Celebrate Valentine’s Day 2023 at Universal Orlando Resort with Wine Riffs at the Hard Rock Hotel and Harbor Nights Romantico at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.
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Wine Riffs will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 10, 2023, in the Hard Rock Hotel’s Avalon Ballroom on the lobby level, and Harbor Nights Romantico will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Feb.18, 2023, at Portofino Bay Hotel’s Italian-inspired Harbor Piazza. Both separately-ticketed wine and dine experiences can be booked online.
Wine Riffs at The Hard Rock Hotel
Celebrate Valentine’s Day early at Universal Orlando with Wine Riffs, a multi-sensory six-course dining experience featuring a curated mix of wine, food, and music. Seating is promptly at 7:30 p.m.
Wine Riffs Six-Course Menu:
- Passed Hors D’oeuvres – Florida citrus-poached jumbo shrimp with herbed Green Goddess and Parmigiano Reggiano arancini with Meyer lemon aioli served with KB Estate Sauvignon Blanc
- Amuse – Goose liver terrine with papaya gelée, diced melon, and house-made granola served with KB Estate Unoaked Chardonnay
- Fish – Herb-crusted Atlantic halibut with hand-cut gnocchi, lemon beurre blanc, and chive blossoms served with KB West Block Chardonnay
- Game – Braised Superior Farms lamb shank with Sugartop Farms root vegetables, toasted farro, and blueberry demi-glace served with KB Estate Red Blend
- Beef – Creekstone Farms center-cut filet with wild mushroom raviolo, charred Cipollini, and sautéed spinach served with KB Cabernet Sauvignon
- Dessert – Madagascar dark chocolate pot de crème with sea salt caramel foam, crémeux-filled raspberries, and Chambord gushers served with KB Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Riffs tickets are $175 per ticket per person (gratuity and valet or self-parking included). Click here to make a reservation.
Harbor Nights Romantico at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Continue your Valentine’s Day celebration at Universal Orlando beyond February 14th with Harbor Nights Romantico, an elegant open-air dining experience featuring chef-inspired food stations, wine, live music, dancing, and a special performance by Portofino’s opera singers.
Harbor Nights Romantico Food Stations:
- Lamb Brasato from Mama Della’s Ristorante – Stewed lamb with coffee, cipollini, carrot, celery, polenta crouton, carrot and mint cremolata.
- Strozzapreti Pasta from Trattoria Del Porto – Wild mushroom smoked cream sauce, pancetta, parmesan cheese, and micro basil.
- Oxtail Meatballs from Splendido Bar & Grill – Sugo di pomodoro, green tomato salsa verde and pecorino romano.
- Ciabatta Garlic Bread from Splendido Bar & Grill – Toasted bread, roasted garlic, fonduta cheese sauce, and Italian parsley.
- Pollo Milanese from Sal’s Market Deli – Brown butter with sage and lemon, heirloom tomato salad, and arugula pesto.
- Smoked Salmon Cake from The Thirsty Fish – Salmon mixed with fresh herbs, caper, and lemon served with Calabrian tartar sauce, kale slaw, and pickled mustard seeds.
- Herb Roasted Pork Shoulder with chickpea hummus from Bice Ristorante
- Straciatella Gelato and Mango Sorbet from Gelateria
- Desserts: Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake and Lemon Strawberry Verrine
A selection of Italian wines will also be available. Click here for the complete list.
Tickets for Harbor Nights Romantico:
- Standing Harbor ($79 plus tax and fees) – The standing harbor section does not include seating (individually or at tables); complimentary self-parking or discounted valet parking is included.
- VIP ($109 plus tax and fees) – Enjoy reserved seating in a special area with additional hors d’oeuvres and exclusive food and wine stations; complimentary self-parking or discounted valet parking is included.
- Table $850 (plus tax and fees) – Reserved seating for up to 10 people at a private table for your entire party; complimentary self-parking or discounted valet parking is included.
Click here to make a reservation.