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    The 40 BEST Romantic Dinner Ideas

    Looking for some great recipes to impress that special someone? We have you covered!

    This collection of Romantic Dinner Ideas has a great assortment of dishes for Valentine’s day, anniversaries, date nights and any other special occasion.

    You’ll find fancy seafood dishes, elegant pastas, succulent steaks and so much more. Whatever tastes your other half favors, you’ll find something tasty to cook here!

    Go through all, and see which of these romantic meals you’ll be cooking for your loved one!

    The 40 BEST Romantic Dinner Ideas.

    1. Steak Gorgonzola Flatbread

    This Steak Gorgonzola Flatbread not only looks gorgeous, it’s super fast. It’s a fun take on pizza and is loaded with mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and arugula. Very fancy, yet very easy meal for your romantic dinner.

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    2. Surf and Turf Shrimp and Grits

    Surf and Turf Shrimp and Grits – We’ve just taken Shrimp and Grits to a whole new level… we’ve made it Surf and Turf! Now that’s some fancy comfort food! Wow your valentine when you take this to your dinner table.

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    3. Portuguese Mussels (Moules à la Portugaise)

    These Portuguese mussels are packed with flavor. They’re look so fancy they make a great special occasion meal, but are so easy they’re perfect for any weeknight!

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    4. Lobster Thermidor

    This lobster thermidor looks and tastes super fancy, but is so easy to make in your own home. This one is perfect for anniversaries, Valentine’s or other special occasions.

    Get the Recipe @ thesuburbansoapbox

    5. Garlic Butter Steak Bites

    Take your beef to a new level with these tasty pan seared garlic butter steak bites. Perfectly cooked bite sized morsels of tender steak drenched in garlicky butter. Great special occasion dish!

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    6. Scallop Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

    This Scallop Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes is one of our favorite new recipes. It’s super quick and easy, in about 20 minutes you have a restaurant quality meal on your table.

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    7. Mediterranean Chicken Skillet

    This Mediterranean Chicken Skillet is a one skillet meal from stovetop-to oven-to table. It’s easy, healthy and tastes delicious! And you end up with juicy, tender chicken infused with fresh Med flavors coming from olives and artichokes, lemons and burst cherry tomatoes. You are in for a treat! 

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    8. Cajun Shrimp Scampi

    This Cajun shrimp scampi is so quick and easy, you can make it in a breeze on Valentine’s day. This is a meal that is enjoyed by your loved one. All you need is some crusty bread to sop up the delicious Cajun scampi sauce.

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    9. Firecracker Salmon

    If you’re looking for a new recipe to really jazz up your salmon, this is it! It’s salty, it’s sweet, and it’s a little bit spicy! Firecracker salmon just may become one of your new go-to recipes.

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    10. Cast Iron Ribeye with Garlic Mushrooms

    There’s something so good about the combination of steak, mushrooms, garlic and butter. This easy ribeye recipe hits the nail on the head!

    Get the Recipe @ neighborfoodblog

    11. Shrimp de Jonghe (Butter Garlic Shrimp Casserole)

    Shrimp de Jonhge… This is a classic Chicago restaurant appetizer. Sizzling jumbo shrimp laced in butter, garlic and sherry, adorned with a crispy bread crumb topping. Great romantic dinner!

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    12. Sicilian Pasta

    This Sicilian Pasta is a 20 minute meal bursting with flavor from olives, capers, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes and great flavor enhancers!

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    13. Mediterranean Fish with Tapenade

    Just look at this Mediterranean Fish. Who wouldn’t get impressed? Any of your favorite white fish is pan seared and topped with a tomato and olive tapenade. It’s so good!

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    14. Psari Plaki – Greek Baked Fish

    This Greek baked fish, Psari Plaki, is a great addition to your Valentine’s recipe collection. Flaky white fish with light, fresh and vibrant Mediterranean flavors. Get some crusty warm bread and your favorite red wine. Your weekend is all set!

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    15. Tacos Gobernador

    Tacos Gobernador, aka Governor’s Tacos!! Have you ever bit into these crazy tasty shrimp tacos? They are irresistibly delicious!

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    16. Gambas al Ajillo (Spanish Garlic Shrimp)

    How does a sizzling platter of garlicky, seafoody goodness sound? Grab some crusty bread for sopping and whip up this famous Spanish tapa, Gambas al Ajillo in your very own kitchen for that romantic dinner with your other half!

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    17. Filet Mignon

    Prized for it’s tenderness, filet mignon is one of the most exclusive cuts of meat. This recipe will teach you how to cook it better than any expensive steak house! Classic romantic dinner!

    Get the Recipe @ selfproclaimedfoodie

    18. Köttbullar (Swedish Meatballs)

    These Swedish meatballs are the ultimate comfort food. Tender, perfectly cooked meat spheres smothered in the most delectable sauce. You’ll keep coming back for more!

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    19. Creamy Bacon Lobster Tails

    It doesn’t get any easier than this recipe for lobster tails! Creamy Bacon Lobster Tails with a smooth, full-flavored sauce are ready in no time at all. These crispy seared lobster tails with a bacon cream sauce is restaurant-level incredible! Such a great lobster recipe!

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    20. Baked Salmon with Mango Salsa

    This easy recipe features spicy-limey salmon which blends perfectly with the sweetness of fresh mango salsa. It’s a tropical delight!

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    21. Shrimp Fra Diavolo

    Shrimp Fra Diavolo, meaning “Brother Devil” in Italian earns its name for the heat level in the dish.. These sautéed shrimp are tossed in tomato sauce spiked with red chili pepper flakes. This one is for the spice lovers, for the rest there is always shrimp scampi…

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    22. Flank Steak Fajitas

    These flank steak fajitas are the perfect easy option when that Mexican food craving hits. Perfectly marinated, melt in your mouth tender beef strips with colorful peppers. You’re in for a fun meal with this one!

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    23. Shrimp Saganaki (Greek Shrimp with Tomatoes & Feta)

    This classic Greek dish has some incredible flavors with plump shrimp in a garlicky, savory tomato sauce and finished off with salty feta cheese! Cook up this great dish for anniversaries or Valentine’s day, it’s sure to impress!

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    24. Chicken Provençal (Poulet à la Provençal)

    Take a peek into my pot. Beautiful golden brown chicken braised in white wine, nestled between eye catching olives, plump cherry tomatoes, oh-so French shallots, tangy capers and plenty of garlic and herbs. Life can’t be more beautiful!

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    25. Crockpot Tuscan Chicken

    This crock pot Tuscan chicken is drenched in a creamy sauce loaded with great Mediterranean flavors. It’s one easy and delicious romantic dinner idea!

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    26. Pesto Shrimp and Grits

    This recipe is an amazing fusion of flavors. Juicy shrimp drenched in that classic Italian pesto sauce over a bed of creamy grits. The best of two continents!

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    27. Cioppino

    Here’s a hearty and tasty stew for you! Loads of seafood simmered in a perfectly seasoned tomato and wine based broth. A San Francisco classic!

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    28. Creamy Spinach Stuffed Salmon in Garlic Butter

    This easy but oh so fancy looking salmon is stuffed with a creamy, garlicky spinach filling and drenched in a garlic butter sauce. Now this is one to serve to someone special!

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    29. Spanish Clams with Chorizo

    This Spanish tapas recipe is divine! Succulent fresh clams are braised with cannellini beans, chorizo sausage and plenty of fresh herbs. Buen provecho!

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    30. Steak Tacos

    If you love tacos as much as me, this recipe is for you! Sliced steak is wrapped up in crispy tortillas with chimichurri sauce, fresh veggies and feta cheese. So yum!

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    31. Creamy Tuscan Scallops

    Now here’s a decadent delight. Creamy Tuscan Scallops are drenched in a creamy parmesan sauce with garlic, sun dried tomatoes and spinach. Great with some nice crusty bread to sop up the sauce, this recipe belongs in a fancy restaurant. YUMMM…

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    32. Pesto Bruschetta Chicken

    This gorgeous dish highlights two summer favorites: fresh basil and vine ripe tomatoes! It’s a great easy romantic dinner. Only 10 minutes of prep time and then your trusty old oven does the rest!

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    33. Maple Pecan Salmon

    Sweet, salty, buttery, crunchy and just a tad bit spicy. This maple pecan salmon is a great for a quick weeknight dinner, but can also impress your loved one!

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    34. Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa

    I love tacos. Do you love tacos? I think everyone does! These shrimp tacos are a great addition to your cookbook, combining chili lime flavors with cool sweet mango salsa.

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    35. Blackened (AKA Cajun) Shrimp and Grits

    Shrimp and grits is a Lowcountry southern classic. This recipe featured Cajun spiced shrimp atop a bed of creamy cheese grits. Oh, there’s bacon!

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    36. Caribbean Coconut Mussels

    Creamy… coconutty… seefoody… Extra yummy Caribbean Coconut Mussels. Easy, delicious, and sure to please any crowd! Try this delicious Caribbean style curry, but be warned, you will get hooked!

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    37. Steak & Seafood Skillet with Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce

    Another great surf & turf treat ahead! This time, sirloin steak is cooked with plump shrimp in creamy garlic parmesan sauce with spinach, lemon and spices. It’s absolutely decadent and makes a great romantic dinner!

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    38. Pan-Seared Cod in White Wine Tomato Basil Sauce

    Cod in White Wine Tomato Basil Sauce is a super easy and super delicious recipe. The flavors all blend together beautifully, for a dish worthy of a fancy restaurant!

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    39. Mediterranean Braised Chicken with Apricots

    This gorgeous Mediterranean braised chicken is your coq au vin taken to the next level! Baking it in oven creates so many layers of flavor, yet so easy. This one is great for Valentine’s and anniversaries!

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    40. Pasta alla Norma

    Pasta alla Norma is a light and flavorful Sicilian pasta dish. It has plenty of veggie power from tomatoes and eggplants. This is one of our favorite romantic dinners!

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    So there you go, forty great romantic dinner ideas for anniversaries, Valentine’s day, date nights and other special occasions. Don’t they all look impressive? Which will you try on your special someone first?

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    The 40 BEST Romantic Dinner Mains

    This great collection of Romantic Dinner Ideas is perfect for Valentine's day, anniversaries, date nights and other special occasions. We love this super easy scallop pasta:


    • 6oz pasta
    • 3 Tbsp butter
    • 1 Tbsp olive oil
    • 1lb scallops
    • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
    • 1/2 cup white wine
    • 10oz cherry tomatoes
    • 2 Tbsp parsley
    • Salt and pepper to taste


    1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package to your desired tenderness, and drain. While pasta is cooking, continue with remaining steps.
    2. Pat scallops dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper.
    3. Heat oil and butter in a skillet over medium high heat.
    4. Once the pan is hot, sear the scallops for 2-3 minutes, flip and sear the other side 1-2 more minutes. Remove the scallops to a plate.
    5. Reduce heat to medium and add in garlic and sauté for about a minute.
    6. Pour in wine and simmer for a few minutes to reduce it.
    7. Add cherry tomatoes and parsley. Cook for a couple of minutes, until the tomatoes start to soften.
    8. Toss in pasta and scallops, season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese.


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