The Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in Beijing

The Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in Beijing

Beijing is full of history, culture, and romance. There’s a buzz about the city that can’t be compared to anywhere else. While you can spend your days wandering through museums or the Hutong shops, you can spend your nights dining out in some of the city’s most romantic spots.

If you want to dine with romance, here are the 10 most romantic restaurants in Beijing.

Dali Courtyard

The Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in Beijing

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Grab a spot on the rooftop patio and enjoy a glass of red as you look out over the historic Drum Tower. Nearby is Houhai lake which gives off a slight breeze that can be felt while you dine. It’s said that nighttime is the best time to visit, as the moon meshes perfectly with the glow of the Chinese lanterns.

The menu is fixed at 100 Yuan per person and offers traditional Yunnan fare made by a chef from that region. Some of the dishes you can try include grilled chili fish, dumplings, fried wild vegetables, fried shrimp, and grilled goat cheese.

Le Pre Lenotre

This may be the classiest place for dinner in all of Beijing. The wine list is one of the best in the city, and the pianist sets the mood for a laid back dining experience. Don’t be surprised to see candles providing the light on the tables either.

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The restaurant is exclusive as it only seats 40 people, and the French cuisine is delightfully authentic. Try a roasted rack of lamb, veal fricassee, and a pomme confit with lemon ice cream for dessert.

La Café Igosso

Café Igosso is a romantic hangout for music lovers. It’s different than other clubs, as there is soft music and local pianists setting the mood for your meal.

The Italian cuisine is the first of its kind in Beijing, and the flavors continue to impress. Try the avocado salad, the chicken congee, pizza, and tiramisu for dessert.

Sake Manzo

The Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in Beijing

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Hailed as not only one of the most romantic restaurants in Beijing but also the most chic, this is the perfect hideout if you want an intimate, Japanese dining experience. The food is known to be quite authentic, making it one of the best spots for Japanese dining in the city.

The food and drink menus are extensive but make sure to have yourself at least one glass of sake before you leave.

NOLA

The Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in Beijing

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Cajun cuisine might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you want to dine out in Beijing. However, NOLA offers all of the class and opulence you would expect from a high-end Beijing establishment.

The dark wood décor makes the restaurant feel extra cozy and intimate. And, the light jazz playing in the background will definitely set the mood. The wine list is quite impressive, but for those that prefer something different, they have craft beers and cocktails too. When you get hungry, try a po’ boy, a steamy bowl of gumbo, or a deliciously sweet beignet.

The Orchard

This romantic restaurant in Beijing is a popular spot for expats as it has affordable prices and a nice selection of western classics. The Orchard is a bit out of the city, nestled in greenery that makes the perfect setting for the food, which focuses on organic ingredients. They actually grow many of their fruits and veggies on site. Vegans and vegetarians will love the menu, and everyone will love the natural setting.

River Club

The Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in Beijing

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Here’s another Italian restaurant for you, except this one is known to be quite high-end. The cuisine is classic Italian but many of the dishes are made with a modern and fresh spin. Try the Red Moon Spaghetti or the Australian beef tenderloin, which is perfectly grilled with a smoky finish.

The chefs come straight from Italy, where they are no strangers to Michelin stars. Try one of the tasting menus that pairs the meals with wine or just go a la carte style to taste some of the other varieties. The menu boasts risotto, poached shrimp, carp, and tiramisu, panna cotta, and crème brulee.

Dining here can get pretty pricey, so if you want to impress the date with a high-end experience, this is the place to take them.

The Boat

If you didn’t realize it by the name, this restaurant is actually situated on a boat. It’s docked in the river and features two levels that include both a dance floor and a bar.

While you can dance the night away with your date, you can also opt for the lounge or the VIP seating behind the DJ booth. Sip cocktails, watch as the young crowd mingles, and eat some light fare as you look out over the water.

Fennel

This European restaurant is tucked away inside the Yi House Boutique Hotel and is the perfect spot for art and culture lovers. It’s location makes it quite an intimate place for a meal, and the graffiti mural alongside it will certainly spark some intellectual conversation.

The menu here is mostly Mediterranean, but some of the dishes have an Asian flare. Foodies will love the menu as it’s just as artistic as the décor. Try the pan fried gruyere terrine with artichokes and rucola or the chocolate cake with raspberries and cream.

It’s quite a well-rounded place for either dinner or lunch as the menu is creative, delicious, and the atmosphere exudes romance.

Aria

Located inside the China World hotel, Aria is an elite dining experience that will be sure to impress your date.The atmosphere can be considered chic, and the menu mostly western. Make sure to look over the wine list as it’s just as impressive as it is extensive. In fact, there is a dedicated wine bar where you can mingle while watching the jazz musicians play.

Aria has won countless awards for its food and overall experience, making it a bit of a destination within itself. While visiting, try to the crab salad or the Shiro Kin Waygu tenderloin.

 

Beijing is a world-famous city known for its attractions and landmarks. However, the food scene here is almost as popular as The Great Wall, so make sure to explore it with someone you love. The romance that comes with it is inevitable.  

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Shannon Ullman

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