Looking for a romantic spot for dinner this Valentine's Day? Wanting reservation options or short wait times with a fine dining atmosphere? I've got just the places for you, all located within western Kentucky!

Bowling Green Area Dining

Hickory & Oak is located in beautiful downtown Bowling Green, Kentucky, and offers a premier dining experience. The menu includes Nordic Elk, Tomahawk Ribeye, Bourbon Glazed Salmon, Cajun Lobster Tails, and countless other delicacies. Call to make your reservations to ensure little to no wait times! 270-715-9268


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Toro Bowling Green can be found directly off Scottsville Road in Bowling Green and boasts a wonderful and authentic Latin fusion cuisine. Toro is a tapas bar and restaurant with a Latin flair sure to have you feeling like you are vacationing in a far-off land. Toro boasts of having an eclectic menu with some exciting and new items not typical of the region.

Pub by Novo invites its diners in for an upscale sports bar vibe, complete with a brunch menu! Pub by Novo has an Instagram-worthy menu in a modern industrial setting. This isn't your average bar food, it's classy and elegant, Pub has its own signature cocktails, and patio seating for warmer seasons.



Bluegrass Vineyard located a short drive north of "BG" in Smiths Grove is a locally and veteran-owned vineyard and winery in Warren County, Kentucky. While not a restaurant setting, they have wine sample flights and an assortment of snacks paired with their outstanding variety of wines. There is also a Bed and Breakfast guests can book, a Tuscan villa-inspired abode. At the winery, you have a choice of table or bar seating for their sampling menu. Bluegrass Vineyard always has an exciting events calendar in place, such as an upcoming "Galentines Gala" event set for February 17th at Highland Stables.



Freight House is home to Bravos Top Chef competitor Chef Sara Bradley, born and raised in the Bluegrass state, this TV-made famous chef has the ultimate experience and ability in the kitchen. It's said that Paducah is being "slept on" for its culture, food, and entertainment so If you find yourself in the far Western reaches of the state this Valentine's Day, don't hesitate to step in for an amazing bite. Freight House has a seasonally rotating menu based around locally sourced ingredients found within a day's drive or less of the eatery. Some of the fine dishes you may find on the menu are crawfish potpies, griddled meatloaf, and winter chowder.

Broussard's Cajun Cuisine has a laid-back let the good times roll kind of atmosphere with some deep south cooking. If you have a hankering for some New Orleans eats but don't have time to visit Crescent City, swing by Broussard's in Paducah for an amazing Cajun delight. Menu items range from gator tails, Po' Boys, Etouffee dinners, and Atlantic Salmon.

Purple Toad Winery has been quick to become a household name in terms of Kentucky wines. While in Paducah, take a tour of the winery and imbibe on a must-have item on your Valentine's Day table, a nice bottle of wine.


Lure Seafood & Grill If your Valentine is a seafood fan Lure is one of the best places around for just that. Lure has a great selection of items on the menu, from soups and salads to oysters, drunken seabass, lobster tails, snow crab legs, and ribeye. Lure offers a "72-hour Big Baller Dinner for Two" that requires a 72-hour preorder and ranges from beef Wellington, whole lobster, 48oz porterhouse steak, and others.




Niko's Italian Cuisine What list of restaurants would be complete without an Italian choice, especially for Valentine's? Niko's in Owensboro has something on the menu for any Italian foodie, from homemade alfredo to Chicken Cordon Bleu salad.


Old Hickory Bar-B-Q What kind of Owensboro Native would I be, if I complied a list without some barbeque? Sure, there are five-course restaurants out there but this place is about as good as it gets. Owensboro classic dishes that are scarce to be found elsewhere such as chopped mutton and burgoo. Old Hickory has won many BBQ competitions in its day and for good reason. It is hands down some of the best in the state.

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