This Valentine's Day, eat your heart out

Chocolate waffles at Pinon Grill


The National Retail Federation released a survey last month predicting “the average person will spend $116.21 on Valentine’s Day gifts.” Presents are great and all, but nothing is more romantic than sharing a delicious meal with your beloved. A number of local restaurants will place love on the menu this holiday, and we’ve compiled some of the best options. Unless otherwise noted, the specials on the following pages will be offered Monday only. Reservations are recommended for all.

1100 West Avenue, Miami Beach, 305-514-1500,
The $75-per-person dinner at this Asian-Latin restaurant involves five courses that offer tunapica cucumber salad, Kobe-style beef dumplings, calamari salad, sweet soy wild salmon and Thai coconut sticky rice. Reservations are available from 7 p.m. to midnight Monday.

15180 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. 305-354-4669,
Your evening will kick off with complimentary raspberry mimosas. Then, for $35 per person, you will receive fried calamari, a heart-shaped pizza of your choice and creamy gelato with raspberries and sprinkles. For $39 a person, the meal will include a choice of appetizer such as eggplant and mozzarella or homemade cannelloni. For the main course, choose pork Milanese or blackened mahi mahi and a raspberry dessert. The $49 menu includes the same options as well as a smoked salmon bruschetta, lobster ravioli and a chocolate brownie doused in caramel and dulce de leche gelato. The offer will be available Saturday through Monday.

609 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-727-0307,
Chef Louis Bossi’s à la carte dinner begins with Sam Edwards American prosciutto with locally made Burrata mozzarella ($13). The main course offers handmade ricotta gnocchi with organic chicken breast; butter-basted, wild porcini mushrooms and Italian sausage ($24); and a 6-ounce filet with butter-crumb-topped lobster macaroni and cheese ($32). The meal will conclude with red velvet cake garnished with candy hearts ($6).

1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-6400,
Lavish your lover with some art deco decadence. The Blue Door Fish’s $90-per-person special features a four-course meal created by Chef Claude Troisgros. The dinner consists of coho salmon with crusty maple-cured bacon, rustic Maui onion sauce and eight belon oysters on champagne jelly with caviar. Pan-seared black sea bass with baby spinach, hazelnut scented purée of cauliflower and Granny Smith relish also will be served. Dessert is a red-velvet molded lava cake with Grand Marnier white-chocolate sauce. Two complimentary glasses of champagne will add to the fun. Reservations are available from 7 to 11:30 p.m.

1881 S.E. 17th St. Causeway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-759-9950,
The Fort Lauderdale China Grill will serve a $95-per-couple “surf and turf and dessert for two.” The deal includes a 10-ounce grilled filet mignon, 12-ounce Maine lobster tail with drawn butter and Szechuan sauce, chive mashed potatoes and a chocolate meringue cake with five spiced beignets and passion sauce anglaise.

404 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-534-2211,
This swanky Asian-fusion eatery has served Madonna, Oprah and Donald Trump. From Friday through Monday, the restaurant is offering a $69-per-person, five-course-tasting menu that includes spicy beef and scallion dumplings, lobster pancakes and tri-star salad, plus a choice of entrée and dessert. A $95-per-couple “surf and turf and dessert for two” also will be available.

160 Andalusia Ave., Coral Gables, 305-914-1300,
Take your date on a virtual journey to South America with a three-course tribute to Peruvian cuisine featuring seviche eros, grilled baby octopus and lust chocolate torrone. The special costs $150 per couple, includes one bottle of wine by Montes and two glasses of port and is available Saturday through Monday.

6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-391-7770,
This eatery, which is located next to Blue Martini in Boca Raton, will feature prime rib and lobster tails. The menu will deliver organic-based specialties such as the tender Chilean sea bass with pesto ($32) and 8-ounce filet with lobster Béarnaise sauce and Parmesan potatoes and green beans ($32). Complete the meal with some chocolate waffles or peanut butter pie.

110 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-865-5845,
If your date is obsessed with HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, take him or her to this 1940s-style supper club. The contents of executive chef Peter Masiello’s three-course, prix-fixe menu are being kept secret until Monday. If you’re looking for a more-exclusive experience, request a private dining room.

660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 786-594-5811,
This $150-per-person meal includes hand-ripped artisan lettuce salad flowers and herbs drizzled in a champagne vinaigrette; risotto of wild mushrooms with black truffle and Parmigiano-Reggiano; and Chilean sea bass à la plancha, charred Brussels sprouts, hazelnuts and eggplant romesco. For dessert, have some fun with s’mores fondue or warm Nutella fondue. Reservations are available from 5 to 11 p.m.

401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-414-8333,
Give your date a taste of the good life with a special à la carte menu at Steak 954. In addition to regular menu items, guests can indulge on oysters and caviar ($16), lobster and crab coconut seviche ($14), Nueske’s bacon and scallops ($16), Thai style lobster salad ($17) or local yellowfin tuna ($32). Featured bottles of champagne will include Moët and Chandon Imperial ($95) and Vueve Clicquot Rose ($165). If you really want to splurge, a $300 bottle of Dom Pérignon also will be for sale. Reservations are available from 5:30 to 11 p.m.

600 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-673-5337,
If raw fish is the way to your Valentine’s heart, the $70-per-person menu at SushiSamba Dromo will demonstrate what a great catch you are. The dinner, which is available Saturday to Monday, will include big-eye tuna and avocado salad; a trio of gunkan sushi, yuzu kosho-poached langoustines, Wagyu beef ishiyaki; Santarém chocolate mousse; and a few other treats.

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