Miami Beach has some of the most sought-after real estate in the world and a tropical lifestyle to match. While the perpetual sunshine and top-rated beaches are a draw, the area’s art galleries, luxury shopping options, and world-famous nightlife are just as phenomenal. Topping off Miami Beach’s appeal is its dynamic dining scene, which offers something for everyone. From seafood and Italian to Mexican, classic steakhouses, and beyond, this oceanside oasis provides unforgettable culinary feats for foodies of all tastes and preferences.
Those with Miami Beach, FL, real estate will quickly discover several favorite eating establishments, whether they’re on flashy Ocean Drive in South Beach, in one of the upscale resort hotels lining the beach, discovering a late-night spot, or visiting an old classic or ultra-lux venue with celebrity chefs. Read below to discover Miami Beach’s top restaurants.
1. Stubborn Seed
101 Washington Avenue
has become one of the most popular restaurants in Miami Beach, thanks to hometown celebrity chef Jeremy Ford, a 2022 James Beard Award semifinalist and Bravo’s Top Chef Season 13 winner. This Michelin-starred restaurant stands out in Miami Beach’s crowded and booming restaurant scene.
Located on South of Fifth, Stubborn Seed is an attractive, cozy restaurant known for its seasonal American fare and delightful craft cocktails. While people flock to this locale for its cacio e pepe cheese puffs highlighted on the full a la carte menu, the real customer treat is its eight-course tasting menu, which provides a range of classic and seasonal dishes.
820 Alton Road
is a favorite for many reasons. This family-owned Italian restaurant has earned a regular clientele by serving some of the best hand-made pasta in the area. Macchialina offers both indoor dining and an al fresco experience on the patio, known as il Giardino. It’s located in a quiet neighborhood on the opposite side of the island from Ocean Drive, giving it a quiet, relaxed ambiance.
Diners love to start with the creamy polenta or cacio e pepe, and even if it’s not on the menu that night, they’ll make it for you. Macchialina also serves several chicken and veal dishes, as well as a five-course tasting menu that’s considered to be one of the best deals in the city. Pair your entree with an interesting libation from the restaurant’s extensive beverage list. Many customers subscribe to Macchialina’s Wine Collective and receive an assortment of wines from around the world.
3. Silverlake Bistro
1211 71st Street, Normandy Isle
Diners who prefer a laid-back atmosphere head to Silverlake Bistro on Normandy Isle, located on the west side of Miami Beach. Silverlake Bistro is a fun, welcoming local spot whose upbeat, friendly atmosphere makes customers want to come back time and time again. The fare cooked here is typical bistro fare, including American and Italian cuisine. Silverlake Bistro also features a small plate menu and an excellent selection of wine and beer.
4. Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant
11 Washington Avenue
No list of the best restaurants in Miami Beach would be complete without Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant
. From its humble beginnings as a lunch counter in 1913, Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant has become one of the most popular and best-known restaurants in Miami Beach. Joe’s has a large, bright dining room located in a classic two-story building near the tip of South Beach.
New residents who’ve just purchased Miami Beach, FL, real estate simply must try Joe’s famous stone crabs, which are served with an equally infamous mustard sauce. On subsequent dining adventures, be sure to try this charming restaurant’s other seafood and meat dishes. The accompanying sides are just as delectable and include cole slaw, creamed spinach, roasted tomatoes, and hash browns. Top it all off with a piece of delicious key lime pie, and your dining experience is complete.
5. RED South Beach
801 South Pointe Drive
Everyone loves a great steakhouse, and RED South Beach
is ready to deliver using its great menu selection and hip, intimate setting. RED South Beach has wowed diners since its opening in 2008. Recently, its popularity has caused a relocation in 2021, where the beloved restaurant saw a larger dining area and a 3,000-square-foot patio for al fresco dining. The new location also includes a private dining room, a glass-enclosed VIP room, and RED’s signature wine wall.
Diners are treated to steak, seafood, and pasta dishes so flavor-packed that the restaurant has been voted one of the Best Steakhouses in Miami and one of America’s Top 10 Steakhouses. Chef Peter Vauthy focuses on classic cuts and seasonal ingredients inside his entrees and pairs them with a glass from his award-winning wine list. Customers will find every cut of steak imaginable here, including a 40-day aged Kansas City bone-in strip.
6. Sushi Bar Miami Beach
Esmé Hotel, 1438 Washington Avenue
Dining out in Miami Beach means visiting one of the great restaurants inside its hotels and resorts. Sushi Bar Miami Beach is one of those restaurants, located in the boutique Esme Hotel. Sushi Bar Miami Beach is widely known for its seasonal and rotating menu, which features classic favorites as well as unique selections. Many diners flock here for its world-famous 17-course meal, which is chosen by Sushi Bar’s chefs.
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