Restaurants in South Beach
South Beach restaurants run a dime a dozen and it can be difficult not to wander into a buzzing tourist spot simply to watch the endless sea of characters that pass by. Altamare is a local's alternative to the tourist spots near the shopping district of the Lincoln Road Mall.
Formerly Blue Door at the Delano, Bianca boasts the freshest local organic ingredients, like handmade pasta and snapper. But save room for desserts, the gelato and sorbet are among the best in Miami. Creek 28 is another South Beach restaurant for high-end locally sourced cuisine. Ask for a table near the fountain.
Favored hotel restaurants in South Beach include Essenia at The Palms, The Lido at The Standard and Restaurant at the Setai.
With its strip mall location, Malucosos may not seem like one of the best restaurants in South Beach. But what it lacks in location it makes up for in cuisine, with dishes enjoyed by the likes of Roger Federer.
For Cuban cuisine and some dancing with the local ex-pats, try Yuca Restaurant and lounge.
Set in the lobby and brick-lined patio of the 1936-era Indian Creek Hotel, Creek 28 has the allure of that earlier era and, fortuitously, wonderful food as well. Chef Kira Volz is devoted to locally sourced fare and grows herbs like rosemary and basil right on the property.
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.
Since 1999, chef Michael D’Andrea has showcased his family’s 75-year-old recipes at this Staten Island-style Italian eatery in South Beach.
Just 13 tables fill this pocket-size Dutch-Indonesian restaurant, where a cozy gray banquette runs the length of the space and walls are hung with black-and-white photographs of Indonesia.
Nightclub ambiance meets sumptuous Moroccan décor in this dimly lit South Beach restaurant that's the place to be on Monday nights.
Luxe Italian steak house from Wise Guys star
Dreadlocked star chef Govind Armstrong has created dinner-as-theater here, with fussy service, a dramatic and soaring space, and a formal Los Angeles atmosphere.
YUCA, which stands for Young Upscale Cuban-American, caters to just that crowd, and power brokers and the political class love to network at this Miami Beach destination.
There's real substance to Claude Troisgrois's French-goes-tropical fare. To get in step with the fashion crowd, start off with the Crabavocat, a guacamole and blue-crab salad with a spicy tomato coulis and crispy shrimp.
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.