In the mood for love? 9 local romantic dinner destinations for Valentine's Day

LOVE CITY, USA - If you're feeling a little mushy this time of the year, it's because romance is in the air. Valentine's Day is, after all, made for gifts of chocolate, flowers and candlelight. 

Here are 9 romantic restaurants that will surely touch your darling's heart--and taste buds.

1. Symphony Hotel and Restaurant
Soak in the intimacy and romance of this gracefully restored boutique hotel and restaurant. The restaurant offers prix fixe new American cuisine on Friday and Saturday evenings, and brunch on Sundays.

Address: 210 West 14th Street, Cincinnati
Phone: (513) 721-3353

2. Nicola's Ristorante
Old World romance meets urban chic in this space that drips passion. Enjoy authentic, lively Italian cuisine, and explore the extensive wine selections.

Address: 1420 Sycamore Street, Cincinnati 
Phone:  (513) 721-6200

3. Mantra on the Hill
Nestled in the heart of Mt. Adams, the food here takes a fresh approach to regional Indian cuisine. The wine list complements the mélange of herbs and exotic spices thoughtfully crafted into the food.

Address:  934 Hatch Street, Cincinnati
Phone:  (513) 621-1100

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4. Jean-Robert's Table

Savor contemporary French food steeped in deep culinary tradition, in a cozy and intimate setting. Jean-Robert's culinary artistry will win your beloved's heart.

Address: 713 Vine Street, Cincinnati
Phone:  (513) 621-4777

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5. Orchids at Palm Court
The grandeur of this venue is rivaled only by the elegance of the food. Take in the richness of art deco ambience while savoring seasonally inspired fine dining.

Address: 35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati
Phone: (513) 564-6465

6. Alfio's Buon Cibo
The deep passions of Italy and Argentina embrace in this warm and inviting space in Hyde Park Square. The menu effuses both Argentine and Italian culinary roots.

Address: 2724 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati
Phone: (513) 321-0555

7. Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar
Linger over wine and dinner in this charming 19th Century converted Victorian space. Savor food inspired from fresh, locally sourced ingredients, right in the heart of Covington's historic Mainstrasse district.

Address:  519 Main St, Covington, Ky.
Phone:  (859) 491-7777

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8. Essencha
This cozy tea house can be a romantic precursor to your night out, or another place to share with your sweetheart during the day. Essencha offers specialty teas to match this weekend of romance. They include hot mama (black tea with cinnamon spices and black peppercorn) and cherry chocolate (black tea with cherries and dark chocolate).

Address: 3212a Madison Road, Cincinnati
Phone: (513) 533-4832

9.  Primavista
The view alone might just take your breath away. This restaurant in Price Hill overlooks a panoramic view of downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The menu is rooted in Italian cuisine.

Address: 810 Matson Place, Cincinnati 
Phone: (513) 251-6467

Grace Yek is a faculty member at the Midwest Culinary Institute, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Connect with her on Twitter: @Grace_Yek.

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