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Miami, FL, is a fantastic destination for foodies where vacationers get to combine a relaxing time on the beach with tasting delicious dishes from around the world. Enjoy American comfort food, Mediterranean, Mexican, Caribbean, Japanese, and classic Southern cooking. Find the perfect setting to fit your mood, whether you are looking for a casual romantic lunch spot or an elegant restaurant for a special celebration. Here are the best romantic restaurants in Miami. Don't miss: 20 Best Things To Do in Miami.

»Villa Azur Restaurant

Villa Azur Restaurant

Villa Azur is an elegant gourmet restaurant in South Beach that serves exotic French Mediterranean dishes prepared with an Italian twist. Featuring romantic décor with antique drop chandeliers and vintage motifs, the restaurant has a menu reflecting that same style. Villa Azur has a raw oyster and caviar bar, tartare and carpaccio, cold and warm appetizers, and a range of fresh seafood, meat, and pasta dishes.

If you are looking for best Miami restaurants to celebrate a special occasion, this is a great place to try. A separate dessert menu presents sweet delights such as tarte tartin, pannacotta and dulce de Leche, and the food can be paired with a selection of the finest wines from the restaurant's in-house wine cellar or a seasonal, signature cocktail.

309 23rd St, Miami Beach, 305-763-8688 (website)

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»Blue Collar

Blue Collar

Located in the historic MIMO district of Miami and open for lunch and dinner, Blue Collar is a cozy restaurant that serves American comfort food in a casual setting. Owner/Executive Chef Daniel Serfer opened Blue Collar with the aim of serving the kind of food that he has always loved to eat in an inviting atmosphere, and he has succeeded in doing just that. If you are looking for romantic date night ideas in Miami, this is a great place to visit.

The exciting menu offers a range of delicious cuisine. It caters to both meat-lovers and vegetarians and includes a daily rotation of seasonal dishes and fresh vegetables. The beverage list consists of a variety of local craft beers, delightful wines, and refreshing sodas.

6730 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, 305-756-0366 (website)

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»Mandolin

Mandolin

The white-washed building with blue trimmed windows and brightly colored bougainvillea that houses Mandolin Aegean Bistro transports you to the magical Mediterranean as soon as you step through the doors. Set in a beautiful 1940s house located between the Design District and the historic Buena Vista, Mandolin serves traditional Aegean food from the azure coasts of Greece and Turkey.

Founded by husband and wife Anastasia Koutsioukis and Ahmet Erkaya, Mandolin features a menu that is ingredient-driven, and they use locally caught fish and farm raised meat, pure olive oil, fresh herbs and vegetables, and homemade breads, cheeses, and yogurt in all their dishes. Enjoy traditional mezes, fresh salads and sandwiches, and a variety of mains and desserts at this charming bistro.

4312 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, 305-749-9140 (website)

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»Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

Located in the vibrant Design District, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink is a friendly, laid-back neighborhood bistro that serves delicious homemade and seasonal cuisine for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Chef/owner Michael Schwartz is dedicated to using only the freshest ingredients for his menu, which offers dishes such as chargrilled octopus, shitake mushroom risotto, and triggerfish ceviche, all of whose ingredients are sourced from local farmers and producers.

The food menu is accompanied by an exciting list of handcrafted cocktails, beer, and wine. Enjoy weekend brunch alfresco style on the sun-dappled patio or make a selection from the new late afternoon menu of small plates and snacks.

130 Northeast 40th Street, Miami, 305-573-5550 (website)

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»Ortanique on the Mile

Ortanique on the Mile

Ortanique on the Mile is a family-owned Caribbean fine dining restaurant run by well-known Chef Cindy Huston. Listed as one of the Top 10 restaurants in Miami, the bright, warm sunshine of the Caribbean inspires Ortanique’s menu, whose dishes are created with seasonal ingredients and an innovative style. Think Angus beef herb marinated churrasco with crispy yucca fries and oven roasted yellowtail snapper served with lemongrass rice.

The popular restaurant also offers interactive cooking classes, monthly wine tastings, “Reading and Eating” evenings, and some of the best Bacardi Mojitos in the city.

278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, Miami, 305-446-7710 (website)

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»The Federal

The Federal

The Federal is a modern American tavern tucked away on Biscayne Boulevard. It is known for serving classic all-American fare with a contemporary twist. Drawing inspiration from the regional Americas, Executive Chef Cesar Zapata Aka creates a menu that offers classics such as smoked pork shank and fillet steak alongside new-age delights like poblano stuffed crab and charred plantain.

The restaurant boasts a relaxed, neighborhood-style tavern ambiance, and the extensive drink list boasts a variety of seasonal cocktails, boutique wines, and craft beers.

5132 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-758-9559 (website)

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»Uvaggio Wine Bar

Uvaggio Wine Bar

Fusing old-world European charm with modern day Miami, Uvaggio Wine Bar Coral Gables is a trendy boutique wine bar that offers an intimate, yet casual ambiance in which to relax while tasting superb wines and savoring great food. The cozy wine bar/fusion café has a small, yet sophisticated menu of small plates and mains, with a variety of meat and fish dishes, fresh salads, and sweet treats for dessert. Wines can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, as well as a range of sparkling wines, Prosecco, sherries, and beers.

70 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, 305-448-2400 (website)

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»Yardbird Southern Table and Bar

Yardbird Southern Table and Bar

Fried chicken, magnolias, and Moon Pies come to mind when thinking of Yardbird Southern Table and Bar. Located on Lenox Avenue in Miami Beach, this stylish restaurant pays homage to classic Southern cooking, culture, and hospitality, and it offers a seasonal menu with dishes made with innovative flair and farm-fresh ingredients. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Southern Table offers a relaxed and comfortable place to gather and enjoy good food and wine with friends.

Menus include favorite Southern classics such as fried green tomatoes, skillet cornbread, and smoked brisket with buttermilk biscuits, while the bar menu boasts an array of libations, traditional Southern cocktails and bourbons, draft and canned beer, and a range of whiskey and wine.

1600 Lenox Avenue, Miami Beach, 305-538-5220 (website)

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»Little Bread

Little Bread

Owned by Alberto Cabrera, Little Bread is a unique eatery that is dedicated entirely to serving classic Cuban sandwiches with a twist. Breads are baked fresh each morning and packed with fillings made from locally sourced ingredients like long-cured pork belly, Swiss cheese, Molinari salami, and bread-and-butter pickles. The menu boasts authentic Cuban favorites such as Media Noche Croquetas, Frita Sliders, and Guava Pound Cake, but it’s the sandwiches that really take the cake.

The famous Elena Ruz turkey and bacon with whipped goat cheese, berry compote, and arugula is a particular favorite, while the Classic Cuban heaves with juicy pork belly rillettes.

541 SW 12th Avenue, Miami, 786-420-2672 (website)

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»Miam Cafe

Miam Cafe

Located in the heart of the world-renowned edgy arts district of Miami, Miam Café & Boutique serves a simple, fresh menu of homemade food and drinks all day long in a casual, and friendly atmosphere. From hearty, wholesome breakfasts and healthy lunches to delicious afternoon snacks and made-to-order dishes, the café’s food is prepared with only the freshest ingredients, all of which are locally sourced.

Salads, sandwiches, pastries, and quiches are all made fresh on site, and you can choose an accompaniment from a list of beverages that includes various teas and coffees, cold drinks, beers, and wines.

2750 NW 3rd Avenue, Suite 21, Miami, 786-703-1451 (website)

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»Coyo Taco

Coyo Taco

Located in Wynwood, Coyo Taco is the home of the handcrafted taco served in traditional Mexican fashion, and its menu features other traditional Mexican food and drinks. Following the philosophy of todo fresco (everything fresh), dishes are made with natural, locally sourced ingredients, from the smashed-on-site guacamole and freshly caught seafood to their famous Don Julio margaritas. Whitewashed walls and a long communal table add to the casual, relaxed ambiance, and the popular eatery is open every day from 11 am to 11 pm.

2300 NW 2nd Ave #3, Miami, 305-573-8228 (website) Photo: Coyo Taco

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»Bodega Taqueria y Tequila

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila is a casual eatery that serves authentic Mexican street food and beverages in a casual, vibrant space for lunch and late night meals. Founded by self-proclaimed “connoisseur of the taco” Chef Bernie Matz, the tricked-out taco truck has a unique interior with a rotating vertical spit.

Everything combines to create an inviting ambiance, and the enticing menu boasts Mexican favorites such as ceviche, tacos, and burritos, as well as a range of handmade signature cocktails and specialty shots. Bodega Taqueria y Tequila is open for lunch and dinner daily and has happy hour between 6-8 pm. It also offers delivery and takeout options.

1220 16th Street, Miami Beach, 305-704-2145 (website)

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»Piripi

Piripi

A stylish and contemporary restaurant in the heart of Coral Gables, Piripi serves a simple and authentic menu of traditional Spanish cuisine in a casual and laid-back atmosphere. The menu takes diners through the Spanish countryside, showcasing traditional dishes that are made from scratch and highlight a range of exotic and unique flavors. Dishes include an array of tapas to share, tantalizing appetizers, large plates, and steaming paellas.

Made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients, the restaurant offers menus for lunch and dinner, as well as brunch and “Happy Hour” specials, all of which can be accompanied by a selection from a wide array of easy-drinking wines from around the world.

320 San Lorenzo Avenue, #1315, Coral Gables, 305-448-2423 (website) Photo: Piripi

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»Zuma Restaurant

Zuma Restaurant

Located in the heart of downtown Miami, Zuma is an internationally acclaimed Japanese restaurant that serves modern Japanese cuisine in a stylish and chic environment. Inspired by the informal Japanese dining style referred to as izakaya, Chef Rainer Becker presents an innovative menu of Asian fusion cuisine, and his dishes range from snacks, soups, and salads to tempura, sushi, and sashimi. He has also developed several signature dishes, desserts, and set lunch and brunch menus.

The main dining room is particularly elegant, and the restaurant has a sushi counter and robata grill, as well as a private dining room for special events, an intimate sake bar and lounge, and an outdoor terrace for post-dinner drinks under the stars.

270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, 305-577-0277 (website) Photo: Zuma Restaurant

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»Il Gabbiano

Il Gabbiano

Il Gabbiano is a trendy Italian restaurant that is known for its soul-satisfying food. Located on Biscayne Boulevard on Miami’s waterfront, this stylish eatery is a hotspot for lunch and dinner. Owned by the Masci brothers, founders of Manhattan’s famed Il Mulino, diners are treated to a genuine Italian experience, which includes everything from complimentary antipasti upon arrival and after-dinner limoncello to ample dinner plates infused with authentic Italian flavors.

Pasta is made in-house and sautéed to order, seafood comes fresh from the sea, and desserts are delicious.

335 S. Biscayne Blvd Miami, 305-373-0063 (website) Photo: Il Gabbiano

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»Prime 112

Prime 112

Located in the historic Browns Hotel, Prime 112 is a chef-driven boutique steakhouse that offers an innovative menu of classic cuisine served in a stylish and elegant environment. Owned and operated by restaurateur Myles Chefetz, the restaurant serves traditional steakhouse dishes such as prime steak tartare, as well as more inventive fare like truffled lobster mac and cheese.

Prime 112 has a nice list of fine wines, beers, and other beverages, and dark leather booths and low lighting create a relaxed, polished ambiance in which to enjoy the dining experience. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner Sunday through Thursday.

112 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-532-8112 (website)

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»Hy Vong

Hy Vong

Hy Vong, meaning "hope" in Vietnamese, offers a menu that features simple, delicious Asian meals in an intimate and cozy environment. Owned by Kathy Manning and Tung Nguyen, who bring their passion for food to the table of every diner, the eatery is open every day of the week for dinner. Dishes are made with fresh ingredients sourced from local fishermen, farmers, and other producers.

The menu features a variety of Asian-style dishes that have been innovatively prepared. Favorites include slow-roasted duck in currant sauce, pork rolling cakes in homemade rice paper, and jumbo shrimp. Dishes can be paired with choice from a nice selection of imported beers or from the tempting wine list.

3458 Southwest 8th Street, Miami, 305-446-3674 (website)

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»Cvi.Che 105

Cvi.Che 105

Cvi.Che 105 is a popular Peruvian eatery based on Lincoln Road, and it is known for its delicious ceviche and classic cocktails, all of which is served in a stylish, art-inspired space that attracts a trendier crowd. Start with stiff pisco sours before making your selection from the menu, which features a range of small appetizers, ceviches, and tiraditos, traditional mains such as saltados and tacos, and fresh seafood.

Desserts include creamy mousses and rich cheesecakes while the drink menu is packed with signature cocktails, Peruvian beers, and various soft drinks.

1245 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, 786-534-8651 (website) Photo: Cvi.Che 105

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»Estiatorio Milos

Estiatorio Milos

Estiatorio Milos brings a taste of Greece to the shores of Miami; it is a chic, stylish eatery that serves classic Mediterranean cuisine. Serving incredibly fresh seafood that arrives every morning and which can be chosen from the icy-cool display in the back of the restaurant, the restaurant features a menu that also boasts classic Greek plates such as charcoal-grilled octopus, lightly fried zucchini flowers filled with Mediterranean cheese, and karidopita (Greek walnut cake) dripping in honey.

As Estiatorio Milos is one of Miami’s most refined and popular restaurants, be prepared to spend a little more than you would at any other restaurant.

730 1st Street, Miami, 305-604-6800 (website) Photo: Estiatorio Milos

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»Fresh American Bistro

Fresh American Bistro

Located at the Sole on the Ocean Resort and Spa in the heart of Sunny Isles Beach, Fresh American Bistro, aka F.A.B., is a stylish, yet casual American bistro that serves fresh, seasonal cuisine and specialty drinks. Michelin-starred Executive Chef Philippe Ruiz brings a touch of class to this otherwise relaxed eatery with creative cuisine made from seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.

Some of his most popular dishes include seared duck breast, saffron seafood risotto, and a range of freshly made salads. The intimate dining room boasts a subtle Cape Cod style in whites and blues and has breathtaking views over the Atlantic Ocean.

17315 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, 786-923-9300 (website)

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