What makes travelling unforgettable? Your senses. The sight and textures of the colosseum walls as it blots out the sun, the sounds of waves crashing against a cliff below your feet…the scent of grilled pineapples and creole spices mingled with frangipanis in the breeze. Your senses paint the experience of each of your travel memories…so of course, the chance to see the world is a chance explore a vast gastronomical wonderland.
So, let us help ! Check out our list of the most unique and romantic restaurants that are sure to make your dining experience unforgettably, once in a lifetime.
1. Grotta Palazzese – Italy
Enjoy a restaurant inside an enchanting limestone cave in Polignano a Mare. Ristorante Grotta Palazzese is set 74 feet above sea level. Sip the best wine in Europe as you gaze over the scenic Adriatic Sea.
Fall in love as you dine amongst the lush and exquisite Valley of the Kings. CasCades is an award-winning restaurant in Ubud, Bali. With picturesque tropical views of the jungle below, this 10-metre high Balinese restaurant offers delicious and unique dishes that are a contemporary blend from all around the world.
Oh…and chocolate addicts beware, there is a particular to-die-for chocolate platter that will set the mood for a wonderful night.
3. Le Jules Verne – Paris, France
What can be more romantic than relishing French cuisine in a secret restaurant inside the Eiffel Tower? The Le Jules Verne Restaurant is a Michelin-starred eatery that a lot of people see but don’t know it’s there. Have a magical time looking over the City of Lights in this wondrous candlelit setting.
4. Piz Gloria – Mürren, Switzerland
This famous restaurant is known from the the James Bond series “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” If you and your partner are up for a unique dining experience, visit the Piz Gloria, a revolving restaurant high up the Bernese Alps. Gaze around hundreds of mountain peaks as it rotates on its own axis.
5. La Sponda – Positano, Italy
Be captivated by this enthralling restaurant lit by hundreds of candles. Enjoy an intimate dinner at the La Sponda at Le Sirenuse hotel, a Michelin star restaurant where you can enjoy the astounding views of the Mediterranean.
What could be more romantic than dining on a candlelit terrace, with the stars above … and with a mandolin playing in the background?… Well, maybe a proposal…right girls?!
6. Six Senses Koh Samui – Thailand
Share a meal to remember at the Six Senses Samui resort hotel in their award-winning Dining on the Rocks Restaurant atop a headland. Savor the freshest organic vegetables and herbs from their very own garden and really choose a degustation that is you from their more extensive than normal degustation menu.
From black angus rib eye in adobo garlic and potatoes to duck and coke root vegetables polenta with crispy popcorn…the menu items truly do bring your six senses to life.
7. The Grotto, Krabi – Thailand
This unique restaurant is located on the edge of Phra Nang beach. Dine inside this exquisite limestone cave as you and your other half enjoy the soft fine-powdered sand, sumptuous Thai food, and a glass of wine.
Enjoy the perfect vantage of the setting sun and if you fall in love…don’t forget, this place offers an unforgettable venue option for a destination wedding reception!
8. Le Café Des Arts – Mauritius
If you want to dine somewhere truly unique with an ambience to nurture your inner artiste, the Le Café Des Arts in Mauritius is the perfect place for you! Once an old sugar mill, the restaurant is adorned by the beautiful paintings by the famous Yvette Maniglier, the last student of Matisse. With vaulted cathedral like ceilings and acoustics to match, dinner is an affair to remember. The most perfect lobster you could imagine and rich Mauritian rum…it is no surprise that the Ferrari Team have made this their own private pit-stop.
9. Clos Maggiore – London
Step inside the world’s most romantic restaurant. Dinner awaits at Clos Maggiore’ with flora-filled interiors and it’s retractable glass roof to welcome you to a night of fine dining, where you can also gaze at the sparkling stars. Also featuring a crackling fireplace to appease the romantics this restaurant is dressed to impress with its perfect and opulent ambience. With its AA-rosette awarded dishes and world-class wine, you’re sure to have an unforgettable fairytale-like night. Another top pick for popping the question perhaps?
10. Le Panoramic – France
Feast at Le Panoramic after a day of skiing and find comforting warmth with its hearty menu offering a selection of steaks, pastas and hot soups. Situated more than 8,000 feet above the ground, take a moment or more to linger and enjoy a 360° view of the majestic Mont-Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps.
The perfect spot for a champagne in the sun after a day on the slopes !
11. Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant – Kenya
If you’re searching for a magical setting and an intimate dining experience, it doesn’t get any better than Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant. The cavern is thought to be between 120,000 and 180,000 years old. Seat under the stars with its ‘natural skylight’ in the ceiling and indulge on luxury wines. This world-renowned restaurant offers a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience with a menu ranging from fresh oysters from Kilifi, mangrove crabs and delicious king prawns for mains, to a fruit flambe dessert spectacle at your table.
Apart from being an unforgettable date night, if it’s an intimate wedding destination you are looking for then this could be it! Genuine warm service, gleaming cutlery and candelabras could be the way to light up your reception night if an exclusive fifty guest gathering in an exotic locale is your style.
12. Mirabelle – Rome, Italy
The beautiful and elegant Mirabelle in Rome offers a romantic setting in their candle-lit terrace overlooking Roman monuments and the Vatican Gardens. Along with its Michelin-starred dishes and delicious wine, this stunning restaurant is the perfect setting for your dream date. Paired with a walk along the Fontana di Trevi under the stars…life couldn’t be more perfect, could it?
13. Spago, Marina Bay Sands – Singapore
In what occasion should you dine at Spago? A special one, of course. Spago is Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant overlooking Marina Bay Sands’ famous infinity pool. It boasts of sophisticated Californian cuisine and its AAA Four Diamond Award and two stars in The Michelin Guide-Los Angeles edition. Insider tip? Don’t miss the lobster.
14. Restaurant le Meurice Alain Ducasse – Paris
Majestic is the perfect word to describe Restaurant le Meurice Alain Ducasse in Paris, France. Bask in the opulence of impeccable French taste with Alain Ducasse’s cuisine, staged in a five-course journey. With exceptional French dishes, crafted to emphasize the true flavours of the produce used, this dining experience really is like no other. A must for foodies worldwide.
15. El Farallón – Los Cabos, Mexico
Translated to mean “the rock that comes out of the ocean”, this beautiful restaurant is one of the most sought after dining places in Los Cabos. Offering the seduction and exclusivity of cliff-side dining, El Fallaron offers romance in an unrivaled atmosphere. Choose among fresh selection of fish as you gaze over the sun setting in the Pacific Ocean for a true Ocean to Table dining experience.
16. Treepod – Koh Kood, Thailand
Take your dining experience to new heights with the unique Treepod dining experience in Thailand. Sit restfully in a bamboo pod hanging in the air as your private waiter delivers your food through a zipline. Surrounded by a lush ancient rainforest, savour the fresh and exotic flavours of Siam as you watch the sun set over the boulder speckled sea.
17. Ristorante Aroma – Rome, Italy
This exceptional restaurant is situated on the top level of the Palazzo Manfredi hotel in the very heart of Rome. You can gaze out at the famous Roman landmarks like the dome of St Peter’s and catch extraordinary angles of the Colosseum whilst dining on Michelin-starred cuisine… from ‘Octopus stewed in a glass with parsley sponge and potato foam’, to ‘Green lasagnette with quail and chanterelle mushrooms with smoked Provola cheese’. The menu boasts the accolades and applause of sophisticated palates world wide.
Michelin Star Food, UNESCO World Heritage Views…and your other half. What could be better?
18. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant – Rangali Island, Maldives
You think dining under the sea is impossible? Ithaa Undersea Restaurant in Rangali, Island will make your dream a reality with its 180-degree view of the sea. New York Daily News even called it “the most beautiful restaurant in the world”. Devour contemporary European cuisine in styled 6 course dinners while looking at vibrant fish and coral gardens…or contemplate booking private events for breakfasts or weddings.
19. The Little Door – Los Angeles
West Hollywood’s hidden gem is a popular spot for A-listers. Los Angeles Times’ Most Romantic Restaurant in LA boasts of a cozy and intimate ambiance with its lush courtyard. Rustic mediterranean cuisine and dreamy lights await you as you come inside The Little Door.
20. One If by Land, Two If by Sea – New York
Imagine majestic chandeliers, brick walls, fireplaces, and candlelit tables. One if by Land, Two if by Sea is not New York City’s most romantic restaurant for nothing. Founded in 1973, this restaurant has been New Yorkers’ favorite place for proposals, engagements, weddings, and anniversaries. Fall in love for the first time or all over again at NYC’s most romantic setting.
21. Nautika Restaurant, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Sit on the terrace under the stars as the deep, dark Adriatic melodically laps against the sheer walls of the old city. Welcome to Nautika, one of the world’s most romantic restaurants. Lounge back in the ambience as fresh lobster medallions are served. Paired with world-class formal but warm service, you’ll be falling in love, we guarantee it!
As if the setting is not debonair enough, celebrity spot the likes of Roger Moore and Eva Longoria who are both faithful regulars.
22. Kisik (at Ayana Resort, Jimbaran, Bali)
Bali’s famous fresh seafood grills don’t get any better than on this little restaurant perched on it’s own cliff overlooking a luxuriant private beach. Take the inclinator down the cliff-face and choose your favorite seafood from an iced display, fresh from the boats! Kisik’s team of chefs will cook it to perfection and served with a delicious array of Balinese condiments, a cool spritzer and a sea breeze, it is the perfect way to enjoy the setting sun. A unique architectural marvel with a true “feet in the sand” experience, glowing tiki torches and the iridescent Ocean Beach Pool nearby…the only way the night could be more perfect is if you saunter a few metres to the Rock Bar for an open sky, starlit night cap to the mesmerizing rhythm of the waves.
23. Fregate Island Private, Seychelles
As a member of the Oetker Collection, Fregate Island Private boasts a unique dining experience in exotic locales. On Fregate Island, dinner is “wherever you want”. The island’s individual spots are all welcome possibilities for adventure and add their own touch to your dining experience.
Consider a not-so child-like Treehouse dining experience. High up in one of the island’s oldest and largest banyan trees have a secluded, romantic and very adult dinner for two… Or else, why not try private dining with a maritime theme at the Yacht Club?
For something more colonial sit down to dine creole style in ‘the plantation’. Choose your own ingredients together with the Chef de Cuisine, from a wide variety of exotic vegetables, herbs and fruits. Your dining experience is limited only by imagination! Any stretch of secluded beach can be transformed to an intimate seafood grill for two with your feet in the sand and the melodic crash of the waves nearby.
A Sunset Cruise or Sashimi Picnic…or perhaps Mont Signal, the highest point on Fregate Island, for an early evening cocktail.
So there you have it, beautiful and exceptional restaurants from around the world! Follow your hearts and seek the most extraordinary dates…moments…and nights together. Have enough of these and before you know it, you would have lived an extraordinary life.
If you only had one chance to try one restaurant in your lifetime, which one would you try? 🙂
As always thanks for reading you guys! To all of you out there- do you know a wonderfully romantic dining destination that we have missed?
Or perhaps you have some inspired proposal ideas for our readers out there who are raking their brains for an unforgettable way to pop the question? Well, we would absolutely love to hear from you!
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With Love ,
Xox Just Oscar and Bello