If you’re looking for a list of romantic restaurants in Rome, you’ve come to the right place. This post rounds up 16 of the most romantic dinner options in Rome for every budget. So don’t worry if it’s a first date or a Golden Wedding Anniversary – what follows is a selection of divine places to eat, where the charming setting and excellent service will effortlessly impress.
I’ve dined at all the following restaurants in the past year, with a single companion or in a larger group, so in case you are curious, they all get the Testaccina seal of approval for food quality, all-round deliciousness and great service – so feel free to bookmark the post for a meal with friends or family too!
The price guide below covers 2.5 to 3 courses with water. Remember that cocktails, wine and after dinner drinks haven’t been factored in and many restaurants plan special menus for occasions such as Valentine’s Day. It’s always worth checking with the restaurant when you book. Enjoy!
€ – €25-€35 per head excluding drinks
€€ – €45-€55 per head excluding drinks
€€€ – €65-€80 per head excluding drinks
Romantic dinner in Rome: Alfredo Alla Scrofa – €€
This downtown institution has romance in its DNA. Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, two stars of Hollywood cinema at the start of the 20th century, visited Alfredo alla Scrofa in 1920 during their honeymoon and became firm fans of Fettuccine Alfredo.
To say thank you for the hospitality they had enjoyed and out of appreciation for the food, the two actors sent Alfredo a gold fork and spoon engraved with their names, which is today one of the restaurant’s most prized treasures. Today, it’s one of central Rome’s most classically pleasing trattorias, with a broad range of dishes on the menu – as well as the original and best Fettuccine Alfredo. Read the full Testaccina review here.
Romantic dinner in Rome: Valentyne Restaurant and Cocktails – €€€
Valentyne by name, Valentine by nature, this sexy basement cocktail bar and eatery with its red-velvet-glamour is perfect for putting you and your date in the mood.
Just a stone’s throw from the Spanish steps, Valentyne opens at 6.30pm, so it’s great for an early evening drink but really comes into its own for dinner and late night cocktails – with DJ sets in the small hours. The food has a gourmet, international vibe, but manages to keep things casual with lots of tartares, fish in tempura, and even a superb club sandwich for those late-night munchies. Read the full Testaccina review here.
Romantic dinner in Rome: Perpetual Ristorazione Differente – €€€
Scandinavian design and well-spaced tables make Perpetual one of Rome’s most impressive, modern offerings with mouthwateringly-good tasting menus to match.
With chef Cezar Predescu at the helm, Perpetual Restaurant – subtitled Ristorazione Differente to underline its original approach – offers an imaginative menu that takes Roman cuisine as a starting point for a voyage far beyond Italy at times. Predescu is Romanian in origin but has been in Italy for 20 years, with his wife, the restaurant’s pastry chef. The restaurant is located in the enchanting piazza Iside, just a few minutes from the Colosseum in one of the city’s most refined residential quarters.
Expect meticulous Mediterranean ingredients (and much more) paired on occasion with sake, or other outstanding, unusual wines, if you put your trust in Perpetual and choose a tasting menu, which would be my recommendation. Japanese and Romanian influences aside, the cuisine is distinguished by a pared-back approach on the plate which belies the complexity of texture and the original range of ingredients used. Read the full Testaccina review here.
Romantic dinner in Rome: Ego Bistrot – €€
Feted as perhaps the most romantic restaurant in Rome, you can’t go wrong on Valentine’s Day or any special occasion booking a table at the gorgeous Ego Bistrot in Trastevere.
Enjoying some of the most breathtaking views in the city – across Trastevere and the Aventine’s orange groves – it’s certainly amongst the most romantic restaurants in Rome, with one of the best Roman rooftops to boot.
While the terrace simply demands outdoor dining in the summer – with views over the green gardens of Trastevere – the indoor part of the restaurant is charming all year round, enjoying river views across to the Aventine hill and its famous orange groves. The terrace seats about 20 people, while the indoor restaurant has another 20 covers.
What makes Ego Bistrot particularly appetising at dinner is its good value set menus, competitively priced for the location, the quality of ingredients, and the gastronomic ambition which accompanies their preparation. These are offered at €40 per head (amuse bouche plus four course meal, including water) or €60 per head (amuse bouche plus six course meal, plus water) without wine. Read the full Testaccina review here.
Romantic dinner in Rome: Coromandel – €€
Wood-panelled Coromandel with its charming and kooky design details is full of romantic corners in which to clasp your lover’s hand and chat to your heart’s content.
Combining an intimate location with delicious food, Coromandel is ideal for a romantic dinner or one of the best brunches in Rome. While Coromandel’s interiors are a charming mix of English whimsy and Parisian chic, expect a yummy, transatlantic mix of breakfast and brunch options, while the dinner menu has a wholly Italian spirit infused with European influence. Read the full Testaccina review here.
Romantic dinner in Rome: Trattoria Pennestri – €
They say that one of the way’s to the heart in through the stomach, so Trattoria Pennestri may just be the key to unlocking love. This wonderfully original neighbourhood trattoria with its shabby-chic interiors has an extremely tempting menu which goes above and beyond the usual trattoria fare in Rome.
Trattoria Pennestri launched two years ago, as the brainchild of Italian-Danish chef Tommaso Pennestri and Argentinian sommelier and maitre’d Valeria Payero. The result is never boring, while tipping its cap to local food heritage in a fun and delicious way. Read the full Testaccina review here.
Romantic dinner in Rome: Barra Pescheria – €€
Dive straight into a fresh fish menu at Barra Pescheria which combines quality and good value to wow your date. Finding a great fish restaurant in Rome is always a thrill, and Barra Pescheria con Cucina, in piazza Vescovio, is ideal if you’re based in one of the city’s northern neighbourhoods.
This fairly new restaurant and high-end fishmonger offers a sensational and broad selection of tasty tartares, plus a wonderful catch of the day. Of course, aphrodisiacal oysters are a great way to start dinner here. Who knows where you may end up… Read the full Testaccina review here.
Romantic dinner in Rome: Giulia – €€€
If you’re looking to impress your date in terms of locations, this gorgeous restaurant on Rome’s prettiest street is a guaranteed jaw-dropper. The only thing more attractive than the location is Pierluigi Gallo’s exquisite menu, which delights and surprises all the way.
Expect everything from an homage to Roman cuisine, with offal and unusual takes on lamb and fish, while starting and show-stopping desserts really round off the meal with flair. Read the full Testaccina review here.
Romantic dinner in Rome: Assaggia – €
Assaggia restaurant in Rome represents a gourmet journey through Roman cuisine in tasting portions. The name, Assaggia, in fact, means ‘a taste’, and the restaurant, in one of the Eternal City’s prettiest streets, focuses on bite-sized perfection.
It’s been dubbed the perfect restaurant for ladies that lunch, but that’s a bit reductive: Assaggia is ideal for sampling a number of dishes from the Roman repertoire without feeling weighed down by what can be a heavier style of cooking.
Of course, you don’t have to focus on Roman heritage when dining at Assaggia, either: there are some great raw fish and vegetarian options, as well as sumptuous desserts prepared with precision by a talented pastry chef.
Dining at Assaggia is structured in tasting menus: a six course tasting menu, which costs €27 per person, excluding wine and dessert: or a nine portion meal costing €37 per person. Considering the quality, the design and the experience, its incredible value. Read the full Testaccina review here.
Romantic dinner in Rome: Molto Parioli – €€
This Parioli establishment knows just how to treat you and your date right, creating the most enchanting evening in sophisticated surroundings.
The handsome menu offers recipes with their roots in Roman cooking which have migrated towards a modern European style cuisine. Expect visual and sensory suprises with a selection of courses which aren’t always what they seem. Read the full Testaccina review here.
Romantic dinner in Rome: Monte 2 Torri Gourmet – €€€
Monte 2 Torri Gourmet takes the occasion dining concept and ups it to the max, with unforgettable food in a converted farmhouse in the Castelli Romani town of Genzano di Roma.
this elegant rural estate – known as an agriturismo – has offered loyal clients superb dining experiences in recent years in elegantly restored surroundings.
But Monte 2 Torri Gourmet is an out-of-this-world private dining experience from chef Josè Amici, with plenty of wow-factor at the table and on the palate, to make this a truly exciting dinner destination.
Dinner at Monte 2 Torri Gourmet is in the handsome wine cellar, a simply stunning recently refurbished dining area. Private dining experiences start at €90 per head, which, for this kind of quality and experience, is extremely good value. Read the full Testaccina review here.
Romantic dinner in Rome: Hosteria Amedeo – €€
This Castelli Romani escape with a green garden and unforgettable views across the olive groves is perfect for a bucolic dinner, savouring classics of Roman cuisine which have been reinvented in style.
Located in the village of Monte Porzio Catone, a 30 minute drive from Rome, Hosteria Amedeo is a restaurant with a fresh outlook on cuisine and plenty of ties with local traditions.
Blessed with a long, green garden, where olive trees provide natural shade, it’s a remarkable idyll for escaping the noise of the city and getting back to the countryside with a refined outlook on authentic tastes. Read the full Testaccina review here.
Romantic dinner in Rome: Pinturicchio 40 – €€
Put aside your preconceptions about Neapolitan cuisine to try Pinturicchio 40, a refined, gourmet take on the best of Campania cooking, featuring fresh fish and other delicate dishes served in exquisite portions.
Pinturicchio digs into the traditions of the Campania coastline and unravels them in neat ideas distinguished by jewel-like colours and precision presentation.
Located off via Flaminia, Pinturicchio 40 is well connected with public transport and a brisk 15 minute walk from Piazza del Popolo.
Expect refined, bright interiors – pleasantly modern by Roman trattoria standards – and smart service. Read the full Testaccina review here.
Romantic dinner in Rome: Bistrot64 – €€
Italy’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant will still earn you tonnes of brownie points with a date you’re trying to impress. The impeccable service combined with Kotaro Noda’s imaginative take on Italian and indeed Roman cuisine is guaranteed to raise smiles at the dinner table.
One of the fun things about Bistrot64 is the fact that you can order a selection of dishes “inspired by the chef”. This set menu of five dishes costs just €40 per person, if diners eat before 19.30, and €50 per person from 19.30 onwards. The same dishes are served to all diners at the table, and an optional wine pairing of five glasses costs €40.
Alternatively, you can compile your own five course meal from the menu, or order a la carte, where antipasti start at €14, first course dishes €20, and second courses start at €30. So there are plenty of options for every budget. Read the full Testaccina review here.
Romantic dinner in Rome: Banchina 63 – €€
Cocktails and an affordable fish menu in a leafy boulevard in Prati make this a perfect, casual yet special destination for a first Valentine’s Day or a new date. One of this restaurant’s specialities is fusion dishes and raw seafood, but don’t miss the cocktails as well.
Banchina 63 boasts one of those sweet-shop-emporium bars which makes you want to sit there for a long time and challenge the expert baristas to pull down jewelled liquors and mix up a treat. Indeed, look out for the cocktail of the day, and trust in their expertise.
Read the full Testaccina review here.
Romantic dinner in Rome: Epos Bistro at Poggio le Volpi vineyard – €€
Wrapped in vineyards, beyond the green hills of Frascati and the Castelli Romani, Epos Bistro is an adventurous getaway beyond Rome for a special date full of surprises and rich with earthy promise.
Epos Bistro has an enviable location on the second floor of the villa at the heart of this rolling wine estate, with a handsome balcony and dining rooms enjoying exceptional views over the long plains of the Castelli Romani.
The food ranges from refined classics of Roman cuisine, through an excellent range of meat dishes, plus a sublime wine list. Read the full Testaccina review here.