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Ten Best Romantic Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

Love: It's in the air right now -- or at least it's supposed to be. Stores have decked their halls with red and pink, and heart-shaped everything is everywhere to celebrate the international holiday of adoration.

Whether you're ready for it or not, Valentine's Day is next Friday, February 14. And if it's your turn to plan the romance, it can feel like a lot of unnecessary pressure. Sure, you can buy a card, pick up some supermarket roses, or snag a box of chocolates and call it a day, but V-Day is supposed to be special, a day to let your inner romantic come out to play. (And you better believe your special someone will compare notes with friends and colleagues the following morning.)

It's time to step up your game, and what better way than by wooing the love of your life -- or current fling -- with good food and wine.

From cozy and casual to superluxe, here are the ten most romantic restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

See also: Valentine's Day in Broward County: Where to Find the Specials

10. Mustard Seed Bistro

Dim lighting, earth-toned walls, floor-length curtains, white-clothed tables, and a contemporary granite bar create a comfortable and homey setting ideal for a quiet, intimate dinner. Friendly yet unobtrusive waiters serve elegant continental cuisine such as bacon-wrapped dates; crispy duck with cherry gastrique and mashed potatoes; and rigatoni balsamic served under chicken, spinach, portobello mushrooms, goat cheese, and pine nuts. It's fine dining with a side of romantic privacy.

9. 15th Street Fisheries

When most locals think of 15th Street Fisheries, they imagine wooden tables, fish 'n' chips, and kids feeding tarpon -- not exactly a sultry scene for seduction. For that, head upstairs, where the restaurant offers prime water views in a quiet, upscale setting. Citrus black mussels get some local flavor with Florida orange juice, shallots, white wine, star fruit, and basil. Grilled swordfish is spiced up with tropical flavors like cilantro, almonds, Florida rock shrimp, and coconut red curry sauce. A meal here is like being away on a romantic holiday.

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