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2023: Best Date Night Restaurants in London

01/31/2023
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Romance is in the air! You’ve secured the date and dressed up but with so many fantastic restaurants to choose from in London, which exceptional eaterie will you decide to wine and dine your date? TheFork has compiled a list of some of the best date night restaurants just for you! From authentic French bistros to cool, contemporary concepts, these unforgettable locations are all available to book on TheFork now, so make sure you beat the crowds and reserve a special table today…

 

Casa Cruz, Notting Hill

In West London’s famous neighbourhood of Notting Hill, you can have a romance worthy of a movie rom-com when you get a reservation at Casa Cruz - an intimate and elegant dining space worth booking for you and your partner this February 14th.

With a zingy menu filled with South American zest, there is sure to be a dish to stir your Valentine’s Day passions. Try the Hazelnut Salad with Roasted Squash and Figs, or the famous Seabream Ceviche with Lemon and Olive Oil. Decadent meat dishes like the Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder are perfect when shared with your soulmate - but so good you’ll want it to yourself!

TheFork Rating: 9.9 Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 6 PM–12:30 AM, Saturday 12–2:30 PM, 6 PM–12:30 AM Sunday 12–2:30 PM, 6–9 PM

BOOK Casa Cruz, Notting Hill

The Summer House, Warwick Avenue

With views of the Grand Union Canal, and an award winning dining terrace, The Summerhouse in Warwick Avenue is a great choice for Valentine’s Day this year. Their menu is well-stocked with healthy light bites and trendy modern mains.

Try sharing some sides of Traditional Popcorn Shrimps with chilli sauce & lemon, or their vegetarian Roast Aubergine with tomato, goat's curd and pumpkin seeds. The Mezze selection features Hummus, babaganoush, tzatziki, deep fried halloumi, Red peppers & feta dip with mixed olives and flatbread. Seafood lovers are in for a treat with a specialist shellfish menu, where you can get Jersey Royal Oysters, King Prawns, and whole Canadian Lobster.

TheFork Rating: 9.3 Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 12 – 9:45 PM

BOOK The Summerhouse, Warwick Avenue

 

Mercante, Mayfair

This classic Italian fine-dining restaurant in Mayfair, Mercante, has all the ingredients for a picture-perfect Valentine’s Day. With a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients regional to Italy, there are many romantic dishes to share with your loved one at this local gem.

Begin with the cicchetti menu, where you can enjoy Green Olives with paprika, Focaccia bread, Halloumi Croquettes and Bruschetta. Welcome the next wave of food as antipasti such as Buratta, Cured Meat and Fritto Misto arrive at the table. Mains include Grilled Dover Sole, and vegan Courgette lasagna with fine beans & pesto.

TheFork Rating: 8.4 Opening hours: Monday - Tuesday 06:30 AM - 11:00 AM, Wednesday - Sunday 06:30 AM - 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM - 09:30 PM

BOOK Mercante, Mayfair

 

Aubaine, Brompton Road

The sophisticated approach to dining at Aubaine will set the perfect mood for lovers of fine food this Valentine’s Day. Their take on classic French haute-cuisine is the perfect accoutrement to a romance-filled day with your partner.

For your starter, try a special Brie de Meaux Bruschetta, with egg yolk caramel, candied walnut and granny smith apple, or, the Baked Vacherin, with black truffle, almond crust and toasted sourdough. For your main course, how about a Stone Bass in Cannellini bean stew with pickled mussels and pink radish sea purslane, or, gorge on the fusion Wagyu Sando, served on toasted brioche with Japanese seasoned mayonnaise, black truffle and fries. Finally, push the boat out and try the Attilus Oscietra Caviar.

TheFork Rating: 8.8 Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 08:00 AM - 10:00 PM, Sunday 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM

BOOK Aubaine, Brompton Road

 

Monmouth Kitchen, Covent Garden

This impressive Peruvian kitchen concept in Covent Garden has been garnering rave reviews, and makes a perfect pick for Valentine’s Day. Monmouth Kitchen, on Mercer Street, specialise in healthy modern cuisine inspired by South American flair.

Try their Tacos, with delicious fillings of Tuna with Chilli Lemon, Spicy Chicken with Rocoto Yoghurt and Vegetables with Tomato Salsa. Then, tuck into small-plates of Crispy Peppered Calamari, Robata King Prawns and Sea Bass Ceviche. For some kitchen specialities, opt for the Chicken Skewers with Anticucho sauce, or their signature Lamb Cutlets with red Anticucho - served on a hot lava stone for a special Valentine’s show.

TheFork Rating: 9.0 Opening hours: Monday - Tuesday Closed, Wednesday - Friday 12–2:30 PM, 5–10 PM Saturday 12:30–10:30 PM, Sunday 12:30–7 PM

BOOK Monmouth Kitchen, Covent Garden

 

Hide Above, Piccadilly

This new restaurant and bar from Hedonism Wines and chef Ollie Dabbous, Hide Above, is an intriguing concept that is certain to be attracting diners for their Valentine’s Day date night. Book now on TheFork and reserve your table today to beat the hype.

Dishes start artfully with Tender cuttlefish in pandan leaf with fresh almonds, Jerusalem artichoke shavings with hazelnuts & sea truffle and the mysterious Nest egg. For your main course, look forward to Glazed Iberico pork with spicy turnip stems, or Chilean Sea Bass cooked over charcoal with shiso leaf and cucumber.

TheFork Rating: 9.0 Opening hours: Monday - Friday 07:30 AM - 11:15 PM, Saturday 09:00 AM - 11:15 PM Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:30 PM

BOOK Hide Above, Piccadilly

 

Bistro Aix, Crouch End

This luxury French fine-dining restaurant in London’s Crouch End has consistently earned good reviews for its passionate and traditional take on the cuisine. With an impressive and authentic menu of seafood and other delicate dishes, you are sure to be delighted when you book Bistro Aix for your Valentine’s Day date.

From the entrees onwards, you can get a sense of the quality in each dish. The Gluten free Sesame and Almond Bread is served with a Herb butter, the Seared Scallops with a pea purée and rare white truffle. For mains, sample the best regional ingredients in the Barbary Duck Breast with roasted peaches, orange sauce, and french beans, or the Vegetarian Tarte with wild mushroom, asparagus and St Marcellin cheese.

TheFork Rating: 9.0 Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 4–11 PM, Saturday - Sunday 12–11 PM

BOOK Bistro Aix, Crouch End

 

Sette, Knightsbridge

At Sette, in Knightsbridge, Head Chef Massimo Tagliaferri is treating diners to a very special service for Valentine’s Day, with a special menu full to peruse, a feast for the eyes and a gift for the palette.

Expect a journey through regional Italian canapes and antipasti featuring Creamy Polenta and Charred Octopus. Then, pasta such as the Lobster Taglione, before moving on to secondi and, lastly dolce - while staying refreshed it with a glass of Ferrari Rose champagne.

TheFork Rating: 9.3 Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 07:00 AM - 11:45 AM, 06:00 PM - 10:30 PM Sunday 07:00 AM - 11:45 AM, 12:00 PM - 03:30 PM

BOOK Sette, Knightsbridge

 

Galvin At Windows, Park Lane

Take the elevator up the Hilton Park Lane to this majestic restaurant with panoramic views across London. Galvin At Windows elevates you to a vantage point where you will feel like the power couple this Valentine’s Day.

Expect inventive gourmet dishes from start to finish. Begin with Portland Crab, Hazelnut and Crab Apple or Scottish Venison Tartare with Smoked Ricotta. For your main course, expect excellent ingredients with provenance, as seen in the Dover Sole with Fowey Mussels, Veronique and Aged Baeri Caviar. Perfect for those seeking some refinement with their romance.

TheFork Rating: 8.9 Opening Hours: Monday Closed, Tuesday 06:00 PM - 09:15 PM, Wednesday - Saturday 12:00 PM - 02:15 PM, 06:00 PM - 09:15 PM, Sunday 12:00 PM - 02:45 PM

BOOK Galvin At Windows, Park Lane

 

Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill, Mayfair

With over one hundred years of Oyster history under their belts, Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill in West London’s Mayfair is something of an institution for seafood lovers. With a range of Oysters, Caviars and other luxury dishes, it makes for a special date night on Valentine’s Day.

Cited by some as having aphrodisiacal properties, the Oysters on their menu, from Rockefeller to Loch Ryan to West Mersea, are beautifully served, and sourced from only the best suppliers. If seafood isn’t your thing, a range of mains might take your fancy, like the Tartare of Irish Hereford Prime Beef.

TheFork Rating: 9.3 Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 12–9:45 PM, Sunday 12–9 PM

BOOK Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill, Mayfair

 

Social Eating House, Soho

Social Easting House
Social Easting House, Soho

This new concept from restaurateur Jason Atherton brings together contemporary French fine-dining with a series of fusions that make for a decadent and explorative menu. The aptly named Social Eating House, in Soho, has been attracting the right crowd and with it critical acclaim.

Reserve a table today on TheFork to enjoy their great cuisine for yourself. From the Filipino Longanisa Sausages with Saffron Mayo to the Aged Cumbrian Beef Flank Tartare with Black Onion Seed and Soy Ponzu Jelly, every delicate dish offers a treat for the senses. Perfect for discerning diners on date-night.

TheFork Rating: 9.0 Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday Closed, Tuesday - Saturday 2:00 PM - 02:15 PM, 05:45 PM - 10:30 PM

BOOK Social Eating House, Soho

 

The Garrison, Bermondsey

This quaint, 20th Century Modern-inspired restaurant space in South London is the perfect choice for those seeking that vintage charm on Valentine’s Day. The Garrison has become a beloved neighbourhood gem in its near twenty-year service to the people of Bermondsey and beyond.

The menu does not disappoint. Expect dishes like the St Ives Mussels Escabeche, Salt & Pepper Brixham Squid and Pigs Head Croquettes to feature the finest, regionally-sourced ingredients, cooked with genuine passion for your Valentine’s Day date.

TheFork Rating: 9.3 Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM, 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM Sunday 12:30 PM - 09:00 PM

BOOK The Garrison, Bermondsey

 

 

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