Romance is not lost. It’s alive and well in the classic, reservations-only, white-linen, champagne-pouring restaurants you dream of going to. Whether “romantic” means formal fine dining, snuggled at a tiny table where your knees are touching or just leaving the children with a sitter, find your romance at any one of these Cleveland restaurants.

Tartine Bistro
19110 Old Detroit Road
Rocky River, OH 44116
(440) 331-0800
www.tartinebistro.com

Tartine Bistro, a wine bar and cafe, is absolutely the coziest, warmest restaurant you can have a romantic dinner at in Rocky River. Serving classic French dishes like beef bourguignon, filet mignon au poivre and slices of formage with crackers, honey and jam, the food is impressive and worth the wait. Get close to your sweetie and enjoy a glass or bottle of your favorite red wine or Belgiam beer while you plan your next European escape. The French keep romance alive and well at Tartine Bistro.

Chez Francois
555 Main St
Vermilion, OH 44089
(440) 967-0630
www.chezfrancois.com

If you’re lucky enough to live in northeastern Ohio, then a visit to Chez Francois should be on your list of things to do. With its high-brow service and decadent decor, you can just imagine how romantic it would be to dine here, sitting with your loved one as dish after exceptional dish is presented. Puffed pastry stuffed with seafood, beef carpaccio, escargot and Dover sole all do their best to distract you. Enjoy the presence of your entrees, but don’t forget the real reason you’re at Chez Francois – mon cheri!

Fire Food And Drink
13220 Shaker Square
Cleveland, OH 44120
(216) 921-3473
www.firefoodanddrink.com

Fire Food and Drink is such a wonderful place to celebrate love and romance. In the way it celebrates food, honoring the ingredients and showcasing their best features, to the time and preparation of Fire’s dishes and creations, it’s inspiring to your relationship. From appetizers like the caramelized onion soup to the crispy duck confit entree, there’s no misstep here, only a labor of love. Don’t wait for Valentine’s Day to visit Fire Food and Drink for a little romance.

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White Oaks
777 Cahoon Road
Westlake, OH 44145
(440) 835-3090
www.white-oaks.com

White Oaks is quiet, perfect for that private conversation. Dark wood and white linens lend themselves to an elegant atmosphere and the food speaks for itself. Bacon-wrapped scallops, blue cheese wedge salads and eggplant napoleon are just the appetizers. Entrees are equally impressive with grilled Atlantic salmon, veal Marsala and pancetta mushroom chicken. If you’re looking for a destination sure to whisk you away to a dream-like state, then take your next romantic interlude to White Oaks.

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Gamekeepers Tavern
87 West St.
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
(440) 247-7744
www.gamekeepers.com

Gamekeepers Tavern’s romance lies in the sights and sounds of the restaurant and surroundings. Near the falls of Chagrin Falls, Gamekeepers Tavern plays up the natural wonder with an outdoor seating area and fresh natural ingredients. Sit indoors for your table a deux; the emphasis can then be placed on your loved one. Dine on New England clam chowder, crispy pheasant or grilled pork loin and finish the night with a glass of port and two forks for the flour-less chocolate cake. Gamekeepers Tavern is steeped in history and waiting for young love to make its mark.

Marissa Burke is a happily adventurous wife, mother and runner. Living in Lakewood, Ohio she searches neighboring communities for exciting food and drinks that are good and good for you in the Cleveland area. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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