Valentine's Day, birthdays, anniversaries, proposals - some occasions call for a truly romantic restaurant. The restaurants on this list combine wonderful food with unique locations, striking decor and great service, and all of them are perfect for sharing a special meal with a special person. Note: Reservations are recommended for all restaurants on this list.
On a budget? Try this list of inexpensive romantic dining ideas for the Salt Lake City area.
Log Haven, located in a historic log mansion four miles up Millcreek Canyon, specializes in seasonal New American cuisine. Log Haven's romantic interior and beautiful location make it a Salt Lake City favorite for romantic occasions, including Valentine's Day, anniversaries, proposals and weddings. Menu favorites include the quinoa crusted dungeness crab cakes, seared sea scallops and grilled bison New York striploin steak.
6451 E. Millcreek Canyon Rd.
Housed in the historic Continental Bank lobby, Bambara combines a sense of tradition with a contemporary energy, at once colorful and elegant. Bambara is not always quiet, but its funky-yet-luxurious-yet-historic interior and innovative, well-executed menu make it romantic. The chef's signature steak frites and roasted corn bisque with Jonah crab and cilantro oil are menu standouts.
As an added bonus, Bambara is housed in the equally appealing and romantic Hotel Monaco.
202 South Main St.
Three-course specials for $13 at lunch and $33 at dinner
Urbane, sophisticated Martine serves some of the best food and wine in Salt Lake City. In the evenings, dark wood and candlelight create a romantic ambience. Some of chef Tom Grant's most popular dishes are the lime seared calamari and braised Morgan Valley lamb.
22 E. 100 S.
The Roof Restaurant at the top of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building has a spectacular view of the Salt Lake Temple. The Roof serves a gourmet buffet including soups, salads, prime rib, ham, breads and desserts. The salads, mashed potatoes, rolls with honey butter and desserts are especially recommended.
Joseph Smith Memorial Building, 10th floor
15 East South Temple
$39.95 per person, $18 for children age 7-11, $7 for children age 4-6
Price includes soft drinks; specialty drinks extra.
Tucked into quiet Knudsen's Corner in Holladay amidst towering Cottonwoods are not one but two romantic restaurants, Tuscany and Franck's. Tuscany has been a romantic dining favorite in Salt Lake City since 1997 and serves Italian cuisine in a rustic but elegant setting. Franck's, located in the former Tuscany chef's house, is an intimate 50-seat French restaurant featuring the creations of chef Franck Peissel.
6263 South Holladay Boulevard
Salt Lake City's prime steakhouses offer great steak and seafood, often served for two, in an elegant atmosphere.
Christopher's Prime Steak House and Grill, 134 W Pierpont Ave., 801-519-8515
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, 20 S. 400 W. at The Gateway, 801-355-3704
Ruth's Chris Steak House, 275 S. West Temple, 801-363-2000. Also 2001 Park Avenue in Park City, 435-940-5070.
Spencer's for Steaks and Chops 225 S. West Temple in the Salt Lake City Hilton, 801-238-4748
The picture says it all - La Caille's storybook French chateau and amazing gardens make the location one of SLC's most romantic. You'll pay dearly for the incredible setting, but La Caille might be just the place for your romantic occasion.
9565 Wasatch Blvd., Sandy, Utah
Hors D'Oevres $16-$20
Sunday brunch, Basque dinner on Sundays.
With world-renowned service in a spectacular setting, the Deer Valley area boasts not just one but several amazing romantic restaurants. Whether you go to Deer Valley just for the evening or choose to stay overnight, you will be pampered every minute of your visit. Here are some of the most romantic restaurants in the Deer Valley area:
Glitretind, Stein Eriksen Lodge, 435-645-6455
Goldener Hirsch, Goldener Hirsch Inn, 800-252-3373
The Mariposa, Silver Lake Lodge, 800-424-3337
The award winning Tree Room restaurant was established in 1970. Since that time it has been known both locally and nationally for its fine dining and intimate ambiance. The decor features an enormous real tree trunk and Native American art from Robert Redford's collection. The grilled buffalo tenderloin and heritage pork tenderloin are menu favorites.
Main Resort Center at The Sundance Resort, Provo Canyon
The Viking Yurt at Park City Mountain Resort has been described as one of the most unique, romantic and exquisite winter experiences in the country. Enjoy a Snowcat-drawn sleigh ride up the slopes of the resort to the cozy Viking yurt (hut) where a gourmet dinner is served.
$125 per person + tax and tip
Call 435-615-YURT (9878) for reservations
The Yurt at Solitude offers one of the most unique dining experiences in Utah. Guests cross country ski or snowshoe less than a mile distance through the moon and lantern lit forest to a Mongolian yurt, where a chef prepares an exciting and unforgettable five-course meal right before your eyes.
Call 801-536-5709 for reservations
Winter $100 per person, five courses
Summer $65 per person, four courses