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Stepping Out to the Best Date Night Restaurants in Orlando

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We’ve all fallen victim to the back-and-forth game of, “I don’t know. Where do you want to go?” when it comes to date night plans. However, Orlando has countless cocktails and cuisines you simply must add to your foodie bucket list.

From drinks to desserts, we’re counting down our top picks for an evening out on the town with the best date night restaurants in Orlando.

Is there ever a bad time for a big bowl of pasta? At Maggiano’s Little Italy, have your fork at the ready for one of their specialty plates like the Famous Rigatoni “D” dish, or opt for one of the classics like Spaghetti and Meatballs (perhaps, a Lady and the Tramp moment is in store). And while it may be easy to stuff yourself to the brim, be sure to save room for their tasty Tiramisu.

Monday | 11:30AM–10PM
Tuesday| 11:30AM–10PM
Wednesday | 11:30AM–10PM
Thursday| 11:30AM–10PM
Friday| 11:30AM–11PM
Saturday| 11AM–11PM
Sunday | 11AM–10PM

📍 9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

Delicious food dipped in cheese? Yes, please! Colorado Fondue Company is the perfect date night stop for experiential dining. They have quite a few Combination Trail options to match any appetite. Start with a Soup or Salad, followed by the Cheese Fondue of your choice, and rounded out with a delicious Main Course featuring steak, chicken, shrimp or pork. You simply must fondue your next date night at Colorado Fondue Company!

Monday | 5PM–8:30PM
Tuesday| 5PM–8:30PM
Wednesday | 5PM–8:30PM
Thursday| 5PM–8:30PM
Friday| 5PM–9PM
Saturday| 4:30PM–9PM
Sunday | 4:30M–8:30PM

📍 1016 E. Semoran Blvd, Casselberry, FL 32707

Wind down the week with drinks, dinner, and desserts at Cooper’s Hawk! Start with a shared plate of their Over The Border Egg Rolls appetizer (Trust us, they’re delicious.) For dinner, go “halfsies” on two Cooper’s Hawk specials: Braised Short Rib Risotto and Gnocchi Carbonara. And of course, no trip to is complete without a glass (or a bottle) of one of their many wine options. Chef’s kiss from start to finish!

International Drive
Monday | 11AM–9PM
Tuesday| 11AM–9PM
Wednesday | 11AM–9PM
Thursday| 11AM–9PM
Friday| 11AM–9PM
Saturday| 11AM–9PM
Sunday | 11AM–9PM

📍 8005 International Dr
Orlando, FL 32819

Monday | 11AM–9PM
Tuesday| 11AM–9PM
Wednesday | 11AM–9PM
Thursday| 11AM–9PM
Friday| 11AM–9PM
Saturday| 11AM–9PM
Sunday | 11AM–9PM

📍 529 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32828

The way to your date’s heart? Baked dishes and a solid cheese pull. Stefano’s Trattoria is truly the place where pasta dreams come true. Some of their irresistible House Specials include the Gnocchi Della Nonna and the Melanzane Rollatini Florentine. Whether you’re in the mood to go halfsies with your plus one or slowly slip into a noodle-induced coma, Stefano’s has a dish for you.

Monday | 11:30AM–9PM
Tuesday|11:30AM–9PM
Wednesday | 11:30AM–9PM
Thursday| 11:30AM–9PM
Friday| 11:30AM–9PM
Saturday| 11:30AM–9PM
Sunday | Closed

📍 1425 Tuskawilla Rd, Winter Springs, FL 32708

Searching for the perfect excuse to break out that new weekend outfit? Look no further than the chic, trendy atmosphere at Aurora at the Celeste This date-night-must offers quite an eclectic menu from their dinners to their cocktails. Sip on signature drinks like the Starry Knight, 21 Questions, or the Constellation. And for the main course, you can’t go wrong with their Skull Island Jumbo Prawns & Grits or the perfectly cooked Celeste Burger. An evening under the stars awaits at Aurora at the Celeste!

Monday | 7AM–10PM
Tuesday| 7AM–10PM
Wednesday | 7AM–10PM
Thursday| 7AM–10PM
Friday| 7AM–11PM
Saturday| 7AM–11PM
Sunday | 7AM–10PM

📍 4105 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32826

Every part of your experience at Santiago’s Bodega is guaranteed to be picture-perfect. Their clean and colorful menu offers savory options like Tomato and Basil Bruschetta, and a little something fresh like their Yellowfin Tuna Ceviche. The atmosphere is a harmonious blend of industrial and eclectic.

Monday | 11AM–2AM
Tuesday| 11AM–2AM
Wednesday | 11AM–2AM
Thursday| 11AM–2AM
Friday| 11AM–2AM
Saturday| 10AM–2AM
Sunday | 10AM–2AM

📍 802 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803

Not just your average steakhouse, Kres Chophouse reimagines your classic dishes to add some original twist and flair. Start with their fresh and clean Grilled Pesfasa Octopus and Shrimp appetizer before bringing in the big guns with one of their house-aged, hand-cut steaks. And if you aren’t a fan of the classic beef cuts, venture to the Duo of Duck or their Beef Wellington. No matter which way you sway, Kres Chophouse will leave your tastebuds tingling!

Monday | 11:30AM–11PM
Tuesday| 11:30AM–11PM
Wednesday | 11:30AM–11PM
Thursday| 11:30AM–11PM
Friday| 11:30AM–12AM
Saturday| 5PM–12PM
Sunday | 5PM–10PM

📍 17 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801

Maxine’s on Shine puts on quite a show as one of the true hidden gems for a date night in Orlando! They add their own flair to classic appetizer favorites with “Opening Acts” like their Mushroom Bruschetta or the Key West Style Crab Cakes. And don’t even get us started on their Lobster Ravioli dinner with three-hour reduction, sherry cream sauce–simply delish! Quirky, hip, and loaded with good vibes, Maxine’s on Shine is a stellar stop for your next date night.

Monday | Closed
Tuesday| Closed
Wednesday | 5PM-9PM
Thursday| 5PM-9PM
Friday| 10AM-9PM
Saturday| 10AM-9PM
Sunday | 10AM–3PM

📍 337 N. Shine Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

Perhaps, the sweetest part of date night? Dessert, of course! At Better Than Sex Desserts, no sweet tooth leaves unsatisfied. The speakeasy-like vibe, paired with a full and flavorful menu packed with sweets, delivers an exclusive and intimate experience for you and your plus one. That said, you might want to make a reservation now! This hotspot books up weeks ahead. 

Monday | Closed
Tuesday| Closed
Wednesday | 6PM–11PM
Thursday| 6PM–11PM
Friday| 6PM–12PM
Saturday| 6PM–12PM
Sunday | 6PM–11PM

📍 1905 N. Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804

There’s nothing better than an elegant evening on the water, and Enzo’s on the Lake certainly delivers. This family-owned Italian restaurant offers a romantic atmosphere and food crafted with every ounce of love. Fettuccine, Linguine, Pappardelle, Ravioli–no matter your pasta shape of choice, Enzo’s tops it off with the perfect blend of sensational sauces and spices. And, if nothing on the menu tickles your tastebuds, be sure to ask about the handcrafted chef special of the evening!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday| 6PM-9PM
Wednesday | 6PM-9PM
Thursday| 6PM-9PM
Friday| 11:30AM-2:PM & 5:30PM-9:30PM
Saturday| 5:30PM-9:30PM
Sunday | Closed

📍 1130 S. US Hwy 17 92, Longwood, FL 32750

A fresh, local flavor is never far away when you dine at The Strand. The aesthetic of the restaurant itself is enough to keep locals coming back time and time again. A crowd favorite, the Buttermilk Chicken Salad brings the comfort of southern eating to a fresh bed of greens (or snag the sandwich version of this bad boy to go full Southern comfort meal). Keep it quaint and local when you dine in for date night at The Strand!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday| 5PM-10PM
Wednesday | 5PM-10PM
Thursday| 5PM-10PM
Friday| 5PM-10PM
Saturday| 5PM-10PM
Sunday | Closed

📍 807 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

A modern and chic stop in the heart of Lake Nona, Chroma is the perfect place for a relaxed, casual date night! To start, indulge in their Guava and Goat Cheese Flatbread and Charred Shishito Peppers, both perfect shareables to get the night going. For the main dish, their Social Plates are nothing short of tasty. Their Lobster Pad Thai complete with rice noodles and veggies feeds that peanutty Asian craving. Or totally lean into what makes Chroma’s kitchen different than your average spot with their Lamb Ribs, Chroma Sliders, or the Grilled Ciabatta and Meatballs.

Monday | 11AM–10PM
Tuesday| 11AM–10PM
Wednesday | 11AM–10PM
Thursday| 11AM–11PM
Friday| 11AM–12AM
Saturday| 10AM–12AM
Sunday | 10AM–10PM

📍 6967 Lake Nona Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827

Head out for a night on the town!

Your significant other, your bestie, your blind date or your whole crew—no matter the company, there’s no shortage of date night restaurants in Orlando to explore! What’s your favorite stop in The City Beautiful to take your plus one? Tag us in your photos on Instagram @StuffToDoInOrlando if you stop by any of our top picks!

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