Restaurants in Florida
Florida cuisine is incredibly diverse, mixing European as well as African, Mexican, and Caribbean influences. Restaurants in Florida reflect these varied tastes and cultures. Bahamians, Haitians, Nicaraguans, Vietnamese, and many other cultures bring new tastes to local flavors.
There are plenty of ideas for picking Florida restaurants. Tap Tap is a colorful restaurant in Miami Beach serving up West African, French, and Caribbean fusion food. Try fried plantains, shrimp creole, or spicy conch ceviche, and top it off with a sip from their rum selection. For a famous dive-bar experience, try Singleton’s Seafood Shack in Atlantic Beach. This unassuming spot serves some of the best seafood Florida restaurants have to offer, without the fuss of white tablecloths or too much silverware.
Key Largo Conch House serves local craft beers and an excellent Key Lime Pie. Whether you feel like crepes, shrimp tacos or hush puppies, this spot will easily fill your dining needs. A purple cottage in Fernandina beach holds 29 South, a southern style bistro with farm-to-table food. It serves world cuisine with a modern twist, like lobster corn dogs and sweet tea brined pork chop, all by its famous chef, Scotty Schwartz.
A Fort Lauderdale institution, Ernie's is famed for its conch chowder; sweet, dense Bimini bread; and assorted odd manifestos on the wall ("Eliminate material crime, graft, and corruption by eliminating negotiable currency").
This intimate Mediterranean-inspired dining room (Tuscan-orange walls and paintings of the Italian countryside) resembles a trattoria in Italy. On the menu? Traditional dishes such as risotto with mushrooms and black truffles.
The atypically upscale restaurant in Epcot's Italy Pavilion boasts ornate chandeliers and a menu created by star chef Joachim Splichal.
In business since 1935 and housed in a 1938 Art Deco building, the S&S is an old-fashioned diner located just north of downtown. As they have since the 30’s, locals flock here for affordable American breakfast fare, served all day, as well as lunchtime sandwiches and salads.
East meets West at the South Beach Setai Hotel’s signature restaurant, where well-traveled chef David Werly, a native Alsatian, fuses Asian and modern American flavors.
A fine dining favorite in Brickell, the acclaimed Azul is located inside Mandarin Oriental hotel and helmed by chef Joel Huff. Unveiled in July 2011, the restaurant's new menu features a blend of European, American, and Asian flavors.
Men's club-like drinking and dining quarters
This certifiably funky Florida joint—think murals of leaping tarpon and a neon martini sign—serves local grouper, pompano, and soft-shell crabs.
Enjoy cocktails and the sunsets over the Ten Thousand Islands.
With its bare brick walls, flickering candles, and bubbling fountain, Columbia looks like a cellar bistro in an old Spanish town. Order a classic Valencian paella or Cuban roast pork.
Michaels, a casual fine dining steakhouse, is located on a back street in Old Town. The small wood bar and large wine display rack create a homey feel in a quiet restaurant, complete with covered patio seating and a fountain surrounded by greenery.