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From stunning beaches, tropical wildlife, and gorgeous state parks to lively nightlife, year-round warm weather, and rich culture, the City of Miami, Florida is known for a lot of things. But one undeniable characteristic of the booming metropolis is its excellent dining options full of really good food.
If you're wondering where to eat in Miami, Zeus Living has you covered. We researched all the best-loved eateries to bring foodies everywhere a fine-tuned list of the top restaurants in Miami. Just make sure you check the website or call ahead to confirm they're open and see if you need a reservation.
Whether you gravitate toward intimate cafes, large establishments, bustling bistros, outdoor dining, bars, pubs, or fine-dining restaurants, the Magic City has something for everyone. Hands down, these are the best restaurants in Miami.
First up on our list is Phuc Yea, a highly rated Vietnamese-Cajun fusion restaurant and bar. Some of the most mouth-watering dishes include PY noodles, fresh seafood curry, and caramel pork riblets.
In its pop-up days, Phuc Yea was credited with helping resurge Miami's vibrant and industrial historic MiMo district. (MiMo stands for "Miami modernist," a distinct South Florida architecture style.)
Society BBQ was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and we can see why. Chef Richard Hales serves up some of the best barbecue you can get outside of Texas—and the prices are reasonable too.
If you stop by Society BBQ in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood, we recommend getting the slow-smoked brisket or the pulled pork sandwiches. The vegan burnt ends are also an excellent choice if you're going meat-free.
Located in Miami's SoFi (South of 5th) neighborhood, Intimo is an upscale Peruvian-Japanese restaurant from chef Juan Chipoco. The daring dishes are to die for, though they tend to appeal more to people with refined palates.
If you love fresh fish, you can't go wrong with the ceviche or sushi bombs. Feeling adventurous? Opt for the pulpo moche (grilled octopus) or the gyoza de pato y foie (duck and foie gras-stuffed dumplings).
If you're craving tacos, head on over to Taquiza in Miami Beach. This waterfront restaurant sits in the city's North Beach neighborhood and is a go-to for traditional Mexican fare. All tacos are served on their famous house-made blue corn tortillas. Whether you get chicken, pastor, beef, or vegetarian, you won't regret grabbing food at Taquiza.
Another excellent Miami Beach spot is Lucali, a popular pizzeria. The dough is house-made and rolled out with empty wine bottles. With fresh ingredients, all the toppings you can imagine, and wood-fired ovens, this is the place to go for pizza or calzones. As an import from New York City, the acclaimed Lucali was an instant hit in South Beach, Florida.
Fooq's is a cozy French-Persian restaurant located in Downtown Miami. The unique rotating menu is filled with delectable entrees, shareables, and unbeatable desserts. Fooq's also offers an excellent wine list, which you can order by glass or bottle.
For authentic Thai cuisine, check out Lung Yai Thai Tapas in Little Havana. This small but legendary eatery has an incredible menu, including shareables and small portions of dishes like steamed dumplings, crispy spring rolls, slow-cooked pork belly, and papaya salad. At Lung Yai, you only get one shot at ordering your entire meal, so it's best to go all out and try a little of everything.
Located in the Buena Vista neighborhood, Boia De is one of the best restaurants in Miami. The creators of the uber-popular La Pollita food cart are behind the intimate bistro, which serves amazing Italian food. In addition to their pasta selection, some of the best menu items include marinated eggplant, crispy polenta, peach lamb ribs, black-truffle ribeye carpaccio, and squash tempura. We recommend checking out the wine list, too, as it's full of both familiar labels and rare varieties.
Over in Miami Beach, Stubborn Seed is a hip and cozy joint by Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford. The tasting menu is full of fresh, seasonal fare with delicious entrees and a full a la carte menu. Noteworthy items include crunchy truffle bravas, ricotta gnudi, truffle chicken, and smoked ribeye with miso butter. Stop by Stubborn Seed for dinner, happy hour, dessert, signature cocktails, or all of the above.
Balloo is a tiny Caribbean-inspired restaurant located in Downtown Miami's historic Ingraham building. Chef Timon Balloo's culinary creations are influenced by his own family's recipes, and the menu changes almost daily.
If you're looking for a good cup of coffee, you won't want to pass up All Day. Located in the Park West neighborhood of Miami, this cafe offers much more than lattes and cappuccinos. Stop by for brunch to get seriously tasty breakfast sandwiches, fancy avocado toast, and tons of must-try homemade desserts.
Zak the Baker is by far the best bakery in the city. Many Miami restaurants and coffee shops in the metro get their bread and baked goods there, but it's worth going directly to the source. Located in the community of Wynwood, Zak the Baker is a popular destination for bread-lovers and pastry fanatics.
Amara at Paraiso is an upscale Latin American restaurant with some of the best waterfront views in Miami. Renowned chef Michael Schwartz is behind the farm-to-table menu, which is inspired by flavors throughout the Caribbean and South America. We're talking short-rib empanadas, crispy octopus, and the most incredible yucca balls you've ever tasted.
Glass & Vine is one of the best restaurants in Miami to get Sunday brunch. The eatery is led by Chopped champion Giorgio Rapicavoli, who brings fine dining creations to Coconut Grove. On the brunch menu, you'll find delicious items like passion fruit waffles, short-rib benedict, and carbonara fries, as well as a solid a la carte list. Any dish you try at this spot is sure to satisfy your taste buds.
The Cuban sandwich is a popular fare in Miami, though if you want the best-of-the-best, you'll have to go to Sanguich De Miami. Located in Little Havana, this walk-up window has an almost cult-like following, which becomes immediately apparent when you see how long the lines get. Aside from classic Cuban sandwiches with a modern twist, the batidos (milkshakes) are definitely worth trying.
If you're in the mood for Japanese cuisine, we suggest going to Zuma in Downtown Miami. Inspired by casual izakaya-style dining, this hip and modern restaurant draws in celebrities, socialites, prominent business people, and foodies alike. Once you try it, it'll leave your taste buds wanting more.
Anyone with a sweet tooth will love the dessert menu at Bachour. This top-rated Coral Groves restaurant serves up beautiful, sweet creations from the pastry king, Antonio Bachour. Whether you stop by for dessert or dine in for a full meal, Bachour is worth a visit during your stay in Miami.
So much to taste and so little time! If you want to try all the top Miami restaurants, we encourage you to consider an extended-stay rental from Zeus Living. Located across many safe neighborhoods in Miami, our contemporary long-term rentals are completely furnished with fully equipped kitchens. You can also count on fast WiFi, smart TVs, comfortable beds, and all the cleaning supplies you need. Following the average rent in Miami, our rentals are offered at great prices!
To learn more about our temporary housing options in Miami, contact us at Zeus Living today!