Orlando, Florida, is a magnet for kids, but with all the Disney World weddings and honeymoons happening every year (more than 1,000 of them, according to a Disney travel agent), you can bet that this child-friendly destination caters to couples, too. Orlando's most romantic restaurants aren't all affiliated with the Disney franchise, however. There are plenty of date night options dotted around nearby Longwood and Winter Park as well.
A posh dining room filled with the dulcet tones of a harp makes this restaurant at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa a lovely place for romance. The top-notch modern American food with global and seasonal influences is a great option for any occasion. This AAA Five-Diamond eatery has earned the coveted Five Star rating from Forbes' Travel Guide and has also been ranked the second-best fine dining restaurant in the United States by TripAdvisor.
Like Victoria & Albert’s, The Venetian Chop House is part of a dying breed of restaurants that strive to offer traditional fine dining with exquisite service. The AAA Four-Diamond restaurant is part of the Caribe Royal Resort. It's the sort of place you go to be pampered by a professional waitstaff who takes pride in quality food. Reserve a table here for seafood, steaks, chops, and a fine glass of red.
The French have always had a way with romance. Chez Vincent is about a 20-minute drive from Orlando in Winter Park. It's the brainchild of a real French chef who has garnered culinary experience from around the globe. You'll find plenty of amour in the air at this chic date spot, reminiscent of something you'd find in Paris. Stop at Hannibal’s On The Square next door, also opened by Chef Vincent and his wife, for a drink and live music on weekends.
The lakefront setting of this longtime local favorite in Longwood, about a 25-minute drive from Orlando, is so romantic that many couples choose to have their weddings on the outdoor terrace. In 2018, OpenTable diners named Enzo’s on the Lake one of the "100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America."
Inside, the old converted house offers small dining areas for two conducive to a private conversation. The menu features upscale Italian choices that add to the elegance.
Even though it's situated in an Orlando office complex, Chatham’s Place offers a subdued-but-romantic atmosphere suitable for whispered whatnots. The continental menu is small, yet expertly prepared, and it includes filet mignon, breast of duck, chicken Louisiana Creole, and Florida black grouper, among many other choices. Visitors can also enjoy live jazz and blues piano music nightly.
Le Coq au Vin and Chez Vincent often go head to head for the best French restaurant in Orlando Sentinel's annual Foodie Awards. While the food (French onion soup, caramelized onion tart, baked brie cheese, and other specialties) is just as beautiful here as it is at Chez Vincent, Le Coq au Vin presents it in a cozier, country-inspired setting. It's closer for folks staying in Orlando proper, too. Be sure to save room for chocolate mousse, crème brûlée, crepes Suzette (egg pancakes with a Grand Marnier sauce), or a post-dinner cheese plate.
Take one bite of your entree at Kres Chophouse and you'll see why it has won an OpenTable Diner's Choice Award. The prime beef is aged in-house, and fresh Florida seafood is delivered every day. Even vegans can find something inventive here, whether it's pasta al Pomodoro with lentil meatballs or a meatless beef Wellington. Great service is the signature of this modern take on a steakhouse, which is housed in a 1930s building. Stop by the bar for a craft cocktail before dinner at this classy restaurant with flair.
Not far from Orlando in Winter Park, this James Bead Award nominee features sustainable food using ingredients sourced in Florida. The Ravenous Pig is known for its creativity and dedication to seasonal foods prepared in a way that has garnered critical acclaim.
With white table cloths and banquette seating, this fine-dining restaurant is a destination for food lovers who appreciate an attractive setting. Enjoy the daily afternoon happy hours and the Ravenous Pig Brewing Co next door, which offers craft beers all year.
Big Fin, a moderately-priced restaurant located in the Dellagio Town Center on the famous Restaurant Row (Sand Lake Road), is a favorite date night spot known for fresh seafood, sushi, and raw bars. This high-end (yet casual) restaurant has a gluten-free menu, two full-service bars, and an outdoor patio. The Big Fin Raw Bar features fresh raw oysters (served chilled, steamed, or grilled) as well as Stone Crab claws, when in season October 15 to May 15.
Located on the banks of Lake Killarney in Winter Park, Hillstone is a romantic destination where you can watch the sunset while relaxing with a glass of wine. The indoor-outdoor decor provides a fine dining atmosphere and the menu includes classic dishes such as grilled chicken salad, prime New York strip steak, salads, and sandwiches. Hillstone enforces a dress code that suggests collared shirts for men (baseball caps prohibited) and dressy clothing for women. Avoid tank tops, flip flops, and the like.