7 Miami Restaurants That Are Romantic Without Being Cheesy
We love romance as much as the next person, but there’s a fine line between mood-setting and gag-inducing. The next time you’re in the market for a special dinner for two, head to one of these seven restaurants, which serve up charming ambience (plus great food) without an ounce of schmaltz.
What’s so special about Three? It’s run by Norman Van Aken (aka one of Florida’s greatest chefs) and features a menu of shareable items like octopus a la plancha and wood-roasted porterhouse for two. Sit at the intimate chef’s counter and bond over a glass of wine as Van Aken’s skilled team performs a culinary dance. Otherwise, the dining room is just as luxe, with probably the coziest chairs we’ve ever sat in.
50 NW 24th St.; 305-748-4540 or threewynwood.com
With its dim, intimate interior and charming outdoor courtyard, it’s no wonder chef Michael Beltran’s Ariete is a date-night go-to. The dining room channels a chic farmhouse vibe and the food is next level. Plan to share just about everything, including the wood-grilled oysters and the signature Chug Burger, which is one of the best in the city.
3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; 305-640-5862 or arietemiami.com
Mandolin Aegean Bistro
Surprise your sweetheart with a quick trip to the Mediterranean—and by that we actually mean a reservation at Mandolin. Snag an alfresco table on the restaurant’s whitewashed outdoor patio and say cheers over a few orders of the cheese saganaki and kefte meat
4312 NE Second Ave.; 305-749-9140 or mandolinmiami.com
Everything about chef Brad Kilgore’s Kaido is sexy. The swank Japanese-inspired cocktail lounge includes high-end drinks and small, shareable bites. Depending on what you and your date are in the mood for, Kaido will suggest a unique lineup of food and drink pairings, which may include a full-blown multicourse dinner or something more low-key. Take it one step further with a reservation inside Kaido’s secret dining room, Ama. There, you’ll embark on a 16-course tasting journey limited to only eight lucky diners at a time.
151 NE 41st St. #217; 786-409-5591 or kaidomiami.com
Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar
We’re not kidding when we say this place is romantic: Chef Adrianne Calvo’s Kendall restaurant always includes a massive bouquet of fresh red roses (which she purchases herself once a week) at the center of the dining room. A favorite among locals, this spot recently made the cut on Yelp’s 2019 Most Romantic Restaurants list. If you go, Calvo suggests sharing the steak for two with a bottle of red. Classique.
11510 SW 147th Ave., Kendall; 305-408-8386 or chefadriannes.com
Swan and Bar Bevy
When Grammy Award–winning musician Pharrell Williams announced the opening of his first restaurant and lounge with hospitality whiz David Grutman (OTL, Planta, Komodo), we had high hopes—and they more than delivered with this flat-out gorgeous space. The restaurant serves modern American-French cuisine by Top Chef Europe winner Jean Imbert and a line of inventive cocktails in the dining room of our dreams. Date night just got real classy, real quick.
90 NE 39th St.; 305-704-0994 or swanbevy.com
Amara at Paraiso
James Beard Award winner Michael Schwartz calls Amara at Paraiso his “love letter to Miami” and we couldn’t agree more. With a stunning location on Biscayne Bay, this is low-key one of the best spots to catch the sunset with a chilled malbec. Oh, and don’t forget a couple platters of Argentine meat and cheese. Yeah, this place is heaven.
3101 NE Seventh Ave.; 305-702-5528 or amaraatparaiso.com