Where to find soft music, candlelit tables and the perfect atmosphere to set the mood for your encounter in paradise.

1) El Mesón De La Cava

Set in a large leafy park by the famed Malecón, El Mesón De La Cava welcomes you to dine in one of the most uniquely romantic spaces in the city. Descend a soaring spiral staircase to seating in a natural limestone cave. Enjoy an intimate nook with mood lighting that invites closeness. The natural grotto was once a hideout for buccaneers, but now serves diners looking for a quiet respite from the bustling city. After your meal, chat over wine on a terrace with palm trees and soft lighting that sets an amorous scene.

2) Lulu Tasting Bar

In the center of the Zona Colonial, Lulu is housed in a colonial building that contrasts its sleek interior. For an enchanting atmosphere, choose a table in the brick courtyard, where greenery delicately climbs across majestic colonial arches and columns. Try one of their trademark exotic cocktails as you and your companion sample a variety of delectable tapas.

3) Pat’e Palo European Brasserie

Another gem in the colonial district, Pat’e Palo strikes the right romantic tone with captivating views of the Ozama River and historical wonders of Plaza España. The interior of the colonial building exudes warmth with restored brick, while the outdoor terrace is a perfect place for close conversation and tantalizing European cuisine in a delightful setting

4) Ristorante La Briciola

Set in two 16th century buildings, La Briciola exudes sophistication and Old World style with Italian tile and mahogany furnishings. Candlelit tables with crisp linens effect an air of romance, set to the easy soundtrack of a live piano player. Twinkling lights in a courtyard under starry skies create a charming atmosphere that’s sure to make your dining experience an intimate affair.

5) La Residence

A guitarist sweetly serenades guests at La Residence, an elegant eatery featuring a patio that overflows with tropical palms amid its lush surrounds. A selection of exceptional wine accompanies a menu of fine French fare in a tranquil haven that offers a getaway from the bustle of the colonial district.

6) Bottega Fratelli

Quietly tucked into the Piantini neighborhood, the unassuming façade of Bottega Fratelli gives little indication of its modern and graceful interior. The airy dining area with candlelit tables opens to outdoor patio space that abounds with tropical greenery and has intimate lounge areas that are perfect for cozy communing.