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Pizza Tropical at Gramps Bar
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The best restaurants for dining alone in Miami

Enjoy a fantastic meal solo at these Miami restaurants where you won't feel totally awkward for dining alone

By Douglas Markowitz

There could be many reasons for someone to dine alone in Miami. Maybe you’re busy and need to scarf down a sub at a Miami sandwich shop before getting back to the office. Maybe you’re looking to treat yourself to a quality meal at a South Beach restaurant or want to explore a new cuisine at a local food hall. Whatever the reason, there’s absolutely no shame in eating by yourself, especially when you’re doing so at one of the best spots in Miami to dine solo. 

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Time Out Market Miami
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Time Out Market Miami

Restaurants South Beach

Food halls are a fantastic place to chow down if you’re on your own, and it just so happens that we’ve got one of our very own right on Lincoln Road. You’ll find some of the best restaurants in Miami—18 vendors in total —all under one roof serving everything from classic Cuban delights to steamy bowls of pho. Grab a seat at any of the communal tables and take in the scene while you eat. Bussers come around to pick up your plate (a plus when you’re solo and don’t want to leave your things unattended to clear your area), and the Wi-Fi is free should you need to make it a working lunch.  

Coyo Taco

Restaurants Mexican Wynwood

There’s usually a long line at this beloved local chain’s Wynwood location, but that’s an opportunity to savor the street scene during the day and come back later to party in the backroom nightclub. If you’re posted up elsewhere in the city, there are also locations in Coral Gables, Brickell, and at Time Out Market in Miami Beach, meaning you can enjoy Coyo’s delicious tacos, chips, and street corn throughout Miami.

Azucar Ice Cream Company
Photograph: Courtesy Azucar Ice Cream Company

Azucar Ice Cream Company

Restaurants Ice cream parlors East Little Havana

There’s truly nothing like soaking up the Little Havana atmosphere with a cone from Azucar in your hand. Watch the abuelos play dominos and listen to the salsa music echo from open windows as you beat the heat with flavors like café con leche, flan and the iconic Abuela Maria variety.

Best places to dine alone in Miami

Jimmy's Eastside Diner
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1. Jimmy's Eastside Diner

Restaurants American Miami

Yes, this is the Moonlight diner, but it’s not on this list for that reason alone. As the greasiest spoon in Miami, Jimmy’s Eastside Diner is cherished for its commitment to breakfast classics. It’s the perfect place to crawl to after a long night out, where all you need is plenty of ham, eggs, and fried potatoes at a price that says “I blew it all last night.”

Ramen stock photo
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2. Momi Ramen

Restaurants Japanese Brickell

Despite what you may have thought, ramen is one of the few dishes best savored alone. That way, you can achieve a Zen-like focus on the many flavors at work in a typical bowl: the savory pork broth, the chewy menya noodles, the carefully placed hard-boiled egg. Here in Miami, there’s no better place for that than this Brickell spot. The menu is relatively expensive and cash-only, but no price is too high for a truly outstanding bowl of ramen.

St. Roch Market
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3. St. Roch Market

Restaurants Food court Design District

This food hall in the Design District’s Palm Court doubles as being one of the cheaper places to eat if you find yourself in an extremely pricey luxury neighborhood. Thankfully, you get what you pay for, and St. Roch Market’s vendors offer a delicious variety of international eats. Try the pork mojo sandwich at Kali’s Island Spice—it’s to die for—or one of Itamae’s hearty sushi rolls. Aside from being affordable, St. Roch has adorable loungers where you can go and swing post solo meal.

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Restaurants Coffee shops Park West

Coffee shops are a great place to dine alone, especially when you’ve got a lot of work to do. If you’re living the digital nomad life, drop in at this Downtown spot offering a variety of third-wave coffee drinks, house-made pastries, breakfast (which is served all day) and healthy lunch options. Plus, if you need a break from staring at your computer screen, it’s an excellent place to people-watch—specifically the crowds stumbling out of 24/7 club E11EVEN located just next door.

Dogma grill
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5. Dogma Grill

Restaurants Hot dogs Little Haiti / Lemon City

One of the best cheap eats in Miami, Dogma serves up classic Chicago-style hot dogs, plus burgers and fries, with a Miami twist. You probably won’t look very good trying to stuff that big ‘ol bratwurst or chili dog in your mouth, but you can be reassured that everyone else looks just as ridiculous. Hot dogs: the great equalizer.

Chicken salad at Last Carrot
Photograph: Courtesy Last Carrot

6. The Last Carrot

Restaurants Vegetarian West Coconut Grove

Why should carnivores have all the fun? This Coconut Grove institution is the perfect spot for vegans and vegetarians looking for a quick bite, with all the salads, wraps, smoothies and juices one could possibly need. It’s mostly counter service, meaning you’re probably not going to be staying awhile, whether you’re getting takeout or eating in.

Pizza Tropical at Gramps Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Gramps Bar

7. Pizza Tropical at Gramps Bar

Bars Dive bars Wynwood

Pizza is usually best enjoyed with a group, but the by-the-slice servings at Gramps’ Pizza Tropical mean you won’t have to buy a whole pie if you’re craving some cheesy goodness. The most authentically Florida bar in Wynwood also happens to be a great place to meet people thanks to its excellent cocktails (read: liquid courage) and robust programming, both of which make it easier to strike up a conversation with a stranger. Whether you’re into indie music, record collecting, drag shows or Premier League soccer, you’ll find friends with a shared interest here.

La Trova
Photograph: Courtesy Café La Trova

8. Café La Trova

Restaurants Cafés East Little Havana

The upscale takes on classic Cuban food at James Beard-winning chef Michelle Bernstein’s Little Havana hotspot is reason enough to stop in, as is the excellent cocktail menu. But the restaurant’s festive atmosphere and bar seating ensure that you’ll have fun even while flying solo. You might arrive alone, but you’ll probably be singing Celia Cruz with new friends in no time.

Photograph: Douglas Markowitz

9. Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop

Restaurants Cuban Midtown

Just east of Wynwood, this tiny sandwich spot has held out against gentrification in the neighborhood. People from all walks of life come in to savor its affordable takes on Cuban classics. Order your pan con bistec and cortadito inside or at the ventanita to take it with you wherever you may need to go. Just don’t expect to find parking right away.

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