Where To Eat In Coconut Grove

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By: Kara Franker

Where to find the best restaurants in Coconut Grove.

The tropical neighborhood of Coconut Grove is full of local eateries and sidewalk cafés featuring regionally inspired dishes and fresh Florida seafood. Whether you’re looking for internationally inspired cuisine or a haute local’s scene, Coconut Grove has something for everyone.

Nestled in the old glass housed chamber of commerce overlooking Peacock Park, chef Giorgio Rapicavoli’s menu at Glass & Vine offers a killer combo of Latin, Italian and Floridian cuisine. Tables are shaded by mature live oaks and the atmosphere here is relaxed and garden-like. Stop by the outdoor bar for a craft cocktail beneath twinkly lights, or make reservations for lunch, dinner or brunch to savor Glass & Vine's unfussy, expertly prepared dishes from a menu divided by "Land", "Sea" and "Garden".

Nearby, international chef and restauranteur Michael Schwartz opened another outpost of Harry’s Pizzeria (other locations include the Miami Design District, Downtown, Dadeland and Aventura Mall). The hotspot is a crowd pleaser featuring wood-oven pizzas and a rotating selection of craft beer.

Speaking of pizza, Maurizio Farinelli opened his namesake Farinelli 1937, featuring 100 percent Italian style brick oven pizzas. For his legendary pasta, head directly across the street to Farinelli’s Strada in the Grove.

A new American-meets-New World restaurant, Ariete is the brainchild of partners Michael Beltran, one of Miami's top chefs, and Jason Odio (from Sidebar in Brickell). Nosh on dishes like the painted hills beef ribeye for two or the wood grilled green circle chicken with locally grown vegetables.

Sip on a cup of gourmet coffee at Panther Coffee, a favorite hangout for locals and a Miami-based specialty coffee retailer that specializes in small-batch roasting.

Another favorite for locals, LoKal is a laid-back eatery with a popular menu featuring items like chicken and waffles, fish tacos and delicious burgers. Owner Matthew Kuscher sources local ingredients for both LoKal and his new seafood restaurant in the Grove, The Spillover, located next to the Mayfair Hotel & Spa.

For authentic Thai, check out Atchana's Homegrown Thai, whose chef hails from a family with deep restaurant roots in the Greater Miami area. The bright corner cafe uses locally sourced herbs and boasts Miami's only Tsingtao on tap. Popular dishes include Lab Gai (done Isaan style with minced chicken, lime, chili & fresh herbs), Lobster Pad Thai, and Mango with Sticky Rice for dessert.

Bring your sweet tooth to Vicky's House, a kitschy milkshake bar whose 70s/80s decor resembles the owner's mother's kitchen. Go for the Golden Girls milkshake, with cream cheese frosting rim, Golden Grahams Cereal, toffee bits, whipped cream, caramel, a Twinkie, vanilla wafer and a homemade blondie with a cherry on top. Need we say more?

The quintessential brunch hotspot (and also open late night), GreenStreet Café is a Coconut Grove mainstay owned by husband and wife team, Sylvano and Maida Bignon. Take a seat in the fresh air on one of their signature red velvet outdoor love seats and sip a mimosa while you wait for a heaping plate of blueberry pancakes. Or head across the street to Lulu, owned by the same couple and featuring an equally impressive menu.

Boho is a romantic indoor/outdoor corner cafe with a Mediterranean menu. Settle in with a sparkling wine cocktail before savoring a tomato salad, grilled octopus, sea bass, the Boho steak and other Greek favorites. Finish with Yia-Yia’s orange pie, festooned with fresh baby flowers.

If you love French flair, be sure to check out Le Bouchon du Grove. From omelets and pancakes to steaks and salads, the menu at this little bistro provides a wide range of choices.

For fresh ceviche or hearty Latin American fare, dine at Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar & LatAm Grill. Or try sister restaurant Peacock Garden Café, with its Miami throwback decor and lush outdoor garden dining.

Just around the corner at The Ritz-Carton’s Bizcaya, dine on fresh Florida seafood with local organic products and the high-end quality you expect from the Ritz brand. Eat inside or out in the romantic ambiance of flickering candlelight and fresh air.

Panorama Restaurant & Sky Lounge has just the kind of view you’d expect from a name like “sky lounge.” Watch the boats sail in and out of Dinner Key Marina as you dine on traditional American and Nuevo-Andean Peruvian cuisine at this eighth story restaurant atop the Sonesta Coconut Grove hotel.

Featuring its fair share of local watering holes, check out trivia night at Sandbar, play a game of pool at Barracuda Taphouse & Grill or try your hand at beer pong or flip cup at Tavern In The Grove. And Taurus Beer & Whiskey House is one of the Grove’s legendary bar hotspots perfect for a happy hour or a night cap. For a lively scene on the water, Monty’s Raw Bar hosts live music under tiki huts and serves typical tropical fare like conch fritters and stone crabs. And for a neighborhood bar scene where the locals like to hangout, head to Berries in the Grove.

See more great Coconut Grove restaurants and dining experiences and find amazing dining and restaurant offers during Miami Spice Month through August and September.

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