For those of you who don’t reside in the 305 or just don’t want to deal with Miami’s infamous traffic and parking, there are many restaurants north of County Line Road where one can have a delicious and memorable Valentine’s Day. Whether you decide to dine on bustling Las Olas Boulevard or in quirky Delray Beach, Joonbug’s Broward/Palm Beach dining guide for V-day will help point you in the right direction. Here are a few of our picks:
Big City Tavern
609 E. Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
While many might not consider a tavern the ideal locale for a romantic dinner, Chef Louie Bossi’s cuisine certainly makes for a sensuous dining experience with a little bit of comfort thrown in (read review here). Start with a Maine lobster stew with homemade crackers or jumbo live scallops with lardo pickled red onion. A roasted beef tenderloin and 7 ounce Maine lobster tail surf and turf gets a succulent touch with the addition of marrow butter and house-cured pancetta. Although all of the desserts at Big City Tavern are amazing, for V-Day Chef Bossi is offering a Chocolate Tavern Cake with olive oil ice cream and chocolate covered strawberries drizzled in balsamic caramel.
401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Almost every beachfront restaurant in Fort Lauderdale has a direct view of the Atlantic Ocean, and Steak 954 is no exception. For Valentine’s Day, enjoy such special à la carte items as crispy pork belly with watermelon, watercress, Thai basil, and lime vinaigrette. Fish lovers will gravitate towards a yellowfin tuna tartare with daikon radish, key limes, shrimp crackers, and flying fish roe. While the restaurant will be offering a surf and turf, the slow cooked osso bucco with tomato and buffalo mozzarella risotto and a balsamic-date jus looks too good to pass up. Diners get to end their meal with a choice of three desserts that can include a 12 layer chocolate cake or the pastry chef’s selection of petit fours.
Da Campo Osteria
3333 NE 32nd Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
With beautiful views of the Intracoastal within the Il Lugano Hotel, the ambiance at this restaurant sets the tone for the romantic “His & Her” three course, prix-fixe dinner ($60 per person) that includes a complimentary glass of prosecco. Choose from seared ahi tuna and hearts of palm salad or a short rib ravioli to start, and then progress to choices of pan roasted Chilean sea bass or braised veal osso bucco. Desserts include a molten lava cake or ricotta zeppole.
Locations in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton
Enjoy a Tuscan-inspired à la carte menu at either of the two Casa D’Angelo locations, specially formulated by Chef Angelo Elia for Valentine’s Day. Antipasti include Gamberi Alla Mamma Giovanna consisting of tiger prawns wrapped in Italian pancetta and served over broccoli rapini, as well as baby Italian eggplant filled with San Daniele prosciutto di Parma and buffalo mozzarella with a fresh tomato sauce. Entrées include homemade fettuccine with roasted veal in a ragù sauce, a 12 ounce NY strip steak served with caramelized onions and mushrooms, and many other options. Tiramisù, ricotta cheesecake, and apple tart with cinnamon gelato round out the romantic meal.
700 South Rosemary Avenue, Suite 218
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Valentine’s Day à la carte specials include a foie gras taster, heirloom tomato and tuna carpaccio, and Mediterranean mussels for appetizers, while entrées consist of pan seared Florida pompano with pearl onion risotto, braised Swiss chard and baby carrots with a sauce américaine, as well as a surf and turf that offers the traditional steak and lobster but with a side of crispy gnocchi with an oyster mushroom sauté and red wine demi glace. Lovers can also enjoy a wine flight of Château Ste Michelle for only $16.50 per person.
City Oyster & Sushi Bar
213 East Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33444
They say that seafood can be an aphrodisiac making it the perfect ingredient for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. Start with lobster egg rolls served with ponzu and sweet chili dipping sauce or the Red Dragon Roll made with shrimp tempura, avocado, and cucumber topped with spicy tuna and tempura flakes, eel sauce, and spicy mayo. An entrée of pan seared branzino with cannellini beans, spicy Italian sausage, roasted peppers, artichokes, and Tuscan kale served with a shaved fennel salad also looks promising. A dessert of red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and strawberry compote ends the meal with a vintage feel.
106 S Swinton Ave
Delray Beach, FL 33444
There are fewer more romantic settings than Sundy House, which is a virtual tropical paradise surrounding a historic house converted into a restaurant and boutique hotel. In addition to the regular menu by Chef Lindsay Autry, diners will have the option of a three course, prix-fixe menu ($89 per person) that includes such items as a cauliflower bisque, heirloom tomato salad, lobster risotto, New York strip, cobia, or ricotta gnocchi. An optional wine pairing is also available for $40 per person.
404 Plaza Real
Boca Raton, Florida 33432
Restaurateur Dennis Max’s restaurant has been on Boca Raton’s cutting edge in bringing diners the freshest and most local products available. For Valentine’s Day, Chef Patrick Broadhead will be offering a sumptuous three course, prix-fixe menu at a bargain price of only $38 per person. Selections include a blue crab and corn bisque, sea scallop and lobster salad, or ricotta gnocchi and wild mushrooms for appetizers. Entrées include a hardwood grilled branzino or roasted Long Island Duck. Desserts include a giant triple layer chocolate cake or Max’s famous berry crème brûlée. In addition to the prix-fixe dinner, the restaurant will also be offering raw bar specials, such as chilled 1 lb Maine lobster cocktail, cold water oysters, and jumbo shrimp cocktail.