#DishHitList: Valentine’s Day Specials, Stone Crab, and More

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Breezy weather and so many specials you don’t know where to start can only mean one thing: it’s February. From new menus and Valentine’s Day ideas to margarita and stone crab specials, this month there is no shortage of deals to check out around Miami and beyond. 

Jaya at The Setai Launches 3-Course Prix-Fixe Lunch

Jaya is offering a wallet-friendly 3-course lunch menu with a variety of dishes from India, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Thailand, and Japan. It’s available Mon-Sat, noon to 3 PM for $34/person. The menu includes a starter, main, and dessert.

Highlights include Japanese Leaf with miso dressing, Chicken & Coconut Soup, Fried Rice with veggies, and Branzino Filet with grilled veggies and sauce vierge. On Saturdays, enjoy live Bossanova jazz during lunch.

Jaya is located at 2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit their official website

Verde Debuts New Winter Menu

Downtown Miami’s waterfront hot spot, Verde at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), is heating things up this winter unveiling a brand-new menu chockful of seasonal dishes and reimagined classics, as well as its stunning refresh, complete with lush greenery and rattan lighting fixtures. 

Helmed by the culinary masterminds behind Constellation Culinary Group, the winter menu offers a variety of land and sea plates, fresh, seasonal produce sourced from French Farms, homemade wood-fired pizzas, and desserts, all paired with a selection of handcrafted cocktails. 

In honor of PAMM’s current exhibition, Leandro Erlich: Liminal, the eatery has also curated an additional five plates reflecting the exhibition. From the artfully presented swimming pool ceviche, made with green mango, aji amarillo, and chilled shrimp and artfully presented in a sculptural dish with a pool of crystallized sugar where floating avocado dollops mingle with edible flowers to a traditional Argentine stew, locro Argentino, made with pumpkin, savory butter beans, corn and pork, each dish is a tribute to the exhibit’s interactive installations and optical illusions. Be sure to leave room for dessert: dulce de leche ice cream served with house-made alfajores. 

Verde is located at 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132. For more information, visit their official website

Rusty Pelican Kicks Off “Get Stoned” Special 

This iconic eatery recently launched its Get Stoned stone crab and gin and tonic special, which is offered in the lounge every Tuesday from noon to 6:30 p.m. from now until mid-May. Guests can enjoy $8 chilled stone crab claws and choose from a variety of $8 gin and tonic cocktails, including art basil, made with Tinkerman’s Gin, fresh lemon juice, basil, and London Essence Tonic; dragon hard, made with Uncle Val’s Gin, pomegranate, dragon fruit syrup, London essence tonic, and dehydrated dragon fruit; and more. Other limited-time stone crab dishes are available all season and include the stone crab Korean-style bao buns with Pickled Veggies ($45) and the stone crab platter with Creamy Leche de Tigre ($75). 

Rusty Pelican is located at 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149. For more information, visit their official website.

National Margarita Day Specials

Need a mid-week pick-me-up? You have at least one good excuse this month, with National Margarita Day on Wednesday, February 22. Here are a few spots to indulge in the classic, on the rocks, straight up, frozen, or however you like it best! 

Ambersweet

If you’re looking for a deal where you can snag perhaps the city’s most expensive Margarita to celebrate the holiday, Ambersweet has you covered with their $100 Ambersweet Margarita. Think: Patron Grand Burdeo, Grand Marnier 1880, lime juice, blood orange juice, and agave nectar blended together in a tear-drop-shaped ice, garnished with a salt rim for, in case you missed it the first time, $100.

Ambersweet is located inside The Confidante Miami Beach at 4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140. For more information, visit their official website

El Vez

Margarita with a twist? Yes, please! El Vez’ Frozen Blood Orange Margarita is made with tequila, blood orange, and agave. Cocktails by the glass are $14 or $50 for a pitcher.

El Vez is located at 401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. For more information, visit their official website

Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar

If you’re up north or don’t mind the trek, celebrate National Margarita Day at Rocco’s Tacos with all-day-long happy hour specials, including $5 margaritas and $25 margaliters, 1-liter bottles, and traditional, strawberry, or mango flavors. Once the munchies hit, pair those cocktails with $5 tacos and appetizers. 

Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar is located at 1313 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. For more information, visit their official website

Strawberry Moon

Strawberry Moon’s Spicy JAJA Margarita is the perfect way to celebrate this boozy holiday. The cocktail is made with Jaja Tequila, Dos Hombres mezcal, chinola, mango, lime, and habanero for an extra kick. Diners can stick around and enjoy a variety of Mediterranean classics and country club favorites. 

Strawberry Moon is located at 601 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit their official website

Sugar Factory

If you like your margarita with an extra shot, then you’ll be pleased to know that guests who visit Sugar Factory on National Margarita Day will receive an extra free tequila shot with the purchase of any margarita goblet. Highlights include the Strawberry Cadillac Reposado Margarita Goblet, crafted with Nick Jonas’ Villa One Reposado; or The Peoples’ Watermelon Cadillac Margarita Goblet, prepared with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Teremana Blanco Tequila.

Sugar Factory is located at 1060 Ocean Dr 1st Floor, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit their official website

Valentine’s Day Specials

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Love is in the air, and if you’re anything like us, you’ll be following Cupid’s breeze straight to your favorite restaurant to do Valentine’s Day just right: by filling it with food. Whether you’re planning a romantic date or celebrating the holiday with your gal pals, there’s no better way to mark the occasion than hitting the town and checking out some of these V-Day deals. 

1-800-Lucky

This Asian food hall is celebrating Galentine’s Day with a variety of love-inspired drinks and bottle specials including the Babe Avenue, served with vodka, Aperol, cucumber, lemon, and topped with Babe Rosé ($8); Konteki Tears of Dawn Sake (720ml $30); Raventos i Blanc de Nit (750ml $40); and Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut (187ml $15). Guests will be able to grab a bite from one of their seven different venues, including B-Side by Itamae, Usagi, Taiyaki NYC, and more. 

1-800-Lucky is located at 143 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127. For more information, visit their official website

Aba 

Treat your Valentine to two specials from Chef CJ Jacobson at Aba from February 10-14. Menu highlights include red beet hummus with crab salad, horseradish, sour cream, and lemon zest and the grilled branzino (serves two) with olive and anchovy tapenade, brown butter, pine nut, and parsley, in addition to all your mezze favorites. 

Aba is located at 9700 Collins Avenue, Suite 101 Bal Harbour Shops Bal Harbour, Florida 33154. For more information, visit their official website

ADDiKT Modern Kitchen

Grab the gals and furry pals this Galentine’s day. ADDiKT, W Miami’s rooftop restaurant,  is hosting a Girl’s Best Friend mixer for you and your furry companion. Sip on pet-inspired cocktails like the Meowtini and drink in the dreamy Miami skyline from their rooftop deck. 

ADDiKT Modern Kitchen at W Miami is located at 485 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131. For more information, visit their official website

Café La Trova 

At Café La Trova, it’s love at first (Cuban-style) bite. This Valentine’s Day, the Little Havana eatery is offering guests a four-course prix-fixe dinner (priced at $110 per person++) featuring dishes by James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein and cocktails by one of the world’s most celebrated bartenders, Maestro Cantinero and co-owner, Julio Cabrera, alongside his team of authentic cantineros. Expect a romantic, high-energy evening, including a special live bolero and jazz music; a glass of prosecco or a Mojito Criollo per personand a rose or cigar for guests to end their evening with. 

Café La Trova is located at 971 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33130. For more information, visit their official website

CHICA Miami 

Lovebirds can spend their Valentine’s at CHICA Miami, where they’ll be able to take advantage of all-night specials in addition to their everyday dinner menu. Guests can indulge in dishes like the oysters and bubbles made with yuzu caviar, nikkei style serrano vin, and cava foam; Wagyu Picanha “anticucho para dos,” 1lb Wagyu picanha, pit-roasted pineapple, crispy bok-choy; and for dessert, a strawberry champagne cheesecake made with lemon cheesecake, nitro strawberries, and champagne sabayon. 

CHICA Miami is located at 5556 NE 4th Ct, Miami, FL 33137. For more information, visit their official website.

COTE Miami 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 13 and 14 with COTE’s Tenderloin Love and Care celebration dinner menu (priced at $175 per person ++). Menu highlights include steak and eggs with hand-cut filet mignon tartare and Kaluga royal hybrid caviar milk toast; and butcher’s seranade, featuring USDA Prime filet mignon, maine scallops, 45+day dry-aged ribeye, Japanese A5 filet mignon, and marinated galbi, served with Janchi Somyun, Korean angel hair with anchovy consommé. Looking to up the ante even further? VIP a la carte menu enhancements will also be available including lobster medallions, urchin, caviar service, and more. Guests will also take home stick with me sweet bonbons as a gift. 

COTE Miami is located at 3900 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33137. For more information, visit their official website

Glass & Vine

Celebrate Valentine’s Day under the twinkling lights overlooking Peacock Park at Coconut Grove gem, Glass & Vine. Offering a special prix-fixe menu priced at $75 per person, in addition to its regular menu, guests can savor three courses of standout dishes like duck rillette, Florida lobster bucatini, and grilled Berkshire pork chop. 

Glass & Vine is located at 2820 McFarlane Rd, Miami, FL 33133. For more information, visit their official website

Joia Beach

At Joia Beach, you can count on eccentric entertainment and sweeping views of the Miami skyline to make Valentine’s Day truly memorable. On February 14, they’ll be hosting Oui, Joia Amour dinner party featuring a prix fixe menu priced at $175 per person and include items such as beef tenderloin carpaccio trio; surf and turf; and a valentine’s golden platter with a selection of exotic fruits and desserts, as well as a glass of Barons de Rothschild Brut Champagne. 

Joia Beach is located at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132. For more information, visit their official website.

Joliet

This New Orleans-inspired eatery is celebrating Valentine’s with plenty of bubbly and oysters, as well as a special Valentine’s Day Menu by executive chef Juan Garrido. Designed for two, the menu is priced at $100 per person plus tax and tip and includes a bottle of Champagne. Offerings include half dozen oysters, a selection of East and West Coast Oysters with a choice of house mignonettes; local fish crudo, grated tomato vinaigrette, coriander or scallop crudo, buttermilk yuzu kosho, cucumber, dill, and fennel; Whole Maine Lobster, herb salad, lemon or hanger steak, potatoes Joliet, herb salad, cajun butter. If you don’t feel like opting for the prix-fixe, Joliet will also be offering their signature a la carte menu. 

Joliet is located at 1209 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit their official website

La Mar

Mandarin Oriental’s Peruvian hotspot, La Mar, will be serving up a five-course prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day curated by executive chef Diego Oka ($165 per person ++). The menu includes causa flor with beet causa, stone crab, huancaina, avocado aioli, smoked trout roe; tiradito apacionado with hamachi, uni, limo kosho, chalaca, smoked trout roe, and aji amarillo leche de tigre; scallops with hand-dived seared scallops, hollandaise, chives, Osetra caviar; lobster pappardelle with Maine lobster, black winter truffles, achupado sauce, and parmesan air; and a playful dessert twist called lover’s s’mores with Peruvian dark chocolate, passion fruit, and red berries. Keep in mind that the a la carte menu will not be available.

La Mar is located at 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL, 33132. For more information, visit their official website

Leku

Generally closed on Tuesday, Leku will open exclusively for Valentine’s Day dinner service from 6-10 p.m. with a special prix-fixe menu priced at $225 per perspon++. Expect an amuse bouche, followed by dishes such as rosa de remolacha y caviar, beetroot rose with Osetra caviar; tartaleta de foie gras y cocoa, foie gras, and cocoa tart; lubina al josper con socarrat de jazmin y azafran, roasted branzino with jasmine and Zafron Rice Socarrat; and lomo de wagyu, roasted Wagyu tenderloin, black truffles, and celery root foam. 

Leku is located within the Rubell Museum at 1100 NW 23rd Street, Miami 33127. For more information, visit their official website

LPM Restaurant & Bar

French Riviera-inspired bites to celebrate the day of love? Count us in. LPM’s decadent $225 fixed menu includes items like tuna tartare with caviar; linguini truffle; a choice of lamb cutlets, baby chicken, or bream fillet; and a side of either broccoli or potato gratin. As for dessert, diners can end the night with their choice of chocolate mousse or cheesecake.

LPM Restaurant & Bar is located at 1300 Brickell Bay Dr, Miami, Fl 33131. For more information, visit their official website.

Mayami

Head to Wynwood to enjoy Mayami’s decadent V-Day dinner priced at only $55 and featuring aguachile de langosta; filete with eggplant and wasabi; black bass with Baluga lentils, ginger, and caviar. Top the night off with their flaming heart dessert, a strawberry shortcake topped with candied rose petals and Chantilly cream. 

Mayami is located at 127 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127. For more information, visit their official website

Negroni Bistro & Sushi Bar

On February 14, Negroni is serving a four-course menu ($85 per person) by Executive Chef Pablo Latif, complemented by a glass of Moët & Chandon champagne and all-night live music. The meal will begin with tuna geisha, followed by a choice of appetizer, entrée, and dessert. An exclusive holiday cocktail, the incondicional, which comes with gin, grapefruit juice, and aquafaba, will be available for purchase. Each couple will also receive a souvenir: an envelope encased with a printed picture that they can select from the on-site professional photographer.

Negroni Bistro & Sushi Var is located at 3201 Buena Vista Blvd., Miami, FL 33127. For more information, visit their official website

Root & Bone 

This Valentine’s Day, Root & Bone is serving up a Southern-inspired restaurant four-course menu ($50 per person with an optional beverage pairing for $25. Indulge in bites like the riesling poached pear carpaccio, gnocchi and duck confit and end the evening on a sweet note with the strawberry shortcake

Root & Bone is located at 5958 S. Dixie Highway, Miami, FL 33143. For more information, visit their official website.

Shoma Bazaar

Shoma Bazaar will be celebrating Valentine’s Day all February long with their A Night of Love Valentine’s package. The package is priced at $100 and includes a heart-shaped pizza from Ash Pizza (choice of margherita or truffle), Spaghetti and meatballs from Trattoria Dal Plin, tiramisu from Sweet Manifesto, and a bottle of wine from a limited selection. 

Shoma Bazaar is located at 9420 NW 41st St, Doral, FL 33178. For more information, visit their official website

Strip Steak by Michael Mina 

Make this V-Day a meaty one with strip steak by Michael Mina’s three-course prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu, available February 10-14. Dinner is priced at $165 per person (excluding gratuity) and includes a champagne toast. 


Strip Steak by Michael Mina is located at Fontainebleau at 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140. For more information, visit their official website

Sushi by Bou

Sushi by Bou, Brickell’s newest sushi joint, presents a high-end omakase experience in a fun, speak-easy environment. For Valentine’s Day the restaurant will be offering timed omakase experiences (30- and 60-minute options), served at intimate four- to 12-seat counters, featuring the freshest fish sourced locally and brought in from all over the world. Seasoned sushi chefs serve guests directly, guiding them through the meal for a truly exclusive experience. Dinner will be complemented by a selection of handmade cocktails, imported sake and rare Japanese whiskeys. 

Sushi by Bou 1300 S. Miami Ave., Miami FL 33130. For more information, visit their official website

Tanuki

Share the Valentine’s Day love with a pan-Asian multi-course menu for $90 per person and an optional beverage pairing upgrade for $56 per person. On the menu: salmon crudo with diced salmon, avocado puree, micro cilantro; warm mushroom salad with exotic mushrooms, arugula, parmesan; crab cake with yuzu kosho, pomegranate reduction; cinderella beef puff with wagyu beef, cilantro, chili sauce; sushi tasting with 5-pieces chef’s choice nigiri; and a dessert platter

Tanuki is located at 1080 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 33139. For more information, visit their official website

The Deck at Island Gardens

This Valentine’s Day The Deck at Island Love is hosting The Key to Love, featuring waterfront and main dining room packages available starting at $200 per person. Each option includes a specially curated five-course prix-fixe menu paired with Veuve Clicquot Champagne and long-stem red roses. Enjoy specialty cocktails, a live DJ, and thematic performances, plus live violin, and saxophone players at each waterfront table for two. Reservations are highly encouraged. 

The Deck at Island Gardens is located at 888 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33132. For more information, visit their official website.

Ana Heretoiu

Ana Heretoiu is a freelance writer/brand copywriter based in Miami. Over the last 8 years she has covered hospitality, fashion, art & wellness in both editorial and advertorial capacity. Her former stints include being an editor for Eater Miami and contributor for several print and digital publications, including Ocean Drive Magazine, Modern Luxury, Think Magazine, Racked & Dining Out. Aside from writing, Ana enjoys teaching Yoga, getting in and out of the twistiest of shapes, and inventing new words, like “twistiest.”

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