263 E. Whittier St., German Village
By now, it's common knowledge that Barcelona's spectacular patio is unrivalled in Columbus for sultry al fresco dining. But voters no doubt chose Barcelona as most romantic restaurant for its year-round, mood-enhancing attributes, like its dramatic yet quietly lit dining room. There, colorful seashell-like glass and terra-cotta-painted walls strung with local art combine with classic German Village brickwork and a lavish bar for a sophisticated prettiness. Sharing small plates of tapas-y noshes in that sharp setting - especially when the fine live music is flowing - can turn date night into something extra special.
Runners-up: M, Basi Italia