When it comes to romantic restaurants, there's something about those set in refurbished old homes that makes them more charming, more interesting in their history, and more full of character than the rest.
From intimate rooms of flickering candles, coved ceilings, and wooden floors to flora-covered patios with roaring fireplaces, here are 7 of our favorite home-turned-romantic-restaurants in greater Phoenix.
House of Tricks With its sun-dappled patio, tree-covered bar, and two historic bungalows, it's no wonder Robert and Robin Trick's cozy dining oasis in the heart of Tempe remains as popular as ever (it's celebrating 25 years in business this year). Tuck into a candlelit table on the outdoor patio or around the vintage stone fireplace indoors and enjoy chef Kelly Fletcher's seasonally inspired menu, which mixes French and Southwest flavors into elegant plates of grilled meats and fish, bright produce, and delicate sauces.
For couples who share a love of artisanal pizza, there may not be a more charming place to enjoy it than this 1913 bungalow in the Roosevelt Historic District. Owner, chef, and Tuscan pizzaiolo Guido Saccone not only serves up top-notch wood-fired pies, but luscious pasta and salads as well. And Cibo's (pronounced CHEE-boh's) outdoor patio and inside rooms of hardwood floors, exposed brick, and colorful artwork make this urban pizzeria as easy to snuggle up with as your partner.
Grab your squeeze (and your favorite bottle of wine) and head out to this one-of-a-kind, BYOB restaurant set in a former antiques shop in Central Phoenix. Here, candlelit rooms with hardwood floors and coved ceilings are redolent with the aromas of French and Mediterranean cuisine mixed with traditional American flavors. The menu changes with the seasons, but the dessert tarts, like the signature banana brûlée, are a mainstay and make for the perfect ending to a romantic evening.
One eyeful of the surroundings at this fine-dining establishment at The Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley, and it's easy to see what may once have inspired the restaurant's namesake, legendary artist Lon Megargee, to call it home in the 1930s. An enchanting patio and an indoor setting of old Arizona charm -- think wood-beamed ceilings, beehive fireplaces, and wrought-iron chandeliers -- are perfect spots to enjoy chef Jeremy Pacheco's artful American cuisine or a cocktail by noted mixologist Travis Nass.
Housed in a Spanish-style South Mountain mansion built in 1929, this hidden gem, from owner Pat Christofolo and her chef-son Dustin, is a romantic retreat you and your true love may never want to leave. Outside, there are stately trees and a flagstone patio. Inside, a cozy, wood-floored dining area with a classy wooden bar. And everywhere, well-crafted plates of contemporary American cuisine with an Italian twist like handmade pappardelle, duck confit salad, and steamed mussels.
Chef Matt Carter's (The Mission, Zinc Bistro) newest restaurant is set in a charming yet sophisticated little 1920s bungalow in Old Town Scottsdale. Serving American cuisine with touches from all over the globe (think Berkshire pork country ribs and duck confit meat balls with foie gras), romantics can enjoy their meals inside rooms decked out in gold-flocked wallpaper, red leather banquettes, and chandeliers, or outside on a sprawling patio complete with white picket fence, brick fireplace, and a grand ol' tree.
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This farmhouse turned eatery, nestled in the historic Farm at South Mountain, is a love fest both in setting and cuisine. And its rural tranquility makes a lush backdrop for guests as well as chef Greg LaPrad, whose daily menu of contemporary American farm cuisine includes ingredients harvested at next-door Maya's Farm. Whether clinking glasses of vino at the exclusive Brick Oven Table on the patio or holding hands over a dish of dreamy homemade pasta in front of a crackling fire, this restaurant and wine bar's got amore written all over it.