It's an extremely exciting time for the Miami dining scene. From farm-to-table restaurants, trailblazing local chefs and authentic Latin American cuisine, your taste buds will be satisified!
Before getting into the specifics of each neighborhood's personality and the kind of restaurants you will find there, you should know that all of Miami's neighborhoods are full of dining options. No matter where and why you choose to stay in Miami, you'll find everything from comfortable cafes for grabbing a panini or a salad to high-end restaurants where you can indulge in fine cuisine prepared by excellent chefs. It's all about juxtaposition in eclectic Miami where you're likely to see a distinguished sushi spot right next to a beachside fish shack.
Miami is an international city. Don't be surprised when you see neighborhoods that cover all the world's cuisine in just a matter of blocks. While there are neighborhoods specializing in typical cultural cuisine in places like Little Haiti and Little Havana, each of Miami's areas hold surprising blends. You'll find fresh seafood next to restaurants serving classic comfort food, and light bites and bar food alongside white tablecloth restaurants.
To pick the perfect area for a satisfying night out, consider what each popular spot is known for. In Bal Harbour, you'll find luxury oceanfront dining that mirrors the high-end shopping in the area. Coral Gables is family-friendly with comfortable restaurants and cafes. Laid-back seaside Coconut Grove's eateries are mostly open-air cafes. Miami Beach has mastered the high-low mix of beachy daytime spots with ultra-chic restaurants come nightfall. Downtown Miami mixes work with play in a blend of places perfect for midday meetings and after-work cocktails.
If you're on Miami Beach, you're likely throwing on a swimsuit and sunscreen, and heading to the beach to pack in as many hours in the warm Atlantic waters as you possibly can. Sitting and splashing in the sun all day, you can work up an appetite. You don't have to venture far off the sand to grab some grub. There are restaurants on Ocean Dr. and Collins Ave. parallel to the beach catering to the hungry beachgoer.
Take a nap, freshen up, and head out for an exceptional dinner experience on world-famous Miami Beach. The culinary-world's most celebrated chefs have restaurants at The Fontainebleau , Soho Beach House , Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach , The Standard Hotel and Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa .
Downtown Miami has recently gone through a renaissance. While the area has always been a major financial hub, earning Miami the nickname “Capital of Latin Americas,” it's recently become a hugely popular area for eating out, too. Downtown attracts diners looking to seal a business deal or forge new connections over a sophisticated meal. Expect some of Miami's most high-end eateries serving haute cuisine that spans sushi, steak and more, as well as small trendy spots amongst the skyscrapers.
Coral Gables has long been a popular area for visitors looking for a luxurious and laidback vacation of golf and boutique shopping while enjoying the history and architecture of Coral Gables, the City Beautiful. Locals love Coral Gables for a filling Italian dinner or an open-air café with friends. This area is full of families, young professionals, and college students from the University of Miami.
Coconut Grove has a laidback, bohemian vibe that's obvious in the funky shops and nearby marina full of sailboats. Explore the dining in this area for a taste of seaside charm. Coconut Grove is filled with sidewalk cafes surrounded by lush, green paradise.
Other dining options include Panorama Restaurant and Sky Lounge , a rooftop restaurant. There are also restaurants in CocoWalk , the area's mall, and chill seaside dining where you can try Caribbean delicacies, like conch fritters and fruity tropical drinks.
Cooking is an art. Let them prove it to you in Miami's hippest artsy neighborhoods. The Design District , Wynwood , and a burgeoning scene along Biscayne Boulevard prove just how seamlessly food and design can come together.
The Design District is a chic shopper's playground. The eateries of the Design District are a delicious respite from browsing the luxurious boutiques.
Miami's art scene has made a name for itself in Wynwood, an area that continues to grow and develop as more artists and gallerists move there to work and live. A hipster coffee shop, restaurants amid street art and concept restaurants make this a distinct neighborhood to dine in.
Biscayne Boulevard spans almost 200 blocks. A pocket from the NE 40th St. to NE 70th has developed into a culinary hotspot for indie chefs working on unique concepts in food. Give Blue Collar Restaurant a try. Chef and owner Daniel Serfer is serving up delicious familiar food with an emphasis on meaty favorites like ribs. He takes his vegetables seriously, too.
The Cuban influence is everywhere in Miami, the architecture, the people, the politics, but perhaps most notably the food. Cuban food has, in many ways, become the typical food of Miami. Tour guides and locals alike will all point you towards the best Cuban restaurants as a must-visit during your trip. Whether you're looking for a quick coffee jolt, a sit-down lunch or dinner, a sandwich on the go or a late night feast, find time for a Cuban meal and you'll find yourself coming back for more of that distinct sabor.
Haiti, The Dominican Republic and other Caribbean island cultures have opened restaurants in Greater Miami. Try Little Haiti for an authentic taste of island food. Specialty foods served on everyday dinner tables include diri kole ak pwa (rice and beans), poul (chicken) and goat meat.
Countries like Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Brazil and Argentina have enough transplants in Miami to bring their cuisine to each neighborhood. A Peruvian restaurant serving fresh ceviche in their typical style is right next to an Argentine steakhouse. A taco stand is neighbors with a Colombian pastry shop. Miami's distinct blend of cultures and cuisine is visible in every neighborhood of this eclectic city. Explore off the beaten path restaurants with authentic, traditional food and high end takes on Latin American cuisine.
Many of Miami's finest establishments, high-end hotel restaurants, and celebrity chef's haute eating houses, are influenced by the Latin flavors that have, in many ways, become synonymous with Miami cuisine. Often called “Nuevo Latino” cuisine, chefs are infusing the flavors of Latin America in fresh and unexpected ways. Think of a chorizo hash with fingerling potatoes, caramelized onions, celery and quail at Wynwood Kitchen and Bar or mango cream soup at Casabe 305.
Get a taste of authentic Asian cuisine in Miami. While it's not what we're best known for, it's a little known secret that there are some truly stellar Asian restaurants in the Greater Miami area. Dive into authentic Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and more at restaurants scattered throughout the city serving traditional style meals.
Vietnamese and Thai cuisines are particularly popular around here because of their refreshing ingredients and tropical flavors. How perfect is a cooling summer roll packed with fresh grown veggies, including chopped mango and locally grown cilantro and cucumbers on a hot summer day? You'll have to try it for yourself to understand.
Sushi is incredibly popular in Miami. This top-notch eating destination is packed with fresh sushi spots that serve fish that was caught in the waters that lie all around us. You won't have to look very hard for a sushi restaurant close to wherever you're staying. Expect only the freshest and finest fish at Miami's sushi restaurants, especially the high-end spots that serve ultra-fresh fish in unique and new ways with the best sake, imported beers and more.
French, Italian, Spanish, Greek and more are represented on the Miami food scene. Spanish tapas are a popular style of eating and ordering that's spread outside of just traditional Spanish fare. Many popular restaurants are now serving tapas-style sharable dishes, perfect for getting a taste of a handful of menu items instead of just one or two. Enjoy Greek food al fresco, house-made Italian pasta, and fantastic French fare in restaurants across Miami and the Beaches.
The Miami outpost of this internationally acclaimed Japanese restaurant boasts stunning views of the Miami River and the downtown skyline. Zuma is located at the EPIC Miami Hotel. The restaurant's izakaya style menu features grilled items, sushi and sashimi, fresh vegetables and meats, and an extensive sake selection. Yachts dock outside and from your table you can watch the drawbridge go up over the river. Cheers (with sake, of course) to that.
This recently renovated waterfront restaurant offers one of the best views of the Downtown Miami skyline. The menu features Modern American cuisine with small plates perfect for sharing, a wine list filled with unique varietals and an impressive raw bar with fresh ceviche and fresh-from-the-docks shellfish. In the lounge and outdoor patio, enjoy cocktails under the stars with a selection of specialty libations, microbrews and wines by the glass.
Hotel guests at The Standard Miami and locals alike congregate at the Lido Restaurant & Bayside Grill. Bright umbrellas on the deck, a fresh Mediterranean menu, and sweeping views of Biscayne Bay are just some of the visual inspiration and meticulous design that make this a top outdoor dining spot in the city. Inspired by the traditional Mediterranean diet and lifestyle, healthy, sun kissed, whole and natural, Chef Mark Zeitouni has created a menu with an emphasis on high quality and organic meats and fish, olive oil, fresh herbs, grill cooking and organic and biodynamic wines.
Located on Key Biscayne, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is the home of a historic lighthouse built in 1825 and reconstructed in 1846. The lighthouse is the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County, and is perched on one of Miami's most beautiful beaches. Steps away from the lighthouse is the aptly named Lighthouse Café, where you can enjoy a fresh fish sandwich and other simply prepared dishes including pastas, paella and grilled sandwiches. Open for breakfast and lunch.
This casual seafood restaurant is located right on the Miami River and boasts its own fleet of fishing boats. The menu features a wide array of fresh seafood including stone crabs, grouper, snapper, lobster and shrimp. Eat alongside the historic Miami River while boats glide past on their way out to sea.
Tucked inside of Matheson Hammock Park, this is another one of Miami's hidden gems . While you're surrounded by a beach area and a lagoon that connects to Biscayne Bay, you may think you're dining somewhere in the Caribbean. Water views? Check. Gently swaying palms? Check. Tiki torches? Check. It's easy to understand why this pretty little restaurant is a popular wedding spot.
This is one of the best places to watch the sunset in Miami. Located adjacent to South Pointe Park on Miami Beach, Smith & Wollensky offers prime steaks and an award-winning wine list. Regulars enjoy cocktails on the patio and watch the sun set, filling the Miami sky with dazzling shades of tangerine, lavender and pink. Cruise ships sail by as they leave PortMiami. An after-dinner stroll through one of Miami's prettiest parks is the perfect way to wrap up a meal here.
This restaurant overlooks Dinner Key Marina in Coconut Grove, one of Miami's most scenic neighborhoods. Sailboats and yachts float outside while diners inside enjoy hearty portions of prime meats, fresh fish, pastas and salads. Chart House has long been Miami's go-to place to impress business clients, out of town friends, or for a special “date night” with someone special. There's a lovely walkway outside where you can stroll under the Miami moonlight or catch a fresh bay breeze before or after your meal.
700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
No pretensions, no frills, just comfort-food staples like Cuban sandwich & ropa vieja since 1962.
1600 Lenox Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 Phone: (305) 538-5220
Rustic outpost attracting foodies with inventive farm-to-table Southern comfort food & bourbon bar.
11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 Phone: (305) 673-0365
Cavernous, bustling space open October-May & drawing crowds for crab, Key lime pie & more.
1745 James Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Upscale ceviche & Pan-Latin specialist with a low-key vibe inside the boutique Santuary Hotel.
1427 West Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 Phone: (305) 672-8881
Showy New American plates are the draw at this upscale venue with whimsical touches & garden dining.
1104 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139 Phone: (305) 695-8383
Hip spot dishing sushi & Japanese fare, with view of Lincoln Road scene & popular daily happy hour.
432 W 41st St, Miami Beach, FL 33140 Phone: (305) 538-8533
Reimagined local landmark with upscale farm-to-table fare, extravagant decor & high-tech wine bar.
1418 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Exposed-brick gastropub with Asian-fusion small plates featuring pork paired with craft beer & wine.
1580 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 Phone: (305) 532-8880
Ceviche & more traditional dishes from Peru served in a petite, down-to-earth setting.
414 71st St, Miami Beach, FL 33141 Phone: (305) 867-0106
Stylish Italian bistro offering Tuscan-style pastas & entrees plus sidewalk seating.
700 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 Phone: (305) 532-1727
Airy, upscale haunt featuring eclectic seafood dishes & prime people-watching from sidewalk seats.
405 Española Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139 Phone: (305) 503-3828
Cuban eats & drinks in a buzzing backdrop with old Havana memorabilia, a rum bar & sidewalk seats.
1458 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 Phone: (305) 531-8300
Stylish, trendy destination eatery featuring breakfast all day, jumbo portions & daily happy hour.