The 30 best Miami restaurants

Feast on the finest food in Florida—with our ultimate Miami restaurant guide

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Go Dutch on seafood at the W South Beach hotel’s Dutch restaurant

Go Dutch on seafood at the W South Beach hotel’s Dutch restaurant © Noah Fecks


Choosing where to eat in Miami these days can be as challenging a decision as figuring out which SPF to lather up with on the beach. But that wasn't always the case. As recently as even a decade ago, the best restaurants in Miami were usually the ones anchoring a swanky South Beach hotel lobby. And while there are still plenty of impressive eats to be found within the confines of the city's hippest lodgings—Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS, the Dutch at the W South Beach, BLT Steak at the Betsy, and Bianca at the Delano among them—diners who are willing to wander off the well-worn tourist pathways will find themselves deliciously rewarded.

From South Beach to Sunny Isles Beach to the Design District to Downtown, the food scene in Miami is really, truly booming. While local chefs like Michael Schwartz continue to churn out new twists on their individual concepts, restaurant firms like 50 Eggs, Inc.—the folks behind Yardbird, Swine, Khong and Lime Fresh Mexican Grill—are helping to give Miami restaurants their own unique flavor. And they show no signs of slowing down.

With new eateries popping up on a seemingly daily basis, keeping on top of the best restaurants in Miami at any given time can be a challenging task. Which is why our editors have done the legwork for you. Whether your current craving has you longing for a perfectly crispy plate of fried chicken or a locally-sourced tomato and burrata salad, there are bound to be endless options at our picks for the 30 best restaurants in Miami…

Cuban and Latin American cuisines

Tap Tap

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

It looks like a shack from the outside, but that’s all part of the package at this funky, arty restaurant, which pays homage to Haitian culture and cuisine. Inside, colorful murals spice up the place, and music, art exhibitions and poetry readings

  1. 819 5th Street, at Meridian Avenue
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El Chalan

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Miami’s best food is often found in strip malls, and this budget Peruvian caff is a case in point. The aesthetics are cheap: bright, unflattering lights, laminated menus and photographs of the food. But the home cooking is top notch. The ceviche

  1. 7971 Bird Road, at SW 79th Avenue
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Puerto Sagua

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The best place for breakfast on Collins is this trad (as in authentically old, rather than retro) Cuban diner. Choose from a long list of set combinations, many of which give change from six bucks. Later in the day, an entertaining mix of old-time

  1. 700 Collins Avenue, at 7th Street
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Ola

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Back in the 1980s, chef Douglas Rodriguez started the nouveau Cuban craze in Miami and then moved to New York, where he became a huge star. After returning to Miami, he opened Ola. The trendy minimalist decor feels dated, but the food is

  1. Sanctuary, at 17th Street, (1745 James Avenue)
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Bazaar by José Andrés

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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Everything about the SLS is painfully hip, including the Bazaar, its house restaurant. Opened in 2012 by culinary giant José Andrés, the Bazaar has already risen to the top of local foodies’ must-visit list, earning it the distinction of being

  1. SLS South Beach, at 17th Street, (1701 Collins Avenue)
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Michy's

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Brazenly located in the gritty Upper East Side, bold and beautiful Michy’s has helped to slowly gentrify the neighborhood. The flamboyant decor is pure 1970s retro glam, complete with kitsch florals and shell chandeliers. Celebrity chef Michelle

  1. 6927 Biscayne Boulevard, at 69th Street
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Classic American

Florida Cookery

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

If it ain’t local, Florida Cookery doesn’t want it. The signature restaurant at the James Royal Palm hotel has a passion for fresh, locally sourced produce, meat and seafood, as demonstrated by Kris Wessel’s impressive menu, which includes

  1. James Royal Palm, 1545 Collins Avenue, (at 15th Street)
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Dutch

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

After wowing critics in Manhattan, Andrew Carmellini has duplicated his popular, roots-inspired American eaterie in Miami by way of the W hotel. Paying tribute to the kind of American culinary traditions you’d witness in neighborhood taverns and

  1. W South Beach, at 22nd Street, (2201 Collins Avenue)
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Yardbird

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

Flashy though it may be, Miami is still a part of the American South: the region that spawned fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, pretty much fried anything. One need only venture a few steps off Lincoln Road to try these comfort food staples, all

  1. 1600 Lenox Avenue, (at 16th Street)
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Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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This buzzy restaurant is a true star. Decor and menu are classy yet casual, and the service also strikes just the right note. The interior mixes industrial chic—concrete floors, exposed ducts—with warmth (red lamps, flickering candles, modern

  1. 130 NE 40th Street, at NE 1st Avenue
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Federal Drink & Provisions

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Go on, play with your food. The folks at the Federal won’t mind. Experimentation is encouraged at this bustling gastropub, located in a not-so-bustling strip mall on the upper part of Biscayne Boulevard. Co-owners Cesar Zapata and Aniece Meinhold

  1. 5132 Biscayne Boulevard, at NE 52nd Street
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Steakhouses

Meat Market

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

No, it’s not a pick-up joint. Cited as one of the city’s "buzziest restaurants" by Condé Nast Traveler, Meat Market is one of the classier spots to set up shop on Lincoln Road. It’s enormous, too (4,400sq ft, with a cute outdoor café for al

  1. 915 Lincoln Road, at Jefferson Avenue
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Prime 112

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4

Who in their right mind would ever pay $25 for a hot dog—OK, a Kobe beef hot dog? Diners at this posh steakhouse, that’s who. Command central for carnivores and those who devour a good, star-studded scene, Prime 112 ("Prime One Twelve") is

  1. 112 Ocean Drive, at 1st Street
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The Forge

  • Price band: 4/4

Local legend has it that Al Capone is alive and well and living in this steakhouse’s acclaimed wine cellar. The place itself is a rococo-lover’s fantasy: multi-chambered, ornately decorated (and priced) and completely OTT. Although it stands as

  1. 432 41st Street, at Royal Palm Avenue
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Seafood

Joe's Stone Crab

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

South Florida’s most famous restaurant, Joe’s (which turned 100 in 2013) is as much a Miami must-see as Ocean Drive. It attracts locals, tourists and celebs, serving seasonal stone crabs (October–May) with a "secret" sauce, garlic creamed

  1. 11 Washington Avenue, at 1st Street
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Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Down by the river, tucked behind a maze of downtown freeways and bridges, this seafood shack is a hidden gem. From the nautical interior and rustic waterfront deck to the fishing boats that chug by, this place oozes character. Conch fritters,

  1. 398 NW North River Drive, at NE 2nd Avenue
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Area 31

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Even if it didn’t boast one of the city’s most spectacular views—the Miami skyline is laid out in front of you from the 16th floor of the EPIC Hotel—chef E. Michael Reidt’s innovative seafood, much of it sourced from the waters you can

  1. EPIC Hotel, 16th Floor, at SE 4th Street, (270 Biscayne Boulevard Way)
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European cuisines

Icebox Cafe

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

The Icebox is a curious mix of industrial space (exposed ducting, hard metallic surfaces), matronly tearoom (creamy chocolate cakes on frilly stands) and gay bar (beefcake waiters serve a campy crowd). But it’s quite pleasant, especially for a

  1. 1657 Michigan Avenue, at Lincoln Road
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Villa Azur

  • Rated as: 4/5

In the heart of nightclub central, Villa Azur is a welcome reminder that the art of fine dining is not always lost on the party-’til-the-sun-rises crowd. This French newcomer—co-owned by actor Olivier Martinez (who, at press time, was set to

  1. 309 23rd Street, at Liberty Avenue
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Balans

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

A longtime fave of pink brunchers in London, Balans’s first US venture is on Lincoln Road. Curiously, despite the laid-back locale, it’s more uptight than its Anglo counterpart. On our visit, wait staff wanted us to know that they’re only

  1. 1022 Lincoln Road, at Michigan Avenue
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Barceloneta

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

There’s a reason why this Spanish tapas joint is sandwiched next to two members of the Pubbelly family of restaurants: she’s their little sister. Opened in 2011, small plates of well-balanced Catalan classics are the specialty here, and

  1. 1400 20th Street, at Purdy Avenue
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Italian restaurants

Casa Tua

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4

One of the city’s finest and fussiest big-bucks restaurants, Casa Tua is a sleek and chic country Italian-style establishment set in a refurbished 1925 Mediterranean-style two-story house. It has several dining areas, including an outdoor garden,

  1. 1700 James Avenue, at 17th Street
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Macchialina

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Rustic and homey, this off-the-beaten-path Italian (from the same folks behind the Pubbelly family of restaurants) is full of locals looking to escape the madness of South Beach. Luckily, they’ve found a place to do it where the laid-back vibe is

  1. 820 Alton Road, (at 8th Street)
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Escopazzo

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The name may mean "crazy," but the only sign of insanity at this organic Italian stalwart is the fact that there are only 90 seats—nowhere near enough to accommodate the legion of die-hard escopazzosos. Their continued loyalty is maintained by

  1. 1311 Washington Avenue, at 13th Street
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Cecconi's

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

If you’re hoping for a star sighting, your chances will be greatly improved by taking in a meal—and the gorgeous decor—at Cecconi’s, the open-to-the-public Italian restaurant on the ground floor of the members-only Soho Beach House. Open for

  1. Soho Beach House, 4385 Collins Avenue, (at 44th Street)
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Perricone's Marketplace & Café

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

This charming Italian restaurant has a woody, rustic setting—the building is actually an 18th-century barn relocated from Vermont to Downtown Miami. Attractions include excellent wines, pastas and salads, child-friendly facilities such as bibs and

  1. 15 SE 10th Street, at S Miami Avenue
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Asian cuisines

Nobu at the Shore Club

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Nobu Matsuhisa is regarded as the world’s greatest sushi chef, but that’s not why this place is booked up weeks in advance. No, this outpost of the global raw fish superpower is lodged at the Shore Club and it’s the combination of

  1. Shore Club, 1901 Collins Avenue
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Pubbelly

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Andreas Schreiner, Jose Mendin and Sergio Navarro—the trio behind Pubbelly—have got quite a growing business on their hands. In addition to this original outpost, the city’s first Asian-inspired gastropub, they’ve grown their family of

  1. 1418 20th Street, at Purdy Avenue
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Hy Vong

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

A neighborhood mainstay for more than 25 years, this tiny Vietnamese restaurant has only 35 seats, all constantly occupied by locals. Fill up on expertly prepared Asian specials such as kingfish with yellow curry sauce, cooked on a six-burner stove.

  1. 3458 Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street), at SW 34th Avenue
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