1. Boulevard, San Francisco, CA
A historic, waterfront building, dazzling Art Nouveau decor and sumptuous food hit all the right notes at this always-busy restaurant. Lively yet romantic, the place puts folks immediately at ease and readies them to delight in chef Nancy Oakes' creative cuisine.
2. Sapphire Grill, Savannah, GA
One of Savannah's best fine dining restaurants, Sapphire Grill features superb cuisine enlivened with local ingredients, not to mention an extensive wine list. Located in a venerable building with an exterior of Savannah grey brick and an interior of stainless steel and glass, it's a city mainstay.
3. Pink Adobe, Santa Fe, NM
This three-hundred-year-old former military barracks first opened as a restaurant in 1944. Accented by fireplaces and original works of art, its multiple dining rooms are cozy and intimate.
4. The Paddock, Hyannis, MA
A long-lived local tradition, The Paddock boasts Victorian elegance, a pleasant summer porch, and a menu that offers classics with a few innovations.
5. Christy Hill, Tahoe City, CA
A dramatic lakeside setting with unobstructed views draws diners to this romantic spot. The food is hardly overshadowed by the environs, however; Californian and French flavors and preparations mingle pleasantly on the plate and palate.
6. Romeo's Café, Coral Gables, FL
Romeo¹s is unquestionably a top Miami restaurant, and one of the few with such a personal take on food. Patrons can enjoy their specially prepared meal in Romeo's cozy dining room, which boasts remarkable waterfront views and an exhibition kitchen where you can watch the chef at work.
7. Garden Café, Prospect Heights, NY
Sometimes in the pursuit of good food it's worth venturing out a bit.
That's certainly the case with Prospect Heights' Garden Cafe. Not at all caught up in the hubbub of the Manhattan dining scene, this cozy corner spot marches to its own beat. Best of all, the prices are more than reasonable, easily making this one of the borough's best deals.
8. Giorgio's, Portland, OR
Boasting some of the best food in Portland, Giorgio¹s fuses Northern Italian cuisine with French techniques and organic Pacific Northwest ingredients. Be prepared for a variety of pasta, fish and desserts, as the menu changes daily at this Pearl District Italian dining establishment.
9. Aldo's, Baltimore, MD
A narrow two-story foyer, flanked with Italianate arches and elegant white columns, adjoins this attractive dining room. The menu emphasizes healthy, flavorful preparation techniques and fresh, seasonal ingredients.
10. Circa 1886, Charleston, SC
One of Charleston's best-kept secrets, Circa 1886 prepares some of the best cuisine in town. Named for the year that the neighboring Wentworth Mansion was built, Circa boasts a wine list that provides diners with well over 200 selections.