Date Night in JXN

Call the babysitter, order the kids a pizza and plan a night out!

If you and your love need some time to unwind and enjoy all JXN’s culinary scene has to offer, we have suggestions for a handful of favorite “date night” dining spots in the city.

Estelle Southern Table at The Westin Jackson
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Estelle Wine Bar and Bistro - Downtown

Start your meal off with their curated wine list, which recently grabbed accolades for Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence 2022. Another option is one of their crafted cocktails, with homages to Mississippi greats like "The Elvis" - an applause-worthy concoction of Ransom Old Tom Gin, St. Germain, and Grapefruit Juice.

Estelle's shareable small bites play well with everything from a savory flatbread, soup, or fresh, locally-sourced salad before your main course. Executive Chef Fabien Biraud, originally from Paris, riffs on his background in French cuisine and couples it with the abundant flavors of the American South.

Not only does Estelle have a sensational dinner menu, but they also serve brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 am to 2 pm. From sweet and sticky cinnamon rolls to savory and classic eggs benedict, Estelle is your destination for weekend brunch.

Open for dinner each night from 4 to 10 pm, reservations are recommended. To learn more, visit their website at

Walker’s Drive-In - Fondren

Self-described as “upscale dining in a laidback atmosphere,” Walker’s is a great place to find yourself for a special night out.

Focused on featuring what the state offers, this restaurant sources fresh, seasonal ingredients, including sustainably sourced seafood and beef.

Chef Derek Emerson has created a menu that tickles any taste bud. From BBQ fried oysters as a starter to wood-grilled Wagyu hanger steak as the main course, Walker’s menu is diverse and deliciously unique to the Fondren District.

Although walk-ins are welcomed at Walker’s, reservations are suggested for dinner. Find more information on their website,

Mayflower Café - Downtown

Awarded with the title of “The Best Comeback Salad Dressing,” the Mayflower Café is a Jackson classic since 1935. Their Greek-inspired seafood and steak menu items are the reason they’ve been feeding Jackson locals and visitors for close to 90 years.

Their fantastic menu offers options for every eater, from a table’s steak lover to fresh Greek salads and even their extensive seafood list. There’s no way to go hungry at Mayflower Café!

Deemed a favorite gathering place once the sun sets on the city, Mayflower Café has also been featured in movies such as The Help (2011) and Ghosts of Mississippi (1996) for its historical quality and feel.

To learn more about the restaurant’s history, menu and specials, visit them at

a bowl of pasta
BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar
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BRAVO! - LeFleur East

Since 1994, this restaurant has made comfort and satisfaction the name of their game. Fresh ingredients and experienced chefs are the reason BRAVO! has so many returning customers. From salads overflowing with freshly prepared vegetables, fruit and meat, to satisfying and soul-warming entrees like veal parmigiana, BRAVO! is an easy choice.

Not only is the food delectable, but this restaurant specializes in wine, with a glass that pairs with each dish. They have everything from the deep tannins found in their pinot noir that pairs well with salmon to a tart and dry chardonnay to complement their angel hair pasta with scallops and shrimp.

BRAVO! also has daily lunch specials from 11 am to 5 pm, so be sure to ask your server what the kitchen has special that day. Learn more at the BRAVO! website,

Library Lounge - Belhaven

Located in the historic Fairview Inn, Library Lounge was established in 1908 and has been a Jackson hotspot ever since. Originally the library for the inn, it was converted to a lounge dedicated to local Mississippi writers such as John Grisham, William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams, to name a few.

History aside, the Library Lounge offers a fantastic array of dishes and cocktails to guests. They also feature an extensive wine menu for a glass that will pair wonderfully with any menu item you choose.

To read more about the history or for menus, visit their website at

Johnny T’s Bistro & Blues - Downtown

Once dinner time rolls around, Johnny T’s is the perfect place to either wind down after a full day or gear up before a night of fun.

Founded in the name of the legend of Johnny T., a blues player in the 1900s, Johnny T’s marries the classic Southern flare of the blues with quintessentially Mississippi fare. Their signature items include their salmon balls (salmon croquettes deep fried and served with honey butter sauce), shrimp toast and Johnny T’s burger (an eight-ounce handmade patty with lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun).

Be sure to check out the upstairs of the restaurant, known as The Renaissance Room This upscale and sexy lounge is open until the wee hours of the morning, allowing you to carry that special evening to last throughout the night.

Read more about Johnny T’s at

Rebecca Fending


Rebecca Fending

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