Make date night dinner at home extra special with these easy, yet elegant restaurant-quality recipes! With everything from chicken and poultry to beef, seafood, vegetarian and vegan main courses, and even romantic desserts, there's something here for everyone.
As fun as it is to get dressed up and go out for a romantic meal on Valentine's Day (or any date night), staying at home can also be special. And you can still get dressed up even if you're staying in!
Surprise your sweetheart with a beautiful home-cooked meal, or put on some music, open a bottle of wine, and whip up dinner together. And of course, don't forget a decadent dessert.
Here are over 35 romantic dinner recipes to inspire you. This collection includes:
- Simplified classic French recipes like Coq au Vin
- Favorite restaurant meals - such as Cheesecake Factory's Chicken Madeira - that are a breeze to make at home
- Date night chicken recipes that come together in just minutes
- Romantic steak dinner ideas
- Easy seafood recipes to keep dinner on the lighter side
- Tons of vegan and vegetarian main dishes to choose from, including a date night staple: cheese fondue!
And don't forget dessert! With everything from classic Crème Brûlée to Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes, a jaw-dropping two-layer Nutella Cake, and an easy Oreo Mug Cake, you're sure to find something sweet for you and your sweetheart.
Restaurant-Quality Date Night Dinner Recipes
Here are tons of delicious ideas no matter what your favorite type of main course is: chicken, beef, seafood, or vegetarian/vegan!
Chicken and Poultry
We all know how versatile chicken is, but you might be surprised at how easy it is to transform this humble meat into a sophisticated meal. The best part is, even though these dishes are elegant and impressive, many of them are also quick and simple to whip up! And let's not forget affordable; if you're sticking to a budget, chicken is a good way to go.
For even more great chicken dinner ideas, check out this collection of boneless chicken thigh recipes!
There's just something about a gorgeous steak cooked to perfection that says romance. You can keep it classic with a grilled ribeye, serve your steak topped with a punchy peppercorn whisky sauce, or spice up your meal with Mexican Arrachera. (Heads-up, cheddar and thyme butternut gratin is a beautiful side dish for just about any steak dinner!)
There's something about seafood that says fancy dinner. It's one of those things that you think is going to be hard to make, but is actually so simple - and quick!
Vegan and Vegetarian
You're going to fall in love with these incredible vegetarian and vegan main courses! There's a gorgeous galette, romantic pasta recipes, gooey cheese fondue, and impressive vegan scallops. Also, a savory sweet potato-filled candy-shaped pasta - how sweet is that?!
If you want a delicious side dish for any of these pasta recipes, homemade garlic bread is it! (Because if you both have garlic breath, it doesn't really matter, right?!)
Romantic Desserts for Date Night Dinner
Decadent chocolate desserts are the obvious choice when it comes to the perfect ending for a romantic meal. Here there's something for everyone no matter what your skill level is, even if you only have a couple minutes to throw it together!
Keep it classic with Vanilla Crème Brûlée, make just two slices of indulgent Chocolate Cake, or whip up a batch of Red Velvet Cupcakes, complete with silky cream cheese frosting.