Love is kind of sort of in the air. All of the valentines merchandise is in full swing, valentines related deadlines have been discussed at a women’s group I’m in at work. Our employee store is even selling flowers. Cute and creative valentines for our 2 year old’s class are on my mind.
I started lamenting in the fact that this holiday season I’ve felt more inspired by (in my opinion) a fairly stupid hallmark holiday. I firmly believe that we don’t need a commercially created day to show our friends and family we love them. I’m a rebel like that.
I am also very fortunate to have people in my life who do kind things for me on a regular basis, so maybe I’m a little biased. I have a lot of thoughts about this holiday overall, but something recently occurred to me.
I think that I feel inspired by Valentines Day because it’s ultimately a precursor to longer days, warmer and beautiful weather, tending to our garden in the sunshine, fresh flowers around. Not to mention our daughter’s birthday is only 6 days after. It’s uplifting in a way.
Randomly, my “lucky” or “chaos” number (as I had a spiritual advisor tell me) happens to be 14. So maybe that has something to do with it? My husband thinks I myself am the chaos. His endearing name for me is Tasmanian Devil, and I totally don’t disagree with that sentiment.
Plus, did you know that Valentine’s day happens to be Arizona Statehood Day?! This year Arizona will be 106 years old….Wowzas. What a better way to celebrate our beautiful state with a lovely dinner on a stunning patio somewhere!
Luckily for you, or your significant other if you’re a female reading this (the data to this blog says most of you are women haha) I have taken the time to pull together a list of Phoenix’s most romantic patios.
I’m not saying you have to go to these places on Valentine’s Day and buy into all the hype. However, in the name of celebrating love and beautiful Arizona weather, you can just keep these places in the ol Date Night Idea Spank Bank.
You totally have my permission to use that term- date night idea spank bank. Gosh. My brain sometimes.
I polled some friends on Facebook, and quite a few piped in with their most romantic patio spots. I didn’t realize that some people were so passionate about this haha. I gotta say though, when you find a good patio, you share it with the ones you love. That’s why God put them here.
The following places I’ve listed are establishments with gorgeous patios that I’ve personally been wined and dined on (thank you Tom). I’ll follow it up with some other recommendations that friends made that I haven’t checked out myself, but definitely want to and can see the allure from photos online.
Then I’ll leave you to go ahead and forward this on to your man (or lady) so you can save yourself any future “Where do you want to eat?” conversations. We all know how that conversation goes nowhere fast.
Without further ado, ladies and gentleman….some of Phoenix’s most romantic patios (according to me).
Nestled in the heart of downtown Tempe, House of Tricks offers an intimate atmosphere to indulge in award winning cuisine and enjoy the company of the one(s) you love. Perfect for day time and night time dining, House of Tricks is the first I’m recommending for a romantic patio in Phoenix.
We’ve only recently discovered Virtu, it’s close to our house in the Old Town Scottsdale area. It was dinner time and I anxiously asked them to see their brunch menu and I wanted to cry when I saw it. We swore we were going to go back the next morning but we didn’t. But trust me! We will be back, everything looked so amazing.
Virtu opened up in 2013 and has been praised for their craft and honest cuisine and has been nominated for the James Beard Award, which is a big deal in the culinary world. Attached to the Bespoke Inn in Scottsdale, guests can dine in the flickering candle laden- water fountain feature tranquil courtyard.
If you make it to Virtu, I’m sure anything you choose will be to die for delicious. However, make it a point to get their “Ice Queen” cocktail. I may or may not have thrown 3 of them back like it was no problem at all. It was SO GOOD. Made up of vodka, rhubarb, strawberry white balsamic shrub, fresh lemon, champagne foam, and cracked black pepper- WHAT. IS. THIS. DRINK?!? Amazing, simply amazing.
Cibo has been around since 2005. It’s probably one of the first places I would recommend if you are looking for a scrumptious, romantic, and reasonably priced Italian meal down town. Napaletano style pizza is the main attraction at Cibo, but trust me, you can enjoy so much more than that with their all encompassing Italian menu. You must have one of my personal favs, the burrata- squisito!
This place is great because no matter where you sit, you’ll have a charming experience. Wether it’s in one of the rooms of the beautifully restored 1913 bungalow Cibo calls home, or out on their lush patio covered in twinkling string lights, dining here will give you all the heart eyes.
The Hermosa Inn is a boutique luxury inn that was created by artist Lon Megargee as his private escape in the 1930’s and was opened up to guests years later. Lon’s original artwork still hangs on the walls and guests will love the homey touches the inn has maintained as well as a beautiful courtyard and garden. Nestled just west of Camelback mountain, it’s a great place to be at sunset time.
Lon’s website describes it best, “LON’s offers an intimate dining experience, beautifully lit and surrounded by adobe and rustic ironwork. For that truly romantic dinner, dine by one of the lounge fireplaces. Or enjoy a private candlelit dinner in our atmospheric Wine Cellar, which seats up to 12 guests at our rustic trestle table and features 1890s Chicago brick, reclaimed beams, and trusses.”
This article is about patios though- so back to that.
“Arizona Destination Dining” is El Chorro’s tagline. I would say that El Chorro has a very similar feel and dining experience that Lon’s does, just with a different view. El Chorro is located off of Lincoln, and the patio is tucked away among a sea of cacti, citrus trees, and greenery. The sprawling lay out of El Chorro is beautiful with the head of Camelback Mountain in the near background.
It’s really common for there to be a wedding going on any given weekend, it’s a very popular wedding venue. And for good reason! The grounds are amazing.
In addition to the patio being great here, let me tell you why you should eat here regardless. THEY SERVE STICKY BUNS FOR AN APPETIZER. Enough said.
The Sanctuary Resort is burrowed into the side of Camelback Mountain facing north, just off of McDonald Drive in Paradise Valley. Elements at the Sanctuary offers breath taking views of Paradise Valley and is without a doubt one of the best patios to be at when the sun sets. Considered a luxury dining spot, guests will indulge in the culinary delights of Elements, whose menu boasts seasonal flavors of American Cuisine with Asian accents. Don’t just take my word for it, see their video on vimeo.
I am OFFICIALLY declaring this the most romantic restaurant we’ve ever been to! Hubs treated me to an anniversary dinner there last year and it’s the type of place that puts sparklers on your desert so that should be enough reason right there. Seriously though, dining on their patio is an amazing treat.
The menu is rotated using seasonal and fresh ingredients and is pre-arranged into a too-good-to-be-true 4 course meal by the chef. Like I said, dessert involved sparklers for us so that was really special, and the service was insanely good, with the entire staff being trained sommoliers so you feel especially fancy as your wine is being poured.
“Oh, hints of blackberries, and earthy tones you say? Totally got all of that in my last swig of half my wine glass.”
Anyway, once again, don’t take my word for it. Take a look at the video they recently shot to celebrate their 4th year being named a “Top 100 Restaurant in America” by Opentable.
Cafe Monarch is reservation only, and it’s really easy to do it. Give them a call or reserve a table online.
Recommended by Others
There are so many more romantic patios in Phoenix, I haven’t even scratched the surface. I’ve just introduced you to 7 that I can personally attest for. Naturally, I polled my friends on facebook and I got some more recommendations so I’m really looking forward to trying them out! *cough cough* Tom.
- Quiessence at the Farm
- House Brasserie
- El Zocalo Mexican
- Fuego Bistro
- Duza’s Kitchen
- Salut Kitchen
So whether you’re treating your sweetie or your favorite gal-entines to a romantic dinner, be sure to check out some of my personal favs that I’ve covered in this post. You won’t be disappointed!
Also, hook a sista up and share other romantic patios with me in the comments section below. I’m always looking for a great patio!