A handy guide to plan your night out on the town with your boo.

Capital Grille

The Capital Grille’s website states that “It is our sole desire that everything, and we mean everything, that arrives at your table at The Capital Grille delights you. To ensure that experience, we use only the finest, freshest ingredients, artfully prepared in recipes designed to engage all of your senses.” They are not kidding. You’ll be delighted with everything.

Feng Chophouse

This is the kind of meal they write songs about, if they wrote songs about meals. It’s just as much about the steak as it is the sushi at Feng Chophouse. In a room lined with bricks of Himalayan sea salt, lie fine steaks as they gracefully age. Like a healthy Roth IRA. “I wanted to be the best in Connecticut…the best sushi, best steak,” Owner John Chen says, “Best of East, best of West.” Perfect for a shmancy dinner with your Valentine.

First & Last Tavern

This place is a Hartford institution. The atmosphere is boisterous without being too loud or rowdy. The food is awesome, old-school Italian. Open since 1936, The First and Last Tavern derives its name for its location, being the first tavern inside the town line and the last tavern when leaving the city of Hartford. Get the spaghetti and meatballs and eat them Lady and the Tramp style for bonus points.


Salute has, hands down, the best garlic bread in the entire world. THE ENTIRE WORLD. Please read that in not just all-caps, but quintuple all-caps. Other house faves are the sweet potato ravioli in a sage cream sauce, their house-made ricotta gnocchi with chicken, and a salad with a big ol’ meatball on top. Their staff are so welcoming that they instantly make you feel like family.

The Place 2 Be

Nothing is quite as fitting as drinking a cocktail out of a butt shaped mug with your boo on v-day. Everything here is hella Instagrammable and equally delicious, from the decor to the waffles to the brunch cocktails they serve in a miniature bathtub with rubber ducks.

Republic at the Linden

Cuddle up close by the fire with your sweetheart on the patio or sip on some specialty cocktails in their gorgeously decorated dining room complete with glittering chandeliers hanging from tin ceilings, exposed brick, and small dining nooks sure to up the romance level. Then shove your faces full of their delicious gastro pub fare.


Cheers! Specializing in traditional wood fired Neapolitan pizza, fresh pasta, and antipasti, this cozy classic nestled on picturesque Pratt Street makes it the perfect backdrop for some romance.


This tiny Parkville Bakery is one of Hartford’s best and worst kept secrets. If you’ve visited even once, you have already become fanatical and told everyone who will listen to them about this unbelievable place you just found and their amazing 2 1/2″ mini donuts. Their Valentine’s Day donuts are perfect for a nightcap, just make sure you get there bright and early- they sell out fast!