If your date’s a Miami OG they’ll probably have mixed feelings about patronizing this spot that knocked out the old Scotty’s Landing. But while Scotty’s made for a fun laid back waterside date, the new Bayshore Club is an absolute showstopper, where every table comes with a sprawling bay view, and seats down in the sand make you feel like you’re on a two hour honeymoon. If gazing into each others’ eyes over a sandy two-top isn’t making sparks fly, the Bayshore Club also offers a game area where you can compete at ping pong and cornhole to get the adrenaline going. Then kick back next to an intimate fire pit to bring things down.
Lorena Garcia’s MiMo darling in the old News Café space is like eating in a tropical forest, but not in the hokey way you remember from Rainforest Café. Calming plants alternate with sexy low-lit décor, making it a perfect place for a romantic dinner or suggestive end-of-the-night-drinks. The Latin-inspired menu gets the job done, with a creative collection of arepas like braised short rib asado and beet making for fun shareable appetizers. But the real excitement starts when you start exploring the cocktail menu under Chica’s golden-hued lights, where a few sips of the pineapple-lime Chica-Rita has you contemplating some seriously naughty endeavors.
Miami’s lone two Michelin star recipient isn’t just a great date idea because a tire maker said so. It’s a low-lit, intimate experience where you and your date can sample some of the finest food in the world while watching a kitchen that moves like a silent precision drill team. Every dish here is an adventure, and so long as you both keep open minds you’ll find the seasonal creations challenging yet rewarding, much like your relationship. Be advised though, eating here is never cheap. And while we’d say it’s absolutely worth the price, maybe save it for an occasion with someone you know is worth it.
It wasn’t so long ago that taking your Southwest Dade sweetie out for dinner meant chain restaurant-hopping along Kendall Drive to find who had the shortest wait for a table. Those days are long gone, thanks to the arrival of Chef Adrianne’s outpost at Town & Country. Waterside dining doesn’t get any more romantic inland, as you kick off dinner with the best charbroiled oysters south of Biloxi set to the soothing soundtrack of the T&C fountain. Couples can loosen up by exploring one of South Florida’s most impressive wine lists, then splurge on something from the burrata bar and a pristine order of Mishima Reserve Wagyu Osso Bucco.
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Perhaps the most impressive design feat at this Wynwood Aegean eatery helmed by the old Mandolin chef isn’t the eye-catching bar or the light-strewn patio. It’s that they’ve managed to make a space on busy NW 24th Street feel like a secluded secret garden, where high shrubbery and soft music shield diners from the endless parade of booming car stereos. The food is pure sharable bliss, whether you’re fighting for the last bite of Spicy Adana Kebab, or grazing hands as you simultaneously dip fluffy pita in Turkish Pastrami Hummus.
If you ever ate at the old Balans on Lincoln Road, “romantic” was likely not the first word that comes to mind. But the new owners have given the place a mushy makeover, dotting the main floor with candlelit two-tops, all generously spaced for maximum privacy. The result is the odd small restaurant where you and a date can still manage a private experience, sinking into comfy booths or lounging in oversized chairs. A masterful menu of fresh pastas keeps portions small enough to avoid a food coma, and the original cocktail menu will ease you into easy—not to mention audible—conversation.