By Christie Galeano-DeMott
Greater Fort Lauderdale may be called the Venice of America for its canals, but it’s also bursting with romance just like its Italian namesake. When you’re ready to sweep your partner off their feet, there are plenty of romantic things to do in town. One of the best places to start is to plan a date night, and Greater Fort Lauderdale has plenty of activities for couples. Choose from fun wine tastings, romantic dinners, or even get the heart pumping with something a bit more exhilarating—it’s up to you!
YOT Bar & Kitchen
From the creator of Jet Runway Café comes Fort Lauderdale’s newest waterfront dining destination. Tucked inside the Lauderdale Marine Center, this casual eatery boasts mega yacht views alongside delicious American fare.
Beach House Pompano
If you’re looking to dine with the ocean breeze running through your hair, this is the place to be. The two-story restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining in addition to multilevel patio seating in comfy open booths just steps away from the ocean.
Blue Moon Fish Company
This Fort Lauderdale staple offers Intracoastal views in a fine dining setting. Merging our fresh seafood with Louisiana’s bold flavors, this menu has something for everyone and makes for an impressive date night destination.
Mastro’s Ocean Club
Bringing its elegance to Fort Lauderdale, this celebrated waterfront chophouse features a selection of delicious meat and seafood dishes. If you’re looking for an elevated happy hour, try its Luxury Hour (Sunday-Thursday), special cocktails, wines, and hors d’oeuvres.
The Capital Grill
From the moment you step inside, the experience is one of comfortable elegance. Take your pick among the more than 350 world-class wines awaiting you at The Capital Grille, hailing from nearly every wine-growing region on Earth. The restaurant's acclaimed dry aged steaks and fresh seafood deserve nothing less than an award-winning wine list. And neither do you.
Fun & Upbeat Dining
If you’re more of a sports fan than a surf-and-turf fan, then this downtown spot is perfect for a date night. With plenty of TVs, you can cheer on your favorite team from a comfy booth or barside. And while it does have more than 40 beers on draft, don’t let the bar scene fool you, the menu offers plenty of appetizing small and large plate options.
From the owners of Tap 42, this Mexican cantina has a fun rooftop overlooking downtown Fort Lauderdale. For tequila lovers, this place will impress with its wide selection of agave nectars and tasty margaritas.
Float8 Wellness Lounge
Relax, recover, reset as you float inside your personal pod in Deerfield Beach. Filled with 1,000 pounds of epsom salt in 180 gallons of water, your body floats as it releases tension and stress, meditates, and re-energizes. The center’s Float with a Friend promotion is perfect for a date night where you two can hit the reset button.
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
With three locations in Broward County (Dania Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Coconut Creek), you can decide which one you want to visit for your wine tasting date. The beautiful Napa-style tasting room offers the opportunity to taste a selection of the brand’s wines. From reds and rosés to sparkling and whites, you’ll have a fun time deciding which wines you and your date like the best.
Xtreme Action Park
Get ready for an action-packed evening at this entertainment destination. Start the night off with a few laps on your go-karts before you head into laser tag or bowling. You can also roller skate or try out the ropes course if that’s more your speed. There’s even an escape room to challenge your problem-solving skills. When you’re ready, relax with some snacks and a cocktail or two before you finish off your night with a few arcade games.