30 Ideas for the Most Romantic Dinner

Celebrate Your Love With a Lovely Dinner Menu

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A romantic dinner for two can be as complex or simple as you like. Whether you're looking for just a main dish and a luscious dessert, or want to put together a full four-course meal, there are some fantastic recipes to choose from. These menu ideas are perfect for date night, anniversaries, Valentine's Day, or any special occasion.

When planning your menu, don't forget the drinks. There are many great wines for lovers and we have a few cocktail and mocktail recipes for you as well.

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    Prawn Cocktail

    Classic Prawn Cocktail
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    A classic prawn cocktail is a fabulous way to start an impressive dinner. The prawn or shrimp are covered in a simple sauce made from ingredients you likely have already. It adds a fancy presentation to the table when laid on a bed of lettuce in over-sized wine glasses.

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    Tomato Consommé

    Tomato Consomme
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    It's hard to beat tomato consommé for a light soup appetizer. This fresh broth allows you to show off your skills in the kitchen and is no ordinary tomato soup. Though it does require some work, the results are worth the effort.

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    Spinach Salad With Strawberries and Pecans

    Spinach Salad With Strawberries and Pecans
    Diana Rattray

    Impressive, easy, and super fresh, a spinach salad with strawberries and pecans is an ideal way to start any romantic meal. The berries are a natural aphrodisiac and bring a bright flavor to the salad. If you like, use toasted or sugared pecans to make it even more special.

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    Pea and Mint Soup

    Fresh Pea and Mint Soup
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    Start your meal off with a fresh pea and mint soup. The recipe is surprisingly simple and the flavor is a pure delight. It will not overwhelm whatever you have planned for the main course, either.

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    Beef Wellington

    Beef Wellington
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    Impress your sweetheart with beef Wellington. It's a classic British dish that anyone will love and it's ideal for special occasions. It's really nothing more than a seasoned beef fillet wrapped in puff pastry and baked until golden brown and scrumptious.

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    Grilled Tandoori Shrimp

    Grilled shrimp on a bed of couscous with a lemon wedge
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    Dinner for two can be as simple as firing up the grill. If you enjoy tandoori chicken, you'll love those same spices on grilled tandoori shrimp. The Indian spices are a perfect complement to the skewered seafood and they're done in just a few minutes.

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    Chicken Piccata

    Chicken Piccata
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    This is definitely not your ordinary chicken entrée. Chicken piccata is an Italian classic that is both fantastic and simple. The battered chicken breasts are covered in a tasty sauce of butter, lemon juice, capers, and white wine. 

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    Prime Rib

    Prime Rib Dinner
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    A recipe designed for two people, you're going to love sharing this one with your lover. The prime rib is gently seasoned with garlic and marjoram and baked with potatoes and carrots. Serve this one with a nice red wine.

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    Sweet and Smoky Mahi-Mahi

    Sweet and Smoky Mahi-Mahi

    Smoked paprika can really liven up a pair of fish filets to create a fantastic main dish. The sweet and smoky mahi-mahi recipe is quick, so it's ideal for any surprise dinner you're planning.

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    Baked Stuffed Lobster

    Tasty lobster
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    When you're ready to get really decadent, baked stuffed lobster is the way to go. It's easier than you think and the elegance of this entrée cannot be underestimated.

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    Lobster Risotto

    Lobster Risotto
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    Another light seafood dish, lobster risotto is sure to tempt your sweetheart. It includes saffron and white wine and the lobster is cooked with short-grained rice and stock. Pair this with your favorite white wine.

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    Vegetarian Lasagna Rolls

    Vegetarian Lasagna Rolls
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    Vegetarian lasagna rolls are an impressive meatless entrée and a lot of fun to make. This is a recipe that the two of you can make together for a little fun in the kitchen.

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    Asian-Spiced Turkey Salad

    Asian Spiced Turkey Salad With Cranberries and Pomegranate
    Elaine Lemm

    Whether it's as a side or a light entrée, the Asian-spiced turkey salad will be a great addition to your meal. The homemade dressing is unique and flavorful, a mix of red chili, ginger, soy sauce, and fruits. If you don't have turkey, chicken, duck, or even tofu will work as well.

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    Fondue for Two

    Meat fondue
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    Fondue turns the meal into a memorable experience. While it's fun with a small group, fondue is perfect for a couple as well. You can cook your entire meal at the table and enjoy the conversation. Don't forget a pot for ​making chocolate-dipped strawberries, the ultimate love food.

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    Crab Cakes

    Homemade Crab Cakes With Remoulade
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    Homemade crab cakes are delicious and can complement any entrée. They're rather fun to make as well. All you need is crab meat, bread crumbs, a few items from the pantry.

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    Penne Pasta With Asparagus, Pancetta, and Cherry Tomato

    Penne Pasta With Cherry Tomato & Asparagus
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    A quick and simple pasta makes an excellent side dish and penne is a perfect choice. The recipe adds asparagus, pancetta, and cherry tomatoes, though it can be vegetarian or made with any veggies you like.

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    Stuffed Bell Peppers

    Close-up of stuffed bell peppers on small plate on table
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    Stuffed bell peppers are fun to make and make a great accompaniment to beef, pork, or chicken mains. It also adds a pop of color to the table and is something special to display your culinary skills.

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    Italian Roasted Potatoes

    Roasted potatoes with herbs
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    Potatoes are versatile and can go with any meal. The Italian roasted potato recipe is easy to prepare and the seasoning will not overwhelm any other dish on the menu.

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    Smoked Oysters

    Smoked Oysters
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    Oysters are the ultimate aphrodisiac. If you're not a fan of raw oysters, you have to try them smoked. The extra flavor makes a world of difference and you can make smoked oysters outside or in a stovetop smoker.

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    White Chocolate and Raspberry Creme Brûlée

    Creme brulee with berries
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    Every romantic dinner needs a great dessert and this is where you can really impress your beloved. The white chocolate creme brûlée recipe is a luscious option and the raspberries really set it off. Don't be intimidated, either. Anyone can make it.

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    Chocolate Delight

    Chocolate Delight Dessert
    Diana Rattray

    Do the two of you love chocolate as much as you love each other? Then the chocolate delight is the recipe for you. This is a dessert anyone can pull off and the chocolate is sure to add a spark to your evening.

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    Chocolate Soufflé

    Chocolate souffles in white ramekin dishes
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    Chocolate is for lovers and a French soufflé is easier than you might imagine. Bring the two together and learn something new while you delight your lover with this delicious chocolate soufflé.

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    Pineapple Cheesecake

    Pineapple Cheesecake
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    Luscious, and divinely delicious, tempt your sweetheart's sweet tooth with a homemade pineapple cheesecake. This no-bake recipe takes just minutes to prepare, though you'll want to give it plenty of time to chill and set.

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    Banana Crepes With Rum Sauce

    Crepes with bananas and maple syrup
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    Expand your culinary prowess and add homemade banana crepes to your dinner menu. It's another fun kitchen project for two and the rum sauce takes this recipe over the top.

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    Poires Belle Helene

    Poached Pear with Warm Chocolate Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream
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    For the most elegant of desserts, try your hand at a French classic. Poires Belle Helene is a dish of poached pears in a sugar syrup. Served with ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce, you'll have a beautiful dessert that almost looks too good to eat.

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    Sherry Trifle

    Sherry and Strawberry Trifle
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    What better way to end a meal than by sharing a sherry trifle? Layers of sponge cake, sherry-soaked strawberries, custard, and loads of whipped cream await in this charming dessert that's perfect for lovers.

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    Kahlua Bowl Cake

    Kahlua Bowl Cake
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    Slightly more decadent, you can also go with a Kahlua bowl cake. Like a trifle, it has a chocolate cake base that's soaked with Kahlua. It's then topped with chocolate pudding, whipped cream, and whatever extra goodies you like.

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    Figgy Sparkler

    Figgy Sparkler Cocktail
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    Every romantic dinner needs a great drink or two. While wine is nice, a cocktail is even better. The figgy sparkler was designed with lovers in mind. It's a unique combination of vodka, fig, orange, and cranberries topped with Champagne.

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    Passion Cocktail

    Passion Cocktail
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    The passion cocktail is a drink recipe for two. You can think of it as a tequila cosmopolitan, complete with cranberry juice and orange liqueur. It's lovely for either dinner or dessert.

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    Preggie Provençe

    Preggie Provence Mocktail
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    A drink as delicious as any other, the preggie provençe is filled with flavor but skips the alcohol. This delightful mocktail uses grapes, rosemary, and lavender to flavor a sparkling lemonade and it's simply stunning.