Most people think that the ultimate date night requires a reservation at a restaurant months in advance in a metropolis hunkered with traffic. However, one of the best parts about being in Denton is that you can find some of the finest cuisine to really set off the spark for Valentine’s Day this year. Whether you and your significant other are craving high-scale steaks or gourmet pizza, Denton boasts some of the best restaurants, with each bistro bringing their own flair for food. Stop by some of these restaurants to really get the most out of Valentine’s Day this year.

Queenie’s Steakhouse

V-Day Dates Queenie's from FBOne of the classic options for date nights has always been a steakhouse, but at Queenie’s they give their own local twist. Relatively new, Queenie’s is owned by the head chef himself, Tim Love. They may have mouthwatering sirloins and tender T-bones, but Queenie’s also has a list for the eccentric, including smoked goat and quail legs.

Queenie’s is located at 115 E. Hickory St right off the downtown Denton Square.

Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant

The perfect date night calls for a candle-lit dinner with some homemade pasta. Giuseppe’s is located in an actual Victorian home so you get the intimacy of a home-cooked meal catered to you by experts in hospitality. The chef-owner is from Italy so you know that you’re eating true classic cuisine.

Giuseppe’s is located at 821 N. Locust Street.

Barley and Board

Barley & Board courtesy Denton CVB (5)Denton’s new wave of restaurants has brought us one of the best places in town. Located on the northeast corner of the Denton Square, Barley & Board is the first gastropub in Denton. Pair the perfect beer with some soba-dass noodles or Scottish salmon. One of the best parts of B&B are their cheeseboards. Here you can order a smorgasbord of craft cheeses, cured meats and very recently, chocolate. There’s not a lot of people who could turn down a whole platter of chocolate.

Barley and Board is located on the Square at 100 W. Oak Street.

Hannah’s

When you first walk into Hannah’s, there is an air of refinement and ambiance perfect for a night of romance! Dubbed “upscale comfort” food, Hannah’s works with locally-sourced vendors for fresh meat and produce for their meals. If you’re looking for a well-prepared meal with a smooth mixed drink, then Hannah’s might be the perfect place to eat. Located right off the square, Hannah’s boasts great plates, great drinks, and a great atmosphere.

Hannah’s is located on 111 W. Mulberry right of the downtown Denton Square.

El Matador Restaurant

Tex-Mex is vital to a proper Texan Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking for a place with perfectly seasoned plates with a wonderful experience, El Matador might be the perfect match. You and your date will dine on delicious food, Tex-Mex style. This is the perfect place for the couple that wants to spice up their night, literally!

El Matador Restaurant is located on the strip mall at 720 W. University Drive.

Mellow Mushroom

Mellow MushroomFacts are facts. Everyone loves pizza. There’s a reason why National Pizza Day and Valentine’s Day are so close. For the couple who are looking for some gourmet slices of pizza, look no further than Mellow Mushroom. With Mellow Mushroom, the pizza possibilities are endless. Whether you’re looking for a classic pepperoni pie or going for the Kosmic Karma, Mellow Mushroom makes some of the best pies in town.

Mellow Mushroom is located at 217 E. Hickory Street.

The best part about spending date night in Denton is the limitless options in such a local environment. Skip the rush hour, long waits, and high prices. Make the most of your Valentine’s Day date night with Denton!