Looking for that perfect place to take your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? This list will get you started on the right path to that romantic location!
My criteria: Cozy location; comfortable seating (booths mostly); and great food. Prices do vary.
#1. The Melting Pot. What's more romantic than sharing a meal of fondue in a cozy location. The Melting Pot is one of the more expensive locations, but as a friend said to me, it's worth it. The restaurant will have special menus from February 12 to 14 ($50-65) per guest. Or they have a plethura of special packages, like their "Sweetheart" for $190 that includes a choice of a balloon, teddy bear, or a chocolate fondue bar! See their Specials here (scroll down just a little to find them). 2011 Mountain Rd NW, 505-843-6358.
#2. High Finance. Snuggle with your partner as you travel up the tram to the top of the Sandia Mountain. Then enjoy the view of the city lights and the food. My favorite is the calamari appetizer, yum! They will have their regular menu as well as a couple of specials. Right now the management believes the specials will run from $20-23 each. To reach High Finance you must take the Tram - directions. Restaurant phone 505-243-9742.
#3. Jinja. Asian food that will surprise you with its ingenuity and taste. Comfy booths and even pillows! Their dinner entrees range from $13.50 (Hong Kong Sweet and Sour Chicken or Pork) or $18.95 (Grilled Sashimi Tuna with a trio of ginger). Or sharing several of the appetizers might be the way to go (they run $6.75 to 8.95). Two locations. Northeast Heights: 8900 Holly Ave NE, Ste B (off of Paseo Del Norte near Trader Joe's) 505-856-1413. Westside: 5400 Sevilla Ave (On Coors at Sevilla) 505-792-8776. My review of Jinja.
#4. Standard Diner. Yep a diner, and yet not really a diner. Standard Diner is cozy and georgeous inside with fantastic food. Their dinner entrees range from $12 (breaded zuchhini stack) to $15 (honey roasted chicken). If you try any appetizers, I suggest the blue crab cake ($11). 320 Central Ave Se (at Arno), 505-243-1440. My review of Standard Diner.
#5. St. Clair Winery & Bistro. One thing that stands out about St. Clair is the selection of wines, so you are likely to find one you like. For Valentine's weekend (Friday - Sunday) there will be specials. Friday-Saturday $75 for a four course meal that will include a glass of champagne or wine. Sunday will be $85. 901 Rio Grand NW (across Rio Grand from Old Town - next to Starbucks), 505-243-9916.
#6. The Cooperage Restaurant & Lounge. I had a great steak there, and I know the place is conducive to romance. Dark paneling and cozy booths. They also have a large salad bar. Average meal price is around $13. 7220 Lomas Blvd, 505-255-1657.
#7. Black Angus. The menu runs from steaks (of course) at around $20.00 but also includes grilled salmon at $18.50. Other items on the menu inculde salads, sandwiches, and appetizers like the crispy fried garlic-pepper zucchini. 2290 Wyoming Blvd, 505-292-1911.
#8. Paul's Monterey Inn. Plenty of steak choices here that run from $11.95 to $12.95. Plenty of sandwich and salad choices as well. 1000 Juan Tabo Blvd Ne, 505-294-1461.
If you have any other suggestions, feel free to add them in comments! And enjoy Valentine's Day!
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