The state capital of Florida, Tallahassee has a variety of restaurants, eateries, and cafés that offer the perfect spot for romantic dinners and special celebrations. Whether you prefer haute cuisine at an elegant, fine-dining establishment or a casual bite to eat against a backdrop of live music at a laid-back gastropub, here is a little inspiration for some exceptional dining options in Tallahassee.
1.Food Glorious Food
© Food Glorious Food
Food Glorious Food is a contemporary restaurant that offers award-winning cuisine, extensive fine wines, and warm and welcoming hospitality in an eclectic ambiance. Established over 30 years ago, the locally-owned and operated restaurant has a comfortable dining room set over two levels, a charming outdoor patio, and a private events room for special occasions. Food Glorious Food offers a menu of seasonal culinary creations such as spiced duck breast, seared tuna, petite filet mignon, caramelized salmon, marinated lamb, spiced duck breast, spicy oyster shooters, sushi three ways, and cooked-to-perfection hamburgers. Heavenly desserts are baked fresh daily from only the most exceptional ingredients, and the cuisine is accompanied by an extensive selection of fine wines and craft beers. Food Glorious Food is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
1950 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32303, Phone: 850-224-9974
2.319 Wine and Cheese Shoppe
© 319 Wine and Cheese Shoppe
319 Wine and Cheese is an award-winning, family-owned bistro offering farm-to-table cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients and age-old family recipes. The menu features a range of market-driven dishes like cheese and charcuterie boards to gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, homemade soups, and their famous Reverse Meatballs, all of are prepared using regional produce from surrounding farms and artisanal producers such as Mae Mae Farms, Au Peche Bakery, and Winter Park Dairy. Sunday brunch is popular with favorite items like homemade quiche, tomato pie, stuffed French toast, and frittatas. The café also offers a wide range of organic and local wines. 319 Wine and Cheese is open for dinner Tuesday through Friday and brunch on the weekends.
6265 Old Water Oak Rd #104, Tallahassee, FL 32312, Phone: 850-765-7053
3.A La Provence of Tallahassee
© A La Provence of Tallahassee
Located in Timberlane Shops on the Square, A La Provence is an elegant, white-tableclothed dining destination that is perfect for a romantic dinner for two. This classic fine-dining restaurant exudes an intimate and refined atmosphere with a menu to match of artfully presented French-Mediterranean fare and an extensive list if globally-inspired wines. Boasting dishes prepared with organic and locally sourced meats and poultry, and fresh seafood such as lobster bisque, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Pot Au Feu / Braised Black Angus Boneless Short Rib, and Boeuf du Jour, A La Provence promises an unforgettable dining experience. A La Provence is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
1415 Timberlane Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32312, Phone: 850-329-6870
© Backwoods Crossing
Head to Backwoods Crossing for an authentic farm-to-table experience with dishes is prepared using the highest quality locally sourced and organic where possible ingredients from the surrounding two-acre farm on which the restaurant is situated. Renowned for serving unique hard-to-find vegetables, such as dragon carrots, the contemporary restaurant crafts a menu seasonal menu of market-driven New American dishes and serves them in a convivial and welcoming setting. The cuisine is accompanied by a range of craft beers, casual wines, and classic cocktails, and there is weekly entertainment in the form of live music. Backwoods Crossing is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
6725 Mahan Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32308, Phone: 850-765-3753
© Bella Bella
Locally-owned and operated, Bella Bella is a classic Italian restaurant that has been serving the community fresh, made-from-scratch Italian fare for nearly 15 years. The family-run restaurant exudes a warm and welcoming atmosphere with contemporary décor and comfortable indoor and outdoor seating for year-round dining. The menu features Italian classics such as antipasto platters, fresh salads, housemade pasta and sauces, wood-fired pizzas with various toppings, fresh seafood, and prime meat dishes, chicken and veal plates, and decadent homemade desserts. The bar serves a selection of craft and local beers, casual easy-drinking wines, high-end spirits, and classic cocktails. Bella Bella is open for lunch and dinner during the week and dinner only on Saturdays.
123 E 5th Ave, Tallahassee, FL 32303, Phone: 850-412-1114
6.Clusters & Hops
Clusters & Hops is a petite shop and market with a cozy nine-seater café that serves and sells gourmet foods, ready-made sandwiches, imported cheese and meats from around the world, and global wines. The quaint, intimate restaurant serves a seasonal menu of European-inspired dishes such as homemade paté of the day, fresh seafood, roasted duck, and truffled mac-n-cheese, accompanied by a range of casual wines and craft beers and brews. Diners can pick a wine of their choice off the shelf and enjoy it with their meal at the retail price for a corkage fee. Clusters & Hops is open for lunch, Wednesday through Friday and dinner only on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
707 N Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32303, Phone: 850-222-2669
© Cypress Restaurant
Cypress Restaurant is a sophisticated restaurant with a beautiful dining space decorated with work by local artists that serves a creative and well-executed menu of Southern-style regional cuisine. A member of Florida Trend Magazine's Golden Spoon Hall of Fame and locally-owned and operated by chef/proprietors David & Elizabeth Gwynn, the restaurant is renowned for its fresh, in-house preparations with locally grown produce such as chef-cut meats and seafood, creative salads and daily specials. Signature dishes include shrimp and grits, oyster and biscuits, and the cuisine is accompanied by a thoughtful wine list, craft beers, and top-shelf spirits. Cypress Restaurant is open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday.
320 E Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32301, Phone: 850-513-1100
8.Georgio's Fine Food & Spirits
© Georgio's Fine Food & Spirits
Georgio's Fine Food & Spirits is an upscale family-owned establishment that specializes in serving hand-cut USDA prime beef steaks, fresh local seafood, and other Mediterranean dishes. Owned by Greek-born George Koikos, the restaurant offers a creative menu of contemporary Mediterranean dishes along with a variety of libations such as craft brews, high-end spirits, classic spirits, and international wines. All dishes are prepared from scratch using fresh locally sourced ingredients and regional produce, and a private banquet room caters for special celebrations for up to 70 guests. Georgio's Fine Food & Spirits is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Saturday.
2971 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee, FL 32301, Phone: 850-877-3211
Located in Tallahassee’s trendy Midtown area, Masa is a hip eatery that serves Asian-inspired seafood and fresh handmade sushi in a chic and modern ambiance. Owned and operated by renowned restauranteur, Lucy Ho, Masa serves a creative menu of Eastern and Western cuisine and Asian-fusion dishes such as Chilean sea bass, tuna tartar with avocado on crispy wonton skins, Thai Coconut Curry Chicken, Green Beans with Blackbean sauce, Eggplant with Thai Basil Sauce, and a variety of noodle and rice dishes. Masa is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
1650 N Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32303, Phone: 850-727-4183
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10.Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
© Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
Located in the Bannerman Crossings Shopping Center, Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant is an iconic landmark restaurant that has been serving classic Italian cuisine for 50 years. Exuding a warm and welcoming ambiance, the family-friendly restaurant serves a menu of Italian classics such as antipasto platters, fresh salads, housemade pasta and sauces, wood-fired pizzas with various toppings, fresh seafood and prime meat dishes, chicken and veal plates, and decadent homemade desserts. The bar serves a selection of craft and local beers, casual easy-drinking wines, high-end spirits, and classic cocktails. Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant is open for dinner only Monday through Sunday.
3421 Bannerman Rd Suite #104, Tallahassee, FL 32312, Phone: 850-877-4518
11.Reangthai Thai Restaurant
© Reangthai Thai Restaurant
Reangthai Thai Restaurant is an elegant, softly-lit restaurant that offers a fine-dining experience with authentic Thai cuisine and impeccable hospitality and service. The small and formal organic Thai restaurant is helmed by Chef Donna, who has been cooking authentic Thai food for Tallahassee residents and visitors for more than 20 years. Featured as one of the top local Asian restaurants in the region, Reangthai Restaurant serves a menu of homemade dishes prepared with fresh and local ingredients, inspired by Chef Donna’s secret family recipes which have been passed from generation to generation. Reangthai Thai Restaurant is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday and dinner on Monday through Saturday.
2740 Capital Cir NE, Tallahassee, FL 32308, Phone: 850-386-7898
Sage is an elegant restaurant on Maclay Boulevard that serves a menu of freshly prepared, made-from-scratch cuisine in a casual environment. The charming dining space boasts an intimate atmosphere with vibrant local artworks adorning the walls, contemporary décor and furnishings, and soft lighting. The menu features sublime dishes prepared by co-owner and chef Terry White, who is fondly known as ‘the King of American Seafood’ and served with passion and flair. Signature dishes include Soupe á L’Oignon, Tempura Fried Gulf Coast Oysters, Gulf Blue Crab Cakes, Filet of Beef Tartare, Oven Baked Escargot, and Crispy Fried Pork Belly. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor dining options and an extensive list of drinks ranging from craft beers and microbrews, global wines, and handcrafted cocktails. Sage is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
3534 Maclay Blvd S, Tallahassee, FL 32312, Phone: 850-270-9396
13.Shula's 347 Grill
© Shula's 347 Grill
Located in Downtown Tallahassee’s exclusive Hotel Duval, Shula's 347 Grill is a casual and energetic restaurant that is themed after the winningest coach in NFL history, Coach Don Shula. The restaurant features dark wood and leather accents, cozy dining booths, pigskin walls, a high impact bar, and flat-panel televisions, and serves a menu of New American cuisine. Signature dishes include premium Black Angus beef burgers and steaks, fresh seafood and specialty fish, gourmet salads, and chicken dishes, and an extensive bar menu of craft beers and brews, casual wines from around the world, top-shelf spirits, and classic cocktails. Shula's 347 Grill has a full bar and is home to the city’s only rooftop lounge which boasts breathtaking panoramic views. Shula's 347 Grill is open for lunch and dinner.
415 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32312, Phone: 850-224-6005
© Table 23
Located in the Bannerman Crossings Shopping Center, Table 23 is a high-end steakhouse and wine bar that specializes in serving fresh seafood, prime cuts of steak and classic cocktails in a sophisticated setting. Boasting one of the most enviable locations in Tallahassee, the restaurant is set in a historic home in the heart of Midtown with a sprawling wraparound porch, elegant décor, cherry-red curtains, crystal chandeliers, and twinkly white lights. Ideal for a romantic dinner, the restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating for year-round dining and serves a menu of contemporary cuisine and fine wines. Signature dishes include starters of pecan-crusted okra, smoked mullet croquetas, and sweet potato hummus, followed by entrées of grouper with a delectable shrimp and blue crab stuffing, honey-brined, pecan-crusted chicken, and desserts of pecan pie or banana pudding. Linger over Southern-style cocktails proof beers on tap, and several wines. Table 23 is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday and dinner only on Saturdays.
3431 Bannerman Rd #2, Tallahassee, FL 32312, Phone: 850-999-1696
15.The Blu Halo
© The Blu Halo
Located in the Bannerman Crossings Shopping Center, the Blu Halo is a 210-seat restaurant with a wine and martini bar that offers a high-end culinary experience. Located next door to Bannerman Crossing Center's concert pavilion, the restaurant has a casual dining room and a 40-seat outdoor patio for alfresco summer dining and exudes an elegant ambiance that is perfect for a romantic dinner or special celebration. The Blu Halo’s menu features prime cuts of steak, fresh seafood and daily catch of the day, fresh salads and vegetable dishes, housemade pasta and chicken dishes, accompanied by a variety of fine wines, craft beers and signature cocktails prepared with high-end spirits. Blu Halo is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and dinner only on the weekends.
3431 Bannerman Rd #2, Tallahassee, FL 32312, Phone: 850-999-1696
16.Z Bardhi's Italian Cuisine
© Z Bardhi's Italian Cuisine
Z Bardhi's Italian Cuisine has been serving classic Italian cuisine to both locals and visitors for more than 20 years. Bringing a taste of Italy to the heart of Tallahassee, Z Bardhi's Italian Cuisine has a beautiful garden and patio with blooming flowers, gnarled vines, and a beautiful vegetable garden, a cozy dining room with crisp white tablecloths adorned tables and a relaxed Old-World ambiance. Chef and co-owner Zeke Bardhi create an innovative menu of from-scratch cuisine using ingredients from the restaurant’s garden with dishes like Stuffed Banana Peppers, Lobster Ravioli, Pizza Melanzane, and a decadent Georgia Peach Cheesecake for dessert. Z Bardhi's Italian Cuisine is open for dinner only Monday through Friday and lunch and dinner on the weekends.
3596 Kinhega Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32312, Phone: 850-894-9919
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17.Sakura Japanese Sushi & Grill
© Sakura Japanese Sushi & Grill
Sakura Japanese Sushi & Grill is an elegant fine-dining restaurant that offers a unique and unforgettable experience. Featuring stylish décor, dark wood floors, a glassy blue ceiling, and minimalist furnishings, the sleek Sakura, which means cherry blossoms, is renowned for its fresh, made-from-scratch sushi and sashimi served on ice sculptures, hibachi and other sublime Japanese staples such as tempura, udon, donburi, and teriyaki. The bar serves a selection of craft and local beers, casual easy-drinking wines, high-end spirits, and classic cocktails. Sakura Japanese Sushi & Grill is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
1318 N Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32303, Phone: 850-222-9991
© The Edison
Based in a former electric plant, which once provided power to the area in the 1920s, The Edison is an elegant fine-dining restaurant that is a go-to for romantic dinners. Boasting an exquisite setting with outdoor dining and spectacular views of illuminated waterfalls, the restaurant showcases the very best of Florida’s regional cuisine and brings a world of flavors to the tables of Tallahassee. The from-scratch menu features sublime dishes prepared using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and regional produce, which are presented with inspiration and flair. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner; diners can also enjoy an exclusive dining experience by reserving the chef’s table in the kitchen.
470 Suwannee St, Tallahassee, FL 32301, Phone: 850-765-9771
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19.Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille
© Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille
Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille is a hip eatery with a comfortable brick-walled dining room and outdoor seating for alfresco-style summer dining that serves a menu of creative New American cuisine. Located close to the Florida State University campus and drawing a convivial crowd for lunch, happy hour and dinner, Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille is the best place to go for classic jambalaya and other ‘Big Easy’ grub such as Crawfish or Shrimp Etouffée, Shrimp and Grits, Louisiana Fondeaux, Bourbon Street Salmon, and Harry’s Signature Crab Cakes. The bar serves a selection of craft and local beers, casual easy-drinking wines, high-end spirits, and classic cocktails. Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille are open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
301 S Bronough St, Tallahassee, FL 32301, Phone: 850-222-3976
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20.Kiku Japanese Fusion
© Kiku Japanese Fusion
Located in Killearn Shopping Center, Kiku Japanese Fusion is a casual Japanese eatery with minimalist décor, dark wood accents, and a moody, softly-lit atmosphere that serves made-from-scratch sushi and sashimi, tempura, hibachi, udon, donburi, and teriyaki. The bar serves a selection of hot and cold sake, craft and local beers, casual easy-drinking wines, high-end spirits, and classic cocktails. Kiku Japanese Fusion is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
3491 Thomasville Rd Ste 12, Tallahassee, FL 32309, Phone: 850-222-5458
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21.Sado Mori Japanese Steak House
© Sado Mori Japanese Steak House
Sado Mori Japanese Steak House offers a unique dining experience with a menu of sublime Japanese cuisine and prime USDA steaks. The restaurant specializes in Southeast Asian-Fusion cuisine with Japanese dishes like edamame, nigiri, and omakase sushi, as well as New American dishes of dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood and more. The full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including global wines, craft beers, top-shelf spirits, and handcrafted cocktails. Sado Mori Japanese Steak House is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
2810 Sharer Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32312, Phone: 850-386-8449
© Sahara Café
Located in the Parkway Center, the Safari Café is a casual eatery that serves Mediterranean-inspired fare and familiar Middle Eastern dishes in a laid-back, relaxed environment. Established in 2000, the restaurant serves a menu of classic Mediterranean dishes like starters of hummus and dolmades, lamb kebabs, souvlaki, gyros, falafel wraps, schwarma, mixed grill, and tabbouleh. The full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including global wines, craft beers, top-shelf spirits, and handcrafted cocktails. The Safari Café is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
1135 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee, FL 32301, Phone: 850-656-1800
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23.Liberty Bar and Restaurant
© Liberty Bar and Restaurant
Liberty Bar and Restaurant is a comfortable hangout that serves elevated pub fare, innovative cocktails, and a selection of craft draft beer. The bistro-style eatery serves a creative menu of carefully crafted, farm-fresh cuisine that showcases the bounty of the region by using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and produce. The seasonally changing menu is accompanied by a selection of local and imported craft beers, casual wines from around the world, and signature cocktails made with high-end spirits. Diners can enjoy live music on weekends from blues to rock. Liberty Bar and Restaurant is open for dinner seven nights a week and lunch on the weekends.
1307 N Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32303, Phone: 850-354-8277
23 Best Romantic Restaurants in Tallahassee
- Food Glorious Food, Photo: Food Glorious Food
- 319 Wine and Cheese Shoppe, Photo: 319 Wine and Cheese Shoppe
- A La Provence of Tallahassee, Photo: A La Provence of Tallahassee
- Backwoods Crossing, Photo: Backwoods Crossing
- Bella Bella, Photo: Bella Bella
- Clusters & Hops, Photo: sarsmis/stock.adobe.com
- Cypress Restaurant, Photo: Cypress Restaurant
- Georgio's Fine Food & Spirits, Photo: Georgio's Fine Food & Spirits
- Masa, Photo: Masa
- Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant, Photo: Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant
- Reangthai Thai Restaurant, Photo: Reangthai Thai Restaurant
- Sage, Photo: Sage
- Shula's 347 Grill, Photo: Shula's 347 Grill
- Table 23, Photo: Table 23
- The Blu Halo, Photo: The Blu Halo
- Z Bardhi's Italian Cuisine, Photo: Z Bardhi's Italian Cuisine
- Sakura Japanese Sushi & Grill, Photo: Sakura Japanese Sushi & Grill
- The Edison, Photo: The Edison
- Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille, Photo: Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille
- Kiku Japanese Fusion, Photo: Kiku Japanese Fusion
- Sado Mori Japanese Steak House, Photo: Sado Mori Japanese Steak House
- Sahara Cafe, Photo: Sahara Café
- Liberty Bar and Restaurant, Photo: Liberty Bar and Restaurant
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