Best Places to Eat in Sunny Isles Beach

Crab Cake at AQ by Il Mulino

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Crab Cake at AQ by Il Mulino

By: Shayne Benowitz

Dining is at the forefront of the Sunny Isles Beach social scene. Whether it’s a casual, healthy lunch or fine dining at a luxurious resort, a sprawling al fresco patio awaits. Whatever your dining style or your budget, you’ll find a tasty restaurant in Sunny Isles Beach. Discover exactly what makes South Florida cuisine so delicious: fresh citrus, locally caught fish and a melting pot of cultures showcasing their sumptuous flavors.

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Baleen Kitchen at Sole Miami

The oceanfront Sole Miami resort recently debuted Baleen Kitchen with an emphasis on global cuisine inspired by its wayfaring namesake, the baleen whale. Think, miso-glazed mahi-mahi, linguine Bolognese and steak frites. They also have a playful small plates menu with tantalizing items like lobster sliders with crispy jalapeno, spicy tuna tacos, and duck carnitas served with cornmeal crepes, chipotle blackberries and apple slaw. Pair all of that with a gorgeous mid-century-inspired dining room overlooking the ocean through floor-to-ceiling windows and you’ve got yourself a fabulous dinner out in Sunny Isles Beach!

    AQ by Il Mulino at Acqualina Resort & Residences on the Beach

    For a quintessential fine dining experience in Sunny Isles Beach, make a reservation at Acqualina Resort & Residences on the Beach's newest restaurant AQ by Il Mulino. A collaboration between the resort and Il Mulino New York’s executive chef Michele Mazza, AQ by Il Mulino seamlessly blends a modern steakhouse with sumptuous Italian flavors. Think, raw bar seafood towers, short rib ravioli with butter and sage and choice cuts of steak, all in a luxurious, high-ceilinged dining room with picture windows and a show-stopping chandelier inspired by European mid-century design and 19th century Italian residential classicism.

      Timo Restaurant & Bar

      Timo is a landmark Sunny Isles Beach restaurant serving up a signature blend of Italian-Mediterranean fare since 2003. Chef Tim Andriola specializes in wood-fired pizzas, decadent pastas, fresh seafood and fine steaks. There’s even a plant-based tasting menu for vegan diners that includes cauliflower risotto with morel mushrooms. For the carnivores in the party, you can’t go wrong with pizza topped with slow-roasted short rib, fontina and wild mushrooms or the fazzoletti pasta with braised suckling pig. Enjoy your dish with a selection of global wines inside the warm, homey dining room.

        Chayhana Oasis

        Tucked away on Sunny Isles Beach Boulevard, Chayhana Oasis is a lively restaurant dedicated to Uzbek cuisine. For the uninitiated, that translates to a variety of rice and noodle dishes, sizzling soups, savory mutton and plenty of naan bread to soak up all the bold flavors. The dining room is decorated in colorful Uzbek décor with mosaic tile murals and tapestries. Opt for lamb shish kebabs with traditional hachapury puff pastries stuffed with cheese. The mashkurda, an Oriental green pea soup made with rice and beef served with a dollop of yogurt, is not to be missed.

          Miami Juice

          When in Miami, do as the Miamians do and eat clean. Miami Juice has been around since 1992 serving up a healthy selection of juice, smoothies, salads, sandwiches, baked potatoes, and even pizza and burgers. Whether it’s a post-beach boost of nutrients from their B-52 Happy’s Special juice made with carrots, celery, beets, cucumber, spinach, garlic, ginger and apple, or a wholesome lunch, you’ll feel at home inside their inviting dining room. Lunchtime temptations include vegetarian options like veggie burgers, falafel, hummus and tofu marinated in ginger and curry. For the carnivores, opt for the rosemary chicken platter or the blackened red snapper served with organic brown rice and steamed vegetables.

            Kitchen 305 at Newport Beachside Resort

            Inside the Newport Beachside Resort lies a flashy restaurant named for Miami. Helmed by chef Julius Brown, Kitchen 305 boasts eclectic American fare with tantalizing dishes like mango chipotle barbecue ribs, grilled mahi-mahi with black olive tapenade, and Texas bouillabaisse made with lobsters, mussels, clams, scallops, fish and shrimp in a tomato-based broth. Wednesday nights dish up all-you-can-eat whole Maine lobster for only $49 with their Lobster Madness Special. All of this is complemented by an excellent wine list and craft cocktails.

              Caracol Restaurant at Marenas Beach Resort

              Located inside the all-suite Marenas Beach Resort, Caracol Restaurant’s dining room boasts a double height ceiling with windows overlooking the glittering Atlantic Ocean. Helmed by chef Carlos Candelaria, the menu fuses American and Latin flavors for a creative dining experience highlighted by fresh ceviche, beef pinchos with aji amarillo and seared mahi-mahi with braised vegetables. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s an excellent way to get a taste of Sunny Isles Beach any time of day.

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