Azul Historico inside the Downtown Hotel | Courtesy of Azul Historico
There is a lot of romantic adventures waiting in Mexico City, from hidden corners to breathtaking views and dinners out under the stars. Culture Trip has put together a list of some of our favorite places for those moments when you want more than just dinner—you want an experience. Here are Mexico City’s most romantic restaurants.
Restaurant, Italian, Mexican
Sartoria Restaurant | Courtesy of Sartoria Restaurant
The word Sartoria in Italian means a place where things are made by hand, artisanally. This tiny new restaurant situated just steps from Colonia Roma’s Plaza Rio de Janiero (maybe a romantic post-dinner moonlit walk is in your future?) dedicates itself to offering the city authentic Italian cuisine with pasta made fresh daily and ingredients that are not only in season and local but also grown on sustainable farms. Chef Marco Carboni has traveled throughout Europe working with some of the continents most well-known chefs and is now bringing his skills to Sartoria’s sumptuous menu of Italian classics.
Gnocchi with tomato | Courtesy of Rosetta Restuarant
Rosetta’s romantic setting in a centuries-old Mexico City mansion would be reason enough for it to be on this list, but it also has a great menu to offer lovers and friends alike. Chef Elena Reygadas fuses Mexican ingredients (endemic fruits and veggies, chiles and herbs) with traditional Italian recipes to rave reviews. The interior of the restaurant comprises various smaller rooms, making each space feel intimate and cozy, while the outside covered patio features painted flowers and vines that curl up the sides of the walls. Rosetta fills up fast, so if you are planning for a big night, it’s best to make a reservation.
For a night under the stars accompanied by some delicious food, Huset is your perfect romantic backyard barbecue. The main dining room is outside on the patio, with gravel underfoot and twinkling lights hanging above. The menu is seasonal and constantly changing, but their wood-fired grill and the essence of smoke invades much of the cooking you will find there—expect a lot of grilled and roasted main dishes. Huset also offers a great brunch menu on the weekends, a chance for you and your beloved to pass a cozy Sunday al fresco and well fed.
Miralto’s international and Mexican cuisine menu and its sophisticated style—waiters in white button-downs, black vests, and ties—give it a certain old-school New York vibe. What really sets it apart in the romantic division, however, is the incredible 360-degree views of Mexico City from its glassed-in dining room on the 45th floor of the Torre Latinoamericana, Mexico’s iconic first skyscraper. Go on a night when someone is tinkling the ivories of their grand piano, and you will fall even deeper in love. While the service is sometimes slow, it provides an excellent opportunity to just relax with a glass of wine and enjoy the view.
Bellini is another restaurant with incredible sky-high views, but that’s not all. The restaurant holds the Guinness World Record as the largest rotating restaurant in the world and sits on the 45th floor of Mexico City’s World Trade Center. Guests can enjoy the view without having to get up, as the restaurant makes a complete turn every 45 minutes. The menu is an international one and includes rib eye tacos, Caribbean-style lobster, and ossobuco. There is something for everyone on the list. They also have a family-style brunch on Sundays for a romantic breakfast with the kids (is that an oxymoron?).
Azul Historico inside the Downtown Hotel | Courtesy of Azul Historico
One of Mexico’s most famous chefs, Ricardo Muñoz Zurita, is at the helm of Azul Historico, and if you want a taste of authentic Mexican cuisine in a love-inducing environment, this is your place. The chef’s Yucatan roots have definitely influenced the menu, but you will also find a little bit of each of Mexico’s most famous regional cuisines, all prepared using traditional techniques and old-fashioned loving care for all elements of the recipe. Azul sits in the middle of the Downtown Hotel—an upscale shopping and accommodation destination—with the patio’s original trees maintained for ambiance and a lovely glow from overhead lights and soft lamps on the tables.
Tucked into a Porfiria-era mansion in Mexico City’s up-and-coming Colonia Juarez, Havre 77 is Chef Eduardo García’s attempt at a French Bistro in Mexico. As with his other projects, the chef’s menu reflects a concern with seasonality, sustainability and unique combinations of flavors to delight your palate. García also incorporates lots of fresh seafood into Havre’s menu and about once a month offers a special set dinner with the chef, which will definitely impress a date. The restaurant’s coziest corner is probably the one with tables that sit in front of sky-high windows covered by antique, stained-glass doors; this particular spot offers a great street view.
La Terraza sits on the top of the Gran Hotel de la Ciudad de Mexico, known for its incredible stained-glass-covered lobby and its perfectly central location on the capital city’s main plaza, the Zocalo. Each dish on the menu is a particular tribute to a famous figure of Mexican history or a region of the country, and there is also a full bar and decent wine list. The most fabulous and romantic element of dinner there, however, will be the stunning view of the Zocalo, the Palacio Nacional and the Metropolitan Cathedral situated around Mexico City’s grand and sweeping central plaza.
Bar, Diner, Restaurant, Contemporary, American, Seafood
J&G Grill | Courtesy of St. Regis Hotel
One of Mexico City’s most romantic vistas is looking out onto the grand Reforma Avenue and its Parisian-inspired design and marvelous fountains. The J&G Grill gives you a prime lookout position to take it all in; it sits inside the high-rise St. Regis hotel. Great for both pre-dinner drinks or a full dinner, the J&G Grill has an international menu with an emphasis on seafood. You will also find many local ingredients making an appearance, such nopal cactus, cotija cheese and various types of mole sauces. The St. Regis is one of Mexico City’s most luxurious large-scale hotels, so why not make a night of it and get a room?
Inspired by the famous actress and singer Marlene Dietrich, Dietrich has a sultry vibe and three separate areas for guests: the backroom bar, the restaurant, and a private room for events or groups. The restaurant is a private club; therefore, a reservation is a must, but once you get in, you will be delighted by the cocktails—an extensive list created by French mixologist Mica Rousseau—and the international/Mexican cuisine brought to you by Chef Pedro Martín. Dietrich is a place to amp up the passion, sneak into a corner with an innuendo-laced cocktail and whisper sweet nothings into someone’s ear.
Au Pied de Cochon sits inside the Presidente InterContinental Hotel. The interior décor gives it a kind of old-world class—a place you could imagine the mafia setting up shop. The restaurant is open 24 hours a day and serves a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu that, while dotted with international and Mexican dishes, is decidedly French. You will, of course, want to try the escargot and the French onion soup, but there are dozens of things to tempt you on the list.