Miami's Ten Most Romantic Restaurants
An updated version of this top ten list is available here.
Miami always sets the tone for romance: steamy weather, ocean and bay views, year-round outdoor seating, and mouthwatering cuisine.
The delicate dance with romantic restaurants is that you need something to fuel the fire of passion while leaving you feeling light and fresh. The food can't be too heavy or laden with ingredients that cause bad breath or gas. That's a lot of pressure, so here are the top restaurants in Miami to help you seal the deal.
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10. Red the Steakhouse
There should be some rare beef in the mix on this day. If you think most steak houses are "sausage fests" fit for only business lunches, Red breaks the mold. It is sexy and sleek and embodies that rich color of passion. There's beef tartare, raw oysters, crab legs, and chicken breasts, but go for a sizzling prime-cut bone-in steak brushed with oil, kosher salt, and potent Tellicherry black peppercorns that sizzle.
9. Proof Pizza & Pasta
"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore." Proof is new to the scene, but its cozy outdoor seating in the romantic moonlight is already memorable. The pizza is also sonnet-worthy, and the bone-marrow variety is sexy. Want more proof? They also have fresh pasta if you want to reenact that Lady and the Tramp moment when two pairs of lips come together through one strand of spaghetti.
8. Matador Room
For old Miami glamor with some new twists and a red cape of surprise exciting you at every turn, grab the bull by the horns and head to the Matador Room at the new Miami Beach Edition. It's supersexy with the space's original chandelier and sunken dining room. For a different view, sit outside overlooking the pool surrounded by plants and mood lighting. When it comes to cuisine, it has world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten behind the dishes. We never knew comfort food like arroz con pollo could be so elevated and glamorous with a big lemon twist.
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7. CVI.CHE 105
Miamians are lucky to have so much ceviche at their disposal. We can do high-end or even fast-casual with this Peruvian delicacy. It is perfect for romance because the citrus and the raw seafood join forces for a chemical reaction that leaves you feeling light, refreshed, and even randy. CVI.CHE 105's seafood ceviche orgy has a mix of seafoods coming together in a full-flavored leche de tigre.
What was once known as Seasalt & Pepper has seen a lot of shakeups since it opened, but the beauty and style of this eatery are solid. And its sexiness is undeniable. This restaurant offers some spice and glitz to the Miami River; guests can pull up on yachts and dine on treasures from the sea. It is a place to see and be seen. Here's a sexy observation from one of our food critics: "Her lips curl to smile as she passes a glistening champagne bucket dripping with condensation and tables piled with cracked stone crab claws." That could be the start of any steamy romance novel or your own evening.
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