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Romantic Restaurants in Rome

Looking for romantic restaurants in Rome? With this romantic city as your backdrop, you are spoiled for choice!

casa bleve interiorCasa Bleve near the Pantheon offers one of the most romantic settings in Rome

Romantic Restaurants in Rome - What to Look For

When I think about eating out in Rome for myself (with friends or with my husband), most of the time this conjures up a vision of bustling loud pizzerias, or, brightly-lit buzzing local spots.

Love the fun vibe (and the food!) at this local Testaccio eatery, Da Oio a Casa Mia. But the close tables, bright lights and good-natured chattering does not make for a very romantic ambiance.

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.

Romantic Restaurants in Rome - My Picks

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.


Romantic Restaurants in Rome - Michelin Starred

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. 

La Pergola - Chef Heinz Beck

Rome’s only 3*** Michelin restaurant La Pergola, is guaranteed to be one of the most romantic restaurants in Rome. 

la pergola 3* michelin restaurant in romeLa Pergola at the Rome Cavalieri is hands down one of the most romantic restaurants in Rome. Photo credit - La Pergola, Rome Cavalieri

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. 

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In the same hotel, there is another restaurant run by talented chef Fabio BoscheroL’Uliveto is a bit more accessible (in terms of price but also availability to book), and is also quite romantic. 

l'uliveto poolside restaurant at waldorf astoria rome cavalieriEating poolside at Chef Fabio Boschero's L'Uliveto restaurant at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria is a romantic, and delicious, way to spend an evening in Rome! Photo Credit - Rome Cavalieri

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. - 

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Get Romantic in Style!

Both La Pergola and L'Uliveto are offering special Valentine's Day dinners.

In addition, the fabulous spa at the Cavalieri is also offering a special Valentine's Day package.

There is also a special Valentine's cocktail with view, and a special Valentine's room package.

You may see the details and rates here for 2020.

Imago

The one, the only, magnificent luxury Hotel Hassler in Rome, at the top of the Spanish Steps also happens to have a Michelin-star restaurant.

imago romeEnjoy a romantic dinner with superb cuisine by Michelin chef Francesco Apreda at the top of the Hassler Hotel in Rome. Photo credit - Imago

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One of the most romantic Valentine's Day dinners in Rome!

Imago is offering a delectable and romantic Valentine's Day dinner.

You may check here for the menu and price in 2020.

Mirabelle

Inside the Hotel Splendide Royal near the top of the Via Veneto

beautiful views in rome from the 1-* michelin restaurant MirabelleStunning views over Rome from the 1* Michelin starred restaurant Mirabelle, make this one of the most Romantic Restaurants in Rome. Photo Credit - Mirabelle

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!

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Glass Hostaria

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.

glass hostaria insideThe interior of Glass Hostaria has to be one of the most beautiful architectural settings in Rome's restaurant scene. Photo credit - Glass Hostaria

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.

Il Convivio Troiani

The quiet, understated elegance of il Convivio adds to the romantic ambiance at this 1* Michelin restaurant near Piazza Navona. Photo credit - il Convivio Troiani

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.

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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.

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The Corner

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.

inside of The Corner restaurant in romeThe interior of the Corner restaurant is romantic all by itself, and in warm weather, you can also eat outside.

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.

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Aroma 

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. 

colosseum sunsetThis is the view of the Colosseum from Aroma, the Michelin-star restaurant at the top of the Hotel Manfredi in Rome.

So far I've only been for cocktails, but people I know who have eaten here say it’s fabulous.

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Moma

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!

moma restaurant in romeHere again, the setting of Moma restaurant is romantic, but my reason for coming has always been for the food

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.

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  • Address: 00187 Via San Basilio, 42
  • Phone: +39 06 4201 1798
  • Opening hours: Monday-Saturday: 12:30-15:00, 19:30-23:00 | Sunday CLOSED 
  • About 35-45 Euros per person
  • There is also an outdoor space, for drinks or dining, and a very small bar on street level, nice for a coffee, or a very affordable drink/happy hour
  • The restaurant is upstairs (or outside)

There are several more Rome restaurants with 1 Michelin star, and one in Rome that has 2 stars.

As these change over time, you may want to look them up on the via Michelin site.

I didn't list them because I really don't know them (yet, but there's always hope!) But I am always updating my pages, so keep checking back.


Romantic Restaurants in Rome - with a view

These Rome restaurants may not have a Michelin star, but if a breathtaking view is what you're after, you've got it!

Les Etoiles 

Enjoy stunning views of Saint Peter's basilica when you dine at Les Etoiles. Photo credit - Hotel Atlante Star

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.

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The Terrace

This rooftop restaurant in the luxury 5* Hotel Raphael offers some of the most beautiful views of Rome.

The views from the restaurant on top of the Hotel Raphael cannot be beat! Photo credit - Hotel Raphael

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!

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  • Address: 00186 Largo Febo, 2
  • Phone: +39 06 682831
  • Opening hours: Bistrot Bar: Monday-Sunday: 11:00-23:00 | Gourmet Restaurant: Monday-Sunday: 12:00-15:00, 19:30-23:00

Casina Valadier

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!

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Romantic Restaurants in Rome -
Not Michelin but elegant and upscale

Majestic Ristorante Bistrot

interior of restaurant in hotel majestic romeDining at the Majextic Hotel's elegant restaurant is a sublime experience, for the setting but most importantly for the food. Photo Credit - Hotel Majestic

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. 

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Casa Bleve

The most romantic thing about Casa Bleve is the entire restaurant itself (photo of the dining room at the top of this page).

The wine selection at Casa Bleve is one of the things that makes it one of the most romantic restaurants in Rome.

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.

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Molto

Molto is just another local neighbourhood restaurant.

ristorante molto in romeThe romantic mood at Molto makes for a wonderful dinner in Rome

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.

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Clotilde

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.

Clotilde is my latest addition to this page about Romantic Restaurants in Rome. Everything from the lighting to the comfortable chairs to the exquisite food will make for a romantic evening.

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!

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Romantic Restaurants in Rome - enotecas

If you're looking for romantic restaurants in Rome, more to have a drink or aperitivo, try these:

Achille al Parliamento

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.")

cozy wine bar at Achille al ParlamentoAchille al Parlamento is a romantic place for a glass of wine in Rome

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.

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Del Fratte

del frate enoteca in romeDel Frate is one of the loveliest wine bars in Rome and a popular local spot. The interior design is warm and inviting and romantic. Photo credit - Del Frate

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.

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  • Address: 00192 Via degli Scipioni, 118/122
  • Phone: +39 06 323 6437
  • Opening hours: Monday: apperettivo 18:00 – 20:00, dinner 20:00 – 01:00 | Tuesday-Saturday: lunch 12:30 – 15:30, apperettivo 18:00 – 20:00, dinner 20:00 – 01:00 | Sunday CLOSED
  • In December also open Sundays

Spiriti

spiriti enoteca romeSpiriti wine bar in Piazza di Pietra is so inviting, and can be a lovely, romantic place for a drink, or even dinner, in Rome

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.

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i Colori del Vino

i colori del vino wine bar romeEnoteca i Colori del Vino is one of the loveliest wine bars in Rome, with a superb wine selection, soothing atmosphere, and even delicious food!

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!

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Romantic Rome Trattorias/Osterias

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

Trattoria Monti is already one of my top-five restaurants in Rome. Which means come for the food.

interior of trattoria monti in romeOne of my favorite overall trattorias in Rome, Trattoria Monti is also a romantic place to eat.

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.

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  • Address: 00185 Via di san Vito, 13/A
  • Phone: +39 06 446 6573
  • Opening hours: Monday CLOSED | Tuesday-Saturday: 13:00-14:45, 20:00-22:45 | Sunday: 13:00-14:45
  • Reservations are essential
  • May be closed during August - call to confirm

Flavio ai Quiriti

flavio ai quiriti outside diningFlavio ai Quiriti is the more romantic of his Rome locations. Photo Credit - Flavio al Velavevodetto

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.

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Hostaria dell'Ingegno

osteria dell'ingegno interiorDining inside Osteria dell'Ingegno is romantic, but so is eating outside in warm weather, or even close to the window, which looks out onto Hadrian's temple

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.

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Il Bacaro

ivy covered trellis at il bacaro in romeThe setting of Il Bacaro, with its sweet outdoor dining area, and cozy indoors, makes for a romantic place to eat in Rome

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. 

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Romantic Restaurants in Rome - a Map

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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