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Valentine’s Day in Miami and Broward

The Mandarin Oriental hotel’s restaurants (500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, 305/913-8332) all have Valentine specials. At Azul, with a beautiful water view (pictured), a five-course Valentine’s Day menu will be served from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Feb. 12, 13 and 14, offered at $350 per couple, including a bottle of Piper-Heidsieck champagne, a box of handmade chocolates and a rose petal decorated table.  The menu is offered without champagne for $250 per couple, featuring dishes made with aphrodisiacs, such as yellowfin tuna with oyster, avocado, white Worcestershire, olive oil and shiso, or a dessert of raspberry macaron with caramelized white chocolate cream and lychee rose sorbet. Restaurant La Mar by Gastón Acurio will serve a trio of special dishes created in celebration of romance, also on Feb. 12, 13 and 14. And brunch is offered on Feb. 14 at La Mar for $85 per person.

Bazi (1200 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/695-0101) is offering a five-course prix-fixe tasting menu for $75 per person on Valentine’s Day. The menu includes dressed oysters served with white ponzu, blood orange and cucumber, followed by sweet potato dumplings and shrimp and crab udon, miso marinated grouper or grass-fed New York strip steak. Dessert is a molten chocolate bowl prepared with passion fruit and Thai basil anglaise. The restaurant opens at 6 p.m.

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana  (1014 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305/531-4833) is offering dinner specials that include Carpaccio di tonno, which is a tuna Carpaccio with avocado sauce, lemon dressing, baby watercress and radish salad ($26). Others are polenta ai funghi con tartufo, which is a creamy truffle polenta with mixed mushrooms, truffle sauce and two grams of fresh black truffle shavings ($37); gnocchi pesto e gamberi, which is a white gnocchi with pesto, pine nuts and shrimp ($27); turbot con vongole e caviale, which is a pan fried turbot with manila clams, water cress fumet broth and three grams of Calvisius caviar ($47); and costate di agnello con salsa ai funghi, which is a rack of lamb with beech mushroom sauce ($49).

At Meat Market (915 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305/532-0088), women receive a rose as they walk through the door, and there are some romantic menu additions, such as “His & Hers” specialty cocktails ($14) and Lanson Pink Rose Champagne ($75) to mark the occasion. Lunch ends at 3:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 6 p.m.

On Valentine’s Day, Michael Mina 74 (Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/674-4636) is opening at 6 p.m. (pictured). The restaurant will offer a special prix-fixe menu and wine pairings, and you can include a poolside cabana, too. A four course prix-fixe menu is $250 per couple. Add wine pairings for an additional $100 (*$350 per couple), and enjoy it in a romantic private cabana for $500 per couple or with exclusive wine pairings for *$600 per couple.

The Dutch (2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/938-3111) is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu for $85 per person. It comes with a complimentary glass of champagne and features a variety of creative dishes and desserts. Dish choices are varied and include items like yellowtail crudo, steak tartare, seared scallops, red snapper, a Manhattan steak and more, followed by dessert.

Lure Fishbar (1600 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/695-4550) is featuring a prix-fixe menu for $70 per person. An amuse-bouche is included, and you can choose an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Dishes include lobster bisque, grilled black grouper, seared swordfish and a whole daurade. The restaurant opens at 6 p.m. 

Macchialina (820 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305/ 534-2124) has a five-course prix fixe menu for $75 per person. This Italian eatery opens at 6 p.m., and includes dishes such as dressed oysters with burrata and caviar; yellowfin tuna crudo topped with avocado, preserved lemon and truffle; truffle risotto with salsify and porcini; and veal cheek crepinette with prosciutto, sage and braised cabbage. For dessert, there’s molten chocolate cake topped with pistachio and cherry.

Cantina Laredo (501 Silks Run, Hallandale, 954/457-7662) is featuring a special menu for Valentine’s Day.  The Valentine’s Especialidad menu is available for $35 per person, and cocktail pairings are available for an additional $15. Dishes include the chuleta de cerdo, camarones con pasilla mango mole and more.

At Burlock Coast (The Ritz-Carlton, 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/302-6460), find a four-course prix-fixe menu for $135 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). The restaurant will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and serve dishes such as Kusshi oysters three ways, diver scallops, wild boar tenderloin, sea bass, filet mignon and more.

BLT Prime (4400 NW 87th Ave., Doral, 305/591-6606) at Trump National Doral Miami will serve a special three-course Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu for $65 (excluding tax and gratuity). In addition to the prix-fixe dinner offerings, couples will have the option of selecting the perfect match ($42), pairing each course with a choice of specialty cocktail or wine.

For a full weekend of Valentine’s Day treats from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14, Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille (620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/467-2555) is the place to be. Try the pork belly and scallops, lamb osso buco, seared duck breast or golden tilefish, and then on to dessert. The restaurant opens at 5 p.m.

At Indigo (620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/467-0671), there’s something a little different. “Love Songs,” is a $100 prix-fixe menu for couples or individuals a la carte. In addition, guests will also receive the restaurant’s “Heart Shaped Box,” a complimentary trio of handcrafted chocolates for every couple who purchases the prix-fixe dinner.

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek’s (5550 NW 40th Street, Coconut Creek, 954/977-6700) lineup of restaurants includes a wide variety of Valentine’s Day options. There’s brunch at Fresh Harvest from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.—  $35 prix-fixe menu ($17 for children 10 and under) includes prime rib, leg of lamb, swordfish and a lot more, along with endless mimosas or sparkling wine. Also check out specials at NYY Steak, Sorrisi and First Street Deli.

Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls.

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