Hong Kong has a reputation for non-stop work, with breakfast snatched on the way to the office, lunch eaten at your desk, and dinner little more than a takeaway at the end of the day. So are there really any openings for a romantic dinner? The answer has to be a resounding yes.
Our best restaurants in Hong Kong for romance list are a collection of the city’s most seductive settings for a romantic dinner. Oysters, beaches and roof top gardens, they’re all in our list of the top nine best restaurants in Hong Kong for romance.
Set on the sands of Deep Water Bay with views over the South China Sea, the big draw at Cococabana is the jaw-dropping scenery. The restaurant itself is perched on the upper floor of a seaside styled, pale white beach hut, meaning you don’t need to worry about sand in your salmon, but can still enjoy the smell of the ocean on their open wooden decks. The menu is a Mediterranean inspired mix of rich seafood and French themed duck and poultry dishes, and while the prices aren’t cheap, the superb quality of the kitchen makes them a bargain.
Address: Upper G/F, Beach Building, Deep Water Bay, Island Road
Tel: 00852 2812 6218
Hong Kong is not lacking when it comes to restaurants with a view, so a place needs to be truly exceptional in some other way to distinguish itself from the pack. Isola’s floor-to-ceiling windows and huge outdoor terrace do indeed offer stunning panoramas, and its tastefully monochromatic decor is stylish and clean. But its food is stellar from appetizer to dessert. Start with baked mozzarella in walnut bread with sweet cherry tomatoes, a layering of flavors and textures that is simply brilliant. Main course dishes are just as impressive – grilled sirloin with red onion and anchovy sauce, and salt-crusted sea bass, in particular, stand out. The clientele here tends to be trendy and well-coiffed; reservations are strongly encouraged.
Address: IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View St
Tel: 00852 2383 8765
Oyster and Wine Bar 蠔酒吧
Many restaurants in Hong Kong like to park themselves on top of skyscrapers so diners can enjoy a grandstand view over the amazing Hong Kong skyline; the Oyster and Wine Bar is one of the best. Sure, there are swankier joints, there are cheaper sky high bargains, some even have better views, but you won’t find one that’s more romantic. Aside from the ‘sweep you off your feet’ views of Victoria Harbour, the Oyster Bar features sexy dimmed lighting, secluded booths, and, as the name suggests, a selection of 28 oysters jet fresh from around the world.
Address: 20 Nathan Road, Kowloon
Tel: 00852 2369 1111
ToTT’s Asian Grill & Bar
Romantic diners could do very much worse than head for the top of a skyscraper that overlooks one of the most charismatic parts of Hong Kong harbor. The never boring “Talk of the Town,” or ToTT’s, sits atop the Excelsior Hotel. This eccentric restaurant almost seems like an experiment in multicultural decor complete with Chinese artwork and chairs that bear uncanny resemblances to zebras. The view of Victoria Harbour is unmatched, and the menu is a nice mix of Eastern and Western delights, from tandoori dishes to pizza. A champagne brunch is offered on Sunday. Reservations are suggested.
Address: 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay
Tel: 00852 2837 6786
The Peninsula, aka The Pen, is the oldest hotel in Hong Kong. There may be newer, bigger, more spiffy hotels in the city, but this is the most venerable, and The Verandah is one of its principal restaurants and quite the most gracious place to dine intimately in Hong Kong. The buffet is like one vast path to temptation while the kitchen will cook anything that takes your fancy, from steak to fish and beyond. The staff are a delight, past masters at looking after their guests and getting their evening off to a grand start. Beautiful decor sets the seal on a great venue.
Address: 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay
Tel: 00852 2292 2822
Restaurant Petrus 珀翠餐厅
Look out over the harbor for some truly inspirational romantic dining. This 56th-floor restaurant is, perhaps, one of the true gems of the Hong Kong dining scene. The view of Hong Kong and Victoria Harbour from some of tables here is breath-taking, and often is complemented by live piano music in the background. The cuisine is contemporary French; the foie gras is a favorite. A lunch menu offers two- and three-course meals, while dinner is served; la carte, with an eight-course tasting meal available. The chef at Petrus uses only the freshest available meat and produce. Reservations are essential.
Address: Supreme Court Road, Level 56, Pacific Place, Central
Tel: 00852 2820 8590
One of the Peninsuala Hotel’s many stars, Gaddi’s has been a fixture on the Hong Kong restaurant scene for more than 50 years, during which time it has enjoyed a fine reputation for terrific service, ambiance, and food. Expect to see an older, more established crowd here, enjoying a meal accompanied by light piano music in the background. Among its more popular dishes, the lobster bisque seems to rise above the rest, but the Scottish lamb is equally well prepared. Gaddi’s comes with a smart dress code, so it’s better to spruce up; reservations are highly recommended.
Address: 1/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, 19-21 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 00852 2696 6763
Café Deco 峰景餐厅
Diners will find the atmosphere of Cafe Deco most unique and entertaining, as a jazz band plays in the background and lights from Victoria Harbour glisten below through the wall-to-wall windows. The intriguing Art Deco interior helps to create a sophisticated air. The waitstaff is friendly and efficient, and the menu selections are thoughtfully selected and prepared to satisfy the tastes of most any customer. Meal options range from gourmet pizza to sushi and grilled meats. The establishment does have a bar for those who prefer to enjoy the atmosphere with a few drinks rather than an entire meal. Seating is available for both small and large parties. Business attire is appropriate, and reservations are essential. The Peak Tram from Admiralty may be the most scenic route to the restaurant, though a taxi ride from Central or Admiralty may be faster and more economical.
Address: Peak Galleria, Levels 1 & 2, 118 Peak Rd
Tel: 00852 2849 5111
French food is a natural choice for romantic diners, and there are few more opulent restaurants than this one. The well-regarded Caprice is lovely, with tastefully opulent decor and a wonderful view over Victoria Harbour. Chef Vincent Thierry’s forte is contemporary French cuisine and he imports a plethora of special ingredients to accomplish the best flavors and textures. The menu changes frequently, but expect to find dishes such as Artichoke Cappuccino with Black Truffle, Pan-Sauted Veal Chop with Green Asparagus and Jus of Black Truffle, and Roast Chicken with Fondant Potatoes. If you’re feeling decadent, splurge on the degustation menu.
Address: 6F, Four Seasons Hotel, Central
Tel: 00852 3196 8888