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Nine of the Most Romantic Restaurants in Orlando, Florida

Nine of the Most Romantic Restaurants in Orlando, Florida

If you’re looking for that extra special location for Valentine’s Day dining or beyond, Orlando offers many attractive venues that will cater to your wishes.

From resort dining to independent restaurants around the city, there are plenty of ways to enjoy dinner in a truly romantic setting with the one you love.

When only the best will do your for you sweetheart, here’s where you’ll find nine of the most romantic restaurants around Orlando:

Emeril’s at Universal Citywalk (Closed)

Prepare for an unforgettable dining experience-in a good way-with the classy, high energy experience at Emeril’s Orlando.

This is one of the few places in the city where you can watch the kitchen from your seat, and you’ll be seated in a lavishly decorated dining room with white linen tablecloths and light wood fixtures.

It’s an exciting venue to dig into some of Emeril’s best dishes; enjoy your dinner with a touch of New Orleans in the mix. Call (407) 224-2424 for more information.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Ruths Chris Steak HouseIf you’re both serious about steak, head to Ruth’s for your pick of choice prime steaks and sides; this steak house may be a franchise, but you’ll enjoy top-notch service and an elegant setting for your romantic dinner.

Take your pick of New Orleans-inspired appetizers, gourmet entrees, and decadent desserts.

This restaurant goes above and beyond to make your meal as perfect as possible, and is a great choice for any special occasion; call (407) 226-3900 for more information.

Manuel’s on the 28th (Closed)

Head to downtown Orlando for contemporary world cuisine served on the rooftop; well, almost. Manuel’s serves gourmet dinners on top of the Bank of America building in downtown Orlando, giving you a perfect view of the city below from the giant glass windows.

The dining room is decorated with art-deco lamps, dark tablecloths, and exudes a romantic ambiance for your special celebration. Take your pick of European-fusion cuisine at one of the city’s most elegant restaurants; call (407) 246-6580 for more information.

Timpano Italian Chophouse

Timpano Italian ChophouseEnjoy gourmet Italina cuisine at this chophouse; you’ll never guess that it’s a chain!

With Sinatra music echoing in the background, you and your date will soon be in a romantic mood; the martini bar offers plenty of unique concoctions to kick off the night of celebration with, and the menu of steaks, pork chops, pasta, seafood, and pizza is sure to please any fickle appetite.

Call (813) 254-5870 for more information.

Disney’s California Grill

If you’re looking for a vibrant atmosphere and entertainment as you dine, make your way to Disney’s very own California Grill.

This is the place to watch the chefs prepare your dinner with the on-stage kitchen and one-of-a-kind atmosphere. It’s located inside the Contemporary Resort at Disney World and it’s also one of the best places to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks display. Call (407) WDW-DINE for more information.

The Boheme Restaurant

It’s the place for celebrities, business travelers, and vacationers alike, and is a prime spot to reserve a special dinner with your sweetheart.

The Boheme Restaurant inside the Grand Bohemian Hotel is luxury at its finest; settle into the plush booths and white linen tables for a night of jazz, wine, and gourmet entrees.

The dining room is covered in unique artwork from local and international artists that make this one of the top cultural hotspots in the city as well. Call (407) 313-9000 for more information.

Dux at The Peabody Orlando

Head to the Dux at the Peabody Hotel for world-class dining in a majestic atmosphere. The hotel has become synonymous with excellent service, and you’ll be treated like royalty in the elegant banquet room and lavish setting.

Chef Julio Delgado offers an award-winning menu with fresh seafood, pasta, and steaks with a contemporary American twist. Call (407) 352-4000 for more information.

Le Coq au Vin

Simple French cuisine is the specialty of this classy restaurant, a place to dine and relax in a beautifully decorated dining room.

Owners Chef Louis Perrotte and his wife Magdalena have turned this venue into one of Orlando’s most favored for special occasions and formal events. From escargots to a French-style Black Angus Steak, you have plenty of options to make it a decadent meal; call (407) 851-6980 for more information.

Norman’s at the Ritz Carlton

Set yourself up for a night wine, New World cuisine, and an absolutely gorgeous setting at the Ritz Carlton, Grande Lakes. The dining room offers beautiful views of the surrounding area, so choose a table right near the window if you can.

The menu here combines the great tastes of the Caribbean with classic American cuisines; from reserve wine to gourmet dessert, you’l have everything you need to make your night a romantic celebration. Call (407) 206-2400 for more information.

From authentic French cuisine to contemporary American, you’re sure to find a unique venue for your romantic date in Orlando. You can find even more great places at TripAdvisor. Head to any of these restaurants for a special occasion, a date, or just as an excuse to sample a gourmet menu!…

Shells Seafood Restaurant, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida

Shells Seafood Restaurant, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida

Len and I have eaten at Shells Seafood Restaurant dozens of times over the years. The one we normally choose is located in the Travelodge on St. Petersburg Beach, Florida.

We have always had great food and good service but remember the time we had a small table right next to the stairs leading up to the server’s station. The servers rushing around continually bumped Len’s chair and it really did spoil our romantic evening. A few months later one of the Managers read a review I had written about our experience and gave us an evening to remember.

So as we were staying in the Travelodge this past couple of nights we decided to treat Len’s sister and her husband to a meal there. We had walked about 8 miles that day and were hungry so entered the restaurant around 5.15 p.m.

Shells Seafood RestaurantWe were seated immediately at a booth. The restaurant, on a Monday night, was very quiet.

Mark was our server and came over with menus and the early bird specials too. This is the first time I had seen them. They are available from 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

I chose the specialty, Shrimp Pasta, which is wonderful. It is cooked in white wine with garlic and olive oil. Len sister ordered the same and we both chose the lobster bisque. Len asked for the Shrimp Paste with Cajun spices and he had the clam chowder. Sue’s husband decided on the Fried Shrimp with French fries, coleslaw and the lobster bisque. With the special coffee, tea, or soda was included.

Mark asked us if we would like the appetizer of a shrimp, crab, jack cheese dip with cheese. It looked great on the menu so we had that too.

Our drinks came out almost immediately, 2 sodas a regular and decaffeinated coffee.

Our server brought out the appetizer, soups, and a basket of bread within minutes. The dip was excellent and we all enjoyed it. I have had the clam chowder before and know how good it is. They excelled with the lobster bisque.

While we were eating Mark came back with 2 more glasses of soda for the guys and mugs of coffee for us ladies. I hadn’t even finished my first one.

I was just about finishing my soup when our entrees arrived. The 3 Shrimp Pasta were in fairly small bowls and had 5 or 6 shrimp on the top of them. The fried shrimp platter was huge. There were 12 large shrimp, and the rest of the plate was covered with fries and a dish of coleslaw. Len looked at the size of his meal and then checked for shrimp. I knew that he should have ordered off the regular menu.

Apart from Len we were delighted with the meals we had chosen. Len picked out the shrimp and that was it. Sue and I only ate our shrimp and a little pasta, as we were already full. Her husband managed his shrimp. While we were eating these Mark came back with another basket of hot rolls fresh out of the oven and also 2 more mugs of coffee.

Mark came back to check on us and looked at Len’s plate. He asked how our entrees had been and Len said that he was disappointed with his. I explained to the server that Len had ordered the wrong meal.

Can you believe that he took it off our check? I told him that I wanted to pay for it. The early bird specials only ran $8.99 and $9.99, which was excellent value. He insisted that if Len wasn’t 100% happy with the meal then he would not pay for it.

We were so impressed with the service that we left him a 30% tip, and I told him that we would be coming back in 2 weeks time, when we have our yearly timeshare at Treasure Island beach just up the road.

Shells also has chicken, steak, and cheeseburgers on the menu as well as all the wonderful seafood items. This is a bright colorful restaurant that is clean and caters for friends, families, and parties too. I highly recommend it.…