Romantic and Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Miami

Portrait of happy African American parents with son in swimmingFor young and middle-aged couples, planning a trip to Miami can be a bit like being stuck between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, Miami can be a wonderful place for a romantic getaway, while on the other hand when you bring your whole family along for the trip it becomes necessary to find places that are kid-friendly. However, Miami may actually be the perfect vacation destination for parents in such a scenario. South Florida offers plenty of restaurants that are classy, stylish, and romantic, but at the same time are good places to bring your kids. Here are just a few of the Miami restaurants that are both romantic and kid-friendly.


If you’d like your kids to get a taste for Japanese food, Makoto is a great place to go. There’s comfortable, Japanese-style seating and dim (but not too dim) lighting that creates a great mood and ambiance in the restaurant. There’s also outdoor seating available, and because Makoto is located the fishponds at Bal Harbour, there’s something there for the kids to enjoy. If you’re looking to get some sushi, there are few places in Miami better, but if your kids aren’t ready to stomach anything raw, there are plenty of great chicken dishes on the menu for them to enjoy.


Located inside the Palms Hotel & Spa, Essensia is a beautiful restaurant where a couple can enjoy an intimate, candlelit meal. The restaurant has its own organic garden, which guests can tour and see first hand where the restaurant gets many of its farm-fresh ingredients. At Essensia, there’s no rush, so you can relax and enjoy yourself while they prepare a delicious meal with fresh and organic ingredients. For such an upscale restaurant that puts so much emphasis on sustainability, Essensia does not skimp when it comes to the kid’s menu, so you don’t have to be afraid to bring the kids with you to such a romantic setting.

Tongue & Cheek

With a relaxed atmosphere and a unique kids’ menu that includes delicious milkshakes, Tongue & Cheek is the perfect place to have an adult meal with your kids alongside you. The décor inside the restaurant is beautiful, and it’s not too loud to have a conversation, but with background music emanating throughout the dining room, no one will notice if your child has a minor outburst. Of course, the food is outstanding as well, as Tongue & Cheek has a tasty and upscale menu, whether you come for dinner or brunch.

La Cote

If your kids insist on being close to the beach, La Cote is the perfect outdoor setting for a romantic meal. In case you need to get the kids to bed early, La Cote is the perfect setting for a late lunch or early dinner. Located in the Fontainebleau Hotel, there’s plenty to see in and around the hotel that your kids will enjoy, including the nearby beach and the hotel’s five pools. Of course, you won’t mind the late afternoon breeze, the ocean view, or the Mediterranean cuisine you’ll find at La Cote.