12 Romantic Melbourne Restaurants to Celebrate Valentine's Day
Can you feel it, Melbourne? Love is in the air! With Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s the perfect time to book a romantic meal out with your sweetheart.
Whether you choose to celebrate your love on 14 February, or any other day, we’ve rounded up our top romantic restaurants around Melbourne that are perfect for date night.
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!
Since 1994, Matteo's has been offering a quintessential Melbourne dining experience built on quality, comfort and community. With a focus on contemporary Italian cuisine, Matteo reinvents Italian classics with exciting new zest. This hatted restaurant offers the perfect ambience for a romantic meal out, with dining rooms adorned with dark wood, mood lighting and velvet drapes.
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.
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.
The inspiration for Etta comes from our favourite, cosy local dining rooms - the kind that feel like an extension of your living room and part of the neighbourhood. Etta is all about fresh, seasonal produce, treated with respect. Expect simple, generous and familiar flavours, served with warmth and welcome. There are few better venues for a relaxed date night out.
This hatted restaurant in South Yarra is both sophisticated and welcoming, set across from Melbourne’s lush Botanical Gardens. From whole flounder to spaghetti marinara overflowing with prawns, mussels, calamari and seasonal fish, expect a menu packed with seafood specialties. Don’t worry though, if you’re not a seafood fan, there are a range of delicious options just as thoughtfully prepared.
If you haven’t yet had a chance to experience Melbourne’s iconic, hatted Chinese restaurant Flower Drum, consider this your sign! Since 1975, Flower Drum has been delivering Cantonese fine dining in an opulent (and somewhat vintage) setting. With dishes perfect for sharing with your love, don’t go past their Peking Duck or famous soup dumplings.
This long standing Melbourne institution was one of Melbourne’s very first French restaurants and despite moving locations a few times, has consistently delivered some of the city’s best French offerings since 1985. The newly renovated St Kilda restaurant offers a cosy and intimate ambience with white linen tablecloths and walls adorned with vibrant art.
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!
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