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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

You came to Miami Beach to eat, and you won’t go home hungry. From celebrity chef-driven restaurants to eateries helmed by homegrown talent focusing on local ingredients, the choices are appetizing. We’ve rounded up some of the best restaurants in Miami Beach for every taste and price range. ($$ = $16-$30; $$$ = $31-$45; $$$$ = $46 or more.)

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Feast on stone crabs at Joe's

South Beach

Locals will tell you that a stone crab feast at longtime institution Joe’s Stone Crab ($$$$), in the South of Fifth area of South Beach, can’t be missed. Put on a bib and choose your desired size of claws, from medium to colossal, and double down on sides like hash browns and creamed spinach. Other menu must-haves are the crab cakes, lobster mac & cheese and fried chicken. Don’t leave without sampling the Key lime pie.

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Elegant Mediterranean cuisine at Estiatorio Milos

Another South of Fifth standout is Estiatorio Milos ($$$$), a renowned Mediterranean-seafood restaurant. At this airy restaurant with sophisticated service, diners should start with something from the raw bar, then move to classics such as the grilled octopus with capers or the lightly fried zucchini and eggplant tower. Don’t miss fresh seafood dishes like grilled lobster and the baked fish wrapped in sea salt.

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Try the uni & crab tostadas at Serena

Perched atop the Moxy South Beach hotel, Serena ($$$) is a rooftop restaurant and bar that serves up shareable plates inspired by the culinary scene in Oaxaca and Mexico City. Preparation is everything, with many dishes and ingredients created in the outdoor kitchen, including the freshly ground cornmeal for made-to-order tortillas. Begin your meal with traditional Mexican ceviche made with the freshest fish, then try something unique, such as squash blossom quesadillas, chorizo huaraches or tostadas filled with uni (sea urchin) and Maryland blue crab. For a change of pace, move downstairs to seafood-centric Como Como Marisquería ($$$).

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Savor Asian fusion dishes at Jaya

Tucked away in The Setai, the hotel’s signature dining spot, Jaya ($$$$), is a modern Asian restaurant that showcases dishes with unique flavors from Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, India, China and Japan. Reserve a table in the lush courtyard to savor decadent truffle dumplings and specialties such as the Peking duck nestled in warm pancakes. The popular Sunday Jazz Brunch offers a lavish buffet and limitless pours of Champagne.

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The supper club vibe at Matador Room

Mid Beach

Some of the best restaurants in the Mid Beach area are tucked away inside hotels. At Matador Room ($$$) inside the Miami Beach EDITION, this is certainly true. Here, acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is behind an inspired twist on Caribbean, Spanish, Latin and South American cuisines. Guests are treated to a glammed-up supper club vibe, with a variety of shareable plates that will have them asking for more.

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Feel at home at 27 Restaurant and Bar

Nestled in a historic house at the Freehand Miami, candle-lit 27 Restaurant and Bar ($$$) offers the comforting feeling of dining at a friend’s home. Peruse the menu while sipping one of the creative cocktails and choose from unique, flavor-rich dishes that range from short ribs in a pomegranate sauce to kimchee fried rice, PEI mussels, jerk chicken and veggie-forward plates such as roasted cauliflower.

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Chef Mallmann's red dining room at Los Fuegos

Inside the Faena Hotel Miami Beach, diners will discover the rich red interiors of Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann ($$$$) and be awe-struck by the South American-style, live-fire cooking that grill master Chef Mallmann is famous for. Spring for the Australian rack of lamb or Prime Angus skirt steak from the grill. The local red snapper “a la plancha” and the hanging organic chicken from the wood-fired oven are also memorable.

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Wood-fired fish at Donna Mare

Donna Mare Trattoria ($$) at the Cadillac Hotel delivers traditional Italian fare made with locally sourced ingredients. The star here is the wood-fired oven, where dishes such as Neapolitan pizzas, pastas, and grilled meats and fish are prepared.

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StripSteak by Michael Mina is a carnivore favorite

Carnivores should make a reservation at StripSteak by Michael Mina ($$$) at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, where they can enjoy a la carte cuts as well as signature specials that stretch beyond traditional steakhouse fare. The restaurant’s raw bar includes selections sourced locally through BleauFish, the hotel’s ocean-to-table program.

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Find healthy and seasonal dishes at The Strand

North Beach

The Strand ($$$) at the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort in North Beach is the place to go to find a healthy meal that tastes good too. Ingredients are sourced from local farms, with a spotlight on Florida’s organic community and what’s in season. The menu ranges from fresh, protein-rich salads to dishes such as crispy artichokes with a side of saffron aioli for dipping, as well as pastas and pizzas.

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The dimly lit dining room at Café Prima Pasta

A loyal crowd of locals frequents the romantically lit dining room of Café Prima Pasta ($$), which has offered some of the best Italian food in the area since 1993. Start the evening with a drink at the bar, then cozy up at a table to order favorites like the carpaccio di manzo (thin slices of filet mignon topped with Parmesan and olive oil), to-die-for pastas like the fiocchi (a pear and cheese-stuffed pasta in a truffle cream sauce) or the crab ravioli. The menu also makes room for hearty entrees such as the breaded veal giardino with truffle fries.

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