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What are your favorite romantic restaurants in the Philadelphia area, defined for my question as Philadelphia, the surrounding 5 counties of PA, and South Jersey? I'm working on something and I need your help.

Thanks in advance!


Rich Pawlak

 

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The Kimberton Inn off Rte 113 in Chester Co. Ask for a table by the fireplace in the bar. Great food and a supurb wine list.

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Mike

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My two favorites are:

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

and

Pigalle

If only Pigalle were open; it closed a few months ago, but I agree with you, it was.


Rich Pawlak

 

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Here would be my top 10 (not in any particular order):

Tangerine - sleek and very sexy

Pasion - more restrained but still quite sexy

Mallorca - don't care for the food but the starlit ceiling and french doors that open onto the sidewalk make for good romance

Umbria - quiet jazz playing, relaxed, original artwork on the walls, very nice

Founders - old school formality but a beautiful room with beautiful views

Fountain - formal but not too so, posh and chic

Twenty21 - don't care for the food but an exquisitly beautiful room, gorgeous bar that rises as high as the ceiling, perhaps the prettiest room in Philly

Lacroix - elegant and comfortable, a special romantic evening assured

Manon - lovely tiny candle-lit French restaurant in Lambertville, snuggle up with the one you love

Inn at Phillips Mill - stately and beautiful B&B in New Hope, sit by the fire and enjoy


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Astral Plane - an oldie, but goodie!


Charlie, the Main Line Mummer

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Does anyone out there remember Cafe De Costa in Newmarket?

Back underneath behind Dickens Inn?

That was romantic!


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Oh, man, this is such a depressing thread! The only restaurants I can think of are defunct - Deja Vu, Knave of Hearts, Gaetano's...Le Bar Lyonnais is still around, right?! Some areas of Rose Tattoo are weirdly romantic. I remember the Black Bass in New Hope as a seductive spot. Or maybe it was the Golden Pheasant.

Obviously, I need to be taking my lady love out to nicer places.


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Overtures has a certain romantic charm as well.

Deux Cheminees is lovely - antique filled townhouse with fireplaces and exquisite service.

Dilworthtown Inn is very charming.

Definitely agree with Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Astral Plane is sort of

"funky romantic" - like eating in your Grandma's attic.


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Oh, man, this is such a depressing thread! The only restaurants I can think of are defunct - Deja Vu, Knave of Hearts, Gaetano's...Le Bar Lyonnais is still around, right?! Some areas of Rose Tattoo are weirdly romantic. I remember the Black Bass in New Hope as a seductive spot. Or maybe it was the Golden Pheasant.

Obviously, I need to be taking my lady love out to nicer places.

deja vu was THE most beautiful restaurant. i have asked many people and few seem to remember it. gorgeous wine cellar and flowers

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Savona in Gulph Mills.

Good One! I meant to put that on my list and spaced out.


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I would like to second both Dilworthtown Inn and Savona. I have been meaning to get to Deux Cheminees for many years, it has been recommended to me many times for a romantic dinner.

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bumping this pre-Valentine's Day.

Karen Heller wrote an article about romantic restaurants in Philly, in the Inky.

She mentions Vetri, L'Angolo, Pumpkin, Siam Lotus, Vietnam, Beau Monde, Tangerine, Alma de Cuba, Amada, Waterworks (table 42 in particular), Friday Saturday Sunday, and Standard Tap.

Thoughts? Additions?


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I still stick by the original recs. Deux Cheminees, Overtures, Panorama (I was proposed to there so I'm biased, but it's still a very sexy room. And what could be bad about all that fabulous wine?) and Friday, Saturday, Sunday. I suspect the lovely view from XIX could be quite romantic with the lights of the city twinkling beneath you.

The company makes for a romantic place, n'est ce pas? If you're with the right person, even Mickey D's can be special. :biggrin:


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I was proposed to in Ruth's Chris parking lot, so parking lots are romantic too! It was also pouring rain. I think Monk's Cafe is up there. It's so dark and there are so many people running around no one notices if something indecent is going on... not that I'd know :wub:


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Deux Cheminees, Farmhouse (in Avondale), Dilworthtown

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I'm sure the ladies will not agree, but nothing says "I love you just the way you are" like a white/spinich/tomato pie at Taconelli's...

and your best red wine out of their plastic cup says "I will love you in any situation!"


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i always found the duling-kurtz house in exton to be a very romantic place. so much so, i got married there!


"The perfect lover is one who turns into pizza at 4am."

Charles Pierce

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I'm sure the ladies will not agree, but nothing says "I love you just the way you are" like a white/spinich/tomato pie at Taconelli's...

and your best red wine out of their plastic cup says "I will love you in any situation!"

Actually, I think it says she loves YOU just the way you are. But that's fine too. And so is the white/spinach/tomato pie at Taconelli's. It's my favorite there.

I myself prefer plastic stemware. Low rent, but still classy, no? :laugh:


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Captain Liberty of the Good Varietals, Aphrodite of Alcohol

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If you time it right, the Rooster.


"I've been served a parsley mojito. Shit happens." - philadining

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Standard Tap is an interesting choice... I might not have chosen it as a "romantic" place, however, it is where I met my wife for the first time, so there is that. I might add Radicchio to the list... not coincidentally, this is where Cherie and I our first "real" dinner date after meeting. Being able to show up at a BYO on a motorcycle, in leathers with a bottle of wine stuffed in your jacket is our idea of "romantic"... and Radicchio was perfect. Had our first anniversary dinner there as well.

__Jason

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I agree with Katren Heller's naming of Standard Tap; as soon as it was open, I thought it was one sexy romantic place.

I would also add:

Mandoline

Macaroni's (Old Bustleton Pike, NE Philly, trust me on this)

La Boheme (especially now that Olivier St Martin is running it)

La Terrasse

Overtures (the back room)

Chloe

Friday Saturday Sunday

the lounge at Barclay Prime

Warzaw Cafe

Brigid's

Avalon, West Chester, especially that back garden patio

The Inn At Phillips Mill, New Hope

Panorama

Tangerine


Rich Pawlak

 

Reporter, The Trentonian

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"In Cerveza et Pizza Veritas"

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