Orlando, Florida has some special places for your first date, a milestone anniversary, or the right place to propose. For these romantic occasions, the right restaurant is needed—one with the right ambiance, great service, and inspired cuisine. Here are some options that are sure to set the right mood and please the palate in Orlando.
Chef/owner Norman Van Aken is arguably one of Florida’s most celebrated chefs. His eponymous restaurant, at the Ritz-Carlton, is a jewel of Orlando’s dining scene. It’s a fancy place, and it’s pricey. But what says “I love you” more than dropping a lot of money on dinner? As long as you’re there, you might as well get a room at the Ritz.
A posh dining room filled with the dulcet tones of a harp make this restaurant at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa a perfect place for romance. The top-notch food of chef Scott Hunnel makes it a great place for any occasion. This is a AAA Five-Diamond award-winner.
The Venetian Chop House, like Victoria & Albert’s, is part of a dying breed of restaurants that strive to offer traditional fine dining with exquisite service. A part of the Caribe Royal Resort, this is the sort of place you go to be pampered by professional waiters who are proud of the fine food they are presenting. If you want seafood, steaks, or chops, along with a wide choice of wine, this is a good choice.
Owner Kevin Fonzo, whose first name lends the initial that identifies the restaurant, continues to turn out the terrific food that has made this a favorite in Orlando. The atmosphere is quiet and laid-back, but it’s still a special occasion choice for many couples. The menu changes daily, but it always is focused on locally sourced ingredients for its New American entrees with an Italian twist.
Face it: The French know about romance. And Vincent Gagliano’s little cafe in Winter Park puts plenty of amour in the air. His Coquilles St. Jacques will make you fall in love all over again, and the chic atmosphere will beckon thoughts of Paris.
The lakefront setting of this longtime local favorite in Longwood is so romantic that many couples choose to have their weddings on the outdoor terrace. Inside, the old converted house offers small dining areas conducive to private conversation that are only for two. The menu features upscale Italian choices that add to the elegant mood.
Situated in an office complex in Orlando, Chatham’s offers a subdued but romantic atmosphere suitable for whispered whatnots. The Continental menu is small but expertly prepared, and it includes filet mignon, breast of duck, rack of lamb, chicken Louisiana Creole, and Florida black grouper, among many other choices.
Le Coq Au Vin has been named Orlando's best French restaurant, and you'll find out why if you order the French onion soup, onion tart, snails, steak tartare, baked brie, or foie gras. But save room for dessert, like Alsace-style beignets, apple tarts, crepes Suzette, or a cheese plate.
Take one bite of your entree in this award-winning Orlando restaurant and you'll know why it is honored. Its prime beef is aged in-house, and fresh Florida seafood is delivered every day. 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.
Just 7 miles from Orlando, this James Bead Award Nominee features sustainable food using ingredients sourced in Florida. Husband and wife chefs are known for their 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.
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 destination. Known for fresh seafood, their sushi, and raw bars, this upscale casual restaurant has two full-service bar areas and an outdoor patio. The Big Fin Raw Bar features fresh raw oysters, served chilled, steamed or grilled as well as their Stone Crab claws (when in season October 15-May 15).
Located on the banks of Lake Killarney, Hillstone is a romantic destination where you can watch the sunset while relaxing with a glass of wine. Their upscale menu includes the classic dishes such as grilled chicken salad, prime New York strip steak and key lime pie. The indoor-outdoor decor provides a fine dining atmosphere.
This lovely restaurant has a dress code which suggests collared shirts for gentlemen (no hats as well), and dressy clothing for women.