Shanghai is love. How can you not be in the mood for romance walking along the beautiful and historical Bund hand in hand with your lover as you look at over the lights glistening on the water of the Huangpu River? The restaurants in Shanghai are especially romantic, and you’ll find some of the best international cuisine you’ve ever tried in Shanghai. To help you discover the city’s vast eating options, here are the top five most romantic restaurants for Valentine’s Day on any budget.
Splurge - For the finest restaurant experience in town, take your lover to Jean George, on the Bund. Here you’ll be wowed be world renowned chef of the same name. Fine dining hasn’t been this fancy in a long while. Jean George restores the high class fashion and class that once dominated the Bund. The wine list is vast, the food is delicious and you’ll experience a night of constant amazement at Jean George.
Charm - Simply Thai, with multiple stunning locations in the city, is simply the most charming and romantic restaurant in Shanghai. With low lighting, candles and single calla lillies on the rustic wooden tables, how could you not fall in love with Simply Thai? The walls hold beautiful and intricate works of art from across the Orient, hidden by lush plants and small indoor ponds. For a charming and romantic night that isn’t 5-star but will wow your date and blow away your old perceptions of romance, Simply Thai is the place for you. The drinks menu is vast, the Thai cuisine delicious and the simple dessert menu will allow you night to linger.
Steal – Cantina Agave is a steal. You’ll find authentic Mexican cuisine done at the highest standards served with some of the best margaritas you’ve ever had. What makes it so romantic is the charm of the small establishment coupled with the passion of the owners and servers who make each experience memorable and lasting. Candles on the tables, romantic colors on the walls and a tequila bar that will make you feel woozy just looking at it, the place has something special you and your date will immediately recognize. The menu offers all of the traditional items you’d expect, like enchiladas, burritos and tacos, but while these are affordable they are not low quality. You’ll have a whole new definition of Mexican cuisine by the time you take your last delicious bite.
Go Back - Take your date to a restaurant she’ll want to return to time and again throughout your stay in romantic Shanghai. El Gallo offers a memorable mix of Spanish-Mediterranean fusion restaurant that screams Spain! You’ll find a great red wine list as well as delicious food that is affordable and yet delicious. The atmosphere is Spanish as well, low-key and yet classy and comfortable. The perfect place for a simple but romantic night on the town, a place your lover will want to return to time and again.
Have a Cheap Date - Sometimes your wallet isn’t as full as your heart. Don’t despair! There are amazing cheap restaurants in Shanghai where your date will still feel appreciated, loved and fall into the romantic mood. Dongbei Ren, a classic Chinese restaurant that pays homage to the Northern cuisine and culture, is a fun and intimate place for an affordable date. The cuisine is delicious and simple, to reflect the harshness of life in the frigid north. The atmosphere is decorative and fun, and the small private rooms make for a romantic setting.