By N. Huggins
Valentine’s Day is coming up, which means a lot of couples will be booking tables at fancy restaurants or visiting romantic places in Orlando. Surprisingly and lucky for you, the City Beautiful offers a wide variety of restaurant options for amorous dining, so with our help, it shouldn’t be hard to score that special pick.
Now, we all know that food can make or break a date, whether it’s for Valentine’s Day, date night, or an anniversary, so it’s imperative that you pick the right place, especially if you’re going on a first date – or on a night out to enjoy the fun things to do in Orlando.
You have to choose the right ambiance, location, menu, and service, among other things. And you need to make sure that you have multiple options at your disposal in order to improve your chances of choosing the special spot.
The good news is that we’ve done most of the research and hard work to bring you a list of the top romantic restaurants in Orlando. This list includes all types of options to suit different budgets and preferences. Keep reading and you’ll see that we’ve also provided some great tips on what to consider when choosing the perfect romantic restaurant for your date.
Most Romantic Restaurants in Orlando
Finding the perfect romantic restaurant is no easy feat. If you really care about your date, you need to spend time looking at the different options you have available and not just go for the first venue you see.
We’ve cut the leg work in half for you by doing some research, and now we bring you a list of the most impressive romantic restaurants in Orlando, Florida.
1| Villa Italiano Chophouse | Italy is one of the most romantic places on earth and Villa Italiano Chophouse is one of the most romantic Italian restaurants in Orlando! The food here is favolosa - or as we say in America, fabulous! Everything on the menu is expertly prepared using the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Dishes are made fresh on the spot with a creative flair reminiscent of the motherland added to make the experience as authentic as possible. You’ll find typical Italian dishes, drinks, desserts, and a diverse wine collection so, whether you’re feeling for bruschetta, calamari, spaghetti, chicken parmesan, pizza, or a fancy Italian feast, make this cozy spot your go-to for an extra special romantic meal.
WHERE: 7700 Westgate Boulevard, Kissimmee, FL 34747 | WHO: 407-396-2500
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2| The Venetian Chop House | At this restaurant, you will have a fine dining experience complete with great service. The Venetian Chop House is part of the Caribe Royal Resort and offers extremely high-quality food. There, you can eat steaks, seafood and enjoy a glass of wine.
WHERE: 8101 World Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821 | WHO: 407-238-8060
3| Enzo's Hideaway | This popular Italian eatery is one of Florida’s best-kept secrets. Its ambiance is based on a theme of Prohibition Era cocktails, rum-running, and underground lounging. The hearty food tastes like it's made by an Italian grandma. It’s so good, and the portions are very generous, so you may want to choose one dish and share it. Some of our favorite starters from this restaurant include meatballs and polenta, salumi and cheese, as well as lasagna with béchamel and meat ragu. Nonna’s Pasta comes fully loaded with different cheeses, meats, and a sinful amount of cream. Ask your Italian server what’s for dessert and you won’t be disappointed.
WHERE: Disney Springs, 1560 E Buena Vista, FL 32830 | WHO: 407-560-3696
4| Chef's Table | The Chef’s Table is one of the most popular restaurants in Orlando, and for good reason. Located in the idyllic Edgewater Hotel in Winter Garden, this restaurant has the perfect ambiance for a romantic date. It's charming, laid-back, and the food is out of this world. For $55 per person, you get a three-course meal of sumptuous Southern cuisine. From melt-in-your-mouth steaks to decadent desserts, the staff is equally chill and very knowledgeable about the menu. Next door to the Chef’s Table is a similar restaurant called the Tasting Room. The servings here can be quite generous, even though it has a reputation for using petite dishes. The food is not only good enough to eat but to share as well, which makes it perfect for a first date if you want to enjoy intimate moments and smiles in between bites. Its menu is similar to that of the Chef’s Table and includes things like grits, fried green tomatoes duck confit flatbread, and pork belly sliders.
WHERE: 99 W Plant St, Winter Garden, FL 34787 | WHO: 407-230-4837
5| Victoria & Albert's | Victoria and Albert’s is one of those snazzy joints that requires you to dress up and get ready for the night in classic fashion. This award-winning restaurant boasts an AAA Five-Diamond rating and it’s one of those places where you walk away feeling like you got value for your money. That’s because at Victoria & Albert’s, you get more than just a simple meal. It’s an immersive experience that’s done with incredible attention to detail. The experience starts out with a 7-course meal known as prix fixe. The restaurant also offers 14-course meals for groups of six, which is a great option if you want to triple-date with friends.
WHERE: 4401 Floridian Way, Orlando, FL 32830 | WHO: 407-939-3862
6| CAPA | CAPA is part of Walt Disney World Resort’s Four Seasons Resorts. Inspired by the passionate aesthetic of the Spanish countryside, this steakhouse is characterized by gourmet cuisine served alongside romantic fireworks and creative cocktails. Not to mention the panoramic views from the stunning balcony, which has outdoor heaters to keep diners warm during nippy winter weather. The food is wonderfully displayed on tiny plates and the chef here certainly doesn’t skimp on flavor. Our favorite entrees include porterhouse to halibut and succulent duck breast. The food here is simply mouthwatering, and we can’t recommend it enough. The best part is the Argentine Malbec which goes with everything and the ambiance itself is quite enchanting. Get ready to spend the whole night here and have your every need satisfied.
WHERE: 10100 Dream Tree Blvd, Orlando, FL 32836 | WHO: 407-313-7777
7| Soco Thornton Park | Soco is the home of Southern comfort food like home-made diner favorites which have been slightly updated to include more upscale modern ingredients. The charming dining room has an inviting ambiance that’s combined with an urban vibe, and the alfresco dining takes the romance factor up a notch. Some of our favorite dishes from this restaurant include chicken and dumplings, mac and cheese croquettes, as well as delicious boiled peanut hummus. Soco is perfect for happy hour cocktails, but it’ll work just as well for a Sunday brunch too.
WHERE: 629 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801 | WHO: 407-849-1800
8| Kres Chophouse | Kres Chophouse is a contemporary joint with a touch of vintage flair, which makes sense considering that it’s situated in downtown Orlando. Apart from its tasteful décor, Kres Chophouse is close to the Amway Center, so it’s the perfect place to get some pre-game grub before you head over for a live music or magic show. Of course, you could always amble over to Ceviche for some flamenco dancing after dinner, or burn some calories with a leisurely walk along Lake Eola. Kres’ Mixed Grill boasts such rich and sumptuous dishes as double lamb chop with asparagus, filet mignon, garlic shrimp, and three-cheese au gratin. All of these dishes are included in the restaurant’s sample platter and can be shared between you and your date easily.
WHERE: 17 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801 | WHO: 407-447-7950
Maxine's on Shine | Grand hotels have an aspirational elegance that attracts you to them. Who doesn’t like going to a snazzy place with bow-tie wearing servers and candlelight? But smaller joints can also be as endearing, especially when operating with a background of live music and a cozy vibe that make you feel relaxed and “at home.” If this peaks your fancy, Maxine’s has a rejuvenating energy, characterized by a lively ambiance and cozy space that’ll make you want to get closer and closer to one another. The restaurant’s drunken mussels is a great dish to share. Be sure to visit on “Parlour Nights” if you’re up for some live music and dancing.
WHERE: 337 North Shine Ave, Orlando, FL 32803 | WHO: 407-674-6841
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Last Tips on the Most Romantic Restaurants in Orlando
When looking for a romantic restaurant to share a meal with your loved one, it’s important to keep in mind a few things. The first one is ambiance. What type of vibe are you and your partner into? Do you like upscale dining with live jazz or classic entertainment and an eight-course meal? Or would you rather eat at a trendy restaurant that’s buzzing with people and pop music?
Ambiance is also determined by the décor and setting of a restaurant. Would you like a beachfront bistro or a rooftop restaurant with panoramic views of the city? Whatever your preference, make sure it’s available at the restaurant you choose, to make your date that much more special.
Next, it’s important to factor in service because you want a place that’ll cater to your every need and make you feel like royalty, even if for just one evening. Look for a place with a friendly and attentive staff that’s knowledgeable about the menu and always well-groomed.
Lastly, consider the menu. It goes without saying that you should only dine at places that cater to your taste buds and food preferences. For instance, if you and your partner prefer Italian, then you should find the best Italian restaurant in town, and make sure it has the trifecta of service, food, and ambiance.
Make time for your loved one this Valentine’s Day by visiting one of these iconic restaurants in Orlando, Florida. They check all the boxes off - ambiance, a fantastic menu, and great staff. And if you’re looking for other great things to do, check out our Travel Blog for more fabulous tips and great ideas!
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