The sunny city of Ocala in central Florida is packed with things to see and do from interesting museums and art galleries to beautiful outdoor parks and national forests. Discover amazing pre-Columbian artifacts and contemporary art at the Appleton Museum of Art; explore the important Second Seminole War site at the Fort King National Historic Park; or head outdoors to enjoy kayaking and cruising on glass-bottomed boats in the Silver Springs State Park or hiking and mountain biking through the dense woods of the Ocala National Forest. After a day of adventure and fun, head to one of these outstanding restaurants for a romantic dinner.
1.Amrit Palace Indian Restaurant
© Amrit Palace Indian Restaurant
Established in 1981, Amrit Palace Indian Restaurant serves traditional Northern Indian cuisine in a stylish environment. The spacious restaurant has bright décor and a warm and welcoming ambiance and comfortable seating and serves an extensive menu of authentic Indian cuisine with appetizers of Samosa Chaat, Bhujia, Madras Fried Shrimp, and Gobhi Manchurian, and entrées of Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Korma, Lamb Chops, Seikh Kebab, and Shrimp Vindaloo. Traditional desserts like kulfi and gulab jamun offer sweet end to the meal, and a full-service bar serves a variety of libations from casual wines and craft beers to top-shelf spirits and classic cocktails. Amrit Palace Indian Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
3415 SW College Rd, Ocala, FL 34474, Phone: 352-873-8500
2.Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine
© Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine
Located in the Shady Oaks Shopping Center, Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine specializes in traditional Thai cuisine served in a chic, stylish environment. The casual restaurant has a modern dining space and a relaxed ambiance and serves delicious, fresh Thai food for lunch and dinner throughout the week. The menu features classic appetizers such as spring rolls, steamed dumplings, chicken satay and samosas, followed by soups and salads, rice and noodle dishes and spicy or sweet entrées of Thai Grill Chicken, Crab Rangoon, Pad Broccoli, and Amazing Praram. A full-service bar serves a variety of libations from casual wines and craft beers to top-shelf spirits and classic cocktails. Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
2437 SW 27th Ave, Ocala, FL 34471, Phone: 352-237-3433
3.Braised Onion Restaurant
© Braised Onion Restaurant
Braised Onion Restaurant is a casual eatery that serves New American cuisine and a variety of libations in a laid-back and relaxed setting. Boasting a vibrant dining space with bright artworks on the walls and comfortable tables and chairs, the restaurant serves a creative menu of contemporary New American dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients and regional produce. The menu features prime, naturally-raised meats and chicken, fresh seafood and fish, housemade pasta and sauces, organic herbs, salads and vegetables, and homemade desserts. A full-service bar serves a variety of libations from casual wines and craft beers to top-shelf spirits and classic cocktails. Braised Onion Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala, FL 34470, Phone: 352-620-9255
4.Chefs of Napoli IV
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Located in Heath Brook Commons, Chefs of Napoli IV is a family-owned and operated Italian restaurant that serves traditional Italian fare in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The family-friendly eatery serves lunch, and dinner menus of refined Northern Italian cooking served in a bustling, vibrant space with friendly waitrons serving steaming plates of delicious house-made pasta and pizzas, artisanal bread, ocean-fresh seafood, and a mouthwatering list of daily specials. Casual wines from Italy and around the world, craft and draft beers, high-end spirits, and classic cocktails are served from the bar, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
5400 SW College Rd, Ocala, FL 34474, Phone: 352-857-8111
5.Craft Cuisine Ocala
© Craft Cuisine Ocala
Craft Cuisine Ocala is a quaint, intimate restaurant that specializes in locally sourced, fusion cuisine with gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options. The elegant restaurant features a spacious dining room with rustic décor, a beautiful reflective fountain, floor-to-ceiling displays of wine, luxurious drapery, and dim lighting, creating the perfect ambiance for a romantic dinner. Owned by Fatima Luzuriaga and helmed by Chef Victor Luzarraga, the restaurant serves contemporary cuisine with Asian, Latin, American and Italian flavors with from-scratch dishes ranging from gourmet burgers and Spanish tapas to house-made pasta. Casual wines from Italy and around the world, craft and draft beers, high-end spirits, and classic cocktails are served from the bar, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
7751, 2237 SW 19th Avenue Rd Ste 102, Ocala, FL 34471, Phone: 352-237-7300
6.Feta Mediterranean Cuisine
© Feta Mediterranean Cuisine
Located in downtown Ocala, Feta Mediterranean Cuisine is a vibrant Mediterranean restaurant that serves authentic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Owned and operated by the Pomakis family, the warm and welcoming restaurant serves a range of made-from-scratch Mediterranean dishes using fresh, locally sourced ingredients such as Greek salads, hummus and tzatziki, wild-caught branzino, grass-fed lamb chops, gyros and shwarmas, and sweet treats like melt-in-your-mouth baklava. A full-service bar serves a variety of libations from casual wines and craft beers to top-shelf spirits and classic cocktails. Feta Mediterranean Cuisine is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
306 SW Broadway St, Ocala, FL 34471, Phone: 352-433-4328
7.Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse
© Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse
Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse is a vibrant steakhouse that brings a taste of Brazil to the heart of Ocala. Featuring classy quarters with white tableclothed tables, wooden accents, and high ceilings, Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse serves Latin American cuisine and Brazilian churrascaria with fresh locally sourced ingredients and regional produce and traditional recipes from Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Helmed by a traditional gaucho chef, the restaurant offers a selection of meats form the special rotisserie, which is served table-side and complemented with a seasonal fresh salad bar and a Brazilian-style hot bar. There is also a more traditional a-la-carte menu with options such as hearty burgers, thin-crust pizzas; fresh seafood and catch-of-the-day, handmade pasta, and delicious steaks. Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse is open for dinner daily and lunch on Fridays and Sundays.
2023 S Pine Ave, Ocala, FL 34471, Phone: 352-622-1741
8.Ivy House Restaurant
© Ivy House Restaurant
Set in a beautifully preserved circa-1890 building, the Ivy House Restaurant is a family-owned and operated restaurant that serves Southern-inspired cuisine in an elegant setting. One of two locations, the downtown Ocala eatery is an award-winning dining destination and renowned for its seasonal menus of contemporary New American cuisine, which is created with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Signature dishes include Southern Fried Lobster, Wagyu Hamburger Steak, the famous Baked Krispy Chicken, and decadent Key Lime Pie, and the cuisine is accompanied by a variety of libations from casual wines and craft beers to top-shelf spirits and classic cocktails. The Ivy House Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
53 S Magnolia Ave, Ocala, FL 34471, Phone: 352-622-5550
© Katya Vineyards
Katya Vineyards is a family-owned and operated boutique winery that produces small batches of handcrafted wines. Established in 2010 and nestled among the sprawling horse farms of Central Florida, the winery brings the family’s Eastern European heritage to the heart of Ocala and produces a range of whites, reds, and rosé wines. Executive Chef Tony Deras helms the winery restaurant which serves an evolving menu of seasonal cuisine inspired by the bounty of North Central Florida with dishes like Lump Crab Bisque with Black ink Linguini, Steak Bruschetta on Black Olive Baguette, Burrata Benedict on Sweet Corn Arepa, and Sea Bass on Roasted Tofu Steak. Visitors can enjoy gourmet food and wine pairings Wednesday through Saturday evenings.
101 E Silver Springs Blvd Suite 102, Ocala, FL 34470, Phone: 352-528-2675
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10.La Cuisine French Restaurant
© La Cuisine French Restaurant
Located in the heart of Ocala’s vibrant historic downtown area, La Cuisine French Restaurant brings the tastes and flavors of France to Florida. Exuding the Old-World charm of a quaint French bistro, the cozy eatery serves an award-winning menu of classic French cuisine from the various regions of France prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and gourmet imported products. Owners Patrice and Elodie make every dish from scratch using local, grass-fed, antibiotic-free meat and poultry and organic salads and vegetables where possible and with traditional French culinary techniques. A full-service bar serves a variety of libations from casual French wines and craft beers to top-shelf spirits and classic cocktails. La Cuisine French Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
48 SW 1st Ave, Ocala, FL 34471, Phone: 352-433-2570
11.Latinos y Mas Restaurant
© Latinos y Mas Restaurant
Located in the heart of Ocala, Latinos y Mas Restaurant serves authentic Latin American cuisine in a spacious and vibrant atmosphere. The restaurant boasts a comfortable and laid-back dining space and a large patio for alfresco dining where guests can enjoy live music while tucking into delicious plates of Guacamole en Molcajete, Tostones Tio Rico, Havana Mojito Grilled Pork Chops, Bistek Empanizado, and Carne Asada con Chimichurri. The restaurant offers daily lunch specials, catering services for private parties, happy hour specials, and Kids-Eat-Free-on-Mondays, and is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
2030 S Pine Ave, Ocala, FL 34471, Phone: 352-622-4777
12.Lorito's Italian Kitchen
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Lorito's Italian Kitchen is a family-friendly Italian restaurant that offers an authentic Italian dining experience with a warm family-orientated ambiance and an elegant fine-dining vibe. The comfortable eatery is renowned for its diverse and delectable menu of farm-to-table fare, which includes handmade pasta, which is cooked to order and is served with a variety of toppings and sauces, along with starters of antipasti, bruschetta, fresh Caprese salads, and heaving entrées of fresh seafood and prime meats. The cuisine is paired with a variety of casual wines from Italy and other wine-growing regions, along with craft beers by the bottle, and made-to-order cocktails. Lorito's Italian Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner daily.
1801 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470, Phone: 352-629-1383
13.Mark's Prime Steakhouse and Seafood
© Mark's Prime Steakhouse and Seafood
Marks Prime Steakhouse is the go-to spot for delicious steaks grilled to perfection, and fresh seafood served in an elegant and relaxed setting. One of two locations, the steakhouse serves a menu of thick house-butchered cuts of USDA choice steaks, free-range chicken and pork, fresh seafood and a range of vegetarian options. Guests can savor the exquisite cuisine in a beautifully appointed dining room with crisply decorated tables and soft lighting, and a full-service bar offers an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. Marks Prime Steakhouse is open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday.
30 S Magnolia Ave, Ocala, FL 34471, Phone: 352-402-0097
14.Mesa de Notte
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Owned by savvy restaurateur Jose Moreno, Mesa de Notte is a refined Italian restaurant with a rustic, romantic ambiance that serves elevated Italian cuisine and fine wines. The beautifully renovated restaurant, whose name translates to ‘Table of the Night,’ boasts a spacious, yet cozy dining space with a large full-service bar and a private party area and serves mouth-watering creations of contemporary Italian fare. Chef Loring Felix creates appetizers of Aki Crostini, Capesante Champagne and Capellini Loring, followed by entrées like Penne Alla Vodka, Filetto Milanese, Spada Puttanesca, and Zuppa di Pesce Amalfi. Salads of Mesa de Notte accompany the mains, and the full-service bar offers an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. Mesa de Notte is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.
2436 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470, Phone: 352-732-4737
15.Sky Fine Dining
© Sky Fine Dining
Based on the 6th floor of the Holiday Inn Suites in Ocala, Sky Fine Dining is an award-winning fine-dining destination that offers an exceptional dining experience. The restaurant is exquisitely decorated with sophisticated designer décor with Asian accents, a custom-made bar, an open kitchen surrounded by a handmade Chinese dragon and three imposing guardian warrior statues. The highly-acclaimed menu showcases contemporary gourmet cuisine with dishes like fresh seafood platters of sea bass, lobster, salmon and shrimp, prime USDA steaks seared to perfection, live Maine lobster, and succulent rack of lamb. A raw bar serves fresh, handmade sushi and sashimi, and the full-service bar offers an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. Sky Fine Dining is open for lunch, dinner, or an incredible Sunday brunch.
3600 SW 38th Ave, Ocala, FL 34474, Phone: 352-291-0000
16.Tavern on The Square Restaurantand Bar
© Tavern on The Square Restaurant & Bar
Tavern on the Square Restaurant & Bar is a casual restaurant and bar that serves gourmet cuisine and fine wines, handcrafted aromatic cocktails and hosts nightly live music. Boasting an ample dining space for over 100 guests, including three large communal tables for group dining, and lovely front and back patios for alfresco dining, the restaurant serves a menu of contemporary cuisine. Fresh seafood, prime steaks and other meat dishes, pasta and sauces, fresh salads and vegetarian options are just some of the gourmet offerings, and the full-service bar offers an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. Tavern on the Square Restaurant & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
11 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470, Phone: 352-390-8969
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© Tony's Sushi
Located in the Colours Plaza, Tony's Sushi is a cornerstone dining destination that is renowned for its outstanding Japanese cuisine and professional, friendly service. The popular mainstay serves a refined menu of fresh handmade sushi, sashimi, and teppanyaki, along with an array of hibachi, rolls, tempura, and other Asian-centric and Japanese dishes. Decorated in sleek and stylish décor with a serene and romantic ambiance, the modern eatery also serves a range of drinks from sake to classic cocktails and offers takeout services. Tony's Sushi is open for lunch and dinner daily.
3405 SW College Rd, Ocala, FL 34474, Phone: 352-237-3151
17 Best Romantic Restaurants in Ocala, FL
- Amrit Palace Indian Restaurant, Photo: Amrit Palace Indian Restaurant
- Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine, Photo: Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine
- Braised Onion Restaurant, Photo: Braised Onion Restaurant
- Chefs of Napoli IV, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Craft Cuisine Ocala, Photo: Craft Cuisine Ocala
- Feta Mediterranean Cuisine, Photo: Feta Mediterranean Cuisine
- Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse, Photo: Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse
- Ivy House Restaurant, Photo: Ivy House Restaurant
- Katya Vineyards, Photo: Katya Vineyards
- La Cuisine French Restaurant, Photo: La Cuisine French Restaurant
- Latinos y Mas Restaurant, Photo: Latinos y Mas Restaurant
- Lorito's Italian Kitchen, Photo: Lorito's Italian Kitchen
- Mark's Prime Steakhouse and Seafood, Photo: Mark's Prime Steakhouse and Seafood
- Mesa de Notte, Photo: Mesa de Notte
- Sky Fine Dining, Photo: Sky Fine Dining
- Tavern on The Square Restaurantand Bar, Photo: Tavern on The Square Restaurant & Bar
- Tony's Sushi, Photo: Tony's Sushi
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