Unlike cinematic love scenes, cuisine can be enjoyed in the company of parents without embarrassment. Dodge future moments of uneasiness with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of upscale American fare and drinks at White Oaks Restaurant in Westlake.
Voted Best Romantic Restaurant by CityVoters, White Oaks Restaurant has wooed patrons since 1928 with an upscale menu dished out in an elegant wood-paneled dining room. Warm up palates with the apple onion soup grantinee, slowly simmered spanish onions and red-delicious apples performing circus acts under a tent of golden-browned mozzarella ($5.25).
Carnivorous canines can chomp the steak au poivre, a pan-seared New York strip lathered in cognac and green peppercorn demi-glace ($31.95), or the New Zealand rack of lamb ($32.95) marinated in apple teriyaki. Fresh seafood selections such as the seared yellowfin tuna, flanked by wasabi crème fraîche and pickled ginger ($25.95), splash coyly before diving into wide-open mouths. Ice-cream-laden noshes dominate the dessert menu, with the crème de menthe parfait ($5.50) arm wrestling with the Tollhouse pie à la mode ($6) for the right to freeze over lingering hungers.
Peckish patrons feast in a dining room that boasts a lavish windowed wall that continuously unfolds a wooded, stream-laden view before their eyes. During chilly months, White Oaks Restaurant's six wood-burning fireplaces keep toes warmer than a baby in a fleece tuxedo.
White Oaks Restaurant
White Oaks Restaurant began business in 1928, but its doors wouldn’t open until staff had spied visitors through a peephole, creating an aura of mystery that’s never quite left this fine-dining establishment. Proudly touting its history as a hotspot for imported booze and high-stakes gambling during the Prohibition era, the restaurant—voted Cleveland's best romantic restaurant by viewers of Fox 8 for the seventh time—now celebrates the legalization of spirits with a towering wine rack and solid-gold bust of Johnnie Walker. Six wood-burning fireplaces cast their crimson glow off plates piled with high-end American cuisine, from succulent seafood to creative game dishes such as venison. Elegant wood paneling spans the lodge-like dining room, where a glass wall on the east end overlooks an arboreal wonderland and burbling creek.