MORE

Candlelight and Ocean Views: Miami's Ten Most Romantic Restaurants

Candlelight and Ocean Views: Miami's Ten Most Romantic Restaurants
Red Fish Grill via Facebook

Miami is, by definition, an extremely romantic city. Palm trees sway in the balmy breeze, lightly scented by the nearby ocean. So it comes as no surprise that a multitude of restaurants take advantage of Miami's sexy vibe -- adding candles, moonlight, and plenty of champagne and oysters for good measure.

Here's a list of ten of the most unabashedly romantic spots to take your wife, your girlfriend, your husband, your boyfriend, or any combination thereof.

Candlelight and Ocean Views: Miami's Ten Most Romantic Restaurants
Romeo's Cafe via Facebook

10. Romeo's Café
The two-and-a-half-hour dinner at Romeo's Café is a romance with food itself. There are no menus at this intimate 28-seat restaurant, because chef/owner Romeo Majano custom-prepares a four-course ($60) or six-course ($90) dinner based on your dietary restrictions -- and his intuition. The resultant dinner is indulgent, lavish, and will make your date feel like royalty. Which, if you've ever seen a Disney movie, is very romantic.

Candlelight and Ocean Views: Miami's Ten Most Romantic Restaurants
area 31 via Facebook

9. Area 31
Way above the bustle of downtown Miami, Area 31's outdoor terrace offers

nothing but gorgeous views of Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach to the

east. At night, ships and condos are turned into a display of

firefly-like pinpoints of light, twinkling in the distance. If you want

to up the ante, the restaurant offers several private dining rooms,

cabanas, and casitas where executive chef E. Michael Reidt will prepare a

menu featuring sustainable seafood and farm-fresh local produce.

 

Candlelight and Ocean Views: Miami's Ten Most Romantic Restaurants
Juvia

8. Juvia
What's

more romantic than a view of the full moon over Miami? We're thinking not much. Which is why Juvia makes our list. Gorgeous views, vertical

gardens filled with pink blooms, and white furnishings that complement rather than compete with the atmosphere. The menu is a jumble of

Asian, South American, and French cuisines, and the service can be

spotty. Just order some cocktails and gaze adoringly into each other's

eyes. The restaurant, your date, and the scenery are all beautiful --

that's all that counts.

Candlelight and Ocean Views: Miami's Ten Most Romantic Restaurants

7. Cioppino at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
Voted 2011's best expensive Italian restaurant,

Cioppino is going to cost you. But that's the price you pay for the

fresh seafood stew ($38) for which the restaurant is named. Which is 

nothing compared to the porterhouse steak, which will set you back $68. But

can you really put a price on a gorgeous, exclusive setting and an

after-dinner walk on a secluded moonlit beach? We didn't think so.

 

Candlelight and Ocean Views: Miami's Ten Most Romantic Restaurants

6. The Villa by Barton G.
Everyone

has a different version of romance. Some think it's a simple picnic on

the beach. Others think it's gilded opulence in the framework of a

Mediterranean villa filled with intricate mosaic-tiled rooms,

fountains, and a lush courtyard. Which describes the Villa by Barton G.

exactly. Versace-designed china, robin's-egg-blue linens, and the colors of

gold -- and money -- are everywhere. A $75 chef's tasting menu is the

best bet, which includes snapper ceviche, a duck confit crêpe, rack of

lamb, and key lime fantasy for dessert. Then you can really rack up

the bucks by selecting one of more than 600 wines by the bottle. If your

evening is really successful, suites at the villa run anywhere from $900 to $2,500. Now that's romantic.

Candlelight and Ocean Views: Miami's Ten Most Romantic Restaurants

5. Cecconi's
We suggest beginning a romantic dinner at Cecconi's

at Soho Beach House with a little role play. You walk into the

restaurant courtyard, strung with what seems like millions of little

white lights, and pass dozens of beautiful people as you make your way to

the bar. You spot a gorgeous person nursing a drink. You saunter over

and strike up a conversation. Sparks fly as you invite your crush to dine with

you alfresco, the sounds of the surf in the distance. You laugh over a

branzino ($38) or, perhaps, a pizza decorated with speck,

fontina, and mushrooms ($20). The night goes so well that you wind up leaving

together. (Of course you do -- you both arrived in the same car. You've been

together for a dozen years.)

 

Candlelight and Ocean Views: Miami's Ten Most Romantic Restaurants

4. Villa Mayfair Restaurant & Lounge
Everything about Villa Mayfair

is romantic. An ice palace of white and mirrors, this restaurant/lounge invites you to embrace and revel in all that is romantic. Start with

oysters (which are both romantic and sexy) before your three-course dinner ($118).

Unless you like loud music, have dinner early, because the music begins jazzy but turns house-like after 10 p.m.

Candlelight and Ocean Views: Miami's Ten Most Romantic Restaurants
Villa azur via Facebook

3. Villa Azur
If you can't afford a weekend on the French Riviera, this is a pretty reasonable facsimile. Everything about Villa Azur

is tinged with the romance of a weekend in France. A combination

lounge/library area complete with ultra-mod fireplaces opens onto a

patio courtyard resplendent with the lyrical sound of people conversing in

French. They could be discussing their bunions for all we know, but if

it's in the language of love, it sounds like foreplay to us. Start with a

selection of oysters ($2 to $3 each) before sharing châteaubriand

(32 oz.), served with béarnaise sauce and foie gras sauce, and soon you'll

be crooning "Je t'aime" to your dining companion.

 

Candlelight and Ocean Views: Miami's Ten Most Romantic Restaurants
Red Fish Grill via Facebook

2. Red Fish Grill
We live in one of the most gorgeous areas of the world, yet there are so few romantic spots directly on the beach. Red Fish Grill is

so close to the water you might feel compelled to roll up your pants

legs to avoid the tide. Housed in a keystone structure, part of the

Matheson Hammock beach pavilion built in the 1940s, the restaurant is

perfect for watching the moon's reflection play on the waters of

Biscayne Bay as you dine on pan-seared red snapper ($32) and Caribbean

jerk mahi-mahi ($26).

Candlelight and Ocean Views: Miami's Ten Most Romantic Restaurants
Casa Tua via Facebook

1. Casa Tua
There are no signs outside Casa Tua,

and if you haven't been there before, you might think you're about to

trespass in someone's fabulous Mediterranean-style home. You're half

right. This is a home -- your home for the evening (which is what Casa

Tua literally translates to). The romance, however, lies in the

courtyard, lit by lanterns everywhere -- in the trees, on the floor,

on your table. They cast a soft glow on the evening much the same way

a romance film makes everything all soft and fuzzy. The cuisine is

reminiscent of a restaurant on the Amalfi Coast. Plates are small, but

you have other things on your mind after dinner than lapsing into a

food coma, don't you?

Follow Short Order on Facebook and Twitter @Short_Order.

Use Current Location

Related Locations

miles
Area 31

270 Biscayne Blvd. Way
Miami, FL 33132

305-424-5234

www.area31restaurant.com

miles
Romeo's Cafe

2257 Coral Way
Coral Gables, FL 33145

305-859-2228

www.romeoscafe.com

miles
Juvia

1111 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-763-8272

www.juviamiami.com

miles
Cioppino

455 Grand Bay Drive
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

305-365-4500

www.ritzcarlton.com

miles
The Villa by Barton G. - Closed

1116 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-576-8003

www.thevillabybartong.com

miles
Cecconi's Miami Beach

4385 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140

786-507-7900

www.cecconismiamibeach.com

miles
Timo's at the Villa Mayfair - Closed

2901 Florida Ave.
Miami, FL 33133

305-774-1500

www.villa-mayfair.com

miles
Villa Azur Restaurant & Lounge

309 23rd St.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-763-8688

www.villaazurmiami.com

miles
Red Fish Grill

9610 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables, FL 33156

305-668-8788

www.redfishgrill.net

miles
Casa Tua

1700 James Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-673-1010

www.casatualifestyle.com


Sponsor Content