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The obvious associations to seafood and Latin influences have their merit, yet, as one of the most prominent seaside cities in the world, Miami offers a marvelous diversity in food and eating venues. You will find tempting cocktail bars and amazing international restaurants in South Beach and downtown Miami, anything from meat to crab places and laid back cafés to swanky restaurants. American diners, elegant Italian restaurants, Steakhouses, fancy Asian cuisine and of course Cuban food. Check our list and get ready for a tremendous gastronomic experience!

Cecconi’s is a see-and-be-seen venue with amazing food. Located at the Soho Beach House in South Beach, a member’s only club, this swanky restaurant is open to everyone but needs to be booked, since it is highly demanded. Right at the entrance you will find a very cozy type of jazz bar, ideal to wait for your table. Dinner is served in the outside courtyard,… Read more »

Right on Lincoln Road in South Beach is one of the best restaurants in town, the Meat Market. Its trendy clientele mingles in the dynamic atmosphere of the bustling bar. We have been to Meat Market many times and it never fails to be a great culinary experience. The buffalo rib eye was considered “the best ever” tasted, and we happily recommend the rib eye… Read more »

Eating crabs is super fun! This restaurant is traditional, has been in Miami Beach forever and is usually very busy. The menu has plenty of delicious dishes, a vast array of seafood options, but the “pièces de résistance” are the stone crabs from Florida and the king crabs from Alaska. We love them grilled, but they are also delicious served cold. Do call to book… Read more »

If you are looking for a fine Italian restaurant in the downtown and Brickell region, this is the one. Gabbiano has become quite traditional, it is well-known and food is excellent. Try to get a table outside, most pleasant when the temperature is mild (and as long as it is not windy). Every time we are in Miami we book a table at Il  Gabbiano… Read more »

Did you ever think it would be possible to go to Miami and not have an authentic Cuban experience? Head to Calle 8, right in the middle of picturesque Little Havana, and have a meal at laid-back Versailles, the most famous, traditional and authentic Cuban restaurant in town. Locals adore it and you can mingle to hear interesting stories and the latest news from their… Read more »

This beautiful South Beach venue has been a hot-spot for a while. Juvia is chic and yet very relaxed. The outside bar, adorned with plants and open skies, has marvelous views of Miami Beach and serves fabulous cocktails. If you are looking for a proper sit-down dinner, we recommend a table indoors. The menu is an interesting fusion of the different cuisines: French, Japanese and… Read more »

Part of the same chain also in NY and other top destinations, the downtown Cipriani Miami stands out for its charming and elegant decor. We have become a habitué in both cities and compiled an extensive list of preferred dishes, so we suggest you enjoy taking a look at the menu as everything is very, very good. We so enjoy the appetizers, that we sometimes… Read more »

Located at the Betsy Hotel on Ocean Drive (South Beach), the LT it is perfect if you are looking for a fine dining experience right in the middle of the Miami party scene! Enjoy drinks at the elegant lobby bar and do not refuse the bread offered before dinner, it is freshly baked and worth the calories. The tables in the veranda will give you… Read more »

If you are staying or shopping at chic Bal Harbour in the Miami Beach region (take a look at our Grand Beach Surfside review), this traditional restaurant is a very good choice with reasonable prices. Located on the exterior side of the famous and sophisticated Bal Harbour Shopping Mall, Carpaccio is usually busy with fashionable people and flashy cars filling the parking lot right in… Read more »