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Top Romantic restaurants in Southwest Florida

top romantic restaurants in SWFL

Southwest Florida, with its scenic beauty and charming ambiance, offers a plethora of romantic restaurants that promise to elevate your anniversary, proposal or even a Valentine's Day celebration to a memorable affair.

From intimate candlelit settings to delectable culinary delights, the region has something for every couple seeking to add a touch of magic to their evening.

Join me as we explore the top romantic restaurants in Southwest Florida, where love and gastronomy come together to create the perfect recipe for an unforgettable romantic date.

Now, if you prefer to keep your date very intimate and is a DYIer at heart, a beach sunset picnic is a great idea to celebrate your special day. Here's a few tips on how you can create a beautiful yet simple romantic picnic on the beach.

Top Romantic restaurants to celebrate a special occasion in Southwest Florida

The Veranda in Downtown Fort Myers provides one of the most historic and romantic atmospheres in Fort Myers.

An antiquated backdrop showcasing high-end Southern fare, an intimate piano bar, and a charming courtyard garden are a few highlights of this one of a kind restaurant.

My husband and I celebrated one of our wedding anniversaries here and we had an splendid time. From the service to the desert, expect to be wined and dined here.

Some of our favorites are the carpaccio, New York Strip and the Peanut Butter Pie.

See more about our experience here in this video.

beef carpaccio at The Veranda Restaurant in Fort Myers

Angelina's Ristorante in Bonita Springs, FL, is known for offering an upscale dining experience with a focus on Italian cuisine.

The restaurant is recognized for its elegant ambiance, attentive service, and a diverse menu featuring classic Italian dishes made with high-quality ingredients.

Angelina's Ristorante is often praised for its extensive wine selection, making it a popular choice for both casual and special occasions such as Valentine's day.

For an ultimate romantic date, nothing like watching a beautiful sunset in Southwest Florida.

And you can pair that view with a delicious meal over at the Gumbo Limbo in Naples.

Located inside the Ritz Carlton, the restaurant offers a variety of seafood and Caribbean options as well as cocktails.

Petar's in Bonita Springs offers a sophisticated menu that are a presented in a artistic way that combines food with art.

They also have an open kitchen concept that allows guests to see the environment in which their food is being prepared.

It's without a doubt a place where your date shall never forget!

If your goal for your dinner date is to impress your date with a fine dining, upscale place, then Roadhouse Cafe in Fort Myers is the place to take them

Enjoy a Jazz night show paired with a delectable meal and a sophisticated bottle of wine.

If you are a steak lover and so is your lover, Flemings Prime Steakhouse in Naples will not disappoint.

But before you even get to the steak, you must try their champagne infused brie butter that comes with their delicious rolls, it is something out of this world.

Check out this video for a closer look at the Flemings Prime Steakhouse in Naples.

chicken entree at Fleming's restaurant in naples, florida

If you like to keep things more casual but really enjoy a view, Flippers on the bay is your go to spot.

Located right on Fort Myers beach, the water views, delicious seafood and great cocktails makes this restaurant one of the island's favorites.

Mangia bene in Cape Coral offers a great and cozy atmosphere for a romantic date.

You and your date can enjoy an authentic Italian meal or a pizza, if you are feeling more casual.

History appreciators, this restaurant is the one for you!

Experience the Old Florida Charm at the Tarpon Lodge in Bokeelia and maybe pair it with a sunset and you've got yourself an scene of a love movie.

Now add a glass of wine and a delicious of plate of fresh seafood, to make things even more surreal.

How about an appetizing dinner under the stars toasting to a glass of wine? Sounds dreamy?!

Well, you can make that happen over at Carmelo's in Punta Gorda.

The restaurant provides indoor and outdoor seatings with a aesthetically designed patio and an authentic Italian menu that includes Osobuco, Veal marsala and more.

Modernly designed restaurant, Cielo, located in Sanibel Island is one of the Island's finest.

With a high rating on Google, this restaurant provides a fine dining experience offering American style dishes to the sounds of a piano.

For the Mexican Food and Culture enthusiast, definitely consider El Nido Mexican Restaurant in Estero.

Not only they have amazing foods and drinks but the place is aesthetically beautiful every where you look. So many photo opportunities here, it will be hard choosing just one, so go for all.

See exactly what my husband and I had during our visit here.

house salad at El Nido restaurant in Estero Florida

Feel like you are in Italy at Ariani Ristorante Italiano in Cape Coral without leaving Southwest Florida.

Here you can enjoy an authentic Italian meal with seafood options as well. And don't skip on the dessert, they have one of the best tiramisu in the area.

For a serene and scenic Romantic dinner date, The Green Flash in Captiva is a top option.

And if you are on a boat, no problem, you have a parking option here too!

Menu options include seafoods and a variety of cocktails.

Fine dining steakhouse, Ario, is located in Marco Island offering a contemporary setting with a strict dress code in place.

So, if you like to dress up, this is the place to be!

The restaurant offers steaks, chops and other American cuisine style meals and it's located inside the JW Marriot Hotel.


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