5 Romantic Restaurants In Tokyo To Dine On Valentine’s Day
The city's most love-worthy dinner spots for a night to remember
Get ready for a love-filled delicious dinner on Valentine's Day!
Despite falling on a regular Wednesday (read: there will most probably be limited alcohol consumption involved), Valentine’s Day is a good reason to leave work early, put your nice(r) clothes on and head out in the city for a better than your usual weekday night dinner plan. Whether you’re celebrating with your significant other, a few friends, or even relatives, here are five recommended spots in central Tokyo where you can spend a quality night with great food and some wine this V-Day!
Park Hyatt Tokyo’s popular New York Grill, an elegant restaurant overseeing the capital, invites you to a special Valentine’s Day dinner featuring head chef Steffan Heerdt’s seasonal culinary creations paired with selected wines. The panoramic view of the city from the hotel’s 52nd floor enhances a truly romantic dining experience in the very heart of Tokyo. Enjoy dishes cooked specifically served for the event, including Citrus Marinade Snapper, Lobster Chowder, and the restaurant’s signature chocolate mousse.
Where: New York Grill, Park Hyatt Tokyo, 3-7-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
When: (Valentine Special Dinner) 14 February, 5.30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: ¥16,000-¥20,000 (per person)
Located on the 24th floor of the hotel and offering a beautiful scenery of Hibiya Park and the Imperial Palace, Steak & Grill Peter is a wonderful place for a romantic night at any given time of the year. This Valentine’s Day, the restaurant is offering a special full course for two, which includes lobster, sea urchin spaghetti, beef fillet steaks with Italian black truffle, and original dessert. If you’re in need of a truly romantic and quiet experience, this is your place!
Where: Peninsula Hotel Tokyo, 1-8-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda, Tokyo
When: (Valentine Special Dinner) Feb 9-14, 6 p.m-10 p.m.
Cost: ¥28,000 (for two). ¥65,000 for two with a bottle of wine and special gift
If you want something more traditional Japanese but don’t want to lose the romantic vibe, head to Bambina just a few minutes from Azabu Juban station. This teppan-style grilled meat gem is both reasonable (with full course menus starting from just ¥4,000) and extremely delicious, offering domestic A-rank beef cooked in front of you on a very hot plate. The staff there get a special bonus for being extremely friendly and accommodative — just ask for their recommended wine and you’ll see!
Where: 2F Manivia Azabujuban, 2-5-1 Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Open: 5 p.m.-12 a.m. (Weekdays)
Cost: ¥4,000-¥10,000 (Full courses)
The first overseas branch of the popular New York franchise, Benjamin Steakhouse Tokyo opened last year, but has already managed to become one of carnivore Tokyoites’ preferred steak diners. Being the product of love by owners Benjamin Prelvukaj and Benjamin Sinanaj, this is a great place to celebrate romance in its finest form. This Valentine’s, enjoy the restaurant’s limited romantic dinner, a full course featuring escaloped scallop truffle flavor served with trout caviar, tomato and mozzarella heart salad, Oysters Rockefeller, a choice of dry aged steak for two, a ribeye steak or filet mignon, and a dessert assortment of New York cheesecake, chocolate tartelette and tuxed strawberry. Last but not least, a great addition to the sizzling steaks is the restaurant’s selection of over 400 wines from across the world — so forget that it’s a Wednesday and treat yourself as you deserve!
Address: Rem Roppongi Bldg. B1F, 7-14-4 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Open: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost: (Valentine special dinner) ¥18,000-¥21,000. For a la carte menu, see here. Book in advance.
The theme of this new restaurant in Tokyo is “one dish, one artist, one experience,” so if you’re choosing one day in the year to go there, it better be V-Day. Recognizable by a pink neon sign in the window, this low-key, date-night locale specializes in just one dish: fresh truffle pasta. Diners watch as a server shaves the truffle onto their organic, butter-and-oil infused, freshly made pasta that’s paired with a selected wine — all to the beat of a Led Zeppelin soundtrack. The restaurant has only a few seats, so you’re guaranteed a quiet romantic night just for the two of you, your one meal dishes and one glass of wine. And with truffles being aphrodisiac, it’s likely that your date will continue even after you leave the neon lights and you’ve had enough of Zeppelin’s All My Love for the night.
Address: Vort Aoyama 103, 2-7-14 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open: Tue-Sun 6 p.m.-late
Cost: ¥4,000 (includes appetizer, glass of red wine and pasta)
Have a lovely V-Day! Xoxo