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The best restaurants for Valentine’s Day dinner in Miami

Check out the best restaurants for Valentine’s Day dinner in Miami, whether you’re celebrating with bae or going solo

By Virginia Gil
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As romantic as a night in sounds, eating takeout on Valentine’s Day is a real bummer. Though dinner at one of the most romantic restaurants in Miami might not guarantee excitement either. Have yourself a real love fest this holiday and heed one of our suggestions for Valentine’s Day dinner in Miami. The list of restaurants, with options in South Beach, Wynwood and just about every corner of the city, features places with Valentine’s Day specials designed to feed you, make you tipsy and get you in the mood.

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Valentine’s Day dinner in Miami

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1. Zucca

Restaurants Italian Coral Gables

The Coral Gables restaurant lets you customize a multicourse meal with options from a list of Valentine’s Day-themed specials and its regular menu, all priced á la carte. Festive dishes include a salad topped with lobster medallions and risotto with wild baby strawberries, champagne and hamachi tartare.

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Ariete
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3. Ariete

Restaurants Contemporary American West Coconut Grove

When bae is awful at making decisions, you take them to Ariete. The Coconut Grove restaurant keeps it simple either four or five courses (priced at $55 and $75, respectively) made up of signature dishes, like the short rib with shaved Caesar salad.

Quinto La Huella at EAST, Miami
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4. Quinto La Huella

Restaurants Uruguayan Brickell

Toast to your current romantic status with a Cupid Blossom: Russian Standard vodka, St-Germain, lemon juice, muddled strawberries and a prosecco topper. That should work up your appetite to try specials like the Florida red snapper crudo, wood oven Maine lobster and dark chocolate flourless cake. Single or taken, this is one meal not to be missed.

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Matador Room
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5. Matador Room

Restaurants Latin American Miami Beach

Not that the Matador Room needs keeping it sexy, the Jean-Georges spot inside the Edition offers a series of dressed-up dishes that ensure your Valentine’s Day feel special. Start with a sea trout sashimi salad and then move on to seared diver scallops and a wagyu tenderloin with black truffle. Dessert is an expected twist: strawberry-shaped Valrhona chocolate with a strawberry glaze. Pop bottles of Dom Perignon Brut 2006 for $275 (or $50 a glass)—because V-Day.

Market Miami EDITION
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6. Market at EDITION

Restaurants Italian Miami Beach

Ladies looking for a fun Galentine’s Day option should head to Market at the Edition: Feast on salmon crudo (to share), three oysters, angel hair pasta, parmesan chicken and a special Valentine’s Day dessert for just $40. Turn up with unlimited rosé for an extra $30.

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Dragonfly Izakaya and Fish Market
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7. Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market

Restaurants Japanese Miami

Rolling solo? Dragonfly throws a party on the patio for singles, featuring a welcome cocktail, BOGO deals on drinks all night and passed appetizers for just $20. Couples will want to make a reservation for the restaurant’s prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu ($70)—a mix of cooked items and sushi. It’s available for lunch and dinner, should you find yourself with two Valentines this year.

Flan at Plant Miami
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8. Plant Miami

Restaurants Vegan Midtown

Keep things heart-healthy at this beautiful vegan restaurant in Wynwood. If the lush, romantic setting doesn’t sway you to give up meat, a decadent passion fruit flan with toasted macadamia nut gelato will.

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LT Steak and Seafood
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9. LT Steak & Seafood

Restaurants Steakhouse South Beach

Dinner is either your typical a-la-carte love fest of LT’s signature items or a three-course prix-fixe menu ($85) that includes your choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert from a list of specials. After dinner, stick around for free live music performances in the lobby.

Villa Azur, Bars and lounges, Miami
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10. Villa Azur

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Take a make-believe trip France by way of Villa Azur, the stunning, European-themed restaurant in South Beach. The á-la-carte menu is loaded with shareable plates like steak tartare, seafood ceviche, a bone-in rib-eye steak for two. Expect lots of candles and chill beats by DJ Stephan M.

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champagne at restaurant
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11. Doce Provisions

Restaurants Sandwich shops East Little Havana

The Little Havana joint gets fancy AF this Valentine’s Day with a four-course feast that kicks off with a mood-setting pairing of prosecco and chocolate-covered strawberries. Lobster, snapper and sous-vide steak round out the list. Dinner is just $120 per couple.

La Mar
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12. La Mar

Restaurants Peruvian Brickell Key

We’re suckers for La Mar’s skyline view on a regular day, which makes the romantic spot for any V-Day celebration. In addition to the upscale Peruvian dishes on the menu, chef Diego Oka puts out a series of specials just for the day: stone crabs with oysters and leche de tigre; lobster with squash and ricotta ravioli and black truffles; and a Peruvian white corn cake with chicha morada sorbet. All items are priced á la carte.

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13. Three

Restaurants Fusion Wynwood

The three-course menu ($75) at Three is packed with the delicious food you’d expect from the Norman Van Aken establishment: creamy conch chowder, pork two ways and the peanut opera cake. The white sturgeon caviar, available as a mid-course add-on, is what makes the restaurant a worthy candidate for your Valentine’s Day feasting. 

The bar at La Moderna
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14. La Moderna

Restaurants Italian South Beach

If Italian is your bag, La Moderna will woo you with a prix-fixe, four-course menu that includes shrimp tartare with stracciatella cheese, a trio of zucchini blossoms, house-made gnocchi and glazed beef tenderloin. Dinner is $80 per person and includes an assortment of classic Italian pastries for a sweet finish.

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Kiki on the River
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15. Kiki on the River

Restaurants Greek East Little Havana

The gorgeous waterfront restaurant Kiki on the River is as good a place as any to toast to love. So book a couple seats this Valentine’s Day (and, trust us, ask to sit outside). At $85 a person, enjoy a dinner with plenty of options for seafood and land lovers—plus a chocolate hazelnut mousse cake with gold flake for your sweet tooth. It’s a solid choice for both new couples and couples with some time under their belts.

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