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 an 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 inexpensive 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!)
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 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 plant life 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!
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 fairytale-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 gnocchi, 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.
Miami has no shortage of Latin American cuisine, but few compare in quality and class to mid-beach's OLA. Formerly in the Sanctuary Hotel, OLA's new home at the Gates Hotel features four different dining areas, including a chic and modern dining room and lounge, as well as a rooftop terrace with plenty of ambianceâ"perfect for special occasions. Available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, OLA's Chef Carlos Castro has put together menus that celebrate flavors from countries like Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Peru, and Cuba. From Smoked Marlin Tacos to Lobster Empanadas (accompanied with avocado sauce and salsa rosa), to Roast Cuban Pork to a veg-friendly Pionono (a sweet plantain roulade stuffed with zucchini, spinach, piquillo peppers, and parmesan cheese), there's something here to delight every palate.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Spend an unforgettable evening noshing on Latin delicacies and sipping wine at OLA with your beau, then retreat for a romantic walk on the beach.
Priscilla's expert tip: Leave room for dessert! The chocolate cigar (made with almond chocolate cake and semisweet chocolate mousse) accompanied by coffee ice cream "smoke" and a candy "matchbook" wins the best presentation of a Cuban culture-inspired treat, hands down.
Those seeking a refreshing change to the usual SoBe restaurants should look up...way, 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-fixe 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 of South Beach, refined French-Japanese-Peruvian fare, and world-class decor make for a magical combination you'll both love.
Priscilla's expert tip: Since meals can get pricey, and reservations hard to come by, consider simply stopping in for drinks and appetizers.
With panoramic views of beautiful Biscayne Bay and the Downtown Miami skyline, the outdoor seating at Rusty Pelican is some of the most sought-after in town. In fact, it's the sort of place you'll definitely want to get a reservation for. Get into the spirit of the nautically-themed dining room and order one of the seafood specialties. Shrimp scampi, soft-shelled crab, red snapper and simple seafood pasta aren't fancy, but they are fresh and delicious and perfectly prepared here. The fun atmosphere and spacious dining room make this a great place for a large crowd or a family, and unsurprisingly, they play host for numerous weddings every year.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Take your beloved out to Key Biscayne for an amorous evening of seafood and skyline views at this well-beloved local fixture.
Priscilla's expert tip: Make it a day date by starting off with their top-notch brunch and then taking a boat out onto the bay afterward.
This restaurant is known for having the area's best breakfast (two kinds of bacon, endless frittata and omelet combinations, plenty 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 (10 am-2 pm) 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? Pasta? Sushi? Or even caviar? Afterward, 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 alfresco 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.
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.
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.
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 smoothly 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.