So it’s that time of year again where boys and girls put their love to the test and try to impress their other halves. For those who are single, this is probably the worst day of the year. Trust me, trying to get a date on Valentine’s Day is like trying to shave with a Global knife– not only will your hurt yourself but you will also ruin a perfectly good knife.

Like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, this holiday should not be celebrated once a year but we should be working in some romance into our everyday lives. However, we can often get caught up in the daily grind, that we do sometimes take our loved ones for granted. So having a reminder, a universal day to inspire one’s love for another isn’t such a bad idea – even if your partner adamantly protest they don’t want to do anything (guys, that’s girl-talk for “you bloody better surprise me with something special or else!“).

In no particular order, here are five restaurants to take your special someone on Valentine’s Day.

Vue de Monde

Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a $450 (per person) Valentine’s Day dinner at Shannon Bennet’s three hatted restaurant. Whilst having one of the best views in Melbourne on top of the Rialto, you are greeted with Champagne on arrival and a 6 course degustation with matching wines. If a way to a person’s heart is through their stomach, then a meal at Vue De Monde will almost certainly allow you to capture the heart of anyone.


Vue de Monde, Level 55/Rialto 525 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Phone: (03) 9691 3888

Not a traditional hot spot for V day but let’s be honest, who doesn’t love dumplings? On any day, let alone the most romantic day of the year, this is a perfect place for newbies and long-termers. If soup dumplings cannot bring two people together with silky skin, sultry soup and delicate pork mince, then all hope is sadly lost.

HuTong Dumpling Bar, 14-16 Market Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone:(03) 9650 8128

Before you can say love is in the air, Mamasita has created a special menu for lovebirds and love groups alike to enjoy on this special occasion. Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t just make this about you and your lover, you should; but why do couples have all the fun? Let’s be progressive. Not everyone will have a date. Why not bring a friend? Spread the love, it is Mexican after all.

Disclaimer note: the menu is couple-centric so it might get a little awkward for the third or fifth wheel.

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Mamasita, 1/11 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone:(03) 9650 3821

Next door to its more expensive siblings, Cellar Bar gives you all the Italian without the extra fanfare. Now, why can’t more restaurants be like Cellar Bar – just so unassumingly great? Everything is done with the same respect that you would expect at Grossi’s and with the extra savings you make, you could probably put some in the bank for a rainy day. Or, you can just forfeit any notion of savings because you are currently in a… relationship.


Cellar Bar, 80 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone:(03) 9662 1811

As far as a French brasserie goes, France-Soir would not be out of place in one of Paris arrondissements. Here you will find classics such as Steak and frites, Escargot or Creme Brulee served by French speaking waiters bringing a little Paris to Melbourne. If the French has taught us anything about food and love, it is that you can never have enough of one or the other. To sum up Valentine’s Day in a nutshell, the French have a saying: mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup, which roughly translates to: eat well, laugh often, love abundantly.


France Soir, 11-13 Toorak Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141
Phone:(03) 9866 8569

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