With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, now seems as good a time as any to throw it out for discussion. What makes a restaurant romantic? Do we have higher expectations of restaurants on Valentine’s Day? Read on for three idyllic definitions of the most romantic restaurants for Valentine’s Day.

Those who think of this day as the most romantic of them all have pre-set high expectations for the entire day, while those who live their love affair daily are just looking to create a new memory in their love story. While food is important, intimacy in design and setting is at the top of my list, followed by details such as lighting, noise level, service, table linens, flowers, and scent.

Couples today search for memorable experiences and long-term memories, so here we have listed three top recommendations of the most romantic restaurants for Valentine’s Day to create lasting memories, all yours to keep!

1. One If by Land, Two If by Sea, New York

This intimate West Village restaurant is located in a landmarked carriage house that once belonged to Aaron Burr. Warm hues bring warmth to the space, while the classic French chairs charm the dining room. The intimate atmosphere is enhanced by chef Gary Volkov’s classic menu, which includes romance-inspiring plates such as oysters, beef Wellington, and chocolate soufflé. | 17 Barrow Street, New York; oneifbyland.com

2. Metis, Bali

Every simple corner in Bali is romantic, but Metis takes our idea of paradise to another level. The design resembles traditional Indonesian batiks. Chef Nicolas “Doudou” Tourneville serves French Mediterranean cuisine, including an entire menu dedicated to foie gras. | Jl. Petitenget No. 6, Bali; metisbali.com

chandra bar stools koket luxury home decor

3. Restaurant le Meurice Alain Ducasse, Paris

We had the honor of lunching while at the Maison & Objet show in Paris at one of the crown jewels in the chef’s dining empire, Restaurant le Meurice Alain Ducasse, which boasts three Michelin stars and a decadent atmosphere. It took our breath away. The splendor, the exuberance, the service, and the atmosphere all enlightened my senses to a new level. The simple yet exquisite cuisine includes dishes such as lobster with Jerusalem artichokes and venison with poivrade sauce. | 228 rue de Rivoli, Paris; alainducasse-meurice.com

More Valentine’s Day Inspiration to Love!

10 of The World’s Most Stylish Hotels 
10 Luxurious Valentines Day Gifts Every Woman Will Love