Best Restaurants for a Romantic Getaway in Missouri
Treat your favorite dining companion to a romantic weekend featuring a wonderful meal and a special dessert in Missouri. The only challenge is deciding the best restaurant to visit, since there are so many extraordinary choices in our state.
A Locally Sourced Romantic Weekend
Enjoy a sumptuous meal with an equally spectacular bluff-top view when you visit Les Bourgeois Bistro Restaurant, near Rocheport, 15 miles west of Columbia. The chef de cuisine prepares dishes using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. The ever-changing menu includes fresh seafood, vibrant produce (some right from the restaurant’s garden), house-smoked meats, and delicious pastas. Pair your romantic lunch or dinner with their award-winning, estate bottled wines. (Katy Trail access. Casual attire is acceptable.)
The Madison Street Grill is one of the best restaurants in Lebanon and offers a variety of dishes destined to delight all diners. Menu items include dry-aged (21 days) steaks (hand trimmed on-site), fish (including king crab legs), sandwiches and burgers, plus fabulous desserts such as vanilla bean cheesecake and key lime pie. An array of beer and wine rounds out the experience.
Spend a Romantic Weekend on The Lake
If you're taking a romantic getaway to the Lake of the Ozarks, head to Baxter’s Lakeside Grille, for delicious food and a panoramic view of the Lake. Baxter’s serves upscale entrees, served in a casual environment; a perfect combination for a romantic weekend with your significant other.
In St. Louis, make Guido’s Pizzeria and Tapas part of your romantic weekend. Guido's is a fabulous selection for date night. Co-owned by an Italian family and a Spanish family, Guido’s serves the best of both countries. Choose from classic Spanish dishes such as spicy patatas bravas (potatoes in a zesty red sauce), and Italian favorites, including excellent house-made lasagna.
In Springfield, The Rebecca Grille serves outstanding food in a lovely 19th-century firehouse. Chef Noah Smith creates dishes that are as beautiful as they are delicious. House specialties include, among other choices: marinated boar tenderloin; pan-seared scallops served over herb gnocchi; and cedar grilled salmon. The menu includes vegan and vegetarian selections.
On a romantic getaway to Kansas City, be sure to savor an elegant meal with a fantastic view when you dine at Gram and Dun Gastropub, situated in Kansas City’s renowned Country Club Plaza shopping and entertainment district. This upscale eatery boasts one of the most popular patios in town. The menu contains plenty of classics, in addition to fun twists on modern favorites, including wild boar & bison meatballs, and fried chicken with herb waffles.
Super Sweet Ways to Cap a Romantic Weekend
End or start your night on the town in a super-sweet way by visiting Encore Wine and Dessert Bar, in Columbia. (Only Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. to midnight.) More than a dozen decadent options are served, including chocolate fondue, and the Ultimate Sundae – a warm, chocolate brownie, drizzled with ganache, served with vanilla and chocolate ice creams. Soup, salad and a short list of appetizers are offered. The knowledgeable staff can suggest the perfect pairing from the wine, coffee and cocktail list.
Your sweet tooth is in for a treat at one of Missouri's best restaurants for sweets, Cloud Nine Cupcakes, in Kearney. Choose from more than 30 flavors of delectable cupcakes, including cookies-and-cream, red velvet and salted caramel. Accompany your cupcakes with ice cream, a frappe and espresso or coffee drinks – the coffee beans are air-roasted at The Roasterie, their award-winning coffee shop in Kansas City.