Best Naperville Restaurants For Date Night.

best naperville restaurants for date night

20+ Restaurants in Naperville and the Surrounding Suburbs that are Perfect for Date Nights.

My husband and I cherish our alone time together, so finding some of the best Naperville and surrounding area restaurants has made for unforgettable date nights.

Now… when I say, “date night”, I don’t necessarily mean upscale and romantic, though, there are those options on this list. But my husband and I enjoy quality time together at a tavern or dive bar just as much.

There’s something incredibly freeing about sitting atop a swiveling bar stool and glancing over at a family sitting at a table overrun by rowdy children. It suddenly makes us even more grateful to be out and about without our rowdy child.

I use the term “date night” loosely for another reason – we LOVE going out in the late afternoon/early evening and coming home by 9pm. Because, hey… we’re in our 30s, we’re parents of a toddler, WE ARE TIRED. But not too tired for a few hours of adult time that consists of yummy alcoholic beverages and delicious food.

And luckily for us, Naperville is packed to the brim with restaurants in this extra-large suburb. In this list, I’ve compiled all the best Naperville restaurants and bars, including my recommended cocktail at each.

UpscaleTrendyCasual
Sullivan’s SteakhouseEmpireLantern
Santo CieloTapville SocialPeanut’s
Blue Sushi Sake GrillAllegoryJackson Ave Pub
Catch 35Potter’s PlaceLegend’s
Hugo’s Frog BarIke & Oak Brewing
Ramsay’s KitchenLima Fresca
La Sorella di FrancescaFreedom Brothers
Mesón SabikaFat Rosie’s
Vasili’s
Please note: Some of these establishments fall into more than one category and have each been placed into the one category I think fits best.

Upscale

1. Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Location: Downtown Naperville

Atmosphere: Upscale

Food: Beef, Seafood

Outdoor Seating: Yes

My husband and I just came here for the first time for our 5th Anniversary. Although we had reservations for the dining room, we opted to switch to the bar area because that’s where the live jazz music was playing – I love live music at restaurants.

There, we had a bar bites menu and were offered a full menu to dine from. We ended up choosing three items off the bar bites menu and loved all of them. The Cheesesteak Eggrolls, Beef Burger Sliders, and the Prime Steak Frites Delmonico were all delicious.

Since we were there for our anniversary, I got the Rosé Prosecco, which sweet but not too sweet. I’ll highlight the cocktail I’ll be sure to try next time.

Cocktail: Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini

For full address and more info, please visit: Sullivan’s Steakhouse | Naperville, IL (sullivanssteakhouse.com)

2. Santo Cielo

Location: Downtown Naperville

Atmosphere: Trendy, Upscale

Food: Modern

Outdoor Seating: Enclosed Rooftop

Santo Cielo doesn’t have outdoor seating, but they do have an enclosed rooftop with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Naperville River Walk and the Dupage River. They feature an eclectic menu that differs from the rest of the restaurants in downtown Naperville.

When we were here, I tried the Unmet Minimum cocktail. I liked it but it had a strong after taste that others may not enjoy. Overall, Santo Cielo is a must try for an elevated and unique dining experience.

Cocktail: Unmet Minimum

For full address and more info, please visit: Santo Cielo (stcielo.com)

3. Blue Sushi Sake Grill

Location: Downtown Naperville

Atmosphere: Trendy, Upscale

Food: Sushi

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Blue Sushi Sake Grill is on the Naperville Riverwalk and offers an ample menu of seafood and sushi (including vegan options), with an artful pairing of cocktails.

Cocktail: Strawberry Daisy

For full address and more info, please visit: Water Street – Blue Sushi Sake Grill

4. Catch 35

Location: Downtown Naperville

Atmosphere: Upscale

Food: Seafood

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Catch 35 has a diverse menu of both surf and turf items to be enjoyed by seafood and steak lovers alike. The bold-flavored Bar Menu can be enjoyed at a discounted price during Happy Hour, Monday – Friday.

Cocktail: Strawberry Moscato Margarita

For full address and more info, please visit: Catch 35 Naperville – Catch 35 Seafood Restaurant

5. Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House

Hugo's Naperville

Photo: hugosfrogbar.com

Location: Downtown Naperville

Atmosphere: Upscale

Food: Seafood, Steaks

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Hugo’s has an impressive set of food and drink options with a high-end flair. Perfect for a special occasion or any night when you’re feeling fancy and want to swap out the sweats for a pair of heels.

Cocktail: Botanical Spritz

For full address and more info, please visit: Naperville | Hugo Frog Bar & Fish House (hugosfrogbar.com)

6. Ramsay’s Kitchen

Location: Downtown Naperville

Atmosphere: Trendy, Upscale

Food: Modern

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant is very new to Naperville after just opening this past Spring. We haven’t had a chance to check it out, yet, but it deserves a spot on this list with its appetizing menu and excellent reviews.

Cocktail: Behind Blue Eyes

For full address and more info, please visit: Ramsay’s Kitchen | Naperville | Gordon Ramsay Restaurants

7. La Sorella di Francesca

Location: Downtown Naperville

Atmosphere: Upscale

Food: Italian

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Francesca’s offers expertly crafted Italian cuisine in a cozy yet sophisticated atmosphere.

Cocktail: Lemon Blossom

For full address and more info, please visit: La Sorella Di Francesca, Naperville | Hours + Location | Mia Francesca

8. Mesón Sabika

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Location: Naperville

Atmosphere: Upscale

Food: Spanish

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Here you’ll find Spanish Tapas served beneath the ambience of a many string-lights encompassing a large patio. There’s nothing else like it I’ve come across.

Cocktail: Campo Viejo Rosé

For full address and more info: please visit: Meson Sabika – Naperville Restaurant for Weddings, Banquets and Dining

Trendy

9. Empire Burgers & Brew

Empire Burger Bar Naperville

Photo: empireburgerbar.com

Location: Downtown Naperville

Atmosphere: Trendy, Casual

Food: Burgers, Comfort Food

Outdoor Seating: Yes

We’ve been here multiple times – possibly the most out of any restaurant on this list. We love the rooftop, outdoor seating and the poutine is a must-have appetizer.

Cocktail: Tres Agaves Margarita

For full Address and more info, please visit Downtown Naperville Hotspot | Empire Burgers + Brew | United States (empireburgerbar.com)

10. Tapville Social

Tapville social, strawberry basil margarita - best naperville restaurants

Location: Downtown Naperville

Atmosphere: Trendy, Casual

Food: American, Comfort

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Tapville Social has a self-pour system for beer and wine, as well as a no hassle ordering/paying system. My husband was one of the first to try the new buffalo wings on the menu and he really enjoyed them.

Cocktail: Strawberry Basil Margarita

For full address and more info, please visit: Naperville — Tapville Social

11. Allegory

Allegory Naperville - Best Naperville restaurants for date night

Location: Downtown Naperville

Atmosphere: Trendy, Casual-Upscale

Food: Modern American

Outdoor Seating: Yes

This place was a nice change-up with it’s farm-to-table offerings and delicious cocktails – especially the margarita.

Cocktail: The Berry Best (Margarita)

For full address and more information. please visit: Allegory Naperville – Home

12. Potter’s Place

Location: Downtown Naperville

Atmosphere: Trendy, Casual

Food: Mexican

Outdoor Seating: Yes

The house margarita here was tasty, and so were the free chips and salsa.

Cocktail: House Margarita

For full address and more information, please visit:

13. Ike & Oak Brewing Co

Location: Seven Bridges

Atmosphere: Casual, Trendy

Food: American, Modern

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Ike & Oak has plenty of outdoor seating with an outdoor beer garden – but not to worry if you don’t like beer, the cocktails here are just as good, and so are the pizzas. The Wild Mushroom pizza is my go-to.

Cocktail: Tropical Sangria

For full address and more info, please visit: Ike & Oak | Brewing Co. in Woodridge, IL (ikeandoakbrewing.com)

15. Lima Fresca Taco & Tequila Bar

Location: Seven Bridges

Atmosphere: Casual, Trendy

Food: Mexican

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Lima Fresca is new to the area and just opened in 2022. I’ve tried the Baja Shrimp, Carne Asada, and Chicken Tinga tacos. I liked all of them just as much as I like their margarita. If you want a guaranteed delicious margarita, head to Lima Fresca.

Cocktail: Strawberry Casa Margarita

For full address and more info, please visit: Lima Fresca Taco & Tequila Bar

16. Freedom Brothers Pizzeria & Alehouse

Location: Naperville

Atmosphere: Casual, Trendy

Food: Pizzeria, Modern

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Freedom Brothers recently opened in Naperville and serves brick-oven pizzas as well as a wide variety of craft beers on tap and even more whiskey. I like the trendy ambience and really enjoyed the Waterloo Sunset cocktail.

Cocktail: Waterloo Sunset

For full address and more info, please visit: Naperville | Freedom Brothers Pizzeria & Alehouse (freedombrotherspizza.com)

17. Fat Rosie’s Taco & Tequila Bar

Fat Rosie's naperville 0 best naperville restaurants for date night

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Location: Downtown Naperville

Atmosphere: Casual, Trendy

Food: Mexican

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Fat Rosie’s recently moved to a new spot in Naperville, just across the street from where it was originally situated so they could gain more space because, well, they needed it. Fat Rosie’s is always a popular choice with it’s large menu and larger than life atmosphere.

Cocktail: Guayaba Margarita

For full address and more info, please visit: Naperville | Fat Rosie’s in Illinois (fatrosies.com)

18. Vasili’s

Location: Downtown Naperville

Atmosphere: Trendy

Food: Mediterranean

Outdoor Seating: Yes

This is the only Mediterranean restaurant on this list and it’s the only one needed. In addition to Santo Cielo and Blue Sushi Sake Grill, Vasili’s is on the Riverwalk and showcases an uplifting and trendy yet homey atmosphere, with a food menu and cocktails to match.

Cocktail: Pomona

For full address and more info, please visit: Vasili’s | Mediterranean Restaurant in Naperville, IL (vasilismediterranean.com)

Casual

19. Lantern

Lantern Naperville - Best naperville restaurants for date night

Photo: lanterntavern.com

Location: Downtown Naperville

Atmosphere: Casual

Food: American, Comfort

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Lantern is the diviest bar on here and a place where you’re guaranteed to chat up a local if you sit at the bar. We like to stop in here to drink and unwind in the no-fuss atmosphere.

Cocktail: Mango Margarita (seasonal: Summer)

For full address and more info, please visit: The Lantern | Home of the best burgers and coldest beer in downtown Naperville! (lanterntavern.com)

20. Peanuts Bar & Grill

Location: Downtown Naperville

Atmosphere: Casual

Food: American

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Peanut’s has a large outdoor patio that overlooks the Dupage River. The inside reminds me of the cozy atmosphere you get in small town bars.

Cocktail: Strawberry Margarita

For full address and more info, please visit: Home – Peanuts Bar & Grill (peanutsbarandgrill.com)

21. Jackson Ave Pub

Location: Downtown Naperville

Atmosphere: Casual

Food: American

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Jackson Ave Pub has over 15 different burgers to try and a plethora of other food options, along with both local and craft beers.

Cocktail: Spiked Strawberry Lemonade

For full address and more info, please visit: HOME | Jackson Avenue Pub (jacksonavepub.com)

22. Legends Grill & Bar

dragonfly Martini Legend's woodridge - best naperville restaurants

Location: Seven Bridges

Atmosphere: Casual

Food: American

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Legend’s is another one we’ve been to more times than I can count. I’ve tried a lot of their menu items, and the steak sandwich is my favorite. And I won’t lie to you, I can feel the tipsiness creeping in after just one Dragonfly Martini

Cocktail: Dragonfly Martini

For full address and more info, please visit: Woodridge, IL | Legends Grill & Bar (legendsgrillbar.com)

Key Takeaways

Whether you’re planning a date night somewhere upscale like Sullivan’s Steakhouse, trendy like Tapville Social, casual like Lantern, or somewhere in between, you’re sure to find that in Naperville, which is just one of the reasons why I love this town and the western suburbs so much!

With this list of the best Naperville Restaurants, there’s never a shortage of places to go to have an unforgettable date night with the one you love.

What’s your favorite spot to have quality alone time with your significant other? Do you like to mix it up and go somewhere new? Or do you prefer to go somewhere you’ve been to and know you love? Let me know in the comments below!

Hi! I'm Kim.

A Registered Nurse turned stay-at-home mom to one lively little girl. I created this blog to share all things motherhood with an emphasis on the dynamic of parenting a single child. As this blog grows, you’ll find the occasional heart-tugging post but much more regarding fun things to do with a toddler in the Chicagoland area, tips and tricks for traveling with a toddler, my favorite products for babies and toddlers – especially those that I’ve found to be petite friendly. And last but not least, all the best places to grab a delicious margarita during mommy downtime.

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