Luxembourg’s cobbled streets, beautiful views and stunning architecture make for a romantic background to any date. However, knowing where to go for that first date or for a grand gesture can be a challenge. City Savvy’s Katie Nail recommends her top 5 romantic restaurants, for all budgets, ensuring that your meal matches your mood.
Let’s face it, February is cold and it can feel like spring will never come. Our suggestion, then, is to embrace it and all things winter at this very Scandinavian retreat. Cosiness is the key note at Elch, with dark furnishings, a roaring fire and the Elk head itself proudly displayed on the walls. Think hunting lodge, but with very very good food. The menu does have a lot of game on it, but also some beautiful fish and seafood dishes and a great cheeseboard. Not for vegetarians though.
- Good for: getting snuggly next to the fire
Where: 2, Grevelsbarrière, L-8059 Bertrange
When: Mon-Fri from 11:30 to 01:00; Saturdays 18:00 to 01:00 (terrace open from 17:00)
Damage: Menu of the week starting at 24 euro, a la carte starting at 26 euro for a main. Valentine’s menu here.
Contact: Tel:+352 27 44 44; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For me, this restaurant is all about the view. The food is good and won’t disappoint, but what makes this venue stand out is the panoramic views of the city’s downtown. Enjoy Luxembourg at night from the Gare to the Grund with everything in between. They also have an exceptional cocktail bar made all the more enjoyable by the recent smoking ban. You don’t need a room in the hotel to dine in the restaurant but maybe after a night of spectacular views and drinks, you’ll want one!
- Good for: making the night last a little longer.
It’s not really a restaurant, but they do serve a small tapas selection of Flammkuchen (German Pizza), sandwiches and small plates, all surprisingly good. Located in Limpertsberg, the wood and candlelight decor makes this venue feel more special than a bar and the small surroundings mean you will have to cosy up to your partner. If you are looking for a low-key evening that involves candlelight, good drinks and a relaxed-but-interesting atmosphere, then Tramways is for you.
- Good for: no-pressure romance.
Where: 79 Avenue Pasteur, L-2311 Limpertsberg
When: Open every day from 17.00-1.00/Food till midnight
Damage: Plates from 5 to 10 euro
Contact: Tel: 26 20 11 36 or email email@example.com
“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that’s amore.” I don’t really understand what those lyrics mean, but I know, for me, love is a language spoken in pasta. This city-centre Italian restaurant stands out from the crowd because of its wine cellar dining room. Ask to be seated downstairs and you’ll find yourself amongst the old stone walls of a former wine cellar. The only problem – is a full belly that romantic?
- Good for: couples who are walking home.
Where: 7, rue des Bains, L- 1212 Luxembourg
When: Open for Lunch and Dinner, Tuesday to Saturday, 11:30-14:30/18:00-22:30
Damage: Mains from 13,50 euro
Contact: Tel: 26 26 26 79 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The crown jewel of the Luxembourg dining scene, this Michelin-starred tour de force offers a special Valentine’s menu designed for monsieur and madame. The dishes compliment each other but are designed for each gender’s pallet. There are seven courses in all, and it includes foie gras, truffles, pigeon and brioche. Valentine’s here promises to be an evening your pallet and pocketbook will never forget. Also, you’ll have to either be very well connected or book for 2015. They are full for this year. But we can dream.
- Good for: Grand gestures.
Where: 9 Place Clairefontaine, L-1341 Luxembourg
When: Open for Lunch and Dinner, Monday to Friday (closed Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays)
Damage: 99 euro for a 5-course dinner menu
Contact: Tel: 46 22 11 or email email@example.com
Photo courtesy of Bohuslava Cernotova Photography