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It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to celebrate the one you love, even– and especially if– that’s you! Take it from us and take your sweetheart out for a night (or morning) on the town in Colorado Springs and that spark all over again. No matter your preference of cuisine, style, or budget, we have a romantic restaurant recommendation for you. Try all eight in our list, or be inspired to try one of your own. We’ve included a couple of cafes in our list, too, since we know that next-morning coffee can be just as fun to share together, too. Let our passion for local cuisine guide your planning and preparation for your night (and morning) out in Colorado Springs!

Mood Tapas Bar

Set the mood by dining at Mood Tapas Bar located in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. In true tapas style, you and your sweetheart can sample a wide variety of textures, colors, and flavors by ordering a bunch of small plates filled with bites hailing straight from Spain. Enjoy a glass of wine or expertly mixed cocktail as you watch the bustle of downtown from the comfort of your romantic table. Don’t miss the hidden speakeasy at the back of the restaurant for a quick digestif or a long sip at the bar.

The Rabbit Hole

We’ve featured this splendid little underground spot in a previous post, but our list would be remiss without it. The coolest part is, it’s located underground in what is thought to have been the original city morgue. Nicknamed the “Wonderland of Colorado Springs,” the Alice in Wonderland-themed restaurant and bar will treat your senses to a dreamy, mind-bending journey. To get to the upscale New American cuisine, enter the subway entrance on Kiowa Street that resembles a glass phone booth more than it does a traditional door. Don’t worry; the red neon sign is hard to miss. Once inside, you’ll be immersed in a world of gothic-style decor surrounded by murals of scenes from the original Alice and Wonderland film. Reservations fill up quickly, so call at least two weeks in advance.

The Mona Lisa

Get cozy with your love as you satisfy your appetite with this hands-on dining delight. The Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant in Manitou Springs provides the perfect romantic setting with its intimate interior and sharable sweet and savory fondues. Pair each course with a lovely wine or cocktail. Try Mona’s signitrure 4-course dinner or dine a la carte to indulge in a smooth pot of Emmental & gruyere Swiss, classic brie, fontina, or butternut squash cheddar fondues. Saturated in Parisian style you’re sure to feel as if you’re dining in the City of Love.

Immerse Cuisine at the Carter Payne

Our list is in no particular order, so we’ll begin with a somewhat lesser known, but must-try restaurant downtown called Immerse Cuisine. Located in the historic Carter Payne Church, this farm-to-table restaurant creates elevated dishes in what is arguably one of the most romantic dining rooms in all of Colorado Springs. Chef Brent Beavers is well-known in the culinary community for his creative flavor combinations and delicious comfort-food. The menu changes often in order to take advantage of the surplus of incredible locally made products and fresh produce grown in Colorado during different seasons. Pair your meal with a drink from Local Relic Artisan Ales, Araucana Bespoke Cocktails, or Crusade Wine Bar who all share the same space. 

The Famous Steak House

Visit Colorado Springs’ finest upscale steak house, and you’ll tempt more than just your tastebuds. Enjoy their award-winning prime steaks and fresh seafood while listening to the soothing sounds of live piano music. Their menu features 30 plus Colorado spirits and wines as well as local craft brews, too. The Famous Steak House provides the perfect combination of cuisine, atmosphere, and entertainment making it an exceptionally elegant choice for celebrating this your being together. Reservations can be made on their website.

Caspian Cafe

For an elegant eatery with a casual feel and a bit of adventure, try the Caspian Café. Their menu boasts specialties from Morocco like Lamb Tagine, Kabob platter, Moroccan Roast Chicken, Moules Mariniere, and more.

But this charming restaurant serves more than food; it delivers an experience. On the right night, celebrate with their delightful Mediterranean dishes accompanied by live entertainment—belly dancers! Call the restaurant for special event schedules and to make your reservation.

La Baguette Bakery and Café

The first of our two daylight destinations is La Baguette Bakery and Café. This cozy spot is perfect for breakfast or lunch and is sure to start your day started with warm and fuzzy feels. Cuddle up close to your loved one and enjoy the quaint scenery of Old Colorado City through the picture windows. The French-inspired menu changes seasonally to take full advantage of freshness and quality. If coffee turns into lunch, we recommend the delightful bowl of warming French onion soup. Psssst! There’s a hidden wine bar above La Baguette that is open on the weekends. Check it out for an ultra romantic and unexpected night on the town.

Story Coffee Co.

Our last stop, is another first stop in your day. Story Coffee Co. is your quintessential cute coffee shop located in a tiny house at the edge of Acacia Park in downtown Colorado Springs. Not only is the delightfully aromatic coffee shop charming on any given morning, it’s also the perfect place to extend your date, from the night before with an after-dinner coffee, or a morning after tea. Save room for a locally-made pastry or pop tart, too!

This is but a short list of dinner and breakfast date destinations; we have so many more and will be happy to share ideas with you when you arrive to Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Dine with us and around Colorado Springs, on Valentine’s Day or any day, and we’re sure you’ll feel the love.