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5 Places to take Your Partner for Valentine’s Day

By Rachel Jarard

With the pandemic being more controlled since vaccines have become easily accessible, people are excited about getting to this love season 2022. This February, there is a wide variety of activities being held by restaurants around the Tampa Bay area to enjoy with your girls or a significant other!

Yacht Starship Dinner Cruise

Hop on to the Starship Dinner Cruise and enjoy the lovely sunset whilst dining on a large and luxurious yacht. This ship is locally owned and has been operating for 20 years. From February 11th-14th  in Tampa and Clearwater, Starship is offering a three-course meal, open bar, and live – DJ, so you can dance the night away. Tickets start at $69.95 per person and can be purchased on their website.  

Rocca 

Rocca was developed by chef Bryce Bonsack after studying Italian cuisine in Italy through the Rocca family. The restaurant is high-end Italian, with a menu focusing on pasta. The wine list is also huge, which makes this place perfect for wine concourses. If you love cheese, this is also a great place to go as they have a table-side made mozzarella plate. On February 14th they will have a special pre-made menu which includes Spuntino, Mozzarella, Dessert, and two options to pick from for your starter, pasta, and main course. The dinner costs $145 per person plus tax and gratuity.  

Malio’s

Located in the heart of downtown Tampa is Malio’s Prime Steakhouse. The restaurant opened in 1969 and features USDA prime beef, fresh seafood, and a selection of almost 200 wines. This restaurant is known for its great service and exquisite menu, but keep in mind it is on the pricier end and reservations are encouraged. 

“I always did Malios. Great food. Service and atmosphere! Perfect location for a nice walk after dinner, too! Unfortunately, they are probably booked by now, though,” said K-Lynn Morgan, Tampa resident.

Barterhouse Ybor

At Barterhouse you will get to experience upscale American cuisine with amazing craft cocktails to pair with while enjoying the speakeasy-inspired bar. Keep in mind the hours are limited with dinner being offered Wednesday through Saturday starting at 4:30 pm then Sunday brunch from 11 am to 3 pm.  

“I think Barterhouse is a fantastic date night spot. We went there for my now fiancés birthday; good food and great atmosphere,“said Lauren Greer, Tampa resident.

Armature Works 

Want to have a bunch of food/drink options and a great view of the city? Make sure you check out Armature Works, a high-end food court-style eatery consisting of over 5 dining options with a full bar. On February 14th from 6-8 pm, there will be a Galentine’s day event that will consist of building your own bouquet of flowers (wine included). You can purchase tickets on the Armature Works website for $60 per person.  

“Armature Works never disappoints. They’ve got a little something for everybody. And the atmosphere is terrific right there by the river. Nearby Armature, of course, there’s Ulele, another awesome restaurant. I’m in love with Ulele’s meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans.

I’ve been spending a little more time in South Tampa lately, and there’s a great Italian restaurant called Pasquale’s that I just tried for the first time the other day. Great atmosphere, great food, and great staff,” said David Wheeler, an associate journalism professor.

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