Valentine's Day is almost here and this has many people scrambling to find the perfect romantic restaurant, sure to impress that special someone in their lives. If you're still searching for such a restaurant, we have done some of the hard work for you by featuring 10 of the most romantic restaurants in the Charlottesville area right here in this blog post! Of course, nobody says you have to limit your romantic dinner out to just Valentine's Day. Why not celebrate this romantic holiday all month long? So without further ado, here are our choices for 10 of the most romantic restaurants in Charlottesville & Albemarle County!
The French know a thing or two about romance - and so do the folks at Fleurie! In fact, Fleurie was recently named one of the most romantic restaurants in the country! This French restaurant, located on 3rd Street NE off of the Downtown Mall, is serving up a Valentine's menu that is sure to make you and your sweetheart swoon. With items like caviar, lobster bisque, pan-seared scallops, and chocolate creme brulee, who could possibly say no? Find out more about this charming and tasty restaurant by visiting their website here.
2.) C&O Restaurant
The C&O Restaurant is located in an historic building on Water Street, directly across from the old Chesapeake & Ohio train station. This establishment has celebrated more than 4 decades of serving up delicious food, in a warm and intimate dining space, perfect for a romantic evening. Priding itself on highlighting specialty items from local farmers, cheese makers, and vintners, you're sure to get only the freshest ingredients on your plate. Plus, if you go downstairs, you'll find a cozy bar perfect for sipping on a cocktail before or after your dinner. For more details, check out their website here.
(C&O Restaurant Dining Room)
3.) Fossett's at Keswick Hall
For an evening of elegance and fine food, take a short and scenic drive east of Charlottesville to Fossett's, the award-winning restaurant at Keswick Hall. From the dining room, you and your date will be able to soak in the breathtaking views of the rolling hills and the pristine golf course located on the property. The Valentine's Day menu features foie gras, lobster pappardelle, beef tartar, and a dessert called "passionate kisses" which includes spiced pineapple, passionfruit, macadamia nuts, and candied ginger. What's not to love? Click here to check out their website for more information!
(Fossett's at Keswick Hall)
4.) The Melting Pot
What could be more romantic than dipping meats, cheeses, veggies, and breads in pots full of melted cheese and chocolate? Not much, right? The Melting Pot makes for a wonderfully romantic evening and is a fondue dinner experience that requires some teamwork, since you're actually doing some of the cooking right at your table! This meal is sure to bring you and your date closer together and it's guaranteed that nobody will leave without a full stomach! Find out more about these delicious details by clicking here!
(The Melting Pot)
5.) The Old Mill Room at Boar's Head Inn
Located a few miles west of Charlottesville, you'll find the Old Mill Room located in the dreamy and romantic Boar's Head Inn. Built from the timbers from an abandoned gristmill located along the banks of the Hardware River dating back to 1834, the Old Mill Room exudes charm and history and provides the perfect setting for your romantic evening. For nearly three decades running, the Old Mill Room has earned AAA's Four-Diamond designation in recognition of its culinary artistry and its superior service. Plus, the food is divine! For more information about this historic and delicious restaurant, click here to visit their website!
(The Old Mill Room - Photo Credit: Will Walker)
6.) The Local
As the name suggests, the food you eat at The Local will be about as local as it gets. Plus, you'll be dining in a very cozy and intimate dining space right in the heart of the Belmont neighborhood of Charlottesville. Food is sourced from local farmers and even the artwork you see on the walls comes from local artisans. Plus, the food is delicious! Get ready to chow down on decadent duck breast, local trout, or luxurious lobster macaroni and cheese. The hardest part will be figuring out which meal to order. For more information about The Local's yummy menu, check out their website here.
(The Local Dining Room)
Located right next door to The Local, you'll find a small restaurant that serves up BIG Italian flavors in an atmosphere that is sure to have the romance flowing between you and your date! Tavola is an Italian gem that serves up hearty and rustic dishes that are sure to leave your stomach (and heart) full of joy and warmth. Not only are all the meals here delicious and authentically Italian, their dessert menu is sure to put your romantic evening over the top! And don't forget to check out their newly-opened cicchetti bar for a cocktail before dinner. For all of the delicious details about Tavola, click here.
8.) The Downtown Grille
If you're more of a surf 'n turf kind of a couple, do we have the place for you! Check out The Downtown Grille, located right on the historic Downtown Mall! In this elegant, white-tablecloth atmosphere, you'll find the finest in Midwestern corn-fed beef and the freshest seafood. The Downtown Grille also has an extensive wine selection and has been honored by The Wine Spectator with the prestigious Award of Excellence every year since its opening in 1999. Combine all of this with unparalleled service and you've got yourself a truly romantic evening that you're sure to remember for a long time to come. For more information about The Downtown Grille, click here to visit their website!
(The Downtown Grille)
9.) Hamiltons' at First & Main
Also located on the Downtown Mall, you'll find the ever-popular and super romantic Hamiltons' at First & Main. Celebrating 20+ years of serving up tasty meals to the Charlottesville area in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere, Hamiltons' at First & Main is sure to deliver a perfect evening of romance and scrumptious food. Working with local food vendors as much as possible, this restaurant prides itself on using only the finest, locally-sourced ingredients. And with a special Valentine's Day menu featuring short rib ravioli, pan roasted pheasant breast, and vanilla coconut panna cotta, how could you not be seduced? For more information about all of the offerings from Hamiltons' at First & Main, visit their website here.
(Hamiltons' at First & Main)
10.) Public Fish & Oyster
They say that oysters are supposed to be quite the aphrodisiac, so what better place for a romantic seafood dinner than Public Fish & Oyster? At this restaurant located on West Main Street, you'll find oysters of all shapes, sizes, and tastes, but that's not all. There are other types of shellfish on the menu, like their tasty mussels served with homemade fries, and even roasted fish! The great food, coupled with the cozy dining space will definitely work together to provide an evening of enchantment and romance. Click here for more information about Public Fish & Oyster!
(Public Fish & Oyster)
Of course there's absolutely no way we could list every romantic restaurant in the Charlottesville area in just one article - there are way too many! But hopefully this list will serve as a good starting point for you as you plan your perfect romantic dining experience. Click here for a complete list of all of the restaurants in the Charlottesville area. The hardest part will be trying to figure out which restaurant to try! So our suggestion is to celebrate Valentine's Day all month long and try out several! What are your favorite romantic restaurants in the Charlottesville area? Leave your suggestions for us in the comments section below. Happy dining!