Trier has everything you need for a romantic getaway: a picturesque old town studded with ancient ruins, cobbled plazas and pastel-coloured townhouses, vineyards and scenic river views, and, best of all, fantastic restaurants. We picked a few of the most romantic spots in town for your candlelit dinner.
If you’re after a fine dining experience, Schlemmereule offers you just that. The restaurant continuously wows with their elegant ambience and the culinary finesse involved in creating each dish. The beautifully-arranged platters are inspired by the cuisines of France, Luxembourg and the rest of Europe, and are paired with excellent red and white wines. Treat yourself to beef tartare with marinated white asparagus, pan-fried scallops with wild garlic and herbs, gently-cooked quail with pear and a port-wine sauce, or sea bass with a lemon-and-saffron risotto.
Brasserie Trier takes a sophisticated yet straightforward approach and is a great date-night pick if you want to sample some French-infused local cuisine. The restaurant is conveniently located just around the corner from the city centre’s market square, where you’ll be welcomed with a rustic-romantic interior of wood-panelled walls, stained glass elements and white tablecloths. A glance at the dinner menu reveals delicacies such as quiche lorraine, spaghetti with deer ragout, and king oyster mushrooms or roast beef in a red-wine sauce.
Weinstube Kesselstatt banks on authenticity rather than elaborate pomp. For the past 25 years, the wine tavern has treated its guests to no-fuss meals accompanied by a selection of the best Rieslings the Moselle Valley has to offer. On a sunny day, you can wine and dine in the backyards under vine tendrils, while the vaulted cellar offers refuge on a cold and rainy day. Exposed brick walls, dimmed lights and bottles over bottles stacked on the shelves create a unique and cosy atmosphere. The food menu incorporates simple meals such as salads and gratiné baguettes, cheese and ham platters or smoked trout fillets.
The castle-like hotel sits perched on a hillside overlooking the forested west bank of the Moselle River, just outside Trier’s city centre. You can, of course, stay overnight, but the fabulous restaurant also welcomes dinner guests if you prefer that. The set-up is nothing but romantic: the dining rooms and outside terrace both grant panoramic views of the entire valley and the city on the other riverside. The menu is composed of delicious meals along the lines of marinated escargots, beef tenderloin with a creamy chanterelle sauce, and oven-baked courgette with couscous.
If you and your partner consider yourselves wine aficionados, you’re in the right city, anyway, but the Weinhaus has a few aces up its sleeves. Their comprehensive selections of award-winning wines from the region make every dinner here an experience. Guided by the staff your meal will be accompanied by some of the best Rieslings, Muller-Thurgau, and Pinot Grigios you have ever tasted. Regarding food, the locale serves seasonal dishes and regional delicacies. They’re known for making a fantastic rump steak served with potatoes and their home-made pepper-and-cognac sauce. Other delightful options include truffle ravioli, Käsespätzle and the local sauerkraut speciality, Teerdisch.
Georgs Restaurant is located in a leafy part in Trier’s south at the gateway to the Mattheiser Wald forest. The restaurant is all about the details and one could say that their food speaks to all senses. While the large light-flooded dining room is mostly kept in white, splashes of colour arrive with the food. Their plates resemble tiny artworks of scampi carefully bedded on a mango relish, salmon trout fillet on a spinach-and-ricotta salad, or slow-cooked duck breast with an orange-and-pepper sauce. They also offer a dedicated candle-light-dinner option for two, which is composed of a set five-course meal.
Even though Reza’s is not exactly in Trier, many people will tell you that it’s worth venturing out to the small town of Oberbillig to enjoy the exquisite food and view of the Moselle River. You have the choice of sitting under chestnut trees on the terrace or enjoy your gourmet food inside. The concept combines both individually created plates with set multi-course dining experiences. From lamb à la mode and lentil risotto to Chateaubriand in sauce béarnaise and Bœuf Stroganoff, the menu lists a number of fantastic options that are best enjoyed with a glass of local wine.