Naturally the seafood selection in Miami would be out of this world, thanks to the city's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Whether you're in the mood for sushi and sashimi or seafood dishes with a Caribbean twist, you can be sure to find it. Take a tip from Anthony Bourdain and refrain from ordering seafood on Mondays, the day of the week it’s least likely to be fresh. In Miami, though, you don’t really have to worry about that, as most restaurants only serve fish caught earlier in the day.
Seafood lovers who live to indulge in only the freshest ingredients have met their match at Hiden, an eight-seat speakeasy tucked away in the back of a taco place. The ingredients are flown straight from Japan on the daily, with a rotating omakase prix fixe menu that features mouthwatering delights like oysters, sashimi, and sushi. A reservation is a must here, and with seven to eight courses, it's definitely priced as more of a special occasion kind of place. See firsthand how chefs Tetsuya Honda and James Weinlein create every dish, all while you sip on an exclusive selection of sake and a complimentary glass of champagne.
At this prime waterfront location, you can dine in a cozy cabaña, lounge table, or even from the convenience of your very own boat—all with panoramic views of downtown Miami, Biscayne Bay, and some of the world's largest mega-yachts. The menu here combines modern western and eastern Mediterranean recipes with an emphasis on seafood. Seafood lovers will be thrilled to taste fan favorites like the grilled octopus and Tower of Tartare, which features salmon, tuna and white fish. Caviar aficionados will be especially happy with the kaluga and Oscietra selections.
The Marriott Stanton South Beach hotel is home to Azabu, a Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant offering an intimate and authentic dining experience. It houses various experiences under one roof, all tied together with the essence of Japanese hospitality. The full-service dining room features a stunning open kitchen and classic cocktail bar, made complete with a great selection of sake and over 40 imported Japanese whiskies. The true treasure is tucked inside the restaurant kitchen: an exclusive hidden sushi counter helmed by Tokyo-trained chefs. If you've managed to find your way back here, the chef-guided Edomae Tokyo-style omakase is a truly unforgettable dining experience.
With locations in Doral and Kendall, Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar is just a quick car ride away, no matter where in the city you’re staying. At this traditional Peruvian resto with a twist, you’ll find bold-flavored dishes, crazy cocktails, and even beers from Peru. Of course, this is a ceviche place, so you're going to want to order at least one. You can't go wrong with the tradicional, but if you've got a sweeter tooth, try the passion fruit ceviche. If too many choices are overwhelming, the sampler is a safe bet. When you've had your fill, round it all out with the chocolate dome for dessert.
This Japanese-inspired cocktail lounge is the first joint venture for James Beard Award finalist Brad Kilgore and Parisian mixologist Nico de Soto. At this Design District eatery, Chef Kilgore incorporates his innovative cooking techniques with high-quality ingredients and Asian-inspired seafood. Foodies will love menu options such as the blue crab rangoon, which is served with scallion and crab mousse, hot mustard, and sweet chili. If you're feeling adventurous, though, go for the lionfish or caviar.
Set inside an old auto body shop in Sunset Harbor, this modern Japanese restaurant serves up inventive nigiri and cocktails to boot. Seafood dishes are made with quality ingredients and prepared with proper execution; sushi lovers will die for the unagi white pepper rosemary aioli, the tuna tartar, and the toro sashimi. The restaurant follows the belief that simplicity and details throughout the space make for a memorable and satisfying experience—but if you’re opting for a night in, Sushi Garage can be found on multiple delivery apps.
Located within the iconic Shore Club hotel in South Beach, Diez y Seis is an authentic Mexican eatery offering delicious seafood options like the tuna tostadas and lobster aguachile. Indulge in other classic seafood dishes like octopus and fish tacos—and be sure to pair your meal with a mezcal cocktail or a selection of mezcal made for sipping, not shooting.