Restaurants for the perfect first date

A first date can be make or break – increase your odds by picking the perfect restaurant. These Edmonton dining establishments will bring the cupids flying over to your table and help you get to that second date with their romantic ambiance and excellent food and wine.

Wildflower Grill

1
10009 107 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1J1

First dates are all about getting to know each other. Wildflower Grill is quiet enough that you can have a conversation, but not in a creepy, horror movie kind of way. The cocktail and wine lists are a mile long, so you`re sure to find a bottle you can both agree on. And, the restaurant happens to be located in the Matrix hotel, should your date go really, really well.

Cibo Bistro

2
11244 104 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 2X4

This Italian restaurant has lots of windows to let in the moonlight, creating the ideal romantic setting (not to mention all the candles, the obvious indicator of romance). It also has a stellar menu of Italian delicacies – they hand roll their pasta in house, in addition to curing their meat and making cheese on the premises. Cibo means `food` in Italian, so go ahead and wow your date with your knowledge of this romantic language.

Corso 32

3
10345 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1Y5

With only 32 seats and a chef known for his rustic Italian cuisine, Corso 32 is one of the toughest places in Edmonton to get a reservation. Impress your date by booking an early seating on a weeknight – this can generally be made a week in advance. Oh, and order the fried short rib as a starter and the chocolate torta with salty hazelnuts for dessert to guarantee the best meal of your life, no matter what you put in the middle as main course.

RGE RD

4
10643 123 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 1P3

A gorgeous, rustic-chic dining room, a delectable farm-to-table menu and a quiet, romantic setting is what you`ll find at RGE RD. Voted Best Restaurant and Best New Restaurant of 2014 by Avenue magazine, RGE RD is different from any other restaurant in Edmonton. Chef Blair Lesback promotes using the whole animal, which results in his Questionable Bits dish – it changes all the time but if it happens to be chicken liver risotto with pecorino when you visit, try it, or regret it forever.

The Marc Restaurant

5
9940 106th Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 2N2

The French know romance, which is why The Marc transforms from a casual, business lunch type of place during the day to a romantic, let`s fall in love and only eat French food kind of place in the evening. The service is impeccable, the menu has been carefully curated and the lighting is so damn flattering your date will think you are a movie star.

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