Miami's restaurant scene caters to every type of traveler, from the clubgoer kicking off a night out in a chic steakhouse, to family-friendly pizza or grilled cheese joints. Whether you want to sample the freshest local seafood or grab a massive to-go sandwich to eat on the beach, here are 15 great places to eat in Miami.
Zuma, in the Kimpton EPIC Hotel, is the brainchild of internationally acclaimed chef Rainer Becker who has already duplicated the high-quality concept in London, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Dubai, and Bangkok. The restaurant serves sophisticated and flavorful Japanese dishes all inspired by the Japanese informal, pub-like dining experience called izakaya. In true izakaya fashion, everything is meant to be shared.
Half restaurant half fish market, Garcia’s serves up the freshest seafood daily from its popular indoor/outdoor, Miami River location. Choose from its daily blackboard menu or a house special like fried grouper or the catch of the day. All meals come with a side of your choice.
You’re probably wondering why anyone would eat at a place called DIRT? Simple. Contrary to its name, DIRT is all about clean eating. The South Beach restaurant offers a complete vegan and vegetarian menu filled with the freshest farm-to-table food. The menus change seasonally and all ingredients are organic and mostly local. Don’t leave without trying the harissa hummus wraps.
If you blink you might just pass this Collin’s Ave. counter. La Sandwicherie is more of a walk-up counter than restaurant, but it’s been serving up tasty sandwiches since the 1980’s. Think fresh French bread (or croissants!), juicy deli meats, a variety of cheeses, sauces, and salad toppings like ripe tomatoes and gherkins. Seats at the counter can be hard to come by, but if you take your sandwich to go, the beach is only steps away!
What started out as a cult classic food truck has now become a brick-and-mortar store with two Miami-area locations. And it's easy to see why — Ms. Cheezious is grilled cheese heaven. Their menu is basically any grilled cheese you can ever dream of, like the Mackin Melt, a sourdough bread grilled cheese sandwich with mac 'n' cheese in the middle. The options are sure to thrill any kid, and their fun family atmosphere makes the entire experience enjoyable.
All the burgers at Lokal are made from grass-fed meat that’s ground in-house. Mostly all the ingredients are Florida made, too. Owner Matthew Kuscher thinks up the most creative burger concoctions like “My Childhood Dream,” a 4-ounce burger topped with American cheese, candied bacon, and a fried egg, all served on a donut bun.
The famous nightclub with a long Miami history continues the legacy. The Forge is still one of the best restaurants in the city with one of the most extensive wine menus around. The restaurant also prides itself on its grand interior that includes pieces from Napoleon Bonaparte and the White House. Dress accordingly for a visit to this restaurant.
Voted "Best Tacos" by the Miami New Times, Lolo’s is an all-around spicy treat for anyone looking for authentic Mexican food. Chef Richard Ampudia brings his Mexican roots to every dish he creates at Lolo’s. From their tacos to burritos, this is Mexican comfort food at its best. The cafeteria-like setting and casual bar area make this a great place to hang with friends any time of day.
Right in the heart of Brickell is the popular happy-hour hot spot, River Seafood Oyster Bar. The bar offers fresh Alaskan fish, locally hand-selected produce, and a wide array of cold-water oysters. It’s a fun joint to hit up with friends or for a family dinner.
Mexican cantina meets art deco décor is what you’ll find at Brickell’s La Veinte. But the menu won’t disappoint either. Their ceviche and gorditas are fresh and flavorful, and don’t skip out on the tacos either — executive chef Santiago Gomez knows what he’s doing.
With about 20 locations worldwide, Sugar Factory knows exactly what they’re doing. The Miami location does not disappoint. Located inside the Victor Hotel on Ocean Drive, the restaurant is sure to excite any kid. Aside from the attached candy store, the Sugar Factory restaurant has a kid-friendly menu, candy-coated milkshakes, and of course the best dessert menu you could ever dream of.
After a late-night at LIV, head downstairs to the Fontainebleau's Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina. This more casual restaurant, compared to the other Fontainebleau hotspots of course, offers a wide variety of mouthwatering comfort food. The Hippie Chick is a staple — your choice of burger served with grilled eggplant, halloumi cheese, and stack of potato chips for crunch. A great way to end a night out!
If you’re into Israeli street food, you do not want to miss Miami’s Etzel Itzik. This authentic Israeli restaurant will give you a true taste of the Middle East, from schnitzel to kebabs and shawarma. And you could spend hours browsing the photo galleries that are the walls here alone. Don’t leave without trying the shakshuka, a popular Israeli breakfast of sunny side up eggs and tomato sauce.
Located inside the Four Seasons Miami, Edge Steak & Bar is a modern steakhouse with a classically delicious menu. Executive chef Aaron Brooks cooks up a variety of fresh cuts from filet mignon to New York strip steaks. The menu is fairly priced as well.
If you’re looking for a more adventurous slice head to Andiamo!. The make your own pizza menu-option lets your pretty much create any pie your heart desires. And, with two locations, one in South Beach and one in Miami’s upper eastside, you can enjoy a this cheesy delicacy whenever you’d like.