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By: Shayne Benowitz

Whether it’s a casual lunch with an oceanfront view or an elegant dinner at sunset, this beachfront destination just north of Miami Beach has plentiful dining options. Menus at Sunny Isles Beach restaurants feature the best of our local culinary offerings: fresh-caught fish, in-season produce and a diverse mix of global flavors.

BALEENkitchen at Solé Miami

The oceanfront Solé Miami resort features BALEENkitchen, serving global cuisine inspired by its wayfaring namesake – the baleen whale. Dine in the restaurant’s stunning mid-century-inspired dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows, or sit outside and enjoy the ocean view. Menu highlights include a blackened mahi mahi sandwich on a brioche bun; seafood tacos with your choice of grilled shrimp or grilled mahi mahi; or a chipotle chicken sandwich with bacon, cheddar and chipotle aioli on a brioche bun.

Il Mulino At Acqualina Resort & Residences On The Beach

Make a reservation at Il Mulino NY – Sunny Isles Beach at the Acqualina Resort & Residences on the Beach for a memorable fine-dining experience. A collaboration between the resort and Il Mulino New York’s executive chef Michele Mazza, this elegant restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a menu of Italian specialties, and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. For dinner, start with antipasti such as baked clams or prosciutto with melon. Next, enjoy a variety of pasta dishes and main courses including breaded veal or a half rack of lamb with mustard glaze.

Save room for the hazelnut dessert at Timo
Save room for the hazelnut dessert at Timo

Timo Restaurant & Bar

Timo Restaurant & Bar is a landmark Sunny Isles Beach restaurant serving up a signature blend of Italian and Mediterranean fare since 2003. Chef Tim Andriola specializes in wood-fired pizzas, decadent pastas, fresh seafood and fine steaks. Vegetarian pizza and pasta options are also available. Meat eaters will savor the skirt steak marinated in garlic and lemon with fries and housemade sriracha ketchup. Or, try the “Sunday Gravy” pasta with braised short ribs, sweet Italian sausage and meatballs. Enjoy your meal with a glass of wine from the extensive list inside the warm, homey dining room.

Chayhana Oasis

Tucked away on Sunny Isles Beach Boulevard, Chayhana Oasis is a lively restaurant dedicated to Uzbek specialties. The comforting Central Asian cuisine is known for 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, a green pea soup made with rice and beef that’s served with a dollop of yogurt, is not to be missed.

A rainbow of juice options at Miami Juice
A rainbow of juice options at Miami Juice

Miami Juice

Miami Juice has been a Sunny Isles Beach staple since 1992, offering a wide selection of juices, smoothies, salads, sandwiches, baked potatoes, and even pizzas and burgers, all with a focus on fresh fruits and vegetables as well as lean proteins. Whether it’s a post-beach boost of nutrients from the B-52 Happy’s Special juice made with carrots, celery, beets, cucumber, spinach, garlic, ginger and apple, or a grilled chicken sandwich for lunch, you’ll feel at home inside the inviting dining room. Vegetarian options include plant-based burgers, falafel, hummus, and tofu marinated in ginger and curry. Carnivores can opt for the rosemary chicken platter or the blackened red snapper served with organic brown rice and steamed vegetables.

Kitchen 305 Newport Beachside Resort

Inside the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort is the glitzy restaurant and bar named after Miami’s area code: 305. Helmed by chef Julius Brown, Kitchen 305 boasts a menu of eclectic American fare with dishes such as mango chipotle barbecue ribs, pan-seared salmon, and a seafood paella saffron with lobster, clams, mussels, chicken, peas and chorizo. The restaurant offers different specials every night of the week, and the menu is complemented by an excellent wine list and many craft cocktail offerings.

Epicure Restaurant At Marenas Beach Resort

Located inside the all-suite Marenas Beach Resort, the dining room at Epicure Restaurant features windows overlooking the glittering Atlantic Ocean. Grab a refreshing morning boost from the juice bar. Later in the day, enjoy a menu that fuses American and Latin flavors in dishes such as the Cuban sandwich and grilled churrasco steak. Tip: Be sure to save room for the coconut flan.

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