Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse for adventurous couples to experience a refined and intimate dinner.
It’s also the perfect excuse to drink lots of wine, meet your best friends, and eat all-you-can-eat bowls of pasta.
South East London is known for being home to beautiful date hotspots – and Greenwich, Bromley and Dartford seem to be favored by many Trip Advisor reviewers.
Below, you’ll find the six best romantic restaurants to visit in South East London – in honor of the most loving day of the year.
Location: The 2 1 Waterview Drive 2nd Floor, London SE10 0TW England
The award-winning Peninsula Restaurant offers a Michelin-starred dining experience for guests eager to explore the rich flavors of modern European cuisine.
The restaurant also offers a private dining room, seating 24 people, and is available for special and intimate occasions.
One reviewer said it was the “best restaurant” she had ever been to.
She added: “My fiancé took me to the Peninsula Restaurant as a birthday present last week.
“From start to finish, the whole experience was absolutely amazing.
“The staff was wonderful: really caring, warm and knowledgeable.
“The food was even better! I had the wild rabbit while he had the lamb.
“I would love to go back there in the future.
“I would definitely recommend the peninsula to anyone looking for a special place for romantic and intimate treatment.”
North Pole restaurant
Location: 131 Greenwich High Road Greenwich, London SE10 8JA England
The darling restaurant, North Pole, is a hot spot for Valentine’s Day dates, as the restaurant offers tasty Turkish cuisine, colorful cocktails, shisha and a party for couples AND singles.
One reviewer said: “The setting is extremely romantic and cozy, especially with the pianist.
“I can only say kudos to the owner, a fantastic venue and staff.
Another reviewer said the upstairs was a “cute, very clean and romantic” fine dining restaurant.
Another Trip Advisor reviewer said the venue was “lovely” for a romantic date and the food was “delicious”.
Location: 94 Sydenham Road, London SE26 5JX England
Located in the heart of Bromley, Trattoria Raffaele is a family run restaurant offering fresh, authentic Italian cuisine – perfect for a romantic evening, dinner with friends or a long lost family reunion.
One reviewer said, “This is a good restaurant, with several excellent dishes (especially the dough balls) and an intimate, friendly atmosphere.”
Another said: ‘We visited for a romantic dinner after hearing great reviews from local friends.
“An absolute gem, wonderful ambience and personal service – felt completely at home.”
Pearl Beckenham Restaurant and Cocktail Bar
Location: 2 Southend Road, Beckenham BR3 1SD England
Located in the town of Beckenham, the newly refurbished venue offers terrace restaurants and a ground floor cocktail bar.
The seafood-inspired cuisine offers a refined à la carte menu with fresh, local produce.
One reviewer said: “The restaurant is beautifully decorated and the tables were set to a very good standard, the wine glasses and silverware glistened in the early evening sun giving it a very romantic feel.”
Another reviewer said, “I would highly recommend this restaurant, whether for a romantic evening or a family lunch.”
Another TripAdvisor reviewer said “the whole place is romantic, especially on summer nights”.
The Tre Sorelle
Location: 12 Hythe Street, Dartford DA1 1BX England
This welcoming family establishment offers a warm and relaxed atmosphere with an intimate interior and genuine Italian hospitality.
One reviewer said: ‘We found ourselves at the Tre Sorelle again for Valentine’s Day.
“It’s a privilege to eat in this restaurant, perfect food nice warm atmosphere.
Another said it was the perfect venue for a ‘romantic’ evening”
They added: “It’s a very romantic and authentically Italian place.
“My wife and I went there to celebrate our anniversary.
“The delicious food, the perfect service and the romantic Italian atmosphere gave us exactly what we wanted for our anniversary.
“Loved this place and will definitely visit again.”
Carnival Meat & Tapas Restaurant Cocktail Bar
Location: 70 Spital Street, Dartford DA1 2DT England
One reviewer visited this hotspot on Valentine’s Day and said the food was “worth every penny”.
He added: “What can I say about this restaurant, excellent, brilliant and worth every penny.
“Food was fantastic, service was good.
“Great little place and thank goodness Dartford van now says he has something worth shouting about.”
Another reviewer said it offered a “great experience” with “great service”.