Restaurants in Florida
Owned by Douglas Rodriguez—who also founded Yuca on Lincoln Road—OLA specializes in creative pan-Latino cuisine with Spanish and Caribbean influences. The expansive dining room has dark-wood floors, square chairs, and red accents.
This intimate, 50-seat restaurant is located in the Marquesa Hotel, a collection of 19th-century conch houses in historic Old Town.
On the Big Cypress preserve, Joanie Griffin is known for gator steaks and other rustic staples served at her ornament-crammed eatery.
Order the toothsome gumbo at this branch of the New Orleans–themed Floridian chainlet on the central square.
A Miami institution for many decades, this family-owned seafood restaurant draws crowds of locals, tourists, and even celebrities, with former patrons ranging from Frank Sinatra to Ivana Trump.
The sleek centerpiece of the newly upscale north beach area, Trina, located in Starwood's Atlantic Hotel, is the brainchild of consulting chef Don Pintabona—formerly of Manhattan's Tribeca Grill—who creates Mediterranean-influenced dishes like tagine-baked Florida grouper with almond couscous.
This restaurant at Burdines Waterfront is known for its burgers, fried fish, fried key lime pie, as well as its views of the sea, boats, and Boot Key’s mangroves. The Chiki Tiki consists of an upstairs hut with a thatch roof, surrounded by a dining deck the color of tropical shallows.
Velvet-rope restaurant with a carnival theme
A flashy, high-end Chinese restaurant housed inside the equally flashy W South Beach Hotel, Mr. Chow is owned by famed restauranteur Michael Chow, who also owns restaurants in New York and London.
For a casual night out, try to score a reservation at this insanely popular spot. Order your banana cream pie when you sit down; the locals are addicted to it.
Located on Disneyworld’s boardwalk, Flying Fish Café lives up to its name by serving seafood delicacies like pan-roasted chimichurri-glazed South Carolina flounder, cooked right in front of you by Flying Fish chefs.