Sometimes, you need a little help when it comes to date night (and that’s OK.) Fortunately, Ohio features several romantic restaurants with one-of-a-kind views, history, charm and ambience—and you don’t always have to follow a strict dress code or break the bank to experience such romantic eateries. The following are 11 of the most romantic restaurants in Ohio that we think you’re going to fall in love with.
1. Pier W (Lakewood)
This landmark Cleveland area restaurant is suspended over Lake Erie to give customers a cruise-like dining experience. This unique waterfront restaurant serves up exceptional seafood and offers lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Pier W is located at 12700 Lake Avenue (Winton Place) Lakewood, OH 44107.
2. The Rookwood (Cincinnati)
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What once was an old pottery factory is now a romantic bar and restaurant with an ambience and character you won't find anywhere else. Outdoor seating at this hillside restaurant features panoramic views of downtown Cincinnati and the Ohio River. For small groups (or double dates), you can even book private dining in a kiln room. (The Dressed Hanky Panky's and Barnsdale Burger are two highly recommended menu items here.) The Rookwood is located at 1077 Celestial St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.
3. Shaw’s Restaurant and Inn (Lancaster)
Established in 1947, this charming historic inn and fine dining restaurant features an exceptional menu with global cuisine and aged steaks. Outdoor dining and private dining rooms are also available here. Shaw's Restaurant and Inn is located at 123 N Broad St., Lancaster, OH 43130.
4. White Oaks Restaurant (Westlake)
Watch ducks cross Cahoon Creek and deer play amid the trees at this beautiful nature getaway restaurant. Paired with the outdoor scenery and floor to ceiling windows is delicious steakhouse-style cuisine and a vintage atmosphere. (Pictured are the Lobster Tails.) White Oaks Restaurant is located at 777 Cahoon Rd., Westlake, OH 44145.
5. The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek (Gahanna)
This country-chic steakhouse offers the finest hand-cut meat & seafood cuisine and features a bourbon-centric bar. The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek is located at 1370 E. Johnstown Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230.
6. Mancy’s Steak House (Toledo)
With a gorgeous, vintage 1920s decor and 364 reviews on Trip Advisor, this upscale chophouse earned the #1 spot out of 575 restaurants in Toledo. It is located at 953 Phillips Ave., Toledo, OH 43612.
7. Mon Ami Restaurant and Winery (Port Clinton)
For truly exceptional seafood, wine and other options, be sure to pay a visit to Mon Ami Restaurant and Winery, located at 3845 E Wine Cellar Rd., Port Clinton, OH 43452.
8. Z Cucina di Spirito (Columbus)
With 341 reviews, this upscale Italian restaurant earned the #1 spot out of 1,821 restaurants in Columbus on Trip Advisor. (Pictured above: Housemade Mozzarella Caprese.)
It is located at 1368 Grandview Ave., Columbus, OH 43212.
9. Salar (Dayton)
With French, Peruvian, and Mediterranean influences, you can impress your date with both the cuisine and romantic atmosphere at this upscale, yet casual restaurant and lounge. Salar is located at 400 E 5th St., Dayton, OH 45402.
10. Primavista (Cincinnati)
Take in downtown Cincinnati's skyline at this Italian eatery "where the food is as captivating as the view." Attire here is casual and walk-ins are welcome. (Pictured is Broiled Alaskan Coho Salmon with a brown butter balsamic vinaigrette, heirloom tomatoes, and asparagus.) Primavista is located at 810 Matson Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45204.
11. The Top (Columbus)
Complete with drinks, live piano music and a club atmosphere, this steakhouse is truly "your house of steaks" and perfect for a special date night. The Top is located at 2891 E. Main St., Columbus, OH 43209.