Special occasion coming up? We have searched high and low for the restaurants that go the extra mile for couples. Whether it’s a naturally romantic setting or special little touches, these places are utterly charming – in fact, they’re the most romantic restaurants in Europe.
From centuries-old cellar restaurants, rooftop terraces with ocean views and a boat cruise dinner along the Seine to the smallest restaurant in the world, these restaurants will make you fall in love all over again…
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Lapérouse is a legendary Paris restaurant that’s been an institution on the banks of the Seine since 1766. It featured in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and was a beloved hangout spot for names such as Ernest Hemingway and Kate Moss.
Book one of the private little dining nooks (“petits salons”) for a truly romantic evening.
Inspired by contemporary Nordic cuisine, Nüman’s bright and airy dining room and seasonal menus are the perfect combination for date night. Whitewashed walls, lush greenery and a laidback yet elegant vibe make this one of the most romantic restaurants in Europe.
This historic restaurant has gone from being a fish market hall during the Middle Ages to a potato storage house in the 18th century and wine house in the 19th century. Today it’s the beautiful and lavish Moulin Rouge-inspired restaurant Le Rouge.
Khun Juk is a charming Thai restaurant, with cosy and intimate rooms for colder months, and in summer there’s outdoor seating in their delightful courtyard. It’s an absolute gem in the city, with atmospheric lighting and dishes good enough to share.
This courtyard restaurant is part of a 12th century mill, serving up local and organic cuisine. It even has its own wine estate, so you can sip on something extra special. Book one of the boutique rooms above for an unforgettable night out.
Allegro Moderato is a traditional French restaurant in an 18th century listed building filled with elegant memories of days gone by: glistening chandeliers, baroque fireplaces and decorative frescos on the walls. The view of Ghent’s spires from the restaurant terrace make it extra romantic.
Uniquely stunning, Paris House is a Michelin star restaurant in the heart of a 22-acre deer park of the Woburn Estate in Bedfordshire. You’ll fall in love with this place as soon as you first see the Tudor-style mansion building and even more so when you taste the expert seasonal menus.
A beautiful high-end restaurant, Gourmet Restaurant’s breezy terrace and Mediterranean ambience make summer nights super magical. The steakhouse has organic beef and delicious dishes that are perfect for a special dinner.
Stay here long after sunset to sip some of the best cocktails in the Algarve.
An intimate and consistently stellar restaurant, it’s no wonder Babel has a Michelin star. The decor delicately preserves the rough walls of the original Piarist College while perfectly melting with modern, cosy accents. Unique lace-covered plates and over 200 Hungarian wines add to the experience.
This incredibly slick restaurant has a ‘rose garden’ bar with intimate booths and decor that’s inspired by the history of body art. Tattu, geddit? The menu is designed with sharing in mind, with colourful dim sum and luxurious small plates, so it’s perfect for date night.
This is surely one of the most memorable locations you’ll ever dine in. The historic restaurant’s seven beautiful underground vaults span across five buildings, along Nygränd and down to Skeppsbron.
Red brick cellar rooms are intimate and private, with a menu of Swedish-French cuisine.
The Alcron Hotel’s beautiful restaurant is consistently winning awards for its tasting menus and creative cooking, and the atmosphere is just as show-stopping. Flickering candles set the mood along with a 1930’s fireplace and interesting wall art of dancing couples in New York. It seats just 24 people, so it’s ideal for couples.
The Grand is a beautiful place for date night (or date lunch – even better!) in Berlin, with a tempting menu of French-German dishes. The rustic room is the perfect blend of fine dining with staff who instantly make you feel at ease.
Take a wander into the cellar to choose the perfect wine and enjoy the leafy patio in warmer months.
Just south of Brussels, this innovative yet classical restaurant is well worth a trip outside of the city. Le Louis XV is set in an 18th century building, the ruins of which was discovered in Amsterdam and rebuilt brick-by-brick here in 1909.
The restaurant terrace opens out onto the 45 acres of Wolvendael Park for a bright and pretty view.
You’ll find one of the most romantic restaurants in Europe in the beautiful dunes of Haarlem and Zandvoor. Not only does De Bokkedoorns boast a lakeside setting, it also has two Michelin stars to its name.
This is exceptional dining without any fuss – just simple and natural ingredients and design that shines through.
Cruising along the river in the City of Love? It’s no wonder that Bateau le Calife is a highly popular spot for couples wanting to celebrate something special. As you feast on fois gras and local French cheese, you’ll sail past the Eiffel Tower and more iconic sights.
Watching Paris’ twinkling city lights from the deck is unforgettable.
Candlelight and rich fabrics are stunning, but sometimes you fancy a romantic restaurant that’s a little edgier. Enter Muusu, a contemporary European restaurant that has sleek interiors in a historic 18th-century townhouse.
Book a table on the cosy second floor, which leads out onto a pretty courtyard.
Greenes Restaurant is a lovely spot in Cork’s historic Victorian Quarter. The stone courtyard setting is idyllic with views of a gently flowing waterfall. You’ll feast on the best local, seasonal, foraged and organic Irish food there is. Finish off the evening with an expertly made cocktail or two in its sister bar on-site, Cask.
For a sophisticated night out in Nicosia, Atelier is always a top pick. Chandeliers and its interesting, seasonal menus are just some of the highlights here. It’s a wine lover’s dream, as all Atelier’s wines have all been carefully sourced from the finest selection of small French wineries and vineyards.
Named after an infamous 18th century courtesan who lived nearby in Mayfair, Kitty Fishers is dark and intimate restaurant that screams ‘classy date night’. The smell of the wood-fired dishes wafts through the room, with cosy burgundy booths and soft lighting throughout.
Be sure to order their superb Bad Kitty cocktail!
Heising has been a popular classic French restaurant for over 30 years now, consistently impressing with its menu of haute cuisine bites using local ingredients. The old school interiors are grand and elegant, so it’s no wonder that it’s fully booked almost every night.
Reserve a table for two well in advance.
This unique restaurant is actually two old train carriages, evoking old school glamour vibes. White linen table cloths and dim lighting set the mood, while a delicious menu of modern Spanish cuisine is the cherry on top. Sit out on the terrace for a post-dinner cocktail.
Le Reminet is a beautifully romantic French bistro with all the little touches that add a loved up tingle to the air: soft candlelight, antique mirrors and chandeliers, fresh flowers and attentive service. The food itself is sublime, with dishes such as lobster and dark chocolate ganache.
For a swanky date night in Tallinn, Parrot MiniBar is the place to go. This speakeasy-style cocktail bar and restaurant is inspired by the Amazon rainforest, with a jungle aesthetic. Its cosy but energetic atmosphere, as well as the unique and interesting menu, makes Parrot well worth seeking out.
This is a truly unforgettable experience: you start the evening with an aperitif in the kitchen, before taking a walk through the labyrinth 19th century wine cellars, the largest ones in Antwerp.
Wander through 20,000 bottles of wine before you dine in either the ‘eternal winter garden’ or a Renaissance room with crackling fires and chandeliers.
Occupying an 18th-century building, this iconic restaurant is right in the heart of Chiado and has one of the most breathtaking views of the city and the Tagus River. The rooftop terrace is the perfect spot for a sunset dinner of tasty Portuguese dishes.
If you idea of romance is less chandeliers and candlelight and more neon signs and hipster vibes, then Yes Yes Yes is ideal. It’s a funky interior with wild banana trees and splashes of marble combined with lots of art from the hottest local artists. The pretty terrace is a fantastic place to be in the summer.
Not only is The Library in one of the most romantic neighbourhoods in Rome, the restaurant itself is like something from a fairytale. Feast on amazing Italian food as you sip on local wines and enjoy Cuban cigars to the subtle background of jazz music.
This place has marriage proposal written all over it.
Dine on exciting Czech cuisine by chef Marek Šáda at this must-visit restaurant in Prague. Mylnec Restaurant has a romantic view of the Charles Bridge from the terrace and views inside of the vibrant and busy open kitchen. Every single detail is looked after here from the moment you walk in.
This charming restaurant has the best of the Catalan spirit with a splash of French influence on the menu. Enter through the pretty courtyard with its Venus de Milo fountain – the restaurant itself is a mix of dark wood and fun, colourful velvet booths.
Oysters to start and an expertly made cocktail will kick off your evening in style.
Part of the popular restaurant chain Shtastliveca, this pretty restaurant at Mall Galleria is designed like a 1930’s saloon and transports you to retro times. Scenic views of the greenery and town below along with a menu of traditional Bulgarian dishes makes this a top spot for an intimate lunch or dinner.
Mielcke & Hurtigkarl is located in a listed building in the beautiful The Royal Danish Horticultural Gardens, which date back to 1830. The presentation of the food on the plates as well as the decor is seriously imaginative.
Sitting here on a bright spring day looking out at the gardens is a real treat.
This is a wonderfully cosy and romantic restaurant, that’s in a 17th century townhouse. Antique tapestries hang on the brick walls and it’s lit by candlelight. Gourmet dishes include Fine de Claire oysters, lobster with cognac sauce or a cheese board of artisan French cheeses.
Easily one of the most romantic restaurants in Europe.
This snug little wine bar is located in the heart of Brussels, in the Marolles quarter. It’s the perfect place for a cosy and romantic meal in the city, especially for wine lovers. An impressive display of organic vino will make you swoon. Add in attentive service and it’s the ultimate date night.
You might recognise this scenic seafood restaurant from Mamma Mia 2. Jastozera is a wooden tavern that juts out onto the sea in the picturesque fishing village of Komiza. Live lobsters are kept in the water for you to handpick for dinner, with local wines to wash it down.
Book in advance and ask for the little table for two underneath the stone arch.
This revolving restaurant on the 19th floor of the landmark A’DAM Toren, serves up a unique fine dining experience with a spectacular 360˚ panorama of Amsterdam. As the restaurant slowly revolves in a full circle ever hour, you’ll have stunning views across the entire city.
The menu is just as impressive, with plenty of locally sourced ingredients.
What can be more romantic than a ‘Press for Champagne’ button at every table? This iconic Soho restaurant is top on the list for a glam date night. The menu has luxury English and Russian dishes such as caviar and beef Wellington.
The all-booth seating area means you’ve no excuse not to sink back and relax in the Orient Express-style dining room.
Live la dolce vita at one of the most romantic restaurants in Europe at this Michelin-starred restaurant on the Amalfi Coast. La Sponda’s menu is based on fresh local ingredients and inspired by the great culinary traditions of Naples. A romantic dinner is guaranteed, thanks to the 400 candles lit every single evening.
Huge windows look out after the intense blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea in this hilltop restaurant. Chèvre d’Or – the Golden Goat – is a two Michelin star restaurant in a luxe hotel. After the meal, you can stroll through the cobblestone streets of the medieval village. Bliss.
The famous fresh fish display and out-of-this-world service at Rosa Madre are just two highlights to look forward to when dining here. It’s an Italian restaurant that makes incredible use of the best local Irish seafood, with unique and clever wine (and lots of Champagne!) selections.
All the best of Italian cuisine with a charming Irish heart and soul.
You’ll be spoiled at this luxurious Viennese restaurant. Choose to dine in the winter garden with a direct view of the Vienna State Opera, or the opulently designed dark red room with large oil paintings and crystal chandeliers.
A pianist provides background music from 7pm each evening, for a dinner straight out of a love story.
A picturesque restaurant in the hilltop village of Oia, Ambrosia is a dream setting for a romantic meal. Enjoy your candlelight dinner on the terrace overlooking the famous Caldera, or dine in their two antique-filled indoor salas.
Watching the sunset here with a glass of Greek vino in hand is a memory well worth sharing at one of the most romantic restaurants in Europe.
The views from the terrace here are unbeatable, with an amazing sight of Prague and the city’s terracotta rooftops and church spires. Terasa U Zlate studne serves Czech and international cuisine on their three terraces – two outdoor heated areas and one indoor.
So, you can clink your glass with your date to those views no matter what the weather.
Otherwise known as the ‘world’s smallest restaurant’ this is intimate dining at its very best. It has only one table and it takes just two people at a time. Even the path to the restaurant is romantic: lit by torches illuminating the way to the 19th century villa.
You’ll dine surrounded by your favourite flowers and music of your choice – no wonder it’s one of the most romantic restaurants in Europe.
Kornhauskeller is located in the most splendid vaulted cellar in Bern, with grand Baroque design and wall frescoes. After dinner, make yourself comfy in a lounge chair and just soak up the atmosphere with one of their amazing whiskey cocktails.
For something different, head along to their legendary Sunday brunch with live music and local delicacies.
Nautika is without doubt one of the most romantic restaurants in Europe. Ask for a seat on the terrace to best enjoy the romantic view of the Adriatic sea and ancient fortresses. Live piano music soars through the air and thoughtful staff will make you feel like you’re the only two people in the world.
This historic sixteenth-century building at the gates of Edinburgh Castle is truly magical. One of the most romantic restaurants in Europe, at The Witchery you can dine in either the 16th-century oak-panelled and candlelit Witchery dining room, or the elegant Secret Garden room with its hand-painted ceiling and secluded terrace.
Clos Maggiore is a romantic oasis in the heart of Covent Garden that consistently gets named as one of the Europe’s most romantic restaurants. The conservatory room is adorned with thousands of cherry blossoms, with a retractable roof for summer and a cosy fireplace and candles for colder months.
Make sure you book a table in the conservatory – you might have to plan your date around availability, but it’s worth the wait.
You’ve surely seen this incredible restaurant on social media before, as it’s famous across the world for good reason. The restaurant is set deep into the rock, with a terrace created inside a natural cave. Soft lights and candles set the romantic mood, with the sound of the waves crashing off the rocks below.
As for the most romantic restaurant in all of Europe? You’ll find it off Mdina’s main Cathedral Square, in one of the Silent City’s typical winding alleys. The Medina is in an 11th century Norman building, with a vine-covered inner courtyard and open fireplace to cosy up beside in cooler months. The menu is full of Mediterranean delights; you’ll want to come back here for every special occasion there is.