V-Day the O-Town Way

25 Valentine’s Day Celebrations in the Orlando area

Love is in the air in Orlando this Valentine’s Day, with tons of romantic experiences planned throughout the magical city, perfect for couples and even singles. From intimate dinners crafted by celebrity chefs at some of the area’s best restaurants to thrilling theatrical performances and relaxing couples spa treatments, there’s something special in Orlando for everyone, no matter your relationship status.

Umi's Mascarpone Cheesecake features mixed berries, ginger compote, honey and candied-walnut crumbs. (Courtesy Umi)

Winter Park

“Sunday in the Park” at The Alfond Inn

Swoon over a romantic overnight stay at this boutique hotel, complete with champagne, chocolates and High Tea in the afternoon, which includes a fine selection of scones, petits fours, finger sandwiches and assorted fine teas. $324.85, 300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park, 407.998.8090, www.thealfondinn.com


Delight in decadent French and Italian-inspired desserts fused with Japanese ingredients like matcha green tea in the Panna Cotta and ginger in the Mascarpone Cheesecake at this chic sushi joint. 525 S Park Ave., Winter Park, 407.960.3993, www.umiwinterpark.com

Hamilton’s Kitchen

Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day three-course dinner at the Alfond Inn's high-end eatery featuring asparagus soup with truffle crème, crab cakes with sweet corn and mustard greens, beef tenderloin with butter-poached lobster tail, spinach fettuccine with Gulf shrimp and a decadent chocolate cake or Chambord creme brulee. $45 per guest,The Alfond Inn, 300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park, 407.998.8090, www.thealfondinn.com

TR Fire Grill

Dinner for Two includes choice prime rib eggrolls or farmhouse flatbread as an appetizer, chop or Caesar salad, flank steak with balsamic pepper sauce, salmon with zuchinni noodles, roasted chicken or seared scallops. Desserts range from white chocolate cheesecake with blackberry sauce or buttery-seared lemon pound cake. $60 per couple, additional $20 for optional wine package, 1035 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 407.708.3600, www.trfiregrill.com

Mennello Museum of American Art's lakeside sculpture garden is a romantic spot for a picnic. (©Visit Orlando)

Downtown Orlando

Provisions & Buzz Co.

Dig into a three-course special Valentine’s Day menu that includes romantically-inspired selections such as oysters on the half shell, served with three pepper champagne mignonette and black lumpfish caviar, pan-roasted lamb rack with mint scented risotto and jalapeño jelly and complimentary hand-dipped strawberries served for dessert. $50, 4868 New Broad St., 407.896.2688, www.provisionsandbuzzco.com

The Dinner Party Project

Add some local spice to Valentine’s Day with a love feast presented by The Dinner Party Project on Feb. 13. Come as you are to celebrate local Orlando love with craft cocktails by Old Forester, live entertainment and a five-course dinner highlighting signature dishes by local chefs. $75 per person, East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive, www.thedinnerpartyproject.com

“Indie-Folkfest” at the Mennello Museum of American Art

Fall in love to the sweet serenade of local acoustic and folk musicians performing in the serene, lakeside sculpture garden of the Mennello Museum of American Art, located next to Loch Haven Park in Orlando’s cultural corridor. Feb. 13, noon-5 pm, free, 900 E. Princeton St., 407.246.4278, www.orlandofolkfestival.wordpress.com

Capa's rooftop bar and restaurant offers breathtaking views of Disney's fireworks. (Courtesy Capa)

Disney Area

Portobello Country Italian Trattoria

Treat your sweetheart to an extravagant prix-fixe dinner at Disney Springs’Portobello restaurant, featuring a flat iron steak with spinach, garlic and rosemary potatoes in addition to a chocolate mousse with mascarpone whipped cream and a complimentary round of Jeio Prosecco. $95.00 per couple, Disney Springs 407.934.8888, www.portobellorestaurant.com

Wolfgang Puck Grand Café

Melt hearts with a three-course Valentine’s Day menu and wine pairings curated by Wolfgang Puck Executive Chef Robert Leonardi, offering signature dishes like a prosciutto and burrata salad, maple-glazed pork chop, miso-glasex salmon and a bittersweet chocolate ganache served with maple ice cream for dessert. $150 per couple, Disney Springs, 407.938.9653, www.wolfgangpuckcafeorlando.com


Set the mood for romance at this 17th-floor, rooftop Spanish steakhouse where a five-course, prix-fixe menu includes mouth-watering options like a coffee-cocoa rubbed steak. A la carte, guests can indulge in a Matsusaka beef tasting for two featuring premier wagyu beef from Mie Prefecture, Japan. For those who prefer a more casual setting, Capa Bar offers a special charcuterie and champagne sampler. $95 per person; $250 per couple; Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World, 10100 Dream Tree Blvd., 407.313.7777, www.fourseasons.com/orlando


Sip and savor a four-course, prix-fixe menu of Italian delicacies including grilled lobster tail and saffron spaghetti with a choice of filet of prime filet, T-bone of lamb or swordfish. $65 per person, $85 with wine pairings, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World, 10100 Dream Tree Blvd., 407.313.7777, www.fourseasons.com/orlando

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Relax in luxury with a Valentine’s Day package for two, including a couple's massage in a beautiful candlelit couples suite complete with custom aromatherapy oil, two glasses of rosé and Valentine truffles from local chocolatier Norman Love Confections. The spa also offers a “Tennis Love Match” special lesson for two. Starting at $385, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World, 10100 Dream Tree Blvd., 407.313.7777, www.fourseasons.com/orlando

Morimoto Asia

Be enchanted this Valentine's Day with a romantic, four-course, prix-fixe dinner for two starring Chef Morimoto's signature Peking duck and the MM parfait, piled high with vanilla gelato, chocolate creampuff, sesame mochi, hazelnut crunchies and whipped cream. For a more intimate culinary experience, tantalize in a five-course, chef's choice Omakase dinner at the second-level sushi bar. $85-150 per person, Disney Springs, 407.939.6686, www.patinagroup.com/morimoto-asia

House of Blues

Dance the night away to the sounds of the '80s featuring the music of The Spazmatics during a complimentary, all-ages dance party. Free, Disney Springs, 1490 E. Lake Buena Vista Drive, 407.934.2583, www.houseofblues.com/orlando

Slate's wood-fired brass oven warms hearts. (Courtesy Slate)

Universal Area and Restaurant Row

Emeril's Tchoup Chop

Delight in a memorable three-course meal at Emeril's signature eatery at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, featuring hot-and-sour duck soup, braised beef short ribs and a chocolate raspberry torte. $49 per person, Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, 407.503.2467, www.emerilsrestaurants.com/emerils-tchoup-chop


Spread the love with a featured a la carte menu from Slate's Chef Dominic Rice, heaping with inspired favorites like glazed Apalachicola oysters, gnocchi Bolognese, Maine lobster cannelloni, crab pizza, Cheshire pork chop, dayboat scallops, Hudson Valley duck, Cheerwine-braised shortrib and ribeye for two.8323 Sand Lake Road, 407.500.7528, www.slateorlando.com


Learn the fine art of sushi-making with your special someone this Valentine's Day. From 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, enjoy unlimited mimosas, complementary aperitifs and passed hors d’oeuvres while learning how to make the perfect sushi rice and rolls. 7972 Via Dellagio Way, 407.370.3359, www.dragonflyrestaurants.com/orlando-florida

Flemmings Prime Steakhouse

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Fleming’s all weekend long with a multi-course, prix-fixe dinner, featuring an 8-ounce filet mignon with your choice of chardonnay-poached Scottish salmon or North Atlantic lobster tail. Or start celebrating early with a three-course brunch menu featuring filet mignon benedict or baked brioche French toast. $59.95 for dinner, $39.95 for brunch, 8030 Via Dellagio Way, 407.352.5706, www.flemingssteakhouse.com

Guests fall for Greek style favorites and the festive atmosphere at Taverna Opa. (Courtesy Taverna Opa)

International Drive

Tapa Toro

Celebrate Valentine’s Day early on Thursday, Feb. 11, with Tapa Toro and Orlando Date Night Guide for a Valentine’s Day cooking class, where participants learn how to prepare an array of seafood dishes ranging from mussels to sea bass. Or, come on Valentine’s Day with a special prix-fixe menu. $45-75 per person, 8441 International Drive, 407.226.2929, www.tapatoro.restaurant

DRIP presents The Blind Date

Experience a special Valentine’s interactive theatrical performance for couples complete with interactive couples’ games, body painting, live music and limited edition T-shirt. Feb. 11-14, general admission starting at $29, 8747 International Drive Ste. 102, 347.855.3747, www.ilovedrip.com

Taverna Opa

Fall in love at first bite with a prix-fixe menu of Greek-style favorites like house-made hummus, saganaki, kasseri cheese flamed tableside with brandy, 22 oz. porterhouse, 7 oz. lobster tail and loukoumades, beignets topped with Nutella and strawberries. $85 per couple, 9101 International Drive, 407.351.8660, www.opaorlando.com

Urbain 40

Parisian flavors come alive at this American Brasserie thanks to special menu created by Chef Jean-Stephane Poinard with Boulevard Restaurants' Chef Michael Rodriguez featuring Maine lobster bisque, duck a l'orange and rose petal-raspberry buttercream. $59 per person, 8000 Via Dellagio Way, 407.872.2640, www.urbain40.com

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

Celebrate amor Cuban-style at Pointe Orlando's this Valentine's Day weekend with three days of celebration featuring specials created by Executive Chef Jose Gonzalez including Ostras Cuba, spinach and manchego baked oysters on the half shell, and Filete de Lomo, filet mignon rubbed with hand-harvested sea salt. A live DJ spins the best in bachata sensual and salsa romantica beginning at 9 p.m. on Valentine's Day. 9101 International Drive, 407.226.1600, www.cubalibrerestaurant.com

Tony Roma’s

Choose between filet medallions, grilled salmon or baby back ribs paired with a house salad and choice of either a red velvet cake or raspberry brownie royale. $60 per couple, 8560 International Drive, 407.248.0094, www.tonyromas.com

Sugar Factory

Indulge your sweet tooth and your sweetie with a five-course, prix-fixe menu with complementary champagne and a red rose for the lady. Choose from a brie-wrapped puff pastry or shrip cocktail for starters before digging into a cheese plate for two, seared, mini angus filet, grilled filet of salmon or pan-seared, lemon-spiced chicken breast for your entree and capping off the night with a slice of New York cheesecake. $75 per person, 8371 International Drive, 407.270.7082, www.sugarfactory.com

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