Romance is in the Miami air, especially come Valentine’s Day. Fine food, amazing service, and sophistication aplenty make it easy to have a special night out. Valentine’s Day is no exception, with the city’s best restaurants rolling out Valentine’s menus that make it hard to narrow down the choices.

Whether you’ve been sort-of seeing somebody or you’ve been married for 25 years, February 14 can make the stakes seem extra high. Valentine’s Day falls on February 14 every year. In 2022, Valentine’s Day will be on a Monday.

We’ve gathered up the best of the best— from dining barefoot in the sand to a more elegant atmosphere—for our picks of the best Miami Valentine’s Day restaurants.

 

Ariete

For couples in search of a romantic night out, Chef Michael Beltran is preparing an elegant, Valentine’s Day tasting menu priced at $90 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Diners on 2/14/22 can expect Chef Beltran’s contemporary American cuisine with robust, Cuban flavors and dessert by Executive Pastry Chef Devin Braddock. Ariete is located at 3540 Main Highway in Coconut Grove. Valentine’s Day Dinner will be served from 5PM-10PM. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (305) 640-5862 or on Open Table. https://arietecoconutgrove.com/

 

 

Cantina Beach

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Noche de Amore dinner at Cantina Beach, the casual Mexican restaurant located at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami. Priced at $105 per person++ and available from 6PM – 10PM on Monday, February 14th, guests can enjoy an elevated 3-course dinner under the stars prepared by Chef Jonathan Martini. Starter choice is a Jicama Salad with mint crema orange, mint leaves, pear, lime and honey vinaigrette or Lobster Chilled Avocado Cream with epazote, red cabbage, cucumber, onion, radish and habanero. For your entree you can choose Seared Black Grouper with white bean salad & cilantro crema poblano pepper, arugula, jalapeno or Avocado Leaf Short Rib with serrano creamed corn ancho pepper, carrots, habanero pepper. For the grand finale, indulge in either Mexican Chocolate Cake Abuelita Chocolate Sponge with Dulce de Leche buttercream and chocolate strawberry or Banana Tres Leches Heart Shaped Genoise with Tres Leches syrup and banana ice cream. The enchantment of Cantina doesn’t end with the food and cocktails, the décor is just as charming. The restaurant has a thatched palapa roof built by the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, tiki torches and a fire pit, all nestled nicely by the ocean. Cantina Beach is located poolside at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami at 455 Grand Bay Drive, on Key Biscayne. Valet parking validation is available. Telephone: (305) 365-4500. Reservations are required by visiting https://www.opentable.com/cantina-beach-restaurant-the-ritz-carlton-key-biscayne.

 

Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop

Love is in the air at Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop! This Valentine’s Day, the notoriously sweet dessert destination will feature festive treats such as  the Red Velvet Cheesecake – FD’s “no-bake” cheesecake recipe with generous swirls of red velvet cake folded in and topped with red velvet cake crumbles and white chocolate drizzle ($7.50 per slice/$65 per cheesecake); a silky, southern-style Red Velvet Cake slathered with homemade cream cheese frosting ($8.25 per slice/$75 per cake); or Nutella Red Velvet Cake – a signature Red Velvet Cake, homemade Nutella buttercream frosting, chocolate drip shell & hazelnut piroulines ($8.25 per slice/$75 per cake). Fireman Derek’s – Wynwood is located at 2545 N. Miami Avenue; Telephone: (786) 703-3623Fireman Derek’s – Coconut Grove is located at 3435 Main Highway; Telephone: (786) 502-2396. Follow Fireman Derek’s on social media: @fdpies. To order your Valentine’s Day treats, please visit https://firemandereks.com/. A limited selection of Fireman Derek’s treats are also available for purchase via Goldbelly.

 

Gianni’s at The Villa Casa Casuarina

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the lap of luxury at Gianni’s, the iconic restaurant at The Villa Casa Casuarina at the former Versace Mansion. On MondayFebruary 14 from 6PM to 12AM, Gianni’s is featuring a specialty four-course Valentine’s Day menu curated by Executive Chef Valter Mancini for $195 per person++ which includes a glass of champagne. The extravagant evening will begin with first course selections between Stone Crab or Beef Tartare with black truffle, followed by a pasta course offering a choice of Ravioli Ossobuco with crispy onions and Tagliolini with shrimp zucchini. For the main course, guests will indulge in Wagyu Beef with roasted herb potatoes or Grilled Fresh Lobster Tail. Valentine’s Day will finish with indulgent desserts including Mont Blanc Dessert and Valrhona Triple Chocolate Mousse Red Heart. Advance reservations are required and can be made on OpenTable; by phone (786) 385-2200; or email info@vmmiamibeach.com. Gianni’s is located at 1116 Ocean Drive at The Villa Casa Casuarina in Miami Beach. For more information, visit www.vmmiamibeach.com/giannis/ 

 

 

Isabelle’s Grill Room and Garden

Isabelle’s Grill Room and Garden, the chic Coconut Grove eatery, is offering a four-course Valentine’s Day Dinner on Monday, February 14th featuring live music and a complimentary glass of bubbly. The offering is priced at $145 per adult and available from 5PM – 10PM. Enjoy the beginning course of Creamed Sunchoke Soup with lemon oil, truffle, crostini and crisp sage. The second course is Roasted Beet Carpaccio with charred orange, Humboldt fog, pistachio crumble, citrus vinaigrette and pickled mustard seeds. Third course includes a choice of Grilled Lobster with charred fennel and scallion salad or Tarragon Filet of Beef with wild mushroom and fava ragout, orange carrot puree or Grilled Eggplant Steak, leek puree, radish & scallion salad, sautéed quinoa, vegan demi-glace. The final course, meant to be shared is a Pistachio Rose Panna Cotta Tart with rose gelée, white chocolate namelaka, candied pistachios. Isabelle’s Grill Room and Garden is located at 3300 SW 27th Avenue at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut GroveMiami. For a reservation, please visit OpenTable. Telephone: (305) 644-4675; www.isabellescoconutgrove.com.

 

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

The world-renowned restaurant is the ideal place to swoon your valentine with a romantic and memorable evening whether at the signature dining counter with a direct view into the kitchen or on the restaurant’s outdoor terrace overlooking the Design District. Typically closed on Mondays, L’Atelier will be opening for Valentine’s Day on Monday, February 14 and will be offering a special six-course Menu de la Saint-Valentin tasting menu. Priced at $235 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), the menu will start with the restaurant’s staple Foie Gras Royale with parmesan foam and essence of Maury ″Vieilles Vignes” followed by Le Royale D’Oursin – Japanese sea urchin custard, Granny Smith apple and celeriac; Le Turbot – wild caught turbot with Imperial caviar, leek fondue and marine velouté; La Truffe Noire – black truffle risotto, chestnut confit and natural jus; and Le Chevreuil – venison and foie gras duo with Périgueux sauce. The tasting menu ends on a sweet note with Le Coeur Rouge Passion – The Passionate Red Heart with dark chocolate, a passionfruit sponge, strawberry cream and sherbet. There will be no a la carte menu offered on Valentine’s Day; tasting menu only. The restaurant will be open from 6PM until 10PM. Reservations are highly encouraged and are available through Resy or online at www.latelier-miami.com. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is located at 151 NE 41st Street, Suite 235 in the Miami Design District’s Paradise Plaza. Telephone: (305) 402-9070www.latelier-miami.com.

 

Le Jardinier

Chef Alain Verzeroli along with Chef Seth Blumenthal have put together a three-course prix fixe dinner menu at Le Jardinier to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a light, beautiful and delicious meal. The vegetable-forward menu, priced at $120 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), features dishes that make the vegetables the star of the show, without being completely vegetarian. Options for the first course include Golden Beets with red beet mostarda, goat cheese and cocoa nib granola; Citrus Cured Hiramasa with variations of celery and apple with a supplement addition of 10g of Kaluga Caviar available for an additional $35; and Sunchoke Velouté and Chips with maitake mushrooms. The second course features selections of Grilled Bavette au Jus with salsify and turnip with option to add 8g of black truffle for an additional $35; Roasted Ora King Salmon with spiced carrots, herbed labneh and citrus; and Spelt Risotto with root vegetables, chips and mimolette with option to add 8g of black truffle for an additional $35. Dessert by Executive Pastry Chef Salvatore Martone include Raspberry Linzer Tart with Gianduja cream and caramelized hazelnuts; or 2 Scoops of Plant-Based Ice Cream with flavor selections including pistachio, chocolate and coffee. The restaurant will be open from 6PM until 10PM. Reservations are highly recommended and are available through Resy or online at www.lejardinier-miami.com. Le Jardinier is located at 151 NE 41st Street, Suite 135 in the Miami Design District’s Paradise Plaza. Telephone: (305) 402-9060www.lejardinier-miami.com.

 

Lightkeepers

Lightkeepers, located at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami, is celebrating multiple days of love. On Sunday, February 13th, enjoy a Bottomless Buffet Brunch from Noon – 4PM for $145 per adult and $49 per child (ages 5-12; excludes tax and gratuity). Offerings include Raw Seafood Display, Breakfast Favorites, Savory Delights and Dessert Bar. Bottomless includes non-alcoholic beverages, Bubbly, Bloody Marys, & Select Cocktails.

On Monday, February 14th lovers and friends can enjoy a three-course menu with complimentary glass of Champagne, live music and ocean views from 5:30PM – 10PM. Priced at $175 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), the first course includes a Seafood Trio of Maine lobster, snow crab claws and jumbo prawns with champagne mignonette, mustard aioli and cocktail sauce. Second course offering is a Pan Seared Grouper with Josper roasted green & white asparagus, crab beurre blanc and potato crisp. For the final course, guests will enjoy a surprise holiday dessert. Reservations required by calling (305) 365-4186 or via email at LKDiningReservations@ritzcarlton.com. Lightkeepers at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is located at 455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne.

 

Macchialina

Miami Beach’s beloved, rustic Italian trattoria, Macchialina, will be opening its doors to all lovebirds this Valentine’s Day with a 4-course Chef’s tasting menu priced at $125 per person++. The Italian hotspot will also be offering a specially curated wine pairing by Managing Partner/Beverage Director Jacqueline Pirolo. Priced at $75 per person, the pairing will include access to several special bottles she will be opening for the occasion. Chef Michael Pirolo’s handcrafted menu will be served family-style starting off with a Culatello di Zibello – mozzarella di bufala, housemade giardiniera; Misticanza Salad – farm greens, 12-year aged balsamic; and Diver Sea Scallops – cauliflower puree, blood orange, pistachio. For the second course, two housemade pastas: Spaghetti with Lobster – cherry tomatoes, Calabrese chilis, basil; and Tallegio-filled Mezzaluna – potatoes, cabbage, preserved truffles. For the main course, a 21-Day Aged New York Strip served with creamy polenta, maitake mushrooms, and natural jus . Ending on a sweet note, Chef Mike will unveil a special dessert for the evening. Macchialina is located at 820 Alton Road on Miami Beach. Menu can be viewed HERE. Reservations can be placed on Opentable, by calling (305) 534-2124 or emailing info@macchialina.com; www.macchialina.com.

 

Phuc Yea

Phuc Yea will be opening their doors in the name of love this Valentine’s Day. On Monday, February 14th  the new Vietnamese mainstay will be offering their full menu in addition to a list of standout specials. Highlights include: Seafood Plateau – assortment of oysters, untraditional scallop crudo, steak tartare, shrimp cocktail, seasoned salmon caviar, passionfruit mignonette, bourbon cocktail sauce, garlicky toast crisps; Jumbo Lump Crab Summer Roll – yuzu aioli, chives, cucumber, jicama, herbage, crispy shallot, lemongrass soy dipping sauce; 36 oz. Tomahawk Steak – cast iron seared, Petrossian paddlefish caviar, truffled citrus soy; and the Viet-style Jalea Mixta – crispy fried lobster, soft-shell crab, local jumbo shrimp, mussels, yuca, herbage, lemongrass chili sate, sriracha aioli. To drink, bar maven Ani Meinhold will be curating a Valentine’s Day Wine & Cocktail Flight ($49) featuring a welcome cocktail, “The Hefner” – The Macallan 12 Double Cask, Drambuie, apple and sherry  (carbonated in-house); a glass of Jacques Dumont, Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre, FR); a glass of Truchard, Cabernet Franc (Napa); and a dessert cocktail “La Goyave” – blended pastelito daiquiri, Brugal 1888, guava, mascarpone, lime, pistachio crumble. Additional Champagne specials will also be available for guests dining in. Phuc Yea’s Valentine’s Day offerings will be available for dine-in and takeout/delivery via Ubereats. Phuc Yea is located at 7100 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami. Abundant street parking is available. Telephone: (305) 602-3710; www.phucyea.com.

 

Korner 67 & Reunion Ktchn Bar

On Sunday, February 13th, Miami Lakes’ Korner 67 along with Aventura’s Reunion Ktchn Bar will be celebrating Galentine’s Day. Korner 67 (K67) could be described as Reunion’s hip new sister, carrying on some traditions and delivering new delights uniquely her own. What diners and imbibers can expect: a multitudinous world-spanning menu of tapas-offerings, exquisite craft cocktails, polished service and a chic décor and ambiance. On this special occasion, diners can also expect live music at both restaurants. The idea is to celebrate the close knit friendship between the two concepts.  On Monday, February 14th, Valentine’s Day will be celebrated with an event called “Love is…Reunion!” This special event will offer guests a gastronomic experience featuring a trio of tapas style dishes + dessert + bottle of wine. In addition, there will be live music with a saxophonist and a trumpeter. Additional information forthcoming. Korner 67 is located at 6769 Main Street in Miami Lakes. Telephone: (305) 280-0910www.korner67.com. Reunion Ktchn Bar is located at 18167 Biscayne Blvd in Aventura. For more information and holiday dining hours, visit www.reunionkb.com/; Telephone: (305) 931-7401.

 

Rusty Pelican

On Monday, February 14th, couples can enjoy the scenic view overlooking Biscayne Bay on this amorous day at Rusty Pelican with a 4-course prix-fixe dinner featuring a lavish array of signature dishes and Valentine’s Day accouterments. Priced at $95 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity), starters include Chilled Seasonal Oysters and Wagyu Beef Carpaccio. For the second course, a choice of Grilled Herb Marinated Octopus or Truffle Braised Short Rib. For the main course, a choice of Crispy Whole Lionfish or 8 oz. Filet Mignon. For a sweet treat to end the night, a show stopping Dessert Platter complete with a white chocolate dome, strawberry shortcake and chocolate glaze. Rusty Pelican is located at 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne. Dinner is served from 4PM to 10PM. Telephone: (305) 361-3818; www.therustypelican.com.

 

Miami New Restaurant Openings

Tobacco Road by Kush

Laidback lovers are encouraged to join the team at Tobacco Road by Kush this Valentine’s Day for an evening of relaxed romance. From 9PM to 11PM guests can enjoy a live crooner belting out Frank Sinatra cover tunes all night long. Highlights include 10 Chicken Wings served in a heart-shaped box + a slice of pink Key Lime Pie; and discounted bottles of Prosecco and Champagne. Custom Valentine’s Day cards will also be distributed to all those dining in. Tobacco Road by Kush is located at 650 South Miami Avenue in Brickell. Telephone: (786) 703-3120; https://kushhospitality.com/

 

Toro Toro

Celebrate love this Valentine’s Day at celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s Pan-Latin steakhouse Toro Toro located at InterContinental Miami. Beginning SaturdayFebruary 12 to MondayFebruary 14 during dinner service, the restaurant is featuring an evening of  Amor at Toro Toro including live saxophone entertainment and a three-course prix-fixe menu curated by Executive Chef Jean Delgado. The lavish dinner, priced at $99 per person++, will begin with a chilled glass of prosecco for each guest followed by an amuse bouche choice of  Kumamoto Oyster with champagne snow or Compressed Watermelon with aged balsamic caviar, feta crumble and fresh cello radish. The first course boasts a choice of Baby Seasonal Beets with yuzu orange vinaigrette, wild strawberries, endives and cherry; Yucca Croquettes with A5 Mishima ground beef and black truffle aioli; and Toro Tuna Tartare with quail egg, Imperial Ossetra Caviar and serrano oil, followed by the main course offerings including choice of  Aged Smoked Duck Breast with citrus blueberry, Chicha Morada risotto and Shichimi kale chips; Miso Glazed Seabass with aji amarillo butternut squash and baby bok choy; and Australian Wagyu Ribeye with Cognac Trumpet mushroom sauce. The celebration of love will finish on a sweet note with Duo Chocolate Hearts with spiced light brownie, raspberry compote and salted caramel cream hazelnut or chef’s selection of Assorted Cheese with bee honey, chili blackberry compote and pumpernickel bread. For an upcharge, guests can upgrade dessert with the iconic La Bomba, a chocolate half sphere filled with cream cheese mousse, fresh berries, dulce de leche and strawberry cream and cookie crumbles. Advance reservations are required and can be made on OpenTable – HERE. Toro Toro is located at 100 Chopin Plaza inside the InterContinental in Downtown Miami. Telephone (305) 372-4710www.torotoromiami.com.

 

 

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Lona Cocina & Tequileria

Fort Lauderdale’s beloved Mexican eatery Lona Cocina & Tequileria is inviting lovebirds to celebrate amor oceanside this Valentine’s Day. Beginning SaturdayFebruary 12 through MondayFebruary 14 during dinner service, the restaurant is featuring several specialty a la carte dishes created by Chef Jorge Gutierrez as well as festive libations. On the menu, guests will enjoy a Yellowtail Tostada with Gulf of Mexico yellowtail, avocado, cucumber, red onion, white ginger ponzu, arugula and salsa macha ($20); Duo of Sopes featuring shrimp, bone marrow, black refried beans, cilantro aioli and watermelon radish ($21); and Truffle Oil Arroz Cremoso topped with mussels, clams, shrimp, scallops, parmesan and chives ($33). Finish the evening with the featured dessert, Corazon de Meringue; a meringue dome filled with cherry and tequila ice cream, chocolate crumbles, strawberries, kiwi and salty cashews ($12). Lona’s full dinner menu will also be available. To complement the feast, Lona has curated love-themed libations including The Matchmaker presented in an infuser with tequila reposado, Lillet rouge, pineapple, Cointreau, spices and Pink Flamingo rose on top ($38); and Cold Hearted Brut, a bottle of Pommery Brut Champagne served with shots of Chambord, Peach Schnapps and Blue Curacao for mixing ($75). Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made on OpenTable. Lona is located at The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort at 321 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Discounted valet is available. For more information, visit www.lonarestaurant.com; Telephone: (954) 245-3069