When Michiganders think of Lansing, they might think of a few different things: There’s the state capitol and “Big Gretch,” of course, and MSU (Go, Spartans!), and the historic home of the Oldsmobile. But Lansing, a city of romance?
While it may surprise you at first, Lansing can be a great place to have a date, with plenty of romantic restaurants to choose from for you and your sweetheart.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it doesn’t matter if you’ve only just “swiped right” on someone, or you’re celebrating with a longtime partner —you’ll have your pick of places for a tasty meal that puts you in the mood for love.
Take a look at six of Lansing’s most romantic restaurants —will you be making a date with one of them?
They say it’s hard to beat the classics for a reason—and in Lansing, Capital Prime is about as classic as it gets. Voted Best Fine Dining in Lansing according to TripAdvisor, Capital Prime is an award-winning steakhouse that’s been serving up top cuts in elegant surroundings since 2013, and the perfect spot for a special night with your sweetie.
Not a carnivore? Their menu also offers an extensive seafood section, plus vegetarian and gluten-free options. Whatever you choose, be sure to save room for one of their house-made desserts —one brownie creme brulee with two spoons, anyone?
Want to give your darling a taste of la dolce vita? Consider booking a table at Toscana, a casually elegant Tuscan restaurant and wine bar. Enjoy classic Italian fare while getting cozy on their terrace, complete with a fire pit. Or, if you’re looking to flex your wine knowledge, try something new at their self-pour wine bar.
Prefer a daytime date? Toscana has it covered with their brunch specials, served every Saturday and Sunday—perfect for a lazy morning with someone you love.
Looking for a date night spot that will make your friends “green with EnVie”? (massive apologies for the pun). Located in historic Washington Square, EnVie is an innovative bistro offering a little something for everyone, from casual classics like burgers and meatloaf to elegant entrees like pistachio-crusted rack of lamb and seafood risotto.
Looking for something light? Consider sharing some of their seasonal shared plates—a perfect excuse to hold hands across the table!
Just outside of Lansing in Okemos, you wouldn’t expect a place called Dusty’s to be very romantic, but this wine bar and restaurant will prove you wrong. This cozy wine bar offers upscale American fare designed to complement its celebrated wine list.
With a menu including steaks and chops, seafood, and pasta, there’s something to suit all tastes, and if you have a sip of something you love, pop next door to the wine shop and pick up a bottle for a candlelit date at home!
Looking for something a little different for you and your date? For a taste of N’Awlins in a casual yet intimate, romantic atmosphere, head on down to the Creole Burger Bar and Southern Kitchen. This former gallery space serves up authentic Creole cuisine surrounded by low lighting and exposed brickwork.
For a tipple with your meal, check out their extensive drinks menu, including over a hundred whiskies for you to toast the one you love.
While not technically in Lansing itself, if you’re looking for a romantic setting near the city, The English Inn is hard to beat. Located a short drive away in Eaton Rapids, this award-winning restaurant and pub will make you feel like you’re in a fairy tale with its country-cottage setting. Enjoy their upscale seasonal menu surrounded by candlelight and white linens.
If you’re really looking to make it an occasion, the Inn also lives up to its name, with elegant rooms and cottages for a romantic staycation!
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