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Romantic dinner date venues for Valentine’s Day

Arushi Sakhuja & Schenelle Dsouza
Date nights are always special, and a dinner date on Valentine’s Day calls for a more romantic setting. Regardless of how you feel about Valentine’s Day, a nice dinner date is never a bad idea. A day of celebration of love with your partner, Valentine’s Day is all about spending quality time together while enjoying a good meal and basking in the glow of your loved one’s energy. If you and your partner find yourself without a plan this V-Day, check out these restaurants in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru. 
Delhi
CHO
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Nestled in Mherauli, CHÔ- Vietnamese Kitchen and bar has the most romantic set-up for your Valentine’s Day special lunch and dinner. Experience the delectable Special Valentine’s Day Menu exclusively curated by Chef Vaibhav Bhargava. Some fusion dishes like Turmeric Chicken chili, Prawn Dimsums with Tobiko, exotic Mushroom & Chicken Bao, Lemongrass Chicken along with exclusive handcrafted cocktails like Love Forever, You & Me, Soul Mate, Pink Lady and many more.
Address: CHÔ- Vietnamese Kitchen and bar Ambawatta One, H5/1, Kalkadass Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi
The Imperial
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Celebrate romance in palatial style at 1911 Restaurant with an exquisite Valentine’s Dinner spread. The Imperial Patisserie with hand-made Chocolates filled with the goodness of Biscoff Hazelnut, Salted Caramel, and Raspberry with specially crafted Valentine Tarts, supremely rich in flavour and finest in their taste and finish. While the menu at 1911 Restaurant features Continental, Indian, Asian and Mediterranean favourites, decadent desserts, hand-picked wines & cocktails. Don’t forget to try the Deep Sea Oysters, Mediterranean Mezze, International Charcuterie, Himalaya Cheese boards, Live Barbeques and Classic Roasts, Sushi, Sashimi, Live carvings and cakes like Coconut and Kaya, Hazelnut Praline, Cherry and Chocolate, Vegan Chocolate and Apricot cake.
Address: The Imperial New Delhi Janpath, New Delhi-110001, India
Dirty Jungle

 

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Looking for the ultimate outdoor dining experience? Then Delhi’s newest party hub Dirty Jungle is where you need to head. While it isn’t an ideal spot for a quiet romantic date if a bit of adventure is what you seek then make your reservations. What’s more? Their space is surrounded by ample trees and gardens with a great atmosphere, a musical fountain, amazing food and drinks that cater to experimental tastes, and are wholesome and healthy and prepared with locally sourced ingredients.
Address: Musical Fountain Park, Ground Floor, Block 7a And Block 7b Within Block 3 One Golden Mile, Shaheed Sudhir Tyagi Marg, Netaji Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110023
Nush Mush, Gurugram
Megu, The Leela Palace
Megu
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If your partner has a penchant for Japanese food, then it doesn’t get better than Megu. A luxurious culinary experience with your significant other Megu at The Leela Palace is an authentic Japanese restaurant that brings you dishes prepared using genuine ingredients. Try more than the Sushi-Sashimi staples.  Signature dishes include yellowtail carpaccio, Salmon Tartare and MEGU original crispy asparagus. Find your own space, in the comforts of multiple dining rooms including the spectacular Buddha Hall. Enjoy a luxury dining experience in the Kimono, a private dining room seating up to eight guests. And relish the chic Sushi bar to elevate your dinner date at Megu.
Address: The Leela Palace, Africa Ave, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110023  
Ophelia
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With a refreshing upgrade, Ophelia is located in the heart of Delhi and is the perfect spot for a dinner date. The chain has recently gone through a series of renovations and has been inspired by the nature in Africa and seeks to provide you with an immersive experience of the lush green forests and safari. Focusing on innovative food and cocktails, it’s the ideal spot for those who wish to sit indoors or outdoors.  Imagine as an Oasis in the jungle, the earthy-inspired interiors make it an ideal spot for nature lovers.
Address: The Ashok Hotel, 50, Niti Marg, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110021
Ottimo At West View
Ottimo At West View date night
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Soak in the picturesque view from the rooftop restaurant at ITC Maurya, Ottimo at West View. A great alternative to Olive for exquisite Italian delights. The beauty of the restaurant is the community table, a show kitchen, a water body and the overall rustic European feel that makes the experience even better. Moving outdoors you can experience a water body, a stone pizza oven, and a vertical herb garden along with a great view of the Delhi ridge area. Tender Lamb Chops filled with Parmigiano and Truffle crusted with almonds and bread crumbs, Parmesan soup with olive powder and Pannacotta Con Carpaccio Di Frutta are some must-haves.
Address: ITC MAURYA, Sardar Patel Marg, Akhaura Block, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110021
Sorrento
Sorrento
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There are so many reasons to fall in love with Sorrento. Firstly, the contemporary interiors and white tile which make it look like a big space while feeling intimate and cosy. Secondly, the food is incredibly good, with hearty Italian classics with high-quality ingredients. This Italian restaurant is well known for its fresh and authentic dishes including artisanal pasta, Neapolitan delicacies, pizzas and slow–cooked family-style specialities, a paradise for Italian lovers. The setting is as dreamy and romantic, with an outdoor patio that makes for the perfect candlelight ambience.
Address: Lobby Level Shangri-La Eros New Delhi, 19, Ashoka Rd, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Qla
Qla
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QLA deserves a mention for its superb view of the Qutab Minar. This 7,000 sq foot, European-style space is just the perfect spot for planning a quiet, romantic date. Their pizzas are quite sought after, so, we recommend indulging in their Four Cheese and Basil Pizza. potato bravas, lamb croquettes, quinoa pilaf and tiramisu. The stunning view of the Qutub Minar paired with the vibe of a European-style bistro will make you feel like you are in two places at once.
Address: 4-A, Seven Style Mile, Kalka Das Marg, Near Qutab Minar, Mehrauli, New Delhi
Sevilla, The Claridges
Sevilla
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Popularly regarded as one of the most romantic alfresco restaurants in Delhi, Sevilla at The Claridges transports you to the warmth and elegance of the Mediterranean with its intricate architecture and opulence. The white and blue canopied tents, candelabras, glass footbridges and chandeliers make for an enchanted setting that complements the Spanish and Italian cuisine. Private canopies, enough candles, and dim lighting can make any romance glow, and they’ve got one of the best menus in the Capital. On request, they will customise the menu, sprinkle rose petals, pop a bottle of champagne, and offer impeccable service.
Address: The Claridges, 12, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road, Delhi NCR. Call 1139555096.
Bengaluru
Brassa
Brassa Bengaluru
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Brassa, the new rooftop bar in the heart of Bengaluru creates the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner date vibes. Large windows, white chairs and striped couches make it an ideal setting. Head chef,  Adithya Kidambi has curated an extensive menu with indulgent dishes including fresh salmon ceviche marinated in a citrusy dressing, and small plates like parmesan churros with mushroom and truffle dip. End your meal on a sweet note with the rose tres leches pull-me-up cake.
Address: 4th Floor, Halcyon Complex, St Marks Road, Bengaluru
Otto’s
Otto's
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Two-floor restaurants with rooftop seating Otto’s is Bengaluru’s new resto-bar. If you are scouting for a buzzing ambience for your dinner date, it’s time to bookmark this new spot. Delicious mushroom pizza, crispy chicken burger, chilli chicken, Jodhpuri mirch vadas, and New York cheesecake light up the menu over at this new retso-bar in town. With swanky decor and tipples that will leave you craving some more, make it a night to remember at Otto’s.
Address: Otto’s Restopub,122/103, Kodihalli, HAL Old Airport Road, Murgesh
Falak
Falak
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Nestled on the 17th floor of the sky-scrapping Leela hotel, the restaurants offer you panoramic views of the city. An ode to the endless skies, Falak is a jewel on the crown of the culinary scene of the city. Giving traditional Indian dishes a burst of flavour, the contemporary white and red tones interiors set the theme for a Valentine’s Day dinner date. Some must-try dishes at Falak are the Tandoori Chicken, Dadi Jaan Ka Korma, Koyla Atta Chicken and Daal-e-Falak.
Address: The Leela Bhartiya City, 6/2, Thanisandra Main Road, Tirumanahalli, Jakkur, Bangalore
The Lotus Oriental
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A poolside experience makes the ultimate dinner date venue and Bengaluru has a new spot in town. The Lotus Oriental at The Leela Bhartiya City in Bengaluru lets you indulge in an outdoor dining experience by the pool, as you tuck into their signature Crispy Fried Lotus Stem and Water Chestnut, Vietnamese Butter Milk Prawn, Avocado Cream Cheese Sushi and more.
Address: The Leela Bhartiya City, 6/2, Thanisandra Main Road, Tirumanahalli, Jakkur, Bangalore
Mumbai 
Asilo
Asilo
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If you enjoy dining under the stars, then Asilo’s swanky setting is perfect for you. Open yet intimate, the restaurant has a beautiful ambience; and given that this is one of the highest rooftop diners in the city, you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the entire city. Offering a specially curated spread, Asilo will serve a lavish three-course meal paired with signature and eclectic cocktails. These include dishes like creamy Italian burrata bruschetta, Caribbean spiced roasted vegetable jambalaya, brillied red pepper coulis & parmesan foam, sambal cottage cheese bao, truffle asparagus with pecorino romano, etc.
Address: Level 37, The St Regis Mumbai, 462, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai 400013
Gallops 

 

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Mumbai’s Mahalaxmi Race Course has often been described as one of the most serene spaces in the city. And if you’re looking to enjoy the pleasant weather here, then a visit to Gallops is a must. Boasting a charming outdoor setting with an open-to-sky venue, Gallops has revamped itself for the season of love. Painted in hues of red, the space is decorated with adorable decor including fairy lights, chandeliers, and cherry blossom trees to set the mood while guests enjoy a luscious menu. Indulge in a delicious spread of appetizers and mains such as arancini, paneer Marrakech, bacon-wrapped prawns, garden pasta, cajun grilled fish, chicken stroganoff etc. And finally, end the night with a sweet spread of kesari rasmalai, baked jalebi cheesecake, flambeed malpua with rabri, gluten-free chocolate cake and baked Alaska.
Address: Inside Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Via Gate 1, Keshavrao Khadye Marg, Royal Western India Turf Club, Mahalakshmi, Mumbai 400034
Koishii
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The city’s first-ever Nikkei restaurant, Koishii has become a favourite for many. The restaurant’s grand setting with dramatic vintage style decor gives it a regal post-industrialist setting, setting it apart from other restaurants in the city. As part of the Valentine’s Day celebrations, Koishii curated a special menu featuring classic signature dishes paired with refreshing cocktails. These include plates like crema de esparrago, yellowtail nikkei, mango ceviche, and veg truffle maki among others.
Address: The Penthouse, Level 37, The St. Regis, 462, Senapati Bapat Marg, next to Phoenix Palladium, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013
Romano’s
Romano's 
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One of the city’s most sought-after Italian restaurants, Romano’s has a warm and relaxed space split into a live interactive kitchen with a mezzanine bar area and a mini art gallery, and a private dining room. What makes the restaurant so special, apart from its setting, is the rustic home-style menu featuring the best of Italian cuisine. Think Insalata di Natale, Zuppa di Zucca, risotto ala Verde, Cappelli d’angelo ale barbabietolla followed by sweet servings of a mint-infused Stracciatella gelato. Pair these with wines from around the world housed at the restaurant’s exquisite cellar or indulge in some signature cocktails created to complement the striking Italian flavours.
Address: JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Area, Vile Parle, Mumbai 400099
Taki Taki
Taki Taki
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Craving some delicious Japanese food for date night? Then look no further. Boasting a striking red ambience, Lower Parel’s Taki Taki restaurant is touted among the best Japanese diners in the city. Their Valentine’s special menu includes plates such as kohitsuji supu, chicken karage moo shu, braised pork belly mantao bun, lobster money bag, chlorophyll chevre, salmon yuzu truffle, oyakodan, mie goreng, vegetable penang curry and liang mian huang noodles. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the restaurant is offering a special aphrodisiac dessert named Climax which is made up of 73% dark chocolate ganache, winter strawberries and a sable crust.
Address: World Crest, Unit no.1A & 1B, Lodha, Upper Worli, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013
Zerua
Zerua
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Rooftop restaurants are the ideal spot for date night, especially on occasions like Valentine’s Day. And Zerua’s private cabanas make it one of the best dining spots for a romantic, intimate dinner with your partner. The restaurant boasts an open-air setting with chic rustic decor, tropical greenery and potted plants. The menu is just as impressive as the space with Asian, Mediterranean, and Indian cuisines which include sushi, pizzas, flatbread, and grilled platters that pair well with their range of specially curated cocktails and spirits.
Address: 5th Floor, Atria Mall, Dr Annie Besant Rd, opp. Poonam Chambers, Lotus Colony, Worli, Mumbai 400018
Pune 
Cobbler & Crew
Cobbler & Crew
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Pune’s first high-energy cocktail society bar, Cobble & Crew has one of the most interesting settings. The restaurant has a colonial speakeasy vibe. Here, electic pieces like antique mirrors, a gramophone, a vintage wired telephone, are scattered throughtout. The food menu at Cobbler & Crew is curated by multiple consultants from all over the world. In order to keep experimenting with food and ingredietns, the restaurant changes the menu every couple of weeks. The current menu includes speails like Georgian bread, katsu curry with sticky rice, and Israeli couscous risotto along with cocktails inspired by regional dishes like shrikhand, bhakarwadi and thecha.
Address: Ground floor, Barons Club, North Ave, opposite Jogger’s Park, Jogger’s Park, Pluto Society, Kalyani Nagar, Pune 411006
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Arushi Sakhuja

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