Right on the water, Miami is the perfect location to eat great food in style. Why not treat your date right by enjoying some of the best restaurants with a romantic atmosphere found in the heart of the city? Here’s our top 10 list of the city’s most romantic eateries:
Casa Tua: Translated to mean ‘your home,’ Casa Tua gives guests an intimate and comfortable setting where they can enjoy themselves and their food in a great place. Some of the best dishes include appetizers like grilled octopus with borlotti beans, celery and red radish, as well as entrées like honey glazed duck breast with vanilla turnips, riso venere and peaches, and almond crusted black cod with a chickpea puree, sautéed broccolini and cherry tomatoes.
EOS: Located within the Viceroy hotel, EOS brings an interesting Mediterranean vibe to a lovely dining experience perfect for dates. While all meals sound delicious, some favorites are the tuna tartare with chili, raisins, pinenuts and mint-lemon aioli, the lamb pappardelle with green olive and tomato reduction, and the carnaroli riso Italian: lobster with saffron, tomato, caviar and egg yolks.
Sylvano’s: The most traditional Italian restaurant on this list, being at Sylvano’s will make you and your date feel like you’re sitting in Northern Italy. The best entrées include the shrimp and crab ceviche for starters, the ravioli black truffle pasta with zucchini drizzled in butter sauce with shaved parmesan, and the ever classic chicken parmigiana.
The Villa by Barton G: Even if your date flops, you’ll definitely be satisfied with the food and drinks at The Villa. Despite being a little pricey, dishes like vodka-cured salmon with mustard caviar, dill pearls and golden pumpernickel, as well as pan roasted local hogfish with eggplant, olives, fennel sausage, piquillo, tomato and garlic confit, and the poached Maine lobster with fennel, cauliflower, sweet yams and curried coconut milk.
Area 31: Another seafood restaurant, Area 31 gives you and your date a great experience without breaking the bank. Some of the standout dishes include the local corn chowder with confit frog leg, shishito peppers, kale and parsnip, and the Carolina tilefish with smoked cauliflower, baby zucchini, chorizo and mussel broth. If you want to get close to your love interest, you might be interested in the five course tasting menu.
Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink: Constantly a favorite restaurant among locals and visitors alike, Michael’s Genuine provides a classic date atmosphere with the added bonus of great food. Some renowned meals include the Florida rock shrimp salad with avocado, mango, pickled pearl onions, toasted macadamia nuts with jade dressing, the ranch skirt steak frites with chimicurri and the steamed mussels in a roasted tomato harrissa broth with sticky black rice and garlic chips.
Cioppano: Located inside the Ritz Carlton Miami, Cioppano brings the classic elegant restaurant date to life. With fancy Italian dishes like spaghetti frutti di mare with calamari, shrimp, clams, mussels, and bay scallops with garlic in a white wine sauce, the seared hog nose snapper filet with grilled langostines and puttanesca, and the grilled Alaskan halibut with Italian barbeque glazed lentils and smoked bacon, you and your date will surely have a great meal.
Villa Azur: Villa Azur will bring a level of sophistication to the dining experience for you and your love interest. Some of the best dishes include the freshly seared tuna with avocado and baby spinach to begin the night, the bocconcini chicken with bresaola, marinated pepper and mozzarella, and the branzino on roasted pepper coulis with artichoke barigoule and baby carrots. And if you’re feeling up for an aphrodisiac, the oysters at Villa Azur’s raw bar are first class.
Prime Italian: Similar to its sibling Prime 112 across the street, Prime Italian provides the perfect opportunity for you and your date to enjoy a blend of American, seafood and Italian cuisine in a comfortable setting. Some of the best dishes are the crispy calamari with lemon and spicy marinara, the wilted escarole with dried cranberries and pine nuts, and the Chilean sea bass with ginger flavored spinach and crispy shitake mushrooms in a carrot butter.
Joey’s: Being an elegant modern Italian restaurant, Joey’s restaurant environment has a relaxed feel that helps you calm your nerves on your date night. Some delicious items on the menu include the linguine carbonara with pancetta, eggs, parmesan and black pepper with a bit of cream, and the cod with eggplant and tomatoes served alongside spinach in a capers and olives sauce.