Whether you're looking for a dining spot to impress a first date, celebrating an anniversary, or treating your S.O. just because, make sparks fly with our favourite spots for date night.
Our recommendations for romantic restaurants in Jakarta are designed to impress – so do be prepared to spend some serious dough. Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary with your S.O., trying to score points with a new date, or even, popping the question (congrats!), we guarantee these romance-ready dinner venues will help you nail date night.
Monty’s on Senopati has all the makings for a perfect date night. Sexy ambience? Check. Delicious food? Check. Killer cocktails? Check! Get in the mood and start the night off with a glass of bubbles before diving into their delightful menu of Scandinavian style cooking prepared by Norwegian Executive Chef Christer Foldnes. Go the carnivore route with top grade meats hot off the grill, or maybe recreate the Lady and the Tramp scene with their delish selection of pasta dishes (with extra caviar to make it #fancy). Also, do yourselves a favour and get the truffled cheese souffle to share. You’re welcome.
Monty’s, Jl. Senopati No. 84, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 720 4848.
Ristorante De Valentino
You can’t get any more heart warming than Ristorante De Valentino’s lusty Italian cuisine. The opulent restaurant, perched on the 11th floor, is designed to impress: killer views, brick walls, crystal chandeliers, plush red seats, and even a floor-to-ceiling wall mural. And it’s not just all about the looks – Valentino’s kitchen dishes out luscious creamy burratas (hand carried all the way from Singapore!), beautiful shareable antipastis, and divine pastas like their signature squid ink fettuccini. Pop a sublime bottle of red, and end the night with a serving of sweet profiteroles as a blissful finish to the evening.
Ristorante De Valentino, MD Place, 11th Floor, Jl. Setiabud Selatan No. 7, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 2905 7888.
Having just won the 2016 World Luxury Restaurants Awards for Best French Cuisine and Best Ambience/Romantic Atmosphere, how could we not put Amuz Gourmet on our list of top romantic restaurants in Jakarta? This French fine dining spot is splurge worthy for sure, and will definitely score you brownie points with your date. If you and the honey are celebrating an extra special occasion, we recommend going down the degustation route to see what exciting seasonal creations Chef Gilles Marx has conjured up this time. Wine pairing essential of course.
Amuz Gourmet, The Energy Building, 2nd Floor, SCBD Lot 11A, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 250 5064.
Basque is a trendy eatery and a buzzing spot for a hot date. The restaurant offers plenty of yummy tapas to share, encouraging you and your partner to graze, drink and chat (sans ever looking down at those phones) all evening. If you ask us, the best game plan is to order as many Spanish nibbles as you can, so you get to taste a little of this and that. Just make sure their flamenco egg, carne asada, jamon iberico and crema catalana make the cut. For tipples to get off the edge, you’ll want to sample their sangria or order off their impressive premium G&Ts list, unlike any we’ve seen in town.
Basque, Noble House Building, 8th Floor, Jl. Mega Kuningan Barat, Kuningan, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 2978 3111.
GAIA, Altitude at the Plaza
Take that special someone out on an indulgent fine dining adventure at GAIA where you and your date will be rubbing shoulders with Jakarta’s finest – it is one of the best dining rooms in town after all. Request a seat by the window, with a killer view from 46 stories high, Jakarta looks pretty amazing at night. Stellar dishes include their bucatini with pancetta and Italian sausage and filetto wellington rosini with foie gras.
GAIA, Altitude at the Plaza, 46th Floor, Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 28 – 30, Central Jakarta. p. +62 21 2992 2448.
Salt Grill by Luke Mangan
If your date is a serious foodie, you’ll want to take them to Salt Grill. Brainchild of famed Chef Luke Mangan, this sky high fine dining restaurant serves modern contemporary Australian cuisine using only the freshest ingredients. Just check out dishes like zucchini fritters with goats feta; beef tacos with bresaola, avocado, mozarella, tomato and jalapeno salsa; beetroot and burrata on gingerbread; bone marrow on garlic toast – phew! We haven’t even gotten to the mains yet. Since it’s a date after all, why not order off the sharing menu? There’s the whole barramundi or our favourite: the roast chateaubriand with the works. For dessert, just try to resist the toffee souffle with pecan butter ice cream. Mmm…
Salt Grill by Luke Mangan, Altitude at the Plaza, 46th Floor, Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 28 – 30, Central Jakarta. p. +62 21 2992 2448.
Javanegra Gourmet Atelier
Javanegra Gourmet Atelier is a casual Mediterranean-inspired fine dining eatery with an intimate dining room. If you and your date are lucky enough to snag two of the 25 seats a night, be prepared to be dig into a seven-course feast like you’ve never had in Jakarta. The strictly Omakase-style menu cooked by the likes of owner and chef, Andrea Peresthu, changes according to the ingredients Chef Andrea has at hand. His love of Mediterranean flavours shines through, proving that simple food, done well and prepared whole heartedly, results in an exciting combination. Advance reservations are required.
Javanegra Gourmet Atelier, Jl. Kramat Pela Raya 212, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 2905 4899.