9 of the most romantic restaurants in Alabama for Valentines Day 2024

Roasted Shrimp - Bottega Cafe
Bottega in Birmingham. (The Bama Buzz)

Valentine’s Day falls on Wednesday this year, so it’s the perfect excuse for a midweek treat. Impress your special someone (or splurge with your Galentines) at these nine romantic restaurants throughout Alabama, each with their own uniquely lovely atmosphere.

1. Locals | Fairhope

Gorgeous Streets And Walkways Of Fairhope
Locals in Fairhope. (Liv George / The Bama Buzz)

Fairhope itself is one of the most romantic, idyllic towns you can choose for Valentines Day—and especially if you grab a table at Locals. The menu features Gulf seafood, flavorful pasta dishes (including a Vegan Alfredo!) and tiramisu for something sweet. If the coastal weather allows, the outdoor seating is perfect for a romantic evening.

2. Our Place | Wetumpka

Our Place is just as sweet as its name. Inside, you’ll find exposed brick and beautiful paintings dimly lit by the vintage street lamps. The menu includes classic favorites done right, such as filet mignon, shrimp Dianne, crab cakes and oysters.

3. Bottega | Birmingham

Bottega in Birmingham. (The Bama Buzz)

A Birmingham favorite, Bottega is a romantic go-to for good reason. This award-winning spot has a special Valentines Day lineup that’s sure to impress, featuring their incredible focaccia bread, gnocchi, roasted veal tenderloin, homemade pasta, risotto a chocolate torte and much, much more. Plus, the atmosphere is second to none.

4. Botanic | Opelika

Botanic in Opelika. (Elizabeth Hobbs / The Bama Buzz)

Botanic in Opelika is one of the most unique dining destinations in Alabama. Dedicated to local, sustainable cuisine, this magical place includes The Market, The Garden, The Patio Bar and The Grille. The Grille is the perfect romantic setting for Valentines Day, and the creative menu features dishes such as Lobster and Grits, Bourbon Maple Chicken, Pan Seared Scallops, Black Grouper and a Bruschetta Flight. The dessert menu is also top-notch, with Honey Vanilla Pot de Creme, Banana Pudding Cheesecake and Bread Pudding.

5. Mazzara’s Vinoteca | Huntsville

As a Huntsville native, this is a personal favorite choice. Mazzara’s Vinoteca is inside an old historic downtown home, and the Italian cuisine is to die for. The made-from-scratch pasta, tapas, charcuterie and authentic Italian entrees are complemented perfectly by the extensive wine menu and vintage, cozy atmosphere.

6. Ravello | Montgomery

Ravello Ristorante Montgomery
Ravello Ristorante in Montgomery. (Ravello Ristorante / Facebook)

Both the interior and exterior of Ravello Ristorante are stunning—the architecture firm behind it even won an award for the design. Another romantic Italian spot, Ravello has an extensive menu of small plates, pasta, second courses and desserts. The soaring ceilings, beautiful light fixtures and comfortable seating come together to create the perfect setting for Valentines Day.

7. Evangeline’s | Tuscaloosa

Evangeline’s is such a popular destination for Valentines Day that reservations have already filled up. No one’s stopping you from celebrating throughout the rest of the week, though! The classy black-and-white design and exquisite dinner menu are a must-experience in the Tuscaloosa area.

8. Gianmarco’s | Birmingham

Gianmarco’s in Birmingham. (Nathan Watson / The Bama Buzz)

Tucked behind a row of greenery on Broadway Street in Birmingham, you’ll find a local favorite—Gianmarco’s. This family owned and operated spot is known for its incredible Italian cuisine and impressive wine selection.

9. Cotton Row | Huntsville

Cotton Row
Cotton Row in Huntsville. (Curtis Venetta / The Bama Buzz)

Huntsvillians won’t be surprised to find Cotton Row on this list. The well-known eatery is the creation of Chef James Boyce, an award-winning culinary genius. Located on the square in downtown Huntsville, Cotton Row features an ever-changing menu filled with appetizers, entrees and desserts designed to impress.

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