What's the most romantic restaurant in Central Florida? According to our poll, the current frontrunners are K restaurant in College Park, followed by Vito's Chophouse on International Drive and Cafe de France on Park Avenue. Other top vote getters include Bistro on Park, RusTeak in College Park and the new Boca, also on Park Avenue. I guess those Winter Parkers are a passionate bunch.
There's still time for you to vote for your favorite — I'm holding the voting open until Friday. Click here to place your vote for Most Romantic Restaurant in Orlando. The winner will be announced Friday afternoon.
It's a fairly disparate collection, which only goes to prove that romantic is as romantic does. And of course all of this is just to remind you that Valentine's Day is next week and if you haven't made a reservation at your favorite romantic restaurant yet, you may find yourself trying to whisper sweet nothings to your Valentine across a table at Chuck E. Cheese. And they probably have a wait list.
Last year I got a call on February 13 from someone who owns a restaurant but wanted to know if I could help him get a reservation at a newly opened restaurant that he wanted to take his wife to for Valentine's Day. I told him I didn't think I could help him get a reservation at his own place, and I know people!
Making matters worse, Valentine's Day this year falls on a Saturday, which is already the default Date Night. And restaurants are able to accommodate fewer diners at a time because most tables — even those that can seat four or six guests — are occupied by just two people. Double dating on Valentine's Day is just wrong.
But that doesn't mean the restaurants won't be trying to, um, woo your business. Several offer special Valentine's Day menus. Follow this link to see a list of restaurants in the Orlando area offering Valentine's Day specials.
And here's a tip if you've procrastinated too long and can't get a reservation at the romance restaurant of your choice: make a reservation for Friday night instead. Several restaurants are offering their Valentine's Day specials all weekend — Venetian Room, for example. Enjoy your date night Friday then stay home and cook on Saturday. That's the sort of evening I really love.