Miami’s tropical backdrop and vibrant culture make it a perfect venue for being romantic. Since it’s the season of love and a few things might have changed over the past year, we figured we’d help inspire some picturesque ideas. Whether you’re looking for upcoming Valentine’s Day ideas or just want to impress that special someone any day of the year, here are some great places that will definitely set the mood:
Miami isn’t lacking in its fare share of historical gems, but avoiding the crowds is essential to a greta experience. That’s why we always suggest The Barnacle in Coconut Grove, where you can get lost in a hardwood hammock and frolic your way to Biscayne Bay for less that $5.
If you’re still in the historic neighborhood and looking for something off-the-beaten-path, Peacock Garden is easily one of Miami’s most charming places. The “secret garden” restaurant recently reopened its doors after it closed back in March, and features a newly redesigned space and menu with more outdoor space and even more luscious ambiance.
Mandolin is easily one of Miami’s most consistently charming, affordable, and delicious places in town. We love including it in our round-ups because we know it will never disappoint. And if you’re bitter because you can’t travel someplace classy for the holiday, then head here to be instantly transported to Greece.
Anyone who’s been to the Mediterranean and explored the Grecian isles would agree this is just about as close you can get in the city. Seriously, the octopus practically speaks Greek and is a must-try. Everything from the lighting and atmosphere, to the wine memes in the bathroom and nightly live music make it the perfect spot to meet up with an old friend. *wink*
This stylish yet intimate trattoria became a staple almost instantly and has managed to maintain its charm even after a few years. Their menu, although not as extensive as other Italian spots around town, is packed with authentic plates and flavors. Macchialina is a great date spot or family dinner destination, and don’t forget to venture over to their bar for some sweet sips.
If you’re looking for the perfect mix of romantic atmosphere and authentic cuisine, look no further than Soya e Pomodoro. Located at the center of Downtown Miami, this charming Italian restaurant is adored by locals and touristis alike. They have live music by candlelight at least three nights a week, we suggest Saturdays are perfect for dates with a fine wine and homemade pasta to boot.
Soya e Pomodoro
Matheson Hammock has long-since been one of our city’s most beloved bayside treasures. For years, RedFish has stood in its rock-lined walls at the very mouth of Matheson’s family lagoon. Recently, the beloved Chef Adrienne took over its kitchen and is breathing new life into the hallowed halls.
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While The Broken Shaker is a clear go-to for lounging, 27 Restaurant is a perfect option for a place with a vibe that feels just like home. Their second floor bar is a great venue for a quiet meet-up or a something a little more boozy and social. If things go really well, the party can continue down by the pool.
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While we all wait patiently for clubs and bars to re-open, you can still support some of the music scene’s most OG names by spending a refreshing afternoon at Melinda’s in Downtown. Their luscious and romantic, fan-filled patio is a perfect backdrop for an extended happy hour. Throw in a few spiked glasses of Kimberly’s Frozen Treats while you’re at it.
Relocated from Wynwood to Miami’s Downtown Arts & Entertainment District, this wine bar specializes in Argentine tapas and wines from Latin America. Sip your favorite Malbec by candlelight inside, or outdoors in Bunbury‘s romantic patio. If you’re feeling peckish, opt for any of the empanadas or the generous charcuterie board.
The Biltmore hotel is already one of Miami’s most breathtaking marvels, so anything inside of it is bound to be equally alluring. La Fontana, their intimate Italian restaurant is an undercover superstar with authentic and well-priced, high quality cuisine. You can sit inside their white linen digs or choose a table outside in The Bitmore’s luscious, historic, interior courtyard where the fountain–that gives the restaurant its name–thrives.
We constantly talk about Miami’s many beautiful parks, so if you haven’t yet listened to our advice on them, then this might be the time. Not only is the weather prime for it, but what better way to feel remote an intimate than in nature or along the water? A bunch of luxury picnic companies sprang up during the pandemic, and we love miapicnics.co, Lovely Darlings Picnic, The Picnic Pop-Up, and The Picnic Haven for being approachable and hyper local. Grab some natural wine from Lucio, reserve a picnic, and head to places like Alice Wainwright Park for serious romance.
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Cover photo via Soya e Pomodoro