Craving Stone Crab, Lobster, Snapper, Grouper? 10Best Has You Covered (and Sauteed, Ceviched, Roasted, Jerked and Fried)

Jen Karetnick

By , Local Expert, Miami
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For more than a century now, Miami's restaurants have been known for serving seafood. Beginning with Joe's Stone Crab on South Beach and continuing with Captain's Tavern in South Miami and Captain Jim's in North Miami, some of the most authentic and freshest dishes come from restaurants that are (or were, originally) attached to fish markets. Others spring from the hands of our talented chefs working in establishments such as Area 31, which sells only local and sustainable product. A few are even one-night-stands, like the all-you-can-eat Maine Lobsters for $35 at Kitchen 305 that goes on every Wednesday like a poker...  Read more »

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    Little Brazil Restaurant

    Local Expert Tip: "Classic Brazilian dishes, including feijoada and moqueca, combined with a casual atmosphere and friendly service make this an affair for the whole family--especially the type that adores seafood and coconut milk."

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    The Hoxton

    Local Expert Tip: "New England seafood dishes, tasty mixology and live musical entertainment keep this 6,000-square-foot "urban beach house"--complete with sofas and settees--rocking as if it's always summer. Which in Miami, it is."

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    Area 31

    Local Expert Tip: "Executive chef E. Michael Reidt's sustainable fish and seafood dishes are rivaled only by the skyline view of Miami and Biscayne Bay."

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    Joe's Stone Crab

    Local Expert Tip: "Around since 1913, Joe's is legendary for seasonal shellfish--and two-hour waits."

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    The Oceanaire Seafood Room

    Local Expert Tip: "Specials of the day often reflect the executive chef Kareem Anguin's Caribbean heritage as well as local, seasonal fare."

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    Local Expert Tip: "Hit this spot during white truffle season--starting in late fall--when executive chef Simon Stojanovic really shows his stuff. "

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    Captain's Tavern

    Local Expert Tip: "Every Tuesday is Maine lobster night, with 2-4-1 Maine lobsters, and every Thursday is steak night, with discounted prime beef. Take these guys up on it--the locals do!"

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    The River Seafood & Oyster Bar

    Local Expert Tip: "The River Seafood & Oyster Bar, trendy and popular for after-business affairs, is a top draw for both executive chef David Bracha's seafood dishes and his savvy wine selection."

  • 9

    La Dorada

    Local Expert Tip: "Ocean liner-themed restaurant features Andalucian-influenced seafood dishes, including the well-known dish of the region, paella."

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    Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay - Catch Bar & Grill

    • Cuisine: American, Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $30
    • Neighborhood: Watson Island

    Local Expert Tip: "The sea-fare in this Marriott Hotel restaurant, served alongside Biscayne Bay, is a testament to its setting."



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