It’s widely known, though not medically proven, that the quickest path to your beloved’s heart is through their stomach. Make sure your date is well fed and there’s a good chance they’ll be yours forever.
If you want your relationship to be extra spicy, go out for Hispanic food.
Whether it’s a first date or you’re finally taking a long-deserved night out without the kids, finding a swoon-worthy Latin or Spanish restaurant in Reno esto es pan comido.
From a Mexican taqueria to a Brazillian steakhouse, tapas, and Basque, here are seven of the most romantic Spanish and Latin restaurants in the Biggest Little City.
516 S. Virginia Street
With a quaint yet classy vibe, Mexcal in Midtown Reno puts an eclectic and elegant twist on classic tacos and tequila.
The menu features a la carte tacos, tostadas, and enchiladas ($5-$8 each), crafted with elevated fillings like shredded short ribs, octopus, and duck confit. Specialty cocktails, like the grapefruit-infused Paloma Azul, join six types of margaritas on the drink menu — all handmade from a spirited collection of more than 80 tequila brands.
Whether you cozy up with your date on the patio or exchange flirty glances in the artsy main dining room, you’re sure to enjoy a rare and romantic meal.
Churrasco Brazillian Steakhouse
425 S. Virginia Street
Nothing says “I love you” like unlimited sliced tableside — it’s a tradition that has enamored Southern Brazil for many generations.
Spread the love in Northern Nevada by sharing in customary rodizio (all-you-can-eat) dining while choosing from (or choosing all) 15 meats at Churrasco Brazillian Steakhouse in Midtown Reno. Beef, chicken, pork, lamb, and sausage are spin-roasted over an open flame and served from the skewer by waiters dressed like gauchos (Brazilian cowboys). The set price ($61) includes a fresh market table with sides and salads, though Churrasco also has a full dinner menu and full bar.
Reservations are recommended, but be sure to come on an empty stomach.
La Condesa Eatery
1642 S. Wells Avenue
Fusing Chef Sergio Romero’s Mexican roots with the flavors of Mexico, Korea, and Italy, La Condesa Eatery is primed to spice up your love life.
When dining at the urban hotspot with innovative haute cuisine and cocktails, guests can expect the unexpected from the seasonal menu, which offers dishes like Spanish octopus ($19) and black Angus ribeye tacos ($22). Cocktails, such as the blackberry hibiscus margarita ($14), also showcase the season and fun flavors.
Spacious with an upbeat vibe both inside and outside, the dining room features an open-concept kitchen. Seating is also available in a charming and romantic courtyard space.
Uno Más Street Tacos + Spirits
Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. 2nd Street
For a festive dinner with your uno amor, check out Uno Más Street Tacos + Spirits. It’s ideal for a romantic staycation at Grand Sierra Resort, dinner and a show, or a simple meal in a lively environment.
The menu is huge with all your Mexican food classics, like street tacos (3 for $17), shrimp fajitas ($26), and a surf and turf combination plate ($38). There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options as well.
The drink menu is equally as prolific with wine, beer, and hand-shaken or frozen cocktails. They even offer a special pre-fix menu on Valentine’s Day ($49 each), and love-themed drinks like the “Amor” cocktail ($18).
236 California Avenue
Inspired by the owner’s travels to Spain, Centro recreates the vibrant ambiance of the country’s famous tapas bars in Midtown Reno. Brick walls and moody lighting create a modern yet dreamy atmosphere for dining on innovative small plates with craft cocktails, local beer, and imported wine.
Imagine the excitement of touching your date’s hand as you both grab for the same bite of fried arancini ($9) or Yakitori skewer ($8). Dishes are freshly prepared with local ingredients and artistically presented, and drinks are mixed fresh at the bar.
The dining room and heated outdoor patio are intimate, so reservations are recommended.
271 Wonder Street
Family-owned Anna’s Taqueria, sister eatery to Anna’s Mexican Grill, is an intimate restaurant with a whimsical dining room and a charming outdoor patio.
The menu features upscale Mexican food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as cocktails and beer. Dine with your date on all-you-can-eat tacos ($26.99, including dessert), a six-taco meal (meat or veggie), or a special combination dish — like ribeye gorditas — paired with a tequila or mezcal-based drink, Mexican beer, or non-alcoholic mango lemonade.
Portions are large, so don’t forget to save room for dessert!
Louis’ Basque Corner
301 E. 4th Street
If you’re past the small-talk phase with your partner and don’t mind meeting new people on date night, Louis’ Basque Corner will take you back in time to a dining style originating in a region of northern Spain.
This longtime restaurant carries on the Basque custom of family-style seating with traditional food like sweetbreads, oxtail, tongue, and tripe, all served by waitstaff dressed in authentic Basque costumes.
Dinner is hardy, coming with soup, bread, Basque beans, salad, fries, a first course, a choice of entree (starting at $29), dessert, and a glass of house wine.
Originally opened as a home away from home by a Basque Country emigrant in 1967, the upstairs–formerly a boarding room for Basque workers–is now a bar with a pool lounge, and the picon punch ($6), known as the Basque cocktail, flows freely.
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