Riyadh and Romance don’t exactly go hand in hand do they? Despite its boring reputation, Riyadh has some surprisingly romantic restaurants where lovers can find a nice quiet spot.
I’ve noticed that some of the best restaurants in Riyadh are also the most romantic. With the upcoming Valentine’s Day next weekend, many couples are going to eat out in Riyadh. Here’s my top list of romantic restaurants found in Riyadh for some tips on where to head for that special Valentine’s Day romance!
1. The Globe, Cristal and Cigar Lounge Faisaliyah Tower
Probably the best views in town. Dine high above the city lights indulging on exquisite dishes made by some of the world’s top chefs in a luxurious setting. Extra bonus the ladies can take abayas off if they so wish. The exclusive culinary festival ‘Globe Summit’ takes place here a few times a year, not to be missed for the ultimate dining experience.
2. Spazio, Italian restaurant, Kingdom Tower
The second best views in town. Good food and lovely ambiance. Enjoy some sushi and a chance to walk on the Sky Bridge with amazing views of Riyadh.
3. Mondo Italian restaurant, Intercontinental Hotel
One of the only places you will find a table next to a water source. Mondo has an outdoor seating area by the poolside. Fantastic, well presented food, divine desserts, candles and romantic music.
4. Appetit Kitchen Tahlia Street
What could be more romantic than an evening out in Paris? Appetite Kitchen is as close to the real thing as you can get in the sand pit! Dimmed lights, cozy atmosphere, sophisticated music and best of all, a candlelit dinner!
5. Cento Per Cento Italian on Olaya Street
Book your own beautifully decorated private room with a set 7-course menu for an all out evening.
6. Fairuz Garden King Fahad rd.
Beautiful interior design, dim lights, blue colors, excellent Lebanese food (and music!).. You can book a table in advance which the staff especially decorates with rose pedals and candles. Choice of sitting outside on the rooftop terrace with a view to the Kingdom tower.
7. Maya La Chocolaterie Ourouba rd.
The ultimate place for all chocolate lovers, the chocolaterie offers an extensive menu of pure indulgence in a warm atmosphere with soulful music playing in the background. This love clinic will get your endorphins running high!
This restaurant looks like it belongs somewhere in a small idyllic village in Italy. The decor inside is romantic with pretty fountains all over, it seems as if stepping into another country. Choice of small outdoor seating area or private rooms in the upper level.
9. Hediard Tahlia Street
Another option for family section dining under the stars. Prime location on the rooftop on Tahlia street, good food and service.
10. Azurro Italian,Ritz Carlton
This Italian poolside restaurant will make you feel no less like royalty. Six star service not comparable to anything else in Riyadh, extraordinary dishes created by a real Italian chef, beautiful decor and views to the spectacular indoor pool area (which is closed to visitors during dinner hours!). What more can you ask for?
11. Lenotre Cafe, Centria Mall 3rd floor
Lenotre has some of the best desserts in town, especially the chocolate dishes are amazing. Served in a fabulous setting on a terrace overlooking Olaya street and the Kingdom tower on one side and Faisaliyah on the other.
12. La Vela italian, Centria Mall 3 rd floor
You can either dine inside in a beautiful intimate setting or outside on the terrace with views to the Faisaliyah tower and down to Tahlia street. Candles, dim lights, great ambiance and tasty desserts!
13. Amore Tahlia Street
The name says it all, this Italian has some of the best pizzas and pastas in town which will make you fall in love all over again :) Service is excellent and dinner is served in a modern setting.
14. Scalinis Italian in Diplomatic Quarters.
This Italian restaurant is located in the Fazari plaza area and open to everyone. Female guests can remove their abayas if they want. Nice decor, great food and one of the safest places to dine for those looking for muttawa-free areas.
What are your favorite romantic restaurants in Riyadh? What would you add to this list?
Special mention goes to the Najdi Village restaurant!