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15 Orlando Restaurants with Secret Gardens and Courtyards

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Break free from the dining room and escape to a secret garden or courtyard in Orlando. There’s something about sitting outside in a secluded space that makes date night feel extra special. I knew of a few Orlando restaurants with secret gardens and courtyards, but when I asked around it turns out that there are more than a dozen. Bookmark this list ... Read More »

Rusty Spoon and K Restaurant Celebrate with Anniversary Events

Rusty Spoon and K Restaurant

Two culinary superstars in Orlando–The Rusty Spoon and K Restaurant & Wine Bar–will celebrate big anniversaries in April! To mark the momentous occasions, each will host a series of delicious events. The festivities kick off on Saturday, April 2 at 6:30pm when Chef Kevin Fonzo will join Chef Blake for the 5 & 15 Anniversary Mash-Up at The Rusty Spoon on Church Street. This special anniversary ... Read More »

10 Best Places to Dine with Sunset Views in Orlando

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Sunsets make us swoon. Few would argue that. So, when an Orlando Date Night Guide reader recently reached out and asked me to write a blog about where to dine with sunset views in Orlando (thank you, Ian), I was thrilled to comply. I love a good sunset, too! Being landlocked, we Orlandonians don’t get the pleasure of watching the ... Read More »

5 Places to Enjoy an Orlando Omakase Chef’s Table

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Hand your palate over to the chef for an Orlando Omakase feast that will astound you The exact translation of Omakase is debatable. Some say it means “chefs choice,” while others will argue that the Japanese phrase means “I’ll leave it up to you.” What cannot be argued, however, is that Omakase dining is an absolutely fabulous culinary experience, especially for ... Read More »

Double Date: Black Rooster Taqueria + The Guesthouse

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Enjoy fabulous fare at Black Rooster Taqueria then drinks at The Guesthouse! We’re kicking off a new series on Orlando Date Night Guide called “Double Date.” The idea is to give readers a complete date night itinerary rather than simply recommending one place. In the coming weeks, we’ll be sleuthing out lots of ideas in the Orlando area, but today we ... Read More »

30 Delicious New Treats to Pick Up at 4 Rivers Sweet Shop

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Chef-owner John Rivers of 4 Rivers Smokehouse has been busy baking again. Alongside his 4 Rivers Sweet Shop crew, Rivers recently introduced an assortment of more than 30 new and updated treats. The menu’s latest editions pack the same whimsical approach as Rivers’ famed Mountain Dew and Doritos Cupcake and the Coca-Cola and Potato Chip Cupcake and continue pay homage to ... Read More »

Join us for a North Quarter District Progressive Dinner: April 2

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We are currently moving this event to a new date, which is yet to be determined.  So many little corners of Orlando are blossoming and each are emerging with its own unique character and charm. The North Quarter District, located north of Colonial Drive along Orange Avenue, is one such neighborhood that’s steadily becoming one of the city’s best destinations ... Read More »

Top Tapas Restaurants in Orlando

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By Samantha Rosenthal Orlando has an eclectic restaurant scene with many places representing international cuisine near and far. But it seems The City Beautiful has particular love for tapas, as evidenced by the growing number of Tapas Restaurants in Orlando. Tapas, in my opinion, is the perfect style of food for date night because the small, snack-able portions leave lots ... Read More »

Downtown Food & Wine Fest: February 27 and 28

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The Eighth Annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest is set for Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28, 2016 when more than 30,000 foodies and wine lovers will descend on downtown Orlando to enjoy local cuisine paired with wines from around the globe. Located by Lake Eola Park along Robinson Street, the two-day Fest will feature dishes from 30 of Orlando’s ... Read More »

Sweet Treats: 9 Perfect Places for Cupcakes in Orlando

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By Samantha Rosenthal Orlando is known for many things when it comes to its dining and food scene, but what you may not know is that the City Beautiful is home to lots of great bakeries—especially ones specializing in making delicious cupcakes. Here are some of our favorite places to go to when we have a sweet tooth that only a cupcake can satisfy. ... Read More »

10 Fabulous Orlando Dining Deals

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Use these stellar Orlando dining deals to make date night more affordable! By Erica Thomas Looking for ways to have a regular date night without breaking the bank? Check out the dining deals we found at 10 terrific Orlando restaurants. Emeril’s Tchoup Chop Loews Roayl Pacific Resort (6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando) If you’re looking for an awesome fancy dinner date ... Read More »

12 Perfect Places for a Charcuterie Board Date Night

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Date night can be as simple as wine and a charcuterie board. Here is our current dream date night: two glasses of wine and a charcuterie board filled with salty, house cured meats, artisan cheese and doughy bread. We can solve the world’s problems, or at least reconnect after a long week, over this smattering of savory bites. Maybe it’s ... Read More »

New Orlando Vegan Restaurant is a Game Changer

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The Sanctum, a new Orlando vegan restaurant, is now open in the Mills 50 District. I’m not an aficionado when it comes to vegan cuisine, but I know this: I’ve yet to dine at an Orlando vegan restaurant and think, “I can’t wait to come back here. I must eat this food again!.” That was until we went to The Sanctum. ... Read More »

Orlando Dessert Only Restaurant is Perfect for Date Night

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Better Than Sex Dessert Only Restaurant Adds an Amorous Element to Ivanhoe Village Step into the fanciful, candlelit dining room at Better Than Sex, a new dessert only restaurant that opened last month in Ivanhoe Village, and you’ll immediately get the sense that this sultry spot was designed with date night in mind. The brainchild of husband and wife team Dani ... Read More »

Join us for The Whiskey’s Burger, Beer & Whiskey Dinner

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With all the gourmet burger joints popping up all over Orlando, you’d think creating a concept that rose above the crowd would be near impossible. But dine at The Whiskey and you’re sure to be pleasantly surprised, if not astonished. Featuring more than a dozen inventive burgers and more than 100 different types of whiskey, rye and bourbon, this Sand Lake ... Read More »

Win an Exclusive Chef’s Dinner for Two at Rocco’s Italian Grille

Win an Exclusive Chef's Dinner for Two at Rocco's Italian Grille

I’ve lost count of the number of couples I’ve met who tell me that Rocco’s Italian Grille is there go-to restaurant for anniversaries, Valentine’s Day and celebratory dinners. Maybe it’s because the made-from-scratch Italian fare served at Rocco’s is so darn good but I think it’s also because when you’re at Rocco’s… you are family. Over the past few years, ... Read More »

Top New Restaurants in Orlando: A 2015 Review

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2015 was an unbelievable year in terms of the number of really great new restaurants in Orlando. When I first moved to Orlando in 2006, Manuel’s on the 28th was the place to go. Ten years later, Manuel’s has long since closed and a slew of top-notch restaurants have taken its place. Maybe we can’t quite compare ourselves to culinary cities like ... Read More »