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The best restaurants in London for a date

Looking to sweep that special someone off their feet on a date? Here are the restaurants to impress
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By Time Out London Food & Drink |

Finding the perfect restaurant for a date is a tricky business. Do you wow them with an ultra-romantic venue? Maybe you’re after a cosy neighbourhood joint instead? Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered with our list of the best restaurants in London for a date.

Whether you’re looking to woo them with Michelin-starred cuisine or just share some of the best pizza or superlative sushi while gazing into each other’s eyes, you'll find the perfect spot in our list. 

The best restaurants in London for a date

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Restaurants, Contemporary European

10 Greek Street

icon-location-pin Soho

An intimate but unfussy Soho restaurant that serves modern European dishes but won’t break the bank – perfect for a classy-yet-casual date.

Restaurants, Contemporary European

108 Garage

icon-location-pin North Kensington

Fancy high-end food that hits all the right notes, in a thoroughly handsome space.

Restaurants, Contemporary European

Arthur Hooper’s

icon-location-pin London Bridge

Small and boudoir-like, this small plates venue on the site of a former greengrocer has a fine selection of veggie options alongside meat and fish.

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Restaurants, Italian


icon-location-pin Peckham Rye

Ultra-minimal but unpretentious, this fantastic little Italian in Peckham Rye delivers all the flavours you could ever need with its authentic, no-nonsense dishes. 

Restaurants, Contemporary European


icon-location-pin Peckham

A light and inviting small plates space that lets your date know that you know where to go in the neighbourhood.

Restaurants, Middle Eastern


icon-location-pin Clapham Junction

A ‘kebab’ on a dinner date just became way more appealing thanks to the posh versions at this funky, fun Battersea haunt. 

Restaurants, Middle Eastern

Bala Baya

icon-location-pin Southwark

Serving Middle Eastern-inspired sharing dishes, this buzzy, Middle Eastern venue is styled and soundtracked to feel like a nightclub – in a good way. 

Restaurants, Taiwanese

Bao Fitzrovia

icon-location-pin Fitzrovia

A cute rework of the wildly popular Taiwanese street food joint with brilliant bao (and much more besides) for sensible prices.

Restaurants, Israeli

The Barbary

icon-location-pin Covent Garden

Sitting around a horseshoe-shaped counter may not sound like suitable date seating – but it absolutely is at this seriously hot-ticket North African restaurant that delivers on every front.

Restaurants, Spanish

Bar Esteban

icon-location-pin Crouch End

Punchy Spanish tapas served in an intimate, bistro-meets-dive-bar setting.  

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