Things We Hate: Annoying Ambiance
Please spare us the belly dancers too, and strolling guitarists, and especially mariachi bands -- strolling or otherwise. These are obtrusive, which is the opposite of romantic.
So is bright lighting, but that doesn't mean you have to dim the bulbs so much that a flashlight is needed to read the menu.
No giant television screens please, or for that matter small ones; folks go out to eat in restaurants so they can escape the drudgery of dining in front of a TV set.
And finally, for heaven's sake, no incense or scented candles in the dining room, and avoid putting potently aromatic flowers on the tables. The reasons for this should be self-evident, but evidently are not.