Orlando's Most Romantic Restaurants

After years of research, we’ve discovered quite an assortment of romantic locales worthy of Valentine's Day. Orlando is called “The City Beautiful,” and for good reason. Locals know there is beauty found in the charming neighborhoods as well as world-class resorts. Valentine's Day in Orlando is a big deal and there are many restaurants to consider for the big day.

To better aid you in your quest to have a perfect romantic evening, here’s a summary of top picks categorized by ambiance as well as any special Valentine's Day offerings. Enjoy!

Looking for romantic date night ideas? Check out our guide to Orlando’s Most Romantic Experiences! We've also got you covered with 50+ Things to do for Valentine’s Day in Orlando.

If you need to have the kids along then check out Kid Friendly Restaurants for Valentine's Day Dinner.

Updated February 2024 by Brie Gorecki.

VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER IN ORLANDO

Four Course Valentine’s Day Dinner at Four Flamingos

Wednesday, February 14, 2024 from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m
If you are looking for an easy way to make a statement this year, it doesn’t get any easier that Four Flamingos. In a few clicks, you become a hero to your Valentine. Plus, you really get to treat yourself too. Their four-course menu features their most premium options. Get your table booked today and get ready to enjoy looking like the greatest Valentine in the history of the holiday.

Valentine’s Day “For Helena” Dinner Event

February 14, 2024
Helena Modern Riviera
The Valentine’s Day Dinner consists of a four-course menu that transports couples through the Mediterranean as they celebrate each exciting stage of falling in love.  The dinner is reservation-only, limited to 120 guests, includes live entertainment, and features a prefixed menu. Helena’s handcrafted cocktails, champagne, and wine selection are readily available to add to your dining experience.
$110 per person

The Boheme

February 14, 5-9pm
Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando
Indulge in a delightful 3-course Prix-fixe menu that includes a complimentary glass of House Champagne with each meal. Enjoy the soulful tunes of Live Jazz Music by Sam from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A romantic rose will be handed out with dinner on Valentine’s Day.
$110.00++ per person

Enzian's Valentine's Day Dinner featuring Ghost (1990)

February 14, 2024
7:00 PM Doors Open; Live Music & Buffet
8:00 PM Buffet Closes, Movie Begins

Catch a classic romance flick at our favorite independent theater plus enjoy a romantic meal! Enzian's annual Valentine's dining experience is back for dinner this year with live music, a special screening of Pride & Prejudice, a complimentary glass of champagne and a dinner buffet spread with carving station. Dinner and music begins at 7pm, followed by the movie at 8pm.

Tickets are $135/couple or $185/couple for VIP. Make sure to also stop by Eden Bar throughout the month for specialty cocktails for two.

Valentine's Day Dinner at Enzian
Image credit: Enzian Theater

Tickets are $135/couple or $185/couple for VIP. Make sure to also stop by Eden Bar throughout the month for specialty cocktails for two

The Chef's Table at the Edgewater

February 14, 8:30 – 11:30pm
Winter Garden
On Valentine's Day, The Chef's Table at the Edgewater will be offering a 5-course dinner. Reservations required.
$99 per person

Valentine's Day Dinner at Shark's Underwater Grill and Bar

February 14, 6-9pm
Sharks Underwater Grill at SeaWorld Orlando
Enjoy a Romantic four course dinner for two at Sharks Underwater Grill® This experience includes a red carpet entry at Sharks complimented with a rose and a photograph of the couple. After dinner, see an Exclusive Sea Lion and Otter Trainer Talk while enjoying refreshments! Includes:  Red carpet entrance, complimentary photograph, four course dinner, exclusive private Sea Lion & Otter presentation and one rose per couple.
$220 per couple (2 guests) – includes parking, gratuity & a complimentary photo. Park admission not required.

Valentine's Day Dinner at Celery City Craft

February 14, 6-10 pm
Celery City Craft
This Valentine's Day, Celery City Craft will be serving up a special featuring two drinks, a rose and chocolate for the ladies, and a “Lovers Sushi Tower” for two!
$40

Zymarium Mead and Chocolate Pairing

February 14, 6-10 pm
Zymarium Meadery
Zymarium has partnered with Monach Chocolates to create a special pairing of chocolate bonbons and mead. All the bonbons are made with the mead they're being paired with. They'll also have a special keg of their award-winning Endless Raspberry: Tupelo Reserve mead, along with their full mead menu. It's the perfect way to start or end your Valentine's Day date.


MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS FOR VALENTINE'S DAY

KRES CHOPHOUSE

This swanky downtown steakhouse features incredible service, premium steaks (I get the filet mignon every time), fabulous cocktails, and the ideal atmosphere for celebrating an anniversary, holiday, engagement, or an over-the-top first date. Surprisingly, it's also got an impressive vegan menu. Cozy booths invite you to linger over your meal and draw out the dining experience for as long as possible.

Other high-end steakhouses include Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster (a staple of the Orlando area for 30+ years), and Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria Orlando. Read our guide to Romantic Steakhouses for a Swanky Night Out for more ideas.

Kres Restaurant

BETTER THAN SEX – A DESSERT RESTAURANT

Moody, romantic, and sultry, Better Than Sex lives up to the hype as one of Orlando's most romantic restaurants. The menu is comprised exclusively of over-the-top desserts best paired with a chocolate-dipped glass of wine.

VINIA WINE & KITCHEN

This cozy European wine bar and eatery in Hannibal Square is one of my favorite restaurants in Orlando. The space features local art on the walls and a romantic ambiance. Shareable scratch-made entrees and European wines round out the menu, with live music on Thursday nights setting the ultimate date night mood. The Fabio's Table dining experience (Saturdays) features a 5-course meal paired with wines, all curated by owner Fabio Perricelli.

28 Days of Love Giveaway prize - gift card to VINIA Wine & Kitchen
VINIA Wine & Kitchen

PRIMO

Primo, which offers Mediterranean/Italian fare by James Beard award-winning chef Melissa Kelly, is featuring a specialty a la carte menu for the holiday! Primo is also part of the Grande Lakes resort, 10 minutes from Kissimmee. (2024 Info TBA)

Menu highlights include:

  • Dicuru Burrata made with pink-hued ingredients like beet gastrique, fresh local tomatoes and strawberry vinaigrette
  • Butter poached Lobster with Scallop stuffed Tortellini, gently tossed in cauliflower cream and topped with chanterelle mushrooms, pickled squash and topped with fresh shaved black truffles
  • Raspberry Mousse and Strawberry Compote, served atop dark chocolate cake alongside a scoop of champagne sorbet.

HIGHBALL & HARVEST

When it comes to hotel dining, the farm-to-table fare at Highball & Harvest at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes is in a league of its own. For something out of the ordinary, book a seat at the cocktail table, the restaurant’s unique chef’s table experience for cocktails.

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The ette hotel Orlando is right down the road from Disney's Animal Kingdom. Ette stands for earthy. true. timeless. elegant. This exquisite hotel brings a level of sophistication to this part of town that is needed. Couples will love the sumptuous setting, and its restaurant, Salt and the Cellar by Akira Back is incredible.

The Kraken is a purple hued Mocktail at Salt and The Cellar
The Kraken Mocktail at Salt and The Cellar | Image credit Beth Bell

All food and mocktails are designed to engage all of your senses. Some of the mocktails, for example, have an aromatic mist or smoked presentation that makes the drinks not only delicious but fun to see and smell. Many dishes have artistic tableside presentations, which makes this feel like an experience rather than an ordinary meal.


COZY COURTYARDS AND PATIOS

Celebrate Valentine's Day by dining in a romantic courtyard or patio.

MAXINE'S ON SHINE

This romantic eatery boasts an eclectic atmosphere, a charming shaded patio, live music on the weekends, and a fun menu. While there's a small patio out front, the restaurant also features an ever-evolving covered outdoor patio. Built out of necessity during the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, it has since become the talk of the town and a favorite outdoor dining space. The restaurant also serves as a neighborhood hot spot as a regular stop on the monthly Thornton Park Wine Walk (a date night must-do).

Image credit: Maxine's on Shine

GARP & FUSS

This neighborhood eatery in Winter Park has a fully enclosed patio dining area with skylights, plus a spacious dining room, bar, and pool table. Find it inside of the Hidden Garden, one of Winter Park’s charming courtyards off of Park Avenue. Feast on charcuterie, upgraded burgers, flatbreads, and American fusion dishes while sipping signature cocktails and craft beer. You're sure to feel the romance here.

Rome's Flavours

Step just off Park Avenue in Winter Park and you'll find this charming Italian eatery serving up fresh pastas, heavenly pizzas, and incredible specials sure to impress your date. Dine al fresco and pretend you're in Italy, or make reservations to dine inside the intimate dining room. It's one of our favorite authentic Italian restaurants in the city.

THE OLD JAILHOUSE

This restaurant in Historic Downtown Sanford specializes in delectable cuisine and top-notch cocktails, all served up in the former home of Sanford’s Old Jailhouse. This place has one of the most interesting interiors anywhere in the Orlando area. And, for an added dose of magic, the restaurant boasts a secluded outdoor dining space complete with string lights.

Orlando restaurants with secret gardens and courtyards - The Old Jailhouse
Image credit: The Old Jailhouse

Check out our consistently updated Outdoor Dining Guide: 75+ Places to Eat Outside in Orlando for tons more ideas.


TABLES WITH A VIEW

Orlando is full of gorgeous views and these restaurants for Valentine's Day will allow you to take in all the breathtaking scenery.

WATERFRONT DINING + SUNSET WATCHING

At Disney Springs, The Boathouse serves date-worthy seafood fare best enjoyed at tables overlooking the water. Complete your experience with a ride around the lake in one of the iconic amphicars.

Want a glorious sunset as the backdrop to your meal? Wall-to-wall windows and an outdoor lounge area provide front-row seats to gorgeous waterfront views (especially during sunset) at Canvas in Lake Nona. Feast on New American fare with Latin flare paired with seasonal cocktails.

We'd be remiss not to mention longtime favorite Enzo's on the Lake, a charming Italian restaurant in Longwood situated on the shores of Lake Fairy. It's one of the classics in Central Florida. Arrive early to wander through the romantic outdoor patio and sculpture garden before your meal.

Get more ideas in our guide to the 10 best places to dine with sunset views.

Image credit: Canvas Restaurant & Market

ROMANTIC ROOFTOP RESTAURANTS FOR VALENTINE'S DAY

Certain restaurants are just as famous for their top-notch cuisine as they are for their sweeping tableside views. These rooftop restaurants for Valentine's Day are breathtaking.

Rooftop views await at Illume at the new JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek and AC Sky Bar at the AC Hotel Orlando Downtown.

California Grill is located on the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, providing an aerial view of Disney World and, most notably, the nightly Magic Kingdom fireworks. Arrive at sunset for a romantic meal, and then return later to watch the fireworks show from the outdoor deck. FYI: You’ll definitely need a reservation to dine here.

Another favorite, Bites & Bubbles offers sophisticated fare in a romantic, cozy setting. Treat yourself to everything from caviar to fine cheeses and gourmet burgers. Paired with an exceptional wine or craft cocktail, of course. Snuggle up in the main dining room or head upstairs to the open-air rooftop.

Peruse all of our rooftop dining picks in our guide to the Best Rooftop Bars & Restaurants in Orlando.


SMALL TOWN VIBE

Escape the high-rise buildings and head to one of Orlando's charming towns, each boasting quaint and unfussy downtown districts filled with romantic restaurants for Valentine's Day.

Here are a few of our favorites:

1921 MOUNT DORA

It doesn't get much better than 1921 Mount Dora's Florida-inspired cuisine in a 1921 building filled with modern art.

Enjoy 1921 Mount Dora’s Valentine's Day Chef’s Tasting tasting menu from 4:00 pm through 9:00 pm.
Consider booking early to reserve, as this is a very busy evening. (2024 Info TBA)

MARKET TO TABLE

This romantic eatery is located in the heart of charming Downtown Winter Garden. Chef Ryan Freelove serves Modern American cuisine with a relentless dedication to local and seasonal.

Image credit: Market to Table

THE TENNESSEE TRUFFLE

While the space may be casual, the Southern fusion fare created by Nat Russell is off the charts at this restaurant in Historic Downtown Sanford.

GOBLIN MARKET

Also located in Mount Dora, Goblin Market is a beloved local bistro with a secluded courtyard and three intimate, book-lined dining rooms.


MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS AT DISNEY

Looking to wine and dine your date on Disney property? From the theme parks themselves to Disney Springs and the assortment of Disney resort hotels, there's no shortage of romantic restaurants to discover.

A few of our top picks include:

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant (Magic Kingdom)
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse (EPCOT)
  • Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant and Lounge (Disney's Hollywood Studios)
  • Tiffins (Animal Kingdom)
  • Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar (Disney Springs)
  • Wine Bar George (Disney Springs)
  • Steakhouse 71 (Disney's Contemporary Resort)
  • California Grill (Disney's Contemporary Resort
  • Narcoossee's (Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa)
  • Jiko – The Cooking Place (Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge)
  • Toledo (Disney's Coronado Springs Resort)

We go more in-depth on all of these restaurants plus additional romantic spots in our detailed guide to The Most Romantic Spots in Walt Disney World.


PRIVATE DINING

Looking for a more intimate setting or a spot for a rehearsal dinner or engagement celebration? A private table or dining room fits the bill. Here are a few of our favorites.

READ MORE: 50+ Things to do for Valentine’s Day in Orlando.

Feature image credit: Canvas Restaurant & Market