Restaurants for Couples in London
London may not be proclaimed 'city of love', but it's definitely got a lot of love to give to you couples out there. We know it's not always about swooning over candlelight, but when you can we'll let you off with a slap-up meal for two in London that's the perfect balance between romantic and casual. Take advantage of some of London's best restaurants for couples and discover great food and drink whilst you're at it.
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Last updated on 14th November 2017
Nestled in the opulent postcodes of Mayfair, Ametsa With Arzak Instruction offer London's many couples a romantic spot to relax, unwind and swoon in. Head Chef Elena Arzak has worked tirelessly to plate up a menu full of traditional Basque dishes that have been modified and tweaked using the freshest ingredients available to add a smattering of contemporary flavours into the mould. Adding in the impressive wine selection, this venue offers the city's romantic crowds the perfect spot to spoil that someone special.
The Yacht London is an elegant restaurant and bar based on the banks of the River Thames that deals only in elegant nights out. Head chefs Marcus Fontaine & Antonio De Castilla have wracked their brains, coming up with a menu of traditional British dishes that all have subtle European twists added to them. Grab your partner and treat them to an unforgettable experience at this romantic spot.
Twisting and tweaking traditional Southern dishes in a way that wonderfully brings out new flavours, the chefs at Absurd Bird have worked hard to curate a menu that packs a punch. With their chicken meat sourced from Fosse Meadows farm and marinated in a special secret sauce, their drinks menu is just as creative, with their own-brewed Absurd Moonshine and Absurd Lager proving to be a popular choice amongst guests.
When a restaurant is this good looking, it's going to be hard to keep your eyes on your date, especially with all the polished brass bars, exposed brick walls and copper-wired ceiling. If you can rip your eyes away for a moment, make sure it's to take in one of their utterly delicious dinners that's inspired by the likes of Spain.
Whether you want to sit back, soak up rays and watch the sun set on a stylish roof terrace, or are after a delicious dinner with city views, Aviary has it. The latest opening from ETM will be serving up the usual British seasonal fare, with hearty meat plates and carefully curated craft ales perfecting any date night.
It’s not often you come across an Indian restaurant in London quite like Zaman. Not only do they offer some of the best curries in the business, but all their food is healthy and halal. From soft-shell crab appetisers to the main curry event, Zaman has everything you need for a signature London curry night.
If you're looking for somewhere that's guaranteed to please a date, Mac and Wild is a sure-fire hit. The intimate spot serves one of the best burgers in the UK, along with having an absolutely massive stash of whisky.
If you and your partner are after a relaxed yet delicious meal, get yourself down to Talli Joe for a menu packed with traditional and regional Indian food. Serving up delectable dishes like Rasam poached shrimp or Konkan stewed pork alongside a wonderful list of Indian inspired cocktails, your tastebuds will be more than satisfied. And with the venue’s attitude modelled on Indian dive bars, you are guaranteed fun.
Noura Lounge is the perfect spot for couples. A restaurant known to host celebrities, you’ll be treated to the best in Lebanese cuisine, all while surrounded by some of the most sophisticated surroundings around.
Treat that someone special to a date night in London at Machiya, the latest Japanese restaurant to open in Soho. While the chefs serve traditional plates of tonkatsu, teriyaki and yaitori upstairs, the bartenders behind the downstairs bar serve guests a variety of cocktails, made using traditional spices, Japanese whiskies and flavoursome sake.
Date night in London should be sophisticated and delicious, which is why you should be glad L’Entranger exists. Serving up a menu packed with Japanese-inspired French treats, this multi-award winning restaurant is the perfect place for delectable food and a wonderful list of wine.
Treat your other half to a special night out at View 94. Head to the restaurant for fine dining and delicious European treats in a candlelit room before heading to the Bar Lounge below for some tasty drinks, or even the Champagne Terrace for great views and cocktails.
Is there anything better than gorging on big piles of American cuisine on date night? No, we don't think so either. That's why we'll be heading to The Strand in Covent Garden, the American retro diner serves everything from burgers to hardshakes - a boozy take on the classic milkshake.
Camino Shoreditch is bringing a slice of Spain to East London. Head there for a date night of easy-going tapas and seriously drinkable wines and cocktails.
Beautifully balancing delicious, homely food with a drinks menu capable of rivalling any, L'Affaire in Wandsworth has quickly established itself as a South London favourite. Brewing their own ice-cold Bohemia lager, the crisp fine wines and delectable cocktails keep things swimming along nicely, while the homely food menu features the best seasonal ingredients and cuts of meat. Drawing guests from all over the city, this spot is perfect for any swooning young couples looking for a relaxed date night.
The Restaurant at Sanderson combines a sleek, chic modern aesthetic with a delectable food menu to create the perfect date night destination in London. Utilising seasonal ingredients and inventive techniques, the venue serves classic British dishes with a global twist, while their team of mixologist serves artisanal cocktails. But their heritage courtyard is probably the most beautiful part of the restaurant, making a delightful retreat for you and your partner.
With low lighting, intimate tables and sharing plates to split between yourselves, Hyde Kensington is a great place for couples. The menu is a delightful mix of pan-Asian flavours which includes dishes such as grilled prawns with mango salsa and tempura of soft-shell crab with chilli.
Not only can Balans offer you eccentric sophistication, brilliant British plates and quirky cocktails perfect for your date night in Clapham, but also an amazing alfresco terrace for you to enjoy too.
Boasting views over London's South Bank, Gillray's Steakhouse is a favourite for a couples meal in London if you fancy something with a bit of finesse. Quintessentially British and commanding a Thames-side spot, Gillray's comes equipped with cabinets of Gin and prime cuts of steak so your meal for two in London just got serious.
Proving size doesn't matter when it comes to delicious food, Rosa's near Carnaby Street is a delightful and delicious little eatery that serves up Thai food. Perfect for date night, snuggle on one of the intimate tables and gorge on goodies such as Pad Thai or Papaya Salad.
Brimming with charm and delivering a menu full of delectable dishes, Meat People is a delightful little diner - the ideal place for a couple to enjoy a meal out together. Everything here is made using the freshest ingredients and the finest cuts of meat. Even better, this North London restaurant boasts an exceptional wine list - pair your meal with a bottle and share a lovely romantic meal out together.
Sometimes dining out can feel like the same routine of plates and parking up in your seats....that was until Inamo. Join this North London restaurant not only for cocktails on the terrace and some of the finest in Pan Asian bites, their interactive dining tables are truly unique.
A certified Bermondsey beaut, Tanner and Co is one of the London districts that's a haven for couples days out in London. This South London restaurant bar is an old school gym room complete with horse vault, suspended ropes and a warehouse type feel. Expect prim plates of top quality foods and plenty of beer and wine to wash it all down.
Grab a bite to eat at Neighbour and you’ll be treated to a brasserie-style menu focused on seasonality and the best produce, washed down by organic wines and locally-sourced craft beers. After, pop downstairs for some cocktails in Jukes.
London Steakhouse Co in Chelsea is all sorts of swish from the food to the interiors. Founded by Marco Pierre White, the restaurant has an excellent selection of meat dishes, fine wines and - specially to the Chelsea site - burgers.
If you're looking for an intimate and romantic restaurant near the Barbican then look no further than Little Quiet. The new restaurant is set in an underground wine cellar which only has space for 16 diners; the menu is fresh and seasonal and there's a corking wine list.
Something on a bit more of the luxurious end, Buddha Bar is a stylish subterranean hide away for a couples dinner in London. Discover this palace of sleek interiors, exotic Asian décor and fine dinner and drinks. Buddha Bar epitomises that lavish East meets West aesthetic and is a favourite among London's celeb clientèle.
Re-imagining ancient Chinese design, Opium is a parlour or oriental charm where cocktails come served in ornate chinaware and mixed with a hefty dose of traditional herbs, infusions and spices. The Dim Sum is also to die for here so settle in for an ambient meal for two in London at this quirky restaurant bar.
A boutique gem mixing modern elegance with a timeless sense of style, The Driver is a cracking date night selection in King’s Cross. The venue features five impressive storeys but it’s the first floor dining room you’ll want to start at; chefs cook up some classic and indulgent British favourites in an elegant space.
You’ll both enjoy a date night in the Gatehouse, thanks to their excellent range of local and continental craft beers and wines, as well as tasty, fresh Spanish food menu.
If you’re looking for somewhere romantic to eat, then you can’t go wrong with Restaurant Ours. Managing to balance relaxed and approachable with modern and chic, it is both stylish and fun. Their food is the true area of excel, serving up a delicious menu of European dishes.
The newest sibling to the Soho site, Inamo in Covent Garden is a playground for a fun couples dinner in London. The table is interactive here where you can play ping pong, watch the chef cam, take picture and change the table graphics as well as ordering on a tablet. Immerse yourselves in sushi, delectable Asian plates and the fun atmosphere here.
Whether its a special occasion, or just a Tuesday night after work, this Spanish eatery is a perfect restaurant for London couples. Serving up traditional tapas and small plates, it's great for sharing with that special someone.
Coming complete with its own cinema suite where you can experience intimate screenings of films from the comfort of their leather sofas, The Exhibit is also a great option for a couples meal in London. Their restaurant area is a buzzing social space where you can tuck into European dishes with influences from India, Asia, Africa, South America and the Caribbean.
If you and your significant other find yourself in East London, head down to Gatti’s for an evening of delicious Italian food and exemplary service. Either stay for a wine in their upstairs wine bar or head below for a menu packed with tasty Italian treats perfect for you to re-enact ‘Lady and the Tramp’.
Planning a big night out in Covent Garden and want to get a great restaurant locked in? We got you. Ping Pong is not a table-tennis bar, rather it’s a stylish and inviting restaurant serving seasonal dim sum plates across its three chic floors. Pop in to share a few plates between you while you get a good feel for the cocktail list and theatrical Chinese teas.
Mabel's is a haven for quintessential British cuisine and charming interiors that bring back some old world style to dining in London. With a intimate atmosphere, this Covent Garden resident makes for an ideal place to have dinner for couples in London. Whether a big boozy brunch, some classic lunching or a fabulous dinner, Mabel's will suit.
Proving they're something of a Jack-of-all-trades, the team at Hanger SW6 are hosting a range of different events this March and April. Alongside serving succulent cuts of grilled steak dishes, the team will be hosting a number of booze-fulled Friday night live music events, plus weekly brunch and roast dinner sessions. Perfect for your next date night, treat that someone special with a fun-loving trip to this restaurant in Fulham.
Inspired by the Golden Age of transatlantic travel, Sea Containers brings a fusion of the best American and British cuisine to a smart space on the banks of the Thames. The interiors have been designed by creative visionary Tom Dixon and include both an al fresco dining area and a stainless steel bar as the centrepiece. Pop by come date night and pick out something from their range of small plates, sharing dishes and classic comfort food options.
With a stylish and edgy industrial vibe that meshes with cute and quirky interiors, Burdock is a top spot for couples looking to eat in the City. Located on Finsbury Square, the menu is filled with delicious plates designed from sharing; order the pork belly and lobster which is so good there's not much chance of splitting.
In prime placement on The Strand, Smollensky's is a stylish option for a couples restaurant in London with chic stylings and a bit of classic American style. With a grand piano in one corner and clean, contemporary interior design, the fantastic food really does the talking here. A mix of American and international dishes are what you'll find on the
About as much the king of BBQ as Elvis was the king of Blues, Joe's Southern Table & Bar mixes that laid-back diner style so typical of America with some contemporary British style. Come here for a lip-smacking hit of BBQ smothered meats so you can pig out at this cool couples restaurant in London.
Cute, cosy and colourful, Calcutta Street is a quirky little Indian restaurant in Fitzrovia. Using fresh British produce alongside Indian spices, the restaurants creates incredible curries - the tiger prawns in creamy coconut sauce being one - as well as a fruity cocktail selection.
Whether you're celebrating or just fancy something swish, Fancy Crab is ticking all sorts of special boxes. The restaurant is located in Marylebone and is one of the only one's in London to specialise in Red King Crab.
Lassco Bar and Dining is a quirky restaurant that's based in the heart of an old architectural salvage company in London. Chef James Knox Boothman and Bar manager Jerome Slesinski are the two creators behind this restaurant and have built a menu where each dish is complemented by a particular cocktail, beer or fine wine. Perfect for a date night with something a bit special, this restaurant is perfect for couples.
The BBQ Club has everything you need for a couples night; firstly, there's the absolutely glorious view of London and the Thames. Next up there's cooking five course on Green Egg BBQs, and then finally there's the honesty bar - date night = sorted.