Romantic Dinner Locations & Date Ideas


Romantic Dinner Locations & Date Ideas

{Check out our newest post on Knoxville Date Night activities and 75 Knoxville Date Night Ideas}

Once again, Knoxville was named the “most romantic city” in America… and while we really don’t need to go into the specifics of what earned us that title, I’m here to give you a list of perfect dinner locations and date night activities to keep that spirit alive. If you’re looking for a romantic dinner location for your next date or perhaps this Valentine’s Day, we’ve put a list together of the most intimate restaurants and fun activities to keep bookmarked. Now bear in mind that we are only a few days out from the most romantic day of the year so some of these restaurants may already be booked up for reservations.

Prices (as ranked by Urban Spoon)

$ ($5-10 per entrée)     $$ ($10-15 per entrée)     $$$ ($15-25 per entrée)     $$$$ ($25 and up per entrée)

Foothills Milling Company – $$$$ – American

Melting Pot – $$$$ – French

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – $$$$ – American

Altruda’s – $$$ – Italian

Echo Bistro & Wine Bar – $$$

Grill at Highlands Row – $$$ – American

Northshore Brasserie – $$$ – French

Ye Olde Steakhouse – $$$ – American

Creamery Park Grille – $$ – American

King Tuts Grill – $$ – Greek/Middle Eastern

Lakeside Tavern – $$ – American

Litton’s – $$ – American

Naples Italian Restaurant – $$ – Italian

Savelli’s – $$ – Italian

Season’s Innovative Bar & Grille – $$ – American

Date Night Activities Out on the Town

Ballroom Dancing Lessons at Dance Tonight (Hint: check Groupon for a discount)

BYOB Friday Night Pottery Glazing and Firing Session at Mighty Mud (Hint: check Groupon for a discount)

Couple’s Massage at La Selva Medspa & Reflexology (Hint: check Groupon for a discount)

Crazy Dash Walking Adventure (Hint: check Groupon for a discount)

Fortune Telling Fun with Rose Renee (Hint: check Groupon for a discount)

Go Dance Lessons (Hint: check Groupon for a discount)

Ice Skating at the Ice Chalet (Hint: check nCrowd for a discount)

“In the Mood” at the Tennessee Theatre (1940s big band music & orchestra event) (Hint: check Groupon for a discount)

Jump Jam

Knoxville Food Tour (Hint: check Groupon for a discount)

Liza Moz Paint your Own Pottery

Learn to Swing Dance with the Knoxville Swing Dance Association (only $2 per person!)

Max Air Trampoline Park

Painting with a Twist

Spirited Art

Wine & Canvas

Date Night Activities in the House

Make dinner together in the comfort of your own home; or even better, have a delicious, prepared meal dropped off to your house by Simple Bites Gourmet.

Game night (a round or two of Twister never hurt anyone or maybe the Newlywed Game), make a homemade pizza or have one delivered, and then cozy up to a movie courtesy of Redbox.

Have a candlelit picnic in your backyard, patio, etc. and why not get a cheap telescope and do some star gazing?

Spa night: massages, candlelit bath, chocolates, need I say more?

Craft night! Make each other morning coffee mugs by picking up some plain white coffee mugs and sharpies and go to town!

Plan a trip or vacation together or make your bucket list. Spend the night planning a destination and making an itinerary – make sure to include some romantic outings for just the two of you.

Journal together – there are some great couples’ journals out there. Make a couples bucket list or a Q&A a day.

Don’t forget to check out this great post and other ideas by Carrie, Date Night in Knoxvegas!

What exciting date night plans do you have for Valentine’s Day? What’s your favorite date night activity in Knoxville?


  1. I think Ruth’s Chris is the best place in town to go for a romanic dinner. Right there on the water and they make the best steak in Knoxville. My wife and I went there for our 10 year anniversary and will probably go on our 20th!


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