Best Restaurants In Miami You Have To Try

Choosing a restaurant in Miami can be as difficult as finding the ideal place to park on the beach (and well, deciding which of all of our amazing beaches to visit in Miami isn’t very easy either). But that was not always like this. Just a decade ago, Miami’s best restaurants used to be found in posh South Beach hotel lobbies. Today, the best hotels in Miami still offer wonderful dining experiences, but fine dining has spread throughout the magical city, from trendy Wynwood to Brickell, and from Little Havana to beyond. To meet this new generation of Miami’s best restaurants, you are in the right place.

Three Restaurants Fusion

What is it? With the return to Miami of Florida cooking pioneer Norman Van Aken, the chef’s first restaurant also arrives in Wynwood. The bright and charming dining room will catch your eye, but wait until you see the food.

Why go? Set menus of three, four or seven courses elevate the quality of the experience. Excellent pairings and dishes with good portions make their way to the table in a perfect union, which ends in ecstasy on the cocktail menu.

Stubborn Seed

What is it? This intimate restaurant — seating 74 — is from Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford and exemplifies Miami’s new wave of haute cuisine: sophisticated, cutting-edge, and a touch of playfulness. Ford doesn’t take himself or his food too seriously.

Why go? Even if you’ve been there once or 10 times, ordering the chef’s tasting menu is always a good idea. By combining the restaurant’s staples with seasonal exclusives, you will find that each one is better than the last, offering a host of delicious surprises.

Ram

What is it? Half American, half Cuban, but completely Miami, this restaurant in Coconut Grove makes elaborate dishes from scratch. Its floor made with typical subway tiles, its dim lighting and an open kitchen that remains quiet, achieve an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

Why go? Owner chef Michael Beltran keeps things weird enough in the best way possible. He puts cheese upside down on the croquettes, mushrooms on the flan and foiegras on the cakes. Go with the flow: this Cuban-born chef knows exactly what he’s doing.

KYU

What is it? In just two years, this modern Asian restaurant earned a James Beard Award nomination, won the Time Out Bar Award, and established itself as one of the best restaurants in town, with the toughest reservation to get from Wynwood. Its airy, industrial-style dining room fits perfectly into the neighborhood’s urban style.

Why go? Chef Michael Lewis offers home-cooked Asian fare and transforms classic dishes like pork buns, Korean-style fried chicken, and crab fried rice, into delicious and visually appealing dishes. For every tree used in the wood-burning grill — for example, to grill the delicious wagyu rib — the restaurant plants five more.

5 Miami Restaurants With Ocean Views

Living in our area has, among other advantages, eating while contemplating spectacular views of the sea, whether from Coral Gables, Key Biscayne or Downtown; or, if you prefer, with a view of the Miami River, mainly pampered by menus that favor the fruits of the sea. Here are some Miami sites with paradisiacal views that can turn a simple dinner into an unforgettable moment.

Zuma

Zuma’s menu is prepared in the izakaya style of Japanese cuisine, featuring grilled dishes, sushi, sashimi , meats, fresh vegetables and an enviable variety of sake . Naturally, the opportunity to savor these delicacies from a table with a great view has its price – because Zuma is not for shy pockets – but the sight of the yachts parked outside or the rise of the bridge over the river always helps to think that good costs , while enjoying the spectacle of downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay while you treat your palate to an exquisite dinner.

Rusty pelican

This Key Biscayne restaurant with a long and checkered history in our local culture, has a menu of modern American cuisine, with its own versions of European classics, and offers fresh seafood ceviches that taste like fresh from the nearby docks. A site that has long been preferred for both intimate gatherings and family occasions. But moonlit nights give the lounge and outdoor patio a special quality with someone special to share the skyline of Miami’s skyscrapers and our beautiful bay.

Lido Restaurant &Bayside Grill

The Standard Miami hotel has an open-air restaurant with a splendid view of the Bay of Biscay, on the Di Lido island of the Venetian Way. The Lido Restaurant Bayside Grill is dotted with colorful umbrellas, which go perfectly with its Mediterranean menu by chef Mark Zeitouni, who creates a fresh selection of high-quality Mediterranean food, with meat and fish, healthy salads and biodynamic wines. If “life is tastier at sea”, the marine view of the Lido makes you appreciate it much more.

Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish Market

Claiming that Garcia is a true Miami institution is the least that can be said for this restaurant with several decades of history serving a simple menu that has never disappointed. The aspect of the area has changed a lot, and some other restaurants have gone forever, but García is still there with his terrace next to the water and his wide and varied menu where the sea prevails. There it is savored from a simple snapper sandwich to crab grinds, lobster or shrimp enchilado brought by the same fishermen boats that we have seen pass through that wonderful view that the Miami River gives us.

Red Fish Grill

Inside the legendary Matheson Hammock Park, with tropical palm trees , outdoor tables and a sophisticated seafood menu, this place offers the opportunity to feel like in the middle of the Caribbean, without leaving Coral Gables. Preferred for weddings for its romantic setting and serene view of the water —the beach bounded by a stone barrier, and beyond the open sea—, it has the advantage of high-quality cuisine without exaggerated prices and a varied menu, from creative green salads to a Caribbean Bouillabaisse and rich dishes of sea bass, tuna or mahimahi.…

Cheap Restaurants Where To Eat In Miami

Café Versailles

If you expect a French restaurant, you are very wrong. The Versailles is one of the most famous restaurants in Little Havana , I mean … it makes Cuban food to the fullest (and very, very rich!). We recommend you try a Cuban sandwich ($ 7), which has ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese and mustard.

  • Where? 3501 SW 8th St

The Original Daily Bread Marketplace

If you love Arabic food this place will be your little paradise! You can try both meat and vegetarian dishes, although one of the most beloved is the “falafel platter”, which includes falafel, hummus, taboule, pita bread and a salad with mint and lemon sauce. Price: $ 7

There are several locations in Miami, although the “original” is in Coconut Grove.

  • Where? 2400 SW 27th St, Coconut Grove

The Palace of Juices

There are a few places managed by the same owner, we went to the one in Coral Gables, since it was very close to our accommodation and we cannot fail to recommend it.

The food ( Cuban and Latin ) is homemade, tasty and cheap. You can order dishes of the day (somewhat cheaper) or create your own tray, choosing a main (meat or fish), rice (white or congrí) and a side (mashed potatoes, fried banana …).

They also prepare very rich natural juices! The only negative note is that, being the first time we were going and not knowing well how it worked (there is no menu and there are no prices on the counter), we have asked a waitress about prices and dishes and the truth was, it was somewhat borderline . Luckily we found another who attended us correctly.

Tip: apparently the bread with suckling pig (approx $ 6) is to die for, although we think the tray option is better.

  • Where? 1545 SW 27th Ave

The Wizard of Fries

Okay, the first thing you might be wondering is what are fries? It is a dish of Cuban origin that consists of a hamburger with minced meat, spices, sauce and potatoes cut into very thin strips and fried… hence the name. The original “frita” costs $ 4, if you want to add an egg (“fried on horseback”) it costs $ 5.35 and if you want double the meat, it costs $ 6.35.

  • Where? 5828 SW 8th St West Miami