Romantic Restaurants in Columbia, Maryland: A Guide to the Perfect Date Night

Nothing sets the mood for a romantic evening like a cozy dinner for two. The atmosphere of the restaurant and the quality of the food are just as important as the company. If you're staying at The Wayside Inn in Ellicott City, you're in luck! Columbia, Maryland is just a short drive away and offers some of the most romantic restaurants around. To help you decide which one is best for your special evening, here are some of our top picks.

Iron Bridge Wine Company is a wine country retreat located on a picturesque country road. The cozy atmosphere includes dark wood, exposed beams, and dark-colored walls, perfect for a candlelit meal. Iron Bridge has been one of the 50 best restaurants in Baltimore Magazine eight times and has also been featured in USA Today and The Wine Enthusiast.

Stanford Grill

offers a warm and inviting dining room with wood paneling, earthy tones, soft lighting, and a large fireplace. There is also outdoor seating with campfires to keep you warm on cold nights.

Stanford Grill is perfect for celebrating special occasions or just because.

Seasons 52

offers a casual yet sophisticated setting with a menu that uses rustic cooking techniques such as oak grilling and brick oven grilling to highlight the flavors of each dish. Every menu item has a total of 475 calories or less.

The Mall in Columbia

is the perfect place to celebrate your love with the whole family. Visit full-service restaurants like Seasons 52, The Cheesecake Factory, and The Walrus Oyster & Ale House for dinner on any occasion.

Perry's Dining Room

is ideal for special occasions. Dip into a bowl of au gratin potatoes or enjoy a lobster tail.

Whether you prefer filet mignon or grilled chicken, you'll feel comfortable and full at Kinley's. Vegetarians are also treated like royalty at Café Monarch with a full menu suitable for them.

Oyster Loft

is located beachside and offers an outdoor area to enjoy the view while sharing an order of crab cakes and oysters. Talk about dinner and a show!Millwright's Restaurant has hanging flowers and flowing waterfalls that will make you feel like you're in paradise. Enjoy delicious lentil and chili burgers and fries while taking in the atmosphere.

La Fable

will make you think you teleported to France with its elegant decor and French menu.

Floridians and hotel guests flock to The Grill, located inside The Ritz-Carlton, for award-winning steaks, fresh seafood, and an environment that will make you take your time with each dish.


offers a whimsical date night spot with handmade cocktails and a menu that changes every night.

La Mer

, Hawaii's only AAA five-diamond, 5-star Forbes restaurant located inside the Halekulani Hotel, is a must see with its quality menu and stunning views.

The Eagle's Nest

, perched atop the Hyatt Regency, offers panoramic views of the Indianapolis skyline while dining at this revolving rooftop restaurant. You'll feel like you've taken a time machine back to the 1920s at 801 Chophouse, with leather booths and wooden furniture.

Pat Gallagher's

is a classic steakhouse with a Louisiana twist that's perfect for anniversaries or any romantic occasion. Enjoy their famous lamb chops or macaroni & cheese while taking in the atmosphere.

Café Provence, close by, offers an exquisite variety of cheeses and all the French classics such as Creme Brûlée or Panna Cotta. No matter what type of cuisine you're looking for or what kind of atmosphere you prefer, Columbia has something for everyone when it comes to romantic restaurants. From cozy wine bars to classic steakhouses, there's something for every couple looking for an unforgettable evening out.