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Valentine’s Day Dinners in South Florida That Are Actually, Maybe Worth It

For those who can’t escape doing the whole overpriced dinner thing

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If the invasion of fuzzy teddy bears and cheap boxes of chocolate on aisle five hasn’t been enough of a hint, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Yes, it’s the one day of the year couples seem obligated to proclaim their love in as many materialistic ways as possible — with restaurants that are quick to partake, many offering meals whose only memorable feature is the ridiculously high check.

For those who simply cannot escape going out on February 14th, here’s a list of 20 places to take a date in South Florida — that won’t be a complete letdown — listed in geographical order from north to south.

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1. Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach

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551 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
(954) 414-5100
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For those with an unlimited budget, head to the Conrad Fort Lauderdale and for a mere $1000 they can treat their loved one to “Valentine’s Day in the Sky” which features a six-course dinner, a pre-dinner cocktail hour from 6 to 6:45 p.m. with passed hors d’oeuvres, bottomless Dom Perignon, live music, and a dedicated server for each of the seven tables.

2. Point Royal

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3555 S Ocean Dr
Hollywood, FL 33019
(954) 602-8750
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Celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s coastal American offers a special Valentine’s Day sharing-style celebration with dishes meant for two such as the sweet corn polenta ravioli ($24), shellfish plateau ($55), grilled branzino ($75), and beef Wellington ($85).

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3. Monkitail

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3555 S Ocean Dr
Hollywood, FL 33019
(954) 602-8755
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For couples who want it all, Monkitail invites guests to choose “one of everything!” This modern Japanese izakaya restaurant from celebrity chef and restaurateur Michael Schulson, offers a $65 Chef’s Tasting Menu where guests choose 10 items, one from each section on the menu, including sushi and sashimi, meat, fish, plus dessert.

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4. ETARU

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111 S Surf Rd
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
(954) 271-3222
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Beginning on Thursday, February 8 and running nightly until Valentine’s Day, ETARU is presenting a week-long food and film festival with a spotlight on romance. On the menu is a glass of Veuve Clicquot rosé followed by spicy mixed sashimi salad and a sashimi, followed by king crab salad and black cod gyoza, while the main course selections include wagyu short rib and a Japanese mushroom hotpot. Finish the meal with the restaurant’s much talked about dessert platter. Each night a different film will be shown at 7 and 9:30 p.m. At $150 per couple or $75 single.

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5. AQ Chophouse by Acqualina

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17875 Collins Ave
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
(877) 312-9742
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Acqualina Resort’s AQ Chophouse by Il Mulino opened just in time for Valentine’s Day. This steakhouse with Italian influences will be offering a tasting menu priced at $200 per person with options like grilled octopus, ravioli ai porcini, gnocchi truffle with a butter sage sauce, red snapper, jumbo prawns, and filet of beef. Finish the meal with a sampler platter of sweets including tiramisu, cheesecake and flourless chocolate cake, or opt for the classic ending of chocolate covered strawberries.

6. The Strand Bar & Grill

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6801 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33141
(305) 514-7474
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For Valentine’s Day, executive chef Stephen Ullrich will offer a romance themed four-course menu priced at $150 per couple, or $85 per person. Expect dishes like bay scallop crudo, beet ravioli with lobster, and lavender and honey glazed duck breast.

7. R House Wynwood

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2727 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 576-0201
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Part art gallery, part restaurant, this Wynwood spot will be serving a Valentine’s Day Menu for two for $120 that includes six oysters, black angus petit filets, and lobster, saffron, asparagus risotto, with chocolate covered strawberries. Sip on two Pommery champagne pops or one bottle Boisset French Bubbles or upgrade to Perrier Jouet for additional $30.

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8. Three

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50 NW 24th St Suite 101
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 748-4540
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Norman Van Aken’s Wynwood newcomer will be offering a special menu on Valentine’s Day for $75 per person (add an additional $95/ounce for California white sturgeon caviar) including items like Nantucket bay scallops, cracked conch chowder, steak tartare, dover sole ballotine and pork two ways.

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9. Jaya at The Setai

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2001 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(855) 923-7899
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On Valentine’s Day, this sleek restaurant will feature a four-course menu priced at $115 per person, with dishes including oysters with white soy ponzu, tuna tartare with watermelon-fresno chili gelée, osetra caviar, and gold leaf. Main courses include lobster with wasabi spinach, buckwheat noodles, and green curry or rack of lamb served with saffron turmeric potatoes, minced lamb samosa, and mint chutney. End the evening with red velvet cake or textures of chocolate, which includes a bittersweet pliable ganache, whipped milk chocolate cream, and cocoa crumble. Plus, ladies dining that evening will receive a complimentary Valentine’s Day gift including a rose and macarons.

10. Soul Tavern

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1801 West Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 925-0799
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The plant-based gastropub proves that a Valentine’s Day meal does not need to include lobster or a steak. For $75 per person, diners begin with kelp caviar, which is followed by a four-course meal including caprese gazpacho, ponzu poached white asparagus served with smoked sesame mole, beetroot gnocchi or white truffle risotto, ending with a chocolate raspberry kiss macaron.

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11. Stiltsville Fish Bar

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1787 Purdy Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 353-0477
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Culinary chef duo Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth will offer up plenty of Valentine’s Day specials like sweet and spicy oysters ($22), the Fish “2 ways” ($69), grilled and roasted whole yellowtail snapper, and the Romeo and Juliet Lobster ($47), made with Maine lobster with grits. For dessert enjoy a chocolate hazelnut torte ($14). Bonus: the night includes a complimentary glass of bubbly.

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12. Meat Market Miami Beach

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915 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 532-0088
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This steakhouse with locations in both Miami Beach and Palm Beach is getting into the spirit of Valentine’s Day with dinner specials like a half dozen Kusshi oysters with truffle caviar, followed by a 30 oz. bone-in New York steak topped with grilled lobster tail and chorizo. For dessert, diners can indulge in one options like Nutella s’mores and spiked milk and cookies.

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13. Juvia

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1111 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 763-8272
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Soak in the views of Miami Beach at this rooftop restaurant, which for Valentine’s Day will serve a five-course tasting menu priced at $150 per person that includes dishes like warm caviar, tuna watercress, and surf and turf. Desserts includes carre pistachio griottes or an assortment of chocolate truffles.

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14. Azabu Miami Beach

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161 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 276-0520
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Sushi connoisseurs will impress their loved one with the recently-opened Azabu Miami Beach’s secret sushi spot, The Den. The 11-seat sushi bar, whose access is available only through the kitchen doors, specializes in omakase-style dishes using seafood flown in from fish markets in Japan. For $200 a person, dine on the Tokyo-trained chef’s creations while sipping on sparkling sake and champagne.

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15. Elcielo

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31 SE 5th St
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 755-8840
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This Brickell spot by famed Colombian chef Juan Manuel Barrientos is offering a $129 tasting menu that begins with Elcielo’s signature chocotherapy: warm liquid chocolate poured over diners’ hands, meant to be rubbed into one’s skin and then licked off. Eleven other courses follow, including a duo snack of crab croquette and tapioca crunch, accompanied by Colombian mole and a love potion cocktail. The meal continues with salmon tartare, farmer chicken and Colombian atollado rice, potato mille-feuille and coconut and curry pork, followed by a Valentine’s surprise dessert and chocolate lover’s dessert, both curated by pastry chef, Antonio Bachour.

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16. La Mar by Gaston Acurio

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500 Brickell Key Dr
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 913-8358
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The chic eatery housed inside the Mandarin Oriental on Brickell Key offers waterfront views and Peruvian fare by chef-restaurateur Gaston Acurio. At the helm of the kitchen is chef Diego Oka, who will be making specials like stone “love” crabs ($29), lobster, squash and ricotta ravioli ($16), and Peruvian white corn cakes ($16).

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17. Atton Brickell Miami

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1500 SW 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33129
(786) 600-2600
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Start off the night with a complimentary glass of prosecco or wine and a showing of “50 First Dates” at this Miami hotel’s rooftop bar, Vista. Then head down to the restaurant to dine on Atton’s Valentine’s Day menu that features assorted Peruvian-inspired tapas like tuna and mango tartare ($10) and smoked duck breast($10).

(Movie showing is at 7 p.m.)

18. SushiClub Coral Gables

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127 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(786) 864-1212
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Running from February 12-18, the Argentine-based Coral Gables newcomer will be offering a dinner priced at $55 which includes duck confit and chorizo gyoza, a choice of a Sushi Lover’s Platter serving rolls like Placer Real with avocado, hearts of palm, cream cheese, salmon, sweet potato, and passion fruit sauce and the Eby roll made with tempura shrimp, sweet potato, and guacamole.

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19. Lightkeepers

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455 Grand Bay Dr
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
(305) 365-4156
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Key Biscayne’s oceanfront restaurant is offering a four-course prix-fixe Valentine’s Day dinner priced at $129 per person.Offerings include tuna tartare, a foie parfait, sea scallops and pork belly. Desserts include dark chocolate with passion fruit or strawberry consommé with prosecco.

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20. Boulud Sud

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255 Biscayne Blvd Way
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 421-8800
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For $85 per person, dine on a four-course Valentine’s dinner by chef Clark Bowen, which includes burratina with black truffle, saffron acquarello risotto, and filet mignon, along with specials for two such as chicken tagine. Finish the evening with the signature grapefruit givre, quite possibly Miami’s most memorable dessert. For an additional $50 per person, a wine pairing is available.

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1. Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach

551 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

For those with an unlimited budget, head to the Conrad Fort Lauderdale and for a mere $1000 they can treat their loved one to “Valentine’s Day in the Sky” which features a six-course dinner, a pre-dinner cocktail hour from 6 to 6:45 p.m. with passed hors d’oeuvres, bottomless Dom Perignon, live music, and a dedicated server for each of the seven tables.

551 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

2. Point Royal

3555 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019
Photo Credit: Facebook/Point Royal

Celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s coastal American offers a special Valentine’s Day sharing-style celebration with dishes meant for two such as the sweet corn polenta ravioli ($24), shellfish plateau ($55), grilled branzino ($75), and beef Wellington ($85).

3555 S Ocean Dr
Hollywood, FL 33019

3. Monkitail

3555 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019
Photo Credit: Facebook/Monkitail

For couples who want it all, Monkitail invites guests to choose “one of everything!” This modern Japanese izakaya restaurant from celebrity chef and restaurateur Michael Schulson, offers a $65 Chef’s Tasting Menu where guests choose 10 items, one from each section on the menu, including sushi and sashimi, meat, fish, plus dessert.

3555 S Ocean Dr
Hollywood, FL 33019

4. ETARU

111 S Surf Rd, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
Photo Credit: Facebook/ETARU

Beginning on Thursday, February 8 and running nightly until Valentine’s Day, ETARU is presenting a week-long food and film festival with a spotlight on romance. On the menu is a glass of Veuve Clicquot rosé followed by spicy mixed sashimi salad and a sashimi, followed by king crab salad and black cod gyoza, while the main course selections include wagyu short rib and a Japanese mushroom hotpot. Finish the meal with the restaurant’s much talked about dessert platter. Each night a different film will be shown at 7 and 9:30 p.m. At $150 per couple or $75 single.

111 S Surf Rd
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

5. AQ Chophouse by Acqualina

17875 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

Acqualina Resort’s AQ Chophouse by Il Mulino opened just in time for Valentine’s Day. This steakhouse with Italian influences will be offering a tasting menu priced at $200 per person with options like grilled octopus, ravioli ai porcini, gnocchi truffle with a butter sage sauce, red snapper, jumbo prawns, and filet of beef. Finish the meal with a sampler platter of sweets including tiramisu, cheesecake and flourless chocolate cake, or opt for the classic ending of chocolate covered strawberries.

17875 Collins Ave
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

6. The Strand Bar & Grill

6801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141

For Valentine’s Day, executive chef Stephen Ullrich will offer a romance themed four-course menu priced at $150 per couple, or $85 per person. Expect dishes like bay scallop crudo, beet ravioli with lobster, and lavender and honey glazed duck breast.

6801 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33141

7. R House Wynwood

2727 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
Photo Credit: Facebook/R House Wynwood

Part art gallery, part restaurant, this Wynwood spot will be serving a Valentine’s Day Menu for two for $120 that includes six oysters, black angus petit filets, and lobster, saffron, asparagus risotto, with chocolate covered strawberries. Sip on two Pommery champagne pops or one bottle Boisset French Bubbles or upgrade to Perrier Jouet for additional $30.

2727 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127

8. Three

50 NW 24th St Suite 101, Miami, FL 33127
Photo Credit: Facebook/Three

Norman Van Aken’s Wynwood newcomer will be offering a special menu on Valentine’s Day for $75 per person (add an additional $95/ounce for California white sturgeon caviar) including items like Nantucket bay scallops, cracked conch chowder, steak tartare, dover sole ballotine and pork two ways.

50 NW 24th St Suite 101
Miami, FL 33127

9. Jaya at The Setai

2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

On Valentine’s Day, this sleek restaurant will feature a four-course menu priced at $115 per person, with dishes including oysters with white soy ponzu, tuna tartare with watermelon-fresno chili gelée, osetra caviar, and gold leaf. Main courses include lobster with wasabi spinach, buckwheat noodles, and green curry or rack of lamb served with saffron turmeric potatoes, minced lamb samosa, and mint chutney. End the evening with red velvet cake or textures of chocolate, which includes a bittersweet pliable ganache, whipped milk chocolate cream, and cocoa crumble. Plus, ladies dining that evening will receive a complimentary Valentine’s Day gift including a rose and macarons.

2001 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

10. Soul Tavern

1801 West Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Photo Credit: Facebook/Soul Tavern

The plant-based gastropub proves that a Valentine’s Day meal does not need to include lobster or a steak. For $75 per person, diners begin with kelp caviar, which is followed by a four-course meal including caprese gazpacho, ponzu poached white asparagus served with smoked sesame mole, beetroot gnocchi or white truffle risotto, ending with a chocolate raspberry kiss macaron.

1801 West Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

11. Stiltsville Fish Bar

1787 Purdy Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Photo Credit: Giovanny Gutierrez for Eater Miami

Culinary chef duo Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth will offer up plenty of Valentine’s Day specials like sweet and spicy oysters ($22), the Fish “2 ways” ($69), grilled and roasted whole yellowtail snapper, and the Romeo and Juliet Lobster ($47), made with Maine lobster with grits. For dessert enjoy a chocolate hazelnut torte ($14). Bonus: the night includes a complimentary glass of bubbly.

1787 Purdy Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

12. Meat Market Miami Beach

915 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
meat market interior fb Photo Credit: Meat Market

This steakhouse with locations in both Miami Beach and Palm Beach is getting into the spirit of Valentine’s Day with dinner specials like a half dozen Kusshi oysters with truffle caviar, followed by a 30 oz. bone-in New York steak topped with grilled lobster tail and chorizo. For dessert, diners can indulge in one options like Nutella s’mores and spiked milk and cookies.

915 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

13. Juvia

1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Photo Credit: Juvia

Soak in the views of Miami Beach at this rooftop restaurant, which for Valentine’s Day will serve a five-course tasting menu priced at $150 per person that includes dishes like warm caviar, tuna watercress, and surf and turf. Desserts includes carre pistachio griottes or an assortment of chocolate truffles.

1111 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

14. Azabu Miami Beach

161 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Photo Credit: Azabu Miami

Sushi connoisseurs will impress their loved one with the recently-opened Azabu Miami Beach’s secret sushi spot, The Den. The 11-seat sushi bar, whose access is available only through the kitchen doors, specializes in omakase-style dishes using seafood flown in from fish markets in Japan. For $200 a person, dine on the Tokyo-trained chef’s creations while sipping on sparkling sake and champagne.

161 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

15. Elcielo

31 SE 5th St, Miami, FL 33131
Photo Credit: Facebook/Elcielo

This Brickell spot by famed Colombian chef Juan Manuel Barrientos is offering a $129 tasting menu that begins with Elcielo’s signature chocotherapy: warm liquid chocolate poured over diners’ hands, meant to be rubbed into one’s skin and then licked off. Eleven other courses follow, including a duo snack of crab croquette and tapioca crunch, accompanied by Colombian mole and a love potion cocktail. The meal continues with salmon tartare, farmer chicken and Colombian atollado rice, potato mille-feuille and coconut and curry pork, followed by a Valentine’s surprise dessert and chocolate lover’s dessert, both curated by pastry chef, Antonio Bachour.

31 SE 5th St
Miami, FL 33131

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16. La Mar by Gaston Acurio

500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33131
Photo Credit: La Mar

The chic eatery housed inside the Mandarin Oriental on Brickell Key offers waterfront views and Peruvian fare by chef-restaurateur Gaston Acurio. At the helm of the kitchen is chef Diego Oka, who will be making specials like stone “love” crabs ($29), lobster, squash and ricotta ravioli ($16), and Peruvian white corn cakes ($16).

500 Brickell Key Dr
Miami, FL 33131

17. Atton Brickell Miami

1500 SW 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33129

Start off the night with a complimentary glass of prosecco or wine and a showing of “50 First Dates” at this Miami hotel’s rooftop bar, Vista. Then head down to the restaurant to dine on Atton’s Valentine’s Day menu that features assorted Peruvian-inspired tapas like tuna and mango tartare ($10) and smoked duck breast($10).

(Movie showing is at 7 p.m.)

1500 SW 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33129

18. SushiClub Coral Gables

127 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Photo Credit: Facebook/SushiClub

Running from February 12-18, the Argentine-based Coral Gables newcomer will be offering a dinner priced at $55 which includes duck confit and chorizo gyoza, a choice of a Sushi Lover’s Platter serving rolls like Placer Real with avocado, hearts of palm, cream cheese, salmon, sweet potato, and passion fruit sauce and the Eby roll made with tempura shrimp, sweet potato, and guacamole.

127 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134

19. Lightkeepers

455 Grand Bay Dr, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Photo Credit: Facebook/Lightkeepers

Key Biscayne’s oceanfront restaurant is offering a four-course prix-fixe Valentine’s Day dinner priced at $129 per person.Offerings include tuna tartare, a foie parfait, sea scallops and pork belly. Desserts include dark chocolate with passion fruit or strawberry consommé with prosecco.

455 Grand Bay Dr
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

20. Boulud Sud

255 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131
Photo Credit: Facebook/ Boulud Sud

For $85 per person, dine on a four-course Valentine’s dinner by chef Clark Bowen, which includes burratina with black truffle, saffron acquarello risotto, and filet mignon, along with specials for two such as chicken tagine. Finish the evening with the signature grapefruit givre, quite possibly Miami’s most memorable dessert. For an additional $50 per person, a wine pairing is available.

255 Biscayne Blvd Way
Miami, FL 33131

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