7 Best Date Night Restaurants in London, Ontario

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Strolling through the streets of London will lead you to an endless selection of romantic locations for lunch or dinner. Whatever kind of theme or ambiance you’re looking for, The Forest City brings you into a wilderness of the best-tasting food for the best date night experience.  This is why you’ll always have plenty of choices for your special dinner date. Here’s a list of my favorite 7 best date night restaurants in London.

1. The Church Key: Bistro and Pub

What better way to begin this list than with London’s premier destination for good food and romantic evenings? Initially jokingly named after the beer bottle opener, which resembled old church keys, the name stuck, and today, it’s known as one of the city’s premier picks for date night. The Church Key easily tops all my favorite restaurants, and be sure to ask about the game of the week. With its stellar selection of personally handcrafted recipes made from the freshest local produce and ingredients.

2. Garlics of London

What started as a dream in the 1990s to promote the diverse delicacies of Ontario, Garlics of London now has more than 30 years of culinary excellence. A haven for freshly picked and delicately cooked ingredients, Garlics of London shows no signs of slowing down. Its overall ambiance is a bonus for couples who are avid art enthusiasts as well, as its architecture features brick walls showcasing masterpieces of local artists.

3. David’s Bistro

Nothing’s better for a romantic dinner date than an evening of finely aged wine and smooth-playing jazz music. David’s Bistro understood the assignment when it came to offering fine dining and intimate evenings, both packaged at an affordable price. Run by the father-and-daughter duo of David and Natalie Chapman, couples and wine lovers are well cared for at David’s Bistro. 

4. The River Room: Cafe and Private Dining

If you’re looking for a place with minimalist interior design and maximal delicious cooking, The River Room Cafe is waiting for you. From hand-held appetizers and entree-sized salads to a tasty assortment of main courses, this restaurant turned cafe and private dining area will never disappoint. I can recommend the braised lamb; it’s delicious! It also has dedicated menus for special events and holidays, such as a New Year’s Eve menu with four delectable courses to choose from.

5. The Tasting Room: Bar and Bistro

If you’re looking for a restaurant with both the latest food trends and all-time favorites, grab a taste of The Tasting Room date night experience. Even if you’re both on a strict diet, their medley of flavorful appetizers is more than enough to keep your dinner date fun and engaging. The Tasting Room also offers a delicate assortment of the best wines from around the globe, making your dining experience more than just food on a table. 

6. Ironwood: Kitchen and Bar

Good food is always made from good ingredients. Ironwood Kitchen and Bar guarantees that every crumb of food served on your plate is sourced and grown close to their kitchen. Its interior design of exposed brick walls and hanging lamps makes the venue perfect for events of all kinds, especially date nights. A must-try is the pork schnitzel, made from locally-sourced pork. Yum!

The restaurant’s website has a live music and events schedule tab that helps love birds pick the night to visit, depending on which artist is set to play on a particular evening. 

7. Abruzzi Ristorante

Benvenuta, benvenuto! The perfect blend of exquisite Italian cuisine and genuine Canadian hospitality lies deep in the heart of London. Hailing all the way from the region of Abruzzo in central Italy, Abruzzi Ristorante is committed to only using the finest local ingredients. 

From the local produce and fresh seafood down to every grain of flour used, everything about Abruzzi Ristorante completely represents how modern restaurants should run and treat their customers. The best part about it is that Abruzzi’s food menu constantly changes based on the season and popular trends. Good luck finding other quality restaurants that keep your culinary palate at the edge of its seat!

Regardless of your taste in food, London is the place to be for an unforgettable, romantic experience. The best part is that you won’t need to spend much to have such a wonderful evening!

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