Isn't It Romantic? Orlando's Date Night Delights and Special Occasion Splurges

While there is no doubt that posh fine-dining venues can inject extra romance into special occasions – anniversary getaways, proposals, birthdays and the like – even rom-com fans will note that romance is oft found in unexpectedly casual joints where people are more apt to relax, unwind and, in Florida, have the added option of wearing inexpensive flip flops. You'll find a bit of both on this list, topped by K – a College Park favorite where local ingredients, a seasonal menu and a wonderful atmosphere have been bringing customers back since 2001. Over at the charming, old Edgewater Hotel in Winter Garden, the Tasting Room at the Chef's Table offers the same exquisite Southern-inspired fare as its namesake next door, but in more casual digs. Want fireworks? Two Disney-located options, California Grill and the Four Seasons' gorgeous Capa steakhouse, offer up colorful views and cuisine in spades and for your end game? We have to recommend Ivanhoe Village's sexy, sultry and ever-so-cheeky Better Than Sex dessert restaurant. 

It's slick and red, chic and modern with a little vintage essence and located in a hopping little corner of downtown. But Kres Chophouse isn't just a pretty face, it offers quality dining the opportunistic carnivore will pair with a Magic game...  Read More

Affording incredible views of the Disney landscape from the 15th floor of Disney's Contemporary Resort, this fashionable, long-time favorite has undergone a recent "reimagining," and now features a design inspired by mid-century modern...  Read More

Lake Buena Vista

It's all those things people love to read: AAA Four-Diamond, award-winning, all that, but more importantly The Venetian Room affords diners a truly exceptional, sumptuous evening of fine dining. With entrees that top out over $40, you will pay...  Read More

You may have read about the long-lauded Chef's Table at the Edgewater Hotel in Winter Garden. It's sort of a not-that-kept-best-kept-secret. Its $55/per person, three-course dinner is an Orlando favorite. It's also romantic, in part for its...  Read More

Walt Disney World ®

This is the Four Season Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort's signature steakhouse and its Spanish-inspired cuisine is elevated " literally and figuratively. From on high, guests here can take in superb cuisine, creative cocktail and...  Read More


We can't deny that grand hotels, with their opulence and elegance and servers wearing ties, can be romantic. But we're also fans of small neighborhood joints where live music and an oft-convivial vibe can make a pair on a date feel...  Read More

Soco offers up loads of plated Southern comfort, though its name is actually a representation of Southern contemporary " which means you'll find some down-home diner favorites that have undergone an evolution into something more upscale. Think...  Read More

Dim lights, drinks, desserts, decadence. And these are just the D-words. It's easy to be alliterative when a restaurant is this sexy, scintillating, sumptuous.... Well, you get the point. Better than Sex is a dessert restaurant, and oh, the...  Read More

One of the nice things about restaurants that source locally is that save a few likely staples, you're never quite sure what they'll have when you show up. So it goes at K Restaurant, a College Park favorite that manages to check the "relaxed"...  Read More

Intimate and chic, but hardly pretentious, the folks at Scratch makes you feel at home whether you've dropped in for a drink at the bar or to sample its sublime small plates (which you can also do at the bar). Its location on Fairbanks is just a...  Read More


Meet A.D. Thompson

A.D. Thompson has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and roughly 15 as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

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