7 Favorite Romantic Restaurants in Greater Phoenix: Cozy Home Edition
House of Tricks
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.
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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.
Coup des Tartes
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.
Lon's at the Hermosa
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.
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