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Dear Procastinator, we get it.
There’s a lot going on in your life and Valentine’s Day on Monday, Feb. 14, seems sooo far away.
Cupid’s favorite holiday will be here before you know it and you really can’t book a table too soon.
Sure, it’s true that SoFlo is a foodie paradise with loads of dining options, but it is also true that the warm subtropics is a chill destination for people around the world. In other words, it’s not just locals competing for that reservation.
Here’s a little corazón hack: If you can’t get the booking you want, keep trying. Many of the restaurants say that cancellations are common, especially with Valentine’s Day falling on a work day.
So, check out our curated list of restaurants, lounges and bars where we’d like to go wine and dine with the ones we love.
And keep in mind that the prices given do not include taxes and gratuities.
Also, come back to this post for updates.
Amar Mediterranean Bistro
Amour at Amar will be celebrated 5-10 p.m. with a four-course tasting menu including hot and cold shareable mezze, one entree per person and a shared dessert for $130 per person. You can add wine pairings for an additional $65 per couple.
Botanic at the Kimpton Goodland Hotel Fort Lauderdale
The special Valentine’s dinner includes a blood orange spinach salad, a surf and turf for two (filet mignon, lobster tail, pommes puree and salsa verde) and a panna cotta for dessert.
You can add Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label for an additional $30 a glass or $125 a bottle as well as Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve for $60 (for a 375 milliliters or roughly 12.68 ounces).
Carne Argentine Steakhouse
This relative newcomer to the Boca Raton cuisine scene will offer one free appetizer for each couple on Valentine’s Day.
Chef Jordan Stilley will offer New Zealand lamb chops (three per order) with housemade chimichurri sauce, a Maine lobster tail, grilled asparagus, whipped mashed potatoes and herb butter, all for $65 per order. There will also be a slice of chocolate raspberry cake for $13.
The new eatery tucked between Royal Palm Place and Mizner Park will have a three-course table d’hôte style menu for Valentine’s Day dinner ranging from $70 to $95 (depending on the main course). Guests will get a glass of sparkling wine, an amuse-bouche of a heart-shaped sushi roll as well as a choice of entree and dessert.
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
The theme for Cuba Libre’s Valentine’s Day celebration is “Blinded by Love” and will run from Friday, Feb. 11 to Monday, Feb. 14. The dinner specials come with a black satin eye mask and chocolate truffles, while supplies last.
- Paella negra with head-on prawns, Spanish chorizo, squid tentacles and squid ink-bomba rice with lemon-garlic mayonesa and Dominican chili relish for $30.
- Costillitas de Cordero al Carbón (charcoal roasted-pistachio crusted lamb chops) with a side of sweet plantain fufú and salsa criolla for $32)
- There will also be a sweet drink special of “Island Rose” martini with a mix of Garzon Rose Pinot Noir wine, Brinley Shipwreck Vanilla Rum, St. Germain liqueur, lime juice and edible rose petals for $12.
- The featured dessert special will be a fallen chocolate soufflé tart with dulce de leche, chocolate ice cream, chocolate-orange sauce and blueberry compote for $9.
Host Arlene Borenstein visits Cuba Libre on Las Olas and talks to chef/owner Guillermo Pernot who is introducing modern Cuban cuisine to South Florida.
This popular gastropub will have a “Death to Valentine’s Day Emo Night” 4 p.m.-midnight with the bartenders playing their personal favorite emo, punk and grunge music. There will also be Cupid Shots for $3 and Black Heart drinks (Don Q Gold rum, cold brew coffee, coffee liqueur, Giffard Banane de Bresil, Batavia Arrack and coconut) for $10.
This week on Let’s Go, South Florida host Arlene Borenstein visits Death or Glory.
2200 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 754-900-4059. DuneByLT.com.
This restaurant at the Auberge Beach Residences and Spa will have a prixe fixe Valentine’s Day dinner for $130 per person that will start with a glass of sparkling rosé, gluten-free gougere and roasted beets pani puri.
Then you can choose a three-course menu with options such as the lobster salad, a Valentine maki roll with 24k gold, Wagyu beef carpaccio, roasted black Angus filet, seared Chilean sea bass and seafood ravioli.
Dessert will be a milk chocolate peanut butter croquant as well as take-home Valentine petit fours.
519 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. 561-246-3827
Kapow will have a “Happy Endings Box” for $45 filled with Thai doughnuts, two prosecco splits, two champagne glasses, chocolate-dipped fortune cookies and a box of bonbons from 5150 Chocolate.
This supper club formerly titled Lips Drag Queen Show Palace, Restaurant & Bar will have a three-course prix fixe dinner for $40 per person along with the female impersonator show. Seating starts at 7 p.m.
Along with a free glass of champagne, the menu options include:
Starters: choose either shrimp cocktail, mushroom ravioli or a Lips salad.
Entrées: choose either lobster ravioli, stuffed chicken breast, panko herb crusted grilled salmon, baby back ribs, chicken penne a la vodka or a grilled portobello mushroom.
Dessert: a triple layer chocolate mousse cake.
290 Sunset Ave., Palm Beach. 561-599-5652. Lola41.com.
This bistro and sushi bar will have a “Sensual Sushi Platter for Two” for $75, which will include three pieces each of toro nigiri and toro sashimi as well as toro tartare topped with Osetra caviar. You can also order The Aphrodite Cocktail with Añejo tequila, lemon, honey, passion fruit, strawberry puree, a Thai chili and served in a citrus chili rimmed rocks glass for $21.
The Melting Pot in Boca Raton.
At the fondue-centric Melting Pot you get a curtained booth, one dozen roses and a souvenir framed photo as well as a four-course combination dinner for two for $225 per couple Friday, Feb. 11, to Monday, Feb. 14. Without the roses, the price is $175 per couple. The dinner menu includes cold-water lobster tail, filet mignon, teriyaki sirloin, white shrimp, salmon and herb chicken.
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Memphis Garrett, a reality TV star from season 10 of “Big Brother” in 2008 and “Big Brother: All-Stars” in 2020, opened this craft cocktail lounge in Fort Lauderdale this past winter. For its first Valentine’s Day celebration No Man’s Land will have an “aphrodisiac” offer of a dozen oysters and a bottle of Champagne for $100. For reservations, email Adam@garretthg.com.
This Himmarshee district eatery will have a three-course dinner for two for $99 per couple with a spotlight on truffles from Truffleist from Friday, Feb.11, through Monday, Feb.14. You can also add a wine or cocktail pairing for an additional $25 per person.
The first course will offer you a selection between truffle burrata or fiocchi with black truffle cream.
The main course will have a choice of truffle mushroom pizza, truffle honey-glazed salmon or homemade ravioli with black truffle and porcini mushroom.
Dessert will be a vanilla truffle honey crème brûlée.