Joe’s Stone Crab (Seafood) Sure, this large, columned place has tourista written all over it, but some institutions come by their reputations honestly, in Joe’s case because of family ownership that dates back to 1913 and a menu that specializes in irresistible hard-shell stone crabs. They don’t take reservations here, but after you’ve visited once you can resort to Joe’s Take-Out or Joe Goes Direct Shipping. The hours and menu vary by season, so check before you go.
11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach; 305-673-0365. $$$
The Veranda (New World) As formal as this generally informal town gets—the dress code for dinner hours is "resort elegant"—this restaurant overlooks the promenade and pool gardens at Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club. The wine list is extensive, and while the cuisine is gourmet, signature dishes tend toward familiar favorites like Florida yellowtail snapper and herb-crusted Colorado rack of lamb. Closed during the resort’s renovation, the Veranda reopens December 15.
19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura; 305-932-6200. $$$
Tapas & Tintos (Spanish) Situated in Española Way, a small enclave of upscale shops and restaurants off the main drag in South Beach, this is a cordial if sometimes raucous neighborhood joint known for its paellas, tapas, mojitos and flamenco nights. It offers an extensive selection of Spanish wines.
448 Española Way, Miami Beach; 305-538-8272. $$
Vix (Fusion) The menu here draws on what the chef, James Wierzelewski, calls "the four palates": Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Latin America. These worldy influences show up, among other places, in a Chinese noodle dish with barbecued duck and lobster, and in a seafood medley over coconut rice.
1144 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; 305-779-8888. $$$$