Apparently, Illinois is the place to be if you're looking for somewhere romantic to dine.

On a list of 100 restaurants posted by Food and Wine, over 10% of those can be found in the Land of Lincoln.

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Photo by Tanya Pro on Unsplash

You won't have to hop around the entire state to find the most romantic restaurants either.

That's because all 12 of them are in Chicago.

Food and Wine:

Illinois came out on top with the highest number of restaurants on the list (12), as compared to Ohio last year, and California and Pennsylvania followed with eight restaurants each.

I was very surprised to see my choice for the most romantic restaurant in Illinois not on the list. So I'll add it myself.

Bavette's Bar & Boeuf, 218 West Kinzie Street in Chicago.

Kate B. on Yelp: "The most comfy, romantic, sophisticated place ever. Food is absolutely amazing and an even better atmosphere. Check this place out if you haven't!"

You really should check out Bavette's in Chicago if you're looking for an incredible date night. Just the best.

These are the 12 "other" restaurants Food and Wine say are the most romantic in Illinois.

1. Aba, 302 North Green Street in Chicago.

Emily S. on Yelp: "The restaurant interior decor is one of my favorites in Chicago. During the day it feels like a spring garden, and at night, it transforms into the most romantic setting."

2. Boka, 1729 North Halsted Street in Chicago.

Chamie S. on Yelp: "Nice place. Some dishes were okay, fancy dining, pricey, main entrees are not meant for sharing. Scenery is elegant and on the romantic side."

3. Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!, 2024 North Halsted Street in Chicago.

Asil A. on Yelp: "Love this tapas place! Very cute and romantic dining setting. The food is delicious and the staff is very friendly. The portions are enough for 3 people to share."

4. The Capital Grille, 633 North Clair Street in Chicago.

Tamar P. on Yelp: "The atmosphere at night was very warm and romantic. If you want a nice date or want to impress a wine enthusiast take them here."

5. Gibson's Italia, 233 North Canal Street in Chicago.

Dawn D. on Yelp: "This place is worth a visit for the magnificent view alone!!! Then the food and service is the frosting on the cake!!! Great restaurant for girls night out, or a very romantic date!!!"

6. Girl & the Goat, 809 West Randolph Street in Chicago.

Ania K. on Yelp: "This place is so cozy and has a rustic romantic vibe and the food is really delicious."

7. Le Colonial, 57 East Oak Street in Chicago.

Marco V. on Yelp: "Best asian food in Chicago. Excellent for a romantic dinner."

8. Maple & Ash, 8 West Maple Street in Chicago.

Paul H. on Yelp: "Perfect place for a special occasion or romantic dinner as it is a dimly lit and very personalized to your needs."

9. RL Restaurant, 115 East Chicago in Chicago.

Meryem A. on Yelp: "The environment is comfortable enough to talk  with your friend, on the other hand, it is impressive enough in a romantic way with your lover."

10. RPM Italian, 52 West Illinois Street in Chicago.

Dominique W. on Yelp: "Great time, will be back! The atmosphere was romantic and I enjoyed the aesthetic of the inside."

11. RPM Steak, 66 West Kinzie Street in Chicago.

JK W. on Yelp: "The food was delicious, the staff were very attentive and friendly and the atmosphere was very romantic and warm. Had a wonderful time and can't wait to reserve my next table."

12. Steak 48, 615 North Wabash in Chicago.

Zuly R. on Yelp: The service is always great! I especially love the lighting and decor. Perfect for a romantic dinner but also great when you're out with company."

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