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Miami’s 11 Most Romantic Date Spots

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The recipe for a Miami date night is simple: an illuminated patio, impressive water views, and a few bottles of rosé. Here are some of the 305’s dreamiest restaurants to set the mood for a party of two.

Editor’s Note: A number of South Florida restaurants have resumed indoor and outdoor dining services. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for onsite dining, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Florida Health Department’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. For those wanting to find the best takeout and dining options throughout Miami, please visit here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mandolin Aegean Bistro

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4312 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 749-9140
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Earning top placement on locals’ favorites lists for almost a decade, Mandolin Aegean Bistro is the least Miami of the Miami hot spots. Quietly nestled north of the Design District, a modest bungalow serves simple Mediterranean fare among umbrellas and twinkling lights. Meze mainstays include the Turkish sampler (a vegetable medley and dip trio), grilled octopus, and cheese saganaki. 

2. Cecconi's

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4385 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(786) 507-7902
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A relaxed bistro where the on-trend dress code is unwritten and people watching is part of the experience, Cecconi’s defines casual chic. Guests dine alfresco in the ground-floor courtyard of the members-only Soho Beach House while snacking on Italian cuisine. Popular items include creamy burrata, veal chop Milanese, truffle pizza, and the crowd favorite Picante de la Casa cocktail. 

3. Amara at Paraiso

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3101 NE 7th Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 702-5528
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Michael Schwartz’s eatery sits directly on Biscayne Bay and showcases stunning views that can be seen from the expansive patio area, making it a perfect spot to sip on rose waterside with your boo while dining on bites like short rib empanadas, yucca cheese puffs, grilled red snapper, and its surf-and-turf parradilla.

4. Casa Tua Restaurant

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1700 James Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-1010
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A special occasion staple, Casa Tua skillfully blends comfort and class. Guests enjoy Northern Italian classics like black truffle fettuccine and Mediterranean branzino from a cozy library or under a string of lanterns on the outdoor patio. For wine aficionados, a generous collection houses various vintages from across the globe.

5. Juvia

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1111 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 763-8272
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The kingpin of Lincoln Road fine dining, Juvia is the mall’s rooftop hot spot and is perfect for a date night filled with chic people watching. Diners whisk up to the ninth floor of the 1111 Lincoln Road building for skyline views and a medley of French, Japanese, and Peruvian cuisine. 

6. Byblos Miami

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1545 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 508-5041
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Style is what sets Byblos apart from its South Beach neighbors. From the decor to the menu, every detail conveys Eastern Mediterranean sophistication. Eats range from small to large plates, and feature inspired dishes like Middle Eastern fried chicken and seared cauliflower prepared with duck fat and tahini sauce. The Gulab cocktail is as photogenic as it is tasty — made with vodka, pomegranate, and fresh flowers. 

7. La Mar by Gaston Acurio

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500 Brickell Key Dr
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 913-8358
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Buried below the ground floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Brickell Key’s La Mar by Gastón Acurio is all about 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 the word — made to order with fresh catches and a citrus-based marinade of lime and ají peppers. 

8. Rusty Pelican Miami Restaurant

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3201 Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
(305) 361-3818
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The Rusty Pelican is tailor-made for wooing with oversized windows, string lights, fire pits, and bay views. High rollers can partake in a caviar and Champagne tasting, while everyone else can choose from sushi, raw bar favorites, and an array of fresh fish entrees. 

9. Glass and Vine

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2820 McFarlane Rd
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
(305) 200-5268
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If a picnic in the park sounds sweet, a night out at Glass and Vine could be the next best thing. Adjacent to Coconut Grove’s Peacock Park, the open-air eatery serves a selection of snacks and entrees ranging from watermelon salad to glazed pork belly. Notable cocktails include the Maduro mai tai, Bay View Spritz, and two variations of frosé.

10. Fiola Miami

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1500 San Ignacio Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33146
(305) 912-2639
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Impress your date at Fiola, an ultra-swanky restaurant by Michelin-starred duo Fabio and Maria Trabocchi. Dazzle your date with classic Italian dishes like the decadent short rib filled pasta, a pristine seafood platter, and hard-to-find vintages that are decanted table-side. Finish the meal with a Peruvian chocolate tart topped with Sicilian pistachios for an oh-so-romantic meal.

11. Redfish by Chef Adrianne

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9610 Old Cutler Rd
Miami, FL 33156
(305) 668-8788
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After being a classic date night spot in Miami for decades, Red Fish Grill has transformed into a new eatery dubbed Redfish, and is now helmed by chef Adrianne Calvo. While the menu has gotten a complete revamp — with dishes like e jumbo lump crab cakes, oysters Rockefeller, and tuna tartare  — its romantic waterfront space still features its iconic coral rock structure exterior, along with private waterfront cabanas and even rooftop observation deck featuring 360 degree that are perfect for a pre or post dinner drink with that special someone.

1. Mandolin Aegean Bistro

4312 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Earning top placement on locals’ favorites lists for almost a decade, Mandolin Aegean Bistro is the least Miami of the Miami hot spots. Quietly nestled north of the Design District, a modest bungalow serves simple Mediterranean fare among umbrellas and twinkling lights. Meze mainstays include the Turkish sampler (a vegetable medley and dip trio), grilled octopus, and cheese saganaki. 

4312 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

2. Cecconi's

4385 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

A relaxed bistro where the on-trend dress code is unwritten and people watching is part of the experience, Cecconi’s defines casual chic. Guests dine alfresco in the ground-floor courtyard of the members-only Soho Beach House while snacking on Italian cuisine. Popular items include creamy burrata, veal chop Milanese, truffle pizza, and the crowd favorite Picante de la Casa cocktail. 

4385 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140

3. Amara at Paraiso

3101 NE 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Michael Schwartz’s eatery sits directly on Biscayne Bay and showcases stunning views that can be seen from the expansive patio area, making it a perfect spot to sip on rose waterside with your boo while dining on bites like short rib empanadas, yucca cheese puffs, grilled red snapper, and its surf-and-turf parradilla.

3101 NE 7th Ave
Miami, FL 33137

4. Casa Tua Restaurant

1700 James Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

A special occasion staple, Casa Tua skillfully blends comfort and class. Guests enjoy Northern Italian classics like black truffle fettuccine and Mediterranean branzino from a cozy library or under a string of lanterns on the outdoor patio. For wine aficionados, a generous collection houses various vintages from across the globe.

1700 James Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

5. Juvia

1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

The kingpin of Lincoln Road fine dining, Juvia is the mall’s rooftop hot spot and is perfect for a date night filled with chic people watching. Diners whisk up to the ninth floor of the 1111 Lincoln Road building for skyline views and a medley of French, Japanese, and Peruvian cuisine. 

1111 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

6. Byblos Miami

1545 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Style is what sets Byblos apart from its South Beach neighbors. From the decor to the menu, every detail conveys Eastern Mediterranean sophistication. Eats range from small to large plates, and feature inspired dishes like Middle Eastern fried chicken and seared cauliflower prepared with duck fat and tahini sauce. The Gulab cocktail is as photogenic as it is tasty — made with vodka, pomegranate, and fresh flowers. 

1545 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. La Mar by Gaston Acurio

500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33131

Buried below the ground floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Brickell Key’s La Mar by Gastón Acurio is all about 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 the word — made to order with fresh catches and a citrus-based marinade of lime and ají peppers. 

500 Brickell Key Dr
Miami, FL 33131

8. Rusty Pelican Miami Restaurant

3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149

The Rusty Pelican is tailor-made for wooing with oversized windows, string lights, fire pits, and bay views. High rollers can partake in a caviar and Champagne tasting, while everyone else can choose from sushi, raw bar favorites, and an array of fresh fish entrees. 

3201 Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

9. Glass and Vine

2820 McFarlane Rd, Coconut Grove, FL 33133

If a picnic in the park sounds sweet, a night out at Glass and Vine could be the next best thing. Adjacent to Coconut Grove’s Peacock Park, the open-air eatery serves a selection of snacks and entrees ranging from watermelon salad to glazed pork belly. Notable cocktails include the Maduro mai tai, Bay View Spritz, and two variations of frosé.

2820 McFarlane Rd
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

10. Fiola Miami

1500 San Ignacio Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33146

Impress your date at Fiola, an ultra-swanky restaurant by Michelin-starred duo Fabio and Maria Trabocchi. Dazzle your date with classic Italian dishes like the decadent short rib filled pasta, a pristine seafood platter, and hard-to-find vintages that are decanted table-side. Finish the meal with a Peruvian chocolate tart topped with Sicilian pistachios for an oh-so-romantic meal.

1500 San Ignacio Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33146

11. Redfish by Chef Adrianne

9610 Old Cutler Rd, Miami, FL 33156

After being a classic date night spot in Miami for decades, Red Fish Grill has transformed into a new eatery dubbed Redfish, and is now helmed by chef Adrianne Calvo. While the menu has gotten a complete revamp — with dishes like e jumbo lump crab cakes, oysters Rockefeller, and tuna tartare  — its romantic waterfront space still features its iconic coral rock structure exterior, along with private waterfront cabanas and even rooftop observation deck featuring 360 degree that are perfect for a pre or post dinner drink with that special someone.

9610 Old Cutler Rd
Miami, FL 33156

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