St. Augustine is the Nation’s Oldest City and also one of the most romantic. Sweetheart couples are known to walk along bayfront hand in hand, kiss in front of the many good luck “love trees”, and spend the night on a horse and carriage ride.
The Old City’s food scene is also quite idyllic; from decks that hover over the Tolomato River to patio seating surrounded by plants and twinkling lights to candlelit restaurants that carry over 350 types of wine. Many places in the City combine a soothing ambiance and delectable menu that any sweetheart couple would enjoy.
Michael’s Tasting Room
If you’re an oenophilia than Michael’s Tasting Room will have you over the moon. In fact, their wine cellar hosts over 350 types of wine. You’ll fine all sorts of wine derived from Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Chile, Italy, the list continues. Equally as impressive is the distinct fine art hanging on the walls and live music which is just loud enough to be heard, but quiet enough for a conversation. However, nothing tops their exotic menu or cleverly designed dishes – topped with ingredients like green curry foam, passion fruit aioli, and Basque piperade.
Aviles Restaurant and Lounge
Cozied on Bayfront (and an extension of Hilton St. Augustine), Aviles Restaurant and Lounge is a longstanding favorite with locals and residents alike. If your sweetheart is passionate about food, this is hands down the place you want to take them (not to mention it’s extremely close to any of St. Augustine’s Historic Inns) Aviles is famous for their phenomenal staff matched with exceptional entrées. Pick from any of your favorite dishes: seared scallops, softshell crab, lobster gnocchi, ribeye, pork shank, and many more. If you’re craving an Italian dish, be sure to visit on a Thursday night from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm during Pasta Night. Indulge in all you can eat pasta, a complimentary glass of wine or beer, and a side salad.
Cap’s on the Water
To truly impress your sweetheart, make a reservation on the waterfront deck of Cap’s on the Water. Having been voted as the number one spot for the “Best Outdoor Dining” on several occasions, it’s hard to pass up an evening at this waterfront paradise. They pride themselves in having an outdoor deck that “looks like how the old Florida use to,” which is evident in the giant hammocking oaks, sandy shore, and pier that juts out from the deck. At night, Cap’s turns into a twinkling venue, with lights strung from trees, lit chandeliers, and the reflection of the moon on the water. Of course, the atmosphere is only a small part of what makes Cap’s so desirable. Their menu is a unique combination of coastal cuisine, locally caught seafood, traditional south plates, and Mediterranean cuisine.
Most of the time, when you’re thinking about romantic dining, high-end establishments come to mind. So, The Floridian can seem like an unusual restaurant to deem romantic. But, truthfully, the combination of this establishments’ atmosphere and charm puts you at ease. Although you won’t find porcelain plates or Sterling silver-silverware, this offbeat dining spot is a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of Historic Downtown. We suggest dining outside on the deck or in the court. Here, the Oak trees are strung with twinkling lights, shrubs line the patio, and modern décor merge beautifully to put you and your date at ease. As for the food, it is as unique as the restaurant itself. Pick from comfort foods like “Cornbread Stack”, or a basic plate-like “Meat and Potatoes.”
La Cocina International Restaurant
La Cocina has won the hearts of many diners over the years. If not for the generosity of the chefs, servers and head host, then for the richness and the lusciousness of their cuisine. Additionally, from macadamia nut crusted salmon to gambas and grits, the international and Latin-flared menu allows there to be a choice for even the pickiest of diners. Cozied in a candlelit corner, enjoy eclectic plates with outstanding presentations.
On your next romantic trip, join us in Historic Downtown for date night. Indulge in a taste of St. Augustine and spoil your palate and your loved one with any of these restaurants in the City.
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