There is nothing like enjoying a nice meal in a cozy environment accompanied by a somber ambiance that resembles the comfort of your home because of how relaxing it makes you feel. The trend is not new, but in a city so bright and glamorous like Miami, only a few restaurants offer a unique dark-cozy ambiance. Dark dining makes the whole experience more enjoyable, so below find 8 restaurants in the Magic City with the best dark-cozy atmosphere.
3900 NE 2nd Ave / Website
This 5,892-square-foot Michelin-starred restaurant is modeled after its flagship location in New York City. It is known for combining the fun and fire of Korean barbeque with the hallmarks of a classic, regal American steakhouse. The result is a one-of-a-kind and pleasant environment that infuses a fine dining experience with world-class ingredients and service, complemented by a show-stopping beverage program. With smokeless state-of-the-art tabletop grills at each table, the elegant 100+ seat dining room is designed to create an intimate, interactive experience for guests. The elevated design details are an elaborate dry-aging room and two private dining rooms. The interiors are dark and cozy yet illuminated and sublime. Here you feel a sense of tranquility while the light illuminates the delicious meal you are about to have. Undoubtedly one of the most relaxing and decadent experiences in Miami.
1100 NW 23rd St. / Website
LEKU, located in Miami's bustling Allapattah neighborhood and recently recognized by the 2022 MICHELIN Guide, brings the pleasures of eating in Spain's enchanting Côte Basque to the Magic City. LEKU Executive Chef Mikel Goikolea adheres to the same principle of seasonal-local ingredients and cooking methods based on tried and true techniques, offering innovative cuisine without losing sight of its Basque roots. The restaurant's industrial-style haven includes an indoor-outdoor main dining room, courtyard, and Magic Garden area, all adorned with artistic masterpieces around every corner, providing a charming and intimate backdrop for various occasions.
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3242 Charles Ave / Website
Perhaps the coziest restaurant on this list, Sushi By Scratch, is an experience you can enjoy by yourself or someone else. This intimate yet inviting space offers a one-of-a-kind 17-course Omakase experience like no other. The place is illuminated enough to show the delightful foods you are about to indulge in but is still dark and cozy to enhance the overall experience –one of Miami’s hottest new destinations. If you want to experience it, make your reservations soon because they go by fast.
27 NW 23rd St. / Website
Mayami's dinner experience is one-of-a-kind, transporting guests to Ancient Mayan Civilization with its beautiful decor and creating a Tulum-style party atmosphere once the sun goes down.
1300 Brickell Bay Drive / Website
Brickell's hotspot, Osaka Nikkei, boasts a dark, cozy ambiance for guests to indulge in a multi-sensory Nikkei experience with various raw, cooked, cold, hot, seafood, and meat dishes, famous ceviches, tiraditos, Peruvian Izakaya dishes, and more.
600 Brickell Ave / Website
Hutong serves occasionally fiery Northern Chinese dishes in a chic space inspired by the vibrant Miami art scene and incorporating traditional Chinese design elements such as hand-carved Chinese wood doors and panels that pulsate as night falls, antique bricks, wooden dynasty lattice screens, and more.
1666 Lenox Ave / Website
Dine after sunset to enjoy Chotto Matte's unforgettable ambiance, which combines urban flair with avant-garde design elements that are both vibrant and eclectic.
3201 Buena Vista Blvd / Website
Negroni Midtown has it all. A bistro and sushi bar during the day and a restaurant and club at night. Grab a table at Negroni after dark, order some bites, cocktails, and hookah, and enjoy the social atmosphere. Here you will feel a cozy yet eclectic energy that invites you to come back for more.
Photography by: Courtesy Cote Miami, Leku, Mayami, Osaka Nikkei, Hutong Miami, Chotto Matte, Negroni