Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day with your significant other, you want to have an anti-Valentine's Day party with some friends, or you're riding solo, getting some dinner is a classic way of getting all dressed up, going out, and having a great time. Mind you, as college students we're broke AF and I get that, trust me. I get that.
But I think Valentine's Day, if given the right circumstances, is a great day to splurge and #TreatYoSelf. Here's a list of some really romantic Miami restaurants you should definitely go to on Valentine's Day if you got the funds and no plans.
GreenStreet is a personal favorite of mine. I went to dinner here with my boyfriend to celebrate our six months together and it was lovely. Day or night, the atmosphere is romantic and beautiful, and while GreenStreet is most famous for being one of Miami's most iconic brunch spots, I'd definitely suggest going at night. The trees outside the restaurant light up, making for a beautiful string light-lit evening. It's also walking distance from two parks, so if you're looking to have a romantic Valentine's Day brunch or dinner and taking a stroll around beautiful Coconut Grove, then by all means.
Barton G takes the term 'culinary experience' to a whole other level. Not only is the food prepared by internationally acclaimed chefs, but the presentation is something that really can't be topped. Each plate comes with an individual prop that brings something different to the table, figuratively and literally. While it is on the pricier side, if you want to go all out on Valentine's Day and go to a one-of-a-kind restaurant, then Barton G is the place to go.
If what you're looking for is to show your boo a romantic evening on Valentine's Day, then you need to take them to Cecconi's. No one does ambiance like Cecconi's. The hanging lights decorating the restaurant floor to ceiling makes for lighting straight out of a Nicholas Sparks novel. Not to mention the food.
Cecconi's menu is filled with a variety of different foods, accommodating everyone's distinct palate, and going as far as to even have a vegetarian and vegan menu. By the time you leave, you will already be planning for the next time you go back.
There are two things in this world that I hold very near and dear, and that's Cuban food and Korean food, so I am forever grateful that my homegirl Anabelle hosted her birthday bash at Finka. This place combines Peruvian, Korean, and Cuban food so effortlessly and they do it in such a way that I didn't even know I was missing something from my life until I tasted their Isla Canaria croquetas.
The interior is very rustic and intimate too, perfect for a romantic evening for two, or a fun night with a group. If you decide to go, please get the alligator appetizer in my honor.
On to my personal favorite, Crazy About You. It's difficult putting into words how great this place is, but I'm definitely going to try. First and foremost, the view is spectacular. Located in downtown Miami, it has a perfect oceanfront view, making for a beautiful date whatever time of the day.
The ambiance is super relaxing too, leaving you refreshed and satisfied regardless of where you're seated. The food is the best part though. It's as delicious as it is affordable, which is great considering the quality (thinking about the Faux Rissoto is bringing tears to my eyes). I promise you won't regret going, in fact you might even end up thanking me
Whether or not you've heard of Bocas House, I guarantee that you've seen a picture of their #iconic milkshakes at least once.
I mean, it's great all around. A Peruvian-Venezuelan fusion restaurant that serves everything from ceviche to huge 24-ounce ribeye steaks, with great appetizers in between. But their milkshakes. There's a reason that these aesthetically pleasing sugary delights put Bocas House on the map as one of Miami's must-go-to restaurants.
Unfortunately no, there aren't any actual peacocks roaming through the cafe. Literally everything else about this place makes up for it though. It's located in the heart of Coconut Grove and is known as its best date spot.
Even though it's recognized as a date spot because of its beautiful garden exterior, which gives it an intimate and relaxing atmosphere, it's a great spot to get brunch or dinner with friends or family and to host events. And even if you can't make it for Valentine's Day, they have jazz nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays if you're down to have an evening of #chillvibes.
Last but not least, The Big Cheese. If you and your beau aren't really looking to get all glammed up for Valentine's Day but still want to have a romantic night out, then The Big Cheese should be right up your alley.
You might be thinking, "I want to go out on Valentine's Day, if I wanted to eat pizza I can just stay at home." But hear me out, photos don't do it justice. It may not be as #bougie as some of the other places on this list, but it's just as great — and they don't call it The Big Cheese for nothing.
The portions are as big as they are delicious, but my favorite part of this restaurant is just how outgoing and friendly the staff is. Although The Big Cheese is a bonafide Italian Restaurant, the pizza place setting gives it a fun and cozy feeling that really sets the mood.
So if any of these romantic Miami restaurants caught your eye, make sure to take a look at their menu and prices and make a reservation now!