date night awards

2,000 votes were calculated in this year's Orlando Date Night Awards, which ran from March 7-15, 2018 and was sponsored by the Epicurean Hotel, Tampa. Readers selected from dozens of fabulous nominees for best date night picks, but only one can be crowned king in each category.

Photo credit: Epicurean Hotel

The winner of the 2-night stay at the Epicurean Hotel, Tampa is Linda Hayes. Congratulations! 

Here are this year's winners in the 2018 Orlando Date Night Awards.

Best Food-Focused Activity/Destination

1st Place: East End Market NEW WINNER
2nd Place: Orlando Farmer's Market
3rd Place: Winter Park Farmer's Market

Best Interactive Date Night Activity

1st Place: The Great Escape Room
2nd Place: Painting with a Twist
3rd Place: Do Good Date Night NEW WINNER

Best Active Date Night

1st Place: Topgolf NEW WINNER
2nd Place: Full Moon Paddle with Adventures in Florida
3rd Place: A Day Away Kayak Tours

Best Date Night Ticket

1st Place: Orlando City
2nd Place: Orlando Improv Comedy Theater & Restaurant
3rd Place: Blue Man Group

Best Live Music Venue for Date Night

1st Place: Mango's Tropical Cafe NEW WINNER
2nd Place: House of Blues Orlando
3rd Place: Hard Rock Live Orlando 

Best Arts & Culture Date Night

1st Place: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
2nd Place: Orlando Shakespeare Theatre
3rd Place: Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

Best Movie Date Night

1st Place: Enzian
2nd Place: AMC Disney Springs 24
3rd Place: Regal Winter Park Village Stadium 20 NEW WINNER

Best Upscale Restaurant 

1st Place: Chez Vincent NEW WINNER
2nd Place: Ravenous Pig
3rd Place: Hillstone

Best Moderately Priced Restaurant 

1st Place: Big Fin Seafood Kitchen NEW WINNER
2nd Place: Prato
3rd Place: Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants

Best Budget-Friendly Restaurant 

1st Place: 4 Rivers Smokehouse
2nd Place: Yellow Dog Eats
3rd Place: Hawkers Asian Street Fare

Best Sushi Date Night

1st Place: Amura
2nd Place: Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi
3rd Place: Seito Sushi Baldwin Park

Best Date Night Desserts NEW CATEGORY

1st Place: Better Than Sex
2nd Place: The Glass Knife
3rd Place: Se7en Bites Bake Shop

Best Local Spa

1st Place: The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Grande Lakes
2nd Place: Waldorf Astoria Spa
3rd Place: The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Best Date Night Drinks

1st Place: The Alfond Inn Lounge NEW WINNER
2nd Place: The Wine Room
3rd Place: Blue Martini

Best Staycation

1st Place: The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
2nd Place: Waldorf Astoria Orlando
3rd Place: Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Best Monthly Event

1st Place: Food Truck Bazaar
2nd Place: Thornton Park 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk
3rd Place: Wine Down Friday at Quantum Leap Winery

Best Periodic Event

1st Place: Get Your Jazz On at The Alfond Inn NEW WINNER
2nd Place: Winter Park Sip, Shop & Stroll
3rd Place: Science Night Live (Orlando Science Center)

Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees!

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