Date night coming up? Well, listen up lovebirds – we’ve got the scoop on Luton’s top 5 most romantic restaurants, according to your TripAdvisor reviews. So, whether you’re taking a hot date or your long-term mate, these spots are guaranteed to impress.

Monna Lisa

First up is Monna Lisa, tucked away on Guildford Street. Exposed beams, rustic decor, authentic Italian cuisine – we’re talking fresh pasta, seafood, meats, the works. This intimate spot pride themselves on using quality ingredients to create delicious yet simple flavours. Plus, reviewers say the service is excellent and the ambience is très romantico. Currently the #1 rated restaurant in Luton on TripAdvisor, so you know it’s a local fave.

Monna Lisa, 36 Guildford Street, Luton LU1 2NR

La Trattoria

Next, La Trattoria in the lively Hat District. The smells alone will transport you to Italy, with pizza dough wafting through the air. As a family-run joint, they serve up home classics and handmade pasta with a charming atmosphere to boot. Locals say it’s ‘properly authentic Italian food and experience for an incredible price!’. We’re sold!

La Trattoria, 66 Bute Street, Luton LU1 2EY

La Trattoria

Carriages Bar & Restaurant

Or how about Carriages Bar & Restaurant for refined Italian fare in a laidback setting? With a former chef from Gino D’Acampo’s team in the kitchen, expect authentic cuisine with a modern twist. Popular spot for romantic nights out whether you’re on a first date or 20th anniversary. And it sounds like the truffle fries and the homemade tiramisu are a must!

Carriages Bar & Restaurant, 136 Tennyson Road, Luton LU1 3RP

Lartista Ristorante

If you want a taste of Italy with some style, check out Lartista Ristorante. They’ve been dishing up Italian cuisine in Luton for decades, formerly known as ‘Villa Ada’. Now owned and ran by Artan Koci, a Lutonian Chef for over 20 years, Lartista takes great pride in its roots.

The contemporary interior and warm accents create a trendy yet cosy vibe. If you’re not sure what to choose off the menu here, the steak sounds like a firm favourite, with one diner describing it as ‘the greatest steak of my life!’

Lartista Ristorante, 5 Guildford Street, Luton LU1 2NQ

Authentic Thai cuisine at Nakorn Thai

Nakorn Thai

Last but not least, Nakorn Thai for a romantic dinner with a twist! This cosy neighbourhood spot wows diners with extraordinarily fresh and authentic Thai flavors. From fragrant curries to pad thai that pops, Nakorn Thai provides a delicious dining experience in an intimate setting. Locals say the service is ‘very attentive’, so ideal for couples.

Nakorn Thai, 45 Wellington Street, Luton LU1 2QH

If you’re still looking to go out this Valentine’s Day, then skip the crowded chain restaurants and impress your date/mate at one of Luton’s top romantic independent spots instead.

About the Author
Laura Redmond

Laura is a passionate supporter of the Step Forward Luton campaign and a Place Activation and Marketing Coordinator for Luton Council. Armed with a journalism degree and unwavering love for her university town, she often pens positive blogs that spotlights the best of Luton. From charity work to market management, Laura's professional journey has explored every corner of Luton. And when she's not busy being a marketing maven, she's out on a culinary adventure, unearthing the town's hidden foodie gems.