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Ten Favorite Romantic Restaurants in Greater Phoenix That Won't Break the Bank

Ten Favorite Romantic Restaurants in Greater Phoenix That Won't Break the Bank
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According to some, love is a battlefield, the drug, and blindness. But when it comes to dining out, one thing it shouldn't be is all-the-time expensive. That's why we've come up with a list of 10 favorite casual romantic restaurants that go easy on the wallet (between around $15 and $40 a person), serve up fantastic and sometimes unique fare, and still pay off in the sentimental surroundings department. Now get out there and get your sweet on.

Vintage 95

Originally the first post office in Chandler in 1926, this cozy wine bar and eatery comes courtesy of Gavin Jacobs, a former bartender and manager at House of Tricks in Tempe. With its lounge-worthy patio and intimate interior featuring low lights, roomy leather chairs, and a flickering fire, it's easy to get familiar with a new friend over a bottle of wine and a tasty dish (bruschetta, perhaps?) from an affordable menu of contemporary American classics.

Timo

Sunnyslope's lounge-ready wine bar features stellar Spanish-style tapas, bruschetta, Napoletana flatbreads, and other Italian-inspired dishes enjoyed in a relaxed and intimate indoor setting or on a sprawling, flora-filled patio. With a wood-fired oven the only means of cooking available, it's easy to get romantic with a glass of wine and a golden, crunchy slice of fresh baked bread while igniting the flames of a different kind -- if you know what we mean.

The House at Secret Garden

Don't blame us if this Spanish-style South Mountain mansion built in 1929 is one you and your lover never want to leave. Boasting a barn turned wine bar out back (cue dining under the stars) and a cozy, wood-floored dining area with a stately wooden bar, coved ceiling, and subdued lighting inside, this gem of contemporary American cuisine is impressive enough to justify frequent date nights.

Grazie Pizzeria & Wine Bar

This vibrant eatery in a remodeled brick building in Old Town Scottsdale (with a second location in Buckeye) boasts over 100 imported Italian wines to complement a menu of traditional Italian fare as well as a little amore. Share standout dishes like the Emiliana salad, a cheesy Cinque Formaggi pizza, and the decadent Dolce Cella Casa, a calzone filled with Nutella and banana that comes in two sizes -- big and Colosseum -- for a sweet ending to a delicious date-night dinner.



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