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Romantic Restaurants for Valentine’s Day Dinners in Palm Beach County

February 13th, 2011 · No Comments

You may be out in the cold if you don’t already have reservations for Valentine’s Day dinners Monday night. However, some are using the whole weekend to present I (heart) You dinners.You can go tonight – or call and take your chances on either a/ walking in, or b/ getting a cancellation spot February 14.

Tips for Val Day dining, and leaving tips

If you want to get in and out, do it in the front end of the night -make reservations from 6 to 7:30 p.m. They all plan to turn those two-top tables like a merry-go-round. If you plan to linger, by all means tell the host when you book so they can book reservations around you.You might be rushed otherwise.

Late night diners – 9:30 or later – will have a better chance to take their time, but also may have the best chance of having to wait to get in. Keep an open mind and try not to blame the restaurants – they can’t predict the loving-couple diners. Best bet: Call ahead to see if they’re keeping their reservations on time.

Some will offer prix-fixe menus – ask when you make the reservations.

Here are some of the most popular restaurants for romance, and some new ones that are worthy of consideration.

In Palm Beach:

The Breakers, Palm Beach – L’Escalier has contemporary, sexy food, phenomenal wines – and the setting couldn’t be more romantic. For the very classic, historical-romancer – this is the one. Pop the question and the Champagne here. 561-655-6611.

Cafe L’Europe, Palm Beach – easily one of the most beautiful restaurants in the county. Flowers and decor are extraordinary – definitely for the visual romantic. Impeccable plates and four-desserts. Expect to be a waiting list for this one, but it’s worth a try. 561-655-4020.

Chez Jean-Pierre, Palm Beach – It’s French – they speak the language of love here in all ways. Francophiles and those who fancy themselves French – can’t beat the foods and wine. Contemporary setting.  561-833-1171

Four Seasons, Palm Beach – At The Restaurant, Chef Darryl Moiles takes good care of the romantics here. This is the one famous for offering ladies special footstools for their pocketbooks. Candlelight, flowers – crisp service, and housemade treats for its guests. 561-582-2800.

Michelle Bernstein’s at the Omphoy, Palm Beach – Chef de cuisine Lindsay Autry has created a tasting menu, with paired wines for tonight (6-10 p.m.) – $95 (not including tax and tip) at MB’s spot in the tres chic contemporary boutique hotel, the Omphoy. 561-540-6450.

North County:

Cafe des Artistes, Jupiter – Another Frenchie. Not as intimate as others, but you can still be “alone” and sit outside on the water if weather permits. Classic French menu, good wines, lovely desserts. 561-747-0998.

Buonasera, Jupiter – Oh, so Italian, Old-World style service – in a beautiful setting. Fresh, upscale Italian. Dine indoors or out in the pretty patio. 561-744-0543.

The Bistro, Jupiter – Irish hospitality in another gorgeous setting. American Continental fare; good drinks here. 561-744-5054

3800 Ocean, Singer IslandRecently taken over by Marriott, the former ocean-view restaurant Solu in The Resort at Singer Island is now a beautiful seafood restaurant run by Chef Dean Max. Foodies will love this one; book a seat at the chef’s table/bar, or sit outside with a view of the ocean, weather permitting. 561-340-1700.

Cafe Chardonnay, Palm Beach Gardens – An original, and long-time romantic favorite. Contemporary American cuisine, great wines, intimate seating – a charmer. 561-627-2662.

Kubo Asiatic Cuisine, North Palm Beach – Hands down, the sexiest, most sensuous food in the county. Sushi and Asian foods taken to a whole other level, visually and taste-wise. Guaranteed romance – you have a romantic ally in Chef Roy Villacrusis.  561-776-7248.

Central County:

Cafe Centro, West Palm Beach – in Old Northwood Village, this Italian is charming, and won’t set you back a million bucks. Candles every night, not just on Valentine’s Day. Piano bar next door. 561-514-4070

Il Bellagio, CityPlace, West Palm Beach – If you try, in this piazza setting beside the dancing fountain, you could think you’re in Italy. Very Italian. 561-659-6160.

Leila, West Palm Beach – Exotic Middle Eastern cuisine, very intimate tables and low lighting make this a romantic night out. Vegetarians will love it. 561-659-7373.

Marcello’s La Sirena, West Palm Beach – Another classic Italian, northern style. Primo foods (oh, the risotto!) and great wines. The photos of Marcello’s mom and dad overlook the dining room – how romantic! 561-585-3128.

South County:

Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach, Manalapan – Sweeping views of the ocean in the Temple Orange room by candlelight – all very romantic. The Ritz always has amenities for its guests – you’ll take home something lovely. 561-533-6000.

La Bonne Bouche, Lake Worth – French. Very. Intimate and cozy; the loving couple who run this are romantics, too. Killer desserts. 561-533-0840.

Il Baccio, Delray Beach – Italian. Unique here are the cabanas to enclose the tables set in the garden-patio. 561-865-7785.

Caffe Luna Rosa, Delray Beach – Italian with a twist, and delightful hosts at this oceanfront restaurant. Romantic seating in the back. 561-274-9404.

Vivo Partenza, Boca Raton – Tony Bova’s Italian, with a contemporary pretty decor, intimate seating, special menu. 561-750-2120

Le Rivage, Boca Raton – French and charming. In the Shore Center, and oft overlooked. 561-620-0033.

Sapori Ristorante, Boca Raton – Italian – a mix of northern and southern. With charming decor. 561 367-9779

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