5 Date Night Restaurants in Burlington

Date night in Burlington is always a blast. With our gorgeous waterfront, amazing array of restaurants (and plenty of good-looking/active people to not-so-subtly check out and compare to your significant other), there’s no reason to head out of the city for a romantic night. Sometimes it’s nice to stroll into a place where they know your name and other times it’s great to shake up your routine and experience a whole new dining experience, locally. Maybe you’ve been to one of these restos, maybe you’ve been to all. Here are five picks for date night (in no particular order) in Burlington.

5. The Lord Nelson Fine Dining

With great steak and ambience, what’s not to love? There’s also lobster and seafood in store at this Plains Rd. E. resto which has been serving the Golden Horseshoe area since 1974. It’s all about quality here, plus fresh seafood paired with an extensive wine list. Best-sellers include Oyster Rockefeller, Shrimp Cocktail, and Caesar Salad prepared at the table as appetizers. Try Fresh Pickerel or Ribeye Steak as a main course and Creme Brulee for dessert. There’s also a lounge area perfect for sipping liqueur (sign me up!). Keep in mind, the resto closes at 10 p.m. Footnote: Their steak spice, sold at Marilu’s, is fire!

Price for mains: $30-$75.

Photo courtesy of The Lord Nelson

4. The Martini House

It’s classy and cool, yet cozy. The Martini House offers “distinctly different dining.” Complete with gourmet, chef-made menu items, the abundant supply of libations begs one to quiet the mind and focus on tasting the sweet and sour sensations on your SO’s lips. Or you can just swipe their cotton candy. The relaxing atmosphere on Elizabeth St. is the perfect place to unwind after a long week … even if your relaxing begins at 11 p.m. (it’s open until 1 a.m. during the week, which is way past my bedtime but that’s neither here nor there). With drinks like the Blue Cactus (SKYY Vodka, Blue Curacao, Malibu Rum, sour lime, pineapple juice) and the Golden Rod (SKYY Vodka, Tequila, Grand Marnier, lime cordial), a few martinis in and I’ll be saying “whatever floats your boat, boo.”

Price for mains: $18-$40.

Photo courtesy of the Martini House

3. Mythos Greek

The Mousaka is marvellous! This hidden gem on Fairview St. will have your date smiling and stroking your hand while gazing into your eyes with wonder. Dishes include all the usual suspects, such as oregano, mint, garlic, onion, dill and bay laurel leaves, which pack so much flavour. From grilled lamb (Paidakia) to breaded, tender lean pork cutlets (Lemonati Kotoleta), there’s plenty to choose from. Executive chef Andreas Yerondais will make you feel as though you’ve been whisked away to the beautiful blue waters in the Mediterranean. Service is downright impeccable, which naturally has us saying opa! We just wish it stayed open later (Mythos also closes at 10 p.m.).

Price for mains: $19-$27.

Photo courtesy of Mythos

2. Sushi Masayuki

Sushi Masayuki is probably the best Japanese restaurant in the GTA and definitely comparable to the top spots in Toronto proper. It's the best in Halton region by far. This is a real Japanese restaurant because, quite simply, it’s owned and run by Japanese operators. Authenticity is key and the chefs at Masayuki have a plethora of experience with Japanese cuisine. Masayuki Takabe has more than 25 years under his belt as a sushi chef, working in popular high-end Japanese restaurants in Toronto and at Oakville's Mye. Kitchen chef Takeshi Okada trained in Tokyo from the age of 15 and is among the top Japanese chefs in Canada who specialize in “kaiseki.” The quality of the food here is unparalleled, so if you really want to impress, you'd better head to Sushi Masayuki. Just watch out because the sashimi bill will add up real quick, but you pay for quality. Make sure you book a reservation, as this place is rather quaint.

Price for mains: $18.95-$80.

1. Spencer’s at the Waterfront

Location, location, location. Real estate will score you top points when you’re sitting in a restaurant overlooking Spencer Smith Park. The view sells itself and so does the atmosphere (photographed at the very top). The menu offers seafood, of course, with items ranging from Mussel & Clam Linguini to Grilled Confit King Oyster Mushrooms to Parmesan Baked Lobster. Sides include Duck Fat Fries. If that isn’t fancy, I don’t know what is (though I certainly wouldn’t be ordering those while trying to exude a sexy vibe!). Great eats await at this hands-down favourite, where the food and service are divine. Spencer’s closes at 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays so head there for dinner then catch the movie!

Price for mains: $19-$49.

Photos courtesy of Spencer’s at the Waterfront

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