Hong Kong's Best Romantic Dining: Love to Eat, Eat to Love

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.

First off is the city's stunning location – set around Victoria Harbour, with skyscrapers towering on every side. Second is Hong Kong's affection for not just Chinese food, but for cuisines from all around the world, to say nothing of a penchant for gourmet. And fine wines fill Hong Kong's restaurant cellars. 

So the end result is scores of romantic dining venues, which are all the more popular as Hong Kongers need a break from their hectic schedules from time to time. Many of the most romantic restaurants are in the city's hotels, with Gaddi's being a prime example. This is gourmet dining for the upper crust, totally formal and utterly memorable. For a little more informality, hit any of the four branches of Frites -- fun food and fun times. And if it's celebrity chefs you're after, look no further than Nobu, possibly one of the most famous romantic dining names on the planet.

The Verandah
Photo courtesy of The Verandah

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...  Read More

Tsim Sha Tsui
Photo courtesy of Hutong

Hutong's stunning space is a clever play of faux rustic decor against the backdrop of uber-modern Hong Kong seen from floor to ceiling windows. Much of the food, traditional northern Chinese with a modern bent, may not appeal to...  Read More


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...  Read More

ToTT's Asian Grill & Bar
Photo courtesy of The Excelsior Hong Kong

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...  Read More

Restaurant Petrus

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...  Read More

Internationally known chef Nobu Matsuhisa has acclaimed restaurants in world-class cities such as New York City, London, Las Vegas, Miami, Dallas, Milan and Tokyo. Add Hong Kong to the list! Opened at the end of 2006, this outpost is every bit...  Read More

Eastern District
Photo courtesy of Frites

Lively Belgian beer house Frites brings a taste of Europe to Hong Kong. On entering the bistro, customers see an authentic Belgian-style bar, stocked with four genuine Belgian beers on tap and many more available by the bottle.The menu contains...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Gaddis

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,...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Four Seasons

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...  Read More

Tsim Sha Tsui
London House
Photo courtesy of London House

Never mind that Brit celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is the man behind London House, it's the celebrity food that's got everyone talking. Or rather, it would have, if they weren't so busy chewing. This is the place for Brit pub classics like fish...  Read More


Meet Ed Peters

Ed Peters has been based in Asia for most of his adult life, and counts Hong Kong as his second home. While he lives in a farming village on one of the outlying islands, getting to the city center...  More About Ed

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