Slideshow: Most Romantic Restaurants Around the World for Valentine’s Day
January 5, 2016
Planning to celebrate your special someone? Look no further than these 10 venues
Most Romantic Restaurants Around the World for Valentine’s Day
Living in the age of technology also means living in the age of online dating, and according to Statistic Brain, over 90 percent of single people in the United States have tried it. It’s easy to get discouraged when apps based on swiping left and right are propagating like wildfire, but most people believe there’s a special someone out there — it just takes time to find them. Men around the world are much more likely to experience love at first sight than women (48 percent and 28 percent, respectively.) In 2012, 70 percent of American adults were in some sort of committed relationship, and love was considered the most important reason to marry. But it also looks like Americans are waiting longer and longer to get married — the median ages for men and women, 29.0 and 26.6, are the highest they’ve ever been since 1890. Whether you’re considering a proposal or celebrating your love, we’ve rounded up 10 of the most romantic restaurants around the world, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
This restaurant serves Asian fare and is situated atop the Lebua Hotel, with light-up surfaces and 360-degree views of the city. Menu options, which are plated like works of art, include truffle and roasted duck dumplings and wok-fried wagyu beef tenderloin and foie gras. Sometimes, diners are surprised with fireworks displays over the nearby Chao Phraya River.
Clos Maggiore (London)
This upscale Modern French restaurant has an award-winning wine list and a quality menu designed with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients by head chef Marcellin Marc, but the ambiance is just as much the star of the show. Diners enjoy their food near a roaring log fire, underneath thousands of fresh flower-filled branches topped by a glass ceiling.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant (Maldives)
This unique restaurant promises romance under the sea, and it certainly makes good on that — 16 feet underneath the Indian Ocean. Dine on poached quail egg with passionfruit dressing or Cape Grim Beef tenderloin with apple and goose liver tortellini, all while enjoying a 180-degree view of the sea, its creatures, and the surrounding coral gardens.
The Olde Pink House (Savannah, Georgia)
This charming eighteenth-century mansion is housed in one of the American South’s most classic cities. Fireplaces, oil paintings, chandeliers, and white tablecloths are all a part of the unique dining experience. One standout menu item is the pecan-crusted chicken breast with blackberry bourbon glaze, served with sweet potatoes with pecan vanilla butter and collard greens. Don’t forget to check out the tavern in the cellar for live music every night.
One if By Land, Two if By Sea (New York City)
Aaron Burr’s tale isn’t only taking New York City by storm by way of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s popular Broadway musical — this West Village restaurant, oft-billed New York City’s most romantic, is situated in Burr’s former carriage house. Weathered brick walls, intricate windows, gold chandeliers, and large flower bouquets draw couples in, where they dine on Norwegian salmon with apple-braised fennel or mushroom kaboocha ravioli. This venue is also known to be a very popular proposal spot.
Kanoun Restaurant (Morocco)
Breathtaking views of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, the opportunity to dine on an open-air terrace at sunset, and an utterly romantic ambiance all await guests at this restaurant, housed by the Kasbah Tamadot luxury resort. Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails at a fireside bar, but if you’re not a guest at the resort, be sure to make a reservation well in advance.
Le Jules Verne (Paris)
Alain Ducasse’s Parisian restaurant exudes romance, much due to its famous location inside the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy extensive views of the City of Love while sitting across from your own and dining on the chef’s tasting menu of contemporary French cuisine. Featured dishes include seared sea scallop with cauliflower and gold caviar.
Le Louis XV (Monaco)
This extravagant restaurant, also by celebrity chef Alain Ducasse, resembles a palace, in large part due to large gold chandeliers, opulent window dressings, and beautiful views. Guests can enjoy menu items like blue lobster with myrtle berries and ginger and grilled pigeon with duck foie gras and potatoes. For dessert, consider strawberries from Carros with delicate ewe’s milk cheese and vanilla.
La Sponda Restaurant (Positano)
Italy’s Amalfi Coast is billed as one of the most charming and romantic areas of Italy, so it comes as no surprise that a restaurant from the region makes our list of the world’s most romantic. Housed in Le Sirenuse Hotel, this Michelin-starred restaurant’s menu highlights southern Italian and Mediterranean cuisine with fresh fish, cheeses, vegetables, garlic, Mediterranean herbs, and Amalfi Coast lemons. Four hundred candles interspersed with fresh greenery provide ambiance in the evening, while its coastline views are unparalleled.
Solo per Due (Vacone, Italy)
As the name, which translates to “only for two,” suggests, this intimate restaurant only has the capacity to seat a pair of diners. It’s billed as the smallest restaurant in the world, and it opened 26 years ago with the idea of focusing completely on a central pair of lovers and providing them the most romantic atmosphere without any distractions. The grounds it’s situated on once belonged to Horace, a Roman lyric poet, and the villa itself includes a roaring fireplace, comfortable armchairs, abundant candles, and the all-around perfect atmosphere for a romantic evening.