It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day for couples to add a touch of romance into their relationship. In fact, an impromptu candlelit dinner can be far more romantic then heading out with the masses on a day that society tells us to show love! In the spirit of spontaneous romance, here are My Cyprus Insider’s top recommendations for a romantic dinner for two.
1. Atelier, Nicosia
Bringing a whole new approach to food and wine to the capital, Atelier has quickly made a name for itself as one of the top French restaurants in the city. The stunning old traditional house that this chic little eatery is housed in makes for a very cosy, romantic and stylish surroundings and al fresco dining in the little garden at the back is simply perfect for enjoying the heady autumn nights.
The Chef has worked in many a Michelin starred restaurant and brings his knowledge of refined French cuisine and fine wines to the menu which will surely refuel that flame of romance.
Where? Odos Archangelou Michail 3, Nicosia. Tel: (+357) 22-262369
2. Aliada, Limassol
For a romantic dinner with a touch of style and elegance, Aliada is a great option in Limassol. Not only does the restaurant serve up a delicious buffet of tasty delights from Cyprus, the atmosphere is also ideal for special occasions.
Located in a traditional old house, Aliada has a distinct air of old school charm, modernised and glammed up with some sophisticated twists. The restaurant also has a gorgeous outdoor terrace, perfect for romantic evenings under the stars.
Where? Eirinis 117, Katholiki, Limassol. Tel: (+357) 25-340758
3. Ristorante Bacco, Paphos
If it’s up-market, luxurious romance you are after, Ristorante Bacco at The Elysium Hotel is second to none. The Italian restaurant is a firm favourite for romantic anniversaries, marriage proposals and intimate candle-lit dinners for two. And while the atmosphere oozes elegance, sophistication and high-end Italian charm, the food is also mouth wateringly delicious. Share a delectable dessert to add a sweet touch to the end of your night.
Where? The Elysium Hotel, Queen Verenikis Street, Paphos. Tel: (+357) 26-844444
4. Art Café 1900, Larnca
A romantic dinner doesn’t have to mean white table cloths, polished silver cutlery and waiters in bow ties. For some, romance can be a cosy dinner in a lovely warm homely environment where the chairs are close together and the lights are dim. Art Café 1900 in Larnaca ticks all the right boxes.
To get to the restaurant you have to pass through the quirky little bar and go up some narrow stairs to the upper level. Upstairs, the decoration mixes traditional Cypriot décor with a more eccentric, artistic vibe. The result is extremely cosy, making for a perfect location for a relaxed dinner for two. Diners can also choose to sit of the gorgeous leafy balcony for a more private, intimate set up. The menu is also excellent, with delicious home cooked Cypriot and international dishes.
Where? 6, Stasinou Street, Larnaca. Tel: (+357)24-653027
5. No Reservations
Contrary to what the name may suggest, you actually can reserve a table at No Reservations and in fact, it is highly recommended to do so as the fantastic little restaurant is extremely popular amongst the city’s foodies.
Widely known as one of the best places to eat in the city, No Reservations has a unique tasting menu which changes every two weeks as per the local fresh produce in season at the time. Priding themselves on the creativity of the menu, the fine folk at No Reservations have made a name for themselves as the height of top-quality fine-dining in the capital. What could be more romantic then that!
Where? 16D Stasinou Avenue, Nicosia. Tel: (+357) 22-376584
6. La Maison Fleurie, Limassol
They say the French know a thing or two about love and romance, so what better way to celebrate all things heart shaped, then with a dreamy dinner for two at the quintessentially romantic La Maison Fleurie in Limassol.
The restaurant does stylish French elegance the old-school way, with white linen napkins at each place, roses on the tables and a simply fabulous menu of French delicacies cooked to perfection.
Where? 18 Christaki Kranou street, Limassol. Tel: (+357) 25-320680
7. Glasshouse Restaurant, Ayia Napa
Located inside Adam’s Beach Hotel near Nissi Beach, the Glasshouse Restaurant has two unique romantic qualities. The first is the spectacular view of Nissi and Macronissos Bays, which can be enjoyed from the wrap around glass terrace of the restaurant; and the second is the amazing interior, which is almost entirely made of glass.
The menu promises modern creative cuisine with Mediterranean touches and the dishes are famously exquisite.
Where? Nissi Avenue, Ayia Napa. Tel: (+357) 23-840000
8. Loutraki, Kalopanayiotis
The stunning boutique hotel, Casale Panayiotis, is romantic enough in its own right, but add a dinner for two at Loutraki restaurant, and you’ve got the ultimate dream date that will guarantee that love will be in the air.
The boutique mid-20th century style eatery offers a contemporary take on traditional Cypriot cuisine and diners can soak in the view of the mountains and the valley below from the beautiful balcony. The hotel also has a rather good cava wine cellar so if you wanted to pop a bottle of fine red wine with your meal, you’d be in the right place!
Where? Casale Panayiotis, Markou Drakou 80, Kalopanayiotis. Tel: (+357) 22-952444
9. Sailor’s Rest Lounge Bar Restaurant, Limassol
Long before the gliltzy new Limassol Marina opened, there was the St Raphael Marina, which now overlooks the bright lights of the city’s seafront and is home to the wonderfully romantic Sailor’s Rest Lounge Bar Restaurant.
On top of the stunning views, diners can also enjoy delicious food at this elegant restaurant with fresh fish the speciality of the house. Dream of yachting adventures with your loved one as you admire the vessels in the marina over a chilled bottle of white wine and a plate of oysters. Romance never looked this stylish!
Where? 502 Amathus Avenue, Limassol. Tel: (+357) 25-834242
10. Bastione, Nicosia
One of the best things about Bastione, and a key feature that adds to the restaurant’s romantic appeal, is the fact that it is built into the old city walls and maintains elements of the stunning traditional architecture.
The menu combines typical Mediterranean flavours with an adventurous twist, which not only delights the taste buds, but also provides loved up couples with an interesting talking point. Fresh seasonal produce adds to the taste sensation and the relaxed, yet chic atmosphere will make that special someone feel like they are being treated to the special evening they deserve.
Where? 6, Athinas Avenue, Taht-El-Kale, Nicosia. Tel: (+357) 22-730025