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Eye Candy: 10 Drop-Dead Gorgeous Restaurant Spaces

By Carissa Chesanek
October 29, 2013
Photo by: Zuma

Miami is known as one of the sultriest cities around, and that includes its dining scene. We've rounded up 10 of the area's sexiest restaurant spaces - with tantalizing food to match. 

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    Zuma

    This Japanese staple situated inside the Downtown Epic Hotel offers not only creative cuisine - spicy beef tenderloin with sesame and dynamite spider roll with soft-shell crab - but it does so inside a stunning ambiance. While the interior is something to look at with its granite walls and rice paper panel ceiling, the outdoor terrace is just as exquisite with its plush seating and direct bay views.

    270 Biscayne Blvd Way; 305-577-0277

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    The Forge

    After a complete renovation in 2009, this New American steakhouse reopened its shiny doors with a farm-to-table menu and an alluring Alice in Wonderland theme. The modern decor with huge wall mounted mirrors, hanging decorative glass balls and funky high back chairs, balance out the hearty menu that consists of rich Cabernets and Barolo-braised short ribs.

    432 41st St.; 305-538-8533

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    Juvia

    A perfect date night setting with soft purple hues and lush tropical landscapes, this penthouse space sits on top of a parking garage providing impeccable panoramic views of the city. With a French and Asian fusion menu, you'll enjoy eating items like the hamachi espuma while sipping on the signature spiked lemonade.

    1111 Lincoln Rd.; 305-763-8277

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    Bourbon Steak

    Sure, the bar inside this Turnberry Isle Miami's steakhouse is ultra sleek with dark woods and red accents, but the dining room is pretty impressive too. With its glass-box entrance, warm lighting and mirrored walls it provides stylish comfort to dine in when devouring celebrity chef Michael Mina’s American Wagyu beef tartare and trio of duck fat fries.

    19999 West Country Club Dr.; 305-321-0020

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    db Bistro Moderne

    Chef Daniel Boulud brings his mix of French and contemporary American dishes - maple-glazed duck with sweet potato and pumpkin ravioli with lobster - inside this Miami version of the New York City staple. Residing inside the elegant JW Marriott Marquis in Downtown, the space’s interior boasts 16-ft. ceilings paired with neutral tones and dim lighting while the outdoor terrace showcases both water and street views.

    255 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-421-8800
     

  • Red, The Steakhouse

    Tucked away in the quiet part of South of Fifth, this modern steakhouse offers a seductive interior with white brick accents, wine-lined walls and signature red lighting. As for the menu, executive chef Peter Vauthy offers high-quality choices including brand prime dry-aged meat and notorious mac 'n’ cheese alongside the restaurant’s very own private label reserve.

    119 Washington Ave.; 305-534-3688

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    Estiatorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis

    While many restaurants seduce their diners with intimate inky interiors, this Greek space offers the opposite with a bright and spacious layout. The light wood and marble accents mesh nicely together with the dainty hanging lights and white sheer curtains as you enjoy signature specials like fried zucchini and eggplant with tzatziki or the American swordfish with lemon and oregano.

    730 First St.; 305-604-6800
     

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    Prime One Twelve

    Known for its lively South Beach location packed with A-list celebrity customers, this hot spot is the place to go for a glamorous scene. While the brick wall dining room is the perfect spot to sit while gorging on the 48-oz porterhouse steak and peanut butter Snickers pie, the always busy bar is the go-to when in the mood for socializing.

    112 Ocean Dr.; 305-532-8112
     

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    Hakkasan

    The first American location for this luxurious Chinese restaurant offers a cave-like interior on the fourth floor rooftop inside the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. A mix of dark colors and ritzy textures, the seductive ambiance pairs nicely with the equally tempting fare of golden cup squash dumpling, snow crab slew long bun, and the brand new smoky Negroni made with spring 44 Tom Gin and Grand Marnier smoke infusion.

    4441 Collins Ave.; 786-276-1388
     

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    Meat Market

    Whether you dine inside this airy, pale-toned space or choose to eat outdoors on the terrace, this Lincoln Road steakhouse has a sexy vibe no matter where you sit. The menu is also attractive with its tuna tartare with avocado smash, truffle roasted escargot with black truffle butter and gourmet meat sampler with prime filet and New York steak.

    915 Lincoln Rd.; 305-532-0088
     

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Places Mentioned

Meat Market Miami Beach

Steakhouse • South Beach

Food24 Decor24 Service23 Cost$67
 
 
 
Estiatorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis

Greek • South Beach

Food26 Decor26 Service24 Cost$104
 
 
 
Red The Steakhouse

Steakhouse • South Beach

Food26 Decor24 Service24 Cost$81
 
 
 
db Bistro Moderne

Bistro • Downtown

Food25 Decor25 Service25 Cost$77
 
 
 
Prime 112 Restaurant

Steakhouse • South Beach

Food26 Decor23 Service22 Cost$93
 
 
 
Hakkasan Miami

Asian • Miami Beach

Food26 Decor27 Service25 Cost$112
 
 
 
Bourbon Steak

Steakhouse • Aventura

Food26 Decor26 Service24 Cost$82
 
 
 
Juvia

South Beach

Food21 Decor28 Service21 Cost$86
 
 
 
The Forge

American • Miami Beach

Food24 Decor26 Service24 Cost$83
 
 
 
Zuma Japanese Restaurant

Japanese • Downtown

Food28 Decor27 Service24 Cost$104
 
 
 
 
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