Fresh Catches At Miami's Best Fish Markets

Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market

Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market

Fresh Fish

Fresh Fish

Lobster at Garcia's

Lobster at Garcia's

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Here’s Your Guide to the Freshest Fish in Miami

Few things on the dinner table are more divine than freshly caught fish plucked directly from the sea that day. In Miami, we’re spoiled by this bounty, from mahi-mahi to grouper, hogfish, snapper, conch, stone crabs, spiny lobster and so much more. While there are plenty of excellent seafood restaurants in Miami, there’s still nothing quite like going straight to the source, the humble fish market. These are a few of our favorites. And remember, if you’re not up for grilling that fresh catch at home, in most cases you can dine in at the market’s onsite restaurant and enjoy their mouthwatering fresh preparations.

Stone Crabs at Garcia's
Stone Crabs at Garcia's

Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish Market

Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish Market is the original Miami River fish house established in 1966 by a family of Cuban exiles. It’s since become a Miami institution for fresh seafood and waterfront dining. Grab a table on the deck outside and order from the day’s fresh catch. The setting is laidback and the food is down to earth and delicious. You can’t go wrong with the grouper, conch, mahi-mahi or lobster—all caught in local waters. Eat in or take a fresh fillet or two home with you.

Fresh Florida Fisheries

As the name implies, get your fresh catch from local Florida fisheries at this Coral Gables fish market. While you can pick up everything from grouper cheeks to stone crab claws, Fresh Florida Fisheries takes particular pride in their hogfish snapper, a sweet, flaky delicacy native to local waters. You can grab your fish to prepare at home or let the folks at Fresh Florida Fisheries do the work with mouthwatering dishes, like fish croquetas, whole fried hogfish, conch fritters, shrimp tacos and more.

Fresh salmon at Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market
Fresh salmon at Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market

Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market

Inspired by the Japan’s Tsukiji Fish Market, Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market in Doral is both a working fish market and an izakaya-style Japanese restaurant dishing up the freshest fish in town. The fish market at the entrance boasts everything from oysters to imported mackerel to local fish. In the restaurant, delight in everything from an impressive raw bar to robata grill, sushi and sashimi.

Casablanca Fish Market

Situated next door to Garcia’s on the Miami River, Casablanca Fish Market was founded in 1994 by a pair of Cuban American fisherman brothers. Their fleet of local fishermen keep the market and onsite restaurant stocked with fresh daily catches, including from lobster, snapper and corvina, as well as specialties like mahi-mahi roe and grouper heads. There’s also a lovely restaurant dining room with an outdoor patio overlooking the river.

Shore to Door Fish Market

A hidden gem in Coconut Grove, Shore to Door Fish Market is a favorite for fresh fish from local waters. With a surfboard affixed to the blue-painted stucco façade, head inside to stock up on the local catch, like yellowtail, cobia, grouper, shrimp, spiny lobster and stone crabs. You can also enjoy a meal out back at a picnic table where they often host live music. It’s a great way to experience the charm of Miami’s most historic neighborhood.

Fresh Fish on Ice
Fresh Fish on Ice

La Camaronera Seafood Joint & Fish Market

An offshoot by the Garcia family of Miami River fame, La Camaronera is a no frills fish fry joint in Little Havana. The concept was born when the Garcia’s equipped their fish market with a deep fryer—and the rest is history. Beloved for their original pan con minuta fried snapper sandwich and their namesake camaronera breaded shrimp sandwich, they also fry up delicious conch fritters and fish platters with classic Cuban sides like tostones and green plantains. And like any good fish market, you can always take home the daily catch, from whole fish to local lobster and stone crabs when they’re in season.

Plaza Seafood Market Pescaderia

At Allapattah’s Plaza Seafood Market Pescaderia, situated inside a humble storefront with a bright rooftop sign sporting a sailfish, you’ll find bins of fresh fish covered in ice, from whole yellowtail to kingfish steaks, shrimp and red snapper. Select your fresh catch by the pound or snag a table in the covered patio out back and order your meal from the counter. They source their fish from the waters of Miami, Jupiter, Key West and the Caribbean. Get there early because once the fish of the day is gone, it’s gone!

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