Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to celebrate love (and devour copious amounts of chocolate and candy, of course). So, whether you’re flying solo, newly dating, or years into married life, pay homage to Saint Valentine with a romantic dinner at a spot that’s guaranteed to impress.
The first Florida offshoot of the popular modern Italian concept, North Italia just opened its doors in Mary Brickell Village. With its lively ambience and chic setting, it’s the perfect locale for the recently coupled up. Start with a craft cocktail on the sweeping patio, and then cozy up at a booth for a hearty meal of homemade dishes like pasta bolognese, chicken parmesan, and burrata tortelloni. Now that’s amore. 900 S. Miami Ave #111, 786-475-9100
What’s better than dining al fresco in February (while overlooking the ocean, no less)? We can’t really come up with anything, so go ahead and take your significant other to The Standard’s Mediterranean eatery. On Valentine’s Day, you can order from a menu of specialty dishes like wild salmon and wagyu filet or choose from the regular selection of organic meats and fish. 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach, 786-245-0880
At 1 Hotel South Beach’s rooftop restaurant, you’ll wow your sweetheart with 360-degree ocean views and a mouthwatering prix-fixe menu of Japanese and Latin-inspired dishes. Highlights include the ceviche de pulpo to start, the miso glazed corvina and charred lamb chops entrees, and the jivara and red chili gateaux for a sweet ending. 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-604-6580
Wedding planning can be stressful, so treat yourself and your future bride or husband to be to an upscale evening at this luxurious Bal Harbour brasserie. The lush patio space is reminiscent of a Parisian café and would be the ideal backdrop for a romantic evening of feasting or traditional French dishes like duck confit à l'orange and bouillabaisse and Valentine's Day specials including scallop tartare and daurade au fenouil. 9700 Collins Ave #135, 305-602-9663
Keep the spark alive by venturing north to Pompano Beach’s charming oceanfront eatery. To really make the evening special, book the best seat in the house—a sumptuous rooftop table that overlooks the Atlantic—and indulge in a three-course menu. You’ll select from dishes like a tuna poke stack, a grilled Caesar salad, and surf and turf, and enjoy a complimentary bottle of Moët. 270 N Pompano Beach Blvd., Pompano Beach, 954-607-6530
Even if you’re not paired up, there’s no reason not to grab your best girls or guys and head out for the night. This Asian-inspired haunt from celebrated chef Brad Kilgore is the perfect spot as it offers a non-traditional dining setting, allowing guests to enjoy a tasting menu at its intimate bar, or sit down for a more casual, yet indulgent meal—we’re talking uni fondue, wagyu tataki and a serious selection of caviar—at one of its indoor or outdoor lounges. 151 NE 41st St. Unit 217, Miami, 786-409-5591
LE ZOO PHOTO BY ANDREW HEKTOR; LIDO BAYSIDE GRILL PHOTO BY ADRIAN GAUT; WATR PHOTO BY ALEXTPHOTO.COM; NORTH ITALIA PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTH ITALIA; BEACH HOUSE PHOTO COURTESY OF BEACH HOUSE; KAIDO PHOTO COURTESY OF KAIDO