Designer Dining for Valentine's Day

Whether you’re a lover or a fighter, February 14 can be a fairly stressful day. You've got to come up with the perfect gift, the perfect location, and the perfect plan. Don't stress: we've got Valentine's Day ideas in Miami to make sure your day goes off without a hitch. Each restaurant is designed by world-renowned Architects/Interior Designers that we love, so not only will the food be delicious, you and your date will also enjoy some serious eye candy. Now you can focus on being the smooth, romantic, love bird that you are and don't worry, you can thank us later!

Bazaar Mar

Design by Philippe Starck

Design school dropout Philippe Starck began his career by designing two Paris nightclubs in the 70s. The clubs captured the attention of then-President François Mitterrand, who asked Starck to refurbish one of the private apartments in the Élysée Palace. From there he was quickly on his way to becoming a design celebrity.  

His inexhaustible creativity can be seen in his furniture designs, as well as at luxury hotels and restaurants around the world. Here in Miami, he’s designed the Delano Hotel, as well as the SLS Brickell and SLS South Beach. All three would serve as a stunning backdrop to an unforgettable evening or weekend getaway, but it’s the daring and uniquely crafted interior at Bazaar Mar in the SLS Brickell that really sparks our imaginations.  

The imaginative menu fits flawlessly into Starck’s space, which creates the perfect backdrop for the chef’s tendency towards dramatic and fanciful presentations. The whole experience is a whimsical nautical fantasy, complete with fairy-tale sea creatures, exaggerated artwork, and a distinctive white and blue color palette.  

The 7,200-square-foot space is composed of two dining rooms and a raw bar, all decorated with more than 6,000 hand-painted Spanish tiles. The tiles feature the drawings of artist Sergio Mora, and are painted in a style reminiscent of 16th-century Dutch pottery. Portraits of people involved in the project, including Chef Andrés, appear throughout the surreal scenes, along with sea creatures both real and mythical. The furnishings include marble tables, upholstered love seats, and wooden chairs, interspersed with pops of color from the decorative elements, creating a captivating atmosphere that’s both beautiful and bizarre - in the best possible way. In keeping with Starck’s penchant for contradiction, the bright white and blue dining room contrasts with a separate cocktail bar, finished with the same design motifs but in a more mysterious palette of black and gold.  

Starck’s designs create experiences that transport us from the ordinary and into his dreamlike world. There’s never a dull moment, and his unexpected approach never fails to surprise and delight.   

Amara at Paraiso

Design by Meyer Davis Studio

The 4,500-square-foot, indoor-outdoor space designed by Meyer Davis Studio features floor to ceiling windows with stunning views of Biscayne Bay, deck seating on the water, graphic concrete tiles, white washed paneling, natural woods, exposed trusses, and banana leaf wallpaper. The design celebrates the natural beauty of its surroundings, creating a warm and inviting space that's open and relaxed, but still feels special enough for a night out.

Byblos

Interiors by Studio Munge

Byblos is open and airy, fresh and glamorous. The design allows you to experience the warmth of the Mediterranean combined with a modernized Art Deco setting. The space feels eclectic and residential, but there's enough drama in the double-height, accordion-style wall hangings, and custom light fixtures to keep it from being too "homey". Chairs and banquets alternate between soft velvets and patterned fabrics in mostly blues and yellows.The palette also features a lot of white with gold accents, parquet flooring, and large terra cotta pots throughout the main dining area. It's an oasis that'll make you feel transported and refreshed.

Juvia

Interiors by Alejandro Barrios-Carrero

Dinner in a parking garage sounds kind of terrible, unless that parking garage is 1111 Lincoln Road - designed by internationally acclaimed architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron. Juvia, located on the penthouse level, is an indoor/outdoor space offering unsurprisingly beautiful views of the Miami skyline. It features an innovated rectractable roof, 22 foot tall plant wall, floor-to-ceiling windows, and furniture from notable designers such as Patricia Urquiola. The concept for the space is meant to create a welcoming contrast between the massive concrete structure and the more subtle and natural oasis above. The design is so significant that designer Alejandro Barrios-Carrero even won a James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant Design. 

The Tides South Beach

Interiors by Kelly Wearstler

“Love color. Take risks. Stay curious.”

It's not necessarily any one restaurant in particular, but a list of well-designed Miami spots would be incomplete without mentioning the Tides by the iconic Kelly Wearstler.  The Tides itself is a historically significant example of Art Deco style, built in 1936, but it became even more notable after a full redesign by Wearstler, including all of the guest rooms, common areas, pool terrace, restaurant, and bar. The interiors are lush, but the mostly monochromatic palette keeps it soothing. The inspiration comes from the colors, textures, and materials that recall the ocean - sandy hues, petrified wood, and coral, for example. The dramatic exception is the lobby's Coral Bar. It features fiery colors, a gold leaf mural of sea creatures, shagreen-topped bar, brilliant red upholstery, and opulent decor. It looks like a Wes Anderson movie, and the atmosphere is inspired by the look and feel of old luxury liners. Unfortunately the hotel closed right now for repairs after sustaining some hurricane damage, but it's definitely a place to keep in mind.