Best Romantic Restaurants in Miami

By Angela Caraway-Carlton | Jun 20, 2018
  • Miami Spice
  • August 1 - September 30
Cecconi's Miami Beach patio and bar
At Cecconi's Miami Beach you'll feel like you've escaped to a seaside patio in Italy

With our balmy ocean breezes, gently swaying palm treesand fun-in-the-sun attitude, romance is everywhere in this tropical paradise.

If you’re looking for a special place to turn up the heat for a date night, here are some of the top romantic restaurants in Miami. We’ll leave the rest up to you!

Miami Beach

Nestled in the courtyard of the members-only Soho Beach House, Cecconi's Miami is a dreamy restaurant that feels like you’ve escaped to a seaside patio in Italy. You’ll dine beneath trees dotted with twinkling lights and hanging mason jars, sharing delicious Italian fare including hand-made pasta like the spaghetti with Maine lobster and pizzas adorned with truffles. End the night feeding one another profiteroles with chocolate sauce. When you’re done, take a stroll hand-in-hand down the nearby boardwalk or beach.

If you really want to escape the crowds, reserve your spot at The Den hidden inside AZABU Miami Beach, located at the Marriott Stanton South Beach. While AZABU has a dimly-lit main dining room that’s also conducive for romance, couples should retreat to the snug 11-seat bar at the secluded sushi den, which is accessible only through the kitchen. Impress your date with the unique Omakase-style dining, which means “chef’s choice,” featuring local and imported seafood from Japanese fish markets.

A timeless staple for romance that never loses its swagger is Casa Tua, an oasis tucked away behind tall hedges in the middle of busy South Beach. This luxe dining experience feels like you’re at home — that is, if your home is an enchanting Mediterranean villa. Choose between an intimate table inside the villa or the lantern-lit garden where you’ll order a bottle from their impressive wine list, savor starters like indulgent caviar and oysters, and then move on to delicious Northern Italian-inspired dishes.

Upper East Side

For a fairy-tale experience, head to Café Roval, an enchanting, historic property located in Miami’s Upper East Side and run by longtime restaurateur Mark Soyka. While you can snuggle up at a table inside the inviting house where coral-rock walls are dotted with interesting paintings and vintage chandeliers — the beautiful outdoor garden fitted with a pond and cascading waterfall will steal your heart. You’ll embark on a memorable gastronomic journey featuring a Mediterranean-inspired menu with dishes made with seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients. Treat your date to the chocolate marsala cake for extra brownie points.

Mandolin Aegean Bistro entrance

Design District

For a dining destination that will whisk you away to the tranquil Greek islands or the Turkish coast, locals-in-the-know will direct you to the beauty that lies behind the blue-framed doors of Mandolin Aegean Bistro, located near the Miami Design District. At this charming restaurant, you can hide-away at a table inside the intimate 1940s bungalow or settle on the lush patio at a lantern-lit table beneath the trees. The husband-and-wife team who own the restaurant are from Greece and Turkey, so expect authentic recipes that result in shareable, light dishes like steamed mussels, marinated grilled octopus and lamb kebabs.

Brickell

While celebrities and a well-heeled crowd flock to Pan-Asian eatery Komodo, there’s still plenty of room for romance. Take your love to another level by reserving one of the floating “birds nest,” which feels like your own private treehouse in the sky. The menu is also next-level with creative dishes like the garlic king crab lo mein and the lobster dynamite, a roll made of crispy quinoa and topped with a creamy lobster concoction. The indoor/outdoor restaurant even has an entire "Duck Room" dedicated to perfecting their Peking duck dishes.

Bazaar Mar at the luxe SLS Brickell Hotel is the place to go when you want to wow your date. The restaurant’s tranquil blue-and-white palette and tiles featuring a whimsical under-the-sea design, will instantly calm any date-night jitters. The menu is seafood-centric, and as with any José Andrés’ restaurant, presentation is everything. Order eye-popping dishes like the California funnel cake which arrives in a stand shaped like an octopus, or the classic cobia ceviche that’s beautifully arranged in the shape of a rose. Who needs flowers after that dinner?

If you crave an authentic Mexican experience, Cantina La 20 at the Icon Brickell, seduces guests with its soft glow and striking decor. Snag a table that sits on the waterfront and overlooks the Brickell skyline. For extra privacy, lovers can canoodle behind a greenery-covered wall in a separate dining room downstairs. Let the mariachi band serenade your table, and your date will swoon over Chef Santiago Gomez's gorgeous presentations and signature dishes like the crunchy soft-shell crab served in tortillas with jalapeno sauce. Margaritas spiked with smoky mezcal will set the mood for any occasion.

Coconut Grove

Not every romantic venture has to be under the cover of night. One of the best “day dates” can be found at Glass and Vine, an intimate garden oasis by the sea. Share a glass of vino on the expansive patio overlooking Peacock Park with glimpses of glittering Biscayne Bay in the distance. At the helm of the restaurant is Giorgio Rapicavoli, the city’s first winner of Food Network’s “Chopped,” and during lunch you can nosh on the refreshing watermelon salad and the half-chicken with yucca.

Le Sirenuse restaurant inside Four Seasons at The Surf Club

Surfside

For nights when you want to pull out all the stops (and money is no object), Le Sirenuse Miami Restaurant and Champagne Bar inside the swanky Four Seasons at The Surf Club, is the ultimate rendezvous. It’s the only outpost of the Michelin-starred restaurant at the iconic Le Sirenuse resort in Positano, Italy — and your date will instantly have a love affair with this ocean-facing bar and restaurant. Start your evening at the Champagne Bar, which is fringed with tropical plants and anchored by a wavy green bar that offers the largest selection of Champagne in Miami. Move on to the dining room where servers with roving carts will create tableside Champagne cocktails. Menu standouts include little purses of pasta stuffed with a beef ragu mozzarella reduction and black truffle, and tender New Zealand lamb chops in a raspberry au jus. If you want to extend the passion, book a hotel room for the night.

Kendall

Whether it’s for a special occasion or a just-because-I-love-you night out, locals have a crush on Chef Adrianne’s in West Kendall. From small gestures like a fresh rose on the table and ambient dim lighting and candles to the monthly Dark Dining, where guests are blindfold for an unforgettable dining experience, you’ll always find love in the ambiance and the food. Chef Adrianne's goal with her food is to activate all parts of your palate — so the euphoric feeling is similar to falling in love.

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