By Rachelle Lucas
I'm asked quite frequently, which restaurants do you recommend for a romantic dinner in Florida? Whether you're looking to celebrate an anniversary or just in search of the perfect candlelit table for two, here are my personal recommendations for romantic places to dine around the state. (I hope my husband is reading this!)
Romantic Dinner in Northwest Florida
Northwest Florida, I recommend Fish Out Of Water in Santa Rosa Beach for its breathtaking view of the emerald-colored coast of South Walton. Their menu includes locally influenced recipes including delicious shrimp and grits.
Romantic Dinner Jacksonville
On the opposite coast, near Jacksonville, check out Salt Grill at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for an elegant setting overlooking the Atlantic and a unique experience using flavored salts.
Romantic Dinner in Orlando
Romantic Dinner in Tampa
For the Tampa area, you can't go wrong with the classic Bern's Steakhouse. Located in the trendy SoHo district, they have one of the largest wine lists in the world and are eager to give you a tour of their wine cellar. Cozy up in their dessert room after dinner in your own private booth made of old wine barrels and order their bananas foster made table side.
Romantic Dinner in Naples
In Naples, Truluck's is the place to go for an elegant candlelit dinner and some of the best seafood in town. For a unique experience, try Osetra on Fifth Avenue for a champagne and caviar tasting. But if you're seeking great ocean views, then make reservations to dine on the beach at Baleen, located in La Playa Resort.
Romantic Dinner in South Florida: Miami & Miami Beach
A short drive away from downtown Miami and South Beach is a quiet beach side grill with an elegant atmosphere and fantastic views of the golden Miami skyline at sunset. Located in Matheson Hammock Park, Red Fish Grill was named Miami's most romantic place to dine by Deco Drive.
Romantic Dinner in the Keys
In the Florida Keys, there are several romantic spots that are a must-see. The first is in Key Largo at Morada Bay Beach Cafe or Pierre's Restaurant. The swaying palm trees, stunning views and Caribbean-style menus are sure to take your breath away. Located right next to each other, Morada Bay is perfect for a casual lunch or dinner while Pierre's is more upscale. In Key West, the Hyatt's SHOR restaurant is the best place to watch the sunset while sipping umbrella drinks and enjoying great local seafood.