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#PowerRankings: Valentine’s Day restaurants in the metroplex.

By Hannah Allen White

10. Café Izmir
This Lower Greenville favorite exudes the casual warmth of the Mediterranean with playful tapas and succulent family-style platters. House-made Sangria and an incredibly friendly staff set a beautiful mood and the hummus is, no joke, the best you’ll ever have. Funds go pretty far at this place so if you’re celebrating on a budget this is a great bet. If forced to choose between wine or dessert opt for desert – the baklava is unbelievable.

9. Bijoux
There is no better bet for a Valentine’s Day dinner than French cuisine, French cuisine on Lovers Lane is the most romantic homerun there is. Bijoux’s dining room draws on the French archetypal tradition of understated elegance with delectable contemporary food and wine. Their typical weekend tasting menu is priced at just under $100 and, no doubt, they’ll have some super sensuous tasting options for the holiday so, plan accordingly. It’ll undoubtedly be worth it.

8. Dragonfly
Located inside Hotel ZaZa in the Uptown neighborhood with a high-impact visual aesthetic. This eclectic restaurant is perfect for an adventurous pair seeking the decadence that always goes so nicely with romance. The Valentine’s Day menu is already up on the website for your perusing pleasure so you can best decide how to enjoy the $75 a guest four-course meal. Go ahead and splurge on the Veuve Cliquot, Brut Rose` because, why not?

7. Mister G’s
A decidedly warm masculine energy dominates this super-exclusive dining room lined with book cases and no shortage of mahogany. Schedule a flight to Mexico around the dinner service of this decidedly Texan restaurant tucked away in the Hyatt Regency near DFW airport. If you’re lucky enough to score a table prepare to go crazy on $100 center-cut prime beef tenderloin for two. If the evening goes well forget Mexico and just book a room!

6. The Cedars Social
Start the evening by driving downtown and ordering New Orleans style oysters just to see if they really are the aphrodisiacs they’re said to be. Enjoy some romance that’s akin to a cold night in front of a roaring fire with classy twists on comfort food and inventive cocktails that cleverly manage to avoid the “fru-fru” label or pony up for a bottle of Dom!

5. The Mansion Restaurant
This is the Valentine’s Day equivalent of the phrase “go big or go home.” Arguably the most romantic restaurant in this town it actually brags on the frequency of marriage proposals seen here on their website. The three-course Valentine’s Day menu comes in at $125 and has offerings of pheasant, oysters, and caviar. Compared to the every day menu it’s a steal.

4. Sublime Chocolate in Allen
Normally chocolates are a tiny yet traditional token compared to the big fancy main event dinner on Valentine’s Day. This year exercise your adult right to skip dinner and go straight for dessert! The only bean to bar chocolatier in the metroplex also has a counter where you can pull up a stool and drink a killer mocha with some handmade truffles and then wrap some to go.

3. Fearing’s at the Ritz-Carlton
Describing the setting at this uber upscale restaurant is damn near impossible since it can offer five different experiences from enchanting al fresco to a bewitching wine cellar with vaulted ceilings. This is a Valentine’s Day gold mine. There are no prices listed on the online menu – take that to mean what you will – and the wine list is extensive but, if you’re looking for the ultimate in romance this is a sure bet.

2. Mi Piaci
For lovers of contemporary Italian cuisine this place is blissfully spaghetti and meatball marinara free but chalk full of handmade pasta and exceptionally fresh seafood. The Valentine’s Day menu is up on the website and definitely affordable at $55 a guest for a three-course meal but ordering off the regular menu wouldn’t be a bad idea – everything is good here. Ask your server to suggest a wine regardless of what you order!

1. Bolsa
For some laid back romance head to the Bishop Arts district for some earthy and delightful dinner choices in what used to be an iconic garage – a true urban romantic’s dream. Bolsa’s menu allows you to indulge a little or a lot with interesting things like quail, kohlrabi, hanger steak and goat cheese cake. With crazy delicious alcoholic concoctions comple