Maybe it's the dim lighting or the lengthy cocktail list. Perhaps you prefer a cozy atmosphere over a place with something to do. Whether you have a date, you're celebrating an anniversary or you're looking to spoil someone just because, everybody has their perfect spot. We asked our social media following for their recommendations in our most recent round of Region's Best with Listing Leaders Real Estate and the results ranged from romantic to classic with a lot of fantastic date night ideas in-between. Here's the full rundown of all 32 spots that made it into the contest ranked by total number of votes. No doubt that any of these spots would be a great place to celebrate no matter the occasion!
32. Ivy's Bohemia House: Chesterton, IN
31. Giovanni's : Munster, IN
30. Scarpe : Valparaiso, IN
29. Cafe Fondue : Merrillville, IN
28. Crown Brewing : Crown Point, IN
27. Chop House : Saint John, IN
26. Asada Cantina : Highland, IN
25. Sips & Stones Lounge : Saint John, IN
24. Abbiocco : Chesterton, IN
23. Kitaro : Munster, IN
22. Gino's : Dyer/Merrillville, IN
21. Twincade : Griffith, IN
20. Square Roots : Crown Point, IN
19. Stack's : Valparaiso, IN
18. Bait Shop : Valparaiso, IN
17. Provecho : Crown Point, IN
16. Octave : Chesterton, IN
15. Tavern on Main : Crown Point, IN
14. Meditrina : Valparaiso, IN
13. Theo's : Highland, IN
12. Umi Sushi : Crown Point, IN
11. Gamba : Merrillville, IN
10. 18th Street Distillery : Hammond, IN
9. Ciao Bella : Schererville, IN
8. Albano's Pasta Shop : Valparaiso, IN
7. Asparagus : Merrillville, IN
6. Prime Steakhouse : Crown Point, IN
5. Little Italy : Dyer, IN
4. Radius : Valparaiso, IN
This 2019 winner for South Shore's Restaurant of the Year sits right on Lincolnway for the perfect location to stroll through Downtown Valparaiso. With a menu that varies from burgers and sandwiches to ribs and pasta, there is something here for everyone.
Customer favorites: The Redenbacher Burger and their signature Bloody Mary
3. Cafe Borgia : Munster, IN
For over 30 years, this Munster restaurant has been serving the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana communities with their from scratch Italian menu and signature martinis. Since opening their doors in 1986, they've focused on cooking each meal to order and providing an excellent meal for a great value. A few staff members still remain from those original days which should tell you something about how they treat both their staff and their customers.
Customer favorites: Shrimp & Seashells and the Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi
2. Lucrezia Ristorante : Crown Point/Chesterton, IN
The Times newspaper has awarded this spot Best Italian restaurant 10 years and running. With locations in both Crown Point and Chesterton, these quaint little houses have been serving up Italian classics in their charming atmosphere since they opened in 1999.
Customer favorites: Veal Parmesan, Osso Bucco and Butternut Squash Risotto
AND OUR 2020 WINNER FOR REGION'S BEST DATE NIGHT SPOT IS...
The Lighthouse : Cedar Lake, IN
Tucked away on the waterfront of Cedar Lake, this fine dining establishment deserved every vote that came their way. Known for
their seafood and steaks, this is the perfect place to celebrate all of life's special occasions. Surrounded by windows, you're sure to get a gorgeous view of the lake in every season but summertime is when this restaurant comes alive. They feature live music in the bar 3 nights a week during their off-season and as the weather warms up, enjoy just about every night of the week. In the summer boaters can dock right up to the restaurant and patrons can enjoy dining al fresco right on the water all summer long. If you haven't put this spot on your list, it's for sure not one to miss!
Customer Favorites: Crab Cakes, Prime Bone-in Ribeye and the Chilean Sea Bass