A roaring fireplace. Impeccable service. Wonderful food. While each of us probably has a different definition of "romantic," you won't go wrong with any of the following Pittsburgh area restaurants when it comes to a romantic dining experience.
190 Hyeholde Dr., Moon Township, PA
Long considered one of Pittsburgh's most romantic restaurants, Hyeholde is located on acres of woodland gardens in a castle with slate roofed towers in Moon Township. Small dining rooms and delicious contemporary cuisine provide a luxurious, intimate dining experience. For an extra-special meal, you may want to consider visiting and selecting a particular table in advance as each seating area has its own charm.
1318 Grandview Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
This romantic restaurant sits perched atop Mt. Washington with a breathtaking view of the downtown skyline. Even better than the view, however, is the exquisitely prepared food, especially the meats and desserts. The menu is a prix fixe "fixed price" seven course experience, and the small intimate setting (seating 40 on two floors) adds to the charm.
114 Speers Street, Lower Speers, PA
This romantic restaurant ensconced in an antique filled, 200-year-old house, is a popular spot for couples celebrating special occasions. A variety of rooms a cozy dining experience and the menu offers some neat twists on traditional American cuisine. Located about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh in Belle Vernon.
128 S 17th St., Pittsburgh, PA
If you're looking for something a little more trendy and lively than the typical romantic restaurant, Dish serves up a daily changing menu, great drinks and delectable desserts, in a fun, intimate setting. It's one of those places you could walk right by and not even notice, but the food and atmosphere will bring you back again and again. Reservations a must because this place is tiny!
1150 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA
A readers pick for “Best Romantic Restaurant” in the Pittsburgh Magazine’s “Best of the ‘Burgh 2010,” this elegant eatery on the edge of the Pittsburgh Strip District features intimate dining in several private dining rooms. The ambience is elegantly casual (you will find some diners in jeans), with delicious, upscale food and an extensive wine list. Each dining room has its own mood, so either pick your favorite in advance, or let them know what you're looking for when you make the reservation.
3023 National Pike, Farmington, PA
One of the original wayside inns along the National Road, the Century Inn first opened its doors in 1794 to travelers seeking renewed health in the waters of nearby Fayette Springs. Five historic dining rooms are decorated with rare antique pieces and the food is delicious and beautifully presented. To extend the romance, book a room in the inn.
134 South Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
Contemporary, warm and inviting, Spoon in East Liberty features a delicious modern American "Farm to Table" menu, driven by local and sustainable products from the Pittsburgh region. A unique cocktail selection, diverse wine list, and outstanding staff round out the entire inviting dining experience.
8. CasbahCasbah in Pittsburgh's Shadyside neighborhood, just exudes romance, and their Mediterranean cuisine isn't shabby either. The extensive wine menu, winner of a Wine Spectator award, includes over 40 wines by the glass & a creative array of wine flights. The year-round heated patio and the lower level with its stone walls and glass-enclosed wine cellar are especially romantic. Look for special tasting menus on holiday events such as Valentine's Day.
3400 Harts Run Road, Glenshaw, PA
Set amid wooded hills and turn-of-the-century homesteads in Glenshaw, this unassuming building straddles the line between gourmet restaurant and charming library. There are plenty of nooks and crannys for romance, with the most asked for setting the bookstore balcony set with an intimate table for two. The daily changing menu gains inspiration from Pacific Rim cuisine, and is always fresh and fun. If you call ahead and ask, the staff will go out of their way to make any occasion a very romantic one.
10. The Melting Pot
125 West Station Square Drive, Station Square
Yes, it is a chain restaurant, but something about fondue for two just says "romance." And because there is so much "hands on" involved during the meal, it can especially be good for a date with someone you're just getting to know. Just make sure you leave room for the yummy chocolate dessert fondue!