Looking to have a memorable night out this Valentine’s Day? Look no further: we’ve assembled a list of five of the most romantic restaurants in the Jacksonville area. From a posh steakhouse to a rustic Italian spot to a cozy French bistro, you and your date are sure to find the perfect date spot.
Found in the swanky Amelia Island Ritz-Carlton, Salt’s elegant seasonal menu, bountiful wine list, and gorgeous ocean views make it one of our favorite spots to splurge on a romantic night out. They prepare simple dishes with the utmost precision, delivering impeccable dishes like wagyu beef, whole Maine lobster, and a seared snapper. Wednesday through Sunday 5-10 p.m. 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy. Amelia Island, FL; ritzcarlton.com // @ritzcarlton
Sometimes there’s nothing better than a classic Italian joint like Enza’s, a romantic, cozy spot you’d never expect to find nestled in a strip mall. Owner and head chef Enza’s menu draws from her experiences growing up in Sicily, a collection of perfectly prepared classic Italian dishes, so it’s no wonder they’ve been named the best Italian restaurant in Jacksonville three times by the Florida Times Union. A rotating cast of guest musicians help elevate an already memorable experience, serenading you and your Valentine as you enjoy a big bowl of pasta. Tuesday through Thursday 4-9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4-10 p.m. 10601 San Jose Blvd. #109, Jacksonville, FL; enzas.net // @enzasjax
Encouraging diners to “experience elegance without pretense,” Orsay’s a French bistro that draws influence from the traditions of the American South. Dig into their expansive raw bar, or try one of their expertly curated charcuterie plates before indulging in classic entrees like pan roasted duck breast, beef stroganoff, and a hearty bouillabaisse. Their intimate, rustic space is a great setting for any special night, Valentine’s or otherwise. Tuesday through Thursday 4-10 p.m., Friday 4 p.m. – 12 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 12 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 3630 Park St. Jacksonville, FL; restaurantorsay.com // @orsayjax
This elegant spot was awarded four diamonds by AAA, won Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, and named Trip Advisor’s best restaurant in Ponte Vedra, and can back up all those accolades with high quality food and immaculate service. Crafting chic New American dishes using exclusively local produce, these culinary masters are loved for their handmade pasta and global culinary approach. Monday through Saturday 4-9 p.m. 818 A1A N, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; restaurantmedure.com // @dinemedure
Not your grandfather’s steakhouse, III Forks is a chic, lively restaurant that combines the swanky vibes of and exclusive nightclub and the expert curation of a legendary chophouse. In addition to a huge selection of premium cuts of meat, they take a contemporary approach to preparing fresh-caught seafood and locally-sourced seafood. For an instagrammable date night for couples looking to go all-out, look no further. Sunday through Thursday 5-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5-11 p.m. 9822 Tapestry Park Circle. Suite #111, Jacksonville, FL; 3forks.com // @3forks