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 some dining-out deals and options for Valentine's Day in Palm Beach County.
Ready for a romantic evening at Piñon Grill this Valentine's Day? The restaurant will be offering specials along with a Valentine's Day dessert. Dinner begins at 4 p.m. Valentine's Day specials include bouillabaisse with mussels, clams, shrimp and scallops in a rich saffron fish broth and drizzled with roasted pepper rouille; wood fire 10-ounce, brie-crusted filet mignon on a bed of roasted wild mushrooms and served with roasted red pepper orzo; and a traditional tiramisu. Pinon Grill is located at 6000 Glades Rd., Boca Raton; 561-391-7770.
Del Frisco's Grill
Del Frisco's Grille Palm Beach welcomes Valentines near and far to fall in love all over again as they enjoy a variety of special menu offerings reserved only for this special evening. Available exclusively for the Valentine's weekend, Del Frisco's Grille will feature the Red Velvet Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich, complete with a warm chocolate sauce and big enough for two, for $10. Lobster tail will also be a special feature on the menu for the weekend. Del Frisco's Grille is located at 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach; delfriscosgrille.com.
III Forks Steakhouse
III Forks Prime Steakhouse has 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 cream corn, vine ripened tomatoes and spring onions. Desire a sweet finish? 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 a la carte menu available. III Forks Prime Steakhouse is located at 4645 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-630-3660, iiiforks.com.
Abe & Louie's
This Boca Raton restaurant will be hosting a special Valentine's Day tasting menu available for dinner Friday, February 13, and Saturday, February 14. The menu includes a starter of King crab bisque, followed by classic pairings for two including a 10-ounce center cut filet mignon served with twin Florida lobster tails, potatoes au gratin, grilled asparagus and roasted tomato demi-glaze for $115 per person. Dessert will be a Belgian chocolate brownie served with cinnamon ice cream and fresh berries. Reservations can be made online here. Abe & Louie's is located at 2200 Glades Rd., Boca Raton; 561-447-0024.
La Ferme is a modern French bistro with Mediterranean flair in West Boca brought to you by Bobby, Laura, and Alexandra Shapiro, owners of Flex Mussels in NYC. The restaurant offers modern, locally sourced food and an extensive wine & craft cocktail list in an elegant, yet comfortable setting. On Valentine's Day, the restaurant will be offering its regular menu plus specials including porcini mushroom and truffle risotto, potato and leak soup with American caviar, and baked oysters with a champagne sabayon. Entrees will include a butter poached lobster and Chilean sea bass. La Ferme is located at 9101 Lakeridge Blvd., Boca Raton; 561-654-6600.
Treat yourself to a sweet and healthy Valentine's Day at Boca Raton's Farmer's Table.
With vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options this is the perfect spot to enjoy a lighter-style Valentine's Day dinner. For those who enjoy their meat, fear not as Farmer's Table offers options such as braised prime short rib, chargrilled skirt steak, or bison and cranberry meatloaf in addition to fresh greens, gluten-free zahtar spiced snapper, among other delicious and organic menu options. Farmer's Table is located at 1901 North Military Trail, Boca Raton; 561-417-5836.
Tanzy and iPic Theater
It's love at first bite at Tanzy in Boca Raton this Valentine's Day. From Friday, February 13 to Saturday February 14, Tanzy will be featuring decadent chef specials in addition to a 4-course prix fixe menu for $69 per person. Then, snuggle up with your sweetie and enjoy this season's newest flicks in luxury for the ultimate date night. Enjoy a special menu of Valentine's specials, delivered right to you seat as you enjoy the show. Specials include -- and in honor of the opening of Fifty Shades of Grey -- master mixologist and advanced sommelier Adam Seger's Red Room of Pain, available throughout the entire month of February. For $13 guests can enjoy their own Red Room of Pain (red rum, red jalapenos, blood orange, homemade ginger beer, red rose petals). On February 14, Valentine's Day, iPic wants to entice a little of your wild side. For the first 100 people who order the Red Room of Pain cocktail they will receive complimentary red fuzzy handcuffs to take home. Looking for something a little sweeter? Try the featured dessert by James Beard Award Winning Chef, Sherry Yard. Bananas Over You (chocolate caramel tart, caramelized bananas with a glass of prosecco) for $12. Tanzy is located at 301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 561-922-6699.
Holding tradition, Dada in Delray Beach will once again be offering a specialty three-course menu (multiple choices in each course) for $65 per person including complimentary roses for the ladies. From 5-7 p.m. dinner will be served off the special menu only a la carte; after 7 p.m., reservations for the three course menu will be offered. Selections are numerous, but include tomato roasted fennel soup with brown sugar-glazed bacon; a Bay scallop ceviche with roasted corn and a chilled tequila shot; apple glazed pork belly confit; and a grilled pork porterhouse. The full specialty menu will be offered a la carte again after 11 p.m. Dada is located at 52 North Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 561-330-3232.
Bistro Ten Zero One
Spark up the romance on Valentine's Day and enjoy a delectable prix-fixe dinner for two at Bistro Ten Zero One. Executive chef Mark Henry has created a tantalizing 4-course menu highlighting ingredients straight from his garden. Cost is $120 (all-inclusive). This includes dinner for two with a glass of champagne to start and the 4-course dinner. This special Valentine's Day menu will be offered from 5-10 p.m. The regular a la carte dinner menu will also be available. Bistro Ten Zero One is located inside the West Palm Bach Marriott, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-833-1234.
What is more romantic than a Valentine's Day dinner by candlelight, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap around panoramic views of the ocean and the soft sound of waves hitting the shore? On Saturday, February 14, enjoy a crafted cocktail in a chic, contemporary Florida setting at the backlit blue quartz bar, or select a wine from our award-winning wine list with more than 100 carefully curated selections. For a touch of sophistication and whimsy, champagne will be embellished with heart-shaped strawberries. Delight in dining on inspired and locally sourced seafood entrees with fresh vegetables from nearby farms, served by a well-trained and knowledgeable staff. Share cherished memories of how you first met and the special moments that brought you together. 50 Ocean is the perfect setting for romance. Reservations are recommended. 50 Ocean is located at 50 South Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach; 561-278-3364, 50Ocean.com.
When it comes to romantic settings, Café Boulud's Terrace and candlelit courtyard provide a dreamy ambience second to none. From 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Cafe Boulud will welcome all to enjoy its cupid's feast prepared by executive chef Rick Mace for $115 per person. Indulge in a seductive three-course dinner for $115 per person excluding tax and gratuity. Heighten the pleasure with supplements of champagne, truffles, and caviar. Pastry chef Eric Snow will follow up with his divine desserts, a happy ending to a memorable meal that will include a sweet surprise to take away. Cafe Boulud is located at The Brazilian Court, 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach; 561-655-6060, cafeboulud.com.
Pistache French Bistro
Whether your celebrating love of celebrating your love for the single life, Pistache French Bistro has something in store for your this Valentine's Day. Set the mood with the restaurant's sensual Parisian décor, a kissing booth, aphrodisiac potion shots (including the infamous Pistache Giant Cupid), and champagne poured from 6-liter bottles. For the holiday's true romancers, Pistache will also be offering a lavish 3-course dinner on Saturday, February 14 for $75 per person. Appetizers include Mediterranean tomato salad, zucchini blossom beignets, burgundy escargots, and gnocchi "Parisienne." Entrees will offer moules frites "Mariniere," Prince Edward Island mussels, grilled swordfish, jumbo sea scallops, and Hudson Valley duck. Of course, no dinner would be complete without a sinful dessert menu including crème brulée, mousse au chocolate, and aFrench-style lemon cheesecake -- to name a few. Pistache French Bistro is located at 101 North Clematis Street, West Palm Beach; 561-833-5090.
Grease Burger Bar
Ah, Valentine's Day--or should we say, "$75-set-menu day." For those hoping to spend less this year and still enjoy a night out, visit Grease Burger, Beer & Whiskey Bar on Clematis Street. The entire menu from Chef Jordan Stilley will be offered a la carte along with a delicious Brie Stuff Burger, bed of arugula, red onion, prosciutto and fig jam ($11.95). Grease also features a huge craft beer list with over 130 selections by the bottle and on tap, over 110 whiskeys and bourbons available including their own house-made whiskey, and a craft cocktail menu. No reservations needed. Grease Burger & Whiskey Bar is located at 213 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-651-1075, GreaseWPB.com.
Forget the box of chocolates, enjoy a guilt-free chocolate sweet at Apura Juicery with owner Susan Mussaffi's signature chocolate pie. Gluten-free and vegan, this personal size chocolate pie is the perfect sweet treat to pick up for your health-conscious partner. Pair the pie with Apura's Sweat Heart Juice to please any juicing fanatic. The store opens from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Valentine's Day. Instead of brining flowers to your sweetie's door, try a heart healthy juice instead. Apura's "Sweet Heart" juice offers carrots, red beet, celery, spinach, apple, lemon, and ginger -- a combination sure to win the heart of your healthy love. And maybe a raw chocolate tart made with cacao, bananas, dates, and a blended crust of walnuts, shredded coconut will seal the deal. Apura is located at 22191 Powerline Rd., Boca Raton; apurajuicery.com.
Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa
Providing sunny solace from winter's chill, two Marriott hotels are offering Valentine's Day Weekend escapes that come with a side of warm Florida skies. The Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa, a AAA Four-Diamond luxury resort, and Palm Beach County's only all-suite beachfront hotel, is offering couples a chance to ward of winter and warm up with its "Ultimate Romance" package. The deal includes an overnight stay for two in a luxurious ocean view suite; unlimited use of SiSpa facilities (including steam room, showers, heated marble beds, relaxation room with tea bar, and private whirlpool); a couples' massage paired with a sensual aromatherapy bath and a glass of champagne; breakfast for two daily at 3800 Ocean; one movie per night; $50 dining credit per stay; and a champagne toast and chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival. Rates start at $639 per night (based on a two night minimum). For reservations or more information call 561-340-1700, or visit palmbeachmarriott.com.
This is not a definitive list of Valentine's Day offerings. Call all restaurants ahead of time to check on complete offerings and pricing, and to inquire about 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.