First Date Restaurants in London

So, you’ve worked up the courage to ask out your crush, and now you’re looking for a show-stopper of a restaurant to impress. Discover some of the best restaurants for a first date in London with our recommended picks; it’s a handy pocket-sized list featuring bustling tapas bars, interactive dining experiences and intimate seafood eateries guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. Take your pick from this curated list, then get planning for next time if romance is on the cards!

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Last updated on 16th July 2018




Only a short stroll away from Piccadilly Circus, Dirty Bones Carnaby has been turning heads with its Southern-inspired offering and fun-loving vibe. The team behind this venue combine mouth-watering comfort food with playful cocktails and serve diners a meal that'll leave them waddling on their way home. Perfect for anyone looking for a lively first date in London, this venue has bags of character and ticks all the boxes.

Slick, contemporary and offering bundles of personality, the Haymarket Kitchen offers a fun setting for a first date in the West End. It's part of the Tiger Tiger party set-up - so expect a bustling vibe - and you can get everything from BBQ beef short ribs to burgers and 17oz Tomahawk steak at this indulgent venue. All great food needs great drinks in support, and the Haymarket Kitchen offers a lovely array of cocktails to help ease those first date nerves.

The Fellow

288 user reviews 4

If you're looking for a good old-fashioned trip to the pub for the big first date, The Fellow is a stylish and friendly place to get started. Located just around the corner from King's Cross, discover a romantic retreat with a focus on the finer things, some wholesome gastro foods and great cocktails.

Cantina Laredo

11 user reviews 4

Cantina Laredo has one simple aim; to showcases the finest, most exotic flavours that Mexico has to offer. Infusing a selection of traditional recipes with contemporary twists, the team of chefs at this Covent Garden restaurant offer an intriguing menu, featuring the likes of pulled pork tortas, seabass ceviche and crispy chicken tacos. Working with a range of meats, spices and vegetables, the kitchen reproduces the same dishes that can be found in some of Mexico's regional provinces. Twisting the old world with the new, the culinary experience on offer here is sure to leave you wanting more. 

Meat People

119 user reviews 4

Meat People makes for the ideal 'first date location' - it's sure to impress with its endless character and charm, and it's casual enough to keep the conversation flowing freely. The menu here is sure to please too - tuck into the likes of 'Slow roasted pork belly' or share the 'Spiral cut rib eye (800g)'. Accompany you meal with bottle of vino (of which there is an exceptional selection) and enjoy getting to know each other. 

Blues Kitchen Shoreditch

39 user reviews 4

Perfect for a fun first date meal in London, Blues nails that balance between indulgent foods, strong cocktails and live blues tunes. Forget playing it cool and politely nibbling your way through dinner; get stuck into stacks of the juiciest, most tender Texan BBQ going, then make for the bar where there's over 100 bourbons to top up your cocktail. Finish a cracking first date with a sing and a dance to some of the best live blues, funk and soul music.

If you're looking for the perfect first date restaurant in London, think central as Soho is home to some great spots like Spuntino. With a casual vibe and relaxed interior, you can dig in to New York-style dishes and sip on some quality cocktails as you gaze into each others eyes.

Magic Roundabout

232 user reviews 4

Bringing delightful street food and award-winning cocktails to a unique Shoreditch setting, the Magic Roundabout is a must-try for those looking for quirky first date ideas in London. Get stuck into towering patties from the infamous Burger Bear, sip drinks designed by White Lyan and finish with a boogie if things are going well; DJs play disco and house grooves until late.

Rotorino

5 user reviews 4

Take your first date to Rotorino for relaxed vibes and delicious food. Their simple yet delectable dishes are all about great Italian flavours, with the mission statement being 'no needless gimmicks or pretension'. And you'll be able to wash it all down with 50 different wines, as well as a great selection of cocktails.

Stillwater

9 user reviews 5

Stillwater is a fun-loving cocktail bar and kitchen in Wandsworth that serves only massive nights out to South London's crowds. Chef Brett Milligan has worked tirelessly to produce an enticing menu of Cajun food, while cocktail masters Dan Priseman (from NOLA Bar in Shoreditch) and Simon Webster have produced a line-up of classic concoctions that can compete with any in London. 

The Schoolhouse

227 user reviews 5

Already one of the most popular restaurants in Battersea, step back in time for a first date stirring up the best memories from your school days. A rustic and intimate space with a confiscated collection of over 60 craft beers and a science lab of weird and wonderful cocktails, The Schoolhouse offers a playful and nostalgic date night dinner in London.

Inamo Covent Garden

144 user reviews 4

Worried it might be a touch awkward to start with? Inamo's interactive dining experience will take uncomfortable silences out of the equation, as you set your own digital placemats and watch the kitchen team do their thing via chef cam. Perfect for an innovative, playful first date meal in London, enjoy pan-Asian cooking at its finest then head for Oriental-themed cocktails in the intimate basement sushi bar.

Cinnamon Bazaar

6 user reviews 4

Contemporary violently clashes with tradition at the Cinnamon Bazaar in Covent Garden. Working with an arsenal of different spices, exotic ingredients and fresh meats, the team of talented chefs serve a menu that bursts with flavour and heat. Each dish served here originated in the various trader towns found along the trade routes between the old and new world. Bursting with charm, this is a great spot for a cheeky first date.