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The most romantic restaurants in Miami for an intimate night out

Make them swoon with an unforgettable meal at one of Miami’s most romantic restaurants

Virginia Gil
Falyn Wood
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Virginia Gil
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Falyn Wood
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When it comes to date night, deciding where you’re eating should be high on the list of priorities. Sure, you’d like it to be one of the most romantic restaurants in Miami, but then it’s time to drill down. Are you looking for something warm and intimate, like a cozy Miami bar that doubles as a great place to nosh between drinks? Or are you more of a traditionalist, swayed by mood lighting and oversized booths where cuddling up is encouraged? Maybe you’re just someone who likes a good view, in which case any of Miami’s waterfront restaurants suit you just fine. Whatever your appetite and appeal might be, this list of romantic restaurants in Miami will come in handy the next time bae floats a lovey-dovey outing.

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Most romantic restaurants in Miami

  • Restaurants
  • Greek
  • Buena Vista
  • price 2 of 4

This go-to Greek/Turkish restaurant feels like a pseudo trip to the Greek Isles. The spacious outdoor area’s rustic blue-and-white design helps to keep up the illusion, while dishes such as the whole fried fish and the authentic Greek salad (without lettuce!) dupe your taste buds almost instantly. Any table in the restaurant’s courtyard is sure to impress, but on nights when it’s too hot, take a seat inside by the window. Nothing ruins a date like sweating through a meal.

  • Restaurants
  • Downtown
  • price 3 of 4

This sexy, Catalonian hot spot remains one of Downtown’s best-kept secrets. Temporarily relocated from its original petite digs, NIU has taken up residence with its sister restaurant Arson, where the best of the two intersect in perfect harmony. Equally great for a surreptitious affair or a romantic anniversary dinner (we won’t judge), reservations remain a must at this airier but still intimate space. Dig your fork into perfectly cooked egg dishes (the runny kind you’ll want to sop up with crusty sliced baguette), delicious wood-fired tapas and organic wines from Spain, Argentina and beyond.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Buena Vista
  • price 2 of 4

Real-life chef couple Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer own and operate this cozy Little Haiti spot that oozes with charm. If your date doesn’t make you swoon, watching these two cook together will. Sit side by side at the counter while you slurp excellent fresh pasta together and trade sips of your organic wines. Bonus: The tightly edited menu keeps quarrelsome couples from agonizing over dishes they’ll both like.

Restaurants that transport you to far-flung places are always a good idea for a date night. Andalusian-inspired Tropezón promises rustic charm and mood-setting lighting in a cozy dining room that borders on cramped. Sit elbow to elbow with your beau, sipping on sherry and noshing on sliced jamón from the enormous cured pig leg hanging just behind the bar. Ask for a window seat for some extra privacy and spend the evening peering out at buzzy Española Way as though you were really on vacation.

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • West Coconut Grove
  • price 2 of 4

Dark, rustic and with low-slung ceilings to help keep things intimate, the charming Coconut Grove restaurant exudes romance from every corner. With a menu built on sharing, plus the option to splurge on a private dining experience in its private room downstairs known as La Cava, date night at Ariete is a no-brainer.

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • South of Fifth
  • price 4 of 4


The effort required to score a reservation for Carbone will get you major points with your honey. Once seated, consider it smooth sailing: the top-notch Italian food and vibey atmosphere ensure the rest falls into place. Start things off with an order of the baked clams (natural aphrodisiacs and just plain delicious) and an order of the famous spicy rigatoni vodka, which the kitchen will portion for you—a crucial detail for couples who don’t like to share pasta. Then take your time with the veal parmesan and various salads. It’s easy to overindulge at Carbone but no level of opulence should keep from ordering that doggie bag.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Coral Gables
  • price 3 of 4

There’s a sweet love story behind this Coral Gables eatery that also has popular locations in D.C. and Italy. Created by husband and wife restaurateurs Fabio and Maria Trabocchi, the power duo has made food their way of life since meeting in Washington in the ’90s. This lauded Michelin-starred restaurant’s Miami edition has become known for its impeccable service paired with big bowls of luscious, contemporary Italian signatures such as lobster ravioli and bucatini with red prawns.

  • Bars
  • Wineries
  • Midtown
  • price 1 of 4

Part ramshackle backyard, part vintage saloon, the homey Lagniappe makes for the ideal laid-back date spot. Wine and food are ordered at the counter and paid for upfront, so you’ll get the awkwardness of splitting the bill over with quickly. Outdoors, bistro lights and cafe tables get the romantic mood right, but snag a spot on a sofa indoors for intimate conversation paired with live jazz music.

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  • Restaurants
  • Fusion
  • Design District
  • price 4 of 4

A staple in the Miami food scene since before there was one, chef Michael Schwartz elevates boho-chic with this waterfront gem featuring a menu of Latin-inspired fare. Minutes from Wynwood, downtown and the historic MiMo district, Amara is in a sweet spot for any occasion and boasts sweeping bay views ideal for taking in a perfect Miami sunset. Forgot to make a reservation? Head up to the rooftop terrace during happy hour, where you can usually score a last-minute table without sacrificing any of the ambiance.

  • Restaurants
  • Peruvian
  • Brickell Key
  • price 4 of 4

La Mar is one of the few places in Miami where the scenery doesn’t come at the expense of the food—the views and chef Diego Oka’s Peruvian cuisines are equally unparalleled. Whether you’re in for a breezy waterfront brunch or romantic dinner with a clear shot of Brickell’s twinkling skyline, you’ll want to order up one of chef Oka’s delicate ceviches and the arroz chaufa (Peruvian fried rice), served tableside. Cocktail options are aplenty, but if this is your first time at La Mar, or trying Peruvian food altogether, the classic pisco sour is a must.

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  • Restaurants
  • Spanish
  • Allapattah
  • price 3 of 4

Wow your date with a high-brow two-for-one evening of art and food. Following in the tradition of great museum restaurants, Leku offers seasonal Spanish cuisine amid a modern, design-forward setting. The Basque menu highlights the region’s classics, featuring grilled meats cooked over hot coals in the outdoor dining room (Leku boasts the city's first outdoor Josper grill!). Vibrant salads, seafood-centric preparations and traditional soups—round out the familiar offerings.

  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Little River
  • price 2 of 4

Nestled in the trendy Little River neighborhood, Sherwoods is bursting with the kind of charm that’s only achieved through the closest attention to detail. Vintage touches and throwback flair aren’t just for show—bathroom fixtures were repurposed from properties in Belgium, tiles were salvaged from the French embassy in Portugal and the building itself is historic. The menu is approachable yet refined with its collection of burgers (meat, veggie and otherwise) and internationally inspired shared plates.

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Design District

The late chef Joël Robuchon left behind a thriving culinary empire and an indelible mark on fine dining. When it comes to a top-of-the-line gastronomic experience, in his protégés we trust. L’Atelier in the Miami Design District focuses on modern French cuisine—think delicate presentations of tweezered microgreens and sauces requiring a very steady hand to plate. It’s a lot of showmanship paired with five-star service and an excellent wine list. We’d save this one for an anniversary or anytime you’re looking to really impress a date.

  • Restaurants
  • South Beach
  • price 4 of 4

One of the city’s finest and fussiest big-bucks restaurants, Casa Tua is a sleek and chic country Italian-style establishment set in a refurbished 1925 Mediterranean-style two-story house. With several living-room-style nooks, Casa Tua offers the cozy familiarity of a night in—with much, much better food. If you’ve ever dreamed of hiring a notable chef to come over and cook you a fancy dinner, book a table at Casa Tua for an equally pricey experience with zero cleanup.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Miami Beach
  • price 3 of 4

Soho Beach House’s Italian restaurant (the club’s only area open to non-members) is a one-stop for good food and a good time—the menu of house-made pastas and an outdoor dining area practically set the mood for you. Reserve a center table near one of the trees covered in bistro lights: The soft yellow glow is subtle and sexy, and it will keep you from accidentally knocking anything over—which happens after one too many Picantes, the club’s delish spicy margaritas.

  • Restaurants
  • Downtown
  • price 4 of 4

A fancy-pants Italian restaurant overlooking Biscayne Bay, the view and the toothsome fresh pasta doesn’t come cheap here. Special occasions call for a splurge, both fiscal and caloric. Blowing a wad and indulging with your S.O. over an extravagant dinner facing the water is what it’s all about at this pricey pasta joint, which is ideal for fans of garlic, truffles and homemade pasta that’s a far cry from Ragu.

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  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Wynwood
  • price 4 of 4

Intimacy takes on a whole new meaning at this upscale omakase speakeasy located in the back of the Taco Stand in Wynwood. Best reserved in advance (like, far in advance) for a special occasion, the $200 per person Edomae-style tasting menu features a selection of cold and hot dishes and sushi prepared with only the freshest seasonal ingredients, including many flown in from Japan. After typing in your secret code, make your way through the sliding door to the eight-seat counter for two hours of blissful made-to-order dining.

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Coconut Grove
  • price 2 of 4

Fourth-generation Cipriani brothers, Maggio and Ignazio, follow in their family’s footsteps with this upscale Italian restaurant perched on the rooftop of Coconut Grove’s trendy modern hotel, Mr C. In keeping with the luxurious, contemporary space, the cuisine is rustic Italian but with a modern twist. Enjoy lighter versions of traditional pasta dishes plus Italian staples like polenta and branzino with a birds-eye view of Miami’s sparkling bayfront skyline. There’s no leaving Bellini without trying the namesake cocktail, which Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy, invented in the late 1930s.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Downtown
  • price 3 of 4

Nestled on a quiet Downtown street, this understated, family-owned trattoria doles out fresh pastas in homemade sauces and frequently hosts live jazz and literary events in the evenings. Grab a seat in the alley-esque interior, with soaring ceilings and weathered bookshelves decorated with a hodgepodge of Italian knickknacks and Miami memorabilia. On the sidewalk, enjoy lazy people-watching with healthy wine pours and the feeling that you and your date have abandoned Miami altogether.

  • Restaurants
  • Colombian
  • Brickell
  • price 3 of 4

This high-end Colombian restaurant specializes in molecular gastronomy and food you consume via all five senses. At Elcielo, you’ll have the opportunity to play with your food, lick your fingers and ooh and aah together as whimsical creations are brought to your table. Dinner here is coursed and meals can last anywhere from 90 minutes to three hours—but she likes it when you take your time.

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