Set with wooden ceilings, furniture with antique lamps and maps of the French and English occupation, Karavalli is a South Indian seafood experience and a perfect antidote to the busy streets of Bangalore (the "Silicon Valley of India"). You must try the signature Coorg fried chicken in the open-air courtyard under candlelight. If you choose not to stay in the Gateway Hotel that the restaurant is in, escape the busy streets each night of your stay to the beautiful Taj West End.
The long-loved Paladar La Guarida atop an old Havana tenement exudes romance. Enter the stone gateway, climb the old ruins of a stairwell, sit on the charmed balcony, and eat some delicious gazpacho or chicken with honey and lemon. There are few accommodations nicer than the Hotel Nacional de Cuba in Havana, which has a grand and old-timey charm.
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Los Angeles may not seem like the most romantic city (the traffic!), but just where you least expect it there are lush, beautiful enclaves of nature and greenery. One of those places is Laurel Canyon, which is where Pace in the Canyon sits as one of LA's most romantic settings. It's a hideaway in the hills serving rustic Italian fare with fresh Californian ingredients. To keep the romantic seclusion going, book a room at the charming Petit Ermitage boutique hotel.
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The onetime carriage house of Aaron Burr, One If by Land, Two If by Sea lives up to its name and reputation. Its brick walls, painted-wood portraits, "rustic French cuisine," and cozy, candle-lit ambiance make for a perfect version of modern romance. After dinner, take a stroll arm in arm through the West Village before returning to your '70s-inspired nautical room at The Maritime Hotel.
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For lovers of eccentric pizza, picnics, and Albert Lamorisse's The Red Balloon, the booming, canal-side pizzeria Pink Flamingo combines all three. Not only can you order a pie with figs, pistachios, goat cheese, and honey on top, but you'll be given colored helium balloon when you order so that your waiter can locate you and serve your picnic alongside the Canal St. Martin. On your getaway, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more romantic room than the ones at L'Hôtel, once the Parisian hotel of choice for Oscar Wilde.
The Library is a secluded spot that has a small room with only six tables, all set for couples. The menu is traditional, with mouthwatering specialties like pumpkin ravioli; the interior is a rustic, slightly Baroque paradise of old wine bottles, thick candlesticks, and antique oil paintings. Sleep in with your beloved in one of the four sumptuously outfitted rooms at the intimate Il Palazzetto hotel.
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Built by steel baron L.F. Rains in 1920 as an anniversary gift to his wife, Log Haven is a mountainside/lakeside/woods-side log cabin that practically breathes romance. The food is a mix of American and Asian, but the restaurant is best-known for serving traditional game. Owner Margo Provost has put her soul into the upkeep of this treasured retreat, and her reward continues to be its romantic renown. Splurge on a room at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah, for the weekend.
"On the edge of the world" comes up a lot when describing the world's most romantic destinations. And this landmark fresh seafood and crab destination claims its post in the actual southernmost city in the world. Views from the warm, wooden interior of Kaupé look out onto the stunning Bay of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. Stay nearby at the luxurious Los Cauquenes Resort and Spa.
Any romantic meal, in a perfect world, should begin on a Venetian vaporetto. To get to Venissa’s newest restaurant, Osteria Contemporanea, one must take a vaporetto to the island of Mazzorbo, attached via bridge to Burano. Once there, dine on dishes inspired by Venetian tradition, using local ingredients and fresh fish from the lagoons. Spend the night close by in one of the guestrooms on Mazzorbo’s Venissa vineyard.
You are unlikely to find a more beautiful location for a restaurant than atop a rock off the shore of Michanwi Pingwe beach in Zanzibar. Depending on the tide, you can get to the straw-thatched Rock Restaurant either by boat, by walking, or by wading. With 14 tables in all, fresh seafood, and a view that can otherwise only be imagined, the Rock Restaurant is true proof of nature's romantic side. Laze away the morning in a canopied four-poster bed at the Emerson Spice hotel.