Sometimes, dinners are meant to splurge on. It's a once-a-year thing when you can eat to your heart's content without a worry greater than getting spinach in your teeth. (Don't fret, there's not much spinach on these menus.) Valentine's Day is tomorrow -- it's time to step up to the plate and make some calls!
Here's Short Order's ultimate guide to dining out on Valentine's Day. Prices range from about $75 to $150 per person, but if you're looking through this list, chances are these dollar signs ain't nothin' to a boss.
The Place: DB Bistro Moderne
The Vittles: The "Seduction Menu" includes four courses, and guests can choose dishes like citrus-cured salmon with crispy capers, baby fennel, and Meyer lemon coulis; a duo of duck with roasted Swiss chard, black trumpet mushrooms, and lomo Iberico de Bellota; and for dessert, raspberry & guanabana vacherin with crystalized rose petal merengue.
The Details: Dinner service will be offered Valentine's Day from 5:30 p.m. For more information and reservations, call (305) 421-8800.
The Price: $150 per person.
The Place: Café Sambal
The Vittles: Menu offerings include decadent Lobster Bisque with Seafood Mousse and Avocado Oil, three Cheese Wontons with Endive, Apple and Watercress Salad, Chipotle-Strawberry Compote, three Hour Braised Kobe Short Ribs with Shitake Mushroom Risotto and Brussels Sprouts, Sweetheart Bento Box Dessert for Two including Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Lollipop, Frozen Passion Fruit Truffle, Raspberry-Rose Macaroon and Chocolate-Pearl Mousse Cake.
The Details: Dinner service will be offered Valentine's Day from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.. For more information and reservations, call (305) 913 8358.
The Price: $80 per person.
The Place: Azul
The Vittles: Five courses of Chef's Choice Oysters with Champagne Apple Gelee, Caviar, Decadent Duck Tartar & Truffles, Mushroom Consommé with Porcini "Bacon," Lobster Medallions & Roasted Red Veal Loin, Soft Chocolate Guanaja Cake with Avocado-citrus Coulis, Passion Fruit Gelato.
The Details: Dinner service will be offered Valentine's Day from 6 to 11 p.m.. For more information and reservations, call (305) 913 8358.
The Price: $120 per person.
The Place: The Forge
The Vittles: The exclusive "Love Menu" offers signature dishes including the One LB Maine Lobster Thermidor made with Basil, Meringue, Herb Salad and Roasted Tomatoes, and Oak Grilled Filet Mignon with Tomato Porcini Sauce Polenta and Bone Marrow Pudding.
The Details: Dinner service will be offered Valentine's Day from 6 to 11 p.m. For more information and reservations, call (305) 538-8533.
The Price: $75 per person.
The Place: Tosca
The Vittles: The special menu offers fettuccine with mascarpone cheese and black truffles, dover sole meunière with mixed while mushroom casserole, bone-in tenderloin served whole with choice of exotic salts and yukon gold mashed potatoes. For dessert, chocolate mousse, chocolate-dipped edible flowers, chocolate macaroon, and Moroccan mint tea.
The Details: Dinner service will be offered Valentine's Day in two seatings: 7 and 9 p.m. A cabaret show will begin at 8 and 10:30 p.m. For more information and reservations, call (305) 216-7230.
The Price: $245 per couple.
The Place: Bourbon Steak
The Vittles: Miami's sexiest steakhouse will offer a three-course dinner with highlights like an appetizer-sized portion of the restaurant's signature lobster pot pie in a truffle cream sauce, 32 oz. wood-grilled porterhouse steak for two people, accompanied by a trio of the restaurant's popular side dishes including the truffle mac & cheese, and a banana upside down cake with dark rum, toffee and vanilla bean ice cream.
The Details: Dinner service will be offered Valentine's Day during normal business hours. For more information and reservations, call (786) 279-6600.
The Price: $125 per person (valet is included).
The Place: National Hotel
The Vittles: Cupid's Dinner, a 3-course pre-fixe menu, offers Glass of Champagne for two, Foie Gras Terrine and Micro Greens with Fig Marmalade or Crab Bisque, Lamb Chops and Seared Scallops with Rainbow Potatoes and Tomato Provencal, Espresso or Coffee, Trio of Chocolate, Truffle & Pastry.
The Details: Dinner service will be offered Valentine's Day during normal business hours. For more information and reservations, call (305) 532-2311.
The Price: $85 per person.
The Place: Setai Grill
The Vittles: Dishes include Nantucket Bay scallops served with sea beans, New York strip loin with au gratin dauphinois, foie gras rougier with port-poached figs, and red velvet chocolate sphere with raspberry sorbet.
The Details: Dinner service will be offered Valentine's Day during normal business hours. For more information and reservations, call (305) 520-6800.
The Price: $140 per person.
The Place: The Restaurant at the Setai
The Vittles: Choose from items like Maine lobster with seasonal vegetables, braised beef short ribs with bacon, pearl onions, and carrot mousseline, salmon royale served with paddle dish caviar and chives, and Valrhona chocolate heart with fresh raspberry sorbet.
The Details: Dinner service will be offered Valentine's Day during normal business hours. For more information and reservations, call (305) 520-6400.
The Price: $120 per person.
The Place: Meat Market The Vittles: The appetizer special: 6 Kusshi Oysters - topped with cucumber sorbet and black bowfin caviar, two innovative surf and turf options: 2 pound Lobster - paired with Angus chateaubriand or 2 pound lobster - split and steamed, paired with wood grilled filet, wild mushrooms, short rib marmalade and roasted baby beets, and diners can upgrade to a 14 oz Snake River Farms Kobe style gold filet with lobster. The Details: The a la carte menu specials will be available Valentine's Day during normal business hours. For reservations, call (305) 532-0088. The Price: Prices range from $15 - $199. The Place: The Dutch The Vittles: The three-course prix-fixe menu available for dinner will offer roasted beets - with goat cheese, candied pistachio and grapefruit, tuna tartare - with harissa, Israeli cous cous and Greek yogurt, crispy branzino - with roasted cauliflower, Concord grapes and pine nuts or Guinness-braised short ribs - with Yukon golds and roasted Brussels sprouts. The Details: The prix fixe menu will be available Valentine's Day. For reservations, call (305) 938-3111 The Price: $69 per person. The Price: Quattro The Vittles: The four-course dinner offers Maine lobster medallion with fresh burrata cheese and micro basil, followed by a squid ink risotto with scampi and prosecco, then crispy Mediterranean seafood and vegetables with capers and sun dried tomato sauce, beef filet grilled with balsamic demiglace, parmesan cheese, asparagus and saffron roasted potatoes, and for dessert, passion fruit panna cotta with white chocolate sauce and limoncello sorbet. The Details: The menu will be available on Valentine's Day. For reservations, call 305-531-4833. The Price: $80 per person. The Place: Macchialina The Vittles: Prosecco, Wagyu carpaccio with crispy shallots and arugula, creamy polenta with sausage ragu and Cipollini, spaghetti with tomato and basil, 21 day dry-aged sirloin of beef, diver scallops with chestnut puree, and a chocolate budino with brulee banana and mission fig. The Details: The a la carte menu will not be served Valentine's Day. For reservations, call (305) 534-2124 The Price: $125 per person The Place: Bianca at the Delano The Vittles: Menu highlights include Carpaccio di Tonno with mirco greens, black olives and golden heirloom tomatoes or Insalata di Finocchio, shaved fennel, pomegranate, pecorino Romano and Meyer lemon vinaigrette to start followed by Tagliolini Ala Aragosta prepared with three pound Maine lobster, homemade tagliolini and salsa rosa; Bistecca Ala Fiorentina a 32 oz T-Bone steak marinated with garlic and herbs and served with roasted elephant garlic or Anatra Ala Grand Marnier, and more. The Details: The menu will be available on Valentine's Day. For reservations, call (305) 674-5752. The Price: $200 per couple. The Place: Jelsomino The Vittles: Features include Sashimi, Nigiri and Sushi Rolls, including tuna, madai, tako, Tekkamanki Roll and Cucumber Crab Roll. For the main course, feast on a Surf & Turf combo of a 10oz. Filet Mignon and 10oz. soft baked lobster tail. Finish off with warm chocolate lava cake or passion fruit mousse with pop rocks and kiwi caviar. The Details: The menu will be available on Valentine's Day. For reservations, call The Price: $295 per couple (includes a bottle of Perrier Jouet). The Place: De Rodriguez Cuba The Vittles: Looking for a way to get your date out to the beach after dinner? Romance is in the air poolside and ocean front at De Rodriguez Cuba On Ocean this Valentines Day. Allow Chef Douglas Rodriguez to cook you up a 3-course romantic dinner for two. The 3-course dinner will include an appetizer choice of either the Oysters Rodriguez, Bay Scallops Ceviche or Arugula & Grilled Pear Salad and main course either the Chilean Sea Bass Filet or Pistachio Crusted Lamb Chops. The Details: Every lady will receive a rose with dinner as well as a wide selection of wine specials. Take the dessert to go; right out back to the beach. For reservations, call (305) 673-3763. The Price: $70 per person. The Place: Villa Azur The Vittles: Along with the a la carte menu, a few of the Cupid's Specials include a "Flirty Appetizer Assortment" which is an assortment of appetizers ($26), for a main course there is the Duck Breast served with Raspberry Sauce & Mesclun Salad $35) and for dessert "The Forbidden Fruit" an Apple, White Chocolat, Rhubarbe Marmalade & Raspberry Ice Cream ($14). Cocktails for the night include "R-G MasQuerade" , the "Passionate Kiss", or go traditional with a bottle ($180) or glass ($24) of Veuve Clicquot Rosé. The Details: For reservations, call: (305) 763-8688 The Price: A La Carte Menu The Place: Cascata Grill The Vittles: Three-course dinner begins with an amuse-bouche of a fried rock oyster and then the choice between lobster bisque, braised veal ravioli or seared salmon served cold on top of five-spice watermelon, arugula and dressed with a citrus, balsamic, basil vinaigrette. The main course selection includes seared scallop, southern-style duck over petite waffle, or the choice of a château of beef for two people. A decadent dessert sampling provides a sweet ending to the romantic evening. The Details: Dinner service from 6 to 10 p.m. Valet parking included. Reservations requested by calling (786) 279-6800 The Price: $48 per person The Place: South Street The Vittles: Welcome Cocktail 'Love Potion' and Mini Chicken & Homemade Waffles or Cucumber Dill Salad Surf and Turf Me: Grilled 12 Ounce Filet and Lobster Étouffée Fifty Shades of Red Velvet: Red Velvet Whoopie Pies With their meal each couple will receive a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. The Details: Service from 6 to 11 p.m.. For reservations, call (305) 573-5474. The Price: $95 per person. The Place: BLT Steak The Vittles: Offerings such as crispy pork belly, butter poached lobster with smoked oysters, and for dessert, a chocolate truffle torte with hazelnut dacquoise and Grand Marnier "kisses." The Details: For reservations, call (305) 673-0044. The Price: $70 per person. The Place: Area 31 The Vittles: Special menu items include roasted Pear, Frisee Salad, Roast Pork Belly, Vanilla Oil ($14), confit Shallot & Celery Root Soup, Crispy Duck, Pomegranate ($12), Seared Tuna, Red Curry Rice, Smoked Crab, Swank Farms Carrots, Avocado ($13), Grilled Ribeye, Pork Belly Ravioli,, Collard Greens, Huitlecoche Butter ($38), Goat Cheese Panna Cotta, Strawberry Jam, Pineapple Mint, Strawberry Sorbet ($8). The Details: For reservations, call (305) 424.5234. The Price: A la carte menu. The Place: The Federal The Vittles: The four-course family-style dinner will offer oysters with strawberries, champagne, dehydrated yogurt, and caviar, raviolo with duck egg, ricotta, black truffles, and cabot cheddar, and steak with trumpet royal mushrooms, grits, and foie gras steak sauce. The Details: For reservations, call (305) 758-9559. The Price: $50 per person, additional foie and/or wine pairing also available. The Place: Hakkasan The Vittles: Dishes include Traditional Peking Duck, Wok-Fried Wagyu Beef A-9 with Black Pepper Sauce, and Charcoal Grilled Honey Chilean Sea Bass. The Details: For reservations, call (786) 276-1388. The Price: $350 per couple. The Place: Scarpetta The Vittles: Creamy Polenta with Fricassee of Truffled Mushrooms, Duck and Foie Gras Ravioli and Prime Sirloin of Beef. A wide selection of desserts will include Amedei Chocolate Cake and Mascarpone Napoleon. The Details: For reservations, call (305) 674-4660. The Price: $85 per person. The Place: Gotham Steak The Vittles: Dinner includes options such as Petrossian Caviar; Whole Roasted Rack of Lamb, and Whole Roasted European Dover Sole. The Details: For reservations, call (305) 674-4780. The Price: $550 per couple includes the prix-fixe menu and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut, Reims, $700 per couple includes the prix-fixe menu, and a bottle of Laurent Perrier Rosé. The Place: Florida Cookery The Vittles: Butter-poached Stone Crab & spicy orange-fried confetti, Silky smooth Florida Oyster stew, fennel froth & Cookery crackers, Latin-spiced Tournedos (Filet Mignon), Paradise farm baby carrots & petit pois with perfect bleu cheese-gold papas soufflé, Carambola & Orange Crème Brulée, Brazil nut biscotti & Tupelo honey-bathed orange nibbles. The Details: First seating is at 6 p.m., second at 8:30 p.m.. For reservations, call (786) 276-0333. The Price: $70 per person. The Place: Khong River House The Vittles: Valentine Cocktail (Champagne, Rothman & Winter Creme de Violette Liqueur, Amarena Cherry); Hoi Nang Rom Sod Nahm Jim Talaey (1/2 dozen Oysters with Dipping Sauce, $25 or $4.50 each); Muu Yang Grob Salapao (pair of Rotisserie Pork Buns, $8); Gang Goong Mang Gone Sappairod (3lb. Maine Lobster with Pineapple Curry for two $65). The Details: For reservations, call (305) 763 8147. The Price: A la carte menu. The Place: Yardbird Southern Table & Bar The Vittles: Cornbread and Foie Gras-Stuffed Quail with Barbecue Pears and Pickled Rhubarb ($21); Ribeye Cowboy Steak with Lobster-stuffed Twice Baked Potatoes, Buttermilk Horseradish Cream ($65); Dark Chocolate Cherry Cake for two with Conversation Heart Cookie ($15). The Details: For reservations, call (305) 538-5220. The Price: A la carte menu. The Place: The Dome The Vittles: Options include Oysters in Red Wine Mignonette sauce with Caviar, Ceviche Tricolor - Peruvian style made 3 different ways with Escolar, Mahi Mahi, Salmon, Cream of Asparagus, Lavender Filet - Grilled Petite Filet Mignon, Purple Potatoes, Baby Carrots and Baby Zucchini, Blueberry Red Wine Reduction. The Details: Each appetizer and dessert come paired with a glass of champagne. For reservations, call (305) 648-4999. The Price: $90 per person. The Place: Haven Gastro-Lounge The Vittles: The four-course dinner has been aptly themed to mimic Valentine's Day. The first course: Sugar. Second: Spice. Third: Naughty. Fourth: Nice. Dinner will be paired with Veuve Clicquot. The Details: For reservations, call (305) 987-8885. The Price: $75 per person, $150 per couple. The Place: Cafeina Wynwood The Vittles: Two packages will be available on Valentine's Day: Love-Locked (for two) includes a bottle of pink champagne, Cafeina Platter (Boneless Crispy Baby Back Ribs, Coffee & Rim Braised Short Rib Mini Tacos, Stuffed Dates, Choice of Chicken or Beef Empanadas,) and Chocolate covered Strawberries with a Pop Rock topping. Bubbly 'N Burgers (for two couples) includes a bottle of Moet & Chandon Imperial, Beef Sliders & Truffle Fries to share, and Chocolate covered Strawberries with a Pop Rock topping. The Details: For reservations, call (305) 438-0792. The Price: Love-Locked is $89 per couple. Bubbly 'N Burgers is $150 per group of four. The Place: Anacapri The Vittles: The four-course menu includes options like, eggplant Napolitana, salmon tartare, ravioli, buffalo strip loin, lobster Ponce, chocolate, and raspberry ice cream for dessert. The Details: Each guest will receive a complimentary glass of champagne and a rose for the ladies. For reservations, call Coral Gables location: (305) 443-8388 and Pinecrest location: (305) 232-8001. The Price: $99 per couple. The Place: Mercadito The Vittles: Five courses of Mexican fare including a glass of champagne, two types of guacamole such as the Mango or Toreado, one choice of Botanas or Ceviches, including Flautas or Shrimp Ceviche, two types of Platos Fuertes, such as Enchiladas or Chile Relleno and a decadent flan dessert such as Flan de Tres Leches, Flan de Cajeta or Chocoflan. The Details: For reservations, call (786) 369-0430 The Price: $45 per person. The Place: Machiya The Vittles: The three-course menu offers Machiya Love Roll with yellowfin tuna, Spinning Hearts with Scottish salmon and ponzu aioli, Japanese red sea bass with black bean ginger sauce, filet mignon with sake mushroom glaze, and roasted duck with yuzu plum sauce. For dessert, Tokyo Passion with vanilla green tea brulee and passion fruit, or chocolate mousse with black cherry flambe. The Details: For reservations, call (786) 507-5025. The Price: $40 per person. The Place: FIX The Vittles: The three-course menu offers Honey Glazed Diver Scallops, Heirloom Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella, Root Vegetable Crusted Grouper with Mango and Piquillo Pepper Gastrique, NY Strip with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Asparagus and Wild Mushroom Demi Glace, and chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne, berry cheesecake for dessert. The Details: For reservations, call (305) 673-2262. The Price: $65 per person. The Place: City Hall The Vittles: Taste the four-course dinner with wine pairings and you shall see, so to speak. The Details: Use all your senses except vision at City Hall's Dark Dining for Valentine's Day. For reservations, call (305) 764-3130. The Price: $75 per person.
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