A great restaurant table for two is always a spectacular find.
A couple having a romantic night out might want a secluded table for privacy's sake, while another couple celebrating a birthday or anniversary might want to be seated in the center of the action -- but without feeling shoehorned-in.
Here are 10 places, in six countries, that do tables for two right.
Bella Vista, Four Seasons Biltmore, Santa Barbara
1260 Channel Dr., Santa Barbara, Calif. Tel: 805.969.2261
Bella Vista, the fine-dining restaurant in this lavishly restored 1920s resort, is one of a handful of spots that does not have a bad table for two. The outside patio, overlooking the endearingly named Butterfly Beach, can get crowded, but seating indoors is remarkably private and the wait staff is unobtrusive.
Food is Southern California casual, served fresh and in-season, and there is a decent wine list. Be sure to stroll around the wondrously landscaped grounds, graced with tropical flowers, trees and ferns.Temple Club, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
29 Ton That Thiep St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Tel: 08.829.9244
The Indochine sensibility and dream-of-the-East décor -- wooden shutters, dark-stained wood and rattan furniture, whirling ceiling fans and original art for sale -- make Temple Club a très romantic hideaway. Vietnamese fare, a subtle blend of Asian ingredients and presentation and French accents in the kitchen, is one of the most successful fusion cuisines.
Don't let the nondescript building exterior (it's a former Buddhist temple) put you off. Inside, all is intimate and serene.
The Park, Park Hyatt Hotel, Milan, Italy
1 via Tommasso Grossi, Milan. Tel: 39.02.8821.1234
Sleek and very Continental, located in a gorgeous boutique hotel steps from the Galleria and La Scala, the Park is romantic enough for a honeymoon meal. Seasonal, regional Italian fare is showcased. Stylish black banquettes flank one side of the room, and tables are spaced so a couple can sup there without feeling they're part of a group encounter.