Restaurateurs in this area want nothing less to be labeled a “Special Event” kind of place. The spot you go once a year for your anniversary, to celebrate a graduation or the landing of a new job. I bet most would take a hit from the health department than accept that label. They want you to be a regular and once a year won’t cut it. As a result, casual and “upscale casual” rule the day in and around Columbia.
Most of the time, that’s okay – maybe even a good thing. But when you’re in the mood for something a little more mature, your choices can be a little slim. So as we approach Valentine’s Day – and with it the attending and quite fraught question of where to dine* that night – let’s take stock of our more intimate, romantic venues. What constitutes romantic varies from person to person, of course, but for the sake of discussion let’s go with the following attributes:
Refined, well-executed food. Attractive setting. Moderate to low noise. Efficient, unobtrusive service. Bonus points for a view.
I have some ideas of my own, but I’m more interested in what you all might come up with. What are Columbia’s more romantic dining settings? Post your nominees in comments below and I’ll dish on my favorites Friday morning on 1400 KFRU at 9:15 am.
* The most romantic setting of all is, of course, a nice dinner in your own home (and sans rugrats). But let’s stick to restaurants for the sake of discussion.