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Views of the water paired with unforgettable food make some restaurants more ideal than others when it comes to choosing just one for date night. Of course, many of Miami’s best restaurants offer both so it can be tricky. We’ve narrowed it down to the all-around fantastic Azul, classic steakhouse Smith & Wollensky, Wish for Art Deco-style at its finest and tasty seafood at Nemo.
1. With an eclectic, locally focused menu and sommelier Cynthia Betancourt in charge of the more than 700-bottle wine program, Azul continues its domination of the city’s fine dining scene. The gorgeous room has a rosewood floor, white marble open kitchen and fantastic views of Biscayne Bay. You simply can’t visit Miami without a taste of Azul’s fare and romantic setting.
2. Two words: Wine Week. Smith and Wollensky’s claim to fame is the one-week runs during the fall and spring when vintners from all over come in to pour their products. For a nominal fee (along with the regular bill for food), you have unlimited access to dozens of wines for tasting. Perched alongside the Government Cut shipping channel in South Pointe Park, the restaurant is one of the few places on South Beach where you can watch the water while you dine.
3. Designed by quirky mastermind Todd Oldham, Wish has just a few striped booths and skinny bistro tables inside to complement the curvy, Art Deco bar. This bistro is more known for its assortment of outdoor tables in the umbrella-shaded garden. The menu boasts a multitude of technically proficient and ingredient-intense dishes, such as pan-seared diver scallops with squash, Brussels sprouts, pancetta and maple syrup. Desserts are equally crafty — the vanilla pot de crème is topped with chopped, fresh oranges and pink peppercorns. It’s a fragrant yet zesty reminder that while you’re dining in what is tantamount to a secret garden, South Beach is just a few steps beyond the orchids.
4. Nemo is a SoFi (south of Fifth) institution as well as a continual draw for tourists. With a local, seasonal sensibility and an emphasis on seafood, Nemo presents such concoctions as grilled Key West octopus with gigante beans and wok lobster with eggplant in sweet chili pesto. The restaurant is exquisitely designed with warm woods and jewel tones throughout a series of small, interconnected, open-walled dining rooms, making it a cozy spot for two.
Finding the perfect date night restaurant with the dim lighting, romantic music, and cozy ambiance isn’t very hard here in Miami. There are tons of great places to take a date for a romantic evening, and the best part is that many of these places have the ocean as the backdrop. Can’t get much more romantic than that.
Red Fish Grill
This restaurant is completely off the beaten path, to the extremes of having to drive a long dirt road to get there. However, once you’re here in this seclusion, you’ll definitely be impressed with its lovely ambiance set directly on the beach.
With a breathtaking view of Miami and a beautiful setting, Juvia is one of the most romantic restaurants around by far. Everywhere you sit you’ll have a great view of the city and the water, making it a perfect backdrop for cuddling up with your date over fancy cocktails.
A restaurant that offers kissing swings, a mini movie theater for two, and antique binoculars for star gazing, can only be noted as one amazing date spot. Tosca offers a beautiful private wonderland of a space with all the fixings to make for an ample date night, including delicious cuisine.