If you’re searching for the perfect location to ignite the romance with your significant other, our list of romantic restaurants in Milan has got you covered.
Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary or just looking to add some extra love to your dinner plans, after a classy drink at one of the fanciest cocktail bars in Milan, these restaurants are sure to set the mood.
Romantic Restaurants in Milan with Cozy Ambiance for a Special Occasion
El Porteño Prohibido – Via Macedonio Melloni, 9 ( Cinque Giornate / Risorgimento)
El Porteño • Arena – Viale Elvezia, 4 (Sempione Park / Chinatown)
El Porteño Gourmet – Via Speronari, 4 (Duomo)
El Porteño is one of the best Argentinian restaurants in Milan. With three locations in popular neighborhoods, such as Sempione, Duomo, and Risorgimento District, this steakhouse has become a popular destination for foodies and romantic dinners alike.
The curated atmosphere made of original vintage pieces, credenzas, and dim lighting create a cozy and intimate atmosphere, while the Argentinean music adds to the authentic experience.
The menu features a variety of steak cuts, such and rib eye, lomo, entraña and much more, and the perfect pairing with the wine is a highlight of the dining experience; the delicious sides that are always included only add to the flavor and satisfaction.
The Risorgimento location, El Porteño Prohibido, offers an even more authentic Argentine experience with live shows of tango argentino. These shows take place three times per week and add to the already rich atmosphere of the restaurant.
Despite the high price point, El Porteño is well worth it. In fact, the restaurant can have a long waiting list (especially El Porteño prohibido) – which means that reservations should be made well in advance.
Corso Lodi, 12 (Porta Romana)
Via Lecco, 4 (Porta Venezia)
Barmare will make you feel like you’re on the coast of Italy, even if you’re miles away from the Mediterranean.
This romantic seafood restaurant has two convenient locations in Milan – in the Porta Romana and Porta Venezia neighborhoods.
With a menu that is constantly rotating with the seasons, the food is always fresh and exciting, and you’ll definitely want to come back for more.
Whether you’re in the mood for something creative and unexpected, or you’re craving a classic dish like linguine with clams or mussels soup, Barmare has something for you.
But the food is only half the story at Barmare. They also offer a fantastic selection of gins and tonics that are expertly paired with the fish dishes. And of course, no meal at Barmare would be complete without a slice of Longoni’s famous bread (they also make one of the best breakfasts in Milan – check them out!).
Trust us, you’ll be coming back for seconds (and thirds, and fourths) of this delicious treat.
If you’re in the Porta Romana location, be sure to take advantage of their outdoor seating area, which is filled with plants and creates a cozy atmosphere that is perfect for warm weather dining.
And if you’re at the Porta Venezia location, you’ll still be treated to the same high-quality decor and atmosphere.
Langosteria (Navigli) – Via Savona, 10
Langosteria Bistrot (Navigli) – Via Privata Bobbio, 2
Langosteria Café (Duomo) – Galleria del Corso, 4,
Langosteria is a Michelin-rated dining destination that offers an unparalleled dining experience, reminiscent of the finest Parisian seafood restaurants.
It becomes quickly clear why this is a highly regarded restaurant for seafood lovers.
The restaurant boasts a wide selection of fresh oysters, lobsters, tartare, carpaccio and delicious pasta dishes. The attention to detail in the preparation of the seafood dishes is evident, and the overall dining experience is sure to be a memorable one.
In addition to its extensive seafood menu, Langosteria also offers a selection of high-end wines and cocktails to complement your meal.
The restaurant’s sophisticated and upscale decor adds to its luxurious atmosphere, with several dining rooms and the option to eat at the counter – it’s the perfect choice for special occasions or romantic evenings
Also, their service is impeccable, with attentive and knowledgeable staff who are always ready to assist with menu recommendations or any special requests you may have.
Via Savona, 50 (Navigli)
Located just a few minutes from the Navigli district, Al Fresco is the perfect place to impress a date or celebrate a special occasion with a romantic dinner.
The decor is nothing short of spectacular, with a gorgeous garden that is simply breathtaking in the spring and summer months.
And speaking of breathtaking, the service at Al Fresco is impeccable. The staff are attentive, friendly, and always ready to go the extra mile to make sure your dining experience is truly memorable.
But let’s talk about the food. Al Fresco offers a blend of Mediterranean and Italian cuisine, with dishes that are as delicious as they are beautifully presented.
But perhaps the most standout feature of Al Fresco is its stunning garden area.
Imagine sipping on a glass of wine as you bask in the ambiance of fairy lights and the magical atmosphere. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a meal on a warm summer evening, and you’ll definitely want to come back time and time again.
Piazza San Marco, 6 (Brera)
Clotilde Brera is a bistrot with a view to die for, located in the heart of Brera.
As you dine on the restaurant’s heated terrace, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the iconic Piazza San Marco and the surrounding city.
It’s the perfect spot for a romantic dinner or a special occasion.
At Clotilde Brera, the focus is on quality over quantity. The menu features small but expertly executed dishes, each with its own unique twist on classic Italian cuisine. From the creamy risotto with ossobuco to the innovative creations of the chef, every bite is a true culinary masterpiece.
The service of this bistrot is also worth mentioning: the waitstaff are knowledgeable, attentive, and always ready to make recommendations or answer any questions.
And while the prices may be slightly higher than other restaurants in the area, the quality of the food and the overall dining experience more than make up for it.
Don’t wait to book your table at Clotilde Brera – this gorgeous bistrot fills up fast. Trust us, it’s worth the extra effort to secure a spot on the beautiful terrace.
Belle Donne Bistrot
Via Tortona, 28 (Navigli)
Belle Donne Bistrot is an amazing dining experience. Located in a historic building near the Navigli canals, this restaurant is the perfect blend of style and comfort. The exposed brick walls, low lighting, and stylish decor create a relaxing atmosphere that is perfect for a romantic dinner or a casual evening out with friends.
When it comes to the food, Belle Donne Bistrot truly shines and offers an amazing quality without being excessively expensive.
They serve up some of the best Italian cuisine in the city, with a menu that features everything from risotto and homemade fresh pasta to steaks and seafood.
And to top it all off, the restaurant boasts an amazing wine selection featuring some of the best Italian wineyards.
Via Archimede, 14 (Cinque Giornate / Risorgimento)
Saigon offers a corner of Vietnam that immerses you in the colors, flavors, and traditions of the country.
The atmosphere is refined and chic, with a touch of intimacy that makes it the perfect spot for a romantic dinner or first date.
Original objects imported from around the world decorate the space with a nod to the French colonial period, from the warm wood flooring to the red velvet chairs.
Many classy touches scattered all around, the original vietnamese paintings, the banana plants adorning the dimly lit rooms will transport you to an exotic paradise.
As for the food, Saigon serves both traditional and modern Vietnamese dishes, from Pho soup and rice paper rolls to Saigon style beef tartare and glazed duck salad.
Make sure you don’t miss out on Saigon’s exotic signature cocktails – our favorite: the amazing hoi han, a spicy drink combining pomegranate vodka with homemade tamarind juice.
Via Pasquale Sottocorno, 6 (Cinque Giornate / Risorgimento)
Giacomo is a widely known brand in Milan, popular for its high-end restaurants, bistrot, patisserie shop, and café, which can be found in the most beautiful and posh locations in the city.
The bistrot, in particular, is a popular spot for romantic dinners and special occasions. The atmosphere is rich in character, with velvet upholstery in deep, dark colors, lush deep red wallpaper and the multiple paintings creating a feeling of being in an old-timey sitting room, making it the perfect setting for a sophisticated evening out.
The clientele at Giacomo Bistrot is high-end and it is not uncommon to see famous people dining here. The menu is classic and timeless, featuring traditional Milanese dishes such as ossobuco and risotto, as well as tasty creations with meat and seafood.
Via Laghetto, 2 (Duomo)
Cantina Piemontese is just a few steps away from the Duomo, but yet preserves its authenticity. Located in a former cellar, this restaurant has a classy and laid back atmosphere and a charming, rustic feel, and the music selection is always spot-on.
Cantina Piemontese also features a beautiful outdoor seating area. This oasis in the city is filled with plants and features a pergola that provides the perfect amount of shade. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a meal on a warm day, and it’s no wonder that this restaurant is always busy during the summer months.
As for the food, Cantina Piemontese serves up some of the best classic Italian dishes like ravioli al brasato, mushroom tagliatelle, ossobuco, vitello tonnato – but the menu is updated often.
They also have a selection of regional Piemontese recipes that are available off the menu, so be sure to ask your server if you’re in the mood for something a little more unique.
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Photo by Maria Orlova