Where to Book Valentine's Day Dinner in Memphis


The highly anticipated Valentine’s Day is less than a month away; yet believe it or not, our city is already gearing up for date night! Before reservation slots are filled, I'm giving you an insider list of our recommendations for celebrating this special occasion. Ordered by neighborhood, this variety of sophisticated cocktails, wine lists, dishes and ambiences will, without a doubt, impress your significant other. Perhaps one of these restaurants will become your new regular date spot. Pick up your cell and reserve early -- Tell them Caramelized and StyleBlueprint sent you!

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AcreThough it might still be too chilly to enjoy the patio, the beautiful bar and true farm-to-table menu at Acre always please. Wally Joe knows what he’s doing, especially for special occasions! (901) 818-2273

Andrew Michael Italian KitchenThe most elegant of Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman’s Brookhaven Circle trifecta, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen features an impressive wine list and award-winning spin on Italian classics. (901) 347-3569

InterimMemphians have been raving about Interim’s new menu, which shows off American classics from a visible, state-of-the-art kitchen. (901) 818-0821

River OaksDimly lit, yet glowing with special dishes left and right, River Oaks offers the premier service and Southern hospitality consistently shown by the Gutierrez duo. (901) 683-9305



Bari RistoranteA cozy, classic dining room and a mighty happening bar await you at Bari Ristorante. The cheese board, olives and carbonara (or any pasta feature) are musts! (901) 722-2244

The Beauty ShopThe Beauty Shop is sophisticated and clever in both style and service. I’ll never get enough of that space (or sea salt monkey bread)! (901) 272-7111

ECCO on Overton ParkECCO on Overton Park offers new, fresh and simple in the heart of a Midtown neighborhood. Go for the porcini ravioli with browned butter. (901) 410-8200

Sweet GrassSouthern and swanky dishes are made with the freshest ingredients at Sweet Grass. Hello, piping hot grits on a chilly evening! (901) 278-0278


Felicia Suzanne'sMake some time for a fried Gulf oyster (of love) or two at Felicia Suzanne’s before catching The Orpheum’s The Lion King. (901) 523-0877

McEwen’sThe small plate menu option at McEwen’s is ideal for sharing, though I’m partial to the decadent Chilean sea bass! (901)527-7085


photo by micki martin