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.
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 this will be one of the most incredible meals of your life.
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. -
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!
My favorite thing about this restaurant in Trastevere is how gorgeous it is. They were one of the first Rome restaurants to really get design and lighting right.
Chef Cristina Bowerman is one of Rome's best. Her food is creative but always Italian. Between the food, the lighting, the decor, and the location on a small Trastevere street, this is one of the most Romantic Restaurants in Rome.
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.
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.
I love the ambiance at this restaurant on the Aventine Hill, not far from the Circus Maximus. It's warm, yet modern, and gets all the comfort and design stuff right.
It’s also lovely to sit outside in nice weather. And next to the restaurant, you get the bonus rooftop bar as well. There is no view, but it's still one of the most romantic restaurants in Rome.
So far I've only been for cocktails, but people I know who have eaten here say it’s fabulous.
Near Piazza Barberini/via Veneto, Moma restaurant has long been one of my go-to restaurants when I want excellent food and a mellow ambiance. And in 2018, they received their first Michelin star! Well-deserved!
They have tables outside for casual drinks (although you can also dine outside if you wish.)
But it's 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 cozy). Excellent food from a young, inventive Roman chef, and fantastic service by friendly staff.
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.
They also have a wonderful, romantic rooftop bar (one of my favorites in Rome), with stunning views.
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!
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!
Elegant, refined, you will know immediately you are in a special place.
The most romantic thing about Casa Bleve is the entire restaurant itself (photo of the dining room at the top of this page).
With its low-lit stained glass ceiling, hushed but warm and convivial atmosphere, this is hands down one of the most romantic restaurants in Rome. Not only that, but you can count on superb food, and an amazing wine cellar.
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.
The first thing you notice when you walk into Clotilde is how lovely it is. The second thing is the chairs. You just want to sit there and enjoy it all. And they are as comfortable as they look.
But this page is about Romantic Restaurants in Rome and so yes, I must say that Clotilde is right up there. The ambiance is lovely, warm, cozy, and romantic. But the best part is the food.
Clemente Quaglia is from Ciociaria, a part of Lazio just south of Rome. He creates innovative dishes that are inspired from his Ciociara roots, which means, using very simple ingredients. And the result is a kind of local, yet improvised regional cuisine. And it's all delicious!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. (It opens in a new window)
Each map point also shows the address, website and phone number.
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