Restaurants in Miami
Miami restaurants have gained worldwide acclaim for offering unique New World cuisine, also known as “Nuevo Latino” or “Floribbean,” a play on the combination of Caribbean and American culinary styles. Restaurants in Miami tend to specialize in Cuban and South American dishes, but as an international destination Miami offers plenty of award-winning international and fusion restaurants that will satisfy cravings for Chinese, Japanese, French, Middle Eastern and Italian cuisine, too.
Miami is also known for the number of nightclubs that double as restaurants, especially in South Beach. Cibo Wine Bar, located in Coral Gables, serves up authentic, rustic Italian, and also doubles as a nightlife hotspot. The stone and glass interior, complete with rustic wood finishes, makes it a sport that feels both casual and contemporary. Award-winning The Forge, open since 1969, serves a farm-to-table menu in a sumptuously decorated space with walls of hand-carved blonde wood and antique smoked mirrors. The menu boasts specialties based on Miami’s bounteous seafood, such as sea scallop ceviche, Maine lobster risotto and Florida stone crab claws, as well as fusion twists on seafood classics like miso-marinated Chilean sea bass and organic farm-raised salmon served with hazelnuts and smoked trout caviar.
The Lido—just off the main lobby of the hotel—is a highly designed Scandinavian-style room, but for the ultimate in casual chic, dine beneath the umbrella-covered outdoor tables beside Biscayne Bay.
This French-owned eatery has been serving traditional sandwiches in South Beach since 1988. More a snack bar than an actual restaurant, La Sandwicherie is a counter-service outlet with a handful of stools at the bar.
This stylish spot in the city’s Design District serves up pitchers of white sangria—made with apricot brandy, apples, oranges, and white and sparkling wine—on a mosaic-covered terrace shaded by oak trees.
This Little Havana eatery is widely popular with locals for its authentic Salvadorean cuisine and generous portions.
Outdoor tables and plush wicker recliners contrast with tropical palm trees, hinting at the Mahogany Grille’s blending of Southern gentility and Caribbean panache. Located in the West Lake area of North Miami Beach, Mahogany Grille serves Southern, Low Country, and Carribean food.
This unassuming, family-owned restaurant is easily recognizable by its green awning, Mexican murals, and large red, white, and green sign on the outside of the building. Rosita’s is no-frills, but it serves what is, arguably, the most authentic and flavorful Mexican food in the area.
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.
This enoteca on Lincoln Road employs a Morello Forni rotary stone hearth gas oven.