwheat crepes). It’s also attached to a hotel of the same name — make date night a weekend stay, if you’re so moved.

Myriel

A dark marble bar with a lamp and greenery on it. Above is a wooden rack for wine glasses and wine glasses dangling from it; attached to the wall is a mirror.
Karyn Tomlinson’s restaurant dining room.
Jes Lahay/Myriel

Chef Karyn Tomlinson’s standout restaurant opened last year and fast became essential Twin Cities date-night dining. Choose from the tasting menu or a la carte options: both change often (sometimes daily) and are not available online, but expect dishes like Muscovy duck eggs and apple pies made with local ingredients. At the end of your meal, enjoy a Scandinavian-style egg coffee.

A dark marble bar with a lamp and greenery on it. Above is a wooden rack for wine glasses and wine glasses dangling from it; attached to the wall is a mirror.
Karyn Tomlinson’s restaurant dining room.
Jes Lahay/Myriel

Hyacinth

A light-filled room with a bar and small table set nearby.
Get romantic on Grand Avenue.
Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

Hyacinth is perhaps Grand Avenue’s most romantic dining room. Here, standout dishes include beets with stracciatella, linguine with mussels and saffron, and risotto with squash and candied walnuts. The petite dining room has an intimate, New York City feel — appropriate, as chef Rikki Giambruno returned to the Twin Cities after a period in Brooklyn.

A light-filled room with a bar and small table set nearby.
Get romantic on Grand Avenue.
Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

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