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The Most Romantic Restaurants in Canberra

Can you feel the love tonight? You certainly will at one of Canberra’s most romantic restaurants.

A dark and moody dining room with light streaming through the arched windows. Bentwood chairs are tucked into each table
Corella

Whether it’s a first date, a 50th date, or an anniversary, there’s no shortage of romantic restaurants to head to in Canberra. The city’s dining scene is truly special, and there's a bunch of restaurants that are ideal for intimate wining and dining.

Looking for a new place to take your lover? Here’s our round-up of the most romantic restaurants in Canberra.

Louis 

There is something about European bistros that is inherently romantic. Louis, Canberra's latest dining destination jewel, located within the 5-star Hotel Realm, has got the vibe down pat. Expect classic European dishes paired with exquisite cocktails and a backdrop of luxe interiors. We're talking a custom-built mosaic bar, marble, leather, pendant lighting and Brentwood chairs. We're certain your date will be impressed by two-hatted chef Ben Willis' curated seasonal menu inspired by Provence and the French Riveria. One of the most romantic restaurants in Canberra? We think so! 

18 National Circuit, Canberra 

Raku

Raku is the place to go if you and your date are after a bit of alone time. With its dark interior, moody atmosphere and cosy booths, you’ll feel like you have the place to yourselves. What’s more, the Japanese menu is designed to be shared, so you and your partner can linger over communal meals in (almost) complete privacy.

Raku’s menu is absolutely huge, and all of it is good, so you might have a slightly tough time narrowing down your options. But some of our top picks include the signature nigiri (particularly the Hokkaido scallop with truffle and ponzu), the Tajima wagyu striploin and the chef’s dessert plate. If you’re really in the mood for love, ensure you give the Merimbula rock oysters with cucumber and tosazu dressing a go.

148 Bunda Street, Civic

The Boat House
The Boat House

The Boat House

Picture yourself in a boat house on the river (well, Lake Burley Griffin) and you’ve got this very lovely spot to take your SO. The Boat House has some of the best lake views in Canberra, with outstanding food to boot. At lunch you can go for the prix fixe menu and for dinner there’s a four-course menu available, but either way you and your dining partner will be treated to a delicious selection of contemporary dishes.

The Boat House is great all year round. However, for a really romantic experience, grab an early dinner booking in summer. That way, you can enjoy watching the sun go down over the lake with a glass of vino in hand.

Grevillea Park, Menindee Drive, Barton

A monochrome and sleek restaurant with a polished concrete floor and a sheer curtain halfway across the bar
Pilot.

Pilot.

If a restaurant with 30 seats isn’t considered intimate, then nothing is. Pilot. is hidden away in the Ainslie shops, but behind its mysterious facade lies a beautiful dining space filled with dark wood, warm lighting and rich velvet – how much more romantic can it get?

Plus, the whole dining experience is rather exciting from start to finish. While you do know you’re in for a seven-course degustation, you don’t know what kind of food you’ll be enjoying until you arrive on the night. The staff are also friendly and the wine list is one of the best in Canberra. Trust us.

1 Wakefield Gardens, Ainslie

Lanterne Rooms
Lanterne Rooms

Lanterne Rooms

Campbell’s Lanterne Rooms has undergone a relatively recent revamp, and now it’s looking slicker, swankier and more romantic than ever. What hasn’t changed, though, is the delectable food on offer via the restaurant’s exceptional southeast Asian-inspired menu. Dinner service offers a tasty four-course spread with a bunch of interesting choices, while lunch is a set menu with less choice but just as many punchy flavours. Both are great for sharing with a date.

If you’ve got a 6pm booking at Lanterne Rooms, take a short stroll to nearby Paranormal Wines after dinner. The wine shop cum bar closes at 8pm most nights, but it’s a great spot for an early-ish nightcap.

Unit 139/81 Constitution Avenue, Campbell

A dark and moody dining room with light streaming through the arched windows. Bentwood chairs are tucked into each table
Corella

Corella

Right across the road from their sister, Assembly, Corella offers fine dining, elegance and blow-your-mind cocktails. The décor is chic and inviting, with soft pastel greens and a pop of blush. Inside seating is intimate, with only 30 seats - perfect for date night. 

Your taste buds are in very good hands with head chef, Nemanja Babic, and assistant chef, Brandon Hardiman. Together, the pair have had an extensive foodie career in Australia, including at Courgette and Edgar’s Inn. I mean, we go simply for the dessert it’s that good – think cherry ripe and creamy coconut ice cream.

14 Lonsdale St, Braddon

Rebel Rebel
Rebel Rebel

Rebel Rebel

It’s got plates designed to share, a relaxed vibe and no shortage of tables just for two, which makes Rebel Rebel one of our top picks for a romantic evening.

The restaurant’s lunch and dinner menu is packed with inventive and downright delicious contemporary share plates that you can have fun divvying up with your date. Plus, it’s headed by Sean McConnell (younger brother of Andrew McConnell of Melbourne’s Cumulus Inc. fame), so you know the food is going to be good.

Prefer to get flirty before noon? Make sure to check out Rebel Rebel’s equally stellar breakfast menu, only available on weekends.

23 Marcus Clarke Street, Acton

Les Bistronomes
Les Bistronomes

Les Bistronomes

Is there anything more romance-inducing than food from the most romantic country in the world? We didn’t think so. Les Bistronomes is a long-time Canberra favourite, tucked away in the Campbell shops. The food here is classic French, with many dishes designed for two to share, and the space is pretty plush. In other words, it’s the perfect place to go if you really want to turn up the romance by several degrees.

Our tip? While the a la carte menu is spectacular, we prefer to let the chef do the hard work for us via the incredible five and six-course degustation menus.

18 Blamey Place, Campbell

A very dark and moody private dining room with a table set for six
The Meat & Wine Co

The Meat & Wine Co

While steak might not immediately scream "romance",  The Meat & Wine Co's signature moody lighting makes for the perfect mid-week date night venue. With top-graded steak, fine wines, a mouth-watering a la carte menu, and an Afro-centric restaurant design, look no further for your next inner-city couple's spot.

220 London Circuit, Ground Level, 1 Constitution Avenue, Canberra

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