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Valentine's Day restaurant specials

By Micaela Hood, SouthFlorida.com

6:57 PM EST, January 23, 2013

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Picking out the perfect Valentine’s gift for your sweetie is easy. You can never go wrong with roses, chocolate, diamonds or a new fragrance.

They say food is the way to a man’s heart, but ladies have to eat, too. Either way, impress your little lovebird on the most romantic day of the year. Depending on her taste (and the size of your wallet) there are many dining options in South Florida that even Cupid himself would approve. Here are a few Valentine’s Day restaurant specials.

For penny-pinchers

Mediterraneo Café and Grill’s special includes a Sicilian appetizer, a glass of wine, and a choice of pasta (fettucini quattro, penne bolognese, spaghetti and broccoli) or chicken scaloppini and mushrooms. Dessert is a cannoli. $39.99 per person. 420 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach. 754-222-9174.

P.F. Chang is offering a four-course menu for $39.95 per couple.  Go to PFChangs.com for locations.

At Max's Grille in Mizner Park, for $38 per person, select from a three-course menu which includes an appetizer, main dish and dessert. There will also be a raw bar (additional fee) featuring a chilled one-pound Maine lobster and oysters. 404 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. 561-368-0080. Go to Maxsgrille.com.

Pavilion Grille in Boca Raton is offering a romantic four-course dinner and dancing to Cachet Band on Valentine's Day. Prices range from $29.95 to $44.95 depending on the choice of entrée. All menus include a champagne toast with dessert. 301 Yamato Rd., Boca Raton. 561-912-0000 or go to Paviliongrille.com.

 Get your photo taken paparazzi style at Sublime. In addition to the regular menu, V-Day items include citrus encrusted chicken cutlet, caviar and a half bottle of bubbly.  1431 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale.  954-615-1431 or go to Sublimerestaurant.com.

 For meat lovers

III Forks Prime Steakhouse is offering a meat-lovers menu for $140 a couple that includes a salad, broiled tenderloin and a chocolate-lovers dessert. Wine specials are also available. 4645 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. 561-630-3660 and 501 Silks Run at The Villages of Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach. 954-457-3920. Go to 3forks.com.

Bourbon Steak’s three-course menu ($125 per person) includes an appetizer-sized portion of its signature lobster pot pie, a 32 oz wood-grilled porterhouse steak, truffle mac and cheese, and a upside down banana cake. Reservations suggested. 19999 Country Club Dr., Aventura. Call 786-279-6600 or go to Bourbonsteakmiami.com.

At Macchialina Taverna Rustica, enjoy a family style, tasting menu made especially for couples. Menu items include a creamy sausage polenta and a 21-day dry-aged steak.  A glass of bubbly is included. $125 per couple. 820 Alton Rd., Miami Beach. 305-534-2124. Go to Macchialina.com.

In addition to their regular menu, Grille 401 will feature items such as jumbo Florida stone crabs ($56), filet mignon with Maine lobster topping ($54) and red velvet cake ($8).  401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954-767-0222.

Eat your heart out at Lola’s on Harrison.  Menu items include Coca Cola BBQ beef ribs ($29), flat iron stea ($27), veal chop ($34) and pan-seared pork chop ($24).  2032 Harrison St., Hollywood, FL. 954-927-9851.

 On the water

3030 Ocean on Fort Lauderdale Beach has a five-course taster for $90 per couple, or for $130 when paired with wine. 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale. 954-765-3030.

Take in the intracoastal views at Da Campo Osteria located in the Lugano Hotel. For $60 per person, enjoy a special his and hers menu with items such as seared ahi tuna, short rib ravioli, Chilean sea bass, veal osso bucco and molten lava cake. Includes a free glass of prosecco. 3333 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-226-5002. Go to Decamporestaurant.com.

 At Azul, inside the Mandarin Oriental, diners have a choice of menu items such as oysters with champagne apple gelee, duck tartar and truffles, mushroom consomme, lobster and roasted veal, and guangja cake. $120 per person. 500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami.  Call 305-913 8358.

Smith and Wollensky, South Beach’s popular steakhouse on the water, will celebrate Valentine’s Day Feb. 14–17. Full menu available, along with chef’s specials. One Washington Ave., Miami Beach.  305-673-2800. Go to Smithandwollensky.com.

 At 50 Ocean enjoy a pre-fixed menu which includes an appetizer (tomato caprese, beef tartar) main course (poached lobster, steak and frits) and dessert (cherries jubilee).  $75 per person or $95 with wine pairing.  50 South Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach.  561-278-3354.

For art-lovers

The Flagler Museum’s Café des Beaux tea-for-two package includes tea sandwiches, scones, desserts, Whitehall special blend tea , a box of Whitehall chocolate, a rose, a keepsake photo and a $15 gift card to the museum store.  $80 per couple (for museum members) $120 for non-members. Includes admission the exhibit “Impression of Interiors: Gilded Age Paintings by Walter Gay.”  OneWhitehall Way, Palm Beach. 561-655-2833.

 For your high-maintenance honey

Flagler Steakhouse inside the Breakers Hotel is offering a special V-day menu. For $90 a person, enjoy a three-course meal, which includes an appetizer (crab cakes, lobster bisque) dinner (surf-and-turf, veal rib chop, sea bass) and dessert. One S. County Road, Palm Beach. 561-655-6611. Go to Thebreakers.com.

Il Mulino, inside the Acqualina Resort & Spa, will offer a three-course Italian menu, which includes a glass of bubbly. $125 per person. 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. 305-466-9191. Go to Ilmulino.com/Miami.

HaVen Gastro-Lounge’s unique v-day menu, priced at $75 per person, includes a four-course menu (with sugar, spice, naughty, and nice-inspired food) paired with Veuve Cliquot. 1237 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. 305-987-8885. Go to Havenlounge.com.

Bianca, inside the Delano, is offering a $200 per couple special which includes two glasses of champagne, three-pound Maine lobster, and chocolate fondue. After dinner, there will be a romantic movie screening in the courtyard area. 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Go to Biancamiami.com.

 Tanzy’s V-day menu includes lobster salad ($13), eggplant rollantini ($10) surf and turf ($44), rosemary and oregano prime rib ($34-$44), pan-seared dove sole ($29) and chocolate mousse ($10).  301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton.  561-922-6699. Go to Tanzyrestaurant.com

For $65 per person at Café Prima Pasta enjoy Italian favorites such as caprese, carpaccio di manzo, tuna osaka, lobster ravioli, red snapper, and lamb shank.  414 71st St., Miami Beach. 305-867-0106.

At Josef Table dine on shrimp and crab cocktail, beef wellington, chocalte souffle for two and a bottle of Bouvet champagne. $100 per person.  A three-course prix-fixed menu is also available for $41.95.  5030 Champion Blvd., Boca Raton. 561-353-2700 or go to Joseftable.net.

 For your engagement

Ready to pop the question?  A perfect spot for wedding proposals is the Sundy House.  For V-day, Chef Lindsay Autry’s three course menu includes items such as lobster risotto, poached egg, New York strip steak, and  ricotta Gnocchi. $89 per person with an $40 wine flight. 106 South Swinton Ave., Delray Beach.  561-272-5678. Go to Sundyhouse.com

Break the bank

Dine with Dolphins at Miami Seaquarium. Dinner includes a bottle of wine, two certificates to come back and swim with the dolphins and two annual passes to the Seaquarium.  $395 per couple.. 4400 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne. 305-361-5705. Go to Miamiseaquarium.com/valentines.

Eat dinner poolside by candlelight in a private cabana at the Fontainebleau's Gotham Steak.  Menu items include Petrossian caviar, roasted rack of lamb, Dover sole. $550 per couple (includes the prix-fixe menu and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. $770 includes the prix-fixe menu and a bottle of Laurent Perrier Rose.  The price tag also includes a private butler and a fresh flower arrangement.  4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Call 877- 326-7412 or go to Fontainebleau.com.

 Dinner and a movie

iPic Theater's special a la carte menu includes an Italian meats and cheese platter ($14), crab cakes ($14), filet kabobs ($20), grilled shrimp and pineapple skewers ($18), creamy risotto ($16) and red velvet bread pudding ($10). Movie tickets not included. 301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. 561-299-3000 Go to ipictheaters.com