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Gazedibles: Date night

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Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, so it is  likely that many restaurants are already booked up that day, but it is always worth a shot. Even if you aren’t celebrating on the 14th, these seven restaurants make a great date night any day of the year.

By Jacob Threadgill with provided and Gazette / file photos

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Vast
333 W. Sheridan Ave., 49th floor
vastokc.com | 405-702-7262

What can be more romantic than getting a bird’s-eye view of the city that we love? It’s even weirder when you are on the 49th floor of Devon Tower and see birds flying below you. The food and service at Vast matches its lofty expectations, and there is something for everyone. Enjoy a great bone-in rib-eye or plant-based options that expand during the last week of every month with a full vegan menu.

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The Metro Wine Bar & Bistro
6418 N. Western Ave., Nichols Hills
metrowinebar.com | 405-840-9463

This venerable restaurant has been in business since 1988, and for good reason. The food and atmosphere — led by one of the best wine selections in the state — will never disappoint. Be on the lookout for special events, like the annual wine and chocolate tasting every February.

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Paseo Grill
2909 Paseo Drive
paseogrill.com | 405-601-1079

This Paseo Arts District staple is one of the most sought-after Valentine’s destinations. It is  likely already full for the big day, but it’s always a great date night option, especially if you request one of the booths with a curtain that will make you feel like you’re sitting inside the bottle from I Dream of Jeannie.

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Jamil’s Steakhouse
4910 N. Lincoln Blvd.
jamilssteakhouseokc.com | 405-525-8352

One of Oklahoma City’s most established restaurants has been open since 1964 and in some respects feels like stepping into a time portal — in a good way. The dim lighting helps create the romantic mood, and the Lebanese appetizer that comes with every meal is great way to share a meal with someone you love.

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La Brasa
1310 NW 25th St.
labrasaokc.com | 405-524-2251

Just like the restaurant named after its signature Peruvian dish but has a menu featuring worldly influence, the décor has something for everyone. In some places it is  comforting, and other places it has a club vibe, which it often turns into during weekends. La Brasa is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic meal and then hit the dance floor to tunes curated by a DJ.

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Ludivine
320 NW 10th St.
ludivineokc.com | 405-778-6800

If you haven’t been to Ludivine since it moved to its new location in the mid-century modern building connected to its sister restaurant, The R&J Lounge and Supper Club, you will  be impressed. Ludivine’s rotating menu highlighting local providers is always one to satisfy, but it is only enhanced by its cool new setting with an expanded bar.

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Castle Falls
820 N. MacArthur Blvd.
castlefalls.com | 405-942-6133

Another in-demand holiday restaurant is The Cellar at Castle Falls, but the romantic restaurant is an intimate one with nine seats. The unique location is literally built with Oklahoma City history, made to recreate a French castle with reclaimed material from the city’s urban renewal destruction. Castle Falls also offers curated menus elsewhere in the building at The Primrose and a five-course experience upstairs in The Library. It is  open Thursday-Saturday.

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