Around 40% of American adults consider themselves foodies; even if you don’t, you’re sure to appreciate good food.
When traveling, you often can’t cook your own food. So you’re relying on others to not only fill your belly, but also to show you a glimpse of the local cuisine.
If you’re coming to South Beach soon, then you’ll want to eat your fill at some restaurants in between activities.
Read on for the best South Beach restaurants!
Casa Isola Osteria
Casa Isola is created by 5-time James Beard Foundation Award-nominated chef Jose Mendin. This restaurant only opened in February 2021, but it’s a local hit serving up scratch-made Italian food.
The dishes are simple yet flavorful, and you’ll enjoy tavern-style dining. Don’t forget to stop by for happy hour, when you’ll get half off all cocktails, beers, and wines!
Abbalé Telavivian Kitchen
If you’d like something more exotic, then Abbalé Telavivian Kitchen offers sophisticated Mediterranean dishes. It was created by 2 fathers (abba): Chefs OMer Horev and Samuel Gornstein.
This family-run restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients and everything’s made fresh daily.
If you’re in town on a Sunday, then give their Sunday brunch a try.
Stiltsville Fish Bar
You can’t visit South Beach and not indulge in some seafood! You’ll find Stiltsville Fish Bar in the heart of Sunset Harbour, where you can browse trendy shops and get amazing water views. You should definitely make this one of the things to do on your trip!
Here, you can enjoy locally sourced seafood and delicious Caribbean-style drinks.
This restaurant also has weekday happy hours and brunch on Sundays.
For a nice evening out, try Prime Italian. It’s great for surf and turf lovers, as this restaurant serves up Italian seafood and grilled meat.
This contemporary establishment has big portions but still offers an upscale experience. Prime Italian is part of the Myles Restaurant Group, which is a group of excellent restaurants owned by restaurateur Myles Chefetz.
Joe’s Stone Crab
There’s no more iconic and historic seafood restaurant than Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami. It opened back in 1913 and has been a staple of South Beach ever since. The restaurant is known for its fresh stone crab claws, which are in season from October through May. But that’s not all – Joe’s Stone Crab was voted the best seafood restaurant in Miami by Zagat, underscoring its position as a true institution.
Lucali on Bay Road offers a more casual and rustic feel. This eatery is owned by pizzaiolo Mark Iacono, and you’ll enjoy pizzas made in brick ovens, as well as fresh salads.
Like the other South Beach restaurants on this list, Lucali uses locally sourced ingredients. Everything is made fresh daily from recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.
Are you craving tacos? Then head over to Taquiza, which is a traditional Mexican taqueria. It’s been around since 2014 and has been serving authentic tacos and street fare ever since.
This taqueria has a signature blue masa that’s stone-ground daily. They use USDA organic and non-GMO corn, and hand-press their masa into homemade tortillas and totopos.
Juvia atop the Herzog & de Meuron building at 1111 Lincoln Road is a luxury rooftop restaurant that sets the standard. Named after the native Brazilian nut tree that nourishes Brazil, Juvia offers stunning city views and exquisite cuisine.
Juvia’s cuisine is a fusion of French, Japanese and Peruvian cooking styles that began decades ago and has been carefully cultivated over the years.
Whether you’re looking for an intimate dinner or a night on the town, Juvia will exceed your expectations.
Try These South Beach Restaurants
There are lots of restaurants in South Beach, some with beautiful water views, so narrow down your choices with this list. From seafood and Mediterranean food, to pizza to tacos, there’s something for everyone. Use this South Beach restaurant guide to satisfy your taste buds!
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