Kuala Lumpur's top romantic restaurants are the ideal venues for when you want to spend a loved-up night in style. These fine-dining eateries feature impressive culinary delights by the city's finest chefs, imported wines and champagnes, romantic decor, candlelit ambience, as well as stunning views of Kuala Lumpur and its surroundings – great for a luxurious first date, wedding anniversaries, and an unforgettable Valentine's Day celebration with your long-term loved one. 

    From award-winning rooftop restaurants in KLCC to rustic retreats atop a cool hillside, we've rounded up a quick list of the best romantic restaurants in Kuala Lumpur that couples, newlyweds, and honeymooners will fall absolutely in love with.


    Tamarind Springs Kuala Lumpur

    Fine dining in a tropical rainforest in Ampang

    Fancy dining in the middle of a tropical rainforest minus the long drive from KL city centre? Then head to Tamarind Springs Kuala Lumpur, a fine-dining restaurant that's set within Ampang's natural forest reserve. The interior exudes a rustic yet intimate vibe with comfortable Balinese furniture, stone sculptures, instrumental music, and subdued lighting. 

    With a candlelit entrance path dividing the tropical gardens to the air-conditioned dining section, couples can enjoy impressive surroundings while expert chefs prepare classic Indochinese delicacies with a mix of Lao, Vietnamese and Khmer flavours. Tamarind Springs' signature dishes include Khmer Krom stir-fried crab, stir-fried beef, deep-fried sea perch with spicy tamarind sauce, sweet and sour Asian salad, as well as asparagus and crabmeat soup.

    Location: Jalan 1, Taman Tun Abdul Razak, 68000 Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia

    Open: Tuesday–Friday from noon to 3 pm and 6 pm to 11 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11.30 am to 3.30 pm and 6 pm to 11 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +60 (0)3-2716 2737


    Marini’s on 57

    Classy dining at KLCC

    The ever-classy Marini's on 57 is one of KL's best venues for a romance-filled evening with your loved one. Overlooking the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, the award-winning Italian ristorante features a glass roof and floor-to-ceiling windows with casual, modern furnishings, while paintings from Italian artist, Rosalba Mangione, decorate the white walls. 

    Marini's on 57 serves decadent Italian cuisine that pairs well with its extensive wine list, with dishes comprising artisan-made pasta, imported beef cuts, and fresh seafood air-flown from Italy. If you and your date are feeling adventurous, Head Chef Modesto Marini is more than happy to prepare a personalized tasting menu.

    Location: Petronas, Level 57, Menara 3, Persiaran KLCC, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 5 pm to 2 am, Friday and Saturday from 5 pm to 3 am

    Phone: +60 (0)3-2386 6030


    Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining

    Elegant dining with a view at KLCC

    Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining is a wonderful place to enjoy an elegant dining experience with a breathtaking view of KL's city centre. The floor-to-ceiling angled glass windows and prime location on the 23rd floor of The Troika make for a stunning backdrop to a meal. It's impressive that the restaurant offers a diverse range of cuisines, including French, Italian, Greek, and Spanish flavours. 

    The truffled poached egg, lamb tartare, and roast Wagyu sirloin are all excellent choices, and the unique coffee drinks and spiced rum options are an exciting addition to the drinks menu. Overall, Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining is a great spot for a special occasion or a fancy night out.

    Location: Level 23A Tower B, The Troika, 19, Persiaran KLCC, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 6 pm to 11.30 pm

    Phone: +60 (0)3-2162 0886


    Nobu Kuala Lumpur

    Fine Japanese dining at KLCC

    The acclaimed Nobu Kuala Lumpur is not only renowned for its innovative Asian-South American recipes, but also for its romantic ambience and gorgeous views of KL city. Set just one floor below Marini's on 57 in Menara Petronas 3, diners are treated to unsurprisingly panoramic views of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. 

    Expect Japanese fare fused with Peruvian flavours such as lobster quinoa ceviche, lobster salad with spicy lemon dressing, and king crab with creamy Jalapeno, as well as a diverse range of sushi, sashimi and tempura. For a personalised dining experience, diners can also opt for the multi-course Omakase menu prepared by Nobu Kuala Lumpur's leading chef.

    Location: L4A-05, Level 4A, Shoppes At Four Seasons Place, 145, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Open: Monday–Friday from 11.45 am to 2 pm and 6 pm to 10.30 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +60 (0)3-2380 0028


    Cafe Cafe KL

    French-Italian offerings on Jalan Maharajalela

    Highly recommended for couples, Cafe Cafe KL boasts classy French-Italian offerings and a grandiose atmosphere making it an excellent venue for first dates and wedding anniversaries. Set along Jalan Maharajela, this well-hidden restaurant is furnished with candlelit tables, chandeliers, and twinkling crystal decorations while French music plays in the background. 

    Cafe Cafe serves pricey but top-notch cuisine with signature dishes ranging from duck confit and escargots in garlic-scented oil to truffled honey king prawns and tender Wagyu beef cheeks with red wine sauce, served with du puy lentils and seasonal mushrooms.

    Location: 175, Jln Maharajalela, Kampung Attap, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 6 pm to 11.30 pm

    Phone: +603 2145 8141


    Fukuya Kuala Lumpur

    Cosy Japanese dining on Jalan Delima

    Nestled within a row of bungalows along Jalan Delima, Fukuya Kuala Lumpur offers authentic Japanese fare in a minimalistic Zen setting. Featuring a courtyard and secret corridors, the fine-dining restaurant sports a modern black-and-white theme with plenty of leather seats and sleek tables while quiet rooms overlooking the tranquil garden area are great for couples who prefer to dine in privacy. 

    Fukuya Kuala Lumpur's kaiseki menu is a colourful ensemble of fresh sashimi cuts, sushi, and grilled seafood. Alternatively, opt for the Seiro lunch set where you can enjoy grilled eel, salmon, sashimi, fried fish, miso soup, and dessert.

    Location: 9, Jalan Delima, Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 11.45 am to 2.45 pm and 5.45 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +60 (0)3-2144 1077


    THIRTY8 Restaurant, Bar & Lounge


    THIRTY8 Restaurant, Bar & Lounge is an award-winning dining room, wine bar, and lounge all rolled into one. Set on the 38th floor of Kuala Lumpur's Grand Hyatt Hotel, this venue is clearly one of the city's best restaurants with a diverse menu comprising classic Chinese, Japanese, and Western cuisine that is easy to enjoy.

    The ever-so-elegant eatery is market-focused to tempt gourmet enthusiasts both local and out-of-towners. The restaurant is wrapped within large windows which offer spectacular 360-degree views of the Kuala Lumpur city centre. One of its biggest unique selling points is the fact that the iconic PETRONAS Twin Towers are about one km away, so getting stunning photos from the restaurant's sky-high location is easy.

    Location: Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, 12, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +60 (0)3-2203 9188


    Rama V Kuala Lumpur

    A hidden gem for Thai flavours on Jalan U-Thant

    Rama V Kuala Lumpur is arguably KL's hidden gem, where diners can enjoy a cosy retreat while savouring authentic Thai dishes. Tucked away from the bustling city centre, a wooden bridge leads diners to the "floating" restaurant which is set in the middle of a massive lotus-covered pond. 

    Must-tries include tom yam kung mae nam (tom yam river prawns served in young coconut) and chor ladda (flower-shaped dumplings stuffed with minced chicken and peanut) while the wine list comprises classic brands from France, California, New Zealand, and Australia as well as new world selections from Argentina and Chile.

    Location: 5, Jalan U Thant, Kelab Golf di Raja Selangor, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from noon to 3 pm and 6 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +60 (0)17-679 7143

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