Miami’s restaurant scene is always changing and vibrant, which is why going on romantic dinner dates here never gets old. You’ve probably already picked out the perfect spot for Valentine’s Day, but just in case you haven’t, here are Miami’s best romantic restaurants to set the mood, served with a side of ocean views, magic city skylines, and scenic views overlooking Biscayne Bay.
The Setai, Miami Beach – Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Setai, Miami Beach this year with romantic dining specials at Jaya and luxurious spa treatments for two at The Valmont Spa.
Celebrate with your sweetheart in one of South Florida’s most serene settings at Jaya at The Setai. Executive Chef Vijayudu Veena has prepared two multi-course tasting menus for Valentine’s Day that showcase the restaurant’s acclaimed Pan-Asian menu. The first option, priced at $1,000 per couple, includes free-flowing Cristal Champagne all evening long in addition to an over-the-top, five-course menu complete with stone crabs, caviar and Wagyu beef. The second option, priced at $125 per person, offers a four-course tasting menu for couples to eat their hearts out in style. Valentine’s Day dinner hours are 6PM to 11PM. Jaya at the Setai is located at 2001 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach. For reservations, please call (855) 923-7899 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For couples in search of a romantic evening, Chef Michael Beltran is preparing an elegant, three-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu priced at $65 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. The meal will begin with an amuse bouche of foie gras stuffed cherries; first course choice of Beet Salad or Scallop Crudo; Entrée Choice of Venison or Potato Crusted Local Fish. For a sweet ending, guests can opt for a Red Wine Red Velvet Cake or Crème Fraiche Panna Cotta with strawberry. All guests will be presented with a homemade chocolate cherry truffle. They will also offer a condensed a la carte menu. Ariete is located at 3540 Main Highway in Coconut Grove. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (305) 640-5862 or on Open Table. https://arietemiami.com/.
Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop
This Valentine’s Day season, celebrate your sweetie with Fireman Derek’s festive February offering: Red Velvet Cheesecake. Made from FD’s original, “no-bake” cheesecake recipe with generous swirls of the bake shop’s legendary red velvet cake folded in, topped with red velvet cake crumbles and drizzled with white chocolate. The Red Velvet Cheesecake will be available all throughout the month of February 2020. Fireman Derek’s – Wynwood is located at 2818 N. Miami Avenue; Telephone: (786) 703-3623; Fireman Derek’s – Coconut Grove is located at 3435 Main Highway; Telephone: (786) 502-2396. Follow Fireman Derek’s on social media: @fdpies. To order online, click HERE; https://firemandereks.com/.
Isabelle’s Grill Room & Garden
Newly appointed Executive Chef Gregory Sgarro has created an elegant menu for Valentine’s Day (available during dinner service Friday, February 14th and Saturday, February 15th). In addition to the a la carte dinner menu, featured dishes that can also be ordered individually include: Dandelion & Pear Salad – Dandelion Greens, Crisp Brie, Malbec Pears, Cured Duck, Quail Egg, and Sherry Vinaigrette ($18); 36oz Porterhouse, for Two with Sweet Potato Crème Brule, Heirloom Carrots, Diver Scallops, Barolo Sauce, and Marcona Almonds ($125); and Chocolate Sweetheart Crush, For Two Flourless Double Chocolate Cake, Preserved Cherry Sauce, and Marshmallow Fluff ($18). Isabelle’s Grill Room and Garden is located at 3300 SW 27th Avenue at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami. Guests receive a discounted rate of $10 for valet with validation. Telephone: (305) 400-0562. www.isabellescoconutgrove.com
JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa
CORSAIR kitchen & bar
Enjoy a 3-course meal this Valentine’s Day at Turnberry’s American-inspired kitchen and bar, offering contemporary cuisine that attracts those looking for lighter comfort food with a beautiful view of the resorts acclaimed championship golf courses. Start off with an Amuse Bouche of a chilled tomato shooter with basil foam and balsamic sea salt. The first course offers guests a choice of a half dozen oysters on the half shell; seafood and avocado salad or short-rib ravioli. The second course is a choice of seared ahi tuna with wasabi Israeli couscous, grilled lamb chop with twice baked potato or a ‘surf and turf’ of pan-roasted filet mignon and butter-poached lobster (an additional $12). End the meal with a satisfying holiday dessert buffet. Dinner is priced at $65/person++ For reservations, please call (786) 279-6800 or book through OpenTable.
James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina’s, modern, American steakhouse offers diners an incredible Valentine’s Day meal that diners have come to expect from the award-winning resort. They offer a wide array of menu choices, including choice of appetizers like the Maine Lobster Risotto, Ahi Tuna Tartare or Bouillabaisse. Enjoy a full selection of entrees including Filet Mignon, Pan-seared scallops, Delmonico Rib Eye, glazed beef short rib, miso-glazed sea bass and more. All entrees are accompanied by a trio of farm-fresh sides including their famous truffle mac and cheese, garlic mashed potatoes and classic creamed spinach. A dessert duo for the table wraps up the delicious meal including a chocolate pot de creme and strawberry shortcake. Dinner is priced at $150/person++ For reservations, please call (786) 279-6600 or book through OpenTable.
La Cocina Cocteleria
The craft cocktail bar will open up its doors on the special day of love with offerings not only for couples but singles as well. Beginning at 5PM on February 14th, Beverage Director Joel Garcia will be pouring a cocktail created just for the evening called “Just the Tip”. From 9PM-10PM, all the single ladies and men can hit the dance floor for “Hialeah-Style Speed Dating”. Salsa Fit Studios will be hosting a fun and FREE salsa lesson, which will partner up solo party-goers so they can find love at La Cocina La Cocina is located at 1000 E 16th Street in Hialeah. Open Wednesday and Thursday 5PM-Midnight; Friday 5PM-2AM; Saturday noon-2AM; Sunday noon-11PM; Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Telephone: (305) 887-8863; www.lacocinahialeah.com
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Dazzle your date this year at the noteworthy L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon with the restaurant’s specialty Menu De La Saint Valentin. Priced at $175++ per person, the five-course menu offers signature favorites from the world-renowned eatery beginning with two amuse bouche dishes – the Le Foie Gras with Foie gras Royale, parmesan foam and emulsion of Maury “Vieilles Vignes”; and Le Panais with parsnip espuma and blood orange reduction. Guests may then choose their first, second and main course from a handful of options. First course dishes include Le Caviar Et Le Crabe Royal with Caviar and Alaskan king crab, crustacean jelly and celery vanilla cream; L’Hamachi with Hamachi sashimi, cilantro guacamole and yuzu dressing; or Le Betterave with beet, apple avocado duo and green mustard sorbet. For the second course, guests may choose between La Langoustine made with langoustine ravioli, black truffle and foie gras sauce; or La Truffe Noire with black truffle, “Parisian gnocchi,” celeriac and mimolette tuile. Main course options include Le Bar– Wild Atlantic black bass with shiitake chutney, middleneck clam and curry emulsion; and Le Boeuf – grilled Wagyu ribcap with peppercorn sauce, winter vegetable medley and black truffle. The Le Mojito palate cleanser made with rum gelée, mint sorbet and lime foam, acts as a preface to an indulgent dessert – Le Passion Chocolat with passion fruit mousse and coulis, chocolate sherbet, cake and crumble. L’Atelier will be open on Friday, February 14 from 5PM until 10:30PM. Reservations are strongly recommended and may be made by calling (305) 402-9070. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is located at 151 NE 41st Street #235 in the Miami Design District. www.latelier-miami.com.
Le Chick/Le CoqTail
This Valentine’s Day, love is in the air at Wynwood hotspot Le Chick – the perfect locale for ladies to celebrate, coupled or not! On February 14th, ladies may enjoy a complimentary glass of Sangria. Made specially for the night’s festivities and available for just $10 all evening long and will be the Coconut For You cocktail – Puerto de Indias strawberry gin, coconut rum, hibiscus syrup, lime juice, agave, house foam. Le Coqtail celebrates ladies every Friday with complimentary Bangin’ Sangria from 9pm to midnight, so it’s upgrading the special for Valentine’s Day. Those staying for dinner can enjoy Le Chick signature plates including – BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Fried Chicken Bun and the Royale Cheeseburger – all local legends and perfect for the occasion. Le Chick is located at 310 NW 24th Street. For more information, visit www.lechickrotisserie.com or call (786) 216-7086.
Lure Fishbar is celebrating the season of love with decadent specials perfect for couples dining in this Valentine’s Day. Raw Bar Sampler for Two ($65) – 4 East Coast oysters, 4 West Coast oysters, 4 shrimp cocktail and Maryland lump crab;
Sushi/Sashimi combo for Two ($46) – choice of tuna or salmon sushi roll, Chef’s choice of six assorted sashimi and four assorted nigiri; Roasted Beet & Blood Orange Salad ($16) – arugula, whipped goat cheese, toasted hazelnut vinaigrette
Pan-Seared Scallops ($38) with parsnip puree, horseradish, shaved brussels sprouts andSurf & Turf for Two ($89) – 12 oz. New York Strip, half-stuffed Maine lobster, broccolini, roasted potatoes, grilled zucchini, lemon-infused oil. For dessert, share the Chocolate & Passion Moelleux ($12) warm chocolate molten cake, fresh passion fruit, vanilla ice cream. Lure Fishbar is open for dinner from 6PM to 11PM Monday-Saturday and 6PM to 10PM Sundays. Happy Hour is offered 7 days a week from 6PM to 7:30PM at the bar. Lure Fishbar is located in the historic St. Moritz Hotel building at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel at 1601 Collins Avenue. Telephone: (305) 695-4550; www.lurefishbar.com.
Navé, the brainchild of Chefs Michael Beltran (Ariete, Chug’s) and Justin Flit (Proof Miami), is inviting guests for a romantic evening in their intimate dining space. In addition to their a la carte menu, the team has created several specialty dishes just for Valentine’s Day. This includes Spaghetti with cauliflower velouté, uni, and black olive; Surf & Turf with prime filet mignon, poached Maine lobster and potato pave. And a Strawberry and Coconut Semifreddo with polenta tuile, candied kumquats and finger limes for dessert. Navé is located at 3540 Main Highway in Coconut Grove. The restaurant is open for dinner Sunday through Thursday, 6PM to 10PM and Friday and Saturday, 6PM to 11PM. Reservations suggested. Telephone: (786) 615-3747; https://navemiami.com/
Nativo Kitchen & Bar
Nativo Kitchen & Bar, Downtown Brickell’s latest culinary destination, will offer a diverse and flavorful 5-course Valentine’s Day menu this year. The stunning new restaurant and lounge offers views of sparkling Biscayne Bay, with diverse and flavorful cuisine to match. Enjoy an amuse bouche of beet hummus with housemade roti bread. The first course offers a choice of charcoal-charred cobia crudo with avocado soup and pistachios or a tomato and pepitas salad with charred avocado, pepitas dressing, tomato water and heirloom tomatoes. The second course offers a choice of shrimp-stuffed zucchini tempura flowers or celery root-stuffed zucchini tempura flowers with a vegan bisque. The third course features a choice of slow-cooked golden tilefish with coconut and sunchoke puree and lemon-verbena caviar cream or a sweet and spicy braised pork belly with black-eyed pea puree and pickled radish chips. End the decadent meal with a choice of champagne and mini strawberry cakes or a selection of exotic fruits with champagne granita and pistachio crumble. Dinner is priced at $90/person++. Nativo Kitchen & Bar is located on the 25th floor at Conrad Miami at 1395 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131. Instagram @NativoKitchenBar. Website www.nativokitchenandbar.com. For reservations, please visit OpenTable.com or call 305-503-6529.
Couples can enjoy the scenic view overlooking Biscayne Bay on this amorous day at Rusty Pelican with extravagant Valentine’s Day specials prepared by Eastern Regional Chef Jim Pastor. Lovers can opt for the Surf and Turf for Two ($165) complete with a 32 oz. Porterhouse and 2 lb. Maine Lobster, Pomme Dauphine, Creamy Spinach, Marinated Grilled Portobellos, and Champagne Beurre Blanc. Or for a more tropical take – the 5 lb. Carribean Snapper ($150) with Coconut Jasmine Rice, Crispy Plantains with Pineapple Salsa, Tossed Avocado and Cucumber Salad, and Cilantro Chimichurri. Reservations are encouraged. Rusty Pelican is located at 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne. Telephone: (305) 361-3818; www.therustypelican.com.
RWSB’s Executive Chef Vincenzo Scarmiglia has curated an elevated a la carte menu, exclusively for the evening. Starters: Avocado crab cakes, Siracha aioli, field greens salad ($24); Soft eggs, parmesan foam, roasted mushrooms, crispy potato, fresh shaved Umbrian black truffles ($29); and Roasted Beets Salad, strawberry, apple, frisée lettuce, Chardonnay vinaigrette, goat cheese ($19). Entrees: Spaghetti “Gentile,” Maine lobster and cherry tomatoes in brandy tomato sauce ($39); Pan Roasted Chilean Seabass, artichokes hearts, tomato confit, prosecco velouté, perigord truffles ($46); Grilled 8oz prime tenderloin, Bearnaise sauce, grilled white asparagus, tempura cauliflower ($48) – add a 6oz lobster tail for $24. Desserts: Lychee Champagne Mousse, strawberry consommé, raspberry merengue ($12); Triple Chocolate Semifreddo, passion fruit gelee, pistachio micro sponge ($12). A rose sangria special is available for $11 a glass. RWSB is located inside W South Beach Hotel, 2201 Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling (305) 938-3112. rwsbmiami.com
The Betsy-South Beach
The Betsy presents its annual Valentine’s Day Opera Aria Night – featuring Miami Classical Music Festival opera from 8PM-9PM on February 14th in the lounge. Following the “P’opera” performance visiting Jazz Artist Charu Siri will perform with her band from 9PM-midnight. Siri is the first Indian-American Jazz Artist to ever debut new work at Carnegie Hall. (No cover charge).
LT Steak & Seafood
Executive Chef Danny Ganem presents a special Prix Fixe Blackboard Menu for Valentine’s Day dinner that includes three courses for $85 (choice of one appetizer, main course, side dish, and dessert). Items can be ordered individually in addition to the a la carte Dinner menu: Grilled Hearts of Palm with Swank Farms Beets, Mustard Greens, and Honey Champagne Vinaigrette ($17); Smoked Scallops with Vanilla Sauternes Poached Bartlett Pear, Sumac Spiced Pumpkin Seed and Charred Blood Orange ($24); Bacon Braised Wagyu Tri Tip Steak with Confit Garlic and Grilled Dandelion ($61); Butter Poached Spiny Lobster with Broiled Avocado and Cilantro Vanilla Nage ($51); Jalapeño Mashed Potatoes ($13); Sauté Spigarello with Vincotto and Plumped Raisins ($13); Valrhona Caramelia Chocolate Tart with Cointreau Truffles and Orange Sauce ($13); and Lemon Mascarpone Heart with Raspberry Jelly, Berries Compote and Coconut Snow ($13). LT Steak & Seafood is located at The Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach. Telephone: (305) 673-0044. thebetsyhotel.com/dine/lt-steak-seafood
Dinner Specials at the quaint eatery include: 16oz Bone-in Filet Bisteca Fiorentina with Confit Garlic and Balsamico di Modena ($61); Anolini Pasta with Anjou Pear, Gorgonzola – Robiola, Pine nuts and Fennel Brodo ($22); Grilled Spigarello with Roasted Parsnip and Chestnut Honey ($12); and White Chocolate Tartufo with Raspberry and Strawberry and Toasted Pistachio ($12). The Alley is located at 1433 Collins Ave in Miami Beach. Telephone: (305) 760-6903; thebetsyhotel.com/dine/the-alley.
For couples looking for an intimate evening of romance, The Commodore at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami, is the perfect spot for some libations and live jazz. The cocktail club’s daily Happy Hour, available from 7PM-9PM, features signature cocktails including the Miami Mule, Papa Doble and Uno Mas; red, white, rose and sparkling wine for $7; and $5 Beer. Snacks ($7 – $9) to start the night are beef sliders; empanadas with ground beef, chimichurri and smoked tomato salsa; and lollipop chicken wings. Live music every Friday and Saturday night, 9PM-midnight The Commodore is located at 3300 SW 27th Avenue at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami.
COUPLES LOVE RITUAL – 90 minutes | $640/per couple
The Valmont Spa at The Setai, Miami Beach’s “Couples Love Ritual” rejuvenates and reinvigorates couples in a private, romantic setting. This experience includes a 60-minute traditional Balinese-style massage with Balinese palming, stretching, effleurage and pressure point techniques. Concluding with a 30-minute soak in an oversize terrazzo bath filled with rose petals and Himalayan bath salts with Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. Treatment includes complimentary Valmont gift. Valmont Spa at The Setai is located at 2001 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach. For reservations, please call (855) 923-7908.
Taurus Beer & Whiskey House
Nestled in one of Coconut Grove’s idyllic tree-lined avenues is one of Miami’s most historic and venerated bars, Taurus Beer & Whiskey House. The popular Coconut Grove locale will be hosting their annual F*** Valentine’s Day party in partnership with Illegal Mezcal this year. Imbibers can support the cause with $10 cocktails like the Love Hurts – Illegal Mezcal, lime, grapefruit, and habanero oleo; the One Night Stand which is a shot of Illegal Mezcal with a domestic beer, or just ask the bartender to “Make Me Something Good with Mezcal” and you’ll get exactly that! $7 shots of Illegal Mezcal will also be on offer. Taurus Beer & Whiskey House is located at 3540 Main Highway in Coconut Grove. Telephone: (305) 529-6523; www.taurusbeerandwhiskey.com.
Celebrate love this Valentine’s Day at celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s Toro Toro in Downtown Miami. The Pan-Latin steakhouse will be offering a four-course dinner on February 14. Priced at $89 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), the dinner includes a chef’s selection amuse bouche, followed by family-style appetizers including Salmon Tiradito with passion fruit leche de tigre, avocado and trout caviar; Infused Pear Salad with burrata, hazelnuts, shaved fennel and orange segments; and Smoked Pork Belly with acorn squash fritters and tomatillo & apricot jam. For the main course, guests may select an entrée from the following selections – Lamb Agnolotti with lamb ragout, adobo sauce and aged manchego cheese; Snapper with Cipollini chimichurri, kabocha squash and charred broccolini; Hanger Steak with BBQ bourbon sauce, fried boniato and grilled Romanesco; or Roasted Celery Root with maitake mushrooms and charred scallions. Love birds will end dinner on a sweet note with the Fresas & Nata dessert made with almond mostachon, white chocolate vanilla whipped cream and macerated strawberries. Guests may substitute dessert for Toro Toro’s beloved La Bomba for a $10 upcharge. Toro Toro is located at 100 Chopin Plaza inside the InterContinental in Downtown Miami. Telephone: 305-372-4710; www.torotoromiami.com.