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The 14 Most Romantic Restaurants in Miami

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Nothing brings two people closer together than sharing a good meal. Whether on a first date seeking out that special someone, leaving the kids with the babysitter for a night out, or simply spending a quiet meal together, a romantic restaurant is always a win-win. Miami has some great romantic options brimming with wonderful ambiance and cuisine. We’ve got you covered with these spots: all you have to do is bring the spark.

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Boia De

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Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood strip mall, this cozy yet unassuming restaurant is a favorite for date night. Led by chefs Luciana Giandgrandi and Alex Meyer, it serves some of the city’s most unique dishes like potato skins topped with stracciatella, caviar, and crumbled hard-boiled egg; white truffle tagliatelle with white truffle butter, parmesan, and white truffle; and lamb ribs fra diavola with spicy pickles. Sit at the bar for an intimate experience, or grab one of the tables outside for alfresco dining.

Mandolin Aegean Bistro

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If renting a seaside villa overlooking the Aegean Sea is not possible, dinner at Mandolin is the next best thing. Dine on Greek and Turkish cuisine under a bougainvillea-laden patio that’s just as romantic in the day as at night. Kick off the meal with one of its many mezes, like the eggplant dip or grilled halloumi, before moving on to moussaka, whole grilled sea bass, and lamb chops over orzo pilaf. Don’t forget to finish the meal with some baklava. 

Cecconi's

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The ambiance of the outdoor seating at Cecconi’s inside Soho Beach House is as aesthetically pleasing as it is relaxing. The outdoor courtyard was meticulously designed to showcase the stunning wooden trellis and string light-decorated trees that adorn the deco floral fabrics and custom hand-blown Italian glass pendant lights. Offering a mix of Mediterranean and Italian cuisine, Cecconi’s is ideal for a memorable date night, with the ocean’s sound adding to the romantic setting​.

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

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The French cuisine found at this sleek, world-renowned restaurant is sure to win date night. With locations worldwide, this Miami Design District outpost features several of L’Atelier’s iconic dishes, including the famed Pommes puree, alongside a rotating menu inspired by seasonal ingredients. Grab a seat at the large, wrap-around counter for a front-row seat to the open kitchen and watch the chefs create course after meticulous course.

Cote Miami

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This sleek New York City import blends Korean barbecue with the traditional elegance of an American steakhouse for a memorable experience that’s perfect for sharing with someone else. Opt for the Butcher’s Feast featuring the chef’s favorite four cuts of meat served with a large assortment of Korean accompaniments or the decadent steak omakase experience. Strong cocktails and an extensive wine list, that boasts a large variety of rose wines, pair well with dinner.

Amara at Paraiso

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Amara’s enviable views of Biscayne Bay would be enough reason to host a wedding here. Add to that award-winning food spearheaded by Miami-transplant restaurateur/chef Michael Schwartz, and it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular venue for date night. Schwartz calls this spot his “love letter to Miami,” which explains the Latin American-inspired cuisine that includes yuca cheese puffs, short rib empanadas, arroz verde, and grilled whole yellowtail snapper.

Wrap up a visit at the Rubell Museum with a meal at the museum’s Basque restaurant, where each dish is just as stunning as the artwork inside the museum. Begin with creamy ham croquettes made with Spain’s most prestigious cured ham before ordering one of the arroces (paellas) filled with mushroom and seafood or the slow-cooked rack of lamb. Don’t skip dessert; the cheese torte is transformative.

Casa Tua Restaurant

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Refined, romantic, and intimate is the vibe for this Italian restaurant. Whether in the charming outdoor patio, the cozy library, or the terrace perched overlooking the garden and the city beyond, this favorite villa that doubles as a restaurant is the ultimate spot for a romantic outing with classic Italian fare.

Klaw Miami

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Featuring enviable waterfront views and the neighborhood’s only rooftop bar, this Edgewater restaurant just oozes romance throughout its multi-story space. As the name alludes, seafood is undoubtedly the star of the menu at Klaw, with king crab sourced from Norway while various dry-aged meats are brought in from Nebraska. Other items like bluefin tuna, diver scallops, East and West Coast oysters, and seasonal dishes round out the menu.

Gianni's At The Former Versace Mansion

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Housed inside the former home of Gianni Versace, the setting of this upscale restaurant is extravagant through and through. Grab a table by the gold-studded mosaic swimming pool and enjoy dishes like dover sole meuniere, Gianni’s spaghetti Pomodoro, and T-bone porterhouse.

La Mar by Gaston Acurio

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Buried below the ground floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Brickell Key’s La Mar by Gaston Acurio is all about the atmosphere. The intimate terrace boasts views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline, while the sleek interior offers a more energetic vibe. When it comes to the food, ceviche is a must, along with other Peruvian classics like lomo saltado (stir-fried tenderloin, red onions, tomatoes, thick-cut potato wedges, with white rice and choclo) and arroz con mariscos (seafood rice shrimp, octopus, calamari, aji amarillo, and criolla sauce). 

Bouchon Bistro

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Bouchon Bistro in Coral Gables, established by Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller, has quickly become one of South Florida’s top romantic dining destination. Housed in the historic La Palma building, known for its Mediterranean Revival style, the bistro offers a cozy and intimate atmosphere with a menu filled with traditional French dishes such as soupe à l’oignon and steak frites.

Rusty Pelican

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With romantic sunset views using Downtown Miami as the backdrop, the Rusty Pelican is tailor-made for wooing with oversized windows, string lights, fire pits, and bay views. Executive chef Jimmy Pastor offers creative dishes like the scorched tableside wagyu carpaccio, whole crispy snapper with creamy coconut orzo, and 46-ounce tomahawk ribeye steak while beverage director Oscar Amaya oversees an impressive wine collection alongside a wide assortment of cocktails.

Glass & Vine

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Sit under the shade of the giant oak trees or dine under the stars at night at this contemporary American restaurant nestled inside Coconut Grove’s beloved Peacock Park. Start the date with grilled oysters Rockefeller, watermelon salad, or catch of the day ceviche before indulging in main courses like chicken and black truffle gnocchi, grilled double pork chop, or deep-fried whole local red snapper.

Boia De

Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood strip mall, this cozy yet unassuming restaurant is a favorite for date night. Led by chefs Luciana Giandgrandi and Alex Meyer, it serves some of the city’s most unique dishes like potato skins topped with stracciatella, caviar, and crumbled hard-boiled egg; white truffle tagliatelle with white truffle butter, parmesan, and white truffle; and lamb ribs fra diavola with spicy pickles. Sit at the bar for an intimate experience, or grab one of the tables outside for alfresco dining.

Mandolin Aegean Bistro

If renting a seaside villa overlooking the Aegean Sea is not possible, dinner at Mandolin is the next best thing. Dine on Greek and Turkish cuisine under a bougainvillea-laden patio that’s just as romantic in the day as at night. Kick off the meal with one of its many mezes, like the eggplant dip or grilled halloumi, before moving on to moussaka, whole grilled sea bass, and lamb chops over orzo pilaf. Don’t forget to finish the meal with some baklava. 

Cecconi's

The ambiance of the outdoor seating at Cecconi’s inside Soho Beach House is as aesthetically pleasing as it is relaxing. The outdoor courtyard was meticulously designed to showcase the stunning wooden trellis and string light-decorated trees that adorn the deco floral fabrics and custom hand-blown Italian glass pendant lights. Offering a mix of Mediterranean and Italian cuisine, Cecconi’s is ideal for a memorable date night, with the ocean’s sound adding to the romantic setting​.

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

The French cuisine found at this sleek, world-renowned restaurant is sure to win date night. With locations worldwide, this Miami Design District outpost features several of L’Atelier’s iconic dishes, including the famed Pommes puree, alongside a rotating menu inspired by seasonal ingredients. Grab a seat at the large, wrap-around counter for a front-row seat to the open kitchen and watch the chefs create course after meticulous course.

Cote Miami

This sleek New York City import blends Korean barbecue with the traditional elegance of an American steakhouse for a memorable experience that’s perfect for sharing with someone else. Opt for the Butcher’s Feast featuring the chef’s favorite four cuts of meat served with a large assortment of Korean accompaniments or the decadent steak omakase experience. Strong cocktails and an extensive wine list, that boasts a large variety of rose wines, pair well with dinner.

Amara at Paraiso

Amara’s enviable views of Biscayne Bay would be enough reason to host a wedding here. Add to that award-winning food spearheaded by Miami-transplant restaurateur/chef Michael Schwartz, and it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular venue for date night. Schwartz calls this spot his “love letter to Miami,” which explains the Latin American-inspired cuisine that includes yuca cheese puffs, short rib empanadas, arroz verde, and grilled whole yellowtail snapper.

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Wrap up a visit at the Rubell Museum with a meal at the museum’s Basque restaurant, where each dish is just as stunning as the artwork inside the museum. Begin with creamy ham croquettes made with Spain’s most prestigious cured ham before ordering one of the arroces (paellas) filled with mushroom and seafood or the slow-cooked rack of lamb. Don’t skip dessert; the cheese torte is transformative.

Casa Tua Restaurant

Refined, romantic, and intimate is the vibe for this Italian restaurant. Whether in the charming outdoor patio, the cozy library, or the terrace perched overlooking the garden and the city beyond, this favorite villa that doubles as a restaurant is the ultimate spot for a romantic outing with classic Italian fare.

Klaw Miami

Featuring enviable waterfront views and the neighborhood’s only rooftop bar, this Edgewater restaurant just oozes romance throughout its multi-story space. As the name alludes, seafood is undoubtedly the star of the menu at Klaw, with king crab sourced from Norway while various dry-aged meats are brought in from Nebraska. Other items like bluefin tuna, diver scallops, East and West Coast oysters, and seasonal dishes round out the menu.

Gianni's At The Former Versace Mansion

Housed inside the former home of Gianni Versace, the setting of this upscale restaurant is extravagant through and through. Grab a table by the gold-studded mosaic swimming pool and enjoy dishes like dover sole meuniere, Gianni’s spaghetti Pomodoro, and T-bone porterhouse.

La Mar by Gaston Acurio

Buried below the ground floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Brickell Key’s La Mar by Gaston Acurio is all about the atmosphere. The intimate terrace boasts views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline, while the sleek interior offers a more energetic vibe. When it comes to the food, ceviche is a must, along with other Peruvian classics like lomo saltado (stir-fried tenderloin, red onions, tomatoes, thick-cut potato wedges, with white rice and choclo) and arroz con mariscos (seafood rice shrimp, octopus, calamari, aji amarillo, and criolla sauce). 

Bouchon Bistro

Bouchon Bistro in Coral Gables, established by Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller, has quickly become one of South Florida’s top romantic dining destination. Housed in the historic La Palma building, known for its Mediterranean Revival style, the bistro offers a cozy and intimate atmosphere with a menu filled with traditional French dishes such as soupe à l’oignon and steak frites.

Rusty Pelican

With romantic sunset views using Downtown Miami as the backdrop, the Rusty Pelican is tailor-made for wooing with oversized windows, string lights, fire pits, and bay views. Executive chef Jimmy Pastor offers creative dishes like the scorched tableside wagyu carpaccio, whole crispy snapper with creamy coconut orzo, and 46-ounce tomahawk ribeye steak while beverage director Oscar Amaya oversees an impressive wine collection alongside a wide assortment of cocktails.

Glass & Vine

Sit under the shade of the giant oak trees or dine under the stars at night at this contemporary American restaurant nestled inside Coconut Grove’s beloved Peacock Park. Start the date with grilled oysters Rockefeller, watermelon salad, or catch of the day ceviche before indulging in main courses like chicken and black truffle gnocchi, grilled double pork chop, or deep-fried whole local red snapper.

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