By Guest Blogger : Ashley Burns
Valentine’s day is right around the corner, which means lots of flowers, jewelry, and gifts of love. But don’t miss out on treating your sweetheart to a delicious meal and intimate dining experience. Indulge at one of these sophisticated Tampa restaurants to start your night off right; they’re the hottest spots for toasting to what lies ahead.
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Take your special someone to Tampa’s premiere waterfront restaurant that boasts an elegant and modern ambiance. Enjoy a three course pre-fixe menu including AQUA’s Classic Caesar Salad, Filet Mignon & Lobster Tail, and a Chef’s Sweetheart Inspired Dessert. Raise your glasses for the champagne toast and a night to remember. The cost is $100 per couple, and they will be serving their full menu as well.
Relax with a fine glass of wine as you take in the views from this 14th floor restaurant at Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. With fresh salads, a famous antipasto bar, and an assortment of artisan cheese, seafood and meats, your taste buds will be surely be satisfied. For $125 per person, you can sip quality wine, and enjoy a special four-course meal while overlooking the open waters.
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Cozy up in one of the most elegant cafes with American fusion cuisine. You can watch the chefs expertly prepare the dishes in the open-kitchen, which is operated by Chef Ponte. Bring your appetite, as this restaurant is featuring a six-course dinner menu for $85 per person. The menu is full of options, but some that stand out include fire roasted mini portabellas with arugula, walnuts and tomato vinaigrette; filet mignon with wild mushrooms, fresh peas, mascarpone potato puree, fig-bleu butter and Barolo sauce; and black grouper with truffle essence and butternut squash chardonnay sauce. The meal also includes creamy soups, artisanal cheeses, and a dessert tasting. Now that’s meal worthy of this special holiday.
Get ready for delectable dining at this impressive restaurant and lounge. Mangroves is rolling out a gourmet, multi-course dinner featuring fresh, contemporary selections. You may have trouble deciding! Contemporary bites include crab cakes, truffled beef tartar, bleu mango salad, pacific rim sea bass, and crab-stuffed grouper, among other choices. Pick a sweet treat like the white chocolate Bavarian cream or flourless chocolate torte to share with your honey.
Treat your Valentine’s date to one of the best dining experiences in the area; Pelagia has received more honors, awards and rave reviews than any other restaurants in Tampa. The culinary experts have whipped up a special one-night-only prix fixe menu for you and your sweetie. Special features include house made gnocchi pomodoro with parmesan cheese, braised osso buco-style short ribs with sweet Zellwood corn polenta, and seared Chilean sea bass with sautéed spinach, heirloom tomatoes and lemon thyme sauce. Save room for dessert! Their red velvet cake with drunken berries or the Godiva chocolate terrine with graham cracker and marshmallow (among other options) sounds divine. The cost is $60 per person, and reservations are required, so book now for this one-of-a-kind experience.
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Head to Downtown Tampa for an intimate, Italian-style Valentine’s Day. Cozy up to your date as you hear the crackling of the logs and watch the flickering flames from the wood-fired brick oven. Share a handcrafted pizza (in a heart shape!) with ingredients imported from Italy or locally grown and organic. The founder was taught by third generation, Neapolitan families, so you can expect authentic cuisine, warm lighting, and the perfect setting to enjoy a romantic dinner for two.
Looking for fresh, locally grown ingredients for Italian cuisine with a modern twist? Primi is taking reservations for their special Valentine’s day menu—and this one isn’t prix-fixe, so you can choose exactly what you want. Taste their fresh Maine lobster with homemade Louie remoulade on a bed of micro greens presented in a martini glass. For the main course, try the homemade blue-crab ravioli with a delicate red pepper coulis ($23.95) or savor the hand cut wild caught Chilean sea bass, served with a Grand Mariner reduction ($28.95). Their menu features many more options, including decadent deserts. Prices are reasonable, and Primi is the perfect little spot for a romantic dinner for two.
About the author:
Ashley Burns writes for William McBride, a Tampa personal injury attorney, and in his free time, he enjoys trying restaurants around the city to fix his local foodie cravings.