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By: Shayne Benowitz

Ah, Key Biscayne: stellar views, sunny skies, a laid-back vibe and – you guessed it – some pretty amazing restaurants. Located just off Miami’s mainland, this sliver of land is known for its amazing beaches as well as its range of casual and fine-dining restaurants, offering unforgettable views, top-notch food and welcoming hospitality. Here are some of the best spots to grab a bite on Key Biscayne.

Sunset at the Rusty Pelican
Sunset at the Rusty Pelican

Rusty Pelican

Rusty Pelican, located off the Rickenbacker Causeway linking the mainland to Key Biscayne, is one of Miami’s most iconic restaurants. Known for its elegant waterfront setting and floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of Biscayne Bay and Downtown Miami, this popular restaurant is perfect for happy hour, dinner or brunch. Pair your views with an agave sunset Margarita and choose from the extensive menu of contemporary American fare. If you’re on a dinner date, consider the Rusty Pelican Board for Two: whole fried snapper, lobster risotto and New York Strip with smoked sweet plantain mash. For Sunday brunch, try the crab cake or smoked salmon Benedicts and the French toast with blackberry syrup and marshmallow cream.

Dune Burgers on the Beach
Enjoy lunch with an ocean breeze at Dune Burgers on the Beach

The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

There’s a dining option to suit every mood at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, home to six food and drink destinations. Lightkeepers is the hotel’s signature restaurant, with a focus on modern coastal fare and fresh seafood. The beautifully designed space boasts a spacious patio overlooking the ocean and a bar whose design is inspired by Key Biscayne’s historic landmark lighthouse. Sample delicious dishes such as Florida ceviche or roasted scallops with foraged mushrooms and parsnip puree. Other dining options include Cantina Beach for Mexican cuisine beneath a tropical, open-air palapa by the pool, and Dune Burgers on the Beach, a toes-in-the-sand lounge serving juicy burgers and bottles of bubbly.

Costa Med

Owned by Venezuela native Antonio Braschi, Costa Med is a chic bistro with influences from Europe, the Mediterranean and South America. The restaurant has been a Key Biscayne fixture for nearly 20 years, and its sun-drenched, white-washed dining room makes for a stylish yet relaxed place to dine. Order a bottle of rosé or Champagne for the table and then select from menu highlights such as steak tartare, escargots, zucchini carpaccio, caprese avocado salad, lobster ravioli, filet mignon or the catch-of-the-day.

El Gran Inka
Don't miss El Gran Inka's Peruvian cuisine

El Gran Inka

El Gran Inka is an authentic Peruvian restaurant with a modern twist. Choose from ceviches, tiraditos, Parihuela soup, lomo saltado (beef stir fry) or Chorrillana fish. Be sure to pair your meal with a classic Pisco sour, which is made with a brandy-like liqueur produced in Peru. The restaurant’s décor features original Nazca paintings and masks, offering a glimpse into Peru’s ancient history and culture.

KeBo Restaurant

Open for lunch and dinner, KeBo Restaurant serves Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine. Share some tapas or start your meal with white bean, cabbage, ham and pork belly soup. Other delightful dishes include chicken and seafood paella, grilled Norwegian fresh salmon, and oxtail stew with crispy potatoes. Pair this with a nice glass of Spanish wine, cava or sangria from KeBo’s extensive wine list, and you’ll have the perfect meal.

Sir Pizza
Check out family-owned Sir Pizza

Sir Pizza

A classic Key Biscayne family pizzeria since 1969, Sir Pizza serves up delicious pizza, subs, pastas and salads to a loyal following. The Royal Feast pizza is the way to go. It’s Sir Pizza’s supreme offering, made with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions and green peppers. Locals know to order it with a side of ranch dressing for dipping. The “blankets” are another popular item – calzone-like creations stuffed with a variety of meat, cheese and veggie combinations.

Donut Gallery Diner
Stop by Donut Gallery Diner for breakfast staples

Donut Gallery Diner

A family-run Key Biscayne institution for half a century, the Donut Gallery Diner is a warm and comforting place to enjoy breakfast and lunch. Slide into a booth or score a stool at the counter and order your favorite breakfast staples such as eggs, pancakes, bacon, hash browns, grits and omelets. There are plenty of combos and specialties to choose from. At lunchtime, it’s hard to resist the Ancar steak sandwich or mahi hoagie served with a choice of fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings or chips. This place is the epitome of the classic American diner.

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