Updated June 2019
When thinking of date night, most people automatically think of dinner and a movie. However, factors like working non-traditional hours or struggling with finding a babysitter make lunch dates a fun and feasible alternative. When you add shorter (if any) wait times at some of the city’s most sought after foodie destinations and specials on entrees and drinks, you’ve got yourself a great recipe for maintaining the connection with your significant other, no matter how hectic your schedules may be.
If you’re looking for a place to support local, you’ve found it. Boca’s menu is based on the local food movement. They source ingredients from nearby farmers and specialty food purveyors when possible. This means that you’re supporting local farmers when you dine. Try the $9 half flatbread and side salad lunch deal to taste the freshness for yourself. This special allows you to choose from any of the flatbreads on the menu, even the flatbread of the day.
The Melting Pot has launched an awesome four-course lunch deal for two, allowing you to get your cheese and chocolate fix at a fraction of the normal price. Feast on cheese and salads portioned for two, an entree including filet, chicken, and shrimp to share, and a skinny chocolate fondue for $49. The lunch deal is available Saturday and Sunday from 12-3:30pm at the Orlando location on Sand Lake Road.
For a place that is date-worthy in food and ambiance, Park Avenue’s Prato provides a beautiful setting for a romantic lunch date. Prato offers five lunch-only items including several paninis and an Angus Beef Burger. You can also save a few bucks on their pasta plates. Lunch specials are available Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30am-3pm.
If you’re looking for something a little more romantic and budget-friendly, Luke’s is where you and your partner need to trek. Focusing on American cuisine, Luke’s has three different “lunch boxes” on the menu that change each week. These deals are available Monday – Friday from 11:30am-2:30pm. Past options include pork loin and potato cakes, pork loin with fried quinoa, or a cauliflower persimmon sweet & sour with miso soup.
The Ravenous Pig has a delectable lunch menu available Wednesday-Saturday from 11:30am-3pm. As far as starters go, you can also save on their charcuterie board (down $7 from dinner price). For your entree, the lunch Bento Board (pictured in feature image) is a fun way to enjoy your lunch. The current Bento Board consists of loaded baked potato soup, house salad, a burger or chicken slider, and a chocolate brownie.
If you’re a lover of tapas, Bulla does a lunch prix fixe where you can choose from two options: $18 for two courses or $23 for 3 courses. Fan favorites include Huevos “Bulla” and the “Bulla” Burger, both available as entree options. Churros con Chocolate would be an excellent shareable dessert!
With locations on Sand Lake and in Altamonte Springs, this seasonally-inspired restaurant is a date night mainstay… but, it’s also great for lunch. We love the flatbread + soup or salad special ($12.50), which includes:
- Pesto Chicken
- Roasted Corn, Aged Cheddar and Bacon
- Roasted Tomato
- All-Natural Pepperoni
- Lobster & Fresh Mozzarella + $2
PAIRED WITH A BOWL OF SOUP OR SALAD
- Summer Corn Soup
- Carrot Soup
- Lobster Bisque
- Field Greens
- Romaine and Kale Caesar
More details at seasons52.com/menu-listing/lunch.
About the Author/Photographer
Arlene Laboy is a photographer and writer, UCF alumna, and lover of all things local. A wife and a mother, Arlene shares her love for adventuring around Florida through her Instagram account, @arlenelaboyphoto. Find out more about Arlene here.
Feature image credit: The Ravenous Pig