Timeless Miami Restaurants

Lamb at Caffe Abbracci

Lamb at Caffe Abbracci

Outdoor seating at A Fish  Called Avalon

Outdoor seating at A Fish Called Avalon

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Standing the test of time in the Miami culinary scene is no small feat, especially when so many restaurants close their doors before even celebrating their first anniversary. But for a select few restaurants, a combination of incredible culinary talent, unparalleled service and one-of-a-kind ambiance have helped them secure serious staying power.

For more than a quarter century, these restaurants have been a fixture among Miami foodies, treating generations of guests to top-notch dining experiences. Some might call them timeless mainstays of the community, while others fondly refer to them as old-school originals, but one thing’s for certain: these Miami establishments have proved they have what it takes to endure.

Joe’s Stone Crab
Enjoy a Miami classic at Joe's Stone Crab

Miami Beach

Joe’s Stone Crab

11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

With more than 100 successful years under its belt, Joe’s Stone Crab has long been regarded as one of the best restaurants in Miami, even earning the patronage of multiple presidents. Competition for a table is stiff, and they don’t take reservations – but the incredible seafood menu and signature stone crabs make it more than worth it.

Ahi Tuna at A Fish Called Avalon
Ahi Tuna at A Fish Called Avalon

A Fish Called Avalon

700 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Nestled in Miami Beach’s historic Art Deco District, A Fish Called Avalon is a South Beach experience you won’t want to miss. Views from the restaurant and its terrace feature the iconic Ocean Drive and the sparkling ocean waters beyond, while the menu is filled with seafood-centric dishes with a tropical flair.

Puerto Sagua

700 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Since opening its doors in 1968, Puerto Sagua has been a South Beach favorite for authentic Cuban dishes. The casual atmosphere has the ambiance of a welcoming neighborhood hangout, offering up a comfortable and laid-back space for patrons to enjoy Cuban classics like ropa vieja and hot-pressed sandwiches.

Coral Way

Old Lisbon

1698 SW 22nd St., Miami

Old Lisbon’s first location opened three decades ago. It has since expanded to three locations across the city, much to the delight of locals with a passion for Portuguese cuisine. Old Lisbon serves a variety of traditional Portuguese dishes including impeccably prepared seafood like grilled octopus and cod croquettes.

Tutto Pasta

1751 SW 3rd Ave., Miami

With culinary honors earned from the Miami Herald, Zagat Guide, and other publications, Tutto Pasta has a reputation as one of the best Italian restaurants in Miami. Handmade pasta and freshly baked bread set the stage for an incredible dining experience, while a decadent dessert menu promises to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Biltmore Hotel
Experience French cuisine at Palme d'Or at The Biltmore

Coral Gables

Palme d’Or at The Biltmore

1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables

Tucked inside one of Miami’s most famous luxury hotels, Palme d’Or is the oldest fine French restaurant in the area. Coming here to celebrate the most special of occasions is a longstanding Miami tradition, and the opulent décor and impeccable service ensure that everyone experiences the height of luxury.

Christy’s Restaurant

3101 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables

Christy's Restaurant has been one of Miami’s best steakhouses for decades, establishing itself as a beloved local landmark known for its exceptional service and upscale menu. Over the years, the restaurant has accumulated a treasure trove of glowing reviews, particularly for its wide array of prime-aged beef offerings.

Caffe Abbracci

318 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

An authentic Italian restaurant that’s been part of the fabric of Miami for three decades, Caffe Abbracci is a local favorite that’s seen its fair share of famous faces, including presidents, Supreme Court judges and entertainment icons. Sip a glass of wine from the extensive list of international blends, then try to decide what to order from the excellent menu of Italian comfort food favorites.

Taste authentic Cuban cuisine at Versailles Restaurant

Little Havana

Versailles Restaurant

3555 SW 8th St., Miami

Versailles Restaurant is a longtime gem tucked away in Little Havana, earning worldwide fame as a favorite gathering spot for the Cuban community. Since 1971, the talented team at Versailles has been crafting traditional Cuban dishes that capture the vibrant spirit of the island nation. After your meal, stop by the Versailles Bakery next door to snag some Cuban pastries for a late-night snack.

Coconut Grove

Monty’s Raw Bar

2550 S Bayshore Drive, Miami

Monty’s Raw Bar is a beach-casual restaurant with a tiki bar feel and a highly rated menu of raw dishes. Relax on the shaded patio area and soak up the view of the marina while you sample dishes that include conch, clams, Gulf oysters and other regional favorites.

Airport Area

94th Aero Squadron

1395 NW 57th St., Miami

Any great restaurant understands that considerable value lies in the distinct experience they deliver to guests, and no Miami locale knows that better than 94th Aero Squadron. This aviation-themed restaurant is part of a company founded by WWII bomber pilot David Tallichet and is situated with a prime view of Miami International Airport's runway.

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