The highly anticipated Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, yet believe it or not, our city is already gearing up for date night! Before reservation slots are filled, we’re giving you an insider list of our recommendations for celebrating this special occasion. Ordered by neighborhood, this variety of sophisticated cocktails, wine lists, dishes and ambiences will, without a doubt, impress your significant other. Perhaps one of these restaurants will become your new regular date spot!
While you’re reading, pick up your cell and make a reservation — tell them StyleBlueprint sent you!
690 South Perkins, Memphis
Though it might still be too chilly to enjoy the patio, the beautiful bar and true farm-to-table menu at Acre always please. Wally Joe knows what he’s doing, especially for special occasions! (901) 818-2273
712 W. Brookhaven Circle, Memphis
The most elegant of Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman’s Brookhaven Circle trifecta, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen features an impressive wine list and award-winning spin on Italian classics. (901) 347-3569
5040 Sanderlin Ave., Memphis
Memphians have been raving about Interim’s new menu, which shows off American classics from a visible, state-of-the-art kitchen. (901) 818-0821
5871 Poplar Ave., Memphis
Dimly lit, yet glowing with special dishes left and right, River Oaks offers the premier service and Southern hospitality consistently shown by the Gutierrez duo. (901) 683-9305
22 S. Cooper St., Memphis
A cozy, classic dining room and a mighty happening bar await you at Bari Ristorante. The cheese board, olives and carbonara (or any pasta feature) are musts! (901) 722-2244
966 Cooper St., Memphis
The Beauty Shop is sophisticated and clever in both style and service. I’ll never get enough of that space (or sea salt monkey bread)! (901) 272-7111
1585 Overton Park, Memphis
ECCO on Overton Park offers new, fresh and simple in the heart of a Midtown neighborhood. Go for the porcini ravioli with browned butter. (901) 410-8200
937 S. Cooper St., Memphis
Southern and swanky dishes are made with the freshest ingredients at Sweet Grass. Hello, piping hot grits on a chilly evening! (901) 278-0278
80 Monroe Ave., Ste. L-1, Memphis
Make some time for a fried Gulf oyster (of love) or two at Felicia Suzanne’s before catching The Orpheum’s The Lion King. (901) 523-0877
120 Monroe Ave., Memphis
The small plate menu option at McEwen’s is ideal for sharing, though I’m partial to the decadent Chilean sea bass! (901) 527-7085
All photos by Micki Martin Photography.
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