15 Romantic Dinner Date Hotspots

Visit one of these 15 delicious hotspots filled with special touches to woo your boo.

Two woman on a date at the Restorative in Dunedin

Have a delicious meal at The Restorative in Dunedin, where the menu changes constantly.

Sure, you could Google the most expensive restaurant in town and simply spend your entire paycheck on an overpriced meal in a predictable setting… but, is that what’s really going to impress your special someone? NOPE. Of course, the food has to be amazing, but the ambiance is what’s going to give your sweetie the feels.  Memorize these 10 delicious hotspots filled with special touches to woo your boo. 


Brick & Mortar, St. Pete

A fish dish at Brick and Mortar

Brick & Mortar specializes in rustic yet elegant flavors, food made by hand, unique wines and craft beer.

Looking for a low-key, but still stellar gourmet experience to charm your babe? Wine and dine your date at this rustic-chic restaurant on Central Ave., Brick & Mortar, in downtown St. Pete. Lust over their New American fare, unique wine & craft beer menu, and cozy vibe. 

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Rococo Steak, St. Pete

A steak at Rococo Steak in St. Pete

Rococo Steak in St. Pete embraces a lighter, livelier and decidedly more decadent dining experience that traditional steakhouses.

Rococo Steak has a ‘modern take on steak,’ featuring a reimagined menu of grass-fed filet mignon, dry-aged steaks and small plates. Get bonus points by ordering a glass (or bottle, after all it is date night, right?) off of their award-winning wine selection! 

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The Restorative, Dunedin

Two woman on a date at the Restorative in Dunedin

Have a delicious meal at The Restorative in Dunedin, where the menu changes constantly.

Your boo will fall in love all over again at this foodie haven! Selected as the no. 1 restaurant in Tampa Bay by Creative Loafing in 2019, husband and wife chef-owners deliver a small menu that changes two to three times each week. Expect transformative dishes like halibut with carrot puree, black cardamom, marinated artichokes and watercress or miso scallops with a spring succotash, spinach, pickled onions and a yuzu kosho cream at The Restorative. 

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The Living Room on Main, Dunedin

Fine dining doesn’t need to be pretentious. At The Living Room, you can unwind and indulge with your honey over tapas inspired by world cuisine. Take a culinary adventure with pistachio-crusted lamb, smoked salmon flatbread, vegan stir fry and a few of their small plates, but leave room for their signature chocolate dessert, the Mary Margaret Marquise. Trust us, it’s worth the wait! Also, live music is a nightly affair, so practice your sway just in case. 

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Parts of Paris, Safety Harbor

An exterior shot of Parts of Paris in Safety Harbor

Parts of Paris in Safety Harbor is inspired by Parisian bistros and set in a restored 1936 Florida bungalow.

Don’t worry – Parts of Paris has the delicious French fare your amour desires without the stuffiness that usually comes along with it. Snuggled inside a bungalow-style house, the highly acclaimed cuisine and friendly service creates smiles brighter than the white linen tables. Start your date night off at the POP Bar with signature cocktails, champagne or wine from a modest but diverse list. Forgot to make a reservation and can’t get a table? The date is still saved - the POP Bar offers their full menu. 

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Caretta on the Gulf, Clearwater Beach

A couple enjoying a meal in an indoor setting of Caretta restaurant.

For an unforgettable meal with Gulf vistas to match, reserve your table at Caretta on the Gulf at the Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach.

Is the sunset kind of a big deal for your snookums? Then before-dinner drinks on the Gulf Patio at Caretta are a must: picture a little bubbly, fire-lit table, and swanky lounge furniture overlooking a perfect Clearwater Beach sunset. Inside, request a table for two by the window – more stunning views. Lean in on a fresh selection of delicious seafood and vegetable entrees or indulge a surf and turf combo with a center cut filet, New York strip, or rib eye and a six ounce lobster tail.

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Pia's Trattoria, Gulfport

A waitress stands in the doorway of Pia's Trattoria in Gulfport

Trattoria is an Italian word, and means “eating house.” Enjoy simple. fresh food at Pia's Trattoria in Gulfport.

Gulfport is a relaxed small town that shines for a romantic outing any day of the week. A little wine, fresh pasta and authentic Italian music paired with the most adorable outdoor patio under twinkling lights will make your sugarplum feel like you’re dining in the Tuscan countryside. Pia's menu items are very affordably priced and for those with dietary restrictions, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options are on the menu.

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Maritana Grille, St. Pete Beach

An interior shot of the Maritana at the Don CeSar

The Maritana Restaurant at the Don CeSar in St. Pete Beach is one of the area's best AAA 4 Diamond Dining experiences. 

Feel like you’re royalty without leaving the destination at the Don Cesar (every princess should get to dine inside a beautiful pink palace - feel free to use that line.) Nestled inside the infamous Don Cesar Hotel on St. Pete Beach, The Maritana is a AAA 4 Diamond dining experience named after the spanish gypsy from the opera Don CeSar de Bazan. Each dish features food sustainably sourced from regional farms and fishermen.

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Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill, Tarpon Springs

A romantic dinner doesn’t need high heels and a suit and tie, but it does require great food. A Date night doesn't get more 'Florida' than at Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill, nor does the seafood menu get more fresh! Make your date feel like the catch they are with a menu of fresh Gulf seafood, a tiki bar on the water and live music to set the mood. 

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Baba on Central, St. Pete

A couple dines at the bar at Baba On Central in St. PEte

Baba in St. Pete’s Grand Central District spotlights recipes passed down from the owners parents and grandparents.

With evil eyes decorated throughout, Baba on Central is sure to ward off any 'bad juju' during your date. The menu at this Greek and Lebanese restaurant is equally as impressive as it's romantic atmosphere. No need to wait until dinner for a romantic meal either, feel like you’ve traveled to Santorini as you savor souvlaki skewers, spanakopita, falafel for lunch, or visit the bakery for a traditional Greek coffee and baklava to share. 

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The Dewey Beach Restaurant, Pass-a-Grille Beach

Two dishes on a table at the rooftop of The Dewey overlooking sunset at Pass-A-Grille

The Dewey's Gulf Primeval on the rooftop in Pass-A-Grille Beach features an all-seafood menu.

On a romantic brick street in Pass-a-Grille Beach, The Dewey features sidewalk and interior dining, but the romance truly starts with a sunset view on The Rooftop. The fried brussel sprouts with apples and shaved parmesan in a brown butter sherry vinaigrette are mouth-watering, and the rest of the menu only gets better - savor the short rib burger on a brioche bun or the cornmeal crusted soft shell crab. Pass-a-Grille is a perfect location for a weekend retreat, and The Dewey is attached to the Berkley Beach Club, which was designed by architect Stephen Smith as a building blending a romantic seaside location with New Orleans flavor.

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Teak at St. Pete Pier

Two plates of foot at Teak on the St. Pete Pier

Enjoy Teak at the end of the St. Pete Pier and top off dinner with a cocktail at sunset.

One of the newest restaurants in St. Pete may make the case for the most impressive view in downtown St. Pete. Featuring a menu of familiar dishes with unique twists, such as a Scottish Salmon in peanut cream sauce or a house-blend burger topped with maine lobster, Teak’s savory meals and views of the downtown skyline from the top of the St. Pete Pier combines for a truly memorable date. 

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Annata, St. Pete

Two plates of food at Annata Restaurant in St. Pete

Annata in St. Pete is situated across from the scenic waterfront near Straub Park and features a mix of fine dishes from Italy and abroad.

Arrive early to stroll through the scenic Straub Park before settling in at Annata for a dinner that mixes dishes from Italy and abroad with locally sourced area farms and suppliers. Annata’s wine selection is diverse and includes sparkling wines from France, crisp whites with fruitful profiles from Spain, and rich reds featuring flavors of chocolate, vanilla and licorice. Enjoy with an impressive selection of charcuterie, cicchetti and classic Italian entrees.

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The Birchwood’s Birch & Vine and The Canopy, St. Pete

Two African-American ladies enjoying drinks

Stop by for a drink at The Canopy, the stylish rooftop bar atop the Birchwood Inn in St. Pete.

The Birchwood is a boutique hotel in St. Pete on Beach Drive. Stay at one of 18 stylish rooms and don’t wander far for supper -- The Birch & Vine at The Birchwood serves an intimate setting with an invite dining room (outdoor dining is also available), featuring scallops & grits, cottage pie, lamb bolognese and cauliflower bisque with bleu cheese. That’s not the only experience The Birchwood offers. Settle in and cuddle up in a private cabana at The Canopy Rooftop Lounge. Craft cocktails will liberate your evening and bar bites such as smoked brisket flatbread, fries poutine or pub style Brussel sprouts will satisfy your cravings. 

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The Columbia Restaurant, Clearwater Beach

The Columbia Restaurant has a few locations, including Tampa, St. Armands in Sarasota and Clearwater Beach. The latter offers arguably the best views, and the fact that The Columbia has been a stable of the Tampa Bay area for 115 speaks to the consistent, exceptional experience the restaurant has given patrons. Split a pitcher of fresh sangria and their “1905” salad, as well as an array of spanish tapas for an evening your partner won’t forget. 

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