Food may be the key to a man’s heart, but romance is the key to a woman’s. Good food, ambiance, quality service are three things that are the hitting combination for a great evening. After trying out many restaurants in the Orlando area, I strongly recommend these top restaurants that will not only charm your date, but make her heart smile. Beware, romance usually comes with a price tag, especially if you order wine with your meal, so hit the ATM before wining and dinning at one of these places.
Mama Della’s Ristorante (located at Universal City Walk)
5601 Universal Boulevard Orlando, FL 32819
You will feel like you are stepping right into Italy when you visit this restaurant. You literally feel like you are walking to an Italian grandmother’s home in Venice, Italy. Outside the restaurant is the Portofino Bay filled with mock scooters and fishing boats. The buildings are painted like Italian housing. When you walk into the restaurant you will notice it’s eclectic feel of antique porcelain looking plates. On certain nights they even have Italian singers that visit tables to add extra romantic flare. The food is absolutely delicious, so die hard Italians will not be disappointed. After dinner, take a boat ride on the Portafino Bay to Universal City Walk and watch a movie, grab a drink at one of the bars, go dancing at a club, or watch a comedy show. Remember to get your ticket validated at the restaurant. Portafino parking is $20.00. Call for reservations.
Spice (located in Downtown Orlando)
407 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801
There are two locations for this restaurant. The romantic one is located in downtown Orlando. If you enjoy watching the sunset and eating steak dinners, this place would fit that bill. The back patio overlooks Lake Eola. Watch swans, the fountain, and colors of the sunset during your meal. The food is delicious and they have a great selection of wines and dessert. Meals are reasonably prices from $12 to $37 and the menu includes: salads, wraps, steak, chicken, soup, etc. For reservations or more information visit www.spicesteakhouse.com.
Season’s 52 (located in Dr. Phillips Area)
7700 West Sand Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32819
There are also two locations in the Orlando area for this restaurant. The romantic one is located in the Dr. Phillips area. This restaurant offers an outdoor patio. It is quiet and overlooks a lake. The sunsets, quiet and cool atmosphere make this choice romantic for evening meals. The special thing about this restaurant is everything on the menu is under 400 calories. They use fresh items in their recipes and the quality of food is superb. They also have an excellent collection of wines to compliment your romantic dinner. In addition, they offer sweet indulgence desserts in tiny shot glasses. Perfect for satisfying the sweet tooth without being filled with high calories. For reservations, visit www.seasons52.com.
California Grill (located near Disney Attractions)
4600 N World Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
This restaurant is located in the Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Lake Buena Vista. The unique thing about this restaurant? It is on the 15th floor. Enjoy your America Pacific Coast meal while getting a bird’s eye view of the surrounding locations to include the Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom. Watch colorful fireworks at night bursting over Cinderella’s Castle. The food is a little pricey with a signature meals starting at $28.
Guests check in at the reception desk on the hotel’s 2nd floor. When your table is ready, a host or hostess will take you up to California Grill in a special express elevator. You can set a reservation here.
Melting Pot (located in Dr. Phillips Area)
7549 West Sand Lake Road, Orlando
This place is a offers a unique dining experience through fondue. Couples can enjoy a glass of wine while feeding each other a four course dinner. Dip into cheesy appetizers, an array of various meat and vegetable selections, and a chocolaty dessert. The ambiance is very cozy and calm. They offer dim lighting, private tables, and a big wine collection to go with a signature fondue dinner. Expect to pay at least $100 per couple. To make reservations, you can visit their website at http://www.meltingpot.com