Valentine’s Dinner: 5 Romantic Restaurants

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day at Beso Del Sol Resort or just want a great place to eat during your vacation, Dunedin has just about everything to offer. Below, we’ve come up with some highly recommended spots that will give you and your special someone a variety of cuisine and price points to choose from.

The Black Pearl $$$
The name alone is…intriguing. This little gem featuring French and American cuisine is intimate and romantic in setting with unusual and gourmet dishes. Starters range from fried green tomatoes to roasted wild mushroom gnocchi. Entrees feature meats and seafood from around the country prepared in unusual ways, like twice cooked Long Island duckling and white truffle Maine lobster risotto. Signature Black Pearl licorice ice cream and the chocolate peanut butter pretzel tart demand you leave room for dessert.

Café Alfresco $$
Reminiscent of a European Bistro and sidewalk café, Café Alfresco casual and reasonably priced with a surprisingly large menu inspired by food from around the world, from Grouper Francese to Chicken Curry.  The view overlooks the Pinellas Trail and the Café has a separate short menu just devoted to Italian dishes. Visit the website before you go for daily chef recommendations.

The Living Room on Main $$$
It’s tapas time! With plenty of vegetarian, seafood, and meat-lovers options based on international cuisine, The Living Room is the perfect place to share a meal with your special Valentine. Each dish arrives at your table tapas-style and ready for sharing. Most weekends feature live entertainment and the patio area has plenty of outdoor seating.

Bon Appetit Restaurant & Bar $$$
Craving seafood right on the waterfront? Bon Appetit has been a Dunedin favorite since 1976. Both indoor and outdoor seating provide elegant ambience with beautiful views of St. Josephs sound. Raw things, grilled things and sautéed things are all expertly prepared. Snails and beef carpaccio to start, with red snapper, jambalaya or prime New York steak strip for dinner. Each day of the week features a different comfort food special, and there are plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Enjoy a drink before or after the meal at the waterfront bar which features live entertainment most evenings.

Cricketers British Pub & Restaurant $$
Fantastic fish & chips, coming right up. Cricketers has both British and traditional American cuisine and is perfect when your “romantic night out” includes the kids (who eat free on Sundays). With all-you-can-eat fish & chips or crab legs, Cricketers is both delicious and a value. With plenty of beer on tap and happy hour specials every day, Cricketers brings British favorites like bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie and Scottish eggs to the table with plenty of all-American favorites like burgers and barbecue to boot. Kids platters are also available.

So if you’re at Beso Del Sol Resort for Valentine’s Day or any day of the year, these delicious Dunedin eateries are sure to please.

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Victoria Hoffman

A native of New Jersey, Victoria isn't entirely sure how she ended up in Kansas City, but has enjoyed writing, editing, creating, communicating and marketing for high-profile accounts throughout the city ever since. In her spare time, Victoria is an actor (and active) with local community and city theatre.