6 Romantic Restaurants to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in New Haven

It’s romance season in New Haven, and with Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, it’s high time to book some reservations for you and your loved ones. In truth, you can’t go wrong with a table downtown. That said, if you’re looking for a table at one of the most romantic spots in downtown, then look no further than this honored list of restaurants, as seen in Connecticut Magazines Best Restaurants of 2023 list, curated by readers and dining experts. 

Union League Cafe

Winning the Best in Overall Excellence by Connecticut Magazine readers, Union League Cafe is situated in the heart of New Haven’s Chapel Street Historic district. This French- brassiere combines Old World charm with up-scale ambiance. Union League Cafe is offering a special Valentine’s Day $96 per person three-course prix fixe menu including a box of chocolate truffles.

Bar August

Known for their impeccable service, friendly staff, outstanding wine selections, and elegant light fare, Bar August is a warm, friendly, casually sophisticated neighborhood wine bar. Located in East Rock, Bar August is perfect for the wine lover in your life with an unmatched, curated selection.

Fair Haven Oyster Co.

At Fair Haven Oyster Co., this elevated seafood bar is where elegant mid-century design meets a modern and cozy tavern. Located on the charming Quinnipiac River, this intimate and nautical restaurant features expansive waterfront views and an eclectic yet classic menu paired with gin and sherry-focused drinks.


Offering an innovative interpretation of Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine in the heart of downtown New Haven, Olea makes the perfect destination for Valentine’s Day. Exploring these flavors in their food, wine, and cocktails, Olea is also offering a special Valentine’s Day three-course dinner with choices plus a welcome tapita.

Shell & Bones Oyster Bar and Grill

With stunning views overlooking the water, this award-winning seafood, steak, and raw bar provide the perfect classic yet elevated atmosphere with outdoor seating. From February 10th through the 14th, Shell & Bones Oyster Bar and Grill is hosting their Five Days of Valentines, which is an offering of specials in addition to their regular menu. 

Tavern on State

Located in the East Rock neighborhood of New Haven, Tavern On State is a modest and welcoming low-key neighborhood spot offering American cuisine done right. The upscale menu of new-American cuisine and modern classic cocktails combined with the elegance and comfort of the atmosphere make it a classic Valentine’s Day restaurant.

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