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Thursday, January 9, 2020

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.
Note: Due to COVID-19, check each location's hours and dining options. Also, visit B-Town To-Go for up-to-date information. 

Scenic View Restaurant

Patio of Scenic View overlooking the Hoosier National Forest

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

Craft cocktails and wine from Uptown Cafe

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.

Samira Restaurant

Front entrance of Samira Restaurant

Bloomington's favorite spot for Afghan cuisine is also the perfect place to take that special someone for a night out. Samira's upscale environment paired with delicious options for every palate alongside local drink choices make for a great date spot, all within walking distance of IU's campus and plenty of Bloomington nightlife staples.


Couple toasting at C3

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.

Village Pub


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The Village Pub is Bloomington's newest gastropub, and a sweet stop for any couple looking for delicious drinks and high-end pub grub. Try out everything from a classic Old Fashioned to the pub's more eclectic drinks, like the Cosmic Brownie, and pair your drink with meals ranging from wagyu steak to flatbread pizzas.


Gillian Fulford

Gillian Fulford