Ten Favorite Romantic Restaurants in Greater Phoenix That Won't Break the Bank
According to some, love is a battlefield, the drug, and blindness. But when it comes to dining out, one thing it shouldn't be is all-the-time expensive. That's why we've come up with a list of 10 favorite casual romantic restaurants that go easy on the wallet (between around $15 and $40 a person), serve up fantastic and sometimes unique fare, and still pay off in the sentimental surroundings department. Now get out there and get your sweet on.
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Originally the first post office in Chandler in 1926, this cozy wine bar and eatery comes courtesy of Gavin Jacobs, a former bartender and manager at House of Tricks in Tempe. With its lounge-worthy patio and intimate interior featuring low lights, roomy leather chairs, and a flickering fire, it's easy to get familiar with a new friend over a bottle of wine and a tasty dish (bruschetta, perhaps?) from an affordable menu of contemporary American classics.
Sunnyslope's lounge-ready wine bar features stellar Spanish-style tapas, bruschetta, Napoletana flatbreads, and other Italian-inspired dishes enjoyed in a relaxed and intimate indoor setting or on a sprawling, flora-filled patio. With a wood-fired oven the only means of cooking available, it's easy to get romantic with a glass of wine and a golden, crunchy slice of fresh baked bread while igniting the flames of a different kind -- if you know what we mean.
Don't blame us if this Spanish-style South Mountain mansion built in 1929 is one you and your lover never want to leave. Boasting a barn turned wine bar out back (cue dining under the stars) and a cozy, wood-floored dining area with a stately wooden bar, coved ceiling, and subdued lighting inside, this gem of contemporary American cuisine is impressive enough to justify frequent date nights.
This vibrant eatery in a remodeled brick building in Old Town Scottsdale (with a second location in Buckeye) boasts over 100 imported Italian wines to complement a menu of traditional Italian fare as well as a little amore. Share standout dishes like the Emiliana salad, a cheesy Cinque Formaggi pizza, and the decadent Dolce Cella Casa, a calzone filled with Nutella and banana that comes in two sizes -- big and Colosseum -- for a sweet ending to a delicious date-night dinner.