SoWal Spots for a Romantic Rendezvous
Many SoWal locals spend February in a frenzy, preparing for the imminent onslaught of Spring Break. But we also want to pause and savor the last bit of relative restaurant solitude, and with Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s the perfect time to visit some of our most romantic SoWal spots to dine. Whether you enjoy a casual or fancy dining experience, here's the staff's latest SoWal List of great places to dine with someone special.
Café Tango (top photo)
Nestled in a quaint cottage in Blue Mountain Beach, Café Tango is the ultimate romantic venue. With its cozy, intimate atmosphere and five-star service, you and your significant other can enjoy each other’s company without much interruption. Tango offers an extensive, unique wine list along with masterfully prepared entrées. After dinner, enjoy an aperitif and the baked brie topped with blueberry compote.
14 Vicki Street, Blue Mountain Beach | 850-267-0054
Located in Rosemary Beach, Restaurant Paradis has become a SoWal staple in upscale dining, offering an inventive drink menu and diverse wine list along with seasonal entrée specials and a knock out filet mignon. The atmosphere is quite sexy and inviting, and is ideal for you and your date to focus on dinner conversation instead of your surroundings.
82 South Barrett Square, Rosemary Beach | 850-534-0400
Onano Neighborhood Café
Onano truly has a “café around the corner” feel with an alluring indoor and bar area and sidewalk tables overlooking the Western Green by the Gulf in Rosemary Beach. Take in a gorgeous sunset while enjoying a glass of wine and one of the authentic Italian dishes. Patrons are never made to feel rushed so take your time and stay awhile.
78 Main Street, Rosemary Beach | 850 231-2436
Located in Seagrove Beach since 1995, Café Thirty-A is the epitome of upscale casual dining. The award-winning restaurant is famous for hand-muddled martinis and impeccable service. Lounge in the bar area or in the open dining room while sipping on a cocktail. For dinner, indulge in the Maine Lobster in Paradise or the Sesame-Crusted Rare Yellowfin Tuna.
3899 East County 30A, Seagrove Beach | 850-231-2166
Fish Out of Water
Located at the WaterColor Inn & Resort, Fish Out of Water is a chic and sophisticated restaurant with breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico along with a creative and ever-changing menu. Relax indoors at one of the oversized booths or take in the sea air at a table on the Sunset Deck. Start the night off with a signature cocktail, or select a palate-pleasing bottle of wine from the Wine Room.
1778 East County 30A, WaterColor | 850-534-5050
La Crema Tapas & Chocolate
La Crema is the ultimate pick when it comes to after-dinner drinks and sharing dessert. The “Spain meets Rosemary Beach” concept comes alive with Spanish imported wines and authentic desserts like the churros and chocolate. Linger with your loved one and sample small plate offerings with a big glass of red wine.
38 Main Street, Rosemary Beach | 850-624-4121
Bistro Bijoux in the Village of Baytowne Wharf features a coastal cuisine with a New Orleans flair. Cozy up to a table in the serene atmosphere and order a bottle of wine from the extensive award-winning list. Treat yourself to an exquisite French-inspired entrée, but be sure to leave room for the caramelized pear bread pudding.
Village of Baytowne Wharf , 9100 Baytowne Blvd, Sandestin | 850-622-0760
For more restaurant stories, ratings and reviews, be sure to check out the SoWal Dining Guide. And there are always friendly knowledgeable folks on the SoWal Dining Forum - you'll also find some great Valentine's specials there, and on the SoWal Facebook page.