Whether you like it or not, Valentine’s day is coming up fast. So if you’re planning to partake in the festivities, now’s the time to start thinking about reservations (not to stress you out or anything!). To help you on your way, I’ve compiled a little list of Valentine-worthy restaurants with good ambiance and great food that’ll be sure to impress you and your special someone – any day of the year.


Seeing la vie en rose this Valentine’s Day? Then what could be more fitting than French food? With its small-plates concept, Danel gives you the chance to taste (and share!) a variety of French classics – think scallops in burnt butter sauce, ratatouille, and – of course – snails. Throw in some French wine and you’re golden. Our full review is here.

Mon-Thurs 17.00-01.00, Fri 17.00-02.00, Sat 12.00-02.00, Sun 12.oo-01.00 | Vredenburgkade 11 | danel-utrecht.nl

De Rode Vosch

For a wonderful, laid-back and buzzing atmosphere and great Australian food & wines, check out De Rode Vosch. They serve up slightly smaller portions, so you and your date can order a few mains (averaging 8-12 euros) plus some sides to share, and spend the evening trying out unique Aussie foods, like kangaroo and ostrich! Check out our review here.

Mon–Sun from 17.00 | Voorstraat 14 | derodevosch.nl

Cantina di David

In the mood for Italian, or perhaps thinking of recreating that iconic Lady and the Tramp spaghetti moment? Cantina di David offers friendly service, a warm and inviting atmosphere, and wonderful authentic Italian food and wine. All of this along the Oudegracht!

Mon-Sun 17.00-22.00 | Oudegracht aan de Werf 88 |cantinadidavid.nl

El Qatarijne

Up for something a bit different? El Qatarijne serves up excellent East-meets-West fusion food. Choose from one of their set menus or let yourself be surprised by the chef. The atmosphere is perfect for Valentine’s day: warm lighting, big comfy armchairs, dark hardwood accents, and jewel-toned touches.

Mon-Sat 18.00-midnight | Mariaplaats 24 | elqatarijne.nl


If you love great food and you’re prepared to relinquish control, check out Concours. This lovely place on Biltstraat works with a surprise menu concept, so simply indicate how many courses you’d like, and then you can go back to gazing into each other’s eyes… The chef will delight you with plate after plate of beautifully presented, utterly delicious food.

Mon–Sun 17.30–22.30 | Biltstraat 23 | restaurantconcours.nl


With dark, warm wood, plush velvet accents, and a gorgeous location right on the Veilinghaven, Fico is the ideal setting for a candle-lit evening of magic and romance. Choose from a 4-, 5-, or 6-course menu and enjoy simple, Italian-inspired flavours and delicious wines. Check out our review here.

Every day 17.00-midnight |Veilinghavenkade 14 | ficoutrecht.nl

Restaurant Karel 5

For an evening of gastronomical delight, the Karel 5 is sure to deliver. Nestled in the historic hotel by the same name, the restaurant is set up in a beautiful hall with glittering chandeliers and glistening hardwood floors. Not only is the food sensational, but the plating is gorgeous, and the service is truly excellent. Read about our experience at the Karel 5 here.

Mon-Sat 18.00-22.00 | Geertebolwerk 1 | karel5.nl/gastro