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Lake Nona Hot Spots for a Romantic Valentine’s Day Date

Love is in the air, and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Luckily for you, the Lake Nona area is home to some of the most fabulous restaurants serving up savory offerings for the perfect night out. If you (or your sweetie) need some ideas, check out these four Lake Nona dining destinations.

13615 Sachs Avenue, Orlando, FL 32827

Conveniently located in Laureate Park Village Center in the heart of the Nonahood, Canvas has earned a reputation for delicious dinners, delectable Sunday brunch, and an inviting market. The Canvas menu boasts new American cuisine flavored by Florida’s unique fusion of Southern and Latin American roots. You can enjoy seasonally sourced local produce, plus super fresh seafood from the Atlantic. I give it an A+ on romance. Call to reserve a seat on the patio for 6 p.m. to watch the sunset on the water with a glass of pinot in hand.

Canvas’ Valentine’s menu features the following entrees:

Wood Oven Roasted Warm Water Lobster Tail
Calabrian chili butter, blood orange, Jerusalem artichokes, radicchio

12 oz Prime Manhattan Steak
Roasted garlic and cauliflower puree, melted leeks, shaved black truffles and Point Reyes blue cheese

For more info, visit:


6967 Lake Nona Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827

Since its opening last fall, Chroma has quickly established itself as a fantastic place to unwind and indulge. Located in the all-new Lake Nona Town Center, Chroma features a visible kitchen and beautiful bar. You can choose to dine inside intimate banquettes, al fresco in the outdoor lounge, or in the solarium. Chroma will be offering a special small plate sharing menu for two featuring six different small plate options. The normal menu will also be available if you’re craving a go-to favorite; mine is the lamb ribs and…to be honest, I don’t always share them. If it’s your first date, order two.

Here is a preview of what you can expect from the Valentine’s small plate sharing menu:

Burrata and Smoked Prosciutto
Crispy Basil, Powdered Olive Oil. Wine Pairing: Tavistock Reserve Prosecco

Red and Yellow Beet Carpaccio
Goat Cheese, Herb Salad, Crispy Capers, Citrus Oil. Wine Pairing: Tavistock Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Coal-Roasted Cape Canaveral Shrimp
Jicama Salad, Avocado Mousse, Cilantro Oil. Wine Pairing: Tavistock Reserve Chardonnay

Foie Gras Terrine
Preserved Cherries, Brioche Crouton, Pistachio Dust. Wine Pairing: Terra d’Oro Chenin Blanc-Viognier

White Bean Cassoulet
House-Made Smoked Sausage, Double-Smoked Pork Belly, Duck Confit, Rainbow Chard, Sous Vide Carrots. Wine Pairing: Tavistock Reserve Pinot Noir

Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake
Spicy Chipotle, Ceylon Cinnamon Ice Cream

Their complete Valentine’s menu can be found on at:

(407) 313-0027
9685 Lake Nona Village Place, Orlando, FL 32827

Known for having “a tavern soul and foodie heart” Nona Blue fuses the comfort of a neighborhood hangout with the quality of an upscale restaurant. A uniquely modern tavern-styled restaurant, Nona Blue believes in fresh, never frozen ingredients. We love that the chefs make all their sauces, dressings, and desserts in-house daily. You have the option of dining inside or out, and they have heaters outside for cool February evenings. Their most popular dishes are the Chowder, the Nona Blue Burger, Salmon Dip, the Tenders, and the Fried Calamari. But my favorite server Suzi, knows that I love the baby back ribs and lobster mac and cheese! Give it a try.

On Valentine’s Day, Nona Blue will also feature a Crab Martini, Sea bass, and a featured Dessert. To see the full menu, visit:

310 NONA
(407) 203-1120
10785 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando FL 32832

310 fans who drove to Park Avenue or Downtown Orlando, rejoiced when 310 Nona opened up in Lake Nona. Their award-winning “New American” cuisine is sure to please even the pickiest diners. Whether dining inside or on the patio, you are sure to have a wonderful time. You can choose from a wide selection of refreshing wines and domestic beers to accompany your meal. All of the menu items at this restaurant are beautifully presented. My favorite is the Mediterranean salad with blackened salmon! They also feature a fantastic Stuffed Chicken Asiago, the 310 Steak Sandwich, and the Mushroom Ravioli. Ask for my favorite server, Tracy, and let her know Zahide sent you!

310 Nona will be running a special Valentine’s Menu, and you can ‘like’ their Facebook page to be among the first to see it when it is released:

Happy Valentine’s Day!