New Mexico February 14, 2017
Here Are The 10 Most Romantic Restaurants In New Mexico And You’re Going To Love Them
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion like your anniversary or Valentine’s Day, or just trying to make a good impression on a date, you want a dining experience that goes beyond stellar food. You need a restaurant with an intimate atmosphere that evokes romance. These 10 New Mexico eateries do just that:
1. Love Apple (Taos)
This converted chapel, decked out in twinkling lights, provides an enchanting backdrop for a romantic dinner. The service is of the same high caliber as the food. Love Apple is small, so definitely make a reservation. It is located at 803 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte in Taos.
2. Il Piatto (Santa Fe)
The dim lighting in this Italian restaurant sets the mood for amore. Combine the ambience with fresh pasta options and the restaurant's numerous Wine Spectator Awards, and you can’t go wrong. Il Piatto can be found at 95 W Marcy Street in Santa Fe.
3. Adobe Rose (Artesia)
Adobe Rose offers seasonal, locally sourced menus that you can savor on the charming outdoor patio in warmer months. This establishment is romantic at dinner but, for a more casual date, try eating Sunday brunch here – there’s a mimosa bar. The restaurant is located at 1614 N 13th Street in Artesia.
4. Joe’s Pasta House (Rio Rancho)
If you want to go all Lady and the Tramp over a plate of spaghetti, Joe’s provides the pasta and the atmosphere. The rest is up to you! The menu is Italian with a New Mexican twist. You’ll find this establishment at 3201 Southern Boulevard SE in Rio Rancho.
5. Geronimo (Santa Fe)
Geronimo is the ultimate special occasion restaurant: attentive wait staff, fires blazing in the kivas, and food that looks as incredible as it tastes. Open Table named this one of the top 100 restaurants in the country, so it’s sure to impress. It’s located at 724 Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
6. St. Clair Winery and Bistro (Las Cruces)
If you want to wine and dine someone, what better place to start than at a bistro that’s also a winery? St. Clair actually has several restaurants throughout the state: in Las Cruces, Farmington, Albuquerque, and Alamogordo. Each location offers reasonably priced cuisine and a relaxed yet cozy environment.
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7. Antiquity (Albuquerque)
This restaurant is as popular for its privacy – request a booth – as it is for serving delectable seafood and charcoal-grilled meats. This fine dining restaurant is located at 112 Romero Street NW in Albuquerque.
8. Ardovino’s Desert Crossing (Sunland Park)
Admire the mountain scenery during the day or city lights at night, as you dine at this Italian-inspired restaurant. The eatery first opened in 1949 and it’s remained popular for good reason. You’ll find Ardovino’s at 1 Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park.
9. Indigo Crow (Corrales)
The outside dining area makes Indigo Crow a magical place for a summer date night and the interior is cozy in colder weather. The cuisine is a fusion of Southwestern and Californian influences. Whether you’re here for dinner or Sunday brunch, try the grilled romaine salad! Indigo Crow is at 4515 Corrales Road in Corrales.
10. Byzantium (Taos)
This fine dining restaurant is so small that it can’t help but have an intimate atmosphere - there are only seven tables. If your date is a foodie, this spot is sure to wow. Byzantium is located at 112 Camino De La Placita in Taos.
These restaurants fill up fast, due to their small size, popularity, or a combination of the two. Reservations are recommended.
Which New Mexico eatery do you think is the most romantic?
Are you planning to pop the question? If so, good luck! Also, you might want to read our past article: “
The 12 Best Places In New Mexico For An Epic Wedding Proposal.”