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The best restaurants in Miami offer diners an endless variety of options. In recent years, Miami has received a lot of attention from around the world because of all of its great places to eat.

From tasty comfort Southern food to delicious exotic gourmet dishes, the top restaurants in Miami are amazing and must be experienced. Though there are hundreds of places to eat in the city, the ones that stand out are always consistently delicious.

No matter how many times you go, these restaurants never disappoint.
In this article we’ve identified the
top restaurants in Miami that locals love.

Cibo Wine Bar – South Beach

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One of South Beach’s newest restaurant concepts is Cibo Wine Bar, an authentic rustic Italian eatery that offers diners an incredible menu.
If you love real Italian food and  beautiful surroundings, this is where to go. Cibo is 12,000sq.ft with two floors and the largest rooftop patio in the entire area.  

There are 3500 bottles of wine and the menu features amazing dishes like Tonno Scottato+ Caponata (seared Ahi Tuna with olive salsa and green beans) and Bistecca Alla Griglia (grilled strip loin steak with arugula and roasted potatoes).  

We highly recommend starting off with their polenta fries and then making your way to one of their incredible pizzas before trying one of the main dishes. Anything you eat at Cibo is worth the price.
The most expensive dish on the menu is $50.

Local’s tip:

On Thursdays enjoy their 10 after 10; 2 drinks for $10 after 10pm. While you eat make sure you look out for the woman in the wine vault.

  • 200 S Pointe Dr Miami Beach, FL 33139
    Phone: 305- 987-6060
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sat- 11:30am-4:00pm
    Sun – Wed 4:00 pm – midnight- (Late night menu offered until 1:00am)
    Thu- Sat- 4:00 pm – 1:00 am- (Late night menu offered until 2:00am)
    Brunch- Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm

Hakkasan- Miami Beach

In China these symbols 好食 mean delicious and that is exactly how you will describe the food at Hakkasan in the Fontainebleau  Hotel.
Hakkasan is incredibly popular for both tourists and locals alike. The restaurant is recognized around the world and has won awards for their excellent food.

The menu features modern Chinese/Cantonese fare that includes well known dishes like steamed pork shu mai and grilled deep fried dumplings. However, there are also more exotic options such as black truffle roasted duck and charcoal grilled silver cod with champagne and Chinese honey.

Local’s tip

A surprising and unlikely dish that really stands out is the green beans. It’s amazing that they can turn something so average into some extraordinary. Hakkasan can be expensive; prices range from $8 to small soup all the way up to $198 for the Peking duck with Petrossian Caviar.
The average entrée price is about $35-$55. It’s easy to get carried away so it’s a good idea to go to Hakkasan with a group of friends and sample various things on the menu.
Plus it’s easier on the wallet too.  

  • Inside the Fontainebleau Hotel: 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
    Phone: 786-276-1388
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon- Thu- 6:00pm -11:00pm
    Fri- 6:00pm – 12:00am
    Sat- 12:00pm – 3:00 pm, 6:00pm – 12:00am
    Sun-12:00pm – 3:00 pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar- Miami Beach

American Southern comfort food is part of the country’s history; the dishes are a part of stories that are passed down from generation to generation.

When you eat at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar you can tell that the food there was made with a lot of soul inspired by history.
Everything they serve comes from genuine southern recipes. This is not the place you want to come if you are on a diet. You can’t go wrong with anything you order, but their Mama’s Chicken Biscuits is a good start.  

Other favorites are the Shrimp n’ Grits, Whipped Sweet Potatoes, or Macaroni & Cheese.
The prices range from $5 for a quick bite to $29 for the
Grilled New Smyrna Beach Wahoo.

Local’s tip

Arrive a bit earlier than your intended time to eat so that you can try some of the unique drinks they make at the bar.

  

  • 1600 Lenox Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
    Phone- 305-538-5220
  • Hours of Operation
    Sun- 9:30am – 11:00pm
    Mon- Thu- 11:30am – 11:00pm
    Fri -11:30am – 12:00am
    Sat-  9:30am – 12:00am

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill – Midtown

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill is one of the best places to eat in Miami to enjoy a shared meal with friends.

The menu features international food with a bit of South American flavor. There are three different kitchens: robota, hot and raw bar.
The robata grilling kitchen makes items like the beef tongue carpaccio with shaved vegetables and citrus soy.
The hot bar includes bacon wrapped dates linguiça with manchego.
While the raw bar has favorites like fresh middle neck clams from the East Coast.

Local’s tip

One of the best items you must try are the Brussels sprouts. Trust us… these will change your mind forever.  The restaurant has mastered the art of cooking this vegetable and turning it into something truly amazing.
The best way to experience Sugarcane is by trying things from the different kitchens.
The prices range from $4 from their sushi and sashimi offerings to $49 for a large shareable plate of cast iron bone-in ribeye with crispy yucca and cilantro mojo.

  

  • 3252 Northeast First Avenue, Miami, Florida 33137
    Phone -786- 369-0353
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon – Wed: 11:30am – Midnight
    Thu: 11:30am – 1:00am
    Fri: 11:30am – 2:00am
    Sat: 10:00am – 2:00am
    Sun: 10am – Midnight
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Katsuya- South Beach

If there was a heaven for sushi it would be called Katsuya.

This Japanese restaurant located inside of the popular SLS Hotel has been a hot tourist and locals favorite since it first opened its doors.
There is a lot to enjoy on this menu such as their famous striped bass served with a Szechuan-style sauce or their Wagyu Filet and Foie Gras. But this is really the place you come to when you have a love affair with sushi.  

Their Special Katsuya Roll is a beautiful combination of tuna, yellowtail, salmon, scallop, crab and avocado wrapped with rice, soy paper, and cucumber, served with wasabi ponzu on the side.
They also have a Sunset Roll with sweet freshwater eel, crunchy cucumber and avocado drizzled with sweet eel sauce.
Prices range from about $9 for an appetizer to $65.00 for their dry aged 16oz NY steak.

Local’s tip

Katsuya gets very busy on the weekend so make reservations early. Better yet, plan to eat there in the middle of the week for a more zen food experience.  

  • Inside the SLS Hotel- 1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
    Phone- 305-455-2995
  • Hours of Operation
    Sun-Thu: Open at 7:00pm
    Fri-Sat: Open at 6:00pm

Prime 112 – South Beach

Prime 112 is a legendary steak house in South Beach.
It’s the only place where you are greeted at the bar with a glass full of bacon and you have a very high probability of seeing some sort of celebrity figure.
The restaurant is in the top 10 of the most profitable restaurants in the country and without a doubt it is a “who’s who” of
where to eat in Miami.

Locals love Prime 112 because the food is always superb and the ambiance is always fun. It is so easy to overindulge because the portions are large yet very delicious.
Their truffle macaroni and cheese might change your life. Their steaks are perfect and their desserts are shocking.
If you want to try a deep fried Oreo cookie this is the place to do it.
The restaurant is busy every single day of the week.

Local’s tip

When you make a reservation make sure you let them know you want to sit downstairs. The restaurant’s second floor takes you away from the main action. The price ranges from about $17 for a sandwich to $98 for their 48 oz. Porterhouse steak for two people.

  • 112 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
    Phone: 305- 532-8112
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon-Fri- 12:00pm to 3:00pm
    Sun-Thu- 5:30pm to 12:00am
    Fri and Sat-5:30pm to 1:00am

Sazon Cuban Cuisine – North Beach

It’s wrong to be in Miami and not experience a great Cuban Restaurant. There are plenty of restaurants in Miami that feature Cuban food all around the city, but there is one place that mostly locals know about: Sazon Cuban Cuisine in North Beach.

There is nothing showy about this restaurant but the authentic Cuban food you get there is special and the classics never tasted so good.
Black rice and beans, arroz con pollo, grilled chicken, plantains, and their pork dishes are all cooked to perfection.
You can either try one of their daily specials or pick and choose from a large menu of options.
Their dessert selection also features the classics like ‘flan’.

The portions are large and the prices are very affordable. This is good eating without spending a fortune.
One of the most expensive things on the menu is their filet mignon with a broiled lobster tail for $34.95.

Local’s tip:

Reservations are not needed but call ahead to find out when they have live music.

  • 7305 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141
    Phone: 305-861-4727
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon-Sat: 7:00am – 10:00pm
    Sun:           7:00am – 10:00pm

The restaurants above represent some of the best places to eat in Miami.
These restaurants were selected because they are delicious in their own way and have gained the love of Miami locals.

We invite you to continue reading our other articles to get more great information about the best things to do, eat, and experience in Miami.

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