For a romantic evening in Las Mercedes, head to this antique-strewn restaurant that defines itself as a "gastronimic boutique." The Mediterranean-influenced risottos, pizzas, and pastas are consistently good, and the wine list is fabulous. Skip the eggplant carpaccio and cocao-filled raviolis in favor of a simpler menu items. While you nibble, you may spend even more time staring at the incredible collection of colorful antique plates, chandeliers, furniture, and bric-a-brac here, but stay focused, because the dessert is well worth it: try crème brûlée tinted with ponche crema (a creamy holiday booze) and milhojas de dulce de leche (millefeuille with caramel).
Calle Madrid, between Mucuchíes and Monterrey, Caracas, 1050, Venezuela