Downtown sunsetWhether it’s a first date, an anniversary celebration or simply a Saturday night out with your sweetheart, Downtown Jacksonville has just the two of you covered with plenty of date night options. From romantic restaurants with a view to cultural venues that host a variety of entertainment options, Downtown Jacksonville is your date night destination.


Upscale casual dining with a romantic view:

Ruth’s Chris Steak House (1201 Riverplace Blvd., Crowne Plaza Hotel, 904-396-6200)

World-class service, delicious steaks and romantic lighting will make you want to take your date here every time you go out.

River City Brewing (835 Museum Circle, 904-398-2299)

From seafood to pasta to decadent desserts, this Southbank riverfront dining locale is perfect for a dinner date destination.

Downtown dinnersChart House (1501 Riverplace Blvd., 904-398-3353)

Another riverfront dining destination, this fine-dining establishment is great place to enjoy seafood, steaks and a romantic view of Downtown.

Before or after dinner:

Sunset strolls

Great for a date in itself or a pre- or post-dinner stroll, watch the sunset as you explore Downtown’s walkable destinations. Options include a walk across the Main Street Bridge, a stroll along the Northbank or Southbank Riverwalk, or a walk around Friendship Fountain on the Southbank.

Drinks and dancing

Grab drinks and spend your date night dancing at Mavericks, clubTSI discotheque, Mark’s Downtown, Dive Bar and Rush Street. For more information on nightlife options, click here.

Jags fansSports games

Love sports? Then consider taking your date to a sports game. With the Jaguars (NFL), Sharks (Arena football), Suns (minor league baseball) and Giants (ABA basketball), there’s a sports outing to attend all year long Downtown.

Our Favorite Romantic Venues:

Florida TheatreFlorida Theatre (128 E. Forsyth St., 904-355-2787)
From concerts to ballets, there’s always something happening at this beautiful and iconic Downtown landmark built in 1927.

Jacoby Symphony Hall (300 W. Water St., 904-354-5547)
Want to make your date swoon to beautiful music? Take him or her to a Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra concert.

Moran Theatre (300 West Water St., 904-633-6110)
Part of the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, you and your date can enjoy everything from a Broadway show, to concerts to stand-up comedy at this well-known Downtown venue.

Friday Musicale (645 Oak St., 904-355-7584)
For a Friday night date, Friday Musicale has regular classical music performances at 7:30 p.m., all completely free and open to the public.

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  • Parking meters are free every weekday after 6 p.m. and all day Saturday and Sunday. Or if you prefer, check out the parking garage and lot options here.
  • The Skyway, now free, operates Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and during special weekend events. For more information, click here.
  • The Jacksonville Water Taxi hours are Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m and Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fares are $4 one way; children and seniors are $3. Children younger than age 3 ride free. For more information, click here.
  • If you need assistance Downtown, our Downtown Ambassadors are here to help. Look for them in their orange polo shirts and pith helmets or call 904-465-7980.

For more information on Downtown destinations, check out our online directory.

Many Downtown destinations also hold various special events throughout the year. Be sure to check our events calendar often, or sign up for our weekly events e-newsletter.


Contact Us

  • Downtown Vision, Inc
  • 214 N. Hogan St.
  • Suite 120
  • Jacksonville, FL 32202