Sometimes, it takes more than roses to make an impression

Valentine’s Day.

Those two seemingly innocuous words can strike dread in even the smoothest of suitors.  In a pinch to find a worthy place to woo your sweetie? No worries, it’s not too late!  Zest is to the rescue with a list of the most romantic places in Florida for Valentine’s Day, or any other day of the year.  Even Hef would be impressed.

Harry Waugh’s Dessert Room
At Bern’s  Steakhouse in Tampa, FL

Nothing says sexy like a piano player and a dessert menu that rivals an Encyclopedia Britannica. Mister M and I have been known to skip the Bern’s dinner experience altogether and instead head straight to the cocoon-like dessert room for a night cap and something sweet. The piano player can play anything- last time we tested him with a Prince and an Erasure request and he delivered on both!

Wish
Miami Beach, FL

This is candlelit alfresco dining at its best. Located at The Hotel, Wish’s garden provides leafy seclusion from the Collins Avenue hustle and bustle and some of the best contemporary American fare on South Beach.

Dream Chaser Charters
Sunset Dinner Cruise
Key West, FL

Why fight the crowds in Mallory Square for a mere glimpse of the sunset when you can enjoy it during a four-course gourmet dinner aboard the privacy of a chartered sailboat?

Grove Isle Club & Gibraltar
Coconut Grove (Miami, FL)

What’s so incredible about this boutique hotel and spa is that while it’s a stone’s thrown from both downtown and the heart of Coconut Grove, its isolated isle location makes civilization feel miles away.  Gibraltar, the hotel’s main restaurant, offers breathtaking nighttime views of the Miami skyline.

Brazilian Court and Cafe Boulud
Palm Beach, FL

The courtyard of this historic hotel, located a few blocks from Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue, oozes romantic rest and relaxation. Add Café Boulud– Daniel Boulud’s branch of his frenchy Manhattan restaurant–into the mix and you have a date that would make cupid proud.

Beach Bistro
Anna Maria Island, FL

Beautiful Gulf of Mexico sunsets plus outstanding New American and Florribean Cuisine equals romance every time.  Is there anything more decadent than chocolate truffle terrine?

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