Top Miami restaurants to visit on Valentine’s Day

Miami is well known for its diverse culture, exquisite cuisine, and memorable places. It’s no secret the city has thousands of places for fun and romance. With Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, around the corner, choosing the place to celebrate love and friendship can be challenging. Whether it is your first or twentieth Valentine’s Day with your loved one, this day requires a remarkable night out and an extra-nice meal. 

The city’s restaurants offer everything from fire-juggling shows to prix fixe menus. The below list includes some of the most popular eateries to visit with your Valentine’s date.

MILÁ Restaurant, food, and ambiance (Liannys Polanco/SFMN)

1636 Meridian Avenue, Rooftop
Miami Beach, FL 33139

MILÁ, a rooftop place located in the heart of Lincoln Road, delights its customers with unbeatable Mediterranean-Asian fusion gastronomy. After crossing the carpet at the entrance, you will be welcomed by an elevator that will take you to the third floor, where the restaurant is located. The lobby is richly decorated with wood and chocolate-leather seats. Next comes a rooftop lounge, an open-ceilinged dining area and a VIP seating area. An amber and black ceramic bar sits in the middle of the dining area, featuring liquor racks and decorative plants that blend with the place’s natural vibe. The bar, juggling-fire shows, and exceptional service take visitors on a complete gastronomically inspired journey. For Valentine’s day, MILÁ offers a five-course meal composed of diverse dishes that are meant to be shared by two guests. The cost of this unique dining experience is $150 per person. MILÁ will almost certainly provide the perfect atmosphere for an unforgettable evening.

Gianni’s Restaurant (Liannys Polanco/SFMN)

Gianni’s Restaurant 
1116 Ocean Dr.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Besides offering an event venue and a boutique hotel, the Versace mansion houses Gianni’s Restaurant, a well-known place famous for its elegance and history. The building once served as the residence of fashion icon Gianni Versace under the name Casa Casuarina and features luxurious Italian décor, marble sculptures, and a pool with golden mosaics. The kitchen serves modern Italian and Mediterranean meals that are delightful to both your eyes and palate. As expected from a restaurant of this caliber, Gianni’s is characterized by outstanding customer service and hospitality. There are also enormous Italian marble jacuzzies, a spectacular rooftop patio, and private bars. Gianni’s offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience at a unique locale. For Valentine’s Day, this restaurant is offering a four-course dinner menu by executive chef Valter Mancini. The cost is $195 per person, plus taxes and service charge. The four-course dinner includes one glass of champagne per person, so you can toast with your date. If the weather allows, you can sit on the interior terrace next to the pool as you imagine what may have happened at the fabled Miami parties Versace hosted there.

Indoor and outdoor Restaurant (Liannys Polanco/SFMN)

Amara at Paraiso
3101 NE 7th Ave.
Miami, FL 33137

Amara at Paraiso is one of Miami’s most notable waterfront restaurants. In addition to the ample menu selection, it is widely known for being a great place to enjoy Latin American-style seafood. The unobstructed bay views make Amara at Paraiso the dream location to surprise your sweetheart while enjoying a combination of South Florida cuisine and culture. The phenomenal service and kind personnel will make you feel welcome at all times. During this special evening, Amar will serve a delectable four-course prix-fixe menu at $125 per person. Regardless of your menu selections, all dishes offer unique presentation and an unbeatable taste.

One of their best dishes and the unbeatable view of Area 31 (Liannys Polanco/SFMN)

Area 31
270 Biscayne Blvd. Way
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 424-5234

The breathtaking 16th-floor location of Area 31 delivers guests a dramatic view of the heart of Brickell from the Epic Hotel. The menu of fresh and premium seafood is inspired by Mediterranean flavors and spices. This February 14, Area 31 is serving a prix-fixe menu that includes dishes such as the famous Acquerello Risotto with Maine Lobster Thermidor. The dessert menu includes chocolate-covered strawberries and macaroons. The supper is $175 per person. Additionally, they offer a wine pairing option for $75 per person. Area 31 has gained popularity for having one of the city’s most beautiful views of the city. Its elegance and courteous service delights visitors.

Liannys Polanco is a senior FIU student pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Communication/Broadcasting. She obtained an associates degree in mass communications/journalism at Miami Dade college back in 2015. In college, she was able to study abroad in Spain, France, Greece and Italy. The mix of those cultures made a huge impact on her life.