Whether you’re looking for a dining spot to celebrate Valentine’s Day, anniversary or other special occasions, here are our favourite romantic restaurants in Jakarta.
Nothing says romance like a candlelight dinner with your S.O. Even those who are not the romantic type will agree that once in a while, a romantic date night does make you feel extra loved. With Valentine’s Day coming up, there’s now an even better excuse for you to spend the dough on that candlelight dinner! Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion like the 14th February or your anniversary, popping the question (congrats!), or simply treating your special one just because, here are our favourite romantic restaurants in Jakarta that will surely win you date’s heart.
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
If you and your special someone are both meat lovers, dining at Bistecca would make the perfect dinner date for you. Taking reference from a New York steak house in the mid 20th century and a classic ristoranti in Florence, this Italian-American steak house resembles the vibe of a classic library with long rows of books on the walls, wooden furniture and tufted leather sofa. While you’re here, don’t forget to try their prime steaks, which pair perfectly with their fine Italian wines and martinis that you can also savour from the bar.
Bistecca, 18 Parc Place Tower C, GF, Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav 52-53, South Jakarta, p. +62 21 5151 660
Nothing gets more intimate than a candlelight dinner at home, and you can experience all that – minus the cooking, of course – at Mamma Rossy. Serving homemade Italian food and drinks, the restaurant is located inside a Balinese house in Kemang, where you and your loved one can sit inside for a more peaceful ambience or outside at their open-air terrace if you’d like to enjoy your food and company under the stars.
Mamma Rossy, Jl. Kemang Raya 58, South Jakarta, p. +62 21 7179 1592
Enjoy a heart-warming lunch or dinner date at Hotel Mulia Senayan’s Orient8, which will get you transported to a spacious white room that resembles the interior of a cosy yet elegant French colonial building. Adorned with paintings, statues and bronze and white furniture with intricate details, the restaurant offers French, Thai, Vietnamese and Singaporean fare, which you can choose from either the a la carte menu or the buffet stations.
Orient8, Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jl. Asia Afrika, Senayan, South Jakarta, p. +62 21 574 7777
Tugu Kuntskring Paleis
Have a journey back in time with your S.O. to another era of romantic yet exotic Batavia at Tugu Kuntskring Paleis, where you can enjoy a great selection of Indonesian, Southeast Asian and Western cuisine. Located in Menteng, this fine dining restaurant takes the space of a historical building that once housed the Fine Arts Circle of the Dutch East Indies during the colonial era. Here you and your loved one can experience the rich Indonesian culture and how it feels to dine like the royals, as the restaurant still preserves the majestic palatial architecture of their building.
Tugu Kuntskring Paleis, Jl. Teuku Umar No. 1, Menteng, Central Jakarta, p. +62 21 390 0899
Get a taste of Italy at Gia Jakarta, a restaurant and lounge by Ismaya Group that serves Italian traditional cuisine with a modern twist. Located at Sampoerna Strategic Square, Gia is known for its retro yet luxurious interiors that combine neutral colours like bright white, black Italian marble and dark wooden ceiling. Helmed by Executive Chef Tommaso Gonfiantini from Tuscany, the food uses fresh seasonal ingredients, including some which are imported directly from Italy.
Gia Jakarta, Sampoerna Strategic Square, South Tower, Lobby Level, Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav. 45-46, South Jakarta, p. +62 21 5795 3300
Situated inside a colonial Dutch building in Menteng, the Indonesian restaurant Bunga Rampai exudes a classic ambiance from their shades of black, grey and gold. Collector’s pieces such as Palembang antique cloth and cupboards are also displayed inside the restaurant, creating a luxurious vibe that will surely fascinate your special someone. For a more romantic feel, go to their third floor, where you can find a rustic green house with glass window and ceiling, wooden floors, a chandelier and lots of green plants.
Bunga Rampai, Jl. Cik Ditiro 35, Menteng, Central Jakarta, p. +62 21 3192 6224