Insider's Guide Surfside

Surfside Business District


Surfside Business District


Surfside is the small town heart of Miami’s beachfront. As ice cream shop owner Jessica shows us, you can find everything within a few short blocks in this delightfully cozy neighborhood. New restaurants run alongside historic buildings and classic barber shops, all just steps from one of the most pristine beaches in the world.

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Cafe Ragazzi

For more than 15 years, Café Ragazzi has been one of Surfside’s culinary hotspots. Owned by world-renowned singer Ricardo Montaner and his wife Marlene, Ragazzi features both traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine, pizza from the brick oven, and an extensive wine list. Be sure to try some of the owner-selected wines from their Bodega del Patron wine list.


    Local empire Flanigan’s has more than 20 locations around South Florida, but that shouldn’t stop you from exploring this one, with its prime location in downtown Surfside, just a block from the beach. The famous dish is baby back ribs (Flanigan’s says it sells more than 1 million pounds a year), but chicken wings, grilled and fried seafood, and other bar classics are also favorites for many Miamians.

      Josh’s Deli

      Josh’s Deli is a modern take on a traditional Jewish deli. Executive Chef and owner Josh Marcus makes almost everything from scratch, serves deli staples, and bakes his own bread. But he doesn’t just serve up the typical bagel and whitefish fare. Instead, he serves crispy latkes with thinly sliced tuna and spice mayo and a monster “Jewban” sandwich – pork, pastrami, pickle and Swiss. The menu change regularly with new offerings that keep diners guessing with every visit. It is an old world meets new world dining experience; and while it is not all kosher, it is all delicious.


        The ice cream and sorbet at Serendipity are crafted entirely from scratch in small batches—even the cookie dough that gets folded in. It’s an inspiring Miami story, too: founder Jessica Weiss left her career as an attorney to open the shop in 2008 after beginning to experiment with unique ways to make frozen treats, and finding her passion for the craft. Everything is kosher, and their flavors can be found at pop-ups and at restaurants across Miami.

          Surfside Barber & Carousel Barber Shop

          You wouldn’t think a town of Surfside’s size would need two barber shops, but you’d be wrong. Surfside Barber Shop and Carousel Barber Shop sit across the street from each other, locked in a friendly rivalry of straight-edge razors and clipper cuts. The barbers at both institutions serve up classic haircuts and shaves with old-world flair that can be hard to find these days.

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