Valentine’s Day is upon us – so make sure you get your reservations in ASAP!
Here are our selection of local Orlando Valentine’s Day specials and treats/gift ideas around Central Florida in 2022:
- Aurora at the Celeste Hotel (East Orlando)
- Sear + Sea and illume at JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort (Disney area)
- Taverna Opa, Rodizio Grill, and Cuba Libre at Pointe Orlando
- Mia’s Italian Kitchen (International Drive)
- Reunion Resort
4105 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL
Dine in Only
Aurora will be offering a 5 course chef curated menu for couples at $95 per person or $120 per person with wine pairings for each course. The 5 course menu will be the only menu being offered on Saturday February 12th and Monday February 14th from 5pm until 10pm.
Chef Trudnak and his team have devised a genuinely fabulous holiday menu ideal for sweethearts of all stripes. Things kick off with such amuse-bouche winners as Lobster Gougers, Duck Confit, and Aged English Cheddar. A Sandiliano Brut sparkling wine from Italy will be on hand to set precisely the right mood.
The First Course offers include Seared Seabass and Risotto Cake with a Fenwick Springs Chardonnay, followed up by a Second Course including Alligator-Stuffed Quail and an Herb Spätzle accompanied by a Carson Scott Pinot Noir.
The Aurora Valentine’s Day Couples Pre Fixe Menu will also be serving up a sumptuous Shared Entree anchored by a 28-oz. Porterhouse with roasted wild mushrooms, char-grilled asparagus, and Yukon gold potatoes in Aurora’s house steak sauce and spotlighting a Cabernet Sauvignon out of Story Ridge Vineyard.
The Shared Dessert on the menu, meanwhile, is just about tailor-made for valentines: Aurora’s signature “The Interstellar” dark chocolate balloon dome. An Italian dessert wine will be available to close things out in style.
This event is intended for couples or even numbered groups due to sharing the entrée and dessert.
Wine pairings for tasting menu
Reservations required – call 689-205-0100 or email chef Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget, of course, that The Celeste Hotel offers über-romantic Tribute Portfolio accommodations in Orlando, in case you want to make it an all-out unforgettable Valentine’s Day. Combine the top-shelf romantic dinner at our Aurora restaurant with a gorgeous and well-appointed room or suite in our celestially inspired hotel on the University of Central Florida campus for a couple days’ Valentine’s getaway in East Orlando!
Alligator Stuffed Quail at Aurora at The Celeste Hotel
Seared Seabass at Aurora at The Celeste Hotel
Sous Vide 28 oz. Beef Porterhouse at Aurora at The Celeste Hotel
14900 Chelonia Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32821
The full-service, five-star JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa opened in July 2020 and has everything guests need for a luxurious Orlando getaway, from 516 plush guestrooms to fun-filled amenities. Located near Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, our hotel offers warm, inviting social spaces and amenities. Hotel features include a Spa by JW®, resort pool with splash pad, specialty restaurants and a rooftop terrace boasting nightly views of the nearby Disney fireworks display.
Sear + Sea at JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek
Sear and Sea’s 3 courses + amuse feature for $165.00 per couple:
Oysters & Caviar
Beau Soleil Oyster, Sterling Caviar, Champagne Vinaigrette
Tomato & Avocado
Baby Arugula, Pickled Mango, Fried Capers, Goat Cheese Mousse, Broken Lemon Vinaigrette
Surf & Turf
Ribeye of Lamb, Lobster Terrine, Spinach Cream Puree, Truffle Matignon, Herb Oil,
Goat Cheese Mousse
illume at JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek
Illume will be doing half a dozen oysters with 2 glasses of Rose Champagne for $79.00 a couple
House-made Yuzu Ponzu
Lemon and Chives
9101 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
Playtime for grown-ups, with or without the kids. Belly dance on table tops. Samba into the early morning hours. Sip martinis under the stars. Chuckle at stand up comedians. Experience blockbuster movies in 4DX. These are just a few of the unique and memorable experiences waiting for you at Orlando’s open-air entertainment destination, featuring local and brand-name restaurants, bars, nightclubs, 20-screen movie theater, comedy club and family attractions.
A culinary destination on International Drive ready to tempt your palette with some of the most craveable food around. Pair your culinary adventure with some great entertainment and you’ve found yourself the perfect night out.
Valentine’s at Taverna Opa at Pointe Orlando
Celebrate eternal love with a tasty Greek feast for two! Special menu available for only $95 per couple (plus tax & gratuity)
Hummus & Marouli Salad
Hot Appetizer: Saganaki
Main Course: Surf & Turf with two 5oz. filet medallions and one 7oz. lobster tail, served with rice & potatoes
Available Friday, February 11 – Monday, February 14
Our classic belly dancing entertainment starts at 7pm every night!
Reservations are highly recommended! To reserve, call 407-351-8660 or visit www.opaorlando.com
Valentine’s at Rodizio Grill at Pointe Orlando
Treat your Valentine to a special celebration this Valentine’s weekend at Rodizio Grill. Enjoy expanded holiday menu plus our OnFire featured menu including Peppercorn Steak, Sirloin with Serrano and Cayenne Cinnamon Pineapple.
Saturday, Feb. 12 Lunch & Sunday Feb. 13 Lunch : $39.99 Full Rodizio ($29.99 Salad Bar Only)
Saturday, Feb. 12 Dinner, Sunday, Feb. 13 Dinner & Monday, Feb. 14 Dinner: $56.99 Full Rodizio ($46.99 Salad Bar Only)
Each person will receive a special offer for future visit: one complimentary Full Rodizio dinner, with purchase of one.
Reservations are limited. Reserve your table today by calling 407-593-4422 or visit Rodizio.com
Cuba Libre at Pointe Orlando
Cuba Libre has a fun twist on the term “mask” specifically for Valentine’s Day. Each couple that dines with us will receive a black satin eye mask and chocolate truffles (while supplies last). Dinner specials will be offered Friday Feb 11 – Mon Feb 14.
In addition to the masks and truffles, we continue to have Latin bands perform during dinner on Friday and Saturday nights, including on Valentine’s Day weekend! Cubason will perform on Valentine’s Day weekend (Feb. 11-12).
Plato Mar y Tierra $36.95
Adobo rub-grilled Black Angus sirloin and Maine lobster tail. Tomato bearnaise and roasted mashed cauliflower.
Cake Borracho $9
Creamy coconut liquor soaked vanilla genoise, chocolate croutons. Sea salt butter cookie.
Cuba Libre’s cocktail special: ”Island Rose” for $12. Recipe below. We’ll have a drink photo, but not until this weekend.
Cuba Libre’s Island Rose $12
Flavor Profile: Easy Drinking, Slightly sweet
1.5 oz Garzon Rose Pinot Noir Wine
1 oz Brinley Shipwreck Vanilla Rum
.5 oz St. Germain Liqueur
.5oz Fresh Lime Juice
Garnish Float 2-3 Edible Rose Petals
Celebrated for its creative cocktails and tapas-style shareable dishes, Café Tu Tu Tango will offer a prix fixe menu for just $79.22 per couple featuring a selection of appetizers, mains and decadent desserts. To complement the tasty bites, Café Tu Tu Tango’s Valentine’s Day special also includes a choice of a bottle of Prosecco, red or white wine.
Address: 8625 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Serving up authentic Italian cuisine, Mia’s Italian Kitchen will offer a prix fixe menu for just $89 per couple, featuring a selection of appetizers, mains, and desserts for dine-in or to-go. The special also includes a bottle of Prosecco.
Address: 8717 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Reunion Resort & Golf Club
Traditions – Located within the Jack Nicklaus Clubhouse, Traditions offers an upscale tavern setting with an open-air kitchen. A special Valentine’s Day Menu will feature Heirloom Tomato & Beet Salad; Marry Me Chicken with sundried tomatoes, roasted marble potatoes and sauteed spinach; Pan Seared Diver Scallops with crispy pork belly, sauteed spinach, craisins and walnuts; and Chocolate Heart for Two.
7593 Chophouse – A sophisticated setting, the 7593 Chophouse is located in the Grande Tower. Friday, Saturday and Monday (from 5-10 p.m.) will feature a Valentine’s Day Menu with Oysters, Caviar & Champagne; Cold Seafood Tower Extravaganza, including shrimp, snow crab, lobster tail, oysters and tuna poke; Pan Seared Diver Scallops with beet risotto; Surf & Turf for two featuring a ribeye and lobster; and Chocolate Heart for Two.
Menu details here.
Reservations recommended (www.ReunionResort.com).
Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
Blue Harmony Spa – Special spa services (all served with champagne) the entire month of February to include, 50-minute Couples Aromatherapy Massage; Warm Your Heart 50-minute Indigo Stone Massage; I Chair-ish You Manicure & Pedicure.
Spa treatment details here.
deep blu Seafood Grille – The Valentine’s Day feature will include a Pan-Fried Halibut in crab lemongrass broth with a Mexican Spiced Chocolate Cake for dessert.
The menu is available here.
Reservations recommended (www.WyndhamGrandOrlando.com)
Local Foodie Gifts for Valentine’s Day
Local Cookies and Honey from A Spoon Full of Hope
Since its launch in 2018, A Spoon Full of Hope’s honey, classic shortbread cookies and soup have been gaining popularity – making Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s signature food product line a sweet gift for your Valentine (or Galentine).
And the best part of this gift? All sales support Second Harvest’s special training program that’s designed to provide qualified, economically challenged adults with the culinary and life skills to pursue a sustainable career in the food industry. Second Harvest’s 16-week Culinary Training Program is offered at no-cost to students.
Products can be purchased individually, in bulk or as part of a gift set, and can be shipped directly to your Valentine.
A selection of A Spoon Full of Hope products includes:
- Tomato Basil Soup
- Wildflower Honey
- Mangrove Honey
- Palmetto Honey
- Orange Blossom Honey
- Classic Shortbread Cookies
- Cranberry Pistachio Cookies
- Strawberry Lemonade Cookies
- Chai Shortbread Cookies
- Sweetheart Special Gift Set: includes (2) mugs and tea bags, (2) honey bears, (2) tea steepers and (2) shortbread cookies
- Kitchen essentials, such as tea steepers, soup bowls, aprons and mugs
The last day to order for shipping is Tues., Feb. 8. The deadline for in-person pick-up is Fri., Feb. 11.