When romance is in the air there’s bound to be love on the plate. Whether it’s a first date, a milestone anniversary, or something in between, like the right place to propose, the right restaurant is required. Here are some options that are sure to set the right mood and please the palate in Orlando.
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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.
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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.
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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.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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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 is only for two. The menu features upscale Italian choices that add to the elegant mood.
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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.
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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.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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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 drink before dinner at this classy restaurant with flair.