5 romantic restaurants to visit this Valentine’s Day

1. C&C Bistro

C&C Bistro brings authentic and unique French cuisine to  Knoxville/Photo by Ryan McGill
C&C Bistro brings authentic and unique French cuisine to Knoxville/Photo by Ryan McGill

C&C Bistro, the sister restaurant to Coffee and Chocolate is located off Clinch Avenue and offers an original French menu. When thinking of romantic cities, Knoxville doesn’t come to mind, but with an authentic French cuisine designed by chef David Franchuck, the feeling of being in the most romantic city in the world is an order away. Chef Franchuck studied in France for three years and has brought an original French menu, carefully paired with wines and chocolates, to Knoxville. Seating is slim and Valentine’s day is sure to make this little Bistro popular, so call in and make reservations soon.  $$$$

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2. Cafe 4

A Southern Twist in every bite/Photo by Ryan McGill
A Southern Twist in every bite/Photo by Ryan McGill

Cafe 4 has been a Market Square favorite for years. The menu is seasonal and offers a large variety with a mixture of foods; from sandwiches and burgers to steaks and seafood plates, all with southern ties. The dining area is a dimly lit, private area that offers a nice setting for couples enjoying a Valentine’s dinner.  $$-$$$

3. Naples Italian Restaurant 

Naples has been the Southern Italian go-to restaurant since 1978. The menu is unique, fresh and delicious. The dining area offers a traditional Italian restaurant ambience without the pricey tickets to Europe. One of the greatest attributes Naples has is that it’s been around for decades. It’s seen its fair share of Valentine’s dinner dates and is sure to cater to any situation thrown their way. $$-$$$

4. Northshore Brasserie

France and its cuisine are automatically associated with romantic dinners, that’s why there’s two French restaurants on this list. Northshore Brasserie has a distinct, french Belgian menu that changes day-to-day. It has a relaxed feel in a lower lit dining area that brings Knoxville yet another fantastic European dining experience. $$$-$$$$

5. Sapphire

A modern date night idea/Photo by Ryan McGill
A modern date night idea/Photo by Ryan McGill

Sapphire, sitting just off Gay Street in Downtown Knoxville, brings a modern feel to an old location. With live music, a gorgeous bar anda smaller but thought-out menu, Sapphire offers a twist to the traditional Valentine’s dinner. Friday and Saturday nights are the nights to go, with live music that is sure to impress. $$$-$$$$

After dinner bonus: Coolato Gelato

Finish the night at a fantastically flavorful gelato spot/ Photo by Ryan McGill
Finish the night at a fantastically flavorful gelato spot/ Photo by Ryan McGill

If dinner wasn’t enough and something is missing from the Valentine’s night, head over to Coolato Gelato. Although it’s cold outside, the vibrant, energetic little shop offers some of the best gelato in Knoxville with generous portions and reasonable prices. $$

Take that special person on a romantic dinner that they’ll always remember. With these 5 choices you’ll be sure to wow your significant other.

Edited by Jessica Carr