Top South Florida French Restaurants for Valentine's Day 2017

Posted by Lorea Thomson on Saturday, February 11th, 2017 at 7:52am.

Valentine's Day is a time of velvet hearts, chocolate sweets, romantic dinners, and love. It's not clear who the original Valentine was — there were several — but a saint's day with that name was established on the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar as early 1,500 years ago. There are indications that Valentine's Day may have originally been adopted in part to replace of the ancient pagan fertility festival of Lupercalia, which fell on February 13 to 15. By the time of Chaucer in the Middle Ages, the Valentine's Day had become associated with romantic love.

Many couples dream to go to Paris on their honeymoon or on Valentine's Day because the city is so well-known for its romantic walks along the Seine River, sidewalk cafe dining and the sparkling Eiffel Tower at night.

The French are extremely passionate when it comes to love, their culture and food. In fact, food is an important part of their culture and their lives. When you look back upon history, the best chefs prepared lavish meals for kings, queens and aristocracy. Once the revolution came, these chefs opened restaurants for the masses and the general public had the opportunity to indulge in the culinary delights that were once only prepared for royalty.

For an intimate, romantic dinner for Valentine's Day, South Florida has amazing French restaurants. Area favorites include:

Chez Jean-Pierre,132 North County Road, Palm Beach, FL has international notoriety for its northern French fare.  Not casual by any stretch of the imagination, the tucked away treasure is well sought out. Word of mouth has drawn an international clientele to this cozy, tucked-away location, offering chef-owner Jean-Pierre Leverrier’s classic northern French fare. The wine list features 350 selections.  Indulge in scrambled eggs with hackleback caviar or greens topped with shiitake mushrooms in a delightful sherry vinaigrette. Entrées include traditional coq au vin and Dover sole meunière. Conclude the decadent meal with house-made profiteroles in bittersweet chocolate. 

Cafe Boulud, The Brazilian Court, 301 Australian Avenue, Palm Beach, FL is just steps away from Worth Avenue.  Executive chef Rick Mace micromanages the menu that includes French classics such as coq au vin; seasonal specials inspired by the farmers market such as ratatouille with herb pistou.   

Cafe des Artistes French Bakery and Bistro,  South 318 U.S. Highway One, Jupiter, FL is classic Parisian cuisine in a bistro setting on the waterfront.  Arrive by automobile or by boat and dine inside or outdoors overlooking the waterfront while enjoying romantic Parisian classic cuisine such as foie gras chaud, escargot, and paired with idyllic wines. 

Le Bouchon du Grove, 3430 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, FL has French-trained chef Christian Ville turns to turn out simple but solid fare to in the cozy neighborhood bistro. Generous servings of filet mignon au poivre with Cognac sauce, haricots verts and potatoes au gratin and duck leg confit with mushroom sauce are favorites on the menu.The  French are extremely passionate when it comes to love, their culture and food. In fact, food is an important part of their culture and their lives.  When you look back upon history, the best chefs prepared lavish meals for kings, queens and aristocracy.  Once the revolution came, these chefs opened restaurants for the masses and the general public had the opportunity to indulge in the culinary delights that were once only prepared for royalty. 

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