10 romantic restaurants in Northeast Ohio

Are you looking for a place to take your sweetie on Valentine’s Day? We have some suggestions.

Bascule Bridge Grille is an upscale-casual restaurant with an elegant backdrop at 1006 Bridge St. in Ashtabula. It is known for its innovative recipes, wines, cocktails and cordials.

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Grand River Cellars (News-Herald file)

Grand River Cellars is a vintage winery that also serves casual American cuisine, at 5750 S. Madison Road in Madison. It is best known for its housemade wines.

• If you’re looking for something other than American or Italian, you might want to try House of Hunan at 18 Public Square in Medina. It is known for Thai and Chinese dishes, along with an extensive sushi menu, brought together with a modern atmosphere.

The Melting Pot is a high-end fine dining restaurant where each dish is created around fondue. Each dish is served with a pot of cheese, broth or chocolate fondue. The Melting Pot has locations at 3111 Westgate Mall in Fairview Park and 24741 Cedar Road in Lyndhurst.

Pier W is a modern, upscale seafood restaurant at 12700 Lake Ave. in Lakewood. Open since 1965, the building provides a great view of Lake Erie with an innovative seafood menu.

Silvestro’s Depot is a steak, seafood and pasta restaurant at 470 Railroad St. in Painesville. It is widely known for its recipes that stem back to the original owner in the 1930s, and its casual, dimly lit atmosphere.

TJ’s on the Avenue is a family-owned Italian restaurant at 7485 Mentor Ave. in Mentor, and is best known for its homemade pasta, breads and sauces.

White Oaks is a steak, salad, game and pasta restaurant at 777 Cahoon Road in Westlake. Founded during Prohibition, White Oaks is best known for its romantic backdrop, innovative recipes and history, and six fireplaces within the building. But perhaps the best indication that this is a top spot for Valentine’s Day is that White Oaks was awarded Best Romantic Restaurant six times by Cleveland Hotlist voters. Be sure to call ahead for reservations.

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The lunch crowd packs in to Wolfey’s Bistro and Pub in 2016. (Morning Journal file)

Wolfey’s Bistro & Pub is best known for its stromboli, pizzas, and lobster macaroni and cheese. The restaurant at 1069 E. Broad St. in Elyria also keep customers coming back with their events, such as trivia on Thursdays.

Yard House — at 160 Union St. in Westlake near Crocker Park — is a high-end sports bar chain best known for it’s long draft list and American cuisine. The menu is extensive and innovative, and the atmosphere is nothing short of lively.


A version of this story was published in 2017 on News-Herald.com and MorningJournal.com.

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