Calling All Lovebirds:
BEST LOCATIONS Where to dazzle your date this valentine's day in Miami
January 12, 2018 | things to do
For couples in search of a romantic evening, Chef Michael Beltran is preparing a four-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu complete with a complimentary glass of bubbly. From 6PM to 11PM, diners can indulge in a specially curated menu priced at $65 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Guests can enjoy Chef Beltran’s inventive American cuisine with Cuban influences in an idyllic, tree-lined Coconut Grove setting. Think dishes like Short Rib Croquetas, Smoked Pork Chop and his famed Candy Cap Mushroom Flan. The a la carte menu will be available as well. 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/.
The contemporary American steakhouse, BLT Prime at Trump National Doral Miami is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special four-course prix fixe menu option, priced at $110 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). From 4PM to 10PM guests can enjoy entrées like the Miso Chilean Seabass, Hudson Valley Duck, Braised Octopus, and the Best of Both Worlds offering that includes both filet mignon and butter poached lobster. The extravagant dining experience will be topped off with a glass of bubbly to end the evening. Additionally, in partnership with Urban Stems, guests can call ahead to reserve a Sweetheart bouquet for the table which includes 14 red/pink/orange roses for an additional $75. Bouquets will be available for preorder until February 5thand also gifts the table another round of champagne! BLT Prime is located at Trump National Doral Miami®, 4400 NW 87th Avenue. Telephone: (305) 591-6606; www.bltprimemiami.com
The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami
Escape to a dining paradise with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. At The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami guests have a plethora of dining options. From dining barefoot in the sand to a more elegant atmosphere, Lightkeepers, Dune Burgers on the Beach and Cantina will certainly please with beach front views and warm ocean breezes. The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is located at 455 Grand Bay Drive.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, The Dutch’s Executive Chef Josh Gripper is serving up a four-course menu of classic comfort food featuring a surprise amuse bouche for $85 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Choice of Appetizers include: Florida Winter Salad – Persimmon, Avocado, Sour Orange Vinaigrette; Roasted Beets – Creamy Feta, Castelfranco, Cherry Agrodolce; Grilled Octopus – Sofrito, Crispy Yuca, Caldo de Pescado; and Steak Tartare – Wagyu, Capers, Bernaisse Aioli; Entrée selections are:Herb Tortellini – Ricotta, Lemon, Mint, Guanciale; Shrimp & Grits – Creole Sauce, Roasted Corn, Benton’s Ham; Whole Branzino for 2 – Puttanesca, Braised Kale, Garlic Crema; Whole Roasted Chicken for 2 – Beluga Lentils, Maple Roasted Squash; or NY Strip Rossini – Au Poivre, Pomme Aligot ($15 Supplement); End on sweet note with the choice of the: Lover’s Nest – Crisp Meringue Nest, Passionfruit Curd, Almond, Chocolate Sorbet; or Cupid’s Delight – Fresh Strawberries, Vanilla Anglaise, Strawberry Sorbet. A la carte menu is also available. The Dutch 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 or emailing email@example.com; www.thedutchmiami.com.
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Executive Chef Gordon Maybury has created a romantically delicious prix fixe dining experience offering deliciousness for $58 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity). Enjoy a three-course menu with choice of starters including oysters on the half shell or duck confit salad; main dishes with choice of seared seabass with avocado mousse, black rice broccolini, country olive tapenade or grilled veal chop with butternut squash purée, roasted fingerling potatoes, haricot verts and red wine bordelaise. End the evening with a decadent chocolate buffet. For reservations call (786) 279-6800
Bring your sweetheart to one of the most romantic spots in Miami Beach on Valentine’s Day, Gianni’s in Villa Casuarina. The restaurant overlooks a 54-foot long pool lined with 24-karat gold, showcasing the world-famous Versace Medusa logo made of more than one million Italian mosaic tiles. Share a bottle of wine in the open-air courtyard enjoying the ocean breeze before exploring the rest of the mansion which includes a romantic rooftop oasis and an observatory. Gianni’s is located at 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. For information, visit www.vmmiamibeach.com or call 786-485-2200.
Jaya at The Setai
Celebrate with your beloved in one of South Florida’s most serene settings at Jaya at The Setai, including roses for the ladies upon arrival. Executive Chef Vijayudu Veena has prepared a multi-course tasting menu for Valentine’s Day that showcases the restaurant’s acclaimed pan-Asian menu. Priced at $125 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity, the romantic repast begins with an aphrodisiacal Amuse Bouche of Tuna and Hamachi – Shaved Tuna and Hamachi, Sudachi Dashi, Blood Orange, Jalapeño Foam, Avocado, and Radishes. Then, guests can choose between Truffle Dumpling – Scallop Dumplings, Truffle Emulsion, Fresh Shaved Truffles and Chives or Short Rib Gyoza – Wagyu Beef, Foie Gras Foam, Chili Oil and Unagi Shoyu. For the main course, indulge with Lamb Chops on Polenta, with Tomato Chutney, Crispy Okra and Carrot Coconut Poriyal or Steamed Seabass with Braised Root Vegetables, Coconut Broth and Chili Oil. Dessert provides a conundrum – a difficult choice between Chambord and Coconut Pavlova topped with a Red Berry Compote, White Chocolate Coconut Ganache and Textures of Raspberry or Exotic Fruit and Yogurt Bavarois featuring Guava Passionfruit and Mango Mousse, Pistachio Daquoise and a Chili Passion Sorbet; but no need to decide on the selection of Petit Fours that follows to end the meal. 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.
The Pan-Latin steakhouse located inside the InterContinental in Downtown Miami will celebrate love beginning on Friday, February 8 until Sunday, February 17 in honor of Valentine’s Day with the exceptional Love under the violin! menu. The three-course menu, priced at $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), features some of Toro Toro’s house favorites such as the Cobia Crudo with Asian Pear Aguachile and Chili Threads; Bucatini Carbonara with Pork Cheek, Cured Egg and Dry-Aged Pecorino Cheese; New York Steak with Bone Marrow Crust, Silk Potatoes and Shishito Peppers; and Tropical Trio Dome with Mango, Pineapple & Lime Biscuit. Wine pairings curated by the restaurant’s Sommelier will be available for a special price upon request. To sweeten the deal on Valentine’s Day, Toro Toro will offer its famous Bomba dessert with a twist – the exclusive Valentine’s Bomba – made with a Chocolate Sphere, Fresh Berries, Dulce de Leche & Strawberry Ice Cream, Caramel, Vanilla & Berry Sauce, Almond Cookie Crumbs and Cream Cheese Mousse. Additionally, on February 14th, DJ Niche will play alongside violinist Jesus Ayala to create a fun and energetic atmosphere for the evening. Toro Toro is located at 100 Chopin Plaza inside the InterContinental Hotel Miami. For reservations, please call (305) 372-4710. www.torotoromiami.com.
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The South of Fifth hotspot by Jeremy Ford invites couples to enjoy a special prix fixe menu for $150 per person++ including a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. A la carte menu also available. Reservations strongly recommended. Stubborn Seed is located at 101 Washington Avenue on Miami Beach. Telephone: (786) 322-5211; www.stubbornseed.com
Stiltsville Fish Bar
Sunset Harbour’s seafood eatery by newlyweds Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth is offering a prix fixe menu for two – $139++. First course (all served on one plate): 4 raw oysters with Elyx martini compressed apples, lightly smoked blood orange and chervil; Ceviche with panca sweet potato, sour orange mignonette and crispy root chips; 2-piece crispy shrimp. Second Course: Small spoonbread; 1-piece crab cake; and Local snapper two ways – Cast iron seared fillet and fried “whole” fish served with creamy beet and coconut rice and roasted mushrooms. Dessert Course: Elyx Vodka and blood orange panna cotta. Reservations strongly recommended. Stiltsville Fish Bar is located at 1787 Purdy Avenue on Miami Beach. Telephone: (786) 353-0477; www.stiltsvillefishbar.com
Couples can enjoy the scenic view overlooking Biscayne Bay on this amorous day at Rusty Pelican with Champagne and Caviar Dreams. Guests can select from one of two seating times: The first seating begins at 5PM to 7PM for $98 per person++. The later seating begins at 9PM onwards for $118 per person++ with the inclusion of a welcome glass of bubbly. Executive Chef Jim Pastor has created a 5-course menu for the perfect date night beginning with the Salad course – Organic figs, Prosciutto, Buffalo Mozzarella, Purple Basil, Balsamic Caviar, Lemon Honey Emulsion; choice of Appetizers – Salmon en Papillote, Champagne Lemon Broth, Tarragon, Tomato, and Orzo Pasta or Seared Hudson Valley Duck Breast, Rosemary Champagne and Chanterelle Mushrooms Risotto. Third course is a Lobster and Smoked Caviar Cavatelli and choice of entrees include a 6oz Mishima Wagyu Block Cut Rib Eye with Smashed Buttered Fingerling Potatoes and Truffle Caviar Pearls; Seared Kurobuta Pork accompanied by Cauliflower Cream and Roasted Cauliflower with Hazelnut, Raisins and Champagne Foam; or Roasted Halibut with Royal Osetra Caviar Cream, Charred Carrots, Celery and Pistachio. Save room for dessert – a Coconut and Strawberry Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries and Champagne Sorbet. Reservations encouraged. Rusty Pelican is located at 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne. Telephone: (305) 361-3818; www.therustypelican.com.
Root & Bone
Lovebirds can flock to the newest concept by newlyweds Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, Root & Bone Miami, for the amorous day. Guests can enjoy a romantic evening in the warm ambiance with chef specials as well as a la carte menu items like Drunken Deviled Eggs made with handsome brook farm eggs and pickled beets, topped with herbs and root chips; Grandma Daisy’s Angel Biscuits with honey chicken jus for dipping; Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad – farm fresh Florida strawberries, arugula, pickled rhubarb dressing, goat cheese croquette, and hazelnuts; or Lobster Pappardelle – butter poached lobster, oyster mushrooms, English peas, melted tomatoes, and panzito. Reservations strongly encouraged. Root & Bone is located at 5958 South Dixie Hwy in South Miami. Telephone (786) 785-1001; www.rootnbone.com/miami
The Argentinean inspired eatery, Novecento will be offering couples a three-course menu to indulge in at three of their South Florida locations on Valentine’s Day. In Aventura, Brickell and the newly opened Doral restaurant, guests can enjoy a $49 prix fixemenu (tax and gratuity not included) with the option of upgrading with a bottle of Kaiken Ultra for $40. Entrée choices include Scallop Risotto, Short Rib Gnocchi or the Valentine’s Bone in Ribeye for Two. Wrap up the evening with a lovely dessert of Chocolate Covered Strawberries drizzled in brandy dulce de leche sauce. Novecento Aventura is located at 18831 Biscayne Blvd. Novecento Brickell is located at 1414 Brickell Ave. Novecento Doral is located at CityPlace Doral, 3450 NW 83 Avenue, Suite 137. Reservations can be placed on Opentable. www.novecento.com.
Love is in the air at newlywed Chef Brian Nasajon’s Midtown outpost, making it the perfect romantic and fun destination for couples to dine on Valentine’s Day this year. With a new recently debuted dinner menu and a cozy and intimate atmosphere, lovebirds can indulge in some of the restaurant’s favorites from the a la carte menu or treat themselves to two one-night only specials for the holiday – a Tomato Pappardelle with lobster cream and black truffle and a Strawberry Shortcake with buttermilk, lemon and basil gelato. Favorites at Mason include the Crispy Skin Duck with creamed collards, sweet n' sour cherry in a crunchy waffle cone; “Pastrami on Rye” with artisan rye pasta, pastrami carbonara and parmesan; Braised Short Rib served with potato gnocchi, gruyere cream, grilled leek and sweet onion; and Smoked Hamachi with coconut chip, dill cream, candied grapefruit. Sweet endings to the meal include “Icing on the Cake” with white chocolate, yellow soft cake and hard crafted sprinkles and Tiramisu made with almond macaron, vanilla bean cream and coffee espuma. Those wanting to keep the celebration going post-dinner can head next door to Boombox, the group’s recently opened bar/lounge. Mason Eatery is located at 3470 North Miami Avenue across the street from the Midtown shops. Reservations may be placed by calling (786) 618-5150 or online at www.masoneatery.com.