Valentine's Day 2019 Miami Restaurant Guide

Mandrake's dining room.
Mandrake's dining room. Photo by Deyson Rodriguez for Mandrake Miami
click to enlarge Mandrake's dining room. - PHOTO BY DEYSON RODRIGUEZ FOR MANDRAKE MIAMI
Mandrake's dining room.
Photo by Deyson Rodriguez for Mandrake Miami
In Twelfth Night, Shakespeare wrote, "If music be the food of love, play on." Couples have been enjoying romantic dinners ever since, and Valentine's Day is the perfect time to show your love during a meal.

This Valentine's Day, take your significant other out on the town. There's a romantic dinner to suit every desire, from champagne and foie gras to lobster mac 'n' cheese for two.

Here are Miami's best menus for Valentine's Day. All special meals will be served Thursday, February 14, unless specified, and prices do not reflect tip, tax, and drinks unless noted. Reservations are strongly suggested or, in some cases, required.

Ariete. Chef Michael Beltran will prepare a four-course tasting menu complete with a complimentary glass of bubbly. Menu items include short-rib croquetas, smoked pork chop, and candy-cap mushroom flan. An à la carte menu is also available. Dinner costs $65 per person and is available from 6 to 11 p.m. Reservations are required. 3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; 305-640-5862;

Atlantikós. The restaurant at the St. Regis Bal Harbour will serve a four-course Mediterranean dinner that includes Kumamoto oysters, cobia tartare, grilled lamb chops two ways, and other delectables. Dinner costs $125 per person and is available February 14 and 15 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. 9703 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; 305-993-3300;
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Azabu Miami Beach. The Miami Beach hot spot is offering an $80 prix fixe in the main dining room. On the menu are Japanese Waygu beef tataki, shrimp kadaifi, marinated Chilean sea bass, Waygu filet mignon, and chocolate cake. For a more private experience, the Den at Azabu will host a $250 omakase-style dining experience featuring cream croquettes with uni and caviar. 161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 786-276-0520;

Bacco. Wine and dine Mediterranean-style with a wine bottle of your choice and Gorgonzola-stuffed dates wrapped in prosciutto; red snapper a lo Bacco seared with red and yellow grape tomatoes, scallions, shrimp, and pesto sauce; and filet mignon with portobello, Gorgonzola cheese, and demi-glace. 2700 SW Third Ave., Miami; 305-364-5658;

Bagatelle Miami Beach. Celebrate with the "All You Need Is Love" menu. Couples will be welcomed with a glass of champagne. Then come four courses of sharable plates such as caviar; agnolotti pasta with black truffle; whole stuffed Maine lobster; and vanilla, raspberry, and rosewater sorbet with meringue kisses. Dinner cost $75 per person. 220 21st St., Miami Beach; 305-704-3900;

Bird & Bone. The evening includes a welcome champagne cocktail followed by a four-course meal including vegan roasted heirloom strawberry, crab, and uni dumplings; a 28-ounce Angus porterhouse steak; and tableside s’mores for dessert. Couples will leave with special "Will You Accept This Rosé" bonbons from Exquisito Chocolates. The prix fixe costs $138 per couple. À la carte offerings will also be available. 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-424-1234;

BLT Prime. The contemporary American steakhouse at Trump National Doral Miami will serve a four-course prix fixe that includes entrées such as miso Chilean sea bass, Hudson Valley duck, braised octopus, and filet mignon with butter-poached lobster. The price includes a glass of champagne. Dinner costs $110 per person and is available from 4 to 10 p.m. 4400 NW 87th Ave., Doral; 305-591-6606;
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Courtesy of Boulud Sud
Boulud Sud. The restaurant is offering a Valentine's Day tasting menu featuring cauliflower soup, yellowfin tuna crudo, agnolotti de Taleggio, seared scallops, and a variety of desserts such as a milk chocolate chestnut bar and grapefruit givré. Wine pairings, selected by sommelier Daniel Chaviano, will also be available throughout the meal. Dinner costs $85 per person plus $55 for wine pairings. 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305-421-8800;

Bourbon Steak. A three-course menu includes entrée choices such as Delmonico rib-eye, filet mignon, NY strip, Scottish salmon, pan-seared scallops, and miso-glazed sea bass. Finish with a dessert duo of hazelnut semifreddo and white chocolate and raspberry custard. Dinner costs $145 per person. 19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura; 786-279-6600;

The Butcher Shop.
The Wynwood beer garden is offering a $75 prix fixe for two. The restaurant’s à la carte menu will also be available. 165 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-846-9120;

Cantina La Viente.
Enjoy a three-course prix fixe for $55 per person. Chef Santiago Gomez’s signature dishes include smoked hamachi aguachile, lamb chops, and Ossetra caviar. A sweet chocolate heart is for dessert. Cantina will also offer champagne bottles for $35 and complimentary prosecco for ladies. 495 Brickell Ave., Miami; 786-623-6135;

Corsair Kitchen + Bar. Executive chef Gordon Maybury offers a three-course prix fixe with a choice of starters such as oysters on the half shell and duck confit salad. Main dishes include a choice of seared sea bass 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. Dinner costs $58 per person. 19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura; 786-279-6800;

The Dutch. Executive chef Josh Gripper will serve a four-course menu of classic comfort food featuring a surprise amuse-bouche. Entrée selections include herb tortellini, shrimp and grits, whole branzino for two, whole roasted chicken for two, and New York strip Rossini. Dinner costs $85 per person, and an à la carte menu will also be available. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-938-3112;

Estiatorio Milos. Dine by candlelight while enjoying Milos' freshly prepared Greek seafood. Special offers on Greek champagne will be available. 730 First St., Miami Beach; 305-604-6800;

Gianni's. The restaurant, located inside the Versace Mansion, overlooks a 54-foot-long pool lined with 24-karat gold, showcasing the world-famous Versace Medusa logo made of more than a million Italian mosaic tiles. 1116 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 786-485-2200;

Glass & Vine. A tasting-for-two menu includes a glass of bubbly, tuna tartare, semolina pasta, Angus beer short ribs, and Nutella fondue for $55. A wine-pairing option is available for $25 extra, and an à la carte menu is available. 2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove; 305-200-5268;

Jaya at the Setai. Executive chef Vijayudu Veena has created a multicourse tasting menu that shows off the restaurant’s pan-Asian menu. Dinner costs $125 per person and includes a long-stemmed rose for ladies. 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 855-923-7899;
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Photo by Paul Stoppi
Kiki on the River. Celebrate on the Miami River at one of Miami’s most romantic restaurants. The menu features chef Steve Rhee’s time-honored preparation of Greek classics. The prix fixe costs $95 per person and includes oysters with sea urchin and caviar, tomato salad, surf and turf, seafood pasta, seared scallops or whole lavraki, plus cheesecake or chocolate hazelnut cake for dessert. 450 NW North River Dr., Miami; 786-502-3243;

Kyu. Cozy up in the dimly lit dining room for a shared menu of comforting dishes from chef Michael Lewis' tasting menu, including Kyu's signature dishes, paired with craft cocktails, for $115 per person. 251 NW 25th St., Miami; 786-577-0150;

Le Zoo. Celebrate with chef Julian Baker's Menu de la Mer, including Kumomoto oysters served with a champagne pink-peppercorn mignonette; scallop tartare mixed with lemon buttermilk; Ossetra caviar and chives; and pomme de terre, made with Yukon gold potatoes, sour cream, keta salmon roe, and beurre blanc. 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; 305-602-9663;

Lightkeepers. Enjoy items such as a tomahawk rib-eye for two ($149) and lobster mac 'n' cheese for two ($99), as well as champagne by the glass. Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, 455 Grand Bay Dr., Key Biscayne; 305-365-4156;

Macchialina. Enjoy a four-course chef's tasting menu that features an appetizer course of Alaskan king crab salad with avocado and uni vinaigrette, and insalata di manzo with roast beef, arugula, and tonnato sauce. The pasta course features malfatti — a spinach and ricotta gnocchi with butter and sage — and spaghetti con gamberi. For the main course, choose short ribs al barolo or Mediterranean branzino. For dessert, chef Mike Pirolo will unveil a special sweet of his choice. Dinner costs $95 per person; a wine pairing is an additional $36 or $65. 820 Alton Rd., Miami Beach; 305-534-2124;

Mandrake. South Beach’s newest Asian eatery is offering a four-course Valentine’s Day menu for $95 per person. The meal includes a starter of Shigoku oysters, toro tartare with caviar, or tai sashimi; a Maine lobster salad course; a main course of grouper, Wagyu, or duck; and a chocolate trio for dessert. 210 23rd St., Miami Beach; 305-397-8036;

Maya's Grill. The Lincoln Road eatery is offering a Valentine’s Day menu for two that includes one appetizer, two entrées, and one dessert for only $69.95. 809 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-538-0058;

Mondrian South Beach. Limited space is available for Mondrian Caffe's bayfront sunset dinner. The three-course prix fixe costs $100 per couple and includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. 1100 West Ave., Miami Beach; 305-514-1500;
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Courtesy of Mr. Chow
Mr. Chow. Enjoy a three-course menu of some of Mr. Chow's signature items. Choose from dishes such as jade Mr. Chow noodles, squab with lettuce, filet mignon with fresh tarragon, and velvet chicken. Vegetarian selections will be available as well. Dinner costs $110 per person. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-695-1695;

Myn-Tu. The South Beach hot spot is offering a champagne toast, along with its Crispy Betsy yellowfin tuna, Valentine moriawase, an assortment of sushi and sashimi, and surf and turf. End the night with chocolate soufflé and vanilla ice cream. 1905 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-216-7790;

Nautilus South Beach. Celebrate poolside with a romantic cabana dinner. The $300 four-course prix fixe for two comes with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. Indulge in a seafood platter, followed by wild mushroom risotto with black truffle and Pecorino cheese; choice of Wagyu beef Wellington with foie gras, black cherry reduction, and Wwiss chard, or grilled half Maine lobster with butter sauce; and chocolate lava cake. 1825 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-503-5700;

Nikki Beach. Sneak away for lunch on "The Love Boat," Nikki Beach’s daytime Valentine’s Day special. For $125 per couple, dine in a private cabana with your toes in the sand from noon to 5 p.m. The sushi "Love Boat" includes a Nikki Beach sushi dragon selection (Ibiza rainbow roll, Saint Barth salmon roll, six nigiri, six sashimi, tuna, salmon, and hamachi). A bottle of prosecco and chocolate cake for two are also included. 1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-538-1111;

The Argentine-inspired eatery is offering couples a three-course menu at three of its South Florida locations: Aventura, Brickell, and Doral. Entrée choices include scallop risotto, short-rib gnocchi, and bone-in rib-eye for two. Wrap up the evening with chocolate-covered strawberries drizzled in brandy dulce de leche sauce. Dinner costs $49 per person. Novecento Aventura, 18831 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; Novecento Brickell, 1414 Brickell Ave., Miami; Novecento Doral at CityPlace Doral, 3450 NW 83rd Ave., Suite 137, Doral;
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Photo by Libby Volgyes
Novikov. The downtown restaurant is offering a prix fixe for $150 per person, which includes a bottle of Louis Roederer champagne per couple. The menu offers a half-dozen oysters with caviar, scallop and black truffle, sashimi, A5 Wagyu foie gras nigiri, chutoro and caviar nigiri, spicy prawn moneybags, king crab honey truffle, and wild mushroom with dashi sauce, along with and a "lovers delight" dessert special. Wine pairings are available at an additional cost. 300 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-489-1000;

Palme d'Or. Indulge in chef Gregory Pugin’s five-course menu for $175 per person beginning at 6:30 p.m. 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; 305-913-3189;

Rusty Pelican. Couples can enjoy the scenic view of Biscayne Bay with "Champagne and Caviar Dreams." Select from two seating times: The first is from 5 to 7 p.m. for $98 per person. The later seating begins at 9 p.m. for $118 per person and includes a welcome glass of bubbly. Reservations are encouraged. 3201 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Kiscayne; 305-361-3818;

Scarpetta. Award-winning chef and restaurateur Scott Conant offers a three-course special menu of Italian cuisine. Dinner costs $95 per person. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-4660;

Seaspice. The Miami River brasserie and lounge is serving up aphrodisiacs, including Shigoku oysters, foie gras torchon, and surf and turf, as well as menu favorites such as Dover sole and bone-in rib-eye served on a volcanic hot stone. Sweeten the evening with the tropical pavlova or Guanaja chocolate cremoso. 422 NW North River Dr., Miami; 305-440-4200;

Stiltsville Fish Bar. Sunset Harbour’s seafood spot by chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth is offering a prix fixe for two. The first course includes four raw oysters with Elyx martini-compressed apples, lightly smoked blood orange, and chervil; ceviche with panca sweet potato, sour orange mignonette, and crisp root chips; and two crispy shrimp. The second course includes spoonbread, a crab cake, and local snapper two ways. For dessert, there's Elyx vodka–and–blood orange panna cotta. Dinner costs $139 per person. 1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 786-353-0477;

Stripsteak. Chef Michael Mina offers a three-course menu with entrées choices of robiola risotto, Gallus braun chicken, eight-ounce Moyer Farms filet mignon, and a 14-ounce prime boneless rib-eye. Dinner costs $95 per person. 4411 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 877-326-7412;

Stubborn Seed. Jeremy Ford invites couples to enjoy a special prix fixe that includes a glass of sparkling wine for $150 per person. An à la carte menu will also be available. 101 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 786- 322-5211;

Toro Toro.
The pan-Latin steakhouse inside the InterContinental will celebrate romance Friday, February 8, through Sunday, February 17, with its menu "Love Under the Violin." The three-course meal will include house favorites. On Thursday, February 14, DJ Niche will spin alongside violinist Jesus Ayala. Dinner costs $65 per person. 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami; 305-372-4710;

Watr at 1 Hotel South Beach. A Valentine’s Day three-course dinner includes a combination of Japanese and Peruvian flavors, such as ceviche de pulpo and miso-glazed corvina. Couples can enhance their meal with the You’re All I Need to Get By cocktail or a glass of Mumm champagne. 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-604-6580;
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Courtesy of Zuma
Zuma. Couples can feast on a specialty truffle omakase tasting menu featuring sliced sea bass sashimi with yuzu, truffle, and salmon roe; beef tataki with freshly shaved truffle; rock shrimp with truffle mayo; grilled Chilean sea bass with green chili and ginger dressing; a 12-ounce rib-eye with truffle sauce and freshly shaved black truffle; and Zuma’s special chocolate truffle dessert. Dinner costs $149 per person. 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305-577-0277;
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