Sharing a wonderful meal with a loved one can be a truly incredible experience. It’s even better when the restaurant happens to be one of the most romantic in the world. Whether you’re celebrating a special milestone, a holiday (Valentine’s Day is just around the corner), or for no particular reason at all, visiting any one of the following places is sure to create a lasting memory.
Located in the lively city of London, Clos Maggiore is often named ‘London‘s most romantic restaurant,’ and it’s easy to see why. The beautiful, warm, and inviting interior will make you forget all about the hustle and bustle of the city and transport you to the French countryside. Couples can dine in the lovely conservatory, strewn with apple blossoms and featuring a glass roof — it is retractable, allowing guests to sit beneath the stars, surrounded by soft light. The menu features delectable, French-inspired cuisine made with local ingredients and is complemented by a world-renowned wine cellar with over 2,500 varieties.
Clos Maggiore, 33 King St, Covent Garden, London, UK +44 20 7379 9696
The most romantic restaurant in Chicago, Geja’s Café has been serving couples and non-couples alike for decades — since 1965 to be exact. An intimate interior decorated with rich, warm colors, heavy drapery, and candlelit dining spaces give this restaurant a cozy ambiance, perfect for a romantic rendezvous. Specializing in fondue, Geja’s offers an intimate dining experience, matching the lovely space, which is enhanced even further with Spanish and classical guitar music. After savoring dinner, be sure to try the chocolate fondue to cap an evening you won’t soon forget.
Geja’s Café, 340 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL, USA +1 773 281 9101
Kanoun Restaurant at Kasbah Tamadot
Owned by business magnate Richard Branson, Kasbah Tamadot is a beautiful hotel nestled in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco. It is a beautiful oasis with verdant landscaping, excellent service, and, of course, a lovely restaurant brimming with romantic qualities. Offering expansive panoramic views that will take your breath away, Kanoun Restaurant serves local and international meals in a variety of spots around the hotel, including poolside, on the rooftop, or somewhere private — perfect for lovebirds. If you’re not a guest of the hotel, you may visit for lunch, but reservations are required.
Kanoun Restaurant at Kasbah Tamadot, Asni, Morocco +212 524 36 82 00
La Sponda at La Sirenuse
Along on a hillside in Positano, Italy, La Sponda at La Sirenuse exudes romance with its breathtaking views, gorgeous atmosphere, and delectable cuisine. A Michelin-starred restaurant, La Sponda offers beautiful dining arrangements that are further enhanced at night with the soft glow of 400 candles, creating an environment that is best described as ‘dreamy.’ Specializing in Neapolitan cuisine, La Sponda’s culinary offerings feature nothing but the best of the local bounty. Between the locale and the culinary delicacies, you are guaranteed to have an unforgettable night at La Sponda.
One of the most romantic cities in the world, Paris also has an abundance of eateries sure to provide a memorable evening. One such establishment is the charming Le Reminet, located on the Île de Cité. A lovely, softly lit space awaits guests looking to add a bit of spark to their dining experience. For an extra dose of romance, be sure to dine in the vaulted dining room located in the basement; it’s a cozy space perfect for enjoying a leisurely meal with a loved one. As for the cuisine, the ever-changing menu features recipes made with the finest ingredients, complemented by an excellent wine list.
Le Reminet, 3 rue des Grands Degrés, 75005 Paris, France +33 1 04 24 44 07
One If By Land, Two If By Sea
Located in the heart of the West Village, New York City, One If By Land, Two If By Sea has been a romantic dining destination for couples since 1973. Tucked inside a historic 1767 carriage house, the décor is beautiful, complete with exposed brick walls, tables illuminated by candlelight, fireplaces, and a charming private garden. Because of the amorous atmosphere, many engagements take place at this iconic restaurant. There are several menus offered, including a prix fixe, à la carte, and a chef’s tasting, plus the restaurant offers a Jazz brunch on the weekends.
A seasonal restaurant that is open from October 1st to March 31st, Sheesh Mahal is a stunning rooftop fine-dining gem located at The Leela Palace in Udaipur, India. This establishment allows diners the opportunity to dine al fresco with the stars above gently illuminating (along with flickering candles) the area below, creating an ambiance that is perfect for sharing with a loved one. The mouthwatering cuisine is a mixture of both authentic and contemporary recipes that are sure to add to the incredible experience. A wonderful nighttime venue, Sheesh Mahal is open for dinner only.
Sheesh Mahal at The Leela Palace, Lake Pichola, Udaipur, India +91 294 670 1234
Solo per Due
Located in Vacone, Italy, Solo per Due, or ‘Just for Two,’ really cannot get any more romantic. As the name suggests, this restaurant only seats two people at a time, making it the ultimate romantic dining destination. Located on the grounds of the remains of a Roman villa, this charming venue provides a lovely room just for you and your loved one; you can call for the server with a bell when you are ready for him. The space is warm and inviting with soft lighting, comfortable chairs, and homey yet elegant décor, providing a tranquil atmosphere in which to savor the delectable, seasonal cuisine. Since it serves only two people, reservations are required.
Solo per Due, Via Villa di Orazio, Vacone, Italy +39 0746 676873
TERASA U Zlaté Studně
TERASA U Zlaté Studně is a lovely restaurant in the Golden Well boutique hotel in Prague, Czech Republic. A truly special place, the building that houses this gem is from the 16th century and offers indoor plus outdoor seating on the terrace. When the weather permits, the terrace is the place to dine, providing incredible views of the city below, plus a great space in which to enjoy a romantic meal with that special someone. The menus have something to suit every taste, whether carnivorous or vegetarian.
TERASA U Zlaté Studně, U Zlaté Studně 4, Prague, Czech Republic +420 257 533 322
Turtle Island Fiji
Turtle Island is a stunning Fijian island that you may never want to leave. It’s a privately owned locale with 500 acres, incredible white beaches, friendly staff, and, of course, exquisite cuisine that’s like nowhere else. You can dine on the beach, have a picnic, dine under the stars and moonlight, or right on the water — yes, you and your partner can enjoy a meal on a floating pontoon on the gorgeous azure waters. You can feast upon the freshest seafood, Australian beef, and local vegetables, plus sip wine and champagne from around the world.
Turtle Island Fiji Resort, Turtle Island, Fiji +1 800 255 4347 or +64 3 9823 8300
By Marcelina Morfin