Restaurants in Miami

From Cuban street food to glittering celebrity hangouts, the restaurants of Miami are almost as diverse as its population.

The restaurants below have been grouped into three different price categories:
Expensive (over US$35)
Moderate (US$20 to US$34
Cheap (under US$20)

These prices are for an average three-course meal for one person with a bottle of house wine or cheapest equivalent; they do not include taxes, service charge or tip. Expect to pay a 7% sales tax. The levy is used to help the homeless.

Tax is added to the bill at the end of the meal and is not reflected in the menu prices. A few places also include a service charge in the bill, but this is not common. It is normal to leave a tip of 15-20% for service.

Joe's Stone Crab

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Seafood

Begun as a beachside seafood stand in 1913, Joe's Stone Crab is now a Miami institution, made famous by the copious quantities of stone crab claws (Florida's greatest seafood delicacy) served with their signature mustard sauce. The menu also offers other seafood dishes, steaks, ribs and chicken, accompanied by coleslaw and hash browns as sides.

Address: 11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Miami, Florida, United States
Telephone: +1 305 673 0365

A Fish Called Avalon

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Seafood

Part of the Art Deco district, A Fish Called Avalon is the place to go for some of the city’s best seafood – all served up in airy, chic surroundings with views over the street and beach opposite. Served to a soundtrack of Latin-Caribbean music, typical dishes include the spiced grilled grouper and Florida snapper with mango relish.

Address: 700 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Miami, Florida, United States
Telephone: +1 305 532 1727

Barton G the Restaurant

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: American

Serving upmarket American classics, Barton G the Restaurant is the place to come for US cuisine with a side of theatrics. Owned by A-list caterer Barton G Weiss, the décor is plush and cosy, and the presentation of the dishes is Instagram-worthy. Expect popcorn shrimp to be served in a real popcorn machine or giant cutlery used as a centrepiece on a plate of steak or tuna.

Address: 1427 West Avenue, Miami Beach, Miami, Florida, United States
Telephone: +1 305 672 8881

Big Pink

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: American

At the heart of the South Beach hustle, this retro diner and sports bar serves classic all-American fare to a young crowd. As the name suggests, practically everything (from the barstools to the menu) is pink. The satisfying American comfort food is the real draw though, especially the TV dinner served in a six-compartment tray.

Address: 157 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Miami, Florida, United States
Telephone: +1 305 532 4700

Cascade Poolside Cafe

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: International

Casual poolside dining is the name of the game at this charming little restaurant, which is part of the 61-hectare (150-acre) Biltmore Hotel estate. Cascade overlooks the largest pool in the US and has a similarly watery menu with fresh seafood, Caribbean dishes and healthy, organic spa cuisine topping the bill.

Address: Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Telephone: +1 305 913 3189

Area 31

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Seafood

A sleek seafood emporium located in Downtown Miami, Area 31 combines a lounge-style appearance with sustainably-caught crustacea and a very glamorous crowd. Despite its good looks, the prices are not off the charts, and you can eat well here at an affordable price–just try not to miss the excellent crab.

Address: 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown, Miami, Florida, United States
Telephone: +1 305 424 5234

El Mago de las Fritas

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Cuban

Along with the Cuban sandwich, the frita (a burger spiced with industrial quantities of paprika) is one of Cuba’s best contributions to the Miami street food scene. Nowhere does it better than El Mago de las Fritas, where the eponymous ‘El Mago’ (former chef Ortelio Cárdenas) had been making them since 1984.

Address: 5828 South West 8th Street, West Miami, Miami, Florida, United States
Telephone: +1 305 266 8486

Shorty's Bar-B-Q

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: American

Occupying a log cabin decorated with mounted boar, caribou heads, saddles and cowboy hats, this barbecue house has Americana written all over it. Very informal, the food here is served at long wooden picnic tables, with specialties that include barbecued ribs accompanied by fries, coleslaw, corn on the cob and chilled, thirst-quenching beers.

Address: 11575 South West 40th Street, West Miami, Miami, Florida, United States
Telephone: +1 305 227 3196

Little Havana Restaurant

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Cuban

Proof positive that there is authentic Cuban food outside Calle Ocho, North Miami’s Little Havana is a popular choice with locals thanks to its beautifully cooked dishes. Open daily, specialties include lobster-stuffed yucca pastry and Masas de Puerco, a tender, crispy fried pork dish that is a favourite among patrons.

Address: 12727 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami, Miami, Florida, United States
Telephone: +1 305 899 9069
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