Valentine's Day might've been the creation of the greeting card industry, but the restaurant industry claims it as one of its busiest days of the year.
Places such as Mahogany, Junior's, Michael's, The Skirvin's Park Avenue Grill, La Baguette, The Coach House, Deep Fork Grill, Mickey Mantle Steakhouse, Nonna's Ristorante, The Mantel, The Metro Wine Bar and Bistro in Oklahoma City, along with Legend's in Norman and Boulevard Steakhouse and Lottinville's in Edmond, are standbys for fine dining.
Here are — in no particular order — 14 romantic spots for feasting this Valentine's Day:
• The Haunted House, 7101 Miramar Blvd. This secluded old mansion has been living on a mystery for more than four decades. When you walk through the ghostly door, you enter a bygone era. The setting is intimate, and voices don't rise above a whisper.
• Queen of Sheba, 2308 N MacArthur Blvd. Few things are more intimate than goorsha. Using your right hand, strip off injera, roll it in the wat or kitfo, and feed your lover. The larger the goorsha, the stronger the relationship.
• Ludivine, 805 N Hudson. The city's hottest new restaurant boasts elegant dining in a classic setting. The bar is a chic homage to city's classic brickwork. The seasonal menu guarantees an element of surprise.
• Red Prime Steak, 504 N Broadway Ave. Hard to imagine a more Valentine-friendly abode than this upscale steakhouse adorned with futuristic walls of scarlet light. Booths offer Howard Hughes-worthy seclusion.
• Kyle's 1025, 1025 NW 70 St. Walk into Oklahoma City's past when you enter any of the three main dining rooms. All are cozy, classically appointed and dripping with nostalgia.
• Cafe Nova, 4308 N Western. The chic, modern dining room is a work of art. The art adorning the walls takes the ambience to a new level. An eclectic menu completes the experience.
• Saii Asian Bistro, 6900 N May Ave., Suite 7B. Finn Pramoj's fusion menu and labyrinthine Frank Lloyd Wright meets Feng Shui interior promise seclusion for each and every diner.
• Rococo, 2824 N Pennsylvania Ave. The original Rococo is one of the city's most intimate settings. The fireplace warms your hands, crab cakes warm your heart, and pineapple-infused vodka warms the soul.
• Bolero Tapas Bar and Spanish Grill, 200 S Oklahoma Ave., No. 140. What better way to spend a quiet, romantic meal than with a parade of small plates that begins with deep-fried goat cheese drizzled in honey?
• Paseo Grill, 2909 Paseo, Suite A. Low lights, dark fabrics and seclusion at every booth gives the feeling that you might be eating inside a genie's bottle. Wishes come true as the plates come out, beginning with smoked salmon.
• Grand House Asian Bistro, 2701 N Classen Blvd. Though larger than others on this list, the restaurant has blown-glass artwork, a fish tank and wood accents plus live jazz that make for a classic dinner for two.
• Jamil's Steakhouse, 4910 N Lincoln Blvd. Owner Greg Gawey will tell you his old-school Lebanese-style steakhouse is all about relaxing. “We want people to come in and spend some time with us.” In a dining room offering barely enough light to see your hand and a procession of tabbouleh, ribs, smoked bologna, salad and steak, you'll do just that.
• Bin 73, 7312 N Western Ave. What started as a tapas and wine bar has evolved into a quiet, sophisticated spot for dinner. Wine selection is exemplary, and chef Beau Stephenson's menu has something for every taste.
• Cafe do Brasil, 440 NW 11 St., No. 100. Whether sipping a capirinha in the Bossa Nova Bar upstairs or staring down a stone pot of steaming Feijoada in the basement dining room, happiness is the result in this exotic Midtown locale.