Where To Eat In Coconut Grove

Ariete

Ariete

Bellini Courtyard

Bellini Courtyard

glass and vine

Glass & Vine

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Lokal

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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

With its stunning waterfront and lush, tropical landscape, Coconut Grove already has name for itself as a must-visit destination in Miami — and now, it’s experiencing a culinary renaissance with a roster of new restaurants and renowned chefs. Views? Coconut Grove restaurants have them to the max, boasting coveted vistas of the beautiful Biscayne Bay, verdant gardens or the opportunity to dine among the live oak trees. Coconut Grove really stands out for its quaint sidewalk cafes, and locals pack the outdoor patios at night and on weekends for brunch. With a good mix of longtime staples that deliver consistent service and food, along with new restaurants churning out creative dishes that will blow your mind, decide what you’re craving and the Grove will deliver.

Tigertail + Mary

One of Miami’s top chefs, Michael Schwartz, has expanded his culinary empire to Coconut Grove, and this restaurant is named after its prime corner location of Tigertail Avenue and Mary Street. After walking down a winding path, you’ll reach the main dining room and bar which mirrors its natural surroundings, and where you’ll watch chefs in the open kitchen (which Schwartz is known for) churn out beautiful plates. The restaurant celebrates vegetables with an enhanced twist, as well as seafood and high-quality meats. A big portion of the menu is devoted to veggies like charcoal-grilled artichokes and baby heirloom beets; or indulge in pasta, pizzas and large plates like roasted curried lamb shoulder.

Bellini

Another newcomer on the Coconut Grove scene is the rooftop Bellini Restaurant and Bar housed inside the ultra-swanky Mr. C Coconut Grove Hotel, which is part of the Cipriani empire. This sceney restaurant will give you all the feels with its throwback glam decor, waiters donning white jackets, and floor-to-ceiling windows that present sparkling views of Biscayne Bay. Since this is Cipriani, they’re famous for their Bellini, so order a round of the bubbly peach drink; then delve into the menu of Italian dishes with standouts like the baked polenta, rich risotto, and dreamy pasta topped with truffles — you’ll be equally impressed with the beautiful serving ware for all the dishes.

Ariete

This indoor-outdoor restaurant tucked away on a tree-lined avenue is helmed by another rock-star Miami chef, Michael Beltran. Here, everything revolves around the wood-fired grill, as Beltran proudly weaves his Cuban heritage into innovative American dishes. You’ll be surprised by a mix of high-brow and low-brow dishes — like a chorizo frita and croquetas, to fancy foie gras with smoked plantains — and don’t miss the house-made charcuterie and venison tartare.

Le Bouchon Du Grove

This longtime institution that’s reminiscent of a café in France should be one of the first stops on any visit to the Grove. After a warm welcome and a complimentary glass of bubbly, cozy up at one of tables covered with red-and-white checkered tablecloths (this is a bistro, so tables are close together), join in on the lively fun by talking with your neighbors, and sip a glass of wine as the chef prepares your meal made from scratch. Start with escargot sitting in a garlic butter sauce, then move on to fresh steamed mussels in white wine that’s served with French fries or share the mouth-watering crock of chicken fricassée immersed in a creamy mushroom risotto.

LoKal

The name of this popular restaurant says it all — this is where locals come to gather for locally sourced food and great Florida beers. Owner Matt Kuscher focuses on juicy burgers made from Florida beef that’s ground in-house daily and topped with produce from local farms and ingredients like Florida honey. Don’t discount their veggie burger, along with over-the-top chicken and waffles, and fish or shrimp tacos with a kick. If you have a pup who likes to dine out, there’s even a doggie menu.

Bombay Darbar

If you’re looking for authentic Indian food in a beautiful setting, Bombay Darbar is considered the best in Miami. Sink into its vibrant dining room for appetizers like vegetable samosas or Tandoori chicken wings, then order their famous naan bread to scoop up basmati rice dishes and traditional Indian dishes like chicken tikka masala, lamb vindaloo and more. And, if you’re into spice, tell them to kick the dishes up a notch.

Glass and Vine

Nestled in gorgeous Peacock Park, this indoor-outdoor restaurant encased in glass offers views of the tree-lined park and glimpses of glittering Biscayne Bay. At the helm is Giorgio Rapicavoli, the city’s first winner of Food Network’s “Chopped.” Rapicavoli focuses on fresh, local ingredients and dishes served family-style. Lunch means a roasted tomato sandwich and a refreshing watermelon salad; or dine under the lights at night with small plates of crispy yucca, shrimp ceviche and large plates like brick-roasted chicken and steak frites. It’s a natural oasis that makes you want to linger for hours, especially on date night; and for parents, there’s a playground next to the restaurant where the kids can run free during the day.

Peacock Garden Bistro

Think of this as your own secret garden for al fresco dining. The draw of this quintessential restaurant, where the Peacock family first settled around 1870, is the lush garden patio meant for sipping a glass of Prosecco or lunching with friends. Tuck under fringed umbrellas lined with wicker chairs while enjoying daily soup specials, pastas, burgers and salads. Brunch on the weekends is a Coconut Grove affair with people packing the patio to share plentiful egg dishes, pancakes, French toast and much more.

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