Love is in the air and it’s time to take your squeeze out for a romantic meal. We’ve rounded up our top five dinner spots that are sure to help Cupid’s aim.

Tanuki Sushi & Sake Bar reviewed by Asher W.

When it comes to first dates I don't think you can go wrong with Japanese, and when it comes to Japanese Tanuki's is the perfect destination. The extensive menu has a wide variety of dishes that are perfect for sharing and the informal bustling atmosphere and friendly service is perfect for anyone feeling slightly nervous. There's plenty of alcoholic beverages available, I'd recommend getting a big Asahi to share and perhaps a sake if you are that way inclined. My favourite dishes that I'd recommend are the karaage chicken, the broccoli with peanut sauce, the sashimi platter, the raw beef and the deep fried cheese. Also if your date is a vegetarian there are plenty of vege options to keep them happy.

Sunday Painters reviewed by Charlotte R.

Sunday Painters is one of my favourite spots in the city for dinner and perfect for an intimate date. It has masses of character with it's sweeping black and white striped curtains, booth seats and vintage crockery and the food is delicious. I love that they play lp's, it gives the dining room an authenticity that other places lack. As does the small black and white tv spouting Plath as you go to the bathrooms. And of course the food is superb - goats cheese stuffed zucchini flower with tomato couli, gourmet mushroom vol au vent with puy lentil veloute and rocket salad and hazelnut brulee with poached pear mouse to finish. Of course I can never resist also ordering the french fries with mayo so I leave stuffed but very content. 

Everybody's Izakaya reviewed by Helene R.

The popular Everybody’s in the Imperial Lane has had a bit of a makeover last Winter, turning officially Japanese under new moniker Everybody’s Izakaya. It is now serving up deliciously inspired food courtesy of head chef Nick Honeyman, and the menu will have you salivating from first read. The service is informal enough to relax you but just attentive enough to impress, and if you are on a first date the incredible cocktail list will most definitely help break the ice. The Autumn Elixir and Tokyo Serenity are two of my faves, or there is a huge sake list that includes a delicious sparkling option. Make sure to book if you want an upstairs booth.

Maldito Mendez reviewed by Ella I.

So, this place is a cozy wee nook in Ponsonby Central but my, my, it has some very spectacular Spanish/Mexican food! I had the clam, squid and chorizo paella and broccolini to share with my squeeze, and a killer virgin margarita, and we both left full and happy. The interior is fabulous and the atmosphere buzzing. Go there now.

Elliott Stables reviewed by dwayne d.

My wife and I love Elliott Stables food hall as it has such a variety of restaurants under one roof. Its a wonderful non traditional  dining experience in a unique setting. We love the ambiance and the buzz of all of all of the people laughing, eating and drinking all under one roof.