Benvenuti’s Ristorante 105 W. Main St., Norman 405.310.5271 | benvenutisristorante.com In one of animated film’s most memorable evenings, the happy-go-lucky Tramp takes his uptown girl Lady out for a romantic Italian dinner. Benvenuti’s doesn’t serve mongrels or cocker spaniels, but it does dish up some of the best Italian cuisine in central Oklahoma. And if you don’t want to play the odds that your last slurp of spaghetti will end in a sweet kiss, try the grilled rack of lamb instead.
Red PrimeSteak 504 N. Broadway Ave., OKC 405.232.2626 | redprimesteak.com It’s classic and contemporary at Red Prime, where you can get any great cut of beef you want, order it cooked with one of seven signature crusts and slather it with your choice of spectacular sauces. You can even top that slab of steak with foie gras for a stunningly savory experience. Pro tip: The Pecan Ice Cream Ball is amazing.
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Local 2262 W. Main St., Norman 405.928.5600 | eatatlocal.com The clock is ticking on this one, as the awardwinning restaurant recently announced it will be closing February 15, 2015. But if you read this in time to make a reservation, especially if you’re following a gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian diet, you can enjoy a final visit to the purveyor of tasty dishes using seasonal foods and ingredients acquired from nearby sources.
Ludivine 805 N. Hudson Ave., OKC 405.778.6800 | ludivineokc.com Another entrant in the “farm-to-fork” category, Ludivine sets itself apart by offering fairly unusual fare on a menu subject to change daily. Due to the unpredictable availability of some products and ingredients, the staff respectfully declines substitutions. Date night should be drama-free anyway. Let yourself go and trust the professionals here. And seriously, do you really think you have a better preparation for rabbit rillette?
Rococo Restaurant & Fine Wine 2824 N. Pennsylvania Ave., OKC 405.528.2824 | rococo-restaurant.com The Shoppes at Northpark, 12252 N. May Ave., OKC 405.212.4577 | rococo-restaurant.com What could be more romantic than a whirlwind trip to Manhattan with your sweetie? If a jaunt to the Empire State is out of reach, you can at least get your East Coast seafood fix at Rococo. Littleneck clams, Prince Edward Island mussels and other saltwater savories from around the world make either location a go-to seafood stop in the city. There’s even an escargot appetizer; just skip the classically terrible joke about the wealthy snail who bought a fast car with the caveat that it had to have a large “S” painted on each side. No one wants to eat dessert alone.