12 Romantic Miami Restaurants That Set The Mood

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It’s easy to fall in love with the city of Miami, but once you fall in love in Miami it’s often tough to figure out where to take your special someone when it’s time to impress them with dinner. Of course the menu matters — and fortunately in the 305 there’s no shortage of incredible chefs and bartenders with great restaurants — but when it comes to date night it’s all about the atmosphere and the setting you’re surrounding yourself with.

Whether you’re looking for something that’s cozy, quiet, and intimate or you want that “see and be seen” sexy vibe where your love is on display for all to see, there’s something for every couple hunting for a date night hotspot in this tropical paradise.

From South Beach to Coral Gables, here are 12 restaurants in the Magic City that are perfect for any romantic occasion.

Drunken Dragon (South Beach)

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Set the mood right away at Drunken Dragon, where the decor boasts a collection of Japanese bondage ropes and steamy artwork. Sip tiki cocktails and taste flavors from all over Asia while enjoying a romantic night on South Beach. Start with popcorn and crispy bok choy before moving on to larger plates such as the ribeye, pork belly, and stone pot rice with mixed vegetables, egg yolk, kimchi, and gochujang.

Dining at the restaurant: This nearly-hidden gem gives diners the chance to sit at the bar, one of the standard tables, or at several do-it-yourself Korean barbecue tables where you can cook your own food over the flame.

Takeout: Delivery is available via third-party apps — but half the fun is ordering at one of the Korean barbecue tables at the restaurant.

Komodo (Brickell)

An ultra-stylish Asian lounge and restaurant owned by nightlife king David Grutman, Komodo is the ultimate fancy date night spot in Brickell. The restaurant exudes a red aura that just makes everything seem sleek and sexy. Order the Peking duck that can be seen on display as you enter or opt for other fan favorites such as the lobster dynamite or the truffled honey salmon. When the night starts to slow down, get the baked Alaska to set the mood on fire.

Dining at the restaurant: This multilevel hotspot has a long bar, several downstairs tables and booths, an impressive upstairs, and a lush outdoor patio — but for optimal romance levels, ask to be seated in one of the nests that are perched above the main dining room.

Takeout: Takeout is available directly from the restaurant. Delivery is not an option.

Luca Osteria (Coral Gables)

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Owned by Miami’s first Chopped champion, Giorgio Rapicavoli, this restaurant is inspired by his childhood in Italy and his family’s recipes. Standout dishes include the patate fritte made with black truffle, parmigiano fonduta, and egg yolk; bucatini all’amatriciana; and the lamb chops. The food is complemented by a selection of natural wines and a thoughtful cocktail menu filled with Italian classics such as the americano and negroni.

Dining at the restaurant: Take your date straight to Italy with a night at Luca Osteria. There are two dining options: inside the cozy restaurant or under the twinkling lights of Giralda, a pedestrian-only street that’s lined with casual outdoor seating.

Takeout: Takeout is available by calling the restaurant. Luca Osteria does not offer delivery.

Estiatorio Milos (South of Fifth)

Take a trip to Greece without leaving the states at Estiatorio Milos. Known for its incredibly fresh fish and seafood, as well as its elegant dining experience, this spot is perfect for a date night on the town. For an interactive part of the meal, select one of the signature fish out of the market display and have it prepared to your liking. Make sure to save room for dessert as the baklava is a favorite.

Dining at the restaurant: Dine indoors in the airy and bright dining room or outside on the patio to enjoy Miami’s al fresco scene. Feeling like you need some privacy, consider renting out the private dining room.

Takeout: While this meal is one you’d want to eat at the restaurant atop the crisp white linen tablecloths, it’s available for curbside pickup by calling the restaurant directly. Delivery is not available.

Mila (South Beach)

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Coined as a MediterrAsian restaurant, Mila is one of those spots where the romance is on full display, as diners tend to dress for the occasion. Dishes are served izakaya style and come from the kitchen as they’re ready. It’s one of those spots where sharing is the name of the game and each bite gets better than the next. Popular dishes include the seafood tower, short rib, and King crab escabeche. Treat your date to a fabulous brunch where the dishes never end and the beverages are bottomless.

Dining at the restaurant: Perched on a Lincoln Road rooftop, this swanky spot offers both indoor and outdoor seating with optional cabanas that can be requested for extra romantic privacy.

Takeout: Curbside pickup is available directly through the restaurant.

Matador Room (Miami Beach)

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Wow your date at celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Latin restaurant located at the Edition Hotel on Miami Beach. The dark restaurant features a sunken oval dining room reminiscent of a 1950s supper club with dishes such as crunchy calamari, arroz con pollo, and glazed short rib tacos. Don’t end the date with dinner — head downstairs for ice skating, bowling, and even dancing, if that tickles your fancy.

Dining at the restaurant: Sit at the sleek, sexy bar or in the ultra-modern dining room for a vibey evening. For true romance, grab a table on the lush candlelit terrace.

Takeout: Takeout is available by calling the restaurant directly.

Mignonette (Downtown)

Mignonette is the spot for the longtime couple looking for a seafood feast or an early-in-the-game stop to impress with your restaurant knowledge. A beloved oyster bar in downtown Miami from chef Daniel Serfer and Ryan Roman, Mignonette features fresh (aka flown in daily) oysters, seafood, veggies, and some meats. While oysters basically own the menu, there’s something special about the lobster roll that makes it a can’t-miss dish. Other highlights include the daily catch and blue house salmon served with andouille sausage, sweet potato hash, and aji amarillo sauce.

Dining at the restaurant: This quaint, no-frills, diner-style restaurant features an oyster counter where the selection of the day can be seen displayed above, several simple indoor tables, and a handful of tables outside along the sidewalk.

Takeout: Curbside pickup is available as well as delivery via third-party apps.

Uchi (Wynwood)

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A James Beard Award-winning restaurant originally from Austin is where you’ll want to go when aiming to spend a romantic evening in Wynwood. This isn’t your average sushi spot, as each bite is prepared to precision by the chefs, leaving no need for anything to be added. With easy-to-share small plates and by-the piece-sashimi, it’s the ideal menu for the couple who wants to try a little bit of everything. Opt for the chef’s tasting or give your server a few ideas and let them customize an order for you.

Dining at the restaurant: Dine indoors, outside, or right at the sushi bar of this trendy Wynwood hot spot.

Takeout: Uchi offers a to-go menu featuring most of the same dishes as the dine-in menu.

Gianni’s (South Beach)

Opt for Italian Mediterranean at Villa Casa Casuarina, formerly the Versace Mansion’s restaurant, Gianni’s. One of the more popular dining destinations on Ocean Drive, this spot oozes opulence as it’s located alongside Versace’s very famous mosaic pool lined with gold. Menu highlights include the lobster spaghetti, octopus carpaccio, and mushroom risotto. There’s also a solid wine list that the knowledgeable staff can help guide you through in order to pick just the right wine for the evening.

Dining at the restaurant: Dine inside at what was once the heart of the first floor of Versace’s home or outside under the stars next to the pool.

Takeout: Delivery is not available, but takeout can be arranged with the restaurant.

Lido Restaurant and Champagne Bar at Four Seasons Surf Club (Surfside)

Located in Surfside, one of Miami’s most affluent neighborhoods, you’ll find one of the most lovely restaurants in the 305. Though the restaurant’s bar also acts as the lobby bar at the Four Seasons, it’s one of the more romantic places you can take a date. With carefully curated cocktails and the city’s longest Champagne list, grabbing a drink before dinner is a must. Once seated, the coastal Italian menu filled with seafood and pasta will make for a memorable evening.

Dining at the restaurant: One step inside this spot and you’ll feel as though you and your date have been whisked away on a romantic European vacation.

Takeout: Neither takeout nor delivery is available.

Byblos (South Beach)

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Dive into romance at this dimly lit Mediterranean restaurant as you cozy up to your date on one of the velvet banquettes. Dishes here are meant for sharing with popular options including the lamb ribs and the black truffle pide. If you’re looking for a calm, quiet evening, opt for weeknights or early on the weekends — if you’re looking for something with a bit of a vibe, there’s a DJ late night on the weekends.

Dining at the restaurant: Byblos offers both indoor and outdoor seating with ​​Eastern Mediterranean decor and just enough South Beach glam.

Takeout: Takeout and delivery is available directly from the restaurant.

El Cielo (Brickell)

An award-winning, high-end Colombian restaurant is inspired by chef Juan Manuel Barrientos’s roots, and every bite is meant to consume all five senses. Prepared using molecular gastronomy, this menu (go for the chef’s tasting) will have you and your date staring in wonderment, playing with your food, and licking your fingers all without even leaving the table. The experience is intimate and flavorful, and the coursed-out meal can last up to three hours.

Dining at the restaurant: Located directly on the Miami River, this modern restaurant offers city views and lush garden lined dining.

Takeout: Takeout is available directly through the restaurant, though dining in is a major part of the experience. El Cielo does not offer delivery.