The best restaurants in Cardiff which range from traditional candlelit dinners to eating inside a Dalek! 

Old School 

If you’re the type that believes romance is something classic, elegant and sophisticated, try Miller & Carter. Their interior is romance to a T. Red carpets, dimmed lights and the feeling that you’ve stepped back in time. Their menu ranges from top grade steaks to vegetarian options. Enjoy a bottle of bubbly on the side, kept cool in an ice bucket. Yes it’s that kind of place!

Modern 

If you fancy somewhere a little off the beaten track, allow us to direct you. Bully’s is an excellent and award-winning restaurant, serving modern cuisine. The exterior doesn’t give anything away but the charming interior will certainly set the mood – it’s the sort of venue you’d expect to find in London. Another exciting eating date venue is Shaam nights in Roath. If you like Middle Eastern food and the décor that comes with it, then this is the place for you! Grilled food? Yes, please!

Sophisticated 

The ultimate eatery for laid back sophistication. Laguna Kitchen and Bar features a modern interior with a large, well-stocked bar and tranquil views. Making it a great place to spend those intimate hours! High-quality food, exceptional cocktails and friendly, knowledgeable staff always on hand – call Laguna!

Fine Dining 

Want to really impress your date? Take them to Le Monde. You won’t regret it. One of the finer restaurants in Cardiff that’ll offer you anything  and everything from the sea. The time has finally come to try that monkfish everyone has been banging on about or fight your way through a whole lobster while tucking into some fresh oysters. If you’re not into fish, it’s still a great place to go as they serve you excellent steak and lamb as well, how considerate!

Romance Schromance

If the whole concept of “romance” makes you gag a little but you still want an experience, pay Steak of the art a visit. Their restaurant not only serves great steak but will give you an eyeful with their very interesting and quirky art. From the ceiling, to the lamps and furniture, you will be slapped with modern art as soon as you enter. You also have the option to dine inside a massive Dalek, now that is impressive.

Budget-friendly 

It might not be romantic to think about budgeting, but let’s face it, we don’t always have tons of cash to fling around. If you want good food, good atmosphere, big portions and don’t want to part with too much cash, Chai Street is the perfect place. Indian street food at its best and usually buzzing, it’s the sort of restaurant you’d expect to pay big bucks but don’t.

Fun 

Especially good for new couples is the get-your-hands-stuck-in place Kimchi. If you always wanted to try Korean food, it’s a good place to start. Let the staff guide you through the menu and be astounded by being able to grill your meat at the table. Who wouldn’t want to do that?! Break the ice with some hands-on action.

Foodie 

If you always wanted to find out more about Welsh food and be guided through it, we highly recommend the Cardiff food safari. Instead of just visiting one restaurant, why not take a culinary tour around Cardiff? Enjoy a cava and sherry tasting before trying Welsh seafood and some continental meats and cheeses. It’s jam packed and ideal for foodies who want to discover more.

And something a little different…

Why not spend Valentine ’s Day in prison? Clink is an award winning restaurant that happens to be in a prison. It’s the sort of dining experience you want to tell everyone about – a charity which helps prisoners develop skills to prevent re-offending. Exceptional food and an experience like nowhere else, Clink is for those special occasions.

Lia Schopmeyer is a food blogger who’s often preoccupied with taking photos of food. If money was no object, she’d own a 1920s murder mystery themed restaurant. If you want food recommendations, ask her on Twitter or read her blog.