Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and restaurant reservations are the one thing many couples leave to the last minute. I wanted to share a few of my favorite restaurants here in Miami to take a peek at during the upcoming days. The restaurants are all of different cuisines , price ranges, and areas of Miami.
Hole in the Wall: Sapore di Mare
THERE. ARE. NO. WORDS. This restaurant is incredibly tiny, but the Italian flavors are large enough to flood Coconut Grove. The staff welcomes you like family with hugs and kisses and then they start offering you all sorts of amazing dishes. My favorite is the Truffle Fettuccine because it transports me to another place. My boyfriend really enjoys the seafood pasta because they include every creature that roams the ocean. TOTALLY recommend this restaurant for any event, but if you like small restaurants on Valentine’s Day this is the place to go. Book early — they don’t have many tables.
Higher End “Fru Fru”: Toro Toro (Intercontinental Miami)
Mister Miami and I recently enjoyed dinner at Toro Toro while we stayed at the Intercontinental Miami (I detail our stay here). Nothing we ate went home with us because we devoured it. Happy Hour had bottles of champagne 50% off so you know my Moet Chandon Rose obsession was noted. The photo shows their Parmesan Crusted Scallops 30 seconds before I practically inhaled them. They are laid on a bed of a citrusy, creamy foam that really added an interesting texture. You must must must try their Truffle Fries and the Fried Brussels Sprouts. Thank me later.
Fusion ~ Funky: Finka Table & Tap
Imagine an Islas Canarias croqueta but with Kimchi inside. Yes. Finka sells those glorious croquetas that will transform your life. They also have Tostones with Vaca Frita over them. Finka is the interesting restaurant in the middle of a Miami suburb that no one expected but everyone loves now. Their drink menu is extensive and pretty amazing as well. The concept here is Cuban Fusion so you will see many Cuban dishes with a Japanese/Asian twist. Eileen and her crew are picky about their ingredients and you can bet your life nothing here is frozen. *Fun Fact: The image that brought you to this post is a drink from Finka called Champagne Papi*
Calm, Cool, Delicious: Pincho Factory
Hear me out. There are a million Pincho Factory restaurants in Miami and they are all the same great service and food. Some couples don’t care for frill but care for flavor and that’s not something that is lacking at Pincho. My favorite is the Pincho Burger, which you can never go wrong with, and their cheese fries. My boyfriend enjoys their Chicken Salad and the Sweet Potato Tots. They don’t require a reservation and if their tables are full, you can go home with your food and enjoy a romantic dinner at home just as well.
Go-To To-Go: Sushi Sake
If you follow my InstaStories you know for a fact that we order from Sushi Sake on a weekly basis. We took a 2 week break and the delivery guy was worried when he came back to the house (we have a problem.) I am seriously addicted to the Dolphins Roll and the Soft Shell Crab. My week is not complete without it. If you want something sushi but don’t want the madness that is Downtown Miami, this is place to go. Their Bird Road location offers Hibachi that truly gives Samurai a run for its money. You may want to make a reservation, or order from home.
*Disclaimer: This post isn’t sponsored. All these photos are mine and were taken by me with my iPhone during times that I have visited the restaurant mention. We were not paid to go to the restaurant or write this post. I just wanted to share my favorite places to eat in Miami on date night.
Happy Valentine’s Day!