Whether you are looking to treat yourself to more gourmet dinners or easy fancy dinners for date night, these fancy dinner recipes will give you the best results!
So, are you a dinner party pro? Or is this your first time hosting an event? Either way, this article has an easy dinner recipe that will suit you.
From the best of the best to simple but impressive meals, check out thirty-seven ways to entertain your guests with a delicious home-cooked meal.
Table of Contents
Elegant dinners are all about giving your guests a main course. That is delicious and beautiful. Elegance is classical, refined, and often much simpler than we usually think.
Even something as simple as a roast dinner can be elegant. It’s all in the presentation and the side dishes you choose to pair with your main dish.
For example, a standard roast chicken recipe and vegetables might not do the trick. But how about a slow-roasted bird on a bed of roast vegetable puree, topped with a perfectly-balanced sauce?
You can call on fancy food recipes from all over the world. For example, dishes like coq au vin or boeuf bourguignon are classic examples of fancy French food.
On the other side of the world, a beef wellington or roasted lamb rack is popular in England. Fancy foods use the best ingredients: eye fillets, tenderloins, and seasonal vegetables.
Take your tastebuds on a culinary tour of the fanciest dinner recipes. While there are hundreds to choose from, this list covers some classics and new or exciting variations.
Prepare to impress your guests with thirty-seven of the best fancy dinner recipes in the game.
A beef wellington is a perfectly-roasted piece of tenderloin wrapped in flaky puff pastry.
This is the kind of delicious dish sure to impress anyone you invite over for dinner. You will need a meat thermometer like this to cook this up.
This fancy cuisine staple will always be one of the best meat recipes for dinner!
Homemade pasta is an excellent fancy food to serve for dinner. It’s typically an easy meal to make, coming together in minutes instead of hours like other fancy recipes.
The key to this delicious pasta dinner lies in the sauce. Smoked salmon and capers stand out against the perfectly creamy pasta sauce on the dinner table.
Best of all, it makes humble basic ingredients sing!
Everyone will enjoy this earthy, flaky, deliciously tender dinner, from meat-eaters to vegetarians. It’s perfect for cold nights spent indoors with friends and one of the most romantic dinner ideas.
This is the kind of dish that can serve even the pickiest eaters. Plus, two expensive proteins on the plate of this perfect dish are sure to impress!
The winter fruits in the braising liquid add a delicious seasonal twist to the meal. To make this lamb you’ll need a dutch oven pot like this.
Pair that with perfectly-cooked steak, and you’ve got an addictive meal your guests will devour.
The back strap is one of the most tender cuts of meat, and on venison, even more so. This is a great anchor for a fancy fall meal. Serve with all your favorite fall vegetable side dishes for a fancy feast.
If venison is a seasonal favorite of yours, check out these easy ground venison recipes!
It’s creamy and luxurious, but you only need fifteen minutes to bring this dish together.
The gentle flavors and rich textures make this an utterly delicious fancy meal. Whip this out in summer to surprise and delight your guests.
Cooking the steak in a cast iron pan encourages a flavorful crust to form. Pair that with earthy blue cheese butter; you’ve got a winner!
If you love using your cast iron, this juicy cast iron skillet chicken breast recipe is for you!
Since this is slow-roasted, this recipe is only for you if you have much time. Try it out for your next holiday dinner!
The flavors are hearty and warm, making you feel like you are standing by the seaside. For seafood lovers, there’s no better recipe!
The sauce removes all gaminess from the venison, leaving the tender and tasty meat behind. Pair that with pearl onions and root vegetables for an unforgettable winter warmer.
This is it if you’re after a recipe that will have your guests thinking about your dinner for a long time after it’s over.
The best part about this recipe is that you only need ten minutes to cook the chops. Marinate them for the entire day to keep them tender and flavorful.
When baked, the crust traps all the steam inside. This keeps the salmon super moist, packing it full of flavor.
The crunchy, tender shrimp stuffing the potatoes exemplify true luxury. Trust me. You have to try these. These also make an easy weeknight dinner!
The beef is hearty, so it’s ideal on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes to offer some contrast. Drizzle with the braising liquid for a well-rounded dinner your guests will love.
That is to say. The method is simple. The garlic butter prawn flavors are deliciously complex.
In this dish, instead of an apple sauce providing the sweet component, the pork tenderloin is roasted with the apples. This adds an apple fragrance to the pork itself. It’s mouth-watering.
While the side dishes are tasty, there’s no doubt that the steak is the star of the show. Charred and roasted in garlic, it’s amazingly tender.
Lobster pasta is a staple of the luxury world! Pair one of the most luxurious seafood ingredients with a decadent cream sauce, then stir it all through a pot of fresh pasta. Would you be able to resist?
I wouldn’t! And neither will your guests. Let your fresh lobster shine (and spend only twenty-five minutes in the kitchen).
Paired with lemon butter gravy, these chicken breasts are full of complex flavor.
If you’re serving a fancy dinner, pork tenderloin is one of the best ingredients you could ask for. It pairs wonderfully with so many different flavors. Plus, it’s super tender (as indicated by its name).
In this case, the earthy-yet-sweet marinade ensures the tenderloin is putting its best foot forward.
I love beef tenderloin because it tends to be a real crowd-pleaser. If you serve it with some simple sides, every guest at the table will jump into the meal head first.
The earthy, robust mushroom filling means no one at the table will miss the beef, meat eater or not.
This is a special occasion dish. It’s a high-quality ingredient treated well, and that’s what makes it perfect.
Keto or not, everybody deserves to enjoy fancy food on special occasions. That’s where this cauliflower rice risotto with parmesan cheese comes in.
While the scallops are the star of the show, the risotto certainly doesn’t disappoint. Plus, you only need thirty minutes to pull it together.
This meal is so simple that you almost wouldn’t be able to call it fancy, except it’s packed with luxury ingredients. From smoked salmon to a rich and creamy sauce, there’s luxury at every turn.
Take just twenty minutes in the kitchen to impress your guests.
Let Asian flavors elevate your dinner thanks to this grilled rib-eye steak. The ginger and teriyaki combination is out of this world.
Best of all, the grilled rib eye is super easy to pull off.
If you are a steak lover, check out these mouthwatering eye of round steak recipes!
Let this incredible salmon dish take center stage! Guests can pick off as much tender salmon as they’d like.
This dish requires barely any preparation, and you’re left with almost no dishes once all is said and done.
Have some extra salmon? Enjoy this easy salmon stir fry!
This is the kind of dish that makes luxury ingredients sing. It’s warm, hearty, and rich, perfect for a cold winter evening.
This tasty flavor combination will take your stuffed chicken breast to the next level. Nothing says ‘fancy’ like brie and cranberry in the same dish.
While it looks complicated, this dish is much simpler to make than it appears. You can stuff the chicken breasts in advance.
The bites are the main event, no matter what you put them with. Plus, they come together so quickly!
This vegan mushroom and pea risotto is a brilliant dish that will satisfy everyone at the table. Creamy, hearty, and simple to prepare, this is an ideal fancy winter warmer.
You allow their flavor and texture to shine by searing the scallops. Drop them in a creamy sauce for an unforgettable meal!
So, which of these recipes have caught your interest? Are you preparing for a special occasion or simply looking to host a night for friends and family? Let me know in the comments below!
37 Fancy Dinner Recipes for a Gourmet Date Night
- 1. Classic Beef Wellington
- 2. Smoked Salmon Pasta with Crispy Capers
- 3. Herb Roasted Rack of Lamb
- 4. Mushroom Wellington
- 5. Surf and Turf
- 6. Braised Lamb Shanks with Winter Fruits
- 7. Pasta with Gorgonzola Sauce and Beef Tenderloin
- 8. Seared Venison Backstrap
- 9. Lobster Ravioli Sauce
- 10. White Wine Butter Scallops
- 11. Filet Mignon in Cast Iron
- 12. Slow Roasted Prime Rib
- 13. Seafood Stew
- 14. Veal Stew
- 15. Purple Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Tahini Parsley Sauce
- 16. Garlic and Rosemary Grilled Lamb Chops
- 17. Salmon En Croute
- 18. Shrimp Baked Potato
- 19. Braised Beef with Red Wine
- 20. Oven Baked Garlic Butter Prawn Risotto
- 21. Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Root Vegetables
- 22. Tomahawk Ribeye Steak
- 23. Lobster Pasta with Champagne Cream Sauce
- 24. Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts
- 25. Honey Dijon Pork Tenderloin
- 26. Balsamic Dijon Crusted Beef Tenderloin
- 27. Vegan Mushroom and Veggie Wellington
- 28. Broiled Lobster Tail with Garlic Butter
- 29. Seared Scallops and Cauliflower Rice Risotto
- 30. Creamy Lemon Pasta with Smoked Salmon
- 31. Grilled Rib Eye Steak with Ginger Teriyaki Sauce
- 32. Lemony Brown Butter Salmon and Rosemary Potatoes with Garlic Asparagus
- 33. Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon
- 34. Cranberry and Brie Stuffed Chicken
- 35. Garlic Butter Steak Bites
- 36. Vegan Mushroom and Pea Risotto
- 37. Creamy Lemon Herb Scallops
- Scroll up to get a bunch of easy, yummy, and delicious dinner recipes. Don't be afraid to get creative with the ingredients. You might discover a flavor you didn't know you liked.
- Get your shopping list going, and make sure you've got all the ingredients.
- Get cooking and make your next Fancy Dinner!