Get your next date night off to a great start with dinner at one of these five off-the-beaten-path restaurants in Miami, where the food, service, and atmosphere all come together for a truly magical dining experience.
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
Nestled in the chic Design District, Michael’s is a prime dinner date destination. This upscale bistro will dazzle you and your sweetheart with its soft red lights and distinctly Soho vibe. Share plates of perfectly char-grilled octopus, succulent short rib, or smokey wood oven-roasted snapper as you sip cocktails like the blue cane daiquiri, made with silky Clement Canne Bleue “rhum agricole” from Martinique. Save room for the chocolate cremoso, a deconstructed chocolate pretzel that you’ll rave about long after the meal is done.
Despite its hostile name, hidden location, and small size (only a few tables keep the place packed), neMesis rewards adventurous lovebirds with big and bold flavors. As you enter, take a good look around to appreciate the funky decor, including a colorful collection of ties transformed into silk snakes. Then explore a menu filled with inventive delights perfect for sharing, including braised duck pot stickers and smokey, tender alligator ribs. That’s right, alligator ribs.
After waiting outside in a line with other eager diners, gently squeeze your sweetheart’s hand when it’s finally your turn to enter Hy Vong, a hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese eatery with some of the best food in town. This popular spot is all about aromatic, flavorful dishes that go well beyond pho. You’ll taste the menu’s French influence with dishes like marinated roasted duck balanced with a sweet black currant sauce and lamb chops with spicy mango chutney.
Egg & Dart
For the finest in rustic Greek cuisine, drop by Egg & Dart, a minimalist taverna on the fringes of the Design District. Share mezzes like hummus, tzatziki, codfish croquettes, and grilled octopus with olive oil, lemon, and oregano as you sip Greek wine and ouzo and take in the lively scene.
Dress to the nines for your evening at The Forge, an elegant Miami Beach steakhouse and wine bar designed to raise eyebrows with its crystal chandeliers, stained glass windows, and majestic white columns. Dine on decadent classics like aged steaks and fresh seafood while you split a bottle of champagne and celebrate another perfect night in the Magic City.