The Most Intimate Restaurants For A Perfectly Romantic Valentine's Day


With Valentine's Day taking place on a Friday this year, there are bound to be numerous couples out enjoying a romantic meal together.  St. Augustine is renowned for its award winning resturants and the City itself is a romantic backdrop for many visitors.  Creating an intimate atmosphere is a goal of many dining establishments, and these choices below definitely fall into that category.

Conrad's Steakhouse

One of the only "true" locally owned steakhouses in St. Augustine, Conrad's serves a variety of steak, chicken, seafood, and vegetarian options, all in a small space with appropriate romantic lighting.  One of the most popular entrees, a 10oz Top Sirloin, is perfectly seasoned and prepared, and it has an excellent price point at only $20!  Garlic lovers will rejoice as many of the entrees are served with the flavorful cloves.  Don't miss the homemade desserts either, with a favorite being the Chocolate Kahula Cake.  Reservations are highly recommended.

Corner Sushi

For sushi and seafood lovers, this small corner restaurant in a shopping center off US1 provides excellent service and food.  With fresh and unique chef speciality rolls as well as hibachi and terriyaki entrees, Corner Sushi's popularity allowed it to win Best of St. Augustine in 2019.  All guests also receive a free appetizer roll and dessert treat during their meal.  

Ice Plant

Located in the historic ice plant building that also houses the popular St. Augustine Distillery, the Ice Plant is a one of a kind restaurant that allows visitors to step back in time.  While the vaulted ceilings remind one of the look and feel of a warehouse (because that is what the building originally was), the restaurant's dual bars, candlelit tables, and smoky windows create a vintage vibe unlike any other in the Oldest City.  Lean in close while sipping on a St. Augustine Mule and share a gourmet cheese board.  The Ice Plant does not take reservations, so make sure you arrive early to get your name on the list--it's worth the wait.

La Strada Italian Restaurant

Elegant Italian dishes are regularly prepared by Chef Mark DeRusso at this intimate restaurant.  With seating for only about 30 people, couples have the opportunity to engage and enjoy each other's company.  Plan on spending an hour or two here as all meals are made to order, including fresh seafood, tender steaks, and traditional Italian specialities.  Reservations are highly recommended.

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