Romantic Dinner Recipes for Two — for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, date nights at home, or any special occasion.
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While we love nights out, date nights at home can be just as special. With that in mind, we’ve gathered 14-plus inspiring romantic dinner recipes to make at home… romantic dinners for two.
Beautiful meals to celebrate your special love, whether on Valentine’s Day, anniversary dinners, birthday dinners, or engagement dinners.
Romantic Dinner Recipes
Here, you’ll find romantic dinner recipes that include steak, salmon, Marsala Chicken, shrimp, easy pasta recipes, lamb, and even pizza.
And desserts? Absolutely don’t forget the dessert. We have some ideas for that, too.
How to Set a Romantic Table for 2
Setting a romantic table for two isn’t difficult and doesn’t require much other than some thoughtful attention. Here are some ideas to consider:
Setting the Mood
I love to play soft background music. This could be classical strings, light jazz, or your favorite love songs. Loud enough to set the mood but not to discourage intimate conversation.
Consider lighting a scented candle, not close to the food but in the background. Relaxing and beautiful scents, like musk or woodsy, vanilla, mint, eucalyptus, lemon, or orange.
Setting the Table
Choose a smaller, intimate setting for dinner. A card table or occasional table can even be repurposed near a fireplace to create an enjoyable special setting. Dress it pretty with linens and flowers (even carnations, the so-called forgotten flowers, or baby’s breath make a beautiful table).
Incorporate romantic reminders of special moments in your life. This could be framed photographs from past trips or a cup of coffee from the coffee shop where you first met. The idea is to be creative and set an atmosphere that is romantic and intimate.
Selecting the Menu
Choose favorite entrees or reminders of special meals you’ve shared. Make it simple, make it delicious, and utterly memorable.
“Sauteed mushrooms and a savory, lightly sweet sauce make this seared crust of filet mignon really plump, tender, and juicy. They are so delicious, you’ll wonder why you ever went out to dinner on Valentine’s day.”
Grilling Steaks with Garlic Butter Mushroom Sauce is one of the easiest meals you can make. And for steak lovers, it is the ultimate BBQ. Easy? Absolutely! Just follow these simple steps with a handful of ingredients, and you’re on your way to the tender, juicy, perfectly grilled steaks smothered in a delicious 3 ingredient mushroom sauce!
“Dining out for Valentine’s Day can definitely be unpredictable. The food is sometimes amazing, but sometimes it’s not. It’s pretty much always overpriced and the menus are usually whittled down to a few easy-to-prepare dishes. I think a homemade Tapas Party for 2 is an awesome idea for Valentine’s Day or any other home celebration. Prepare a variety of small, tasty dishes, and settle in for an amazing night.”
Jamie Oliver, a British restaurateur and cookbook author is known for his delicious and simple approach to cooking. His Roasted Lamb Shoulder recipe is not only easy, but it’s incredibly delicious too!
“We can think of no better way to show your Valentine you care than with this recipe. Using the slow cooker cuts down on the hands-on time, but it’s still a lengthy recipe worth the wait. Just be sure you have plenty of red wine to go with it.”
These Love Letter Butter Cookies are perfect for Valentine’s Day or when you want to treat someone you love. With an easy-to-make dough, these cookies with a heart are delicious with a soft, buttery crumb. When filled with your favorite jam, it becomes something to remember.
These Heart Shaped Pavlova desserts are crisp on the outside, pillowy and soft on the inside, and incredibly delicious topped with vanilla whipped cream and fresh fruit. They're special, perfect for Valentine's Day, anniversaries, and holidays, and deceptively easy to make.
These Strawberry No Bake Mini Cheesecakes are adorable and utterly creamy and delicious. Easy to make in about 15 minutes, plus chilling time, they’re filled with simple ingredients like cream cheese, whipping cream, and fresh strawberries. Effortless treats that are festive and perfect for special occasions.