15 Date Night Dinners. Skip the crowd and expense of going out and try one of these easy, romantic dinners, perfect for a special night in!

Roses are red, violets are blue, here’s a roundup of romantic recipes for your special someone and you! Okay, I might not be unseating Shakespeare any time soon, but in lieu of battling the crowds for an overpriced restaurant meal on Valentine’s Day, I’ll wax poetic about the joy of sharing a romantic dinner with someone you love at home instead. Whether that someone is your spouse, your roommate, or your cat, Valentine’s Day is a perfect excuse to pour two glasses of wine (or one glass of wine and one glass of milk), tie on your apron, and prepare a special dinner for two.

Every year, instead of going out, Ben cooks me dinner at home, a tradition that he started and I am oh-so-happy to keep. Typically, his culinary prowess stops at pouring the milk over his morning bowl of cereal, but for Valentine’s Day, he puts extra effort into making us a romantic dinner. Last year he mastered Balsamic Glazed Salmon, and this year we’ll be having Sun Dried Tomato Pasta. Both are simple to make, taste divine, and a reminder that you don’t need to spend a fortune or channel Julia Child to enjoy a romantic dinner at home.

This Valentine’s, skip the crowds, grab your special someone, and get to cooking one of these date-night approved recipes!


Shrimp Pasta with Creamy Tomato Basil Sauce. A fuss-free recipe that’s full of delicious flavors perfect for a romantic dinner for two!

Shrimp Pasta with Creamy Tomato Basil Sauce | Gimme Some Oven

Chicken Pot Pie. Who says comfort food can't be romantic!? This dinner recipe is a sure win with a special someone!

Chicken Pot Pie | She Wears Many Hats

Creamy Barley Risotto with Garlic Mushrooms and Spinach. Spend all that time stirring sipping wine and chatting with your special someone!

Barley Risotto with Mushrooms and Spinach  | Well Plated

Herb-Roasted Chicken. Your dinner date will find the flavors of Provence absolutely irresistible in this romantic recipe for Herb-Roasted Chicken!

In the Kitchen With: Molly Shuster’s Herb-Roasted Chicken | Design Sponge

Engagement Chicken Pasta. Married, dating or single, this pasta dish is always a winner for a romantic date night or weekday dinners!

Engagement Chicken Pasta | Dessert for Two

Easy Balsamic Glazed Salmon. A romantic dinner recipe that's ready in 20 minutes, flat!

Balsamic Glazed Salmon | Well Plated

Pink Peppercorn Sherry Cream Chicken. Score big points with your special someone with a romantic dinner recipe like this Pink Peppercorn Sherry Cream Chicken!

Pink Peppercorn Sherry Cream Chicken | Boulder Locavore

Surf and Turf for Two. Sometimes you just can't mess with a classic when it comes to romantic dinner recipes!

Surf and Turf for Two | Iowa Girl Eats

Skinny Shrimp Pasta with Garlic and White Wine. A healthy pasta dish that easily swings from romantic dinner recipe to weeknight dinner!

Healthy Garlic Shrimp Pasta | Well Plated

Lemon Roasted Chicken. Comfort and love are the name of the game when it comes to Lemon Roasted Chicken, making it a perfect romantic date night dinner recipe!

Lemon Roasted Chicken | Grandbaby Cakes

Mushroom Broth Brown Butter Seared Halibut. This is one romantic date night dinner recipe you won’t soon forget!

Mushroom Broth Brown Butter Seared Halibut | A Spicy Perspective

Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta. Easy and SO GOOD. A romantic dinner recipe that's ready to go in 20 minutes!

Sun Dried Tomato Pasta | Well Plated

25-Minute Beef and Snow Pea Stir Fry. Who needs take out when you can make an absolutely delicious, romantic dinner recipe in only 25 minutes!

25-Minute Beef and Snow Pea Stir Fry | Table for Two

Valentine's Day Heart Pepperoni Pizza. What's more romantic than a heart-shaped dinner?!

Valentine’s Day Heart Pepperoni Pizza | How Sweet Eats

Pecan Crusted Chicken with Strawberries and Goat Cheese. An easy but delicious twist on baked chicken that's a perfect and quick romantic dinner recipe for two!

Pecan Crusted Chicken with Strawberries and Goat Cheese | Well Plated

And one bonus recipe, because Valentine’s Day demands chocolate!

Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles. The perfect touch of decadence to end with after a romantic dinner for two!

Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles | Well Plated