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Love and romance is in the air!

Orlando recently made Amazon.com’s List of Most Romantic Cities in America and this is no small wonder.

Orlando is filled with hidden gems and opportunities for romance, waiting to be found by those hopeless dreamers out there. Some friends say they like a place with a great view, that transports you to another place, others want a place full of intimacy, or pampering service, but above all else, there must be great, luscious food.

This year, Valentine’s Day may be especially busy as it falls on a Friday night – so make sure to book your reservations early!

For those interested, please do visit Mr. Scott Joseph’s online poll for Most Romantic Restaurant.

If you have any suggestions to add, please leave a comment below!

So here is TastyChomps.com’s list of

 

TastyChomps.com’s
28 of the Most
Romantic Restaurants of Orlando 2014

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Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

4401 Grand Floridian Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Website: http://www.victoria-alberts.com/index.html – Phone (407) 939-3862
Cuisine: American, Local

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Bull & Bear Steakhouse at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando

14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, FL 32821
Website: http://www.bullandbearorlando.com/ – (407) 597-5500
Cuisine: Steak, American, Seafood
Links:  TastyChomps at the Bull and Bear

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California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

4600 North World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Website: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/california-grill/ – (407) 824-1576
Cuisine: Sushi, American
Link: TastyChomps at The California Grill

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The Venetian Room

8101 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32821
Website: http://www.thevenetianroom.com/ – (407) 238-8060
Cuisine: Continental European
Link: TastyChomps at The Venetian Room

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Luma on Park

290 Park Avenue South, Winter Park, FL 32789
Website: http://www.lumaonpark.com/ – (407) 599-4111
Cuisine: Local, Seafood, American
Links: TastyChomps at Luma for Lunch, Interview with Chef Brandon McGlamery, and September Orlando Magical Dining Month

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The Ravenous Pig

1234 North Orange Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
Website: http://www.theravenouspig.com/ – (407) 628-2333
Cuisine: Local, Gastropub, American
Link: TastyChomps at The Ravenous Pig

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Le Coq Au Vin

4800 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32806
Website: http://www.lecoqauvinrestaurant.com/ – (407) 851-6980
Cuisine: French

Photo by David Swoyer
Photo by David Swoyer

Cress Restaurant

103 West Indiana Avenue, DeLand, FL 32720
Website: http://www.cressrestaurant.com/ – (386) 734-3740
Cuisine: Local, Southern, Indian

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Antonio’s La Fiamma Ristorante

611 South Orlando Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751
Website: http://www.antoniosonline.com/ – (407) 645-1035
Cuisine: Italian

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K Restaurant & Wine Bar

1710 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804
Website: http://www.krestaurant.net/ – (407) 872-2332
Cuisine: Local, American, Italian

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Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster

729 Lee Road, Orlando, FL 32810
Website: http://www.christnersprimesteakandlobster.com/ – (407) 645-4443
Cuisine: Steakhouse

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Flying Fish Café at Disney’s BoardWalk

2101 Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Website: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/boardwalk/flying-fish-cafe/ – (407) 939-2359
Cuisine: Seafood, Local, American
Links: Tasty Chomps at Flying Fish Cafe for Winemaker’s Dinner series

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Sushi Pop Seafood and Chops

310 West Mitchell Hammock Road, Oviedo, FL 32765
Website: http://www.sushipoprestaurant.com/ – (407) 542-5975
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Link: TastyChomps at Sushi Pop

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Kres Chophouse

17 West Church Street, Orlando, FL 32801
Website: http://www.kresrestaurant.com/ – (407) 447-7950
Cuisine: Steakhouse
Link: TastyChomps at Kres Chophouse

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Enzo’s on the Lake

1130 South US Highway 17-92, Longwood, FL 32750
Website: http://www.enzos.com/ – (407) 834-9872
Cuisine: Italian

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Chatham’s Place Restaurant

7575 Doctor Phillips Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819
Website: http://www.chathamsplace.com/ – (407) 345-2992
Cuisine: Continental European

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The Tasting Room at The Chef’s Table

99 West Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787
Website: http://www.chefstableattheedgewater.com/tastingroom.html – (407) 230-4837
Cuisine: Local, American, Tapas

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Cevíche Tapas Bar & Restaurant

125 West Church Street, Orlando, FL
Website: http://www.ceviche.com/ – (321) 281-8140
Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas

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Paris Bistro

216 Park Avenue North, Winter Park, FL 32789
Website: http://www.parisbistroparkavenue.com/ – (407) 671-4424
Cuisine: French

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Norman’s at The Ritz-Carlton

4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, FL 32837
Website: http://www.normans.com/ – (407) 393-4333
Cuisine: American, Local, Fusion Latin

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Hillstone

215 South Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
Website: http://www.hillstone.com/hillstone/ – (407) 740-4005
Cuisine: American
Link: TastyChomps at Hillstone’s

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The Boheme at Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando

325 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801
Website: http://www.theboheme.com/ – (407) 313-9000
Cuisine: American, European
Link:  TastyChomps at The Boheme for The Art of Valentine’s

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White Wolf Café

1829 North Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32804
Website: http://www.whitewolfcafe.com/ – (407) 895-9911
Cuisine: American

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Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi

7972 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, FL 32819
Website: http://www.dragonflyorlando.com/ – (407) 370-3359
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Links: TastyChomps at Dragonfly and Happy Hour 

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Seasons 52 Fresh Grill

7700 West Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819
Website: http://www.seasons52.com/ – (407) 354-5212
Cuisine: Local, American

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Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

7488 West Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819
Website: http://eddiev.com – (407) 355-3011
Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
Link: TastyChomps at Eddie V’s

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Texas de Brazil

5259 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Website: http://www.texasdebrazil.com/ – (407) 355-0355
Cuisine: Brazilian, Steakhouse, Buffet
Link:  TastyChomps at Texas De Brazil

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Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion

7760 West Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819
Website: http://www.roysrestaurant.com/ – (407) 352-4844
Cuisine: Hawaiian, Asian, Fusion

Are we missing any of your favorite romantic restaurants in Orlando? Comment below and we’ll take a look!

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Located in the historic Kress building (once housing the “five and dime” retail department store), Kres Chophouse is a swanky, classy restaurant and one of the best in the downtown Orlando area.

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Inside, the lighting is dim and tall red velvet backed booths line the walls like something out of a 1950s downtown night club lounge.

The place is nice for a fancy “romantic” date night out before hitting the clubs and lounges nearby in downtown Orlando. Service is good, not perfect, but fine.

In addition to the decor, the menu is also reminiscent of a classic gentleman’s steakhouse or club, with such mainstays as shrimp cocktail, filet Diane, and oysters Rockefeller.  The menu is pricey but the quality and ambiance warrants a high tab, I suppose.

For our appetizer, we chose the Mediterranean Seafood Cocktail, consisting of shrimp, octopus, squid, and other nicely chilled seafood items in a martini-glass like cup. It was nice, but not sufficiently memorable. What was memorable, however, were their steaks and namesake “chops”.

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I ordered the Kres Mixed Grill, a huge plate of garlic shrimp, tender filet mignon and double lamb chops, served with a side of asparagus and three cheese au gratin. The filet was fantastic as were the lamb chops, very tender and flavorful, perfectly cooked.

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Kres Chophouse’ Atlantic Cobia

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Banana Ice cream sundae dessert

 

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Waiters at your table, dressed in black ties and coats, stand ready to offer great, classic service that is welcoming yet also unobtrusive. An atmosphere that is luxurious, with deep reds along the walls and in the chairs, a grand chandelier hanging in the middle of the copper dome, the decor is all a throw back to the Italian Renaissance of Venice. Dishes ranging from diver scallops to filet mignon and Chilean Seabass to the Grand marnier souffle are all on the menu at The Venetian Room.

The Venetian Room, located inside the Caribe Royale convention resort hotel, off of World Center Drive near Disney World, is a place probably best reserved for special occasions or events like a romantic evening or anniversary night out, or if you are just feeling like a boss.

The very definition of fine dining is embodied in The Venetian Room; One of the few “Old World” style restaurants in Orlando, a place where the service is impeccable, the setting is intimate, luxurious and lush, and the food is of the highest quality along with a correspondingly fine price tag.

The Venetian Room is also an AAA Four Diamond Award winner and a recipient of a Silver Spoon award by Orlando Home and Leisure and the Orlando Magazine Annual Dining Awards for Best Restaurant and Best Service, and also a winner of “Most Romantic Restaurant” from the Orlando Sentinel’s Annual Foodie Awards.

Trained in Europe and North Africa, The Venetian Room’s Chef Khallid Benghallem worked in restaurants in France, Corsica and Morocco. He began his culinary career at the prestigious Ecole Hoteliere de Rabat in Morocco, where he was the 1992 Student of the Year and eventually went on to work at Disney’s Marrakech at Epcot and Emeril’s. He brings his talent and expertise to bring to the life the dishes at The Venetian Room.

I dined with my friends William and Don recently at the Venetian Room, where we experienced great food and great company.

We started with the Diver Scallops ($18), tender, luscious pan seared scallops on top of a porcini asparagus risotto with mushroom broth and adorned with crisps of pancetta, a type of salt cured Italian bacon. The salty, crunchy pancetta crisps paired with the contrasting, soft texture of the pan seared scallops and risotto all went together beautifully on the palate.

Another popular starter at the table was the Gnocchi Stroganoff ($19), made with sun-dried tomato potato gnocchi dumplings served with gorgonzola crusted petit filet of beef and topped with a Cognac Pearl Onion Cream Sauce and Truffle Shavings. This deliciously prepared dish was probably enough to satisfy a diner in itself. The gorgonzola petit filet and the soft gnocchi all were divine.

For my entree I chose the Duck L’Orange ($37), a blood orange glazed Hudson Valley Duck breast and Citrus confit duck leg served with a sweet potato pumpkin custard tartlet and a ruby port wine Bing cherry reduction. The duck was cooked perfectly and had that wonderful hint of citrus and port wine to it. Enjoy it as soon as it reaches the table as duck can cool and congeal quickly.

My friend, Don, enjoyed his Wagyu beef dish with diver scallops, white asparagus and quail egg, a special of the evening.

William chose the Chilean Sea Bass ($39), a Citrus Crab Meat Crusted Sea Bass with Okinawa Sweet Potato Puree, Steamed Bok Choy, and a Duet of Caviar.

One of the experiences that I still can’t stop dreaming and craving is the Grand Marnier souffle ($13) at The Venetian Room for dessert. This is one of the few times in my life that I can truly say that this dish left an imprint on me. The souffle – you have to order it early in the meal as it takes about 20 minutes to prepare – arrives for dessert like a small powdered mountain of soft, puffy eggy cake. The dish is finished with table side service, topped off by our gracious waiter with the sweet crème anglaise. The dessert and experience was pure heaven, the souffle was soft and airy, sweet and utterly delicious. A very fine way to end the meal.

 

Just for the souffle alone I would return to The Venetian Room again and again in order to relive that divine experience. I believe I would if my budget allowed for such indulgences every day, but sadly like most of us we probably have to put this place on that special occasions list. Definitely put The Venetian Room on your list of must-try’s especially if you have a desire to splurge a little bit. Treat yourself!

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Diver Scallops – Seared Scallops, Porcini Asparagus Risotto, Mushroom Broth, Pancetta Crisp – 18

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Lump Crab Cake – A Pan Fried Lump Crab Cake with a Pommerey Creamy Mustard Sauce, topped with a Black Sesame Savoy Cabbage Slaw – 19

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Gnocchi Stroganoff – Gorgonzola Crusted Petit Filet of Beef, Sun Dried Tomato Potato Gnocchi, Cognac Pearl Onion Cream Sauce, Truffle Shavings – 19

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House-made gelato amuse bouche in an ice flower petal

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Wagyu with diver scallops and quail egg

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Duck L’Orange – Blood Orange Glazed Hudson Valley Duck Breast and Citrus Confit Leg, Sweet Potato Pumpkin Custard Tartlet, Ruby Port Wine Bing Cherry Reduction – 37

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Grand Marnier Souffle

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Creme Anglaise poured table side on the Chocolate Souffle

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