Best Restaurants In Coconut Grove

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Crème brûlée at Jaguar

Glass and Vine

Glass and Vine

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Patio at Greenstreet

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Ceviche spoons at Jaguar

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Coconut Grove is Miami’s oldest neighborhood. Nestled against Biscayne Bay, it’s an eclectic, bohemian enclave with a seafaring flair. Whether dining at a tree-shaded sidewalk café or at a casual restaurant on a marina, you’ll get a taste for what makes this neighborhood so special. You’ll also find sophisticated restaurants helmed by some of Miami’s most promising and beloved chefs. Read on for the best restaurants in Coconut Grove.

Glass & Vine

Set in a glass house on Coconut Grove’s Peacock Park overlooking Biscayne Bay, Glass & Vine offers an expansive outdoor deck to enjoy Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli’s inventive fare. It’s a popular spot for lunch, dinner, happy hour and weekend brunch. The two-time Chopped champion dishes out creative small plates and entrees, including crispy squid with lemon and zucchini, watermelon salad and beef short ribs. Whatever you do don’t skip a side of carbonara fries made with black truffle crema, bacon and grana padano.

Greenstreet Café

Coconut Grove is a haven of outdoor dining with sprawling sidewalk cafes like Green Street Café, a Coconut Grove institution. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, snag a sidewalk table in the shade and enjoy the bohemian ambiance of the Grove. The menu has plenty of American classics to choose from in hearty portions, everything from juicy cheeseburgers to savory linguini and clams, Greek salads and skirt steak. Pro tip: Don’t skip the chorizo mac ‘n cheese to share with the table.

Monty’s Raw Bar

Monty’s Raw Bar is a laidback, al fresco tiki bar and restaurant situated on Coconut Grove’s Dinner Key Marina. It’s especially popular amongst boaters returning to shore in search of a casual bite and a strong drink. Expect live music, a crowded bar and large groups of friends at picnic tables soaking up the sun. There’s even a swimming pool if you can’t take the heat. Order a grouper sandwich or nachos and pair it with a tiki-inspired cocktail or cold beer. There’s a sister location in South Beach at the Miami Beach Marina.

Ariete

A casual, yet chic bistro-style restaurant, Ariete is the brainchild of a couple of Miami culinary veterans. Michael Beltran and Jason Odio have created a cozy neighborhood spot dishing up some seriously delicious cuisine. Their dinner menu features everything from oxtail consommé to venison with sunchoke, apple and charred onion jus, as well as fresh caught local fish and pan-roasted scallops with mushrooms and uni cream. They’ve also got one of the best burgers in town featuring a double patty, American cheese, and butter pickles with a special Ariete sauce. Brunch is always a good idea here with unlimited mimosas for $22 on Saturdays and Sundays.

LoKal

If it’s a juicy burger you crave, head to Lokal in Coconut Grove. Their burgers are made from local grass-fed cows from Marion County’s Fort McCoy Ranch. The kobe-style cattle are free range with no hormones, steroids or antibiotics and the beef is ground by hand everyday. In other words, these are some seriously delicious burgers. You can opt for a classic served with shredded lettuce, tomato, onion, dill pickles and Wisconsin cheddar cheese or the popular Frita by Kush, topped with guava jelly, melted Gruyere and stuffed with potato sticks and crispy bacon with Lokal sauce. They also boast a long menu of local and craft beer to wash it all down.

Harry’s Pizzeria

Harry’s Pizzeria is Chef Michael Schwartz’s casual neighborhood pizzeria named for his son and serving seriously delicious pies. You’ll find traditional options like the margarita made with fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil and the meatball with peppers and onions. Or try something more creative like the short rib with gruyere, caramelized onions and arugula or the rock shrimp with roasted lemon, manchego and scallions. The original location is found in the Design District, but the Grove has adopted this hotspot as its own.

Jaguar Latin-American Kitchen

Jaguar Latin-American Kitchen is one of Miami’s original Peruvian restaurants. This is the place to sample a variety of fresh ceviche, served in six different bite-sized portions. You’ll also want to try the potato causas, tiradito (sashimi-style raw fish) and lomo saltado (beef tenderloin stir fry). While the focus is Peruvian, it’s a pan-Latin restaurant and there are plenty of incredible dishes to choose from. Be sure to pair your meal with a traditional pisco sour cocktail.

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