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21 Romantic restaurants in Rotterdam

By Lisanne van Beurden
January 28, 2020

Do something different than the regular “Netflix and Chill” night with your valentine… Take him or her to a romantic restaurant in Rotterdam and really celebrate your love! Of course you have to be sweet and kind to each other every single day, but Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to put in a little bit more effort and show your loved one how much you care. This could also be someone other than your romantic partner, perhaps you would like to treat a good friend or family member to a delicious dinner this Valentine’s Day.

So, in honor of this Valentine’s Day I share 21 romantic restaurants in Rotterdam! There is a great restaurant pick for everyone; whether you want to go for a cozy, not-too-expensive dinner with shared bites or for a super luxurious culinary experience… In Rotterdam you can do it all!

Looking for more restaurant inspiration? Be sure to also read our article with lots of amazing restaurants in Rotterdam.


1. By Ami

By Ami has a great concept and a beautifully decorated restaurant. The menu is a mix of multiple kitchens, in which you are always served organic and sustainable products. Especially for Valentine’s Day, By Ami offers a super delicious Valentine’s Day dinner. Together with your love you can enjoy a selection of starters and desserts from their menu on a beautiful etagière, with the Love Grand Dessert as the finishing touch. At By Ami you definitely will have a romantic night out!


Antoine Platekade 983, 3072 ME Rotterdam


2. In de Keuken van Floris

Met een vast 8 of 9-gangenmenu, bereid in de open keuken, geniet je bij In de keuken van Floris van heerlijke voorgeselecteerde gerechten. Voor alle vegetariërs is er naast het ‘normale’ menu, ook een vegetarische versie.

If you like to be surprised, In de Keuken van Floris is a great option. You dine at a fixed time and the (8 or 9-course) dishes are already picked out by the chef. On Valentine’s Day you can enjoy a beautiful six-course dinner with a five-part rosé Champagne arrangement.

If you’re a vegetarian, you can let them know in advance so they can make sure your dishes are completely free of meat!


Honingerdijk 259, 3063 AM Rotterdam


3. De Harmonie Restaurant 23

Photos by Saskia de Wal.

De Harmonie Restaurant 23 is a very special restaurant where you can choose from the seasonal a la carte dishes or opt for the four, five or 23 (!) course menu. For chef Marco Somer, nature is a constant source of inspiration and you can really taste that in his culinary dishes.

Restaurant 23 has put together two culinary packages especially for Valentine’s Day. The first arrangement is a seven-course dinner with a loving aperitif, seven-course menu, coffee or tea with friandises and a romantic gift. Or you can choose the 23-tasting Valentine arrangement, where you will be treated to 23 courses. Such a special experience to have with that special someone!


Westersingel 95, 3015 LC Rotterdam


4. O’Pazzo

O’Pazzo is a great restaurant pick for delicious, fresh pizza’s. In their traditional wood oven they prepare pizzas with fresh, sustainable Italian ingredients. The pizzas of O’Pazzo are known for the original Napolitan recipe. Other Italian dishes on their menu are pastas, salads, Italian risottos and a number of fish and meat dishes. At O’Pazzo there is really something for everyone!

On February the 14th they have put together a special Valentine’s Day menu for all the love birds. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of rosé Brut Cuvée Gabry, after which you can sit down for a luxurious three-course menu. To make the romantic atmosphere complete, they arranged lovely live music to play in the background. At O’Pazzo they have thought of everything for a romantic, Italian night out.

Do you want to know where else in Rotterdam you can find great pizza? Check out this article with 8 restaurants for amazing pizza!


Mariniersweg 90, 3011 NV Rotterdam


5. De Matroos en het Meisje

Eten wat de pot schaft - dat is hoe ze bij De Matroos en het Meisje te werk gaan. Het enige wat jij hoeft te doen is het aantal gangen doorgeven en het moment dat je aanschuift. Dus als je zin hebt in een lekkere verrassing, boek dan een tafel en geniet van hun creaties van duurzame en seizoensgebonden ingrediënten.

At De Matroos and het Meisje you get what they serve that day, no need to choose! All you have to do is let the restaurant know the number of courses and the time you want to have dinner. So if on Valentine’s Day you want to think about nothing and just enjoy the food and company, then Matroos and het Meisje is the perfect restaurant for you.

Book a table and enjoy their creations of sustainable and seasonal ingredients. Here you’ll definitely have a lovely, romantic night out in Rotterdam!

You can let the staff know about your dietary requirements and allergies when you make a reservation!


Delistraat 52, 3072 ZL Rotterdam


6. Ayla

Het is toch heerlijk als je tijdens de kerst niet zelf hele dagen in de keuken hoeft te staan, maar je heerlijke gerechten voorgeschoteld krijgt en de afwas aan het restaurant over kan laten. Vier de kerstdagen gewoon lekker buiten de deur en laat je verrassen door de kerstmenu's die onderstaande restaurants hebben samengesteld voor je. Fijne feestdagen! 

Ayla is an amazing restaurant that you can visit for a delicious brunch, lunch, dinner or drinks. The warm interior of this Mediterranean restaurant creates a romantic atmosphere and invites you to enjoy an extensive dinner with your love on Valentine’s Day.

At Ayla you can enjoy tapas in various rounds: starting with the aperitifs, then the platos pequenos and lastly the platos grandes. Not sure what to go for? You can also opt for one of their set menus with matching wine arrangement.

On Valentine’s Day, choose the special four-course Valentine’s menu with extra romantic ‘raspberry oysters’ that go perfectly with a sparkling wine such as Cocchi Spumante, Cava de nit or even better: champagne. Are you a vegetarian? Just let the staff know ant the Valentine’s menu will come with vegetarian dishes.


Kruisplein 153, 3014DD Rotterdam


7. Héroine


Inspired by cooking styles from all over the world, they serve a variety of courses and accompanying wines at Héroine, carefully selected by their sommelier. A wonderful place if you want good food and enjoy good company. Perfect for a romantic night out in Rotterdam!


Kipstraat 12, 3011 RT Rotterdam


8. Due Tonino

Do you like authentic Italian food? Then Due Tonino is the restaurant for you. As soon as you enter the restaurant, it feels as if you’re in Italy! You’re welcomed by the warm, friendly staff and brought to your table. On the menu there is a wide selection of antipastas, pastas, pizzas, but also meat and fish dishes. Combine the delicious dishes with a delicious wine from an Italian region and enjoy an ultimate romantic dinner with your loved one.

Did you know that Due Tonino has been around since 1991? This is reflected in the professional staff and the high quality of the dishes.

Be sure to also read our article with the best Italian restaurants in Rotterdam.


Goudsesingel 67, 3031 EE Rotterdam


9. Parkheuvel

Rotterdam telt 9 Michelin-sterrenrestaurants. Elk jaar worden de felbegeerde sterren van de Michelin-gids toegekend aan de beste restaurants van Nederland. Een Michelinster krijgen is een enorme prestatie voor een restaurant en bewijst dat het een plek is met buitengewoon eten en geweldige service. Hieronder delen we alle restaurants die momenteel een of meer sterren hebben.

Parkheuvel is the place to be for a very special dinner on Valentine’s Day. You don’t come here for a casual night out, but for an extensive dinner to fully enjoy their culinary dishes.

In 2002, Parkheuvel was the first restaurant in the Netherlands that received three Michelin stars. After the current chef Erik van Loo took over the restaurant in 2006, he had to prove he was worth the three stars by the testers of the Michelin guide and went back to one star. That didn’t stop him and since 2009, Parkheuvel received two stars again. Parkheuvel is located next to the Maas river and offers a beautiful view while you enjoy new flavors.

Be sure to also read our article with 9 Michelin Star restaurants in Rotterdam.


Heuvellaan 21, 3016 GL Rotterdam


10. Joelia


This fantastic restaurant with top chef Mario de Ridder received a Michelin star in 2016. According to the website Joelia is “young, provocative, sexy, cheeky. Somewhere you want to be.” Just a few of Mario’s favourites are Dutch hare with beetroot and celeriac, and Wagyu (Japan), shallot and fries. Take your loved one on a culinary trip at Joelia’s and be pleasantly surprised.

Have you already been to these 12 best restaurants in Rotterdam?


Coolsingel 5, 3012 AA Rotterdam


11. Allure

Allure is a modern French restaurant located in the Entrepothaven, close to the Kop van Zuid and the Noordereiland. Maître d ‘Brian was employed by the restaurant, but took over when he had the chance. Since then, together with chef Frank van Rijsbergen, he as completely redesigned the menu, decor and service to create the fine-dining experience that Restaurant Allure is proud of today. A romantic restaurant where you can enjoy the delicious food and the time you spend together.

Our blogger Olivia was invited to try their four-course menu with wine-pairing, so be sure to read about her experience.


Cargadoorskade 107, 3071 AW Rotterdam


12. KINO


KINO is always a great date place. Here you can not only catch a movie together, but also enjoy a delicious dinner in their restaurant. On February 14, they will play the bittersweet Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) with Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet at KINO. Combine the film with a three-course menu and you have a fun packed evening with your lover and/or best friend!


Gouvernestraat 129 – 133, 3014 PM Rotterdam


13. V11

Looking for something a bit different? Then we recommend a visit to Vessel11! The restaurant is actually a red lightship docked in the city center of Rotterdam. Here you can enjoy typical British pub food, with a seasonal and modern twist. The restaurant is also very affordable, which is perfect if you’re a couple that wants to have a romantic date in Rotterdam, but you’re both on a budget.


Wijnhaven 101, 3011 WN Rotterdam


14. Restaurant Chung

At Chung, the basis of the kitchen is Asian, but they are certainly inspired by modern European kitchens. This beautiful restaurant has been on its own little island in the center of town for eight years, just a stone’s throw from the Meent and the Town Hall. The restaurant is run by chef Chung Wai Liu – a born and raised Rotterdammer of Asian descent.

Restaurant Chung offers a tranquil setting filled with fine foods and surprising flavour combinations. Perhaps not an especially intimate venue for a romantic date, the large outdoor terrace can still provide a welcome respite from the bustle of the city for couples, friends and groups alike.

Here you can read Olivia’s review about restaurant Chung..


Noordmolenwerf 171, 3011 DC Rotterdam



The old Tropicana has been a special restaurant, bar, terrace, city park and coffee roaster for a number of years. At ALOHA you eat local, seasonal and circular. On the evening of Valentine’s Day you and your date can enjoy a cheese fondue with delicious Dutch cheeses from Booij Kaasmakers from Streefkerk. Next to that, you get a large golden bowl full of roasted vegetables, fruit, crudité, potatoes and sourdough bread from Vlaamsch Broodhuys. Yum!


Maasboulevard 100, 3063 NS Rotterdam


16. WES Eettentje

We love Wes! With their home-made fresh dishes, inspired by the flavors of Tel Aviv, you are in the right place as a hummus lover. For example, take their bread with spreads (hummus!), fries with garlic sauce, falafel balls and a tasty WES croquette. All perfect to share with your valentine!


Benthuizerstraat 94a, 3035 CR Rotterdam


17. Euromast


Celebrating love at great heights is of course possible at no other place than the Euromast. Especially for Valentine’s Day dinner, they have made two special arrangements. You can opt for the five-course Valentine dinner including appetizer, aperitif, wine arrangement and drinks from their Dutch range. Or go for the VIP package including suite overnight stay, bottle of champagne and a delicious breakfast the next day.

Would you like to spend the night at the Euromast? Check out the prices and availability here.


Parkhaven 20, 3016 GM Rotterdam


18. Osteria Liz

With a monthly changing menu, guests can choose from different dishes such as pizza, pasta, risotto, fish, vegetarian and meat dishes. Also perfect to share together while enjoying a nice glass of wine. You will find Osteria Liz in the Liskwartier and is the ideal place for a cozy date!


Berkelselaan 2A, 3037 PE Rotterdam


19. Restaurant de Jong

Are you looking for a restaurant where they create a delicious surprise menu with local products? Then be sure to pay a visit to Restaurant De Jong. You can indicate your dietary requirements and allergies in advance and they will provide a special and colorful four, five or six-course menu.

In this restaurant they work together with carefully chosen farmers, fishermen, butchers and suppliers. This way they cook with the best that nature has to offer. The dishes mainly feature seasonal vegetables, herbs and flowers. This results in colorful, pure dishes!


Raampoortstraat 38, 3032 AH Rotterdam


20. GaleriAAA by Mangiare

GaleriAAA by Mangiare is a restaurant with a very cool concept – it is a collaboration with artist collective AAAFresh123, so you can eat delicious Italian while surrounded by all kinds of artworks. In addition, the studio and the art gallery are connected to each other, so you can easily have a look at the art during your evening. This way you can enjoy delicious food and art together with your valentine. A guaranteed fun, unique date night!


Zaagmolenkade 124, 3035 KD Rotterdam


21. Restaurant JAQ

You can visit JAQ any time of the day! Whether you’re looking for a tasty lunch or dinner, the accessible menu is the same all day long. It’s designed in such a way that the table can be full of delicious dishes, either to share or to enjoy yourself. The dishes are made with pure, honest ingredients and there are plenty of options on the menu for vegans and vegetarians. For example, go for the avocado or halloumi sandwich, JAQ’s artichoke and parsley root or the Buddha Bowl with soup or salad.

The beautiful interior is already a reason for a visit. Their industrial concrete floor is playfully combined with comfortable velvet chairs. In addition, the restaurant has colorful wall paintings, many beautiful golden details and a large mirror wall. A beautiful setting for a romantic date!


Kruiskade 9, 3012 EE Rotterdam


Make your Valentine’s Day extra special by celebrating it at one of these romantic restaurants in Rotterdam. Which restaurant in our city is your favorite for a romantic night out? Let us know in the comments below!

2 replies on “21 Romantic restaurants in Rotterdam”

  • OMG all of these restaurants look amazing!! Especially the pizza one 🙂 I had no idea there were so many cool places in rotterdam. thank you for sharing!

  • I’m heading to rotterdam in a couple of weeks so this is really handy! excited to try out one or two of these places.

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