Love is in the air at this time of year, and if you’re looking for somewhere romantic to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’ve got you covered.
They say the people who give you their food give you their heart, so we’re serving up our favorite romantic places to eat in Miami.
From sunset skylines to fine dining under the stars, here's our guide to Miami's most romantic restaurants.
*Please note, due to COVID-19 restrictions, some restaurants may not currently be operating. To avoid disappointment, please check before traveling.*
Nestled under a canopy of greenery, Vista is an open-air restaurant situated within the Upper Buena Vista outdoor mall. Perfect for loved up couples, this outdoor oasis provides a retreat away from bustling city life as well as great food and classic cocktails with a Floridian spin.
Cafe Creme is a charming French-style bakery and bistro positioned within Upper Buena Vista. Whether you’re looking for a romantic lunch date location or want to pick up a baked treat for your Valentine (we love their heart-shaped cakes!), Cafe Creme is a must-visit.
Currently situated in a temporary outdoor location at Lot 6 in Little River, Jaguar Sun's menu features a raw bar, martinis, and steaks and proteins grilled over live fire. Set beneath a giant tree that's lit up with festoon lights, the Lot 6 location is a lovely romantic spot to take your Valentine's date. Grab a table for two and eat great food under the stars!
Situated on a serene rooftop terrace surrounded by natural foliage, Mila Miami is a restaurant, lounge, and mixology bar in Miami Beach. Combining elegant dining with glamorous nightlife and serving a mix of Mediterranean and Asian cuisine ('MeditterrAsian'), this high-end restaurant will give you and your date a night to remember.
This year, Fooq’s has focused on showcasing new and exciting pop-up concepts, and is now proud to present you with Da Lida, a relaxed pasta bar specializing in traditional Italian dishes alongside a focused collection of wine. In this contemporary trattoria, the rotating menus incorporate the freshest seasonal produce with choices in antipasti and pasta, accented with fine Italian olive oils and fresh herbs.
El Turco (coming soon)
El Turco is bringing cultural experiences through their traditional Turkish breakfast and lunch menu (dinner options coming soon). Based in the beautiful open-air palapa underneath the Bodhi Tree in Upper Buena Vista, guests will be able to feast family-style whilst they enjoy the authentic cuisine.
Enjoy cuisine from one of the most romantic places in the world at Doma. Featuring Mediterranean-inspired, Southern Italian cuisine with a mix of classic and modern dishes, you’ll forget you’re in Miami. With an indoor and outdoor area, both equally as chic, this Wynwood restaurant is certainly one of the most romantic places to eat in Miami.
Pizza in Miami doesn’t get much better than Lucali’s. Topped with fresh ingredients and cooked to perfection in the restaurant’s Brooklyn brick-oven, Lucali’s pizza could be the way to your Valentine’s heart!
For a fine Italian dining experience, why not make a reservation at Bellini, Coconut Grove, for your romantic Valentine's dinner? Situated within the stunning Mr. C Hotel, Bellini serves traditional Italian cuisine with a modern twist.
Make a reservation and enjoy the delectable culinary experience of Stubborn Seed – the brainchild of Top Chef season 13 winner, Jeremy Ford. With a choice of the chef’s tasting menu or a la carte dishes, the pared-back decor ensures the food is always in the spotlight at this fine dining restaurant.
Head to Greater Downtown Miami and indulge in a romantic fine dining experience at Le Petit Maison. Inspired by the French Riviera, Le Petit Maison boasts a menu full of delectable French Mediterranean cuisine.
Casa Tua Miami is part soulful culinary destination, part boutique hotel and private members club. Featuring a garden surrounded by tropical plants and lantern-lit trees as well as cozy indoor rooms, Casa Tua is an idyllic dining location for a romantic evening.
The Matador Room is reminiscent of the glitzy supper clubs of the 1940s and 50s, with the original (restored) chandelier still very much in center stage. With menus featuring a mix of Caribbean, Spanish, Latin, and South American cuisines, reimagined by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, there’s plenty to indulge in at this fine dining establishment.
Ariete is the place to go if you’re looking for a romantic fine dining experience for two. The signature seasonal menu, together with the warm and friendly atmosphere, makes for an exquisite culinary experience. Featuring fresh and locally-sourced ingredients from brunch through dinner, there's something to tickle everyone's taste buds.
Enjoy Spanish cuisine and tapas galore at El Carajo – a Spanish restaurant situated at a gas station just off South Dixie Highway. Wine lovers will be in their element with a selection of over 1500 fine wines to choose from!
It doesn’t get much more romantic than watching the sunset on the beach, and you can do just that at Joia Beach, Miami. Offering a premier outdoor dining experience and a menu packed with European-inspired cuisine, this boho-chic beach-side restaurant makes the perfect setting for a Valentine’s day meal.
If steak is more up your street, Smith & Wollensky Miami Beach is another great place to watch the sun set across the Miami skyline. The famous American steakhouse has a large outdoor patio area, perfectly positioned for a romantic dinner beneath the stars.
Take a trip to Mandolin Aegean Bistro in Miami’s Design District to feel like you’ve been transported to the Greek islands or the Turkish coast. This quaint restaurant serves an array of authentic Greek and Turkish dishes and boasts a beautiful courtyard dining area, complete with an edible garden, which is ideal for a romantic meal for two.
Make a reservation at Leku and experience the charm of the Spanish Basque region in a magical setting. Situated within the Rubell Museum, the restaurant has been expertly designed to complement the museum's aesthetic. Leku makes the perfect location for an art date – first, take a tour of Rubell’s contemporary art collection, then head to this romantic dining spot for a delicious evening meal.
Barceloneta offers a taste of Spanish Meditteranean cuisine with its delicious tapas and platillos (mini-tapas) created by Chef Juliana Gonzalez. Reserve a spot in the dining room or dine al fresco on the terrace and enjoy some of the best tapas in the city, along with Barcelonetas renowned G&Ts!
Whisk your date away from the hustle and bustle of Miami life, and feel as if you’ve been transported to the most romantic city in the world at A La Folie. This French-bistro-inspired cafe offers an array of traditional French cuisine and an intimate spot ideal for a Valentine’s date.
Melinda’s courtyard orchid garden is certainly one of the most romantic spots in Miami. Featuring wood fire oven specialties, delicious tacos, and signature cocktails served in the cocktail lounge, Melinda’s is a casual eatery ideal for a romantic yet relaxed Valentine’s day.
Nestled in a secret rooftop garden, Sugar is one of Miami’s hidden gems and the perfect setting for a romantic date. Tuck into Asian-inspired tapas and sip seasonal cocktails while watching the sun set across Miami – one of the city’s bucket-list attractions!
The beautiful scenery that surrounds Schnebly Winery makes the perfect backdrop for a romantic date – not to mention the delicious array of wines on offer. Whether you opt for a wine tasting tour or book a table at the Redlander Restaurant, it’s sure to be a memorable experience.
If you’re looking for an elegant yet relaxed dining experience, how about a date night at Cecconi’s? Set within the ground floor courtyard of Soho Beach House, this modern day classic Italian restaurant serves traditional Italian cuisine with a modern spin, under a canopy of twinkling fairy lights and lanterns. Italian cuisine and fairy lights – what could be more romantic?
Amara at Paraiso is positioned in an idyllic bayside setting that's perfect for romancing your date. Wherever you sit in this waterfront restaurant, you'll get stunning views of Biscayne Bay. Dine indoors and the floor to ceiling windows will show off the beautiful scenery. Dine outdoors, and you'll be surrounded by palm trees and the cool bayside breeze. Prepared by James Beard award-winning chef, Michael Schwartz, the menu combines Latin American flavors, coastal ingredients, and South Florida's diverse food culture.
Another Biscayne Bay beauty, La Mar by Gastón Acurio is situated in a charming setting overlooking the bay and Miami skyline. Be romanced by the authentic Peruvian flavors prepared by top chef, Gastón Acurio, including signature ceviches, freshly grilled anticuchos, and La Mar's iconic cocktails with a Peruvian twist.
For a luxurious Valentine’s dinner, head to Jaya at The Setai Hotel. Jaya is an Asian restaurant that serves authentic heritage dishes with a modern twist. Whether you decide to dine indoors or opt for al fresco dining in the stunning courtyard beneath the stars, Jaya offers the perfect setting for a memorable dinner date.
So, that’s it – our guide to the 27 most romantic restaurants in Miami. We hope we’ve given you some food for thought for this year’s Valentine’s Day!
For even more COVID-19-safe dining ideas, check out our guide to the best outdoor restaurants in Miami.