There's something intoxicating about the Miami Beach dining scene.
Imagine the aroma of fresh seafood wafting through salty sea air, the intoxicating sound of cocktails being shaken at a nearby trendy bar, and the vibrant chatter of patrons enjoying a tantalizing fusion of flavors from around the world.
Every visit to a restaurant here is not just a meal, it's an experience.
And it's an experience that I've been incredibly lucky to immerse myself in, day in and day out.
From upscale dining to hole-in-the-wall gems, each place offers a slice of this city's diverse culinary culture that is just waiting to be discovered.
While this list showcases some remarkable restaurants, it's important to note there are many other exceptional dining establishments in Miami Beach that are not featured here. Our aim is not just to guide you to popular eateries but to encourage you to venture out and experience the city's diverse culinary landscape for yourself.
Extra Virgin Bistro
Ah, Extra Virgin Bistro, tucked right in the heart of Miami Beach.
It's a place that I, as someone who rollerblades past its inviting facade on a regular basis, used to shamelessly overlook.
Perhaps it was the unassuming exterior or my naivety in assuming it was just another Ocean restaurant serving subpar food.
How wrong I was.
One day, on a whim, I decided to give it a shot and made a last-minute dinner reservation.
The minute I stepped in, I was pleasantly surprised by the ambiance.
It struck a perfect balance between casual and upscale, immediately fostering a sense of comfort.
The food was a revelation.
Do yourself a favor and try the burrata, short ribs, bolognese, and cavatelli - all exquisitely prepared.
What truly sets Extra Virgin Bistro apart, though, is their breakfast.
Think less 'standard hotel fare' and more 'culinary excellence'.
The avocado toast and whole grain Belgian waffle with fruit and homemade whip cream are absolutely to die for!
It's part of a special menu for guests from the connected Berkeley Shore Hotel.
As soon as you step inside, you are instantly transported to old-school Italy, with the traditional decor and the aroma of wood-oven-fired pizzas wafting through the air.
Father's Day celebrations here are also a joy.
My partner and I spent a memorable day here, and I can safely say that Limoncello Miami gives you an experience you won't forget.
Limoncello Miami is not just a restaurant, it's an experience.
From the authentic food to the exceptional service to the cute ambiance and decor, it's like being transported straight to Italy.
And let me not forget to mention the music, it just adds the perfect touch to the whole experience.
If you're on the hunt for some high-quality Peruvian and Japanese fusion cuisine, then INTIMO is the place to be.
This place embodies a tasteful blend of two cultures and is a gem in the heart of the city.
Here's my first-hand experience of dining at this retro-chic eatery.
The moment I stepped into INTIMO, I was captivated by the intimate, retro-inspired ambiance.
Despite being on the smaller side, the restaurant is thoughtfully decorated, making you feel cozy and private.
Now, speaking of the food, it's nothing short of phenomenal.
The fusion of Peruvian and Japanese flavors is executed flawlessly.
Whether you're craving something strictly Japanese or purely Peruvian, they've got you covered.
Not to mention, the variety of fusion dishes on the menu is a culinary delight.
During my visit, we were a group of three and ordered a mix of appetizers, one sushi roll, main dishes, desserts, and a cocktail.
The total bill was around $360 inclusive of an 18% gratuity, but given the food quality and the excellent service, it was worth every penny.
One of my top picks from the menu is the “El Ganador”, a unique fried shrimp appetizer that simply melts in your mouth.
The French Toast dessert is another must-try - it's utterly divine.
Ole Ole Steak House
I've had the pleasure of dining at Ole Ole Steak House on numerous occasions, and let me tell you, they've never disappointed.
Their meat platter is to die for – my friends and I usually share the 2lb classic, but we always end up wishing we'd gone for the 3lb.
It's just that good!
One of the things that stand out about Ole Ole is their fried calamari and seafood pasta.
I'm no seafood connoisseur, but I can confidently say that they serve some of the best seafood dishes I've ever tasted.
The portions are generous and worth every penny.
I decided to take a break from cooking and head over to one of my favorite spots for dinner.
Havana Vieja is always a good idea when I crave authentic Cuban cuisine.
It's not just about the food but the vibe of the restaurant that makes it stand out.
I usually go for the beef dish.
It's always cooked to perfection.
Soft, tender, and the portions are generous.
This time, I opted for some sangria.
It was a refreshing complement to my hearty meal.
I must say, Cuban food never disappoints, especially when it's from Havana Vieja.
The decor is another aspect worth mentioning.
It's like stepping into a different era with vintage memorabilia from Cuba scattered around.
It adds to the charm of this vibrant spot.
Not to forget, their Cuban coffee is a must-try.
It's robust and flavorful, just the right thing to kick-start your day.
Pane & Vino
I can't express enough my fondness for Pane & Vino!
It's that charming little Italian eatery tucked away in our city that always seems to beckon with its warm, inviting glow.
You can find all details about the place on their website.
The moment you step inside, it feels like being transported directly to an Italian Nonna's cozy living room.
The home-style Italian ambiance is as authentic as it gets, adding a touch to the romantic atmosphere that's just perfect for special occasions or even your regular weeknight dinner.
The pasta is the star of the show here, and trust me, you haven't tasted real pasta until you've tried theirs.
They make it fresh, right before your eyes, by the window.
This wonderful spectacle alone is worth the visit.
Every dish we've tried here has been nothing short of impressive, but the pasta always takes the crown!
They not only provide excellent service but also offer some great tips on the menu.
She was incredibly sweet and did an amazing job ensuring we had the best experience.
And let's not forget about the desserts.
The tiramisu at Pane & Vino is a must-try.
The presentation is as gratifying as its taste - made table-side to ensure the freshest serving.
It's the perfect ending to a hearty Italian meal.
Il Pastaiolo Italian Restaurant
Every now and then, amid the hustle and bustle of Miami Beach, you stumble upon a gem that you just cannot help but visit regularly.
One such gem is the vibrant and rustic Il Pastaiolo.
This down-to-earth spot is my go-to place for authentic Italian fare.
The restaurant features a rustic exterior complete with outdoor seating, providing a laid-back yet elegant atmosphere that's perfect for all occasions.
Although I do wish they also had indoor seating, the alfresco dining arrangement adds a unique charm to the place.
Also, the restaurant sign isn't very prominent, but that's part of its charm - it feels like a well-kept secret.
The food at Il Pastaiolo is simply outstanding.
Every dish is a masterpiece of flavor and presentation, ensuring an exceptional Italian dining experience.
My personal favorites are their rich and creamy pasta dishes, each delivering a sublime taste that transports you straight to the heart of Italy.
Mehzcla Restaurant South Beach
I've had the pleasure of trying out many different restaurants in Miami Beach.
But none come close to the unique culinary experience I've had at Mehzcla Restaurant South Beach.
Just last week, I decided to treat myself to an evening of their Miami Spice menu, and what an evening it was!
The moment you step into Mehzcla, you're welcomed by a warm ambiance that is second to none.
The service here is always notable.
The food at Mehzcla is an absolute delight.
I started off with the empanadas and tostones - both were fresh, crispy, and full of flavor.
For the main course, I opted for the steak, which was cooked to perfection and so tender it melted in my mouth.
And even though I found the extra crab a bit overpriced at $9, it was indeed a tasty addition to my meal.
To wash it all down, I had the Illegal Passion, a delightful cocktail that quickly became my favorite.
The combination of exotic fruits and the right amount of alcohol was just perfect.
I loved it so much that I couldn't resist having a second one!
Just the other day, I stopped by CVI.CHE 105 for a quick lunch, and believe me, it was an experience to remember.
The vibrant ambiance of the place took me right back to Peru, with the Incan ropes and pisco bar adding a genuine touch of authenticity.
They even have a vertical garden that takes the aesthetics up a notch.
Let me tell you, the minute you walk in, the festive yet welcoming atmosphere envelopes you.
I appreciated how she tailored her recommendations based on my preferences.
It's this level of personalized service that takes the dining experience to another level.
The food, oh the food!
I was blown away by the incredible flavors of each dish.
The Peruvian fare served is simply top-notch.
I particularly enjoyed a chicken dish they serve, probably one of the best I've ever had!
Some of us were familiar with Peruvian dishes, and some had never had anything from Peru before.
Sérêvène, nestled within the beautiful Hotel Greystone, has quickly become one of my favorite spots for an upscale dining experience.
When you step through the doors, you are immediately welcomed into a chic and trendy space that perfectly complements the Japanese fusion dishes they serve.
Now, let's talk about the food.
I remember the first time I tried their Foie dessert.
It was an absolute revelation.
The marriage of flavors was a testament to the culinary genius at work here.
I've been back multiple times just for another taste of this incredible dessert.
A visit to Sérêvène isn't just about the food, it’s about experiencing the harmony of dining in a space that radiates elegance yet feels inviting.
The live piano music only adds to the charm.
It's like being transported to Tokyo or the French Riviera without stepping foot outside of Miami.
I must also commend the service.
You can find more information about them on their website here.
Sola Miami Beach
Visiting Sola Miami Beach has become a regular part of my weekend routine.
This sprawling restaurant is just the place you'd want to spend your leisurely Sunday brunch or a chill Friday night.
They are not only bilingual but also attentive and make sure to promptly clear any mess off the table.
I remember it was around 2 PM when I visited Sola one Saturday, and they had these fantastic dancers who engaged the audience in a really fun and interactive way.
There's something about watching a live performance while savoring your meal, it just enhances the whole dining experience.
Food is another department where Sola truly shines.
Their brunch selection is one of the most extensive I have ever seen, and everything I've tried so far has been delectable.
The burgers are juicy and cooked to perfection, while the bottomless mimosas complement the meals beautifully.
Another highlight at Sola is the rooftop lounge.
Offering a panoramic view of vibrant Miami Beach, it creates an ambiance that is truly beautiful and relaxing.
Not to forget, the two patios add an extra layer of charm to the place.
What takes the cake, however, is the vibrant energy the place vibrates with.
It's always bustling with life, and the vibe is absolutely infectious.
Garden House Latin Restaurant
I've always been a fan of Latin American cuisine, so when I heard about the Garden House Latin Restaurant, I was excited to give it a try.
The restaurant, located right here in Miami Beach, has a pretty spectacular reputation with its Latin American fish, meat, and veggie dishes.
I decided to go for a weekday dinner, and to my delight, it stood up to the hype.
I arrived at the restaurant, which is housed in a bright space with an inviting outdoor patio.
The ambiance was simply perfect - the outdoor seating area illuminated with lights created a beautiful setting, especially after dark.
Check out their website here to get a sense of the vibe.
When it came to order, I decided to go for the seafood plate, as recommended by a friend.
And wow, it was amazing!
The flavors were unique, rich, and incredibly satisfying.
I could easily see why it came highly recommended.
I also decided to try their Tres Leches for dessert, and it was moist and delicious, just the way I like it.
Kalamata Mediterranean Cuisine
Just last week, I found myself coming back to Kalamata Mediterranean Cuisine after a long day at work.
I always relish the laid-back atmosphere here - it's a little piece of the Mediterranean right in the heart of Miami.
As usual, my eyes drifted toward the array of meze, kebabs, and grills on their menu.
The outdoor patio is my favorite spot, especially in the cool Miami evenings.
This time, I picked a cozy corner and indulged in some delicious Turkish food.
The authenticity of the flavors never fails to impress me!
The complimentary tea offered with the meal truly reflects the spirit of Turkish hospitality.
I remember feeling unsure about trying the gyros, but much to my surprise, I ended up loving it.
The food here is homemade, and you can taste the commitment to quality in every bite.
Not to mention, the servings were generous.
Among the many establishments in Miami Beach, one spot that captures my heart and taste buds consistently is Tapelia.
This contemporary Spanish restaurant is a gem in the heart of Miami that offers authentic Spanish cuisine and specialty cocktails in a relaxed setting with TV sports.
The first time I set foot in Tapelia, the smell of Spanish spices enveloping the air was enough to entice me.
I can still distinctly remember the crunch of their croquettes, the buttery garlic shrimp that followed, and the grand finale, a seafood paella with a generous serving of lobster.
The rice was creamy, and the flavors exploded in my mouth - pure culinary delight.
But it's not just the food that sets Tapelia apart; it's also the excellent service.
Icon on Ocean
When you live in a city as vibrant as Miami Beach, sometimes it's easy to overlook the culinary treasures hidden in plain sight.
One such treasure is the Icon on Ocean.
From the outside, you may not immediately spot it; there's no prominent sign screaming its name.
But trust me, it's an adventure worth embarking on, discovering this gastronomic oasis.
My personal favorite is their penne vodka pasta - it's a taste sensation you don't want to miss.
And let's not forget their perfectly cooked salmon, always tender and juicy.
If you're into seafood, you'll be amazed by the freshness of their oysters and clams.
An outdoor dinner here on a cool evening is also a treat.
They are thoughtful enough to set up heating systems for those of us who prefer the al fresco dining experience.
Ceviches by Divino Miami Beach
I've always been a fan of exploring the culinary scene around my city.
And to my surprise, I stumbled upon a hidden gem right in the heart of Miami Beach - a place called Ceviches by Divino.
The moment I stepped into this casual, contemporary space, I was enticed by the creative Peruvian dishes on the menu.
And let me tell you, it did not disappoint.
The service here was impeccable.
My lunch experience was a quick one, but it was thoroughly enjoyable.
The crispy tuna that I ordered was a revelation.
It had an amazing texture and is something I would definitely recommend to anyone.
I also tried the grilled salmon Poke.
A fellow diner suggested that I should have gone for the raw one for more flavor, and I'll make sure to try that next time.
In addition to their delicious food offerings, Ceviches by Divino also has an impressive selection of craft beers and cocktails.
It's an excellent spot for locals or anyone looking for a relaxed yet flavorful dining experience.
There are few places in Miami that can quite compete with the experience of dining at The Drexel.
Nestled in the heart of Española Way, this spot has an undeniably European charm that's hard to resist.
You feel a palpable energy in the air which sets a lively yet comfortable atmosphere.
One striking feature is the awesome outdoor space - perfect for soaking up the Miami weather while dining and enjoying the street view.
And then there's the food!
I remember that first time I ordered mussels and octopus for appetizers.
They were a stellar 10 out of 10 - fresh, perfectly cooked, and seasoned to perfection.
And the pasta, particularly the cacio e pepe, was simply divine.
It was like having a taste of Italy right here in Miami!
The pricing is fair, too, I typically spend around $100 per person (which includes a couple of bottles of white wine).
It's not just the food that makes The Drexel a must-visit.
Professional and friendly, they make you feel right at home.
Also, if you are lucky enough to be there during happy hour, you're in for a treat with some truly outstanding deals.
Oh, how I adore spending my evenings at YUCA 105!
This place, which you can find out more about at their website, is a hidden gem that brings Cuban-Peruvian fusion cuisine to life in the most extraordinary way.
What I've always appreciated about YUCA 105 is their knack for creating high-end dishes that are both creative and satisfying.
Sushi, in particular, is a new experience worth trying.
It's not the traditional sushi you might be accustomed to, but rather a fusion of flavors that are truly unique.
Some dishes might be a bit tad adventurous for some, but I believe that's part of the charm of this place - the unexpected combination of flavors that push your palate out of its comfort zone.
The drinks at YUCA 105 are also something to rave about.
I've tried both the alcoholic and virgin versions of their cocktails, and they're all equally impressive.
But if there's one drink I highly recommend, it's the Hemingway cocktail.
It's an excellent palate cleanser after dinner, leaving a refreshing taste in your mouth.
As for the ambiance, YUCA 105 nails it.
The outdoor dining area is the perfect spot to enjoy your meal, but the interior is equally impressive.
The opulent space, combined with the extensive wine list, truly elevates the dining experience.
And let's not forget about the excellent service.
Baires Grill Miami Beach
I thought it was about time to kick start the weekend, so I decided to try out Baires Grill Miami Beach on a Friday night.
Without any hesitation, I got myself a quick reservation and was seated right away.
The moment I sank my teeth into the pate, I was taken aback by the unexpected richness it offered.
The accouterments that came alongside were just as tantalizing.
Next up was the spinach and cheese bunuelos, golden and crispy little wonders that were bursting with flavors.
To wash it all down, I ordered a watermelon martini, while my partner opted for an old-fashioned - both were impeccably mixed and immensely refreshing.
As with any night out, the experience isn't just about the food and drinks.
On another occasion, I dropped by during their happy hour and indulged in their fried empanadas.
Beef, cheese and onion, spinach - each one was a delight in its own right.
There's something special about unwinding at a local gastropub after a long day, and that's exactly what I did at Semilla.
Even though I'm not fluent in French, their warmth and hospitality added to the charming ambiance of the place.
The appetizers, in particular, were a delight.
Each bite was clearly a product of love, knowledge, and skill.
From the $1.50 oysters during happy hour to the incredible calamari served with an unforgettable sauce - this place certainly knows how to satiate an appetite.
But the culinary journey didn't end with the appetizers.
I savored their salmon and risotto for the main course.
To finish off the evening on a sweet note, I indulged in their pavlova dessert.
Chloe Miami Beach
One of the perks of living in Miami Beach is the abundance of eateries to explore.
A breakfast destination that I frequent is Chloe Miami Beach, a charming spot right at the entrance of the Marseille Hotel.
You can browse their offerings at Chloe Miami Beach.
Over time, I've grown fond of their breakfast burrito.
It's a hearty wrap sliced, oddly enough, like sushi rolls.
I usually opt for a generous addition of avocado, which they never skimp on.
On the sweet side, their dulce de leche pancakes are a treat.
I've discovered that you can order a single pancake with dulce de leche on the side, which feels like a more satisfying deal than getting less topping spread over a stack of three.
The pancakes are fluffy and have a cake-like texture, which is a pleasant departure from the usual.
Osteria Del Teatro
I've seen restaurants in Miami Beach come and go, but one place that has been consistent in serving up delicious food and maintaining its charm is the Osteria Del Teatro.
Located just a stone's throw away from my apartment, it has quickly become my go-to spot for Northern Italian pasta and seafood.
When you step inside Osteria Del Teatro, you're immediately transported to a cozy trattoria in Italy, complete with a lounge & porch.
It's like an oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of South Beach.
The restaurant is owned and operated by real Italians, who take pride in preparing authentic dishes and providing top-notch service.
On my last visit, I decided to try something new from the menu and was pleasantly surprised.
I also love their extensive list of cocktails - they always have the perfect drink to complement the food.
What sets Osteria Del Teatro apart from other restaurants is not just the quality of their food but also their exceptional service.
Tequiztlan Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar
I've been to Tequiztlan Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar a few times now, and each experience has been pretty enjoyable.
The food and drinks are consistently satisfying, with their ceviche being a particular standout.
On their 10th anniversary, they were handing out hats and shots, which added to the lively atmosphere.
Their guacamole is a must-try, and it's so good that I would go back just for that.
The place itself has a unique, hip vibe with artsy and industrial elements that make it stand out.
They have a broad range of vegetarian options too, which is a plus for my friends.
One of the things I love about this place is the decor and its ideal location.
It’s a perfect spot for dates.
The food quality is generally good, with their Mexican pizza and Chile poblano dish being my favorites.
The flautas and tortilla beef dish could be better, though.
Price-wise, it's reasonable for the area.
Di Mauro's Italian Restaurant & Bar
I love exploring Miami Beach, and one of my favorite spot to unwind after a long day is undoubtedly Di Mauro's Italian Restaurant & Bar.
It's a bright, peaceful spot radiating warmth and homeliness - the perfect backdrop for an evening of authentic Italian pasta, pizza, salads, and more.
I remember my dinner on April 11, the service was prompt, and the ambiance was just perfect.
The prices are quite reasonable and in line with the other places in the area.
There's something special about their lunch specials, which are both excellent and affordable.
I still recall the taste of the three cheese gnocchi and salmon I had on one such afternoon.
Not to forget, their bruschetta appetizer is probably the best I've ever had.
But the culinary masterpiece at Di Mauro's is the filet mignon with champignons, cooked to tender and flavourful perfection.
And who would have thought a shot of Baileys could complement so well!
But it's their lobster ravioli with vodka sauce that's the crowning jewel.
Just thinking about the rich and harmonious flavors makes my mouth water.
Yardbird Table & Bar
I had the chance to visit Yardbird Table & Bar a while ago.
It's a rustic restaurant that has a reputation for serving inventive Southern comfort food and has a bourbon bar for those who like their drinks a bit stronger.
I must say the atmosphere was warm and welcoming, and there was positive energy throughout the restaurant.
The service was commendable too.
As for the food, I ordered deviled eggs and chicken, and waffles.
The deviled eggs were fantastic, and the chicken and waffles were very filling.
They also served "spiced watermelon" as a side, which was surprisingly delightful.
One word that comes to mind when I think about MILA is "exceptional".
Every visit to this high-end Mediterranean & Japanese fusion restaurant is a treat, and the flamboyant venue never fails to impress.
The stylish cocktail bar adds another layer of flair to the whole experience.
Initially, I was unaware that they offered a buffet-style lunch, and I admit I was a little skeptical.
However, since my first visit, I've been pleasantly surprised by the sheer variety and quality of the food on offer.
Being a seafood lover, I naturally gravitate toward the raw bar.
The oysters, although not large, are incredibly fresh, and the sushi is some of the best I've tasted.
For those with a sweet tooth, the desserts are not to be missed.
The mango mousse and rice pudding, in particular, are favorites of mine.
Whilst the food is undoubtedly a major draw, the atmosphere at MILA is equally enticing.
It's a known hotspot for VIPs and celebrities, the clientele is a testament to the quality of the establishment.
Having a meal here is an experience in itself.
Orilla Bar & Grill
What a pleasure it is to be a stone's throw away from the gem that is Orilla Bar & Grill.
Nestled right here in the heart of Miami, it has quickly become my go-to spot for a sumptuous dinner or a delightful date night.
From the moment I step foot into this stylish establishment, I'm transported into a world of coastal bliss.
The unique blend of nature-inspired decor and an open dining concept is beyond enchanting.
It's as if the outdoors blend seamlessly with the elegant interiors, making my dining experience truly unique.
You can find more about their aesthetic and menu on their website here.
Starting the meal with a crisp glass of prosecco is always a good idea.
And trust me, the gastronomic delights that follow are nothing short of extraordinary.
Their bread, a harmonious balance of crusty exterior and soft interior, is the perfect appetizer.
And if you're a seafood lover like me, the delicate flavors of the tiradito de pulpo, an octopus dish, is a must-try.
But the real star of the show at Orilla is their wagyu cheeseburger and prime rib eye steak.
Each bite of these juicy delicacies is a symphony of flavors that leaves me wanting more.
Last time, it was a fantastic Malbec that paired impeccably with the steak.
Even the sides at Orilla don't disappoint.
The French fries provençal, a delightful twist on a classic, and the heirloom tomatoes deserve a special mention.
And the desserts!
The artful creation of pavlova and the showstopper baked Alaska are masterpieces in their own right.
Mercato della Pescheria Miami
I can't tell you how many times I've just sauntered down the buzzing streets of Miami and landed at Mercato della Pescheria Miami Beach.
It's one of those places that's just hard to resist, trust me.
Nestled in the heart of our vibrant city, this seafood and Italian haven is just the place to unwind after a hectic day.
My typical meal here starts with their delectable chopped salad.
I love how each bite is a burst of fresh, crunchy goodness.
And then, I usually give in to the hearty allure of the branzino or sea bass for the main course.
The flavor profile of this dish, oh boy, it's nothing less than divine.
Each bite takes you on a sensory journey that is hard to put into words.
Plus, the thought of ending the meal with a robust cup of their aromatic espresso instead of dessert is just my kind of perfect.
The other day, we celebrated our daughter's birthday here before she went on her cruise.
The happy hour drinks here are a steal deal, priced at just $7.
The selection of drinks is quite impressive, and if you're into pasta, this place will be your paradise.
Santorini by Georgios
My love for Greek cuisine frequently leads me to the steps of Santorini by Georgios, nestled in the stylish Hilton Bentley at South Beach Miami.
The quaint restaurant, just a stone's throw from my home, effortlessly blends the classic Greek fare with a laid-back poolside setting.
I often start my day with a breakfast spread at Santorini.
The set breakfast is my usual pick, comprising eggs, bread, juice, and coffee.
The evenings are equally exciting, and the place transforms into a perfect destination for a leisurely dinner.
The family-owned restaurant ensures that every guest feels at home.
The imam baldi and grilled avocados are two of my absolute favorites here.
What sets Santorini apart from other Greek restaurants in the city is its unique setting.
On a hot day, you can take a dip in the pool while enjoying a sumptuous meal.
Each restaurant I've frequented here offers its unique flair, blending the city's multicultural vibe with culinary brilliance.
From the authentic flavors at Havana Vieja to the mouthwatering steaks at Ole Ole Steak House, the range of cuisines available is truly amazing.