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Jackson Hole has many romantic restaurants, and they are all romantic in different ways. One kind of romantic restaurant the valley is missing is a super formal one requiring men to wear a jacket and tie. It’s doubtful as to whether many people actually miss this though.
1. Cascade. In the summer, Cascade has a quiet, sunny patio. Come winter, there’s a roaring fire and plush banquettes to snuggle into. Year round, the food is good and seasonal: smoked pheasant ravioli, porcini dusted steelhead, Zonker stout-braised buffalo short ribs and all-natural free-range chicken.
2. Jenny Lake Lodge. Open May through October, Jenny Lake Lodge sits in a lodgepole pine forest at the northern end of Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park. The main lodge, which includes the dining room, dates from the 1920s. It’s also cozy and romantic, but in a more rustic way than private home way. The dinner menu here is always five courses; the five courses change nightly however. Breakfast here is fabulous as well. Whichever you choose — breakfast or dinner — make sure to make reservations. The lodge will turn non-guests away if they don’t have reservations.
3. Couloir. To get to Couloir, you have to take the Bridger Gondola up from the base at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Year round, the ride comes with wool blankets to snuggle under during the 8-minute ride. If you’re not in the mood for tenderloin of buffalo, pan-seared Hudson Valley foie gras or spicy grilled ono with coriander, Couloir has a great bar where you can just enjoy a drink.
4. Kitchen. A feast for all the senses, the Kitchen serves a wide menu of small plates, sushi, and one of the town’s best burgers (grass-fed beef) in a sophisticated-yet-cozy space you’d never guess was in Wyoming. The red deer with cherries and oyster mushrooms is very tasty too. Couples can canoodle at a two-top in the back while groups make their noise up front.
5. Osteria. Grab one of the eight seats at Osteria’s salumi bar and enjoy dinner and a show: you get to watch as imported meats and cheeses, brought to Jackson from the country’s finest purveyors, are hand-sliced to order. Or watch the wood-oven fired pizzas come to life. Or, if you need more privacy to feel romantic, sit in the main dining room, which is open, but surprisingly intimate.