The day of love is coming! In just a couple of days couples across the city will be walking hand in hand, holding each other close, toting teddy bears and chocolates making love eyes at one another in celebration of St. Valentine's Day!
After you have sent the flower's to their job and filled their apartment with stuffed animals of all shapes, sizes, and species, you will be faced with the task of finding the perfect restaurant to exchange gifts and share dessert at. Don't worry, Columbus has NO shortage of romantic restaurants--that's for sure. The issue may be narrowing down the selections and finding the place that's perfect for you and your significant other.
Here are my top five romantic restaurants in the city that are perfect for St. Valentine's Day:
5. Mitchell's Ocean Club-
Known about Columbus for the outstanding atmosphere, service, and menu, Mitchell's Ocean Club has become synonymous with romance in Columbus. With an upscale fusion menu that offers the best in seafood and prime steaks, a wine menu that can be appreciated by everyone from the wine virgin to a seasoned aficionado, a cocktail menu to die for and a dessert menu that can only be described as heaven, Mitchell's Ocean Club is ideal for a Valentine's night dinner date. While the location is an easy find, it is the weekend crowdedness of Easton Town Center that lands Ocean Club at number five. However keep in mind; once you're inside, you're in a romance oasis. *Located at 4002 Easton Station on the 2nd floor of Easton Town Center Mall. *Visit their website at http://www.mitchellsoceanclub.com to view the menu and a photo gallery.
4. Basi Italia Italian Restaurant-
A small casual authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of Victorian Village, Basi Italia boasts an extensive wine menu and an affordable dinner menu with the most expensive dish being just $20. * Located at 811 Highland Street *You are welcome to make reservations online at http://www.basi-italia.com/reservations.
3. Due Amici Italian Restaurant-
No need to double check your GPS, you are in Columbus, although the hip atmosphere will make you think you segwayed to NYC or Chicago! Due Amici offers an atmosphere that can only be desired by area restaurants. A picture perfect menu, diverse crowd, and ideal location combined make this a place you must visit. Check out their website to find the themed night that works best for you. From third wheel date night Friday, to secret lover's Saturday, lover's night on Sunday, and uncorked Monday with half off bottles of wine, Due Amici offers something for everyone. *Located at 67 East Gay Street. * Visit http://www.due-amici.com/index to check out their menu, look at specials, and view their You Tube video that takes you on a tour through their spot.
2. Latitude 41-
Inspired by the discovery of New World cuisine made by explorer Christopher Columbus on the line of Latitude 41, this new world restaurant offers an upscale fusion menu and a wine list with over 166 options! Not only is the food, crafted by head chef Dean James Max, a work of art, the atmosphere is ideal for lovers and the service unparralled. *Located at 50 North 3rd Street. * Visit the website to get an idea of the prices before you go or to make a reservation online http://www.latitude41restaurant.com
1. Haiku Poetic Food & Art-
Poetry, art, and food; three things that simply ooze romance combined together to create the perfect atmosphere. Not only will you find professional artwork displayed throughout the restaurant from the monthly art exhibits and participation of local artists, guests are also encouraged to create poetry at their dining area and are then invited to display that poetry. You will find yourself amazed by the modern and artistic decor, while blown away by the exclusive and straight forward Asian Pacific style of cooking and Sushi menu. Each plate is a work of art that is prepared in the open kitchen. Placed at the center of the restaurant is a sushi bar with counter seating that gives you the option of having a front row seat to take in the action and drama of each culinary creation. Do not be frightened by the ambiance of Haiku--this ideal restaurant is only made more perfect by the affordability of the menu items. No plate exceeds $25 and you have a lot of flexibility and options that are sure to fit your budget. If the atmosphere and cost is not enough to bring you in, perhaps the amazingly professional and carefully trained service staff will. Haiku prides itself on the professionalism and reliability of their staff noting on their website that "service is attentive without being overbearing, allowing for an enjoyable, unhurried dining experience." *Located at 800 N. High St. * Visit http://www.haikupoeticfoodandart.com for a small glimpse at this unique Columbus restaurant and to plan you Valentine's night dinner date!
If my top five doesn't fit you, visit opentable.com for a list of upscale Columbus eateries at your fingertips. While you're there, be sure to make a reservation, tables are sure to fill up fast!