By: Jennifer Agress
Plan a romantic night out at one of these Miami restaurants.
Planning a date night, and don’t know where to go? From glamorous hotel restaurants to laid-back locales, Miami offers countless places to wine and dine your special someone. For a date like no other, treat the leading man or woman in your life to a night out at one of these Miami restaurants.
If you’re looking for a date-style dinner near the beach, head straight to Collins Avenue on South Beach. Located in The Setai Miami Beach and helmed by Executive Chef Mathias Gervais, Jaya offers a delicious journey into cuisine from Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, India, China and Japan.
Bianca at the Delano South Beach, serves avant-garde Italian fare in a decidedly whimsical atmosphere. Reserve a table outside, and the view will rival the food – the terrace overlooks towering trees strung with white lights, fairy tale-like gardens, the hotel’s celestial pool and its surrounding all-white cabanas.
For something on Ocean Drive, there’s no spot more romantic than A Fish Called Avalon, in The Avalon Hotel. Spilling out onto the street on the corner of Ocean Drive and 7th Street, this upscale seafood haunt promises low lighting, delicious dishes, premium cocktails and passionate vibes.
For haute Italian fare in a glamorous setting, try Tamarina, on Brickell Avenue. Its high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, flowing, sheer curtains, mirrored walls, upholstered ivory chairs and spacious, wraparound patio is the ideal setting for a sumptuous dinner of seasonal oysters, caviar, crudos, homemade pastas and more.
Higher up, Atrio Restaurant and Wine Room, on 25th floor of the Conrad Miami, boasts sweeping views of the Miami skyline, a wine attic with over 200 vintages, and fresh Florida catches.
Miami Design District
Just past Downtown Miami, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink offers sharing plates of ingredient-driven fare in an intimate spot, hidden amongst Miami’s chicest storefronts. Helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef and owner, Michael Schwartz, the menu has fresh dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, like slow-roasted pork belly pizza and house made bucatini, perfect for you and your favorite person to pick at.
Wynwood and Midtown
GK Bistronomie, in Wynwood, is an upscale spot with low lighting, dark corners and delicious Peruvian-inspired tiraditos, ceviches and cocktails. Finally, Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, in Midtown, is a sexy spot with string lighting, harboring hedges, creative cocktails and small tapas.
If artsy Coconut Grove is more your style, toast to your happiness at Peacock Garden Café, where tasty food, lush greenery and a charming, Old Florida-style veranda paints a picture of romance. Wander farther up Main Highway, and cozy up for a mimosa and brunch on one of Greenstreet Café's signature red-velvet love seats.
If your kind of romantic dining spot includes seaside relaxation, then check out Red Fish Grill at Matheson Hammock Park. Located right on the water’s edge, Red Fish Grill is an indoor/outdoor seafood restaurant serving dishes like a frisee and watermelon salad with fennel and goat cheese and a pan fried red snapper on salad with yucca chips.
Sunny Isles Beach
A little farther north in Sunny Isles Beach, head to AQ by Acqualina, at Acqualina Resort & Spa, for Mediterranean cuisine straight from Il Mulino New York. Reserve a table for two outside, just before dusk, and bask in an enclave of Spanish-inspired, plush red couches, swaying palms, unobstructed ocean views and majestic fountains.
At The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Bistro Bal Harbour is an elegant, indoor-outdoor restaurant with waterfront views, a breathtaking ambiance, impeccable sea-to-table fare, an impressive wine list and local craft beers.
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