There’s no day quite like Valentine’s Day to help put the sizzle back in your steak and add some spice into your love life. After way too many nights in, eating takeout on the couch, why not make this year extra special and reconnect over a delicious meal made with love?
Looking for inspo on where to dine out for Valentine’s Day this February? Whether you choose to celebrate on 14 February, or any other day, we’ve rounded up 10 of our top romantic restaurants around Melbourne…
Indian, Albert Park
Atta injects new energy into Indian dining, bringing the indigenous dishes from all corners of India with a contemporary Australian twist. What results is a sensational selection of dishes that not only taste delicious, but look (almost) too good to eat. With a sophisticated interior that complements the food, this one is an absolute must for date night.
If food is your love language, La Poele in Windsor promises the ultimate date night. Bringing a truly unique dining experience to Melbournians, La Poele is a Modern European restaurant where diners can indulge and explore their taste buds. All dishes are freshly made from seasonal produce with an extensive wine list to match.
Gilded with dark timbers, opulent chandeliers, brass and marble, Vaporetta brings a little slice of Venice to Hawthorn. Settle in for an evening of authentic Italian food, and famous Italian hospitality. With rose and pinot grigio available on tap (yes, really!), as well as a selection of traditional Venetian cocktails to sample, you know you're in for a fantastic evening of dining.
Looking to really impress that special someone? Look no further than Tulum. Famed for its contemporary approach to traditional flavours, this Balaclava venue delivers artfully modern plates without compromising on authentic Anatolian taste. If this is your first date night at Tulum, it certainly won’t be your last.
Australian, Carlton North
It's all about meat at this much-loved corner shop front restaurant in Rathdown Village. Chef and hands-on meat man Adrian Richardson's easygoing ways and nose-to-tail food philosophy are always on show, alongside fresh pasta, seasonal produce and an impressive wine list. This lofty-ceilinged space is a charming neighbourhood gem that’s perfect for a relaxed date night.
Gasthaus on Queen brings a new culinary experience in form of authentic, fine Austrian-German food to Melbourne's CBD. Serving up a selection of Austrian-German specialties, this hidden gem is sure to charm. Wash down your meal with a variety of hand-selected Austrian and German beers and wines and you're all set for a perfect night out!
Buono celebrates the passion and warmth of Italian cooking with the very best quality food that will leave you saying 'ti amo'. A hidden gem located in Parkdale, just south-east of the Melbourne CBD, Buono Restaurant has quickly attracted the attention of Melbourne’s foodie community due to its exceptional approach to Italian cuisine.
Serving only the most premium line of Monte Beef, along with a plethora of other world class produce and products, this one's for the serious meat lover. With a stunning location overlooking Queensbridge Square, the Yarra River and the City skyline, this venue is a showstopper. The impressive open kitchen adds a sense of theatre to the dining experience!
Australian, Moonee Ponds
Escagrill is a classy modern Italian steak, seafood and oyster bar, where fresh premium local produce is combined with elegant dining and superior service. With an interior filled with intimate booths as well as an oyster bar overlooking the busy open kitchen, there are plenty of corners to cosy up to your sweetheart.
This one's a must for the wine lovers. Edwin's carefully curated list of wines features the best of local growers, while their ever-evolving selection of food stars the freshest seasonal ingredients for an unforgettable dining experience. The venue’s beautiful, dark and moody interior creates the perfect atmosphere for romance.
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