Buffalo offers a variety of restaurants for just about every taste and dining style. Romantic dinners for couples are a specialty at certain Buffalo area restaurants. Each of the restaurants selected for this article offers a special ambiance that creates a dining experience for couples that can be both unique and romantic.
Fanny’s has been catering to the fine dining desires of Buffalonians since 1974, when the restaurant was opened and named after the owner’s mother. Fanny’s has been known to be a favorite of local celebrities and I had the chance to sit a few tables over from Thurman Thomas, of Buffalo Bills fame, a few years back, while dining at Fanny’s.
Fanny’s is ideal for couples who want to be catered to and delighted with the chef’s latest gourmet dinner. The level of privacy that couples who want to enjoy a quiet, romantic dinner, is clearly considered to be high on the list of Fanny’s servers. The wait staff goes out of their way to make each dining experience unique. One of our highlights was watching the Caesar salad being tossed tableside, and a special order of Hot Bacon Dressing being prepared alongside. Fanny’s is the best place to celebrate any occasion and the prices are well worth the quality and level of attention that couples can experience while dining at Fanny’s Restaurant. A full wine list is available at Fanny’s to choose from.
Fanny’s offers live piano music on Friday and Saturday nights between seven and eleven o’clock in the evening for added romance and enjoyment. The “Tasting for Two” appetizer special offers couples a delicious collection of signature Fanny’s appetizers. Entree selections offer fine dining options for every taste, and the selections are perfectly cooked to order and served with a gourmet flair. Save room for dessert, though, as the chef often creates many tempting original desserts.
Fanny’s is located at 3520 Sheridan Drive in Amherst, New york. Reservations are highly recommended and may be made by calling (716) 834-0400.
Salvatores Italian Gardens
It’s no wonder that Salvatores Italian Gardens is one of the most popular wedding venues in Western New York. The atmosphere and ambiance is spectacular, with chandeliers, statues, and elegant designs throughout the restaurant and banquet rooms. Salvatores takes a romantic dinner one step further, however, by offering special dining and lodging packages for couples. Couples can dine at Salvatores and then stay at the Salvatores Italian Garden Hotel, just down the road.
Couples who love Italian food will enjoy a dinner at Salvatores Italian Gardens. Aside from the distinctive Italian grandeur of the restaurant, the menu selections will leave many wanting to try quite a few of the selections. A special dinner for two package is popular with many couples who dine at Salvatores Italian Gardens. With the Dinner for Two package, guests can choose from a selected list of entrees as the main course. The package includes a salad, soup, ice cream or sherbet dessert, and tea or coffee withe the meal. The Dinner for Two package is available for $39.95 and $49.95, depending on the main course selection.
The Diamond Package is available for serious romantics to dine at Salvatores and then retire to a jacuzzi suite back at the Garden Hotel. On Sunday nights, the Sunday Special offers couples a similar package for only $129 plus hotel taxes, and includes a $75 dinner voucher too.
Salvatores Italian Gardens is located at 6461 Transit Road in Depew, New York. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-999-8082.
Ichi Shogun Restaurant
Shogun Restaurant specializes in providing a unique and memorable dining experience to guests and the restaurant encourages the celebration of special occasions by providing a personal Japanese seranade tableside to guests celebrating an occasion, as well as a special pineapple dessert and a Shogun photo keepsake.
Dinner at Shogun is both romantic and fun. Chefs prepare your menu selection before your eyes, skillfully slicing up dinner and skillfully cooking before your very eyes. Hibachi Steak, Filet Mignon, Shrimp, Chicken, and a wealth of other tasty selections area available for your personalized order. ALl dinners are served with rice and steamed vegetables and the portions are substantial.
To add to the romance, servers at Shogun are dressed in traditional Japanese attire. Couples may enjoy ordering one of the special cocktails available that come with a take-home souvenier decanter, each in a very unique design. The Buddha contains a blend of vodka, orange juice, pineapple juice, and Japanese Sake. Geisha and Samari Sensu cocktails offer two other unique and potent cocktail choices for couples.
Ichi Shogun Restaurant is located at 7590 Transit Road in Williamsville, New York. Reservations are recommended, especially for special occasions, and may be made by calling (716) 631-8899. Shogun is open 4-9:30 pm on Monday through Thursday nights; 4-10:30 pm on Friday and Saturday nights, and 3-9:30 on Sundays.
Other Romantic Dinner Options for Couples
For couples looking for romance but who want to dine at a restaurant that is a little more casual, consider trying one of the many good restaurants off of the Niagara Falls Boulevard area near Amherst, New York. An Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Carraba’s, and a few other possible favorites are located all in this area. Bon apetite!