By: Kara Franker
Where to dine in Miami Beach.
Aside from its beach, people-watching and world-renowned shopping, Miami Beach is packed with tasty restaurants that have made their name as “must-try” spots. From a laid-back juice bar and an authentic American diner, to award-winning steakhouses, and of course, everyone’s favorite – Joe’s Stone Crab – Miami Beach is home to a diverse, and iconic, food scene that has been attracting tourists and locals alike for decades. Head to these Miami Beach mainstays for iconic cuisine and a peek into historic Miami Beach.
Joe’s Stone Crab
Who hasn’t heard of Joe’s Stone Crab? Unarguably Miami’s most iconic spot, this landmark restaurant has been popular amongst celebrities and heads of state for decades. First built in 1913, head there between October and May for its seasonal stone crabs, famous fried chicken, onion-filled Lyonnaise potatoes, steamy clam chowder and Key Lime pie. You can’t make reservations, so we recommend going during lunch or early evening; but whenever you do, the five-star service, impeccable food, and historic Miami dining experience is sure to impress. 11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
The Forge Restaurant and Wine Bar
The Forge Restaurant and Wine Bar has been a Miami Beach staple for decades. Led by Shareef Malnik, it recently underwent a $10M, year-long renovation, and today, is one of the hottest spots around. Enjoy the 16-ounce Super Steak, inventive plates like its lobster peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or for dessert, a tipsy Limoncello cheesecake. Pair it all with a vintage from the restaurant’s world-renowned wine cellar, or if you’re just there for happy hour, grab a glass from its impressive Enomatic wine-by-the-glass system that lets guests get 1-, 3- or 5-ounce pours from over 80 bottles. Either way, a night at The Forge promises a night of opulence and luxury. 432 W 41st Street, Miami Beach, FL 33140.
An acronym for Young Urban Cuban-Americans, YUCA is a popular Lincoln Road spot known in South Florida for its inventive, upscale Cuban“Nuevo Latino” cuisine. It’s been around since 1989 and serves up dishes made from traditional Latin ingredients, all with new textures, colors and flavors never seen outside the Caribbean and Latin America. 501 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
Osteria del Teatro
Located on Miami Beach for more than 25 years, the award-winning Osteria del Teatro is one Italian spot you don’t want to miss. The menu is a combination of traditional homemade pastas, seafood dishes, meat, daily specials and more, and it is located on the edge of a nightclub; a prime example of Miami Beach’s fusion of the best of both old and new. 1443 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
Everyone who lives in Miami has been to (or at least heard of!) the city’s best American diner, Big Pink. Known for serving unbelievably huge portions of anything you can imagine – from full breakfasts, daily-changing “TV dinners,” towering plates of nachos or French fries, decadent desserts, its famous "Pink Daddy Mack" burger and more – this tasty locale is designed to please any palate. Open from early morning to late night, Big Pink is always crowded, but with its giant plates and classic Miami experience, it’s worth the wait. 157 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
Famous for being the last spot that Gianni Versace was seen alive, News Café has been around for decades. Open 24 hours a day, stop by this street side café for breakfast, lunch, dinner or an afternoon glass of wine, listen to some porch jazz music, and watch the passersby - the latter being Miami’s best free activity. 800 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
Prime 112 is an inventive New American steak house that has been attracting celebrities for years. From its famous, dry-aged prime steaks and enormous salads, to wild salmon plates and upscale twists on classic steakhouse sides, like cornmeal-crusted real onion rings, creamed spinach, sweet potato and vanilla bean mash, and more, this haute, A-list steakhouse has a little something for everyone. 112 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
Barton G. The Restaurant
Making fine dining fun again, Barton G. The Restaurant serves up more than a meal, it gives diners an experience. Located on Miami Beach for more than ten years now, and known for its creative dishes made with exotic fragrances, smoking food items and out-of-the-box presentations, this haute spot has become a Miami Beach mainstay. 1427 West Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
Athens Juice Bar
For the freshest smoothie or fruit juice on Miami Beach, this tropical fruit spot, Athens Juice Bar, has long been a Miami Beach favorite. Around since 1942, it’s entirely family-owned and operated, and has a delicious menu of fruit smoothies; signature papaya, banana, berry and pineapple juice; and the city’s best fruit salad, which comes topped with a scoop of cottage cheese and fresh nectar. 6942 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33141.
Smith & Wollensky
Located in South Pointe Park, this famous steakhouse has been serving up sizzling steaks and beautiful sunset views for years. Smith & Wollensky has an award-winning wine list, tasty cocktails, and prime, dry-aged beef, all of which is made fresh daily. Around for almost a decade, this sought-after spot has been impressing celebrity guests with its oak-and-marble interior and A-list menu ever since. Adding to its allure, it’s the southernmost restaurant on all of Miami Beach. 1 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
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