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This Valentine’s Day, there are tons of romantic activities, dinners, and specials to celebrate in the Miami area. From lavish five-course dinners, to luxurious spa packages, we don’t know where to begin! Here’s our round-up of the ultimate V Day events to take advantage of.

Deals and Packages

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Cleopatra’s Love Package

Surprise your better half with a memorable Skyline seaplane tour and a romantic dinner for two at the famous Cleo South Beach {1776 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach}. Your night will begin with a 15-minute flight from the bay towards South Beach. You will pass over the eclectic Downtown Miami, Star Island and admire the trendy South Beach Deco Drive with its many hotels and restaurants. The package is just $395 for two, and is available February 14 and 15. Upgrade with a bottle of Moet Rose or Whispering Angel Rose for $445.

Valentine’s Day Spa Deals at The Mandarin Oriental

Indulge in one of the spa packages at The Mandarin Oriental {500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami}. The Couples Delight package is perfect for guests seeking a truly pampered and romantic experience, offering all the pleasures of the hotel’s five-star spa enhanced by amorous amenities. The package includes two hours of treatment time plus relaxation time in a VIP Couples Suite, Champagne, and an assortment of chocolate pralines. The package is $720 plus gratuities for two, or $360 plus gratuities for one, excluding advanced facials.

Perfect as a gift for a loved one or as a personal treat for Valentine’s Day, the spa is also offering the luxurious Perfect Beauty package. With an 80-minute Hydrating Oxygen Facial and a manicure, guests will leave feeling pampered, refreshed, and looking their best. The package is $285 plus gratuities.

Couples seeking an experience to treat the senses can enjoy the Couples Connection Journey, which includes Inner Strength Massage in the VIP Couples Suite, side-by-side Mandarin pedicures with mimosas, and his and hers perfume from Dossage to take home. The Journey is $845 plus gratuities, and is also available for one.

My Valentine Package at Azul 

Azul {Mandarin Oriental, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami} is offering the My Valentine Package, which includes overnight accommodations in a deluxe room, a full American breakfast at La Mar with mimosas, and a romantic welcome gift including a bottle of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, for $739.

Dinners and Meals

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A Special Evening at La Mar by Gastón Acurio

La Mar by Gastón Acurio {Mandarin Oriental, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami} will serve a trio of special dishes created in celebration of romance, with Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline serving as the backdrop. Available on an á la carte basis from 5:30-11pm on February 14, the Power, Passion, and Spicy menu is priced from $9 to $25 per dish and includes:

  • Power Cebiche with scallops, oysters, and uni in a creamy rocoto leche de tigre with chalaca
  • Passion Tiradito with thinly sliced salmon, peanut sauce, and passionfruit leche de tigre
  • Spicy Parihuela, a traditional Peruvian soup with chiles, served with toasted baguette

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Azul

At Azul {Mandarin Oriental, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami}, a sumptuous five-course Valentine’s Day menu will be served from 6:30-11pm on February 13 and 14 for $148 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Guests will enjoy:

  • Two glasses of Champagne per couple
  • Beausoleil Oyster with herb granita and Tellicherry
  • Citrus Marinated Beets with caviar, crème fraîche, fennel, and radish
  • Maine Lobster Espagnole with tomato, saffron, lavender, potato, and garlic
  • Wagyu Beef Duet with au poivre, onion mousse, pickled shallot, black truffle, and forest mushroom
  • His and Hers Desserts: Passionfruit Mascarpone Cream Dehydrated Strawberries with white chocolate sorbet, and Chocolate Truffle Cream Salted Caramel Crunch with peanut ice cream

Un-Valentine’s Day Boozy Brunch at Barceloneta 

Chef Juliana Gonzalez has singles and couples covered at Barceloneta {locations in South Beach and Miami Beach}. From noon to 4pm, guests can celebrate their singlehood at the Un-Valentine’s Day Boozy Brunch. For $30, one can enjoy specials à la carte and an open bar that includes: well liquors, draft beer, Aperol, and citrus popsicles, tangerine Mimosas, and a make-your-own sangría bar, including three different types of sangría with fresh fruit.

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Barceloneta 

At Barceloneta {locations in South Beach and Miami Beach}, couples can enjoy a six-course dinner for two, plus a bottle of Juve Camps Reserva de la Familia Cava, for $90. Sample menu items include Salmon Crudo with raw salmon with a citrus vinaigrette, watermelon radish, pickled grapes, and garnished with salmon roe; Fig Toast with rustic flatbread with herbed goat cheese, Port-poached figs, Forum reduction, and Paleta Iberico de Bellota Ham; Grilled Langostines with grilled prawns over a bouillabaisse broth and garnished with a fresh fennel salad; and Strawberries and Cream with compressed strawberries, stracciatella gelato, balsamic reduction, and sugared rose petals. Call for reservations.

A Special Menu at L’echon Brasserie

Chefs Jose Mendin and Josh Elliott are letting couples celebrate Valentine’s Day from Friday throuh Sunday at L’echon Brasserie {Hilton Cabana, 6261 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach}. Guests will enjoy a special menu including dishes such as Foie Gras Torchon with Sicilian pistachio, rhubarb chutney and confit, aged balsamic, and brioche; and Butter Poached Maine Lobster with sauce Américaine, orange, braised fennel, and lobster mushroom. Call for reservations: 786.483.1640.

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Lovers Lane Martini at Ortanique on the Mile

Enjoy menu specials and this V Day cocktail at Ortanique on the Mile {278 Miracle Miles, Coral Gable} from 5-11pm. Or, shake up the martini yourself with this recipe!

Lovers Lane Martini

Muddle 2 ounces watermelon in a shaker. Add 1/2 ounce St. Germaine, 1/2 ounce lychee juice, and 2 ounces Bacardi grand melon, and shake vigorously. Serve in chilled martini glass with a watermelon garnish.

The Biltmore

Valentine’s Day at The Biltmore

At Palme d’Or {1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables}, enjoy a five-course tasting menu prepared by Chef Pugin for $135 per person. Over at Fontana {1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables}, a three-course dinner for $95 per person tempts. Fontana is also offering La Settimana del Tartufo–a week of truffles! Chef Beppe will serve four courses featuring truffles for $75 per person. Make your reservations online or by calling 305.913.3200.

The Avalon

Three-Courses at A Fish Called Avalon 

Choose from a medley of offerings to create three fantastic courses for your Valentine’s Day Dinner at A Fish Called Avalon {700 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach}. Sample selections include charcoal-grilled Mediterranean Octopus or Bang Bang Shrimp for the first course; an 8oz Roquefort Filet Mignon or Macadamia-Crusted Snapper for the main course; and  Chef Kal’s Cheesecake or Classic Key Lime Pie for dessert. Pricing depends on entrée choice, and ranges from $42-$180.


Valentine’s Menu at Seaspice

A five-course menu plus a bottle of Veuve Rose at Seaspice {422 Northwest North River Drive, Miami} is a splendid way to spend Valentine’s Day with your significant other. The first course is a dozen Shigoku Oysters served family-style. The second course is a Pan-Seared Diver Scallop. The third course is Alaskan King Crab Fettuccini, and the fourth course is the Wood Oven Roasted Chateaubriand with chestnut purée, Brussels sprout petals, and fresh shaved black winter périgard truffles. For dessert, look forward to the Strawberry and Rosewater Crémeux. The dinner is $500 per couple, excluding tax and service charge.


Valentine’s Day Dinner at Siena Tavern

Siena Tavern {404 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach} is offering a four-course prix-fixe menu for $85 this Valentine’s Day. Add on an order of West Coast Oysters for $20 to start your evening, and a bottle of Champagne to make sure it stays lively and fun. Here’s a sampling of some of the dishes on the menu: Burrata with seared foie gras, walnut crème, pomegranate, and brioche toast; Beet Gnocchi; Pan Seared Branzino; and Red Velvet Cake with dark chocolate gelato and candied rose petals.

Valentine’s at Zen Sai

Indulge in a three-course dinner at Zen Sai {1001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach} this Valentine’s Day for just $49 per person (plus tax and gratuity). The meal comes with one glass of wine or Champagne, or a specialty cocktail. Enjoy Asian-flavored dishes like Garbanzo Spring Rolls, Robata Grilled Organic Chicken Steak, and Fried Green Tea Ice Cream.


By Maya Silver | Editor

What if your neighborhood watering hole had the homey feel of the fictional bar “Cheers,” world-class cuisine, and a sommelier’s Shangri-La all in one supreme spot? With Pubbelly Restaurant Group, this is possible—six times over.

Full of youthful vim and a passion for good food, founding partners Andreas Schreiner, José Mendin, and Sergio Navarro opened the doors to their first spot, Pubbelly Gastropub, in 2010. Since then, the group has seen an avalanche of growth. “The main philosophy,” Schreiner says, “is chef-driven, innovative cuisine that breaks the norm; intuitive service; and a focus on the local community.”

While the original Gastropub has inspired all succeeding links in the Pubbelly chain—with themes of local sourcing, boss beer selections, and handcrafted cocktails—each tackles a different cuisine and has carved out its own unique space in the local scene. Next, Pubbelly takes on Mexico, with five restaurants set to open in Mexico City, Monterrey, and Playa del Carmen. Before Pubbelly becomes an international phenomenon, however, you should first get to know its original holdings.

Pubbelly Gastropub {1418 20th Street, Miami Beach; 305.532.7555}

Nods from James Beard (Chef Mendin was a three-time semi-finalist for Best Chef in the South in 2012, 2013, and 2014) are no surprise with dishes like a Korean hot dog with kimchee, Udon Carbonara, and Shortrib Tartare with apples, quail egg, green mustard, tobanjan, and pine nuts.

Pubbelly Sushi {1424 20th Street, Miami Beach; 305.531.9282}

Pubbelly Drinks_0178Welcome to the first Asian-inspired gastropub to hit Miami! Sushi takes cues from Americana in the Soft-Shell Crab BLT Roll and the Bigeye Tuna Sashimi with basil vinegar, Burratina, and heirloom tomato.  

PB Steak {1787 Purdy Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.695.9550}

The Pubbelly boys recently revamped their steakhouse, marrying former PB Steak staples with seafood faves and rum-based refreshers from their PB Fish pop-up. The menu is scrawled on chalkboard walls amidst quirky tchotchkes. Delight in the raw bar, premium meats, and fresh seafood. Come back for a weekend brunch of housemade bacon and a very gourmet Steak and Eggs.

Barceloneta Restaurant {South Beach and South Miami locations}

If you make it past the well-curated appetizers—including homemade Garrotxa cheese—and raw bar beginnings, the Catalan bistro menu brings you to Pubbelly Miami Beach,Barcelona and back. Don’t miss the epic cava selection as well as this Spanish sparkler’s appearance in cocktails and martinis.

L’echon Brasserie {6261 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 786.483.1611}

Red-and-white-checkered napkins, Parisian panache, and escargots—oui, oui, Pubbelly transports you to France at the newest of its establishments. We’re enamored with the L’Echon Burger, topped with roasted pork, mojo onions, Emmenthal cheese, and aïoli. Bonus: the brasserie is located at the Hilton so there’s a pool and a poolside menu. Dive in.


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Tuyo {415 Northeast Second Avenue; 305.237.3200}

Tuyo’s new executive chef, Victor Santos, has big shoes to fill, but the bright, young Brazilian-native has two things going for him with a culinary school degree and a hefty amount of experience in fine-dining restaurants under his belt. On where he’s taking Tuyo’s cuisine, Chef Victor Santos says, “We want to separate ourselves from the New-World cuisine that he [former Chef Norman Van Aken] so successfully did throughout his career, so I’m taking more of a modern American approach with a strong French influence with Asian and Latin touches.” For a cross-cultural tasting experience, Santos recommends the oven-roasted Red Snapper with coconut jasmine rice, lemongrass, and ginger-lime vinaigrette, topped with a black bean and pineapple salsa. tuyomiami.com

Old Lisbon {1698 Southwest 22nd Street; 305.854.0039}

After what feels like far too long, the culinary delight that is Old Lisbon has re-opened its doors at the historic Coral Way location. Servers carrying authentic Portuguese dishes walk out from a rustic open kitchen, while guests sit at white-clothed tables, surrounded by white walls, in a space adorned with hand-painted art of Old Lisbon, and all around is an atmosphere of Old-World charm. Take a seat, order the Bacalhau na Cataplana com Ameijoas (a stewed Norwegian codfish), and you’ll be transported to Old Lisbon. oldlisbon.com

L’Echon Brasserie {62nd Street and Collins Avenue; phone TBD}

To say Andreas Schreiner, Segio Navarro, and Jose Mendin (AKA The Pubbelly Boys) are on a roll would be a massive understatement. In less than four years, the trio has made huge culinary strides, opening six restaurants and most recently adding a seventh concept to their repertoire: L’Echon Brasserie. Their newest Pubbelly-style eatery makes its home at the renovated Hilton Cabana, where Chef Jose Mendin takes on the world of French cuisine with a twist by adding his unmistakably classic yet playful Pubbelly touch to a menu of shareable plates. A gorgeous indoor/outdoor setting with oceanfront views and two waterfalls provide the perfect space to bite into his French-inspired dishes. lechonbrasserie.com

Uvaggio {70 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 707.224.2254}

“Top Chef” contestant Bret Pelaggi has partnered with former Wine Director Heath Porter and Owner Craig DeWald to open Uvaggio, a high-end, European-style wine bar. The three restaurateurs combined their passion for wines to create an upscale wine bar (with plenty of class but without the typical stuffiness) and curate a menu of wine-inspired dishes. It’s a unique process they call “tasting backwards,” where boutique wines are first carefully selected, and then their aromas, flavors, and textures help create and pair a corresponding dish. Uvaggio welcomes wine lovers with open arms. uvaggio.com

Big Fish {620 Northeast 78th Street; 305.373.1770}

Formerly located in Downtown Miami, the Italian eatery known as Big Fish has re-emerged—twice as delicious—on Biscayne Boulevard and 78th Street. The seafood emphasis here is bold and clear, with fresh fish dishes made even more delectable by friendly service, affordable prices, and a perfectly fitting ambience. Order the whole Branzino and lay back on the outdoor patio as you indulge, while white curtains move in the breeze and sailboats float gently along the river. The Big Fish legacy continues. thebigfishrestaurant.com

R House {2727 Northwest Second Avenue; 305.576.0201}

Come on over to R House, and experience Chef/Owner Rocco Carulli’s new sensory experience in Wynwood. It’s a restaurant, lounge, and art gallery all in one. R House boasts a menu of shareable contemporary American dishes sprinkled with Latin, Asian,  and Mediterranean influences. The restaurant is also home to the White Porch Gallery, which features an innovative movable wall system showcasing the work of various artists. And, of course, R House’s cozy lounge provides an ideal space for guests to enjoy the DJ’s tunes and sip on home-infused cocktails. Come check it out—R House is your house. rhousewynwood.com 

La Mar {500 Brickell Key Drive; 305.913.8288}

As a Gaston Acurio restaurant, La Mar could have chosen no lovelier nor more elegant setting than the Forbes five-star, award-winning Mandarin Oriental. At La Mar, Acurio’s acclaimed cuisine—an eclectic combination of Peruvian-Asian fusion and nuovo-Andean fare—is served in a stunning space with panoramic water views. A truly unique Miami experience, with just the right touch of luxury and creative tastes, awaits you there. mandarinoriental.com

Colette {1223 Lincoln Road; 305.534.7888}

Behind this quaint and charming French eatery on Lincoln Road is Frederic Boldron, a highly knowledgeable chef with over 18 years of culinary experience, who brings his passion for French cuisine to the charismatic Colette Little French Bistro. Under the supervision of Colette’s owner, Francis Pittilloni, Boldron dishes out French classics in a warm and inviting setting, ideal for a pre-dinner bottle of rosé or a post-movie alfresco meal. There’s always the option for a romantic meal in the sunshine, too, since Colette is newly open for lunch as well. coletterestaurant.com

Tokyo Blue  {4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale; 954.566.2122}

When a restaurant taps not one, but two former Nobu chefs, the outcome is most likely going to be something beyond wonderful. Tokyo Blue has done just that at the new Downtown location, having added the highly skilled Chef Mai, specializing in Thai delicacies and Japanese food; and Sushi Chef Jo, who works exclusively with the freshest ingredients of the highest quality. And at Tokyo Blue, dining on five-star Eastern dishes doesn’t break the bank, to the delight of our palates and wallets. tokyoblueonthebeach.com 

Dry de Luxe {2000 Collins Avenue, Suite 4; 786.484.4260}

When you go out for a special meal, you want to look your best. To achieve your most stunning, drop-dead-gorgeous look before a romantic dinner or a night out with the girls, leave it up to the most capable hands in town, Dry de Luxe. The Miami Beach blow-dry lounge will not only update your ‘do to supermodel status, but they’ll also shape your brows and apply your make-up, leaving you looking absolutely fabulous. After all, your dinner shouldn’t be the only thing looking beautiful. drydeluxe.com