Metro Detroit’s most romantic Valentine’s Day reservations

By: Katie Goncalves | February 7, 2023
Book the perfect Valentine's Day res

Book the perfect Valentine's Day res

Many people say the secret to keeping any relationship alive and well is a healthy dose of consistent romance. Planning for a romantic evening out is always really fun, especially with the promise of a wonderful meal. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a delicious dinner while you stare longingly into each other’s eyes. If you’re looking to surprise your honey with a meal they won’t soon forget, check out these places for the perfect romantic dinner.


Cafe Cortina

30715 Ten Mile Road, Farmington Hills

One of the area’s hidden gems, Cafe Cortina has been a destination for romantic dining for years. The inside feels like a cozy home with brick walls and fireplaces throughout the dining areas. There are plenty of Italian-inspired dishes on the menu to please just about anyone and as an added bonus they also have a vegan menu. 

Pasta dish and red wine from Cafe Cortina
Cafe Cortina


400 Renaissance Center, Floor 71, Detroit 

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The Highlands is one of Detroit’s premier steakhouses situated atop the GM Renaissance Center. With views of the Detroit River, Canada, and downtown, you’ll be swooning over the atmosphere from the second you step off the elevator on the 71st floor. There are plenty of wines to select from and the food menu is top-notch. 

Lucy and the Wolf

102 East Main Street, Northville

The idea of tapas is sharing small plates with the table and Lucy and the Wolf is one of the best in the area. There’s nothing more intimate than poring over the menu together and selecting a handful of dishes to share. You’ll likely have a hard time choosing just a few, but the experience of tasting and chatting about the dishes on the table is second to none. 

Olives, shrimp and salad from Lucy and the Wolf
Lucy and the Wolf

Mabel Gray 

23825 John R. Road, Hazel Park 

One of the most consistently popular restaurants in the Detroit area, Mabel Gray has had a nearly full reservation book since opening in 2015. For a romantic evening, try their tasting menu for $75 with an optional beverage pairing and chat with your sweetheart about your thoughts on the dishes. 

Oak & Reel 

2921 East Grand Boulevard, Detroit

If you’re looking for an Italian experience with a side of romance, Oak & Reel is the place for you. They are the perfect place where Italian cuisine meets seafood from all over the world for a dinner experience you won’t soon forget. Continue the romance in their downstairs bar, The Upright, for a nightcap. 

Pasta dish from Oak & Reel
Oak & Reel
Oak & Reel

Of Rice & Men 

312 South Main Street, Ann Arbor 

A modern take on Asian cuisine, Of Rice & Men is a refreshing change of pace from other more traditional romantic restaurants. The space is on a lower level and is beautifully decorated to match the aesthetic of each dish on the menu. You’ll love the flavors and presentation in each item ranging from sushi to Dim Sum.