Top 5 Date Night Restaurants – Phoenix Metro Area

One thing I wish my husband and I did more often, but rarely fit into our schedule, is date nights. About once every other month or so, we leave the kids with a sitter and get out of the house. It makes every other day of the week so much more enjoyable, having somebody else cook ME dinner and getting to skip the never-ending bedtime routine. So here is my list of top five date night locations in and around Phoenix. And please, please, please use the comment section below to list YOUR favorite date night places. We love to try new restaurants!!

1)      Cowboy Ciao in Old Town Scottsdale is my very favorite restaurant to go to for my birthday or anniversary. Their Stetson Chopped Salad is so ridiculously good; I have had dreams about this salad. Our very own SMB co-founder, Steph, recently blogged about her recipe based on this very salad. Check it out to try at home.

2)      Mastro’s Ocean Club is the best for their Spicy Mambo Salad and the “to die for” Mastro’s Signature Warm Butter Cake. This is another special occasion place for us, but it is so good when we can get there!

3)      Black Chile Mexican Grill at the Biltmore Mall is a great restaurant to try when we are in the mood for some spice and (of course) margaritas!

4)      The Melting Pot is another one that we like to go to. It is very romantic to have a private booth perfect for two and not much can beat chocolate fondue available in a multitude of flavors.

5)      Tutti Santi is our pick for Italian food. You might pass it by and never know that a great, authentic Italian restaurant is hidden in a strip mall on the corner of 64th Street and Greenway Road, but it is very nice inside, with wonderful food and a romantic atmosphere.

No matter where we go to eat, I love to stop at a Valley resort on the way home for a drink. Sometimes we need to stretch out our night on the town, even just to ensure the kids have been put to bed before we get home. Plus it makes me feel like I am on vacation, even if just for a moment. The Westin Kierland Resort is one of our most frequented stops. The hotel bar has free shuffle board and billiards. Also, few things can beat sitting by their outdoor fire pit enjoying our fabulous Arizona weather.

So those are my picks for top places for a night out with my husband. What are your favorite places to go and celebrate a night away?

For more inspiration, check out other Date Night posts in our category archives.

About Angela

Angela Barako has loved living in Scottsdale for the last 13 years with her husband, Tom, plus one dog, two cats and one fish. They have twin seven-year old daughters and a four-year old daughter who thinks she is much older. She currently serves on the Board of Paradise Valley Mothers of Multiples (or PVMOM), a local not-for-profit multiples club. She also likes to read lots of books, is a big college football fan (Go Big Red and Sun Devils!), tries to keep up on scrapbooking, training for another half marathon, attempts to garden, and loves reality TV. Contact Angela at toedteal@cox.net or follow her on Twitter at @angelabarako

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3 Responses to Top 5 Date Night Restaurants – Phoenix Metro Area

  1. Cate March 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    If u love Cowboy Ciao, you have to try Citizen Public House!!!

  2. Angela March 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    Ooh! i am on their email list but never tried. Thanks for the suggestion!!

  3. Kristin Heggli March 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    Love the Melting Pot! I always just do cheese fondue and then save room for lots of chocolate fondue for dessert. So yummy!

    Kristin at Hotel Valley Ho

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