Craving Lobster, Grouper, Tuna or Crab? These Miami Seafood Restaurants Are Fab

For more than a century now, Miami's restaurants have been known for serving quality 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 game.

In addition, the ethnic influences that shape this colorful city also flavor our seafood dishes, and you can find everything in Little Havana from Puerto Rican seafood asapao (soupy rice) to Bahamian conch chowder to Peruvian ceviche. The latter is especially innovative at De Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean on South Beach, but the dish is so popular in the city that entire restaurants--Ceviche 105, for example, in downtown, and Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar in Coconut Grove--have devoted themselves to preparing it.

It's difficult to go wrong eating sushi anywhere in town, as you'll soon realize after enjoying hand rolls and sashimi at places like Makoto in Bal Harbour, Katsuya on South Beach, and Zuma in Downtown Miami. When it comes to seafood, there's no wrong way to enjoy it in Miami.

Kitchen 305

Back in 2010, Kitchen 305 began offering all-you-can-eat nights, alternating in season between stone crab and Maine lobster. Two years later, the lobster scene exploded, and now it's such an extravaganza that the owners--who receive anywhere...  Read More

Sure, this is a hotel restaurant. But Catch Bar & Grill, which opened in the late summer of 2011, is a new breed of eatery--not one that keeps a tourist trapped because there's nowhere else to go, but one that tempts a traveler to stay put...  Read More

La Dorada features seafood with an elegant Spanish twist. The dining room makes you feel like you are being whisked away to an exotic locale, thanks to its ocean-liner decor complete with portholes, plants and a pianist. Simple, flavorful dishes...  Read More

A hip oyster joint that features a top-notch raw bar, innovative main dishes, small plates and an extensive wine list, the River Seafood & Oyster Bar has been a mainstay among Brickell area professionals since it opened in 2003. Executive...  Read More

South Miami
Captain's Tavern

This seafood specialist has been a mainstay in the South Miami area since the early 1970s. The decor has a stylish seafaring theme, with dark wood and brick, dim lighting, nautical art and various other nautical antiquities on the walls....  Read More

Located off Old Cutler Road in a scenic part of Miami, this classy-but-cozy restaurant is for many the ideal spot for a romantic seafood dinner. Red Fish's Old Florida interior pairs perfectly with the surrounding lush nature of Matheson Hammock...  Read More

Joe's Stone Crab

Open since 1913, Joe's Stone Crab is a legend in Miami. In fact, they say you haven't truly visited South Florida until you've been to Joe's. Stick out the lengthy wait, and you'll be amply rewarded with some of the best stone crab known to man,...  Read More

Located in Kimpton's Epic Hotel, this restaurant's setting affords skyline views of both Miami (to the north and west) and Biscayne Bay (to the east and south) that guests find truly breathtaking--that is, if they aren't too focused on the...  Read More

Located in the section of North Beach on Collins Avenue that is sometimes referred to as "Little Argentina" because of all the Latin cafes that dot it, Little Brazil fits right in. Pull up a seat at this lunch-dinner bistro and nosh on bolinhos...  Read More


Meet Priscilla Blossom

Pris Blossom is a freelance writer and feminist mama with a love for travel, writing, music, film, craft beer, yoga, museums, cultural anthropology, and her awesome kid.

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