Do something different than the regular “Netflix and Chill” night with your lover… 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 sometimes you want to go all out, for instance on Valentine’s Day, the birthday of your love or your anniversary.
So, especially for all the romance lovers out there 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.
If you’re reading this article in February 2021, it’s not possible for you to go out for dinner. If that’s the case, I recommend you to read our recent article 9x Celebrating Valentine’s Day at home to make something of your day!
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.
Together with your love you can enjoy a selection of starters and main dishes and of course a delicious dessert (I recommend the rolo cheesecake). At By Ami you definitely will have a romantic night out!
Antoine Platekade 983, 3072 ME Rotterdam
2. In de Keuken van Floris
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.
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
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.
Westersingel 95, 3015 LC Rotterdam
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!
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
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 or another special occasion 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
Ayla is an amazing restaurant that you can visit for dinner or drinks. The warm interior of this Mediterranean restaurant creates a romantic atmosphere and invites you to enjoy an extensive dinner.
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.
Kruisplein 153, 3014DD Rotterdam
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
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
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.
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Coolsingel 5, 3012 AA Rotterdam
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 at Allure.
Cargadoorskade 107, 3071 AW Rotterdam
KINO is a great date place. Here you can not only catch a movie together, but also enjoy a delicious dinner in their restaurant.
Often they play a special movie on February the 14th for Valentine’s Day (in 2020 they ran The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).
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
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.
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.
Because of the beautiful view and the culinary experience it’s a great restaurant for a romantic night out.
Maasboulevard 100, 3063 NS Rotterdam
16. Louise restaurant
Highly recommended for a romantic date is Louise Bar À Vins. Here you can drink delicious wines and cocktails accompanied by oysters (a popular aphrodisiac) or a cheese board. There is also a very cosy spot by the window, where you can gaze outside and enjoy the view together.
Would you rather have an extensive dinner? Then take a seat in Louise restaurant downstairs and enjoy a multi-course menu. Here Louise will lovingly cook you something from the French kitchen with classics such as tartare, escargot, tarte tatin and crème brulée.
Veerhaven 12-13, 3016CJ Rotterdam
Celebrating love at great heights is of course possible at no other place than the Euromast. Often they have a special arrangement for special occasions, for instance on Valentine’s 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. Sabor Sabor
Sharing Mexican snacks together, where can you do this other than at an authentic Mexican restaurant? At Sabor Sabor you imagine yourself in Mexico because of the food, music and vibe.
My personal favourite dishes, from what I tasted during my visit to Sabor Sabor, are the Guacamole Sol y Luna (delicious fresh guacamole with three different corn chips), the Sopa Azteca and Sopa de frijol. In addition, I found the Botana Milpa to be a tasty and versatile dish. They are all snacks with which you can compose your own tortilla. You get the tortilla in a kind of special cloth folder so that it stays warm.
Also order a cocktail together. Be sure to try the margarita tradicional. Not a fan of tequila? Other cocktails are also on the menu, such as the Acapulco Sunrise and sangria. Delicious on hot days!
Adrien Mildersstraat 11a, 3022 NB 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 night 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!