5 Most Romantic Restaurants in Gainesville, FL

5 Most Romantic Restaurants in Gainesville, FL

Take your Valentine's Day date to these 5 romantic and delicious restaurants

252
views

You have survived the first date and even made it past the honeymoon stage, but how do you keep the romance going? From all-you-can-eat dreamy brunches to cozy afternoon walks in the park, and romantic dinners, Gainesville is full of great dinner options, but it's easy to keep going to the same few restaurants. If you feel tired of eating out at your usual dinner spots, here are 5 of the most romantic restaurant to keep your lovey vibes going on for your next date night.

1. Embers Wood Grill (Steakhouse)

https://bit.ly/2EaSDRF

If you are looking for a fancy dinner date or some good old steak, this place is for you. The chef's menu retains excellent house specialties and the chef does a great job by using USDA Prime Cut Meat that they cook over a real wood grill. You can taste the smokiness that comes through in everything, from grilled steaks to seafood. With two certified Sommeliers, you can impress your dinner date with fresh steak and perfect wine pairings.

2. Amelia's Italian Cuisine (Italian)

https://bit.ly/2DwjYMs

Classic Italian dishes. Amelia's offers a range of different dishes with a twist. Sauces and pasta made from scratch which makes this place special and intimate for a romantic dinner for two. Not just you feel in a different city as soon as you walk in, but this place offers cozy inside and outside seating. Your date will be impressed not just by the food and the ambiance of it, but by the polite greet that Chef Andy gives when he approaches your table to make sure everything with the meal is up to his standards.

3. Public & General (American, Traditional)

https://bit.ly/2S3vpRn

A self-service restaurant and tavern, this is a perfect place for an afternoon eatery's lunch offering specialty sandwiches, cheese, and charcuterie selection, along with daily plates. Not just is good for lunch, but bring your dinner date after 5 o'clock, for their amazing dinner menu, it expands to include their house prepared small plates. Sitting by the bar, choose from a large selection of international wines, cocktails and craft beers.

4. Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Company (Japanese)

https://bit.ly/2S0Gt1g

Impress your date with this delicious Japanese tapas, great ambiance and a lovely date night feel. It is their love of craft and artful flavor that compels this place to create a meaningful connection with food and ambiance. Everyone can come here to fill your taste buds with delicious food or choose from plenty of drinks options to compliment with your dinner date.

5. Crane Ramen (Asian Fusion)

https://bit.ly/2TNoGg1

Craft Ramen Restaurant, serving local meat, eggs, and poultry whenever possible and most of their vegetables come from farms located within 100 miles of the restaurant, you can say this is the best place for you to take your dinner date to impress! With natural ingredients, everything from the menu is scratch-made, a trendy atmosphere, yet hipster look will add the perfect touch for your romantic night out.

Popular Right Now

​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.
1456553
views

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

Cover Image Credit: Hailea Shallock

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

10 Chain Restaurants Ranked Based On Personal Experiences

They all have unique aspects that make them great.

11
views

My only personal rule when it comes to dining out is never ever Applebee's. Applebee's is trash.

1. Chili's

Huge Chili's guy. Not a bad thing to say about the place. Fast service, consistent food and that cookie skillet are always excellent. Chicken crispers are OK too. Really just an ideal dining experience in all regards. Chilis to go is also a big draw. All around winner right here.

2. IHOP

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and IHOP allows you to get it all day long. With so many variations of pancakes, omelet's, eggs and even a full dinner menu, there is not much bad about the place. Especially a great late night dining destination. Often patronized by the elderly for their early bird special, there's sure to never be a dull moment at your local IHOP.

3. Texas Roadhouse

A great place for dinner. Get a nice cut of prime rib, some mashed potatoes and of course, those rolls. Sometimes it is very busy and takes a while for the food to come out but in the meantime they have peanuts. They seem to really emphasize quality and portions and therefore there is always a good value. Some have tried to copy their business model, but Texas Roadhouse does it best.

4. Waffle House

Southern Icon, waffle house. Place doesn't close. Ever. Thats admirable in and of itself. Menu is basic and food is nothing special, but there is just something about the environment and the way it feels like everyone is welcome there is excellent. Price is right too. Restaurants are usually dirty enough that you notice, but not dirty enough to really care.

5. Chick-Fil-A

Best service in the fast food industry hands down. When you walk in to a Chick-Fil-A, you are treated with utmost respect. Not to mention in terms of food quality and consistency, they take the cake. Only true downfalls are that it is relatively expensive and they are not open on Sundays. Killer milkshakes too.

6. Chipotle

Consistent. You walk in, you know what you're getting. The food is really not that special but the draw is that it is at least moderately healthy and always dank. Watch out for that E. Coli though, it'll getcha.

7. Auntie Annes

You ever been to a mall? There's probably an Auntie Anne's there. It's the pretzel place that is always there, smelling good. They have variations of pretzels such as pretzel dogs and pretzel nuggets and lemonade to wash it all down. A great snack. Reminds me of simpler times.

8. Dunkin' Donuts (Dunkin")

New England favorite. There are 3 within a mile of my house at home. Not really anything special about the place. It seems like more of a cultural thing. Still great though. Coffee coolatas are noteworthy.

9. McDonalds

American staple. Ice cream machine is always broken and food order sometimes gets messed up, but in a general sense McDonalds is always there for you. You can go anywhere in the country and be close to one. Coffee for only a buck is the best part.

10. Cici's Pizza

All you can eat pizza for $5.99 is a hell of a deal. They have almost any kind of pizza you can think of, even a dessert pizza. This place is not for everyone. It's kind of dirty and they usually have a shitty arcade, but for six bucks what do you expect.

For those with a refined palette, it is important to identify the things that make chain restaurants great. This is entirely subjective. Applebees is garbage.

Related Content

Facebook Comments