Dropped the Valentine's Day ball? These restaurants might help – Sun Sentinel

Did Valentine’s Day just kinda sneak up on you? And now you’re desperately trying to find a restaurant to book a table.

Well, maybe we can help. Here’s a list of restaurants (and other options) in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Sunrise, Pembroke Pines and West Palm Beach with Valentine’s Day special offers.

Some may not be everyone’s idea of a place for a romantic snuggle in between bites, but the restaurants are trying to up the woo-pitching ante with duo dinners, decor, entertainment and little extras. And if you can’t get the booking you want, keep trying. Many of the restaurants say that cancellations are common, especially with Valentine’s Day falling on a work day.

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The Addison

2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton. 561-372-0568. TheAddisonBocaRaton.com.

A four-course sit-down dinner at 7 p.m. ($195) with an open bar as well as indoor and outdoor seating will be followed by a late-night party. Or you can just opt for the party ($85).

Azabu Miami Beach

161 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. 786-276-0520. AzabuGlobal.com.

You really have two choices here. In the main dining room there is a prix fixe menu ($80) with Waygu Beef Tataki, shrimp Kadaifi, Chilean sea bass, Waygu filet mignon and chocolate cake. There’s also the Den, a hidden sushi counter that can seat 11 people, which is offering a Valentine’s Day special ($250 per couple) with an Omakase style service.

The Balcony

1309 Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 754-200-6344. TheBalconyLasOlas.com.

All the ladies get a free rose and a glass of bubbly at this New Orleans-style eatery. And since Valentine’s Day falls on the Balcony’s Thursday ladies Night, women will also get a free Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktail from 7 p.m. to close. And for those who want to dine, there is a prix fixe menu ($59 per person) with an oyster amuse-bouche followed by crab cake and Natchitoches Beef pie duo and a tuna salad. The main course will be a choice of filet mignon or sea bass. Dessert will be, of course, beignets.

Brimstone Woodfire Grill

14575 SW 5th St., Pembroke Pines. 954-430-2333. BrimstoneWoodfireGrill.com.

8300 NW 36th St., Doral (in CityPlace). 786-837-8960. BrimstoneDoral.com.

Both locations will up the romantic factor with candlelit dinners as well as a free rose and dessert. There will also be his-and-her drink specials.

Butcher Shop Beer Garden and Grill

165 NW 23rd St., Miami. 305-846-9120. ButcherShopBeerGarden.com/miami.

Dinner for two ($75, tax and gratuity not included) has two options here. One has a rib-eye and lobster tail dinner with a bottle of Meiomi Pinot Noir. The other option has the same entree but has appetizer pierogies and a chocolate lava cake dessert. Also, Valentine’s Day falls on the Butcher Shop’s Das Boot Night, which means if you BYOB — bring your own boot, whether it is a beer mug, beer tower or beer bong — Butcher Shop will fill it for $10 from 7 p.m. to close. You can also buy Butcher Shop boots for $15.

City Oyster

213 E Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. 561-272-0220. CityOysterDelray.com.

Chef Suphot Bhisittrakulporn (but he goes by Patrick) is the new sushi chef at this Atlantic Avenue favorite and has created a special roll just for Valentine’s Day. The Geisha Roll ($32) is salmon tempura, jalapeño, cilantro, avocado and asparagus rolled with pink soy paper. The roll is topped with scallop, ankimo, spicy miso and eel sauce. Done? Nope. Then the whole thing is lightly “smoked” with a hand torch.

Crazy Uncle Mike’s

6450 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton. 561-931-2889. CrazyUncleMikes.com.

A little bit of everything — brewery, restaurant, sports bar, live music venue — this fairly new hot spot (opened in October) is bringing in the band Le Special for love’s special day. There’s no cover.

Dairy Queen

Locations in Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, Miami, West Palm Beach, Coral Springs, Davie, Sunrise, Tamarac, Royal Palm Beach, Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Delray Beach, Pembroke Pines, Pompano Beach, Miramar and Homestead. Go to DairyQueen.com.

Participating DQ and DQ Grill and Chill’s are offering a Dipped Strawberry Blizzard ($3.49) and a heart-shaped Dipped Strawberry Cupid Cake (average price is $9.99). Both are made with Ghiradelli.

Diplomat Prime

3555 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood. 954-602-8331. DiplomatPrime.com.

This restaurant inside the Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood is offering a five-course menu ($179 per person) that goes for a mix of sweet and savory. What that means for new chef Rashaad Abdool is fare starting with foie gras French toast and finishing with pink champagne sorbet.

Fresh Market

Locations in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Pembroke Pines, Boca Raton, Plantation, Coral Springs, Delray Beach, Wellington, Coconut Grove, Aventura and Doral. Go to TheFreshMarket.com.

Get a special Valentine’s Day dinner for two ($59.99) to take home with a choice of entree (filet mignon, lobster tails or sea bass), whipped potatoes, asparagus tips, garlic parmesan butter and mini chocolate lava bundt cakes. You also get a dozen roses. They also have heart-shaped ribeye for $14.99 per pound.

Gatsby’s Joint

2460 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.754-332-2125. GatsbysJoints.com.

This speakeasy-style restaurant and bar is offering a BOGO deal for Valentine’s Day. You buy one entree and you get one for free. There is also a Kir Royal cocktail (12).

Grandview Public Market

1401 Clare Ave., West Palm Beach. 561-323-4103. GrandviewPublic.com.

Starting at 7:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Louis Grayson and Elizabeth Thephithack of Poké Lab Eatery and Ramen Lab Eatery will present an eight-course Omakase dinner ($65 per person, not including tax and gratuity) with optional sake pairings ($80 for dinner and the sake), a souvenir photograph and live music. The three-hour event will have a menu of organic salmon, bluefin tuna, Korean short rib, Chilean sea bass and matcha mousse with black sesame ice cream.

Lips Restaurant

1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954-567-0987. FlaDragShow.com.

The drag queen supper club will have a three-course dinner ($40) with crab cakes or salad to start with, entree choices of lobster ravioli, chicken roulade, salmon, mushroom ravioli or steak au poivre and, of course, dessert. Even better, there’s a drag show where the faux femmes do their best music star impersonations (think Cher, Gaga, Bette, Reba).

Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro Sawgrass Mills

1860 Sawgrass Mills Circle #5100, Sunrise. 754-701-3731. MatchboxRestaurants.com/valentines.

Matchbox’s offer is from Feb. 13-17, so keep that in mind if you or your date are unavailable on Feb. 14. The Valentine’s special includes a shareable appetizer of lobster fundido ($18) and main courses of filet mignon/crab cake ($40) or lobsert diavolo pizza ($19 and $30). For dessert, there’s a strawberry confiture ($12).

The Melting Pot Coral Springs

10374 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs. 954-755-6368. MeltingPot.com/coral-springs-fl.

What’s more couple-friendly than sharing a fondue? This Melting Pot location is having several options for Valentine’s Day including the “VIP Romance Experience” ($249 per couple, does not include tax and gratuity) that includes the fondue savory and sweet courses along with a souvenir photograph, private curtain seating, a dozen long stem roses, a bottle of wine or four craft cocktails and a champagne toast. You can also a slightly downsized version ($125 per couple, does not include tax and gratuity) on Feb. 13, 15 and 16.

Modern Sixties Wine Lounge

1828 E Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (next to the The Classic Gateway Theatre). 954-616-5216. ModWineLounge.com.

This wine bar also has hot and cold tapas, but for Feb. 14 they are taking an “Anti Valentine’s Day” or “Celebrate Singleness” tact, according to owner Rebecca Brown. “We will feature Montes Cherub Rose by the glass with a ‘get stupid with Cupid’ theme.”

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. 866-502-7529. SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com.

Hard Rock’s fine dining restaurants Council Oak Steaks and Seafood as well as Kuro both have Valentine’s Day specials. Council Oak has a special menu of entrees including a surf and turf ($74), prime rib (14 ounce queen cut $54, 18 ounce king cut $65) and a dessert of chocolate crepe with dark chocolate ganache, fresh strawberries and a red wine sorbet ($14). You can also add a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut ($90). Over at Kuro, the special offer runs from Feb. 14-17 and includes a chirashi sushi dish ($32), grilled octopus ($26), a Kuro seafood tower ($80), scallops ($30), Sanuki Wagyu beef ($120). And for dessert there is a choice of his and hers chocolate stout cake and a vanilla-raspberry cake ($13).

Tap 42

Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Miami, Aventura, Coral Gables. Go to Tap42.com.

All locations will have a “F*** Valentine’s Day” special where ladies drink for free from 9-11 p.m. at the bar.


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