Whether you're planning to meet up with an attractive someone you met on a dating app, taking a serious S.O. out for Valentine's Day, or simply looking to reignite the flame with the love of your life, selecting a restaurant that's the perfect balance of sexy, interesting, and foodie-friendly is often a daunting task. Fortunately, we're here to take the guesswork out of it by rounding up five of the most date-night worthy restos in town, along with suggestions for how to order at each.
Dark walls, plush seating, a massive chandelier dripping in crystals, and a cabin-in-the-woods fairytale aesthetic set the scene for a romantic night out, while sumptuous dishes designed for sharing demand it. Settle in at a cozy booth and explore Giuseppe Tentori's and Boka Restaurant Group's sexy steakhouse by way of velvety steak tartare, roasted squab, and splittable portions of bison tenderloin, skirt steak, and lamb loin. 707 N. Wells St., 312-600-6305
If you're looking to treat yourself and your S.O. to the finer (edible) things in life, few places will do better by you than this new-school steakhouse in the Gold Coast. Aphrodisiacs in the form of oysters on the half-shell with champagne mignonette are a most advisable way to start the night, along with the restaurant's lavish caviar service. Dig in to wood-fired meat with "arm candy" (indulgent extras like blue cheese fondue and caramelized shallots), and end with a limoncello digestif and sundae service for two, which comes with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice creams, as well as over half a dozen different toppings. 8 W. Maple St., 312-944-8888
It may not be new, but this lauded modern Asian concept from Rockit Ranch Productions is a perennial favorite for date night. Heat things up with spicy bites like the firecracker (tempura spicy tuna, nori, avocado dynamite sauce, and unagi sauce), gochujang-glazed "Seoul wings," and spicy pork bulgogi, and don't miss signatures like the restaurant's often imitated, never duplicated crispy Brussels sprouts and lobster and wagyu sushi. 110 W. Illinois St., 312-644-0500
Bathed in the vibrant red glow of a Chinese lantern-strewn ceiling, this edgy, modern eatery is one of the hottest reservations in town right now, and for good reason: it exudes cool, and is a great date-night alternative to the usual candlelight-and-white-tablecloth suspects. Sip one of the creative craft cocktails (might we suggest the yuzu whiskey sour?) and soak it up with Chinese bacon buns, delightfully spicy dan dan noodles studded with minced beef, Sichuan fried rice, and stir-fried ginger bok choy. 905 W. Randolph St., 312-877-5967
With its exhibition kitchen, marble accents, and stylish look, this chef-driven spot from The Fifty/50 Group delivers a fine-dining experience that's as fun as it is sexy. Whether you're coming here for a first date or a much-needed night out with your longtime love, the action in the open kitchen is a great source of entertainment and an easy topic for conversation, while oysters made with butternut squash and bourbon mignonette, a selection of house-made charcuterie, and beautifully plated dishes like beet salad and Fjord trout, will satisfy foodies and picky eaters alike. 120 W. Monroe St., 312-801-8899