10 Best Date Night Restaurants in London
Date night with your special someone is a serious matter, so don’t find yourself without a romantic table to show your partner how much they mean. To give you inspiration for your next date night, we take a closer look some of the most picture-perfect date spots for you to visit in London. Explore our list and pick your favourite before making your reservation today!
Carnaby Street’s Little Social is a gem of a date spot, from the vision of head chef Frankie Van Loo. Under his stewardship, every detail on every dish delivers excellence and gives the intended feeling of romance. Start your evening with Porthilly Rock Oysters, alongside Gordal olives with lemon and chili. Move onto La Latteria Burrata with Heritage tomato and black olive tapenade, or a delicious Cured Salmon, caught at Loch Duart, with avocado crème fraiche and a dollop of salmon caviar. This level of attention to detail is sure to impress your lucky partners on date night.
TheFork Rating: 9.2, Opening hours: 12–2:15pm, 5:30–9pm
Jeru, in the leafy Green Park area is a Middle-Eastern restaurant destination that is a must-see for discerning lovers of fine, regional cuisine. From the mind of Chef Roy Ner comes a litany of delicacies inspired by the folk cooking of Israel and the surrounding Middle-East. Start with local hits like the Sheep Cheese with Roasted Almonds, Aleppo pepper Calamari, or 'Cobble Lane' Cured Lamb & Fennel Salami. Pair this with Mezze dishes like Fried Halloumi Doughnuts with Truffle Honey or Shish Barak Dumplings of Beef Cheek and leek with yogurt and mint. Regional Hasselback Jerusalem Artichoke is served with Aleppo Oil, Anchovies and Caviar.
TheFork Rating: 9.4, Opening hours: 12–2:45pm, 5:30–11:15pm
This bright and modern Mediterranean style dining room presents an intriguing restaurant concept; Bloomsbury Street Kitchen. The talented team of chefs blend the best of Mediterranean cooking with the elegant minimalism of Japanese cuisine, making this a romantic and refined location to take your partner for dinner on date night. To start, we heavily recommend the Zucchini and Eggplant Chips, which come crunchy and perfect for dipping in the cool tzatziki. The Crispy Soft-shell Crab Harumaki Rolls with spicy ponzu offer a strong sense of Japan’s influence on the menu. For something more Mediterranean, the Gyros, Greek-style Kebabs, here, are easily among the best in the city.
TheFork Rating: 9.4, Opening hours: 5pm - 10pm
Sri-Lankan inspired Street Food is the order of the day at hip new hotspot Hoppers, in Soho. Here you can enjoy this rich and fragrant cuisine in an elegant, exotic interior that makes for a perfect adventure on your next date night. The Taste of Hopper menu will have you both well looked after. Start with a tasty Lanka snack, before a second course of Mutton Rolls, Hot Butter Squid, Bone Marrow Varuval and Lamb Kothu, served with delicious Roti breads. Delicious curries like the Dhal Kari, the Pol Sambol, Seeni Sambol or the Raita, all come served with their famous puffy Dosa bread.
TheFork Rating: 9.4, Opening hours: 12pm - 3pm, 5.30 - 10pm
Blanchette, in Soho, is steeped in old-world elegance, run by three French brothers and named after their mother, with passion that can be tasted in each dish. With a picturesque European-style interior and a welcoming, rustic terrace to enjoy with your partner, this romantic restaurant is a definite pick for date night. French delicacies make up Chef Maxime Alary’s marvellous menu, from the Croque Monsieur with Paté en croute to the baked St Marcellin with truffle honey. The classic Moules Marinière is delicious and rich, as is the Slow Roasted Stone Bass Gnocchi with Girolles, Sweetcorn and Miso Butter.
TheFork Rating: 9.1, Opening hours: 12pm - 11pm
Boasting a beautiful bright blue frontage is this picturesque Chelsea hot-spot, No. Fifty Cheyne. If sunny al fresco tables and an Instagram-ready painted facade sounds like you or your partner, then be sure to reserve a table here for your next date, available now on The Fork. Described in the Michelin guide as “high end comfort food”, there is nothing slouchy about service here. Instead, Chef Iain Smith commands his kitchen masterfully, sending out dish after dish of refined, regional food. From the Wild sea bass and mackerel tartare, with citrus crème fraîche, to the Herdwick lamb cannon and neck with green shiso and pea purée, dishes here don’t come cheap, but will live in you and your date’s perfect memories for a long time after.
TheFork Rating: 9.6, Opening hours: 6pm - 11pm
At South Kensington is where it all began for popular restaurant group 28-50, under the sage stewardship of mastermind Head Chef Julien Baris. Here, a whole range of dishes await you and your partner for a delight on date night. Impress your partner by ordering some of our recommendations from their menu. Truffle Arancini with Truffle Mayo and Artichoke Tempura with Aioli make for fine starters. The Crab Salad with Mango, avocado purée & coriander cress is a zesty mixture of freshness and ocean flavour. Or, unlock the romance of French cuisine with the Mussels Provençal, served with cherry tomato, black olive, parsley and french fries.
TheFork Rating: 9.1, Yums loyalty points accepted Opening hours: 5pm - 12am
In Bermondsey, the talented Chef Moreno Polverini runs the kitchen at Baccalà with grace and a healthy portion of passion. Seafood lovers will rejoice at the expansive catch available, and for partners seeking a date destination, you will find plenty of discoveries too - deserving of an outstanding TheFork rating of 10 out of 10. Begin with a romantic round of oyster tasting, to set the romantic tone, and then move onto some of the standout main dishes. The Roasted Octopus with marinated peppers, olives and basil is a faithful take on the classic polpo arrostito. Adventurous dishes like the Linguine with Sea Urchin and a turnip top provide a memorable dining experience.
TheFork Rating: 10, Yums loyalty points accepted Opening hours: 12pm - 11pm
If you want to experience the best Indian cuisine in London with your partner on date night, then you have a top-tier destination at Colonel Saab in High Holborn. The first thing you’ll notice is the eye-catching interior of crystal chandeliers and period art, but this is only the start, with a menu that lives up to the high-end ambience. Chef Sohan Bhandari brings authenticity to every delicious dish. Starters of samosa with masala chickpeas and pomegranate, and Jaipuri Baby Aloo potatoes with sour cream, will get you warmed up. The main dishes provide an education in the region’s culinary nuance. Kofta rolls of lotus stem, beetroot & raisin are served in a mild curry with khameeri roti bread. Or Colonel Saab’s Butter Chicken in a rich velvety tomato & cashew gravy.
TheFork Rating: 9.2, Yums loyalty points accepted, Opening hours: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 10pm
If you or your partner has a penchant for traditional, old-world bar settings at a global destination department store like Harrods in Knightsbridge, then you’re in luck - the Baccarat Bar awaits you. The menu contains an array of romantic entrees and mains for you to bond over. From Faroe Island Smoked Salmon, Dorset crab, avocado & ponzu to Confit potato terrine with Oscietra caviar. The delicious Foie Gras Terrine is Duck liver on toasted brioche with pear chutney and amaranth. This is dining at its finest, so spoil your lucky partner and book your table on TheFork today!
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