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Valentine’s Day Dining

Written By Scott Joseph On February 3, 2012

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The Venetian Room at Caribe Royale is perfect for romantic dining.

Valentine’s Day is still more than a week away, but if you haven’t made your reservations for dining that day, you may find yourself out of luck at your preferred restaurant. On this week’s radio segment, I chat with WMFE’s Mark Simpson about what makes a romantic restaurant romantic. Listen in at 5:45 Friday afternoon and again at 9:35 a.m. Saturday. Or, click this link to listen to this and previous podcasts.

 

 

Some things to consider for Valentine’s Day dining: 

  • Make reservations early — Feb. 14 is a very busy dining day, and most of the tables are two-tops for the night, so the reservation book fills up fast. They might have tables with more than two people for Valentine’s Day dining in Utah, but around here, not so much.
  • This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday, which isn’t a great night for a long leisurely dinner. Consider having your Valentine’s Day dinner on another night, maybe the weekend before or after. As long as you’re not counting on one of the “day of” deals that some restaurants offer, you’ll be better off. Before you decide on that plan, however, be sure to talk about it with your sweetie.
  • Because it’s supposed to be a casual, romantic meal, diners tend to linger, so you may have to wait beyond your designated reservation time; chill – you don’t want to ruin the night by starting out with a confrontation with the host.
  • Choose a restaurant your sweetheart likes, not your favorite. Ideally, it’s a restaurant that’s special to both of you
  • Romantic is as romantic does, so if you and your love like a raucous restaurant, that’s fine. But a more traditional romantic restaurant would be one with a low noise level that’s conducive to quiet conversation, low lighting, preferably accented with candlelight — and tablecloths are a plus.

 

Here are some of my recommendations for romantic restaurants for Valentine’s Day dining. Note that some of these will be offering specials on Feb. 14, and there may be restricted menus and other requirements. Check the restaurant’s website for details:

 

Victoria & Albert’s: Nothing says loving like dropping a load of cash on your Valentine. But it’s also one of the most romantic restaurants, complete with a harpist playing.

Nick’s Italian Kitchen: Good downtown option with indoor and outdoor dining.

K: Set in an old house, K has a homey feel. Note: K is doing a Sunday Valentine’s themed brunch on Feb. 12, which may be a nice option for those not able to go out on the 14th.

Venetian Room: Pure elegance and wonderful food.

Rocco’s: I like the intimacy of the dining room here almost as much as I like the food.

Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops: Classy dining at the Hilton Orlando.

Norman’s: Show your honey you have class.

Bull and Bear: If one of you likes steak and the other seafood, this is a good compromise. High-toned, too.

Park Plaza Gardens: Old school dining in an atmosphere conducive to whispering sweet nothings.

Maxine’s’s on Shine: The quintessential neighborhood cafe. Try to snag one of the tables on the sidewalk. If it’s a little cool the night you dine, all the better — you can snuggle up together.

Chatham’s Place: Quiet, intimate, good.

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