Best Restaurants in Airport Area

Bulla Gastrobar

Bulla Gastrobar's Tuna Tartare

Pullman's La Riviera

Pullman's La Riviera restaurant inside Miami Airport Hotel

Miranda

Tequenos at Miranda Cuisine & Bar

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Take a tour of the airport area for a wide variety of dining options.

Whether you’re on your way to the airport to catch a flight or you’re in town on a long layover, there are plenty of great dining options around the Miami International Airport (MIA). Choose from Spanish tapas to authentic Cuban fare or elegant hotel restaurants. There’s even one historic spot where you can watch the planes take off from the runway and listen to air traffic control while indulging in shrimp scampi. This is our guide to the best restaurants in Miami’s airport area.

Bulla Gastrobar

West of Downtown Miami’s city center, the Miami International Airport abuts the suburb of Doral. Here, you’ll find the popular Bulla Gastrobar, a modern Spanish tapas-style restaurant. The expansive dining room features a large central bar and open kitchen for a lively, convivial atmosphere. The menu is divided into cured meats, cheeses, tapas and raciones, seasonal specialties and large plates. Go for traditional tapas like chicken croquetas, steamed octopus, patatas bravas, Spanish omelet, codfish fritters and meatballs. The list goes on and on, which is a good thing. Bring a hungry bunch and prepare to feast.

Melreese Country Club Restaurant

The Melreese International Links and Country Club is just east of the Miami International Airport’s perimeter. Come for a morning on the green and stick around for lunch at the restaurant overlooking the golf course. It boasts a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, entrees and tantalizing appetizers. Start with jalapeno poppers or mozzarella sticks and then take your pick from items like a club sandwich, avocado tuna wrap or a patty melt. Save room for dessert and enjoy their apple cobbler a la mode.

94th Aero Squadron Restaurant

Geek out over lunch at the 94th Aero Squadron restaurant overlooking the runway of the Miami International Airport. It’s the second oldest currently active military fighter squadron in the United States. The restaurant at this historic site provides guests with headphones so you can listen to air traffic ground control while you dine. It’s the ultimate experience for aviation geeks. You’ll enjoy everything from spicy shrimp Guadalajara to hanger steak here.

Versailles

Little Havana is just southeast of the airport and is home to some of the best Cuban food in town. We recommend heading straight to Versailles. Established in 1971, Versailles has long been a meeting place for Miami’s Cuban diaspora who come together here over ropa vieja (stewed beef), black beans, rice and sweet plantains. Despite the mirrors etched in baroque patterns lining the wall and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, the place has a casual diner vibe and is welcoming to all. This is a prime place to try a famed Cuban sandwich made with ham, pork, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles, toasted to perfection on Cuban bread, as well as strong, sweet Cuban cafecito.

La Riviera at Pullman Miami Airport Hotel

One of Miami’s premier airport hotels, Pullman’s La Riviera restaurant is an excellent dining destination in the area. Enjoy your meal in the sun-drenched dining room or outside on the terrace. With an emphasis on modern international cuisine, you’ll enjoy everything from lamb chops to grilled shrimp and fine wines in an inviting atmosphere.

Miranda Cuisine & Bar at EB Hotel Miami

Inside the EB Hotel near Miami International Airport, you’ll find Miranda Cuisine & Bar where Latin flavors influence international dishes inside an inviting formal dining room. Think crispy Venezuelan tequenos, cornmeal arepas with brisket, chicken topped with pico de gallo and grilled churrasco skirt steak served with black beans, rice and sweet plantains. It’s a true feast, best complimented by their First Class gin & tonic before your flight.

Rincon Criollo

Just east of Miami International Airport, you’ll find Rincon Criollo, a delicious, no-frills Cuban diner. Come hungry and indulge in your favorite Cuban classic or discover something new. Their extensive menu covers all the culinary bases from appetizers, salads, soup, sandwiches as well as heartier seafood, chicken and pork entrees. Standout dishes include the shrimp creole enchilada, roasted pork lechon asado and the sautéed ground beef, picadillo a la criolla. All entrees come with your choice of three sides. We recommend fried sweet plantains, rice and black beans.

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