By Kara Franker
Where to find the best restaurants in Coconut Grove.
The tropical neighborhood of Coconut Grove is full of local eateries and sidewalk cafés featuring regionally inspired dishes and fresh Florida seafood. Whether you’re looking for internationally inspired cuisine or a haute local’s scene, Coconut Grove has something for everyone.
Nestled in the old glass housed chamber of commerce overlooking Peacock Park, chef Giorgio Rapicavoli’s menu at Glass & Vine offers a killer combo of Latin, Italian and Floridian cuisine.
Nearby Michael Schwartz opened another outpost of Harry’s Pizzeria (there’s also one in the Miami Design District). The hotspot is a crowd pleaser featuring wood-oven pizzas and a rotating selection of craft beer. The international chef and restauranteur is also planning to open another restaurant in the Grove in late 2017.
Speaking of pizza, Maurizio Farinelli opened his namesake Farinelli 1937, featuring 100 percent Italian style brick oven pizzas. For his legendary pasta, head directly across the street to Farinelli’s Strada in the Grove.
A new American-meets-New World restaurant, Ariete is the brainchild of partners Michael Beltran (of Cypress Room fame) and Jason Odio (from Sidebar in Brickell). Nosh on dishes like the painted hills beef ribeye for two or the wood grilled green circle chicken with locally grown vegetables.
Sip on a cup of gourmet coffee at Panther Coffee, a favorite hangout for locals and a Miami-based specialty coffee retailer that specializes in small-batch roasting.
Another favorite for locals, LoKal is a laid-back eatery with a popular menu featuring items like chicken and waffles, fish tacos and delicious burgers. Owner Matthew Kuscher sources local ingredients for both LoKal and his new seafood restaurant in the Grove, The Spillover, located next to the Mayfair Hotel & Spa.
Dine at the Mayfair Hotel & Spa’s signature eatery, Spartico, a casual Roman pizza centric trattoria, surrounded by the serene waterfalls. Enjoy a rustic dining room and signature Italian dishes.
Behind the Mayfair, you’ll find a new restaurant called 33 Kitchen. Helmed by Sebastian Fernandez, the eatery opened to rave reviews for its Peruvian-inspired small plates.
The quintessential brunch hotspot (and also open late night), GreenStreet Café is a Coconut Grove mainstay owned by husband and wife team, Sylvano and Maida Bignon. Take a seat in the fresh air on one of their signature red velvet outdoor love seats and sip a mimosa while you wait for a heaping plate of blueberry pancakes. Or head across the street to Lulu, owned by the same couple and featuring an equally impressive menu.
For wine connoisseurs, Vinos in the Grove offers an extensive wine collection and assortment of charcuterie plates with a great outdoor seating area.
If you love French flair, be sure to check out Le Bouchon du Grove. From omelets and pancakes to steaks and salads, the menu at this little bistro provides a wide range of choices.
For fresh ceviche or hearty Latin American fare, dine at Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar & LatAm Grill. Or try sister restaurant Peacock Garden Café, with its Miami throwback decor and lush outdoor garden dining.
Just around the corner at The Ritz-Carton’s Bizcaya, dine on fresh Florida seafood with local organic products and the high-end quality you expect from the Ritz brand. Eat inside or out in the romantic ambiance of flickering candlelight and fresh air.
Panorama Restaurant & Sky Lounge has just the kind of view you’d expect from a name like “sky lounge.” Watch the boats sail in and out of Dinner Key Marina as you dine on traditional American and Nuevo-Andean Peruvian cuisine at this eighth story restaurant atop the Sonesta Coconut Grove hotel.
Featuring its fair share of local watering holes, check out trivia night at Sandbar, play a game of pool at Barracuda Raw Bar & Grill or try your hand at beer pong or flip cup at Tavern In The Grove. And Taurus is one of the Grove’s legendary bar hotspots perfect for a happy hour or a night cap. For a lively scene on the water, Monty’s Raw Bar hosts live music under tiki huts and serves typical tropical fare like conch fritters and stone crabs. And for a neighborhood bar scene where the locals like to hangout, head to Berries in the Grove.
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