New Orleans is an amazing city to be in for Valentine’s Day, as it is arguably one of the most romantic cities in the U.S. with its infinite sights and attractions and inviting atmosphere. It’s also a perfect city for Valentine’s Day because of its plethora of fantastic restaurants to plan the ultimate romantic meal.
Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year, so you know that restaurants will not only be packed but will be booked solid several weeks in advance. If you’re not sure where to take your significant other, try any one of these restaurants for a surefire dinner that will bring you closer together.
Lilette (3637 Magazine St – Uptown)
What exudes love and dining better than a quaint little French bistro? Lilette provides the perfect intimate atmosphere with cuisine that comes straight from a country famous for romance and good taste. You’ll swoon together over the White Truffle Parmigiano Toast to start and a Roasted Muscovy Duck Breast for the main course. Top off a perfect meal with Nutella Custard or Quenelles of Goat Cheese Crème Fraiche with poached pear, pistachio and lavender honey. We actually published a review of Lilette back in 2013, and the restaurant has only gotten better since.
Ralph’s on the Park (900 City Park Ave – Mid-City)
One of the few fine dining restaurants in Mid-City, Ralph’s on the Park offers the perfect location—right at the edge of the picturesque City Park with its magnificent oak trees draped with Spanish moss, all of which you can see straight out of the restaurants large windows all around. Ralph’s chef is inspired by both the traditions and eccentricity of New Orleans as well as a variety of global influences, which has turned out unique dishes like a Foie Gras Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich and Louisiana Seafood Crepe with Fried Shrimp Curls. Before or after your meal, be sure to take a nice stroll through the park to take in some of the best greenery the city has to offer.
Herbsaint (701 St. Charles Ave – Warehouse District)
If you want to dine closer to downtown, the Warehouse District offers another scenic neighborhood to take in, as you’re surrounded by authentic multi-story buildings in the downtown area as well as a number of art galleries, museums, shops and restaurants, like the French cuisine purveyors at Herbsaint. There you can start out with Rabbit Fricassee and move onto a Twin County Dorper Lamb and Mushroom Lasagna or Braised Kurobuta Pork Belly. Finish it off by sharing a Banana Brown Butter Tart with Fleur de Sel Caramel or a Malted Milk Chocolate Mousse with Malted Crème Anglaise.
What’s more romantic than coming back to a warm and comfortable bed and breakfast after you’ve had your fill of your Valentine’s Day dinner date? Just be sure to pick out a restaurant or two quickly and book as soon as you can—the restaurants fill their books fast this time of year.