Best Restaurants in Miami – Where To Eat in Miami
Miami is the perfect place to visit in the soul-sucking winter. You land, you instantly forget what month it is and within hours you are sitting by a pool with a big pink drink in hand and all is well with the world. There isn’t enough time in the world to do a full analysis of this city’s dining options, but we’ve done our best (and now have an excuse to return). Most of these places can be found in South Beach, so you never have to stray too far from the shore.
Cafe on the veranda; South beach
There are plenty of cute breakfast spots along Ocean Drive – colorful umbrellas are generally required – but everyone inevitably ends up at the Front Porch Cafe. Whether on the sun-drenched dining terrace or simply in the quasi-modern dining room, you can almost hear the sea. Breakfast is served all day and is pretty much what you want after a night on the town – creative omelets with fillings like chicken satay or Reuben Fixing meet classics like huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos and fluffy slices of French toast.
Where to find it: 1458 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
The sandwich shop; South beach
Guy Fieri told Delish we just HAVE to come here and you don’t say no to Guy. What we found was an absolutely delightful counter service place full of chatting French staff who couldn’t be more charming. Wait your turn by the window, say Bonjour (okay, don’t really say Bonjour) and order one of the biggest, most crowded sandwiches I’ve ever seen. Try the SOBE Club – filled with turkey, brie and avocado – or the Tropical – filled with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, mozzarella, papaya, mango, pineapple and avocado. Make sure you drown it in the homemade vinaigrette, AKA “magic sauce” that basically cracks in a bottle.
Where to find it: 229 14th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Byblos; Miami Beach
Middle Eastern food might not be the first thing you think of when you picture Miami’s food scene, but Byblos is one of the most memorable meals you will have in town. You enter through a low bar, walk up a winding staircase, and sit in a stunning (but compact) dining room full of plush couches and bright colors. The food is a trendy mix of classics like labneh and lamb ribs, but also more unusual dishes like a wonderfully crispy, Middle Eastern roast chicken, Turkish dumplings and a super cheesy black truffle flatbread with halloumi. While it’s a luxury, it’s well worth it for the cool points.
Where to find it: 1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Bodega Taqueria and Tequila; Miami Beach
After a night of partying (or an afternoon drink, if we’re honest. Vacation!), You know you will eventually want tacos. Bodega is THE place for this desire. It’s open until 5am every day and has a hidden bar that you enter through a bathroom door so you can party all night. The Queso Fundido defines epic cheese pull, and the menu choices are both authentic (tacos al pastor) and unexpected (including a Cuban sandwich-inspired burrito).
Where to find it: 1220 16th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Wynwood Diner; Wynwood
If there was one neighborhood that could get us out of our lounge chair, it was definitely Wynwood. We heard it was an Instagrammers paradise – every building is covered in absolutely stunning graffiti – and we were not disappointed. Equally great was this place, which pretends to be a diner but feels more like a mix of urban outfitters, an abandoned warehouse, and a hip plant shop. The food is hipster-approved – avocado toast, chicken & waffles, and a towering burger with an egg – but overall, the place has a charm that makes you stop judging the cool kids and just join in the garden area when You can.
Where to find it: 2601 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33127
The Bazaar / Bar Centro By Jose Andres; South beach
We thought Byblos was a luxury but that was before we tried to break into the bazaar. The cousin of the very chic Bazaar Mar, this restaurant / lounge (in SLS South Beach) is also run by Chef Jose Andres and is still run under a go-big-or-go-home vibe. If you can, reserve the main dining room with a huge chandelier that looks like a marine animal. However, our place was in the Bar Centro, the equally pretty pool bar in the back of the restaurant. Crouched under heaters, we had a lot of fun snacking on patatas bravas (potatoes with spicy tomato aioli) and some croquetas de jamón (Spanish ham and bechamel fritters) that I still can’t stop thinking about. These, paired with the house specialty, salty air margaritas, made for a pretty perfect dinner without the mind-boggling bill.
Where to find it: 1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 33
The Delano Beach Club; Miami Beach
Our tour of the hotel bars ended with another drink by the pool (is there another one in Miami?) At the Delano Beach Club. It was the kind of place you think Miami has it all – lovely people drinking overpriced drinks in a setting. But we couldn’t resist the great people watching or the huge mug of rose sangria (… the sweet potato fries and the guac aren’t bad either). It’s not for everyone or every night, but at least you can say you’ve seen Miami at its most cinematic (if that movie theater is Bad Boys 2 or Miami Vice).
Where to find it: 1685 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Nautilus Cabana Club; Miami Beach
At the end of your trip, you have to grapple with facts – you want to spend the whole day by the pool. There are many great ones in this city, but we chose the poolside cafe at The Nautilus Hotel. There are several ways you can enjoy a meal here – there is the sprawling al fresco dining room where you can see and be seen at large, circular booths under HUGE basket lanterns … or you can stay horizontal and order food right on your lounge chair. The Mediterranean influenced menu isn’t crazy creative, but it does its job if all you want to do is eat by the pool. The Sunday brunch offers a buffet with unlimited rose or à la carte for classics like avocado toast with poached eggs or a smoked salmon platter.
Where to find it: 1825 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
The Frieze Ice Cream Factory; South beach
You’re on the beach, so at some point you’re going to feel like having some ice cream. Consistently rated highly among the city’s ice cream parlors, this place is conveniently located on the charming (but touristy) pedestrianized Lincoln Road. We strongly believe that any place with fairy lights is doing something right, and we’ve proven ourselves right again by looking at the flavors this place consumes, like vanilla and chocolate cake, a twisted version of Rocky Road called Bumpy Trail, and alcoholic sorbets like champagne and red wine.
Where to find it: 1626 Michigan Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Airport Cafe & Liquor; Miami Springs
Last year one of our employees visited this secluded place on a road trip and filmed a video about his huge, super creative burgers. Now that we’ve had the chance to try them for ourselves, we couldn’t leave Miami without telling you about Chef Reuben Ruiz’s crazy creations. It uses Delish-approved ingredients like shredded Doritos and Cheetos, and each burger looks like it was designed by an algorithm to maximize Instagram likes – and get you into a food coma. It’s the perfect way to say goodbye to this land of excess.
Where to find it: 4427 NW 36th St, Miami Springs, FL 33166
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