As Cupid prepares for his annual arrival this February 14, there is no escaping the thrust of romance that will saturate the air around you. Those craving the most romantic places to dine will head out in full force to celebrate St. Valentine and all the accompanying wonderment the holiday brings. Some the most romantic places in Miami are preparing accordingly and looking forward to igniting the romance between couples all around the Magic City.
Known for the utmost luxury in both its accommodations and dining experiences, the Setai in Miami Beach has a special treat for lovers choosing celebrate St. Valentine’s Day with a little extra pampering and class. The prix-fixe menu at The Setai begins with a signature Roseval Salad followed by succulent Foie Gras Rougier. Guests may then savor Nantucket Bay Scallops and choose between Maine Lobster or New York Strip Loin as the main entrée. Dessert is a delectable Red Velvet Chocolate Sphere followed by a selection of meticulously prepared petit fours. The cost is $140 per person or $200 per person with wine pairings.
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A very unique twist on romance is the scene Tosca. Guests of the romance-inspiring restaurant are invited to step back into the love-laden times of Romeo and Juliet this Valentine’s Day as well as dine in a 1950s-themed dining experience. Tosca’s intimate outdoor movie theater screening of black-and-white, Fellini-esque classics blends perfectly with a stargazing station equipped with antique binoculars and private swings. Couples can pen a letter to Juliet to be sent to her “wall of love” in Verona, Italy. Retractable doors in the dining area create an alfresco setting with leather booths, a mirrored ceiling and framed black- and- white images of the glamorous people and films of the 1950s. The prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu at Tosca is priced at $245 per couple and includes the Fettuccine with Mascarpone Cheese and fresh Black Perigord Truffles, prepared table-side, as well as the bone-in Prime Tenderloin. Add-ons like Blue Lobster Medallion, Aceto Balsamico de Modena (aged for 100 years and notably divine), as well as extra Black Truffle are on the menu. Champagne pairing flights are also readily available for $75 per person.
What could be more romantic than dining at an establishment whose very name translates to "The Romance?" A lush courtyard setting within a Mediterranean-style home is an exquisite setting for launching a romantic evening this Valentine’s Day. With no signs outside, Casa Tua guests are guided inside by beautifully lit lanterns all over the grounds of the home. The menu consists of cuisine that is reminiscent of an authentic eatery on the Amalfi Coast. Carefully crafted Casa Tua staples like risotto, tender filet and mouthwatering homemade desserts are set from $20-$100, and are a la carte for Valentine’s Day.
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Located high above Miami’s bustling Brickell Avenue, Area 31's outdoor terrace offers sweeping views of Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach to the east. At night, passing ships glisten and light up the Bay in a manner not to be missed. The restaurant fare includes sustainable seafood and farm-fresh local produce and is prepared fresh daily.
The regular menu, as well as a special Valentine’s Day menu, will be available for guests, all served a la carte. Entrees such as Seared Tuna in Curry Red Sauce, Smoked Crab, Swank Farms Carrots and Avocado range from $32-$38, while appetizers and desserts such as Sebastian Inlet Oysters and Walnut Tart range from$ 8-$16. Area 31 is a great establishment for those couples who may be a little more adventurous when it comes to pleasing their palettes.
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Cioppino at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
Romance and Italian food have been synonymous for decades, making Cioppino at the Ritz Carlton on Key Biscayne the perfect hideaway for the ultimate Valentine’s day dinner. With its exclusive waterfront setting, it is the perfect venue for an after-dinner romp on the beach. The Cend di San Valentino menu includes Trio di Ostriche, Antipasto Freddo , Pasta Agnolotti di Granchio con Crema al Basilica, Crispy Skin Mediterranean Branzino, Olive Taggiasche, Tomato Ragu’, Petite Filet Mignon Tagliata style, Wild Mushrooms with a port and dry fig reduction. And of course, no meal is complete without a healthy dose of sweetness like the chocolate and banana dessert, perfect for sharing. Romance at its finest starts at just $140 per person.