There's no denying the sexy vibe exuding from Capa's dining room. The steak's pretty hot, too.
If you haven't yet thought about where you'll be eating on February 14, it's probably a good time to start.
Restaurant reservations are going to fill up fast, and we're betting some of the more buzzy spots already have full rosters for the evening.
Most restaurants come up with a special menu for the evening — sometimes in addition to, sometimes in lieu of, their regular menu. Here's a rundown of all the eateries we know of that are dishing out some special selections in time for Hallmark's favorite "holiday." We'll update this post as we learn more.
(A word of advice: If your S.O. insists that Valentine's Day is stupid and shouldn't be celebrated, make reservations anyway. Dinner is always nice, no matter the date.)
The much-adored Fried Oyster Taco will be back on the menu for a limited engagement (Feb. 9-16). It won't be on the menu, so you'll look like a hero when you're all in the know when you order.
Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant
During Feb. 8-14, get a special for-two deal at the Kissimmee restaurant. You'll get a platter of fajitas for two, plus a shared dessert for a fixed price. There's even a signature margarita for the event: the Strawberry Platinum Corazon Margarita. Say that three times fast.
Villas of Grand Cypress
TBH, it's hard to find more picturesque views than at this Forbes Four-Star restaurant. In that case we urge you to arrive early while you can still enjoy the vistas. The V-Day menu ($118 per couple, plus tax and gratuity) includes oven roasted Australian lamb, fire-grilled beef tenderloin, crab stuffed black grouper, and herb crusted free range chicken. Red velvet cake is the dessert, natch.
The Orlando Eye
So, it's not dinner, but it would be a special ending should you decide to dine at I-Drive 360. The "Love Is in the Air" package is $110 and includes a private Valentines-themed capsule on the gigantic Ferris wheel with priority boarding. Also included: a long-stemmed rose, a box of chocolates from Chocolate Kingdom, and a glass of champagne for each guest.
Reservations available here
Ravello at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando
Of course you'll want to take your squeeze to the only AAA Five-Diamond property in town. Ravello's prix fixe menu is $75 per person and includes a special "Lady and the Tramp" spaghetti dish made from a single pasta strand, which is just way too adorable.
Capa at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando
If you got a little more coin to spend, you might consider the V-Day prix fixe menu at the property's signature Spanish-style steakhouse. The $155 per person menu includes the option of a Tomahawk ribeye for two. Head out on the veranda at 9 p.m. to spy the Magic Kingdom fireworks with a glass of bubbly in hand.
Nothing says love like a big slab of ribs, and to be honest, the I-Drive location was one of the best places we ate in 2016 when they debuted their new look (really!). This Feb. 14, TR's is offering a steal of a deal for $30, including filet medallions with Cabernet demi-glace, salad or soup, and a side. Plus, you can add shrimp skewers or a half-rack of baby backs.
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse
The swank steak spot is pulling out all the stops for Valentine's Day. On the prix fixe menu you'll find chilled oysters with caviar and a three-inch, 45-day dry aged bone-in ribeye. The menu is available Feb. 9-14, and costs $90 per person.
The Alfond Inn
If Feb. 14 is all booked up for you, take your sweetie to the "Valentine's Experience Under the Stars" event at The Alfond Inn in Winter Park on Saturday, Feb. 10. At 7 p.m., you'll take cocktails in the conservatory, and then be treated to an al fresco dinner on the lawn. There will be live music from the Buzzcats Jazz Quartet, too. For a dinner like this, you'll pay $99 per person.
Reservations can be made online
Vegans, no one is forgetting about you on Valentine's Day. Infusion Tea in College Park is offering a four-course vegan dinner for V-Day, hosted by guest chef Sam Spence. For $49 per person, you'll eat plenty of earth-friendly offerings, including wine or tea pairings. On the menu: tomato bisque, cauliflower steaks and a chocolate torte.
Mango's Tropical Cafe
I-Drive's hottest nightlife spot, now flanked by a giant parking garage for easy access, is offering a $99 per couple three-course Floribbean feast. You'll each bet an entree, soup or salad, chocolate cake to share, and a "Love Potion 8126" passion-fruit cocktail in a keepsake glass. Eat all you like and then dance the night away to the live stage show.
Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
The prix fixe menu at this fancy fave starts at just $75 per person. You'll start with prosciutto-wrapped scallops, beet and goat cheese salad and choice of petit filet or New Zealand salmon paired with either shrimp or crab gratin. Chocolate-dipped strawberries are for dessert. The menu will be available from Feb. 9-18, but the regular a la carte menu is still available during that stretch.
Reservations available on OpenTable
Pull out all the stops (especially if you're planning on pulling out that ring) and reserve a spot for Norman's $150 per person dinner. The chef-driven restaurant has plenty of the namesake chef's signature Floribbean flavors on the menu, including a ropa vieja pupusa, chicken mofongo with foie gras, and chimichurri rojo filet of bison. An optional wine pairing is available for an extra $75 smackers.
Reservations available on OpenTable
Canvas Restaurant & Market
The Lake Nona hotspot will be offering two specials on Valentine's Day in addition to their regular menu. Try a 10-ounce bone-in Prime beef tenderloin with corn puree and charred shishito peppers for $50, or a butter-poached lobster tail with artichoke hearts and fresh pappardelle pasta for $45.
Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen
Canvas' sister restaurant will offer Gulf oysters on the half shell with caviar for $15, a roasted beef tenderloin for two or four people to share ($38 for two, $75 for four), and a red velvet cheesecake with champagne-marinated strawberries for $4.50, in addition to their regular menu.
Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi
The four course, $70 per person prix fixe menu will be offered in addition to their regular menu. Other specials include soba with Japanese sea bream and strawberry shortcake with ume jam.
K Restaurant & Wine Bar
K Restaurant might have new ownership, but the food is still a favorite with Orlandoans. This year, the per-couple prix fixe menu costs a smooth $100, and includes oysters, lobster with Israeli couscous, filet with potato and mushroom gratin, white Russian chocolate cake or lemon meringue cheesecake.
The Ravenous Pig
Rav Pig is running their special from Monday, Feb. 12 through Thursday, Feb. 15, so you have plenty of nights to enjoy their $40 per person three-course prix fixe menu. Specials include a Bison tomahawk ribeye, a whole fish, and a sweet souffle. A portion of the proceeds from the menu will go to benefit No Kid Hungry.
Urbain 40 American Brasserie and Lounge
From Feb. 9-14, the French-American brasserie will serve a $68 per person menu consisting of four courses. Featured dishes include vol au vent with rock shrimp and scallops, a surf and turf with beef tenderloin and Gulf shrimp, and a dessert trio to share.
For just $64 per person, take your honeybun to dine at downtown's visually stunning French restaurant. Served from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., the three-course menu includes dishes like oyster stew, beef tartare, braised short rib, butter-roasted chicken, and sweet endings like olive oil cake or chocolate tart with mint ice cream.
The newly minted entertainment hot spot at Disney Springs is doing a $65 prix fixe for V-day. Reserve one of the cozy booths upstairs and enjoy live entertainment while noshing on your choice of appetizer, entree and dessert, plus a gratis glass of Moet Chandon champagne.
Maria & Enzo's
For $65, you'll be treated to three courses, plus a glass of Prosecco to toast your amore
. The menu includes arancini as an app, a 28-day dry aged ribeye, and a traditional cassata Siciliana
You'll feel tucked away in a romantic secret space at the newest Disney Springs restaurant. The Roman-style menu for Valentine's Day is $45 per person and includes a salumi e formaggi
platter, an entree to share (either steak or fish), and dessert.
In addition to their usual menu offerings, the chefs at Cuba Libre have some specials for your special someone, including the Mango Kiss cocktail. For dinner, there's a Costa Rican-style hearts of palm salad, a steak and lobster special, and a chocolate-strawberry surfeit — strawberry mousse piled on top of chocolate and strawberry torte.
Reservations: 407-226-1600 or online here
Playalinda Brewing Company
If you feel like taking a drive on Wednesday night, there's good reason. PBC is hosting a beer-pairing dinner for $75 per person for four courses paired with house brews for Valentine's Day. The menu includes oysters Rockefeller, lamb mole and dark chocolate stout cake, natch.
Purchase tickets here
We'll update this list as we get closer to Valentine's Day.