Grilling Ideas for a Romantic Dinner

Whether you are celebrating a special occasion with your partner or just surprising them with a thoughtful gesture, romantic dinners never lose their flare – similar to grilling. This is why combining romantic dinners with barbecuing creates such an unforgettable experience. There’s something romantic about cooking outside; whether it’s the open air, the clear skies, or the rustic feel to it all – whoever you’re wooing will surely be impressed by the uniqueness of an entirely-grilled meal.

For this occasion, Napoleon’s got you covered. Their expert grills such as the ones in the Prestige® Series and Prestige PRO™ Series can handle grilling multiple dishes at once, ensuring your romantic BBQ dinner needs are met. If you’re looking for ideas for a romantic dinner on-the-go, you can even incorporate a camping trip or a visit to the beach by using the conveniently portable grills in the TravelQ™ Series and TravelQ™ PRO Series!

Before you get started, you’ll need a stellar menu for a romantic dinner. Continue reading this article for everything you need from appetizers to desserts!



Smoked French Onion Soup

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This French onion soup recipe combines hearty smoked beef marrow bones, lots of deliciously-caramelized onions, fresh thyme and bay leaves to give you an undeniably-delectable appetizer. Use the broiler on your grill to get that signature toasted baguette topped with melted Emmental cheese and viola! You’ve now set the tone for an evening of grilled goodness.

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Clam Chowder for Two

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This untraditional BBQ recipe is a must-try if you’re looking for unique ideas for a romantic dinner. This dish intricately combines staple seafood like clams with the umami punch of bacon, the freshness of celery and thyme and the richness of smoked cream. By smoking the clams and the cream, it expertly heightens the barbecue flavor of this recipe. It’s a sophisticated dish that is sure to impress your seafood-loving dinner date.

Planning to serve up this delicious recipe for your romantic dinner? Then check out our recipe page for the full instructions!


Grilled Caesar Salad


This fresh and light salad recipe is sure to get your appetite going. Taking a traditional caesar salad and putting a grilled (vegan) twist on it is the super easy upgrade we all needed. The Edgy Veg (Candice Hutchings) combines a few familiar ingredients like romaine lettuce, parsley, capers, and caesar dressing. To bulk up this salad with more protein, she’s included tofu and white beans into the mix. But what truly sets this salad apart is the added dimension of smoky flavor by charring the romaine lettuce directly on your grill. It’s definitely a must-try!

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Main Courses

Charcoal Grilled Salmon

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Healthy, light, and delicious – this charcoal-grilled salmon fillet with vegetables is perfect if you’re looking for seafood-inspired ideas for a romantic dinner. Show off your barbecue skills by serving up this citrus-infused grilled salmon dish, which looks a lot more complicated than it actually is.

Salmon is a type of fish that is inherently flavorful. To highlight this natural flavor further, we used lemon, garlic, and a variety of herbs. The smoked flavors come from your charcoal grill, which infuses into the salmon and vegetables, creating a delicate harmony that’s sure to heat up your date night.

Looking to wow your special someone with this recipe? Then check out our recipe page for the full instructions!


Grilled Chilean Sea Bass

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Chilean sea bass is a rare and quite expensive type of fish. It might be decadent – but for a romantic dinner with your special person, why not indulge a little? Chilean sea bass meat is delicately sweet and incredibly tender. In this recipe, we add to this natural flavor with some spicy cajun seasoning, butter, and our special cider cream sauce. Serve this up with a side of grilled bread and you have yourself a five-star meal!

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Meatballs Over Rice


Set aside the basic spaghetti and meatballs dish – it’s time to try something new! We all know and love the taste of savory, herby, grilled meatballs; so, to add some brightness to their flavor, we’re pairing them with a balanced mix of Greek yogurt, lemon juice, and parsley. Swap out the noodles and serve this dish with a side of our special rice. Now, you have a lighter, more unique meatball recipe. Yum!

Ready to try this mouth-watering recipe? Then check out our recipe page for the full instructions!


Chinese Grilled Duck Breats

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Looking to incorporate more diverse recipe ideas for a romantic dinner? Surprise your dinner date with a Chinese-inspired dish so good, it looks restaurant-made! This succulent, gourmet-level recipe allows you to enjoy the rich flavor of duck breasts with the perfect fried rice mixture in this simple yet lovely dish.

Looking to wow your special someone with this recipe? Then check out our recipe page for the full instructions!


Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Impress your vegetarian date with this hearty and healthy vegan recipe. Your BBQ works to bake and grill the acorn squash, bringing out its natural sweetness and infusing it with a hint of smokiness. We then pair this with an aromatic quinoa-based stuffing that is full of delicious vegetables such as cremini mushrooms, red onion, celery, garlic, and our special blend of seasoning. The dish is so tasty, even non-vegans will love it too!

Excited to try this romantic dinner recipe? Then view our recipe page for the full instructions!



Lemon & Blueberry Cake

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Did you know you can prepare dessert on your grill? Using the indirect grilling method, you can pretty much cook just about anything! The first of our dessert ideas for a romantic dinner include this grilled lemon and blueberry cake. In this recipe, we bring together the tartness of lemon, the sweetness of blueberry, the fragrance of vanilla, and the richness of cream cheese to create a crowd-pleasing dessert.

Looking to wow your special someone with this recipe? Then check out our recipe page for the full instructions!


Grilled Banana Boat Sundaes


The perfect summertime dessert has GOT to be the banana split. This variation is grilled straight on your barbecue and filled with chunks of chocolate for extra gooey bananas. It’s probably one of the easiest desserts you can prepare on the grill!

Once the smokey flavor is infused into the carefully prepared banana boat, you simply add ice cream and your favorite toppings like chocolate chips, peanut butter, hot fudge, and cherries. It’s a simple recipe that is sure to showcase your culinary creativity and impress your date!

Ready to try this mouth-watering recipe? Then check out our recipe page for the full instructions!


What's Your Favorite Romantic BBQ Recipe?

If you’ve been looking for fun things to cook together on a date, why not show off your skills as a grill master by cooking a three-course meal for your guest? This blog showcases just some of our top meal ideas for a romantic dinner, but we encourage you to create your own and share it with us on social media! We’d love to hear all about it!