On the list of holidays that require a special dining experience to celebrate, Valentine’s Day is probably tops.
Finding the right romantic dinner option might take a little planning. You might be looking for the right atmosphere, or simply the best menu. Either way, consider this list of Valentine’s Day dinner options around The Bend a starting point as you figure out the best option.
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An elegant downtown South Bend restaurant in a former bank, Café Navarre leans into its seafood options. The French onion soup is a must. As for an entrée, you need not scroll past the bouillabaisse, a French fish stew with lobster, shrimp, market fish, scallops, mussels and more.
Carriage House Dining Room
Fine dining in an idyllic setting northwest of South Bend. Dine on the Steak Diane, duck breast or hand made pasta, among other options. Then make a note to come back during summer when the outdoor gardens are in full bloom.
In an area flush with Italian restaurants (we could do an entire list of them suitable for Valentine’s Day dinner), Carmela’s in South Bend rises to the top for ambiance to match the occasion. Start with the mozzarella fritti as you work through the wonderfully traditional menu.
Copper Rock Steakhouse
You could make a meal out of the Copper Rock Seafood Tower, which is something to behold. The steaks are prepared through an in-house dry aging program. Copper Rock is situated inside Four Winds Casino South Bend, which offers a massive gaming floor.
You might visit for the dry-aged steaks or seasonal favorites like truffled chicken roulade but be prepared to have difficulty making a decision. Corndance’s menu is wide on variety and bold on flavor.
Classic fine dining steakhouse and then some in downtown South Bend’s oldest commercial building. Wood-fired steaks are the linchpin of a menu that also features fresh seafood, like Canadian lobster tail. Choose from an extensive wine list and don’t forget dessert. They’re all made in-house.
Render Kitchen + Bar
An upscale, modern option in the East Bank Village neighborhood of South Bend. Options range from New York strip to Alaskan halibut to delectable Render burger. There’s also an extensive vegan menu.
Considered one of The Bend’s finest restaurants by locals and visitors alike, yet Temper Grille in Granger still feels like a hidden gem. Skip the traditional options and go with the lobster mac and cheese.
Tippecanoe Place Restaurant
If you’re looking for a place steeped in tradition, this downtown South Bend dining option is your spot. Tippecanoe Place is in a former Studebaker family mansion. Prime rib has been the house special for 30 years.
Woochi Japanese Fusion
Here’s one for the sushi lovers. Woochi has a chic space in downtown South Bend, plus some of The Bend’s best rolls. The Godzilla roll – shrimp, eel, red snapper – is a house favorite.
Yesterday’s Food and Spirits
Forgive us if we skip straight to dessert. They’re massive and flavor-packed. We lean toward the cheesecake at this quirky Granger restaurant, but you really can’t go wrong with any of the sweets on offer.