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Friday, January 18, 2019

Bloomington's Most Romantic Restaurants

Categories: Wine & Culinary

Whether you’re searching for the perfect candlelight dinner on Valentine’s day or want to show your sweetheart how much they mean to you with a romantic meal anytime, these restaurants are sure to leave a lasting impression.

 

Scenic View Restaurant

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Away from the hubbub of town but only ten minutes away from campus, you’ll find the Scenic View. Overlooking the Hoosier National Forest and Monroe Lake, this restaurant is perfect for nature lovers and those looking for a unique, resort-like feel and sweeping views of southern Indiana’s stunning landscape. Scenic View focuses their meals around locally-sourced, sustainable plates, and has a variety of upscale American choices for vegetarians and omnivores alike.

Insider Tip: The Scenic View Lodge is the perfect place to spend the night if you want to extend date night to a relaxing getaway.

 

Lennie’s Restaurant & Brew Pub

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A favorite among townies for its homey atmosphere, a candlelit dinner at this long-time Bloomington institution will show you why locals love it so much. Locally brewed beers from Bloomington Brewing Company and a menu ranging from crab cakes to customizable Stromboli provide options for every appetite. Feel free to let date night go on as long as you like—Lennie’s is open until 11 pm on weeknights and 12 am on the weekends.

 

Uptown Café

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Cajun cuisine and expertly-crafted drinks are the real show-stoppers at this classic Bloomington spot. Stop in after a night at the iconic Buskirk-Chumley theatre and enjoy crawfish etouffee or have a hearty eggs Sardou at Sunday brunch before heading out on the town to explore Bloomington’s square. A sommelier-crafted wine list takes the guesswork out of finding the perfect drink to go with your meal.

 

King Dough

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If you’re looking for a nontraditional romantic night, try King Dough. The local pizzeria’s Italian-style pies and unique salads provide traditional and daring eaters alike. There’s a simple delight in being able to watch your pizza be made in King Dough’s wood-fired oven and finishing it off with some homemade gelato. Vegan options for pizza and salads mean everyone leaves satisfied.

 

C3

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Upscale-Italian neighborhood vibes paired with a cozy interior and a menu chock-full of local Bloomington ingredients will make C3 a regular spot for drinks and dinner with that special someone. Their fresh-ever changing menu gives you a new experience every time you walk in the door. Make sure to check C3’s website to see their live music schedule and drink specials.

 

Feast Market & Cellar

Feast

Feast Market & Cellar’s variety of small bites and expansive wine choices make it a perfect place to stop if you and your beau want to focus on drinks for your night out. Rotating seasonal cuisine, a full coffee bar, fresh tamales, and to-die-for dessert make this a great spot to stop for post-dinner coffee and dessert.

 

The Roost

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Formerly known as Finch’s Brasserie, this Kirkwood favorite provides thoughtful cocktails, small plates, desserts, and dinners close to the excitement of downtown. The Roost’s changing menu and regional influences from France to Thailand provide ever-changing choices for date nights to come. Weekend specials keep things exciting, visit after visit, and the cozy wood-fired oven or patio in fairer months make The Roost perfect for any time of year.

 

Sweet Grass

Sweetgrass Fried Green Tomatoes

Low-country cuisine meets Hoosier hospitality at this southside mainstay with a menu full of upscale comfort food. The open-air dining room and spacious patio at Sweet Grass give options for diners looking to enjoy a summer night’s breeze or watch a sunset through the restaurant’s huge windows. Check out their cocktail menu and weekly specials for a new take on traditional southern dishes.

 

Gillian Fulford

Gillian Fulford

Gillian Fulford is a southern Indiana native and Visit Bloomington’s marketing and media intern. Gillian loves Bloomington for its diverse community, outdoor opportunities, and the wealth of possibilities in everyone’s not-so-small small town. On any given day, you can find her hiking around Lake Griffy, dog spotting, or searching for her new favorite coffee shop.

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