Come Valentine's Day, what could be better than gazing into your true love's eyes over a table of delicious treats and a perfectly presented champagne toast?
From an amuse-bouche to the sweet finale, here are a few dining-out deals, themed parties, and date-night options for Valentine's Day in Broward County.
Himmarshee Public House
If you're single, you might want to head to Himmarshee Public House to celebrate the holiday. The bar and restaurant is throwing an "Anti-Valentine's Day Party" on Friday, February 13, featuring special guest DJ Arok from Orlando. The party starts on 10 p.m. so you can ring in VDay without any mushy drama. Of course, if you're looking to wine and dine your sweetie, the mood changes on Saturday, when you can enjoy a special couple's package dinner and chef specials. There will also be a "Cupid's Red Dress Party" on Valentine's Day. Come wearing a red dress and receive a free glass of champagne after 10 p.m. pen seating and reservations are available. Himmarshee Public House is loocated at 201 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-616-5275.
Brimstone Woodfire Grill
Discover Brimstone Woodfire Grill's contemporary American fare this Valentine's Day, boasting exceptional quality and a mélange of flavors, including steaks cooked in a 1600-degree broiler, woodfire-grilled fresh seafood, gourmet flatbreads, sushi and salads. Treat your loved one to an exquisite meal at Brimstone Woodfire Grill. In addition to their regular menu, they are offering two dinner specials with a specialty dessert. Items will be priced table-side and dinner will begin at 4 p.m. Brimstone Woodfire Grill is located at 14575 SW 5th St., Pembroke Pines; 954-430-2333, brimstonewoodfiregrill.com.
If a romantic evening isn't your thing, check out America's Backyard this year, instead. No candlelight dinners or champagne toasts here. Whether you're attached or hitched -- and especially if you're single or want to mingle -- Valentine's Day at America's Backyard. Enjoy $5 Heart Breaker shots, and get tangled up with other sexy singles on the dance floor while playing Twister. America's Backyard is located at 100 SW 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-9569, myamericasbackyard.com.
Beauty & the Feast Bar Kitchen
Romance is in the air at Beauty & the Feast! In addition to the regular menu, a delicious a la carte multi-course menu is being offered for Valentine's Day. Continue Valentine's Day Weekend with a Valentine's Day Brunch Sunday, February 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy a romantic evening at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa's Starlight Dinner. Dine under the stars on the fifth floor terrace overlooking the ocean. Friday, February 13th and Saturday, February 14th experience a 4-Course Prix Fixe Dinner for $59 per person. Steam up the night by adding a Couple's 50-minute Massage for $199. Receive complimentary valet parking with validation. The Atlantic Hotel & Spa is located at 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-567-8020.
Valentino Cucina Italiana
Dine in style at Valentino Cucina Italiana on Valentine's Day. They are offering their regular menu, as well as a holiday special dish and dessert. The Valentine's Day special includes poached Hawaiian prawns, Kohlrabi, bok choy, tapioca, and hibiscus with coriander blossoms and chocolate bonbons with slow-roasted strawberry consommé over chocolate sponge cake with passion fruit sorbet and hazelnut powder. Valentino is located at 620 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954-523-5767, valentinocucinaitaliana.com.
Cafe Med Ristorante
Celebrate Valentine's Day beach side with an authentic Italian prix fixe menu at Café Med Ristorante in Deerfield Beach. The restaurant features alfresco dining with both indoor and outdoor spaces providing a perfect view of the Atlantic Ocean. Appetizers will include offbeat items like ostrich and deconstructed artichokes. Entrées include risotto, handmade pastas, lamb, and branzino. End with a heart-shaped strawberry and chocolate cake. Seatings begins at 5 p.m. Cafe Med is located at 2096 NE Second St., Deerfield Beach; 954-596-5840, cafemeddeerfield.com.
Treat your loved one to a special dinner at Steak 954 this Valentine's Day. Enjoy the oceanfront views on the outdoor terrace or experience the unique 15-foot long jellyfish aquarium in the dining room. This holiday's specials include Oysters Rockefeller with fines herbs and Pernod bread crumbs; butter braised baby root vegetables with beets, radishes, kohlrabi, crispy pancetta and mint; charred broccolini with salsa verde, ricotta salata, and crispy capers; and surf 'n turf of petite filet, Madagascar prawn, celery root gratin, and Madeira sauce. Steak 954 is located at 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-414-8333, Steak954.com.
Make Casa D'Angelo in Fort Lauderdale your romantic Valentine's Day dining destination. Enjoy an à la carte menu from executive chef Angelo Massanova, and complement your meal with a glass or bottle from the vast champagne and wine selection. Bite into a traditional Lasagnette D'Angelo, Angelo's special lasagna with ragu of meat; or a tender Costoletta Di Vitello Alla Griglia Con Funghetti Trifolati, marinated 16-ounce grilled veal chop sautéed wild mushrooms in a fresh rosemary sauce. Let your taste buds fall in love with the decadent Chocolate Delizia D' Angelo with vanilla gelato. Reservations available starting at 4 p.m. Casa D'Angelo is located at 1201 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954-564-1234, casa-d-angelo.com.
Big City Tavern
Plan a romantic night on Las Olas Boulevard with Big City Tavern Executive Chef Louie Bossi's mouthwatering Valentine's Day menu. Begin your succulent meal with mozzarella di bufala, pickled strawberries, baby arugula, and aged balsamic, then move on to the wood-grilled local mahi, lobster corn vinaigrette, or the gnocchi al forno, with san marzano sauce, stracchino, and house-cured pancetta. End your night on a sweet note by indulging in the "Chocolate Grand Marnier Fondue for Two" with stem berries, brown butter pound cake, vanilla bean marshmallows, deep chocolate brownies, and frozen mini ice cream sandwiches to dip. Reservations recommended. Big City Tavern is located at 609 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-727-0307, bigcitylasolas.com.
III Forks Steakhouse
III Forks Prime Steakhouse will have two menus available for Valentine's Day, starting with its 2015 Sweetheart Menu ($155 per couple), which includes the choice of a III Forks Salad or lobster bisque. The entrée will be two six-ounce filet mignons accompanied by two six-ounce cold-water lobster tails, served with whipped potatoes, sugar snap peas, off-the-cob creamed corn, vine-ripened tomatoes, and spring onions. Desire a sweet finish? Try the chocolate lovers' dessert. Featured sparkling selections include Chandon Brut Classic ($19 by the glass, $48 by the bottle), Chandon Sparkling Rose ($12 by the glass, $48 by the bottle), and Etoile Brut ($18 by the glass and $75 by the bottle). In addition, III Forks will have its à la carte menu available. III Forks Prime Steakhouse is located at 501 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach; 954-457-3920, iiiforks.com.
The Living Room
Living Room at the W Fort Lauderdale is hosting a Valentine's Day affair inviting all singles. Upon arrival, guests will choose a colored wristband -- green, yellow or red -- to mark their relationship status. Green means go (you're single), red wristbands mean you're off the market, and yellow means you're on the fence about it. DJ A-Train will set the tempo for the evening with his eclectic array of beats and mashups. The second-annual Red Light, Green Light party brings guests a romantic night of intrigue featuring party favors and delicious cocktails overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at Living Room at W Fort Lauderdale. Doors open at 9 p.m. February 14. The Living Room is located at 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-414-8300, fllnightlife.com.
Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa
Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, set on the ocean of Pompano Beach, was recently named one of the top-ten "up and coming" U.S. destinations in 2014 by TripAdvisor. The hotel is offering lovebirds a couple's getaway with the simple pleasures of Florida beach living. Rates start at $349 per night, and the package includes overnight accommodations, champagne and tropical fruit on arrival, breakfast in McCoy's Oceanfront for two days, and a private Cabana each day. Valentine's Day couples will also receive a 25 percent discount at SiSpa. The Marriott Pompano Beach is located at 1200 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach; 954-782-0100, pompanomarriott.com.
This is not a definitive list of Valentine's Day offerings. Please check back for new listings, and always call each restaurant ahead of time to check on complete offerings, pricing, and reservations.
Nicole Danna is a food blogger covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.