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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!


Colleen Depete River Oaks with jose
Join Chef José Gutierrez and his wife, Colleen DePete,  for a Valentine’s dinner at River Oaks in East Memphis.


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

Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen

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

River Oaks

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


Sabine with her son, Armando Gagliano, who is the chef of Ecco.
In Midtown, restaurant owner Sabine Bachmann with her son, Chef Armando Gagliano, will welcome you on Valentine’s Day with European-inspired flavors at ECCO on Overton Park.

Bari Ristorante

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

The Beauty Shop

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

ECCO on Overton Park

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

Sweet Grass

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


Shantih Smythe_McEwen's on Monroe, Memphis
Shantih and Bert Smythe, owners of McEwen’s on Monroe, will make sure you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day in downtown Memphis!

Felicia Suzanne’s

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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