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Date night in Gainesville is an intimate, quiet experience. Far from the spring break crowds who invade Florida's beaches and away from the large family noises of the theme parks, Gainesville offers couples cozy restaurants to learn more about each other or reconnect while enjoying delicious meals. Whether your date night involves finding the perfect bottle of champagne, digging into juicy steaks, sharing a plate of pasta or savoring a sweet dessert, Gainesville offers couples plenty of choices for romantic options.

Embers Wood Grill
Locals and visitors both flock to Embers Wood Grill for the decadent lobster mashed potatoes. With white tablecloths and superior service, Embers Wood Grill is a perfect place to celebrate, whether it’s a special occasion like Valentine's Day or just a night away from the kids. The award-winning restaurant features a variety of appetizers, cocktails, soups and salads, steaks cooked just right, classic steakhouse sides, a vast selection of wines and a dessert menu – complete with beverage pairings – nearly as long as the main menu.

Manuel's Vintage Room offers old world Italian dining in the heart of Gainesville's downtown. With decades of experience in the restaurant business, Manuel's Vintage Room brings one of the best wine lists in town to pair with local favorites like a Caprese salad, veal porcini or pasta, including lobster ravioli. The small restaurant space is filled with delicious dishes being turned out of the professionally run kitchen, including rich desserts like a chocolate torte. With excellent service, Manuel's is one of the best spots in town.

Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Co. is a great excuse to get dressed up for a night on the town. One of the trendier spots in Gainesville, Dragonfly has a selection of sexy cocktails to go with the creative and broad selection of modern Japanese dishes. Beautiful ambience pairs well with beautifully crafted sushi rolls like the Big Boss or The Bomb. Shareable bowls of deliciously rich ramen make Dragonfly perfect for a romantic night of wining and dining.

Paramount Grill brings fine dining to a relaxed setting in Downtown Gainesville. Chef Clif Nelson serves only the finest freshest ingredients and nearly everything is made in-house. The menu is updated frequently with selections like the Shrimp Scampi with heirloom tomatoes, or Roasted Game Hen with Wild Rice.

Uppercrust Productions is the perfect place to complete a romantic day in Gainesville. The bakery offers breads, croissants, and pastries in addition to a selection of sandwiches, soups and salads and spreads and dips to be enjoyed on the breads and rolls. Uppercrust has sweets and savories to satisfy every taste and helpful employees to aid in your selection.

Whether your date night is at home, in a hotel or at a white tablecloth establishment, Gainesville has the perfect place for you to enjoy great food and conversation.

PICTURED: Delicious Pasta at Manuel's
Photo Courtesy of Visit Gainesville
PICTURED: Date Night Dessert
Photo Courtesy of Visit Gainesville