Surprise Your Special Someone On Date Night At Miami's 10 Best Romantic Restaurants

It's not hard to fall in love in and with Miami. The city is rich in romance, with cool ocean breezes, soft sands, and incandescent sunsets that at some point or other reflect every color of the rainbow. It also has gorgeous skylines, enchanting rooftops, and of course, a number of restaurants that exude magic from form to flavor.

Some of Miami's most romantic dining options feature a more relaxed ambiance, with bright decor and often brilliant views of sea and sky.

Take for example Juvia, the classy but certainly not stuffy rooftop restaurant on South Beach. It's the sort of place that remains affordable while still feeling a touch luxurious, and offers the added benefit of additional date activities within walking distance (like a movie or people watching along Lincoln Road).

Or for more elegant nights, there are places that will go the whole nine yards for you and your date. Places like La Mar and Azul, both located inside the Mandarin Oriental hotel, feature phenomenal cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, and views that will surely impress even the most doubting of dates.

Whatever the case, you'll find our list of restaurants will keep you and your lover enamoured all night long.


Casa Tua

Located in an Italian-style villa, this restaurant's distinguishable only by an open gate and diners seated at elegant outdoor tables. You won't find any signage outside and you might think you're walking into some millionaire's home on South Beach but you'll be greeted shortly by one of their amicable staff members. Start off with bay scallops topped with fresh herbs and olive oil or red wine-marinated beef carpaccio before progressing to an adventurous selection of pastas such as pumpkin and hazelnut ravioli or lobster and artichoke lasagna. Tantalizing main dish offerings include veal marinated in lime juice, seared beef tenderloin with foie gras, and scaloppine with wild mushrooms. After dinner, cleanse your palate with frozen champagne soup and fresh fruit salad.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Dining at Casa Tua will make your dinner guest feel like a true VIP. Secluded, elegant, and featuring spectacular Italian fare, it's perfect for anniversaries.

Priscilla's expert tip: Google Map this place ahead of time. You won't be able to find it outright as there are no signs outside. Once you find yourself outside the Italian villa with the tall bushes and gate, just walk through and you'll have arrived. Also, if you want to make it a truly unforgettable date, book a room in the hotel upstairs and request some additional romantic gestures, like champagne and/or rose petals.

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Villa Azur
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If you're seeking to eat out somewhere a bit out of the ordinary, consider a trip to the illustrious Villa Azur. This Mid-beach restaurant offers French Mediterranean fare with obvious, within the confines of an elegant dining room and lounge area. Among its physical attributes are white walls with high ceilings lined with bronze crown moldings, cozy tables with comfortable beige seats, and a small, intimate library with plush couches and superb mood lighting. Outside, you'll find ample seating on chairs and love seats, surrounded by verdant foliage, underneath a white linen canopy. As for their menu, oysters, tiger prawns, caviar, and Maine lobster precede truffle ravioli, iberico pork tenderloin, and prime porterhouse. It all goes down smooth with any selection from the in-house wine cellar, La Cave d'Azur.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Villa Azur is ideal for a refined date night, with its posh ambiance and unforgettable cuisine. Even a simple nightcap at the bar does wonders.

Priscilla's expert tip: Get in early and enjoy a pre-dinner drink in their cozy library bar.

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Miami is replete with waterfront dining options, but these can often be a bit out of price range. For a more affordable option that still delivers a romantic ambiance and delectable cuisine, we recommend Crazy About You. This Brickell-based restaurant and lounge offers and array of international cuisine that's sure to please every palate. Craving Mexican? Try the ox-tail tacos with chipotle mayo. Or if you're feeling Italian, start your dinner with the burrata caprese (with zucchini carpaccio) and then move on to the firecracker rigatoni or the faux risotto. But maybe your date is craving some all-American dining. They'll be pleased with the bbq baby back ribs and the kale salad with gulf shrimp. With every entree including an appetizer of your choice and glasses of house wine priced at just $5 (bottles for $15), you'll surely be as crazy about them at Crazy About You.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Crazy About You is perfect for date nights because it hits all the right buttons: on the water, delicious and varied cuisine, and $5 wine.

Priscilla's expert tip: For the most romantic experience, make sure to get reservations for one of their outdoor tables (and check the weather report beforehand!)

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Rouge is something of a hidden gem, nestled deep inside a shopping plaza and completely unassuming until you step inside. Located on Normandy Isle, this lovely bistro blend Moroccan and French flavors for a limited but certainly varied menu. Among your choices will be a gorgonzola souffle, dates stuffed with spicy chorizo, a baby octopus salad with deep fried kale, wild patagonian prawns with curry risotto, braised squab with raisins, and a mediterranean sea bass with moroccan-spiced vegetables. Basically, nothing here is typical, boring, or overdone, and your tastebuds will thank you for it. Those sitting inside the bistro will enjoy screenings of old foreign films while guests seated outdoors will enjoy the lush plantlife and coziness of the fireplace.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: This French-Moroccan bistro offers a low-key romantic ambiance, including classic films, delicious fare, and live jazz, all perfect for sweeping your date off their feet.

Priscilla's expert tip: As one should at all French restaurants: save room for dessert!

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Nestled inside the exclusive Soho Beach House's courtyard, Cecconi's is a posh noshery serving delectable Italian fare. Wooden and marble-top tables are surrounded by cozy seating on the inside, and on the outside, twinkle lights wrap around trees and hang from jars while lush greenery fills every available space. In other words, you and your guests will be enchanted by the fairy tale-like ambiance. As for the food, Cecconi's serves breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner, and even provide a vegan and vegetarian menu for those so inclined. Start mornings here with goat cheese and asparagus frittatas and cold pressed green juice, go for the grouper, baked gnocci, or maine lobster spaghetti the rest of the day. And don't forget to order off the incredible dessert menu.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Cecconi's garden courtyard, with mesmerizing twinkle lights, billowing greenery, and the possibility of celebrity sightings, will certainly impress any date.

Priscilla's expert tip: As this is a particularly popular spot, feel free to make reservations days if not weeks in advance.

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Those seeking a refreshing change to the usual SoBe restaurants should look up, way up, at the rooftop gem known as Juvia. Flaunting French, Japanese, and Peruvian inspired dishes, this eclectic eatery boasts nothing but the freshest ingredients and boldest flavors. Located at the top of the 1111 Garage on Lincoln Road, Juvia is a popular spot for lunch for the South Beach business crowd (with a $23 prix fix menu, why wouldn't it be). Guests will not only enjoy delicious gourmet cuisine, but also sweeping views of Miami Beach and Downtown Miami. Don't forget to indulge in one of Juvia's signature cocktails, like the Pacha Mama Spritz and the Jalisco Flower--powerfully refreshing.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Juvia's sublime views, refined fare, and world-class decor make for a magical combination.

Priscilla's expert tip: Since meals can get pricey, and reservations hard to come by, consider simply stopping in for drinks and appetizers.

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La Mar by Gaston Acurio

Open since 2014 at the Mandarin Oriental, La Mar by Gaston Acurio has quickly solidified itself as one of the premiere restaurants in Miami for perfectly prepared Peruvian and fusion cuisine. This Brickell-based establishment embraces an ocean-inspired theme throughout: the inside is all dark wood with teal scale paneling across the bar, plus rich brown and teal seating throughout, and gorgeous dishes reminiscent of oyster shells plate the food magnificently. The outside, which overlooks Brickell bay and give sweeping views of the city's rising skyscrapers is even more minimalistic, with white tables and chairs and umbrellas to keep the sun's rays to a minimum.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: La Mar's refined Peruvian-fusion cuisine, plus the enchanting views of the bay make this an excellent date locale for any couple.

Priscilla's expert tip: Keep in mind that parking at the Mandarin Oriental is valet only.

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This restaurant is known for having the area's best breakfast (two kinds of bacon, endless frittata and omelet combinations, plentry of fresh fruit, straight from the oven pastries, Belgian waffles, and four different types of pancakes are just some of the selections), but its vast champagne brunch buffet on Sundays (10am-2pm) presents some tough decisions. Everything is presented so elegantly, you'll want a little bit of it all. How about an omelet made any way you like? Pastas? Sushi? Or even caviar? Afterwards, there's a chocolate fountain and no shortage of sinful dessert offerings. Indeed, no one walks away hungry! Live music complements the meal perfectly, and al fresco seating is available in the tropical courtyard.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: It's a hard choice between Fontana and Palme d'Or, both fantastic and equally romantic restaurants located inside the Biltmore. Fontana wins thanks to outdoor seating.

Priscilla's expert tip: Opt to seat outdoors around the fountain during the cooler, less-humid months, and inside the rest of the year.

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Matador Room made its debut on the Miami Beach food scene toward the end of 2014, just shortly after the Edition Hotel opened. Run by Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, you'll find a Latin-inspired menu, with flavors mainly hailing from the Caribbean, Spain, and South America. Open daily for lunch and dinner (with a killer weekend brunch), you'll find a spinach and manchego pizza, a roasted turkey, ham, and gruyere Cuban sandwich, and a gourmet arroz con pollo that will change your life. As for the restaurant's look, it's all glamour, with warm beige and deep browns plus plenty of mood lighting from golden candlelight and chandeliers setting the ambiance. Opt to sit inside or out, where beautiful hanging gardens and breath-taking ocean views await.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Any date will be thoroughly impressed from the moment they walk into the Edition Hotel, and then floored once they eat at Matador.

Priscilla's expert tip: Consider starting your date here and then moving it down to the Basement, Edition's impressive nightclub complete with skating rink and bowling alley.

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The Forge

For American cuisine with a creative French twist, try the elegant Forge. Renovated in 2009 in honor of its 40th anniversary, the space is chock-full of eye-catching antiques and an eclectic mix of upholstered and metal furniture. The farm-to-table menu draws you in, offering tantalizing dishes such as herb-infused steamed local snapper "In a Bag" and grilled wild salmon with basil mashed hearts of palm. Beef is a favorite, and the 16-ounce aged oak grilled "Super Steak" has been named the nation's number one steak by "Wine Spectator." Speaking of wines, the cellar houses an enormous collection �" more than 80,000 bottles of various vintages. Also, the Enomatic wine serving system, that serves wine by the glass, is great for sampling different wines by the ounce.

Recommended for Romantic Dining because: If you (or your date) enjoy a lavish, luxurious ambiance, and absolutely love wine, The Forge is the perfect spot for your romantic night out.

Priscilla's expert tip: Take advantage of the Enomatic wine machines, allowing you to sample various wines by the glass. However, be aware that price range per glass can cost anywhere from $7.20 up to $102, so make sure you know how much you're willing to spend before the pour.

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Meet Priscilla Blossom

Pris Blossom is a freelance writer and feminist mama with a love for travel, writing, music, film, craft beer, yoga, museums, cultural anthropology, and her awesome kid.

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