The 14 Most Romantic Restaurants in Miami Perfect for Date Night
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 eateries, which serve up charming ambience (plus great food) without an ounce of schmaltz. Presenting the most 14 most romantic restaurants in Miami.
1. Mi’talia Kitchen and Bar
Top Chef power couple Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, who fell in love while working in restaurants together, are behind this dreamy Italian concept in South Miami. At Mi’talia Kitchen & Bar, the couple serves made-from-scratch food for the soul. (Think sunflower pizza, made with Sun Gold tomatoes, yellow squash, pistachio pesto, ricotta and sunflower seeds, and a big bowl of chili mussels with spicy salami and Calabrian chilis served with crunchy sourdough.) Because everyone knows that there’s no better way to say “I love you” than with a generous glass of wine and a big bowl of pasta.
5958 S. Dixie Hwy., South Miami; mitaliakitchen.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; arietecoconutgrove.com
3. Mandolin Aegean Bistro
Surprise your sweetheart with a quick trip to the Mediterranean—and by that we 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 meatballs. Dinner will be so satisfying that your S.O. might finally agree to that European vacation you’ve been dying to go on.
4312 NE Second Ave., Miami; mandolinmiami.com
4. 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 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; chefadriannes.com
5. Swan and Bar Bevy
When Grammy Award–winning musician Pharrell Williams announced the opening of his first restaurant and lounge with hospitality wiz 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., Miami; swanbevy.com
6. 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., Miami; amaraatparaiso.com
When a restaurant’s tagline is “Sexy Sushi Thai,” you know your dining experience will be anything but ordinary. Chef Piyarat Potha Arreeratn (aka Chef Bee) puts a swanky, modern spin on the typical Thai meal, with offerings like kimchi chicken wings and Wagyu beef dumplings served alongside fruity cocktails and clubby music. Let’s just say it’s worth pulling out your heels for this.
1854 Bay Rd., Miami Beach; 786-275-6005 or naiyara.com
8. Matador Room
A Miami Beach date-night favorite, this intimate bar offers a romantic, low-key energy that feels like South Beach… just at lower decibels. Depending on how drinks go, make it an evening and stay for dinner at chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s iconic Matador Room.
2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; matadorroom.com
9. Glass & Vine
This adorable restaurant located within Peacock Park is an ideal spot for a daytime date. The alfresco environment is as picturesque as ever, with tables scattered throughout a large garden. The menu changes with the season too, but the food is always handmade, local and downright delicious. As for brunch, some things stay the same (thankfully). No matter when you visit, make sure you order the chorizo and manchego croquettes, sweet potato tots and the dulce de leche waffles. Don’t worry about sitting outside in the dead of summer either: Glass & Vine is prepared with outdoor fans. Bless.
2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove; glassandvine.com
Cecconi’s may be in one of the touristy spots of town, but you’d never know it once you’re in. Here, the courtyard tables are quiet, the lights twinkle, and the fresh ahi tuna tartare with avocado, chili and mint set the mood for an intimate evening.
4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; cecconismiamibeach.com
Is it the unbelievable waterfront views of downtown Miami or the ridiculously good Mediterranean food that makes us love this place so much? We don’t know and, frankly, we don’t care—we just want another cheese plate and glass of Merlot.
422 NW North River Dr., Miami; seaspicemiami.com
12. Broken Shaker
Sometimes life works out: One of our favorite patio bars happens to be in the same building as our favorite restaurant (oh hey, 27 Restaurant & Bar). Which means you don’t have to choose between date night dinner or drinks.
2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach; freehandhotels.com
13. LPM Restaurant and Bar
Do you and your beau need an escape? You’re in luck: Eat super-authentic fare in a bustling brasserie, just like on the coast of France. Head to LPM in downtown Miami, where a little champers and a warm dish of crème brûlée will go a long way
1300 Brickell Bay Dr., Miami; lpmrestaurants.com/miami
14. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Le Jardinier
With locations around the world (Paris, Tokyo, New York), L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is finally open in South Florida. Offering modern French cuisine served at a 34-seat dining counter, this outpost features several of L’Atelier’s iconic dishes, including the famed pommes purée, alongside seasonal items. Nearby, Le Jardinier, created by a longtime Robuchon protege, serves a vegetable-forward menu with ingredients sourced from an on-site garden. If you ask us, we suggest cocktails and appetizers at Le Jardinier, followed by an all-out meal at L’Atelier.
151 NE 41st St.; Miami; latelier-miami.com
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