Discover Miami's Quintessential Dining Scene At These 10 Best Restaurants

Miami's unique cultural diversity is clearly reflected in the array of culinary creations that dot the Magic City. Yes, perhaps the melting pot metaphors have been used enough, but then again how else would you describe a town where you're just as likely to discover a Korean-Peruvian-Cuban tapas joint hidden in the suburbs, a popular 24-hour fritanga, a fine dining establishment whose main attraction is the dim sum, and enough burger and craft beer joints to make your head spin?

Ideas thrive in our tropical climate. Chefs thrive here, too. In fact, many of them flock here from colder regions where they've made a name for themselves and now simply want to provide quality food without the need of a snow shovel for half of the year. 

The flavors found in South Florida are something we locals are all proud of. And in recent years, the cuisine that has been permeating every neighborhood in town, via restaurant, pop-up, diner, or food truck has simply increased in quality. Vegan and vegetarian dining, for example, has started to pick up with places like Plant Food + Wine picking up steam. Local and seasonal ingredients...a more conscious way to eat, is also becoming popular among restaurants like Whisk. There are James Beard Award winners on here as well as places where you can get a huge meal you can eat outdoors for just $10. Basically, this list is as diverse as the city, and we like it like that.



West Kendall has long hungered for a restaurant that caters to refined palates and a thirst for craft beer. Fortunately, now there is Finka, an unbelievable gastropub and tapas joint that fuses Peruvian, Korean, and Cuban cuisine into something...  Read More

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar


Encased in the Wynwood Walls, a grassy art park featuring 20-foot murals and collages, you'll find the painfully hip Wynwood Kitchen & Bar. Hosting pieces inside and out by world-renowned graffiti artists, this restaurant is lovingly hipster...  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 typical two-hour wait, and you'll be amply rewarded with some of the best stone crab...  Read More

South Miami


Whisk is the type of place that keeps its patrons on their toes. Start your meal with the Pulled Pork Sliders (with honey cider slaw, mustard bbq sauce, and house pickles) or the Chicken' Biscuit (fried boneless thigh on a bacon-buttermilk...  Read More



If you've spent more than a few days in Miami, someone at some point has recommended CVI.CHE 105. It's the kind of restaurant that came up on the scene long before everyone became ceviche crazed, and has long held its position since. More than...  Read More

Prime 112
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The Art Deco facade of Prime One Twelve's Exterior is sharply juxtaposed by the sleek, black, vinyl-lined booths and supremely modern interior decor. One of Miami's most upscale steakhouses, Prime blends impeccable service with piquant dashes...  Read More

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Makoto is one of the top Asian restaurants in the area, located in the ritzy Bal Harbour Shops. This modern Japanese spot is the dream-child of James Beard semifinalist Stephen Starr and Iron Chef competitor Makoto Okuwa. Chef Okuwa has over...  Read More



Well-known plant-based Chef Matthew Kenney has just brought his latest venture to Miami's Wynwood neighborhood and it's already taking off with vegans and omnis alike. Still fairly new, Plant Food + Wine only serves fresh, all vegan, gourmet...  Read More



La Mar by Gaston Acurio made the Mandarin Oriental its home in 2014, dazzling patrons with passionately prepared Peruvian food by their namesake global icon. A table on La Mar's deck frames Brickell's concrete landscape, its soothing bay waters...  Read More



Since opening in 1977, El Palacio De Los Jugos has embodied Latin American Miami in its most authentic form. It's not fancy, doesn't have a dress code, and everyone is welcome--so long as they enjoy delicious food and won't ask for a copy of...  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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