A beautiful view can make all the difference on a romantic night out. Whether you’re out on your first date or celebrating a milestone anniversary, you can count on these restaurants to serve up great food in a gorgeous waterfront setting.
Take your date on a trip to the Mediterranean without the hefty price tag. At Avra Miami in Sunny Isles Beach, guests feel as if they’ve been transported to Greece at a fraction of the cost.
As you’d expect, the menu leans heavy on seafood with some non-fish dishes for good measure. Two things you need to order: the mussels saganaki and sea bass plaki.
While most of the seating here is indoors, the lucky customers who can snag a coveted outdoor table will fall in love all over again – but this time with the view; you’re just steps from the ocean. Another big plus: the wine program. The wine list has over 1,200 selections; you’re not going anywhere for a while.
Avra Miami is located at 17945 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160. For more information, visit their official website.
La Mar by Gaston Acurio
La Mar by Gaston Acurio is one of those restaurants that will always show up on any list dealing with waterfront views. It is THE view in Brickell – nothing comes close. The Brickell skyline at night is a sight to behold, and it’s complemented here by exquisite Peruvian fare.
No matter what, start with the cebiche bar; there are just so many to choose from, and they’re all winners (but we’re partial to the chalaco with grouper, shrimp and octopus). You also can’t leave without try the signature lomo saltado (stir-fried tenderloin) and chaufa aeropuerto (aka Peruvian fried rice).
La Mar by Gaston Acurio is located at 500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33131. For more information, visit their official website.
Ocean Social lives up to the name with an oceanfront view that’s one of the best on this side of town. This fantastic eatery is located at the Eden Roc Hotel and features a menu that’s big on seafood.
Caribbean kampachi crudo, butter roasted lobster, roasted diver scallops, and fish and grits are all must-trys, and there’s plenty of non-seafood items if you or your guest prefer dishes like Heritage Duroc pork chop, Bell & Evans roasted half chicken and Mishima American wagyu strip. On a nice day or night, the experience can’t be beat.
Ocean Social is located at 4525 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140. For more information, visit their official website.
Smith & Wollensky
Smith & Wollensky is a South Beach staple, and its view is a big reason for that: The sight of the ocean and nearby skylines will make your jaw drop day or night – they are something straight out of a catalog.
Once you’ve picked your jaw off the floor, you can enjoy a signature steakhouse experience with delicious selections like roast beef popovers, steak tips au poivre, gorgonzola crusted filet and prime dry-aged bone-in ribeye.
Don’t forget to enhance your steak with roasted bone marrow, coffee and cocoa rub or the beloved brandy peppercorn sauce.
Smith & Wollensky is located at 1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit their official website.
Haven’t heard of Tigre? We hadn’t either: Despite it being next to one of the city’s busiest streets (Biscayne Boulevard), it’s rather secluded – which adds to the Argentinean restaurant’s allure and mystique.
Once you find the place, you’ll wish you had come by sooner: The peaceful waterfront eatery is the perfect place for a romantic date or just a nice escape.
On the menu, you’ll find a wide range of light bites and larger plates: empanadas, ceviche, octopus, crispy skin snapper, churrasco, Milanesa … we can keep going, but we’re making ourselves hungry. Reservations are strong recommended.
Tigre is located at 620 NE 78th St, Miami, FL 33138. For more information, visit their official website.