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 20th March 2017
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
Looking for somewhere quaint, inviting and unassumingly inviting nearby to London Bridge? We know just the place. Village East is a chic brasserie, restaurant and cocktail bar modelled on the slick and contemporary hangouts of its Manhattan namesake. Plonk yourself down at one of their large oak tables to enjoy tasty cooking and eye-catching cocktails.
Take your partner to Coppa Club Tower Bridge and let the view do the romance for you. Their south facing terrace offers spectacular sights of the Thames and Tower Bridge, and in the winter months their giant igloos offer a cosy sanctuary. They serve delicious European food – from smaller plates to grilled mains and sourdough pizzas – alongside cocktails, beers and wines.
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.
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.
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.
Up your date night game by reserving a table for two at this Grade-II listed, Georgian townhouse. The Harcourt comes made up of five rooms with stunning artworks and contemporary design, where modern European food with a Scandinavian twist is washed down by intriguing cocktails and an extensive list of good quality wine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located 17 floors above one of east London’s most buzzing neighbourhoods, Urban Coterie offers delicious food, an exclusive vibe and stunning views that look out towards the city. Head chef Martin Zahumensky uses simple, unfussy cooking methods to let the quality of the ingredients do the talking; all washed down with a strong range of cocktails and biodynamic wines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A neighborhood restaurant and bar that's full of cool character and South American quirks, El Patron is a fiesta of Mexican food and drink for a themed couples dinner in London. Definitely hot on the social dining vibes, El Patron caters to a couple looking for a laid-back dinner and drinks affair that comes with its own party atmosphere across the weekends.
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.
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.
Sitting on the first floor of the One New Change, and boasting a new, flavoursome food menu, Searcys 1848 is the latest addition to the opulent champagne bar brand. Alongside the vast collection of fine champagnes produced on vineyards across the globe, the food menu offers guests a choice between pork and beef meatballs, topped with a pesto or tomato sauce and served alongside freshly made pasta or a crispy slice of ciabatta bread. Elegant and suave, this restaurant is perfect for couples looking for a sophisticated date-night venue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brasserie Blanc is a fine-dining restaurant that sits in the shadow of the Tower of London, one of the capital's most iconic buildings. Perfect for a meal with friends, an after-work drink with colleagues or perhaps a celebratory dinner with your nearest and dearest, the diverse menu of seasonal dishes and fresh recipes is certain to appeal to even the most cynical diners.
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.
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.