The Most Romantic Restaurants in the World… and What to Wear to Them
In lieu of the requisite roses and box of chocolates, here’s hoping he takes you to one of these instead:
Hungarian State Opera House
This 19th century neo-Renaissance building plays a spectacular backdrop to a meal where the soundtrack is provided by a private orchestra.
The Setting: A cupola fresco, three levels of gilded filigree, and a three-ton bronze chandelier decorate the hall.
The Dress Code: Three days of preparation on the Opera House’s behalf requires you to look the part. In this case, only an Oscar gown will do.
Insider Tip: A dinner here can only be booked through the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest.
The Dress Code:
The Rock Restaurant
This intimate seafood restaurant, a converted fisherman’s post in the middle of the Indian Ocean, is best accessed by boat.
The Vibe: Rustic, low key chic.
Perfect for: The woman whose idea of the perfect night is one where she doesn’t have to wear heels to dinner.
What to Order: Freshly caught seafood, served with local spices.
Only a few blocks back from the Malecón lies this spectacularly dilapidated restaurant that evokes the faded grandeur of old Havana.
Star Power: This romantic setting was first seen in the Academy Award-nominated film Fresa y Chocolate; Beyonce and Jay-Z have also celebrated an anniversary here.
What to Order: Polished takes on Cuban classics, such as suckling pig or cheese ice cream with guava.
Insider Tip: After dinner, head upstairs to one of Cuba’s most buzzed-about bars.
Sense on the Edge at the Six Senses Spa
A dinner under the stars takes on whole new meaning at this mountain-top restaurant at the Six Senses Spa in Oman.
The Setting: Majestic mountains, the Gulf of Oman, and a clear-cut view of the stars.
Insider Tip: Take the mood to the next level and book the Starlight Table, a truly secluded space slightly further up the mountain.
The Dress Code: Desert-cool separates… that lend themselves to statement heels.
Escape Amsterdam, via a one-hour train ride and , for this renowned three Michelin-starred restaurant
in the charming Dutch town of Zwolle.
The Setting: The former library of a 15th century Dominican abbey.
The Dress Code: The setting may be medieval, but the interiors are distinctly modern. Dress for the occasion in elegant, minimalist pieces.
What to Order: The seven-course dining menu—chef Jonnie Boer is known for his farm-focused menus with a distinctively quirky touch.
In the heart of urban Bangkok, walking through a twinkle-lit pergola into a charming colonial building sets the foundation for an unexpectedly romantic dining experience.
The Cuisine: Chef Gaggan Anand, a protégé of El Bulli’s Ferran Adria, delivers “progressive” Indian dishes with a molecular twist.
The Dress Code: The soft surroundings/hues lend themselves to a brighter cocktail piece.
The Accolades: True gourmands will appreciate knowing it was twice named Asia’s Best Restaurant.
Table 131° at Longitude 131°
Get back to nature with this dining experience, where the pre-dinner prep literally involves placing your table in the middle of the Australian outback.
The Setting: The stars, the desert, and the majestic landmark of Uluru, the world’s largest stone monolith.
The Vibe: Save your stilettos and bring the conversation; this far out, there’s little else to distract.
Insider Tip: Have post-dinner drinks at the Dune House or brush up on your astronomy with a lesson from the lodge’s in-house expert.