Looking for romantic restaurants in Rome? With this romantic city as your backdrop, you are spoiled for choice!
These are often where the best food is, and it’s just the nature of Rome dining that places tend to be brightly lit, with bad acoustics. Of late, more restaurants in Rome do seem to be getting the lighting done right, but these are still in the minority. I’m used to this now so I barely notice it but that does not make for a very romantic meal if that’s what you are looking for.
To me, romantic restaurants in Rome (or just about anyplace I suppose!) should be quiet, low-lit, intimate, with discreet service…and of course, they should have wonderful food. And sometimes, especially in Rome, you can add in the bonus of a spectacular piazza or breathtaking view.
These are my picks for the best Romantic Restaurants in Rome:
Would you like a map of them all? Hop to the bottom of this page.
Does it go without saying that pretty much any Michelin-starred restaurant will be romantic? Maybe…Below are places I’ve either tried personally, or know about through foodie and chef friends.
Inside the Hotel Splendide Royal near the top of the Via Veneto. Gorgeous twinkly views of the Borghese Park and Vatican City. An elegant, old-style decor, but a wonderful experience to dine here, and first-rate service and food. I don’t work for Michelin, but in my very humble opinion, they deserve their star!
Via di Porta Pinciana, 14. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations a must: 06 4216 8838
Rome’s only 3*** Michelin restaurant La Pergola, is guaranteed to be one of the most romantic restaurants in Rome.
It might be the setting in the uber-chic 5* Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotel, opened in the 60’s but completely refurbished while keeping its style. It might be the sensational view over sparkly Rome below. But there is no doubt that super-star chef Heinz Beck is the main reason that this will be one of the most incredible meals of your life.
Via Alberto Cadlolo, 101. Open Tues - Sat for dinner only. Reserve as long in advance as possible: 06 3509 2152. (You may also click the link for La Pergola above, to see any special events menus they have, and to request a reservation online.)
In the same hotel, there is another restaurant run by talented chef Fabio Boschero. L’Uliveto is a bit more accessible (in terms of price but also availability to book), and is also quite romantic.
There are tables inside and out, at pool level. I’ve had the pleasure of eating here several times and every single dish is a work of art, both visually and culinarily (is that a word?) The food is heavenly! That’s the bottom line.
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations strongly recommended - 06 3509 2145
The first time I ate at this wonderful restaurant located in one of Rome's newest urban-hip areas, Testaccio, I was surprised by how incredible the food was. Then I found out they had a Michelin star.
The setting, in an off-the-beaten-track area, with their cool low-lit lounge and inventive bartenders, and the minimalist yet warm ambiance of the dining area makes Stazione di Posta one of my favorite romantic restaurants in Rome.
Largo Dino Frisullo. Open Mon and Wed from 6pm - 1am. Thu - Sat noon - 2am, and Sun noon - 1am. Closed Tuesday. 06 574 3548
My favorite thing about this restaurant in Trastevere is how gorgeous it is. Chef Cristina Bowerman is one of Rome's best. Her food is creative but always Italian. Between the food and the ambiance, this is one of the most Romantic Restaurants in Rome.
Vicolo del Cinque. Open Tue - Sun. Reservations strongly suggested - 06 5833 5903
Creative, delicious food at this 1* Michelin restaurant near Piazza Navona. Set in a subdued, almost hushed ambiance, with lots of space between tables, soft, warm lighting and perfect service, this excellent restaurant is guaranteed to offer you a romantic evening out in Rome.
Vicolo dei Soldati, Open Mon - Sat from 8pm. Reservations required - 06 686 9432
Bistrot 64 - One of the newer 1* restaurants on the Rome dining scene, this restaurant is definitely worth going a little out of your way for. (My Roman husband declared it was the best amatriciana he’d had in a very long time.)
Don’t go (only) for the amatriciana, as most of the food is innovative and a joy to discover. You could start with a visit to Rome’s modern art museum Maxxi, and head here after, making for a wonderful, romantic evening in Rome.
Via Guglielmo Calderini 64, Open Wed - Mon for dinner; Fri - Sun also for lunch. 06 323 5531
There is no view at this restaurant on the Aventine, not far from the Circus Maximus. But it’s lovely to sit outside in nice weather. And the inside is inviting and romantic too! The food is good, although I didn't find it amazing. But the ambiance is lovely, and you get the bonus rooftop bar as well.
Viale Aventino, 121, Open Mon - Sat. Reservations - 06 4554 8810
I have not had the pleasure of eating here yet, but this 1* Michelin restaurant, located inside the elegant 5* hotel Palazzo Manfredi, offers one of the most stunning views in Rome - directly onto the beautifully lit Colosseum in all its glory. People I know who have eaten here say it’s fabulous.
These Rome restaurants may not have a Michelin star, but if a breathtaking view is what you're after, you've got it!
This gorgeous rooftop bar and restaurant is in the 4-star hotel Atlante Star. The only meal I had here was on our wedding night, which was a while ago (1999!) But it was wonderful and the view of St. Peter’s is stunning.
Via Giovanni Vitelleschi, 34. Open daily. Phone - 06 687 3233.
This rooftop restaurant in the luxury 5* Hotel Raphael offers some of the most beautiful views of Rome.
I've only had drinks up here, not dinner, but those I know who have eaten here say the food is wonderful.
The hotel is right in the centre of Rome, and when you dine on the roof, you get views all around you, from Piazza Navona to St. Peter’s basilica to surrounding rooftops and church domes. Not to mention the food is (supposed to be) amazing!
Largo Febo, 2. Open daily. Reservations - 06 682831
This villa near the top of the Spanish Steps and on the edge of the Villa Borghese park affords gorgeous views of the city’s rooftops laid out before you.
St. Peter’s dome is one of the best parts of the landscape. The food is quite good and the service professional. A friend of mine was proposed to here, and I doubt she is the only one this happens to!
Piazza Bucarest. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations - 06 6992 2090
I simply love love love this restaurant near Piazza Fiume (a more local area of town.)
Chef Alba Esteban Ruiz is a culinary genius and her restaurant deserves all the accolades. Ambiance, food, wine-list (wow) and service make for a perfect dinner out when you want a romantic evening in Rome. (Or really any time.)
Via Velletri, 39. Open Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun for lunch and dinner. Monday for dinner only. Closed Wednesday. Reservations - 06 6478 1692
Near Piazza Barberini/via Veneto, Moma restaurant is one of my go-to restaurants when I want good food and a mellow ambiance.
They have tables outside for casual drinks (although you can also dine there if you wish.) But it's really nice, and romantic, to dine upstairs, in the inviting dining room with giant windows overlooking the street. (There is not much of a view, but the inside setting is warm and soothing.) Excellent food from a young, inventive Roman chef, and fantastic service by friendly staff.
Via di S. Basilio. Open Mon - Sat. Reservations - 06 4201 1798
Located on the prestigious via Veneto, inside the 5-star Hotel Majestic, the tastefully designed ambiance is the first thing you notice.
Elegant, refined, you will know immediately you are in a special place. But the winner here is the food. Chef Massimo Riccioli creates sublime dishes, each one more delectable than the last.
Via Vittorio Veneto, 50. Open daily for breakfast, Mon - Fri for lunch, and Tue - sat for dinner. Rservations - 06 421441
The most romantic thing about Casa Bleve is the entire restaurant itself (photo at the top of this page.)
With it’s low-lit stained glass ceiling, hushed but warm and convivial atmosphere, this is hands down one of the most romantic restaurants in Rome.
Via del Teatro Valle. Open Mon - Sat for lunch and dinner. Reservations - 06 686 5970
Molto is just another local neighbourhood restaurant.
Except when the neighbourhood in question is Parioli, that means a beautiful, elegant, restaurant where the upper-crust locals go dine in their hood when they want to see and be seen. The food is fantastic, and the ambiance and lighting are perfect.
Viale dei Parioli. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations - 06 808 2900
If you want something different, like some of Rome’s best fusion sushi, Me Geisha is the place for you. Chef Rodeglio Aglibot has turned this spot near Piazza Navona into one of our favorite (sushi) places to eat in Rome.
And it’s not only sushi, there are other signature dishes by the chef as well. The ambiance is soft-lit, quiet and low-key. This is the place for a romantic, sushi dinner in Rome. Cuisine, service, ambiance and location are all winners here.
Via dei Filippini, 4/7. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations - 06 8376 3800
The food is not very interesting at all, and I’m not sure about their ability to make cocktails, but if you stick with wine or beer, and just enjoy the atmosphere, you will likely feel very romantic indeed!
Borgo Santo Spirito. Open Tue - Sun for lunch, drinks and dinner. Reservations - 06 687 2973
If you're looking for romantic restaurants in Rome, more to have a drink or aperitivo, try these:
There is a restaurant at Achille, and it also has a Michelin star. But I put them here because I like the wine bar more than the restaurant (as my sister says, "sorry, not sorry.")
Deep, comfy cherry-red seats, and low lighting, and a wonderful wine list, plus their location right near the Pantheon, all make for an excellent choice for a romantic aperitivo.
Via dei Prefetti, 15. Open Mon - Sat for lunch and dinner. Reservations - 06 687 3446
This enoteca has beautiful ambiance, and a killer wine list. And, yeah! Their food is wonderful too! An excellent choice in Prati for a romantic enoteca.
Via degli Scipioni, 118/122. Open Mon - Sat lunch, aperitivo and late dinner (until 23:45). In December also open Sundays. 06 323 6437
If you’ve read other parts of Romewise, then you know how much I love this wine bar near the Pantheon, right on Piazza di Pietra. If you snag one of the tables at the front, you can even spend your time gazing at Hadrian’s temple.
Piazza di Pietra, 32. Open Mon - Sat lunch and dinner. 06 6919 0445
Along with Spiriti, i Colour del Vino is my other favorite wine-bar in Rome. Wine, ambiance, food...head here for a romantic pre-dinner drink, or even to enjoy dinner here!
Via Aureliana, 17. Open Mon - Sat for lunch and dinner. 06 474 1745
If you want some ideas for romantic restaurants in Rome, that offer a more traditional, low-key setting, try these trattorias, for great food, nice lighting and romantic ambiance:
Trattoria Monti is already one of my top-five restaurants in Rome. Which means come for the food. But they get everything else right too - lighting, decor, ambiance, service. As far as "local" trattorias go, this is one of the more romantic restaurants in Rome.
Via di S. Vito, 13. Open Monday for dinner, Tue - Sat for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday. Reservations essential - 06 446 6573
Flavio al Velavevodetto in Testaccio is one of the city’s quintessential Roman trattorias. But it's a little hectic (which is normal), and crowded. Flavio has another restaurant in Prati, Flavio ai Quiriti. Go to this Flavio if you are looking for a more romantic trattoria.
Piazza dei Quiriti, 5. Open daily year-round. Reservations strongly suggested - 06 3600 0009
Just near the Pantheon, this restaurant gets everything right: innovative, fresh, very Italian cuisine; excellent low warm lighting, soft music, and friendly service. They also have a pastry chef so save room for dessert. I strongly recommend the tarte tartin with homemade cinnamon gelato and mascarpone cream.
Piazza di Pietra, 45. Open Mon - Sat lunch and dinner. 06 678 0662
Near the Pantheon, this tiny restaurant has a pretty little setting under some vine-covered trellises. If you eat outside, there are only about 6 tables but it's very sweet to have the grapevines above you. (Caveat, any time you eat outside on a street, expect musicians and vendors to approach you. Maybe not so romantic.)
Inside is warm and inviting but tables are close together. The food is good, but not amazing. The best part about eating here is the cozy feel and the setting, and proximity to the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain, which makes for some beautiful and romantic post-dinner strolling.
Via degli Spagnoli, 27. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 06 687 2554
With this map of all the romantic restaurants in Rome listed on this page, you can select by any category to see where they are. Each map point also shows the address, website and phone no.
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