I think the word elegant may have been invented to describe Le Bic-Fin. If you are seeking a formal dining experience for a romantic dinner, your date will be impressed the moment you walk into the main dining area. Every detail of the Le Bic-Fin’s main dining room comes together in such a striking manner. The architectural details and shiny golden hues of the main dining room will suck you into a different era. My favorite detail has to be the chandeliers. And the reds in the chairs and carpet balance the gold, creating a warm, rich atmosphere.
Not only will the décor leave you an awe, but so will the food. Le Bic-Fin serves some of the finest French food in the country. Their signature dish is crab cakes. An example of some other menu offerings are roasted veal chops, brussel sprouts and sweet purple potato puree and sauce flavored with mace; halibut wrapped in bacon, brocolli rabe and truffle sauce; and a variety of cakes and other such desserts. Le Bic-Fin’s signature cake is Gasteau Le Bic-Fin, which they describe as “featuring layers of chocolate genoise soaked in rum and chocolate mousse, topped with a stunning display of chocolate fans”. Yum.
Of course all this elegance and delicious food does come with a price. Expect to spend $200, if not more, on a romantic dinner for two. When planning your romantic dinner, be sure to make reservations several weeks in advance. And also be aware that you only have two time choices for dinner in the main dining room (where you want to be), 6:00 and 9:30. They are closed on Sundays. Le Bic-Fin is located at 1523 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Steven Starr’s Restaurants
For those couples who think cool is sexy, and sexy is romantic, almost any one of Steven Starr’s Restaurants does the job. Almost all of his restaurants make use of form, lights, and various props dramatically. At the least, they are an interesting spot to enjoy a romantic dinner. Again, how romantic depends on your view of romance. But keep in mind that most of his restaurants are very popular, thus crowded and noisy; and serve good, but expensive food. Some are more or less romantic than others. Steven Starr owns these following restaurants in Philadelphia:
Alma de Cuba. A dimly lit, three leveled, Cuban-themed restaurant and lounge. Have a romantic dinner where it is dark and cozy enough to chill or wild enough to dance. Excellent Cuban-based cuisine and a good selection of alcoholic drinks. If you like mojitos, this is the place. 1623 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA.
Buddakan. A popular Asian-inspired restaurant with such striking features as a waterfall, portrait-decorated chairs, and a huge Buddha as the dining room’s focal point. Excellent food and desserts. 325 Chestnut, Philadelphia PA.
The Continental. Has the feel of a retro diner. But not the food; a sample of menu items include seared tuna, grilled octopus, teriaki filet mignon, and stir fried Chinese chicken. 138 Market Street, Philadelphia PA.
El Vez. Restaurant with a Mexican-American pop-culture décor, such as a low rider bike. Some might find the surroundings tacky, others will love the eccentricity of it all. They also have one of those photo booths that are rather romantic in general. It probably comes as no surprise that their homemade guacamole and margaritas are very popular menu items. 121 South 13, Philadelphia PA.
Morimoto. A cool Japanese restaurant with a modern feel. Clean lines and striking use of color and light. If you can afford to spend from $120 to $400 on a romantic dinner, choose the chef’s tasting menu (omakase). 723 Chestnut, Philadelphia PA.
Jones. A casual American restaurant. A retro seventy-ish setting and warm atmosphere. A lot of people tend to think of The Brady Bunch when dining here. 700 Chestnut, Philadelphia PA.
Pod. Imagine an Asian restaurant set in the future. A mostly all white restaurant with color coming from various lights, some of which are customer controlled. For an intimate experience, have your romantic dinner in one of the available “pods”. 3636 Sansom, Philadelphia PA.
Striped Bass. A less cool, more traditional spot for a romantic dinner. Decorated with chandeliers and earth tones. Excellent seafood cuisine. A chef’s tasting menu is available; 5 courses with pairing of wine will cost around $300 for two. 1500 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA.
Tangerine. An intimate and exotic restaurant for a romantic dinner. Serves Mediterranean food family-style. 232 Market Street, Philadelphia PA.
Washington Square. Offers several dining and lounge areas for seating, but the biggest draw is the outdoor, garden area seating. Enjoy a romantic dinner among nature and New American cuisine. 210 West Washington Square, Philadelphia PA.
Barclay Prime. A steakhouse with a retro vibe. The use of yellow, green, white and wood in the dining area reminds me of the 70s. And the use of chandeliers gives it more of an upscale feel. It is a cross between elegant, tacky, and fun. 237 South 18th, Philadelphia PA.
Rose Tattoo Café
If you just want something more simple and cozy than the previously mentioned restaurants, the Rose Tattoo Café is a good spot to consider for a romantic dinner. It has a massive amount of flowers and plants decorating the café adding both to its uniqueness and charm. The service is nice. The food is good. They have a varied menu with entree prices ranging from $20 to $35. Located at 19th and Callowhill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.