7 New Orlando Restaurants You Must Try for Date Night this Summer

The Best New Orlando Restaurants for Date Night: Summer 2018

Looking for a new date night haunt? Over the past few months, dozens of new Orlando restaurants have opened their doors, several of which are perfect for date night. From romantic wine bars to a rooftop restaurant, here are our top picks for a sizzling night out this summer.

Tartine Wine Bar and Eaterie

What we love: the menu includes suggested wine pairings

Now open in Orlando’s College Park District, Tartine boasts an ever-changing menu of French fare, a lengthy wine list, and an outdoor dog-friendly patio. We tried and loved the Ouef Cocotte (a baked egg dish), Crevette Tartine, and the Cafe Gourmand dessert, a dessert sampler served with a shot of espresso. (We regret not ordering the charcuterie and cheese–next time!) You’ll find suggested wine pairings on the menu, although the servers are just as well-versed in providing recommendations. The ambiance is relaxed and inviting, and the music is upbeat without interfering with conversation. Tartine is also open for brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-3pm, serving an assortment of bottomless champagne cocktails. FYI, the restaurant is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

2445 Edgewater Drive
Orlando, FL 32804
407-845-0016; tartineorlando.com

Tartine Wine Bar and Eaterie College Park
Crevette Tartine: cornmeal fried shrimp, mozzarella, greens, blistered tomatoes, remoulade, peperoncini and hot sauce atop house-made bread.

The Whole Enchilada

What we love: the laid-back rooftop bar and fresh margaritas

We’ve got two words for you: rooftop bar. The Whole Enchilada, a much-anticipated Mexican restaurant in downtown Winter Garden, opened it’s doors–and it’s rooftop–in April. The menu is standard Mexican fare, and everything my lunch buddy and I ordered was tasty, especially the fresh margaritas (try the watermelon and mango) and the guacamole. We tried the Hasselhoff, One Fish, and shrimp tacos, paired with a side of guacamole to share, the latter of which was excellent. The ordering process is a bit clunky (you order at the counter which leads to long lines during busy times), but I suspect that will improve as time goes on and the crowds stabilize. If available, the bar seats and green booths downstairs are full service. The real selling point here is the rooftop bar, which is decked out with plenty of seating, string lights, and a relaxed, beach bar vibe. 

129 W. Plant Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787
407-347-9699; twefreshmex.com

The Whole Enchilada in Winter Garden
The rooftop bar of The Whole Enchilada is the restaurant’s selling point, providing the perfect ambiance for a casual lunch or after-dinner drinks.

Wine Bar George

What we love: the hand selected wines and shareable plates

A newcomer to Disney Springs, Wine Bar George is a hotly-anticipated wine bar owned and operated by Master Sommelier George Milliotes. And now it’s finally open! We checked in with Lisa Wilk, founder of Orlando Uncorked and the face behind @tastecooksip, which is one of our favorite local Instagram accounts, for the full scoop:

“This contemporary wine bar encompasses two floors, with plenty of tables staffed with knowledgeable and friendly servers to guide you though wines available by the glass or bottle, 135 in total. While you could swing by for a quick glass of wine to soak in the ambiance, I’d encourage you to linger over a bottle, or a flight, and order several shareable plates. Everything we tried, we enjoyed! The ‘Outstanding by the Ounce’ section of the menu offers 1oz, 3oz and 6oz pours from a curated list of unique wines hand selected and authenticated by George. While some wines can be on the pricier side, there are some deliciously affordable pours available.

Beer, ciders and cocktails are also available, and offer up an equally exciting journey of the senses. Coffee lovers should try the Wake Up Call, a cocktail made with Pisco that is infused in house with espresso. The cheese plate offered 4 cheeses that paired nicely with each of the wines we ordered, from Rosé to Red. With so many wine, drink and food choices- Wine Bar George will be on your list to visit often.”

1610 Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-490-1800; winebargeorge.com

Wine Bar George Disney Springs
Wine Bar George. Image credit: Lisa Wilk @tastecooksip

Garp & Fuss 

What we love: it has the sweetest climate controlled courtyard 

A relatively new addition to Winter Park, Garp & Fuss took over the space that previously housed The Bistro on Park in the uber charming Hidden Garden courtyard off of Park Avenue. Owners Liz Zucco (also the chef) and Nikki Nielsen offer up an unfussy menu of gastropub fare that’s best enjoyed in the glassed-in atrium. At a recent visit we enjoyed a selection of shareable plates including Buffalo Cauliflower, Crab Cake Bites and Poke Lettuce Wraps. These were more than enough to satisfy but we also enjoyed the Honey Garlic wings and the Kung Pao Salmon. Garp & Fuss features happy hour daily from 4-7pm as well as a late-night happy hour from 10pm-midnight.

348 N Park Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
407-960-5560; garpandfuss.com

The climate-controlled atrium at Garp & Fuss is a sweet, sunny spot to dine together.

Sourdough Bread House

What we love: the share-able finger food for breakfast or lunch 

Escape to Turkey, at least for breakfast or lunch, at the Sourdough Bread House, a gem of an eatery now open in Maitland. We stopped in a few weeks ago for lunch and while the service was a little lacking (the owner is super sweet but far from doting) we fell head over heels for the food. My dining buddy and I shared the Turkish Breakfast (a selection of spreads, cheeses, olives, fruits, egg and veggies served with Turkish tea and sourdough bread) as well as the Sourdough Bread plates, which featured four slices of the restaurant’s delicious sourdough bread topped with avocado, Labneh cheese, hummus and smoked salmon. Note: SBH is closed on Mondays and closed Tuesday to Sunday at 5:30pm (according to its Facebook page). 

110 N Orlando Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751
407-636-5204

The Turkish Breakfast at Sourdough Bread House

Sticky Rice

What we love: you can order everything on the menu for less than $70

Located in the Mills 50 District, Sticky Rice specializes in fare from the Southeast Asian country of Laos. This restaurant is on our list for a visit ASAP, especially since it has been a topic of conversation amongst some of our favorite local foodies, including Faiyaz Kara of Orlando Weekly (read his review here) and Lauren Delgado of the Orlando Sentinel (read her review here). The food menu is comprised of smaller portion street food selections that rotate often. But your best bet for date night is to make plans for a double date and order everything on the menu to share. We’re told you can do this for under $70, so affordability is another perk beyond the tasty food.

If you’d rather stick to ordering just a few things, you’ll have plenty of options. But as food reporter Lauren Delgado writes in her review for Orlando Sentinel, “How do you not order the namesake dish paired with two dips ($2)? Besides the obvious gluey consistency, the sticky rice has a nice crispness around the edges, too. It can be used to pick up the other foods — or dunked into a sweet and spicy chili paste called jaew bongor or a more tart lime chili sauce called jaew som.”

1915 East Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32803
321-800-6532

Image credit: Lauren Delgado / Orlando Sentinel

Little Blue Donut Co.

What we love: all donuts are made to order AND customizable

We’ve been longtime fans of Little Blue Donut Co.’s food truck, so when the news broke that they would be opening a brick & mortar location we were counting down the days.

Contributor Arlene Laboy was the first on our team to visit, reporting, “If you’ve been to Tasty Takeover in the Milk District in the last year or two, you are probably already familiar with Little Blue Donut’s food truck. They specialize in made-to-order cake donuts available in a plethora of choices, or you can customize them to your liking thanks to their convenient order form. April brought about the opening of their first brick and mortar location, situated off Fairbanks Avenue and New York Avenue in Winter Park. Along with their warm, gooey, round donut delights, you can enjoy brewed coffee beverages such as lattes, matcha lattes, and cold brew, which is brewed in house.”

223 W Fairbanks Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789
407-575-0103

Little Blue Donut Co. Orlando
Image credit: Arlene Laboy @arlenemlaboy

More Restaurant News and Happenings

Know of a spot we missed? Let us know your favorite new Orlando restaurants in the comments below.

Feature image by Kristen Manieri


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • orlando city soccer