Houston's 10 Most Romantic Restaurants: Start Planning Your Valentine's Day Dinner Now

In case you hadn't heard, Valentine's Day falls on a Thursday this year. And in next week's print edition, our own Christina Uticone will have a round-up of all the Valentine's Day dinner deals and special menus you can shake a dozen roses at. This is not that round-up.

There are 10 types of people in this world: Those who understand binary and those who don't. No...wait. There are two types of people in this world: Those who take his or her partner out to eat on Valentine's Day and those who wait for the mad crush of romance to end before venturing back out to nice restaurants. This year, that means restaurant dining rooms both the weekend prior to and the weekend after Valentine's Day will likely be saturated with flower-bearing suitors. And cheers to them!

I, however, would rather have a special dinner with a special friend on a night when it's a bit calmer -- but that doesn't mean I don't want that special dinner to be romantic. Our guide to Houston's 10 most romantic restaurants lets you choose your own adventure, however. Most of the restaurants on this list are offering special Valentine's Day menus, but you can wine and dine a date here any night of the week and still give them a romantic evening.

Don't like the selections below? Check out last year's list of recommended spots; it's still as romantic as ever.

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Katharine Shilcutt