Romantic Valentine’s Day dining: Marco restaurants preparing special menus for Feb. 14

Marco Island restaurants are in tune with love’s sweet song on Valentine’s Day with romance on the menus of these fine restaurants and are sure to melt the heart of anyone’s sweet patootie or hunky cutie.

Bistro Soleil is presenting Chef Denis’ Happy Valentine’s Day 4 course, prix fixe dinner ($39.95) serving from 5 p.m. and including choice of four intriguing appetizers, a Bistro Soleil salad, choice of five entrees’ including Bistro’s signature roasted grouper seared golden brown topped with crabmeat, as well as Chef Denis’ Valentine Chocolate Decadence dessert to top it off.

Bistro Soleil at the Olde Marco Inn, Olde Marco Historic Village, 100 Palm St. Early reservations recommended, (239) 389-0981, www.bistrosoleil.net

Café de Marco offers a special Valentine’s Day Lover’s 4 Course Dinner Package served from 5 p.m., including a variety of appetizers, salads, entrees, desserts and coffee/tea priced at $65 per person. Call for details and reservations.

Café de Marco, 244 Royal Palm Drive. Open 7 nights from 5 p.m. beginning Sunday, Feb. 12, reservations requested, (239) 394-6262

Cathy O’Clarke’s is offering a Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two (prix fixe $40) served 4 to 10 p.m., includes two dinners from choice of eight selections, salad and dessert and featuring two glasses of wine each plus a long stem rose for the lady.

Cathy O’ Clarke’s Irish Pub & Grille, 591 South Collier Blvd., (239) 642-9709.

CJ’s on the Bay will be celebrating Valentine’s Day 5 to 10 p.m., serving a special four-course a la carte menu including stone crab appetizer, caramelized sweet onion soup, choice of three entrees including Chateaubriand for two and Sweetheart Special Dessert. Entertainment by Duncan Wheeler 7 to 10 p.m.

CJ’s on the Bay, 740 N. Collier Blvd. at the Esplanade, (239) 389-4511, CJs@palsplaces.com

Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort’s gourmet Sandcastles Restaurant is offering a romantic three-course dinner menu for Valentine’s Day priced $58 per person. The resort’s executive chef Asif has created a unique Special Romantic Salad to complement the entrée’s (choice of one): Mediterranean black grouper, surf and turf Black Angus filet and broiled lobster tail, or grilled spicy tender chicken with tropical fruit salsa and Hawaiian purple potato ravioli and romantic chocolate strawberries for dessert.

Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort, 560 South Collier Blvd. Marco Island, (239) 394-5000.

Island Café is serving a specially priced Valentine’s Day menu for $39 per person that features a piquant hors d’oeuvre course of filo baked Brie with Granny Smith apple and French country pate with crostini along with choice of one of six first-course items and five entrée selections to opt for such as beef Wellington or five-spice duckling and meringue glace chocolate for dessert. The restaurant will be open from 5 p.m., please call (239) 394-7578 to make reservations.

Island Café, 918 N. Collier Blvd., (239) 394-7578

Marco Polo Restaurant will be open Valentine’s Day and serving a full regular menu as well as selected feature dishes from Chef Brian. Open at 5 p.m. and serving until 9:30 p.m. Early reservations strongly recommended due to limited availability.

Marco Polo, 30 Marco Lake Dr., (239) 394-5777.

Marek’s Collier House will be offering a Valentine’s Day special prix fixe menu for $52 per person, serving from 5 p.m. in the main restaurant. The prix fixe menu offers a four-course dinner with choice of six entrees and multiple choices on the other courses chosen from the specialty menu. The Bistro will also be open for lunch on Valentine’s Day, serving from 11.30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Marek’s Collier House & Bistro, 1121 Bald Eagle Drive, (239) 642-9948.

Romance is in the air and everywhere in the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort with Valentine’s Day celebrations in full bloom at five of the resort’s restaurants:

Tropiks is serving a Valentine’s Day Dinner Buffet, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Adults: $32. Children: $14 (under 12), reservations not accepted.

Kurrents is offering a Valentine weekend dinner special, 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 10 to 14, with a four-course prix fixe menu at $50 per person. Reservations recommended (239) 642-2649.

Quinn’s is offering a Valentine weekend dinner special 5 to 10 p.m. Feb. 10 to 14, with a three-course prix fixe surf and turf menu at $50 per person. Reservations not accepted (239) 394-2511.

Korals is serving all-you-can-eat-sushi for two, 5 to 11 p.m. $50 per couple. Reservations not accepted (239) 394-2511.

Rookery Grill at the Rookery at Marco Clubhouse is offering a Sweetheart Dinner Special 3 course prix fixe menu, $35 per person. Reservations recommended (239) 642-2793.

Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, 400 South Collier Blvd.

Phone: (239) 394-2511.

House of Mozart will be serving a Special Valentine’s Day a la carte menu all day long from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., featuring eight entrees including Chef Alfred’s fabulous German Cognac Braten and Manuela’s homemade apple strudel. Aall dinners include house salad and bread. Live entertainment featured with romantic background music on the piano.

House of Mozart Restaurant, 151 S.Barfield Dr., Shops of Marco, Marco Island, reservations welcome, Phone: (239) 642-5220 www.Houseofmozart.com Info@houseofmozart.com

Sale e Pepe new executive chef Guiliano Matarese has created an elegant Valentine’s Dinner Four-Course Tasting Menu ($65 per person) served 5 to 9 p.m., including Heirloom Tomato soup, homemade saffron cavatelli, Mediterranean dorade fillet and Valrhona chocolate mousse with passion fruit and honey sauce. Early reservations strongly recommended.

Sale e Pepe Restaurant, Marco Beach Ocean Resort, 480 South Collier Blvd., (239) 393-1600, www.marcoresort.com

Sasso’s International Cuisine & Seafood Restaurant Chef John Lamendola presents a St. Valentine’s Special Menu served from 5 to 9:30 p.m. The Valentine-themed selections in the a la carte menu feature four appetizers including Romantic Crispy Oysters, and four entrees such as Double Pleasure Grilled filet mignon and broiled lobster tail or roast rack of lamb and all dinners include choice of signature tomato basil soup or Caspian Salad, finishing with a trio of dreamy desserts including a decadent Strawberry Charlotte.

Sasso’s International Cuisine & Seafood Restaurant, 961 Winterberry Dr. Marco Island. Please call for reservations, (239) 393-4960.

Verdi’s will be open for dinner at 5 p.m. and will be accepting Valentine’s Day dinner reservations. Chef Martin will be serving Valentine specials along with Verdi’s regular menu.

Verdi’s — An American Bistro, 241 N. Collier Boulevard, (239) 394-5533, www.verdisbistro.com.

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