Roses are red, violets are blue, book a restaurant, and you might get lucky too. Love is in the air and it’s time to pull out all the stops to impress that special someone. Spice up your love life with a candlelit dinner where romantic doesn't even begin to describe these five fine dining favourites in the lower North Island.

Roxy Cinema reviewed by Lorietta B.

Roxy is the best tribute to the golden age that Wellington has. The Art Deco styled theatre oozes glamour and sophistication. It is the perfect place to impress. The best part is, you don't even need to leave the cinema for a first class cocktail or dinner. Coco at the Roxy is sure to make your night that little-bit-more memorable. 

The White Swan Hotel Ltd reviewed by Cole B.

When I needed to impress my special one I wanted to get out of the city so we headed out to wine country in the Wairarapa. The White Swan delivered everything they promised for our romantic getaway. The restaurant was divine and the suite we stayed in was luxurious! Nearly didn't want to leave to go exploring the wineries the next day...

Boulcott Street Bistro reviewed by Laura M.

Pages and pages of wine to match with scrumptious, well-crafted menu options. Drink it by the glass or by the bottle, with dozens of cellared options. Boulcott St Bistro will definitely impress.

Logan Brown reviewed by Isabeau B.

From the moment the name Logan Brown leaves someone’s lips it oozes class and sends little dollar signs running around the brain. In Wellington, this is possibly the crème de la crème of posh eats. Well known for its fabulous steaks and impeccable food, it is definitely the place to go to treat yourself to not only magnificent food but the whole fine dining experience.

The White House Restaurant reviewed by Mari T.

To be honest, when the Mr announced he was taking me to The White House for a very special treat, I was a little scared. I’m not feral, but I’m also no Posh Spice. I tried to keep my cool as we walked up and were greeted by immaculately dressed waiters, but the view from our table was pretty spectacular. They had a spectacular degustation menu but we agreed we’d better save that for an even bigger occassion. When our waiter brought over the palate cleanser, which was a mango ‘soap’ bar with honey flavoured foam, he smiled and let us rave on about how cool it was, even though he’s probably heard it all, he didn’t let on. We were super happy with our service, our waiter was warm, friendly and knowledgable. Thanks to him we had delicious wines to go with our delicious food. It’s not somewhere a lot of people can go very often but I think it’s definitely worth the experience!