The Most Romantic Restaurants in London

The OpenTable Team

London is hailed as the most romantic city in the United Kingdom. Full of iconic places to take a date like the London Eye and St. Paul’s Cathedral, London is a city of art, history, culture—and, of course, amazing food. Romance is always in the air, and when it comes to wooing a loved one, it’s true what they say: the way to the heart really is through the stomach. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to British classics, rustic Italian spots to white table-clothed fine dining—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your date and score a table.

Restaurants:Galvin at Windows, Murano, Trinity
Price Range:££££ - ££££
Cuisines:French, Contemporary European, European
Neighborhoods:Mayfair, Clapham

Galvin at Windows

££££·French·
Mayfair
7,736 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Winner of a coveted Michelin star, Galvin at Windows prides themselves on setting the standard for fine dining. Run by an all-star celebrity team and set 28 floors up for tremendouRead more
89% recommended
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Murano

££££·Contemporary European·
Mayfair
2,082 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
Author and MBE Angela Harnett is the executive chef here, and she wants diners to enjoy sophisticated yet simple Italian-inspired food. From Cornish mussels cooked with tomatoes anRead more
94% recommended
Special Occasions in West End London
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Trinity

££££·European·
Clapham
2,659 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
Recommended by diners for immaculate service and imaginative cuisine, Trinity is one of London’s fine dining hot spots. The staff are charming and helpful, and though the food is MRead more
94% recommended
Best Overall in London
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Hawksmoor Seven Dials

££££·Steak·
Covent Garden
8,500 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
Steak is a great meal that is both decadent and simple, but doing it well is almost an art form. Hawksmoor Seven Dials gets it just right at their restaurant just around the cornerRead more
91% recommended
Steak in London
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Ivy Market Grill

££££·British·
Covent Garden
7,262 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
Executive Chef Sean Burbridge prides himself on offering “an eclectic mix of modern British comfort food and international dishes.” So, this is a great place to take a date if neitRead more
90% recommended
Outdoor Eating in West End London

Pollen Street Social

££££·British·
Mayfair
3,282 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Good for Anniversaries
Billed as a modern urban meeting point, Pollen Street Social is ideal for both special occasions and everyday dining. The menu is full of delicious British items including Dorset sRead more
94% recommended
Best Food in London
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Spring Restaurant

££££·Contemporary British·
Covent Garden
1,605 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Walking into Spring Restaurant is like walking into a light and airy palace. Tall columns stand between beautifully laid tables and the marble bar shines under bubble chandeliers. Read more
92% recommended
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Blacklock Soho

££££·Steak·
Soho
2,345 reviews
  • Casual
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Good for a Date
The City branch of this restaurant is set in an old electricity substation in the basement of a Grade II listed building. The industrial touches this lends to the décor are fun andRead more
98% recommended
Best Value in London
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Portland Restaurant

££££·British·
Marylebone
968 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
A relatively recent addition to London’s dining scene, Portland opened in 2015 and won a Michelin star in their very first year. Famous for rare and esoteric additions to the wine Read more
96% recommended
Notable Wine List in London
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Chez Bruce

££££·Modern European·
Wandsworth
3,648 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
If you want to relax in a professional yet informal setting, Chez Bruce could be the place to go for dinner. A very customer-focused establishment, staff are knowledgeable and enthRead more
98% recommended
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££££·British·
Mayfair
371 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
Sweeping banisters, foliage murals, and rustic wooden floors are just some of the attention to detail that makes this restaurant a London favorite. With peaceful views across GreenRead more
100% recommended
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Hakkasan - Hanway Place

££££·Chinese·
Fitzrovia
5,627 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
The original Hakkasan, Hanway Place opened in 2001 and is a designer paradise of modern wooden lattice and beautiful Chinoiserie decadence. A thoroughly contemporary interior contrRead more
Chinese in London
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Social Eating House

££££·Contemporary British·
Soho
2,115 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Fine dining in an informal social setting awaits you at the aptly named Social Eating House. A proud owner of a Michelin star, Social is one of a range of Jason Atherton restaurantRead more
Handcrafted Cocktails in West End London
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The Ledbury

££££·Contemporary European·
Notting Hill
2,357 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
Listed as one of the world’s top 50 restaurants, Brett Graham’s multiple award-winning Ledbury is a Notting Hill treasure. A friendly atmosphere and quirky yet elegant décor accompRead more
94% recommended
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Sake no Hana

££££·Japanese·
Mayfair
5,636 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
A Japanese symphony from the bamboo and cypress interior to the a la carte menu, Sake no Hana is the perfect way to introduce a partner to the world of Japanese cuisine. So much moRead more
Child Friendly in London
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Bistrotheque

££££·French·
Bethnal Green
2,383 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
An unsigned, hidden venue with a “rags to riches” story, hundreds of hungry diners still manage to hunt Bistrotheque down daily. Set in an old warehouse, the restaurant has kept maRead more
85% recommended
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Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

££££·Seafood·
Piccadilly
3,276 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
A London establishment since 1916, Bentley’s has over a century of serving fantastic British fish to hungry customers wanting a break from shopping and sightseeing. The patron chefRead more
89% recommended
Outdoor Eating in London
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Bocca Di Lupo

££££·Italian·
Piccadilly
2,236 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Authentic
  • Pre/post Theatre
“For when you’re hungry like the wolf,” claims this haven of stripped-back Italian food and obscure yet delicious wines. Warm and comforting, with the soul of a traditional trattorRead more
93% recommended
Italian in London
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The Greenhouse

££££·French·
Mayfair
2,863 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
A two Michelin star restaurant offering tranquil dining in the heart of Mayfair. Designed to impress, if fine dining is the door to your partner’s heart then The Greenhouse holds tRead more
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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

££££·British·
Knightsbridge
7,965 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romance
Date night should be fun, and few restaurants are more fun and quirky than Heston Blumenthal’s signature venue. The celebrity chef is famous for his quest to perfect familiar disheRead more
89% recommended
Best Ambience in London
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