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The Most Romantic Restaurants in London

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.

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10 Restaurants
Updated December 02, 2019
Restaurants:Galvin at Windows, Murano, Trinity
Price Range:££££ - ££££
Cuisines:British, Contemporary European, European
Neighborhoods:Mayfair, Clapham
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Galvin at Windows

££££
British
Mayfair
4.7
6912 reviews

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 tremendous views of London, this restaurant is a sure way to impress your date. Diners frequently comment on friendly and professional service, although it’s recommended to get there early to get the best view possible. A taster menu with wine is a not-to-be-missed experience for two.


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Murano

££££
Contemporary European
Mayfair
4.6
2074 reviews

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 and seaweed butter, to monkfish with oxtail tortellini, quality ingredients are the star of the show here. Professional and friendly sommeliers are on hand to give advice about which wine to choose with your exquisite meal, so you won't make a mistake in front of a date by pairing fish with red. Murano is an anniversary favorite.


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Trinity

££££
European
Clapham
4.9
2818 reviews

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 Michelin-starred level, reviews comment on the lack of pretention. Couples on a date night might want to ask about the house tarte tatin. They only make seven every day, and it’s a sublime sharing dessert to round off your four-course meal. Remember to ask ahead of your visit to avoid missing out!


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Hawksmoor Seven Dials

££££
Steakhouse
Covent Garden
4.7
10270 reviews

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 corner from the famous Covent Garden area of London. Diners regularly comment on how perfectly cooked the meat is, and how well the sides, sauces, and even wine complement the delicious mains. A must for meat lovers and a sure way to impress your date.


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Ivy Market Grill

££££
Breakfast
Covent Garden
4.1
12566 reviews

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 neither of you is sure what cuisine you’re in the mood for. Start with a classic prawn cocktail, or make it more exotic and go for the wasabi prawns with salt and pepper squid. A melting chocolate bombe might be a sweet sharing moment at the end of your meal. Lots of choice in an elegantly presented venue.


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Blacklock Soho

££££
Steak
Soho
4.8
3948 reviews

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 and a great talking point. Staff write the specials in chalk on the pillars, and brickwork archways provide nooks for supplies for the wait staff. Amongst this intriguing paraphernalia, you and your date can enjoy some of the finest cooked meat in London. Skinny chops, big chops, and off-the-bone meat are the core of this menu, with a mouthwatering range of sauces and sides. A carnivore’s paradise.


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Portland Restaurant

££££
British
Marylebone
4.8
1468 reviews

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 list, this is a great place to take any budding sommeliers. The food is just as enticing. There’s a tasting menu and an a la carte dinner menu, and a very well-priced lunch menu. Mains include thornback ray with mussels and lovage, or shorthorn beef with black garlic. If you go for a birthday or anniversary, tell the staff; you might just get a little treat!


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Hakkasan - Hanway Place

££££
Chinese
Fitzrovia
4.2
6256 reviews

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 contrasts with some traditional Eastern flavors such as crispy duck, hot and sour soup, satay chicken, and fragrant jasmine rice. Guests comment on how the restaurant manages to combine elegance with comfort, and of course, great taste. Bright colors and stunning presentation make this a surprising and exciting restaurant to take a date or loved one.


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The Ledbury

££££
British
Notting Hill
4.9
2301 reviews

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 accompany delicious food matched with wines from small and exclusive estates. The menu includes such delights as frozen English wasabi, clay baked white beetroot, hen of the woods, and brown sugar tart with stem ginger ice cream. The Ledbury manages to achieve that elusive state of being high end without being pretentious. A date night to remember.


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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

££££
British
Knightsbridge
4.6
6920 reviews

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 dishes by reinventing them in weird and wonderful ways. Dinner comes from a love of gastronomic history, which is evident in dishes such as Plum Meat Fruit, with spiced red wine and chicken liver, or Roast Venison with the classic combination of meat and cherries. The presentation is what makes Dinner fun, so look out for oranges that aren’t really oranges or dry ice rising from the table.


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