Looking for romantic restaurants in Rome? With this romantic city as your backdrop, you are spoiled for choice!
That's 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 for a date night if that’s what you are looking for.
To me, a romantic restaurant in Rome (or just about any place 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 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? Choosing fancy restaurants for anniversary celebrations or special occasions is an easy proposition at this locations!
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 one of the most romantic restaurants in Rome.
It might be the romantic 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 booking availability), and is also quite romantic.
Inside the Hotel Splendide Royal near the top of the Via Veneto.
As places to eat for anniversary goes, stunning views over Rome from the 1* Michelin starred restaurant Mirabelle, make this one of the most romantic restaurants in Rome.
Gorgeous twinkly views of the Borghese Park and Vatican City. An elegant, old-style decor and cozy dining room, but dining here is a wonderful experience, with first-rate service and food. I don’t work for Michelin, but in my very humble opinion, they deserve their star!
The interior of Glass Hostaria has to be one of the most beautiful architectural settings in Rome's restaurant scene.
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.
The quiet, understated elegance of il Convivio adds to the romantic ambiance at this 1* Michelin restaurant near Piazza Navona, making it one of the best fancy dinner date restaurants!
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.
It's warm yet modern, and gets all the comfort and design stuff right.
The interior of the Corner restaurant is romantic all by itself, and in warm weather, you can also eat outside.
Next to the restaurant, you get the bonus rooftop bar as well. There's 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!
Here again, the setting of Moma restaurant is romantic, but my reason for coming has always been for the food.
It's romantic to dine upstairs in the inviting main dining room with giant windows overlooking the street. (There is not much of a view, but the inside setting is warm and cozy).
These Rome restaurants may not have a Michelin star, but if a breathtaking view is what you're after, you've got it!
Enjoy stunning views of Saint Peter's basilica when you dine at Les Etoiles.
The only meal I've 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 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 center 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!
The most romantic thing about Casa Bleve is the entire restaurant itself (photo of the dining room is 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 neighborhood restaurant.
The romantic mood at Molto makes for a wonderful dinner in Rome.
Except when the neighborhood in question is Parioli, that means a beautiful, elegant, restaurant where the upper-crust locals go to dine when they want to see and be seen.
The food is fantastic, and the ambiance and lighting are perfect. If you're looking for cute dinner restaurants, this one should be at the top of your list!
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, but 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 a beautiful ambiance, and a killer wine list. And the food is wonderful too!
An excellent choice in Prati for a romantic enoteca.
If you snag one of the tables at the front (or outside if you're brave or it's warm enough), 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, generally with more affordable prices, 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 ai Quiriti is the more romantic of his Rome locations.
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.
They also have a pastry chef so save room for dessert. I strongly recommend the tarte tartin with homemade cinnamon gelato and mascarpone cream.
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 that musicians and vendors will approach you. Maybe not so romantic.)
Inside is warm and inviting but tables are close together.
The food is good, but not amazing.
MADEITERRANEO/UP SUNSET BAR
You can find their special Valentine's Day 2022 menu here (180 Euro per person, beverages not included).
As an alternative, they have a Acquaroof Terrazza dinner in the same location, with a menu for €90 per person (beverages not included).
Pantheon Iconic Rome hotel
Idylio by Apreda, 1-star Michelin restaurant at the Pantheon Iconic Rome hotel offers a menu for €160 per person (beverage not included) for Valentine's Day 2022. See the menu here. Alternatively, the hotel has Divinity Restaurant & Lounge Bar where the 2022 Valentine's day dinner is €90 per person; you can find the menu here . They also have a special Valentine's Day afternoon tea menu, €50 per person.
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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