Among the many romantic restaurants in Miami, very few (and possibly none) offer something quite like the experience at Romeo’s Cafe. The atmosphere is familiar enough — anyone who’s wined and dined their sweetheart will recognize the usual decor of warm-wood paneling, golden candlelight, and colorful Italian murals. But chef Romeo has a motto: Never cook the same thing twice. At his restaurant, there’s a wine list, but no menu. Chef Romeo stops by your table to ask about your preferences, and heads off to prepare something for you. The meal is an adventure, in the best possible way.
When he stops by, charm your date with a bit of bravado and let the chef know that you’re game for whatever he wants to prepare. After you order your favorite from the carefully curated wine list, prepare to be delighted with six tailor-made courses.
The crisp white linen on your table serves as a blank canvas for the variety of flavors that will be set before you. You embark on your saga with a glass of crisp chardonnay with a fresh starter of salmon carpaccio – delicate enough to melt as soon as it hits your tongue – a deliciously entertaining way to whet your appetite for the upcoming courses. Colorful conversation is sure to ensue as your personalized plates hit the table. Offer your date a bite of the seared tuna with spicy malagueta pepper from Brazil for a flirty dish that pairs nicely with a glass of prosecco. Allow them to return the favor by taking a bite of delicate calamari risotto in a coconut cream sauce. A petite lasagna of lobster, mussels, and crab is rivaled only by its counterpart, which is served with an antelope ragout. As each new plate comes out, you get a little thrill of surprise, and you spend all night raving about every bite.
There are a lot of romantic restaurants in Miami, but if your sweetheart has a sense of adventure, Romeo’s Cafe might turn out to be your new favorite spot.