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Best in Town Resturants

22 of Ines' Favorite Restaurants
South of Fifth
Joe's Stone Crab
Forte De Marmi
Lobster Shack Lobster Rolls
Prime 112
Historic District
Casa Tua
Italian with fabulous ambiance
Pied a Terre
French cuisine at the Cadet Hotel
The Bazaar by José Andrés
SLS Hotel
The Setai
Go on Friday's and request a table at the courtyard. Fridays they have shows and great people looking, it is fun!
On Alton Road
Drunken Dragon
On Lincoln Road
Ceviche 105
Best Happy Hour
Sunset Harbor Area:
Sushi Garage Sushi
NaiYaRa Thai Food
Downtown Miami:
Novikov Peking Duck
Zuma Saturday & Sunday Brunch
On Brickell:
Nusr-Et Steaks
Hutlong Chinesse and Diim Sum
Surfside / Bal Harbour
Le Sirenuse & Beautiful
Japanese in Bal Harbour Shops


Ines Tasting Menu at Her Favorite Miami and Beach Restaurants:

#1 Joe’s Stone Crab:
This is the temple of all restaurants and perhaps the oldest running establishment in town on its 102 seasons. No visit to Miami is complete without a visit to Joe’s. My favorites here are:

  • Cole slaw (one of a kind recipe) and/or fried asparagus.
  • Jumbo or Large stone crab
  • Sesame seared tuna i(Outstanding, if you have cannot the stone crab due to allergies)
  • Key lime pie (Best in the world!)

Reservations are honored only for large parties of 10 or more:
11 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-0365

The History of Joe Stone Crab

#2 Prime 112:
Always a good scene with excellent food.

  • The best shrimp cocktail in town. The shrimp are so large that one could be enough, but you can order as many as you would like.
  • The double wedge salad with creamy blue cheese dressing is divine. Or try the organic field mixed greens salad with walnuts & apple.
  • The NY strip steak is my favorite here, but no matter what you order you will not be disappointed. Everything on the menu is superb!
  • The best Kobe beef Hot Dog in town, which is great for lunch. Though large enough that you could share.

Reservations are required:
112 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139-7213
(305) 532-8112

#3 Meat Market:
A Lincoln Road eatery, with the best steak in town (in my opinion). The Buffalo Steak, medium rare. As tender as a filet mignon but better taste and consistency. Only go to eat the Buffalo Steak. The rest of the menu is above average but the Buffalo Steak is outstanding.

Reservations are recommended.
915 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139-2601
(305) 532-0088

Other Excellent Steak Houses:

#4 Red Steak House:
In the chic SOFI neighborhood.
119 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
(305) 534-3688

#5 Smith & Wollensky:
A great place where locals gather for lunch or dinner, or for just drinks (especially in the outdoor area on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to mingle and watch the cruise ships head to sea). July is Lobster Month: enjoy the lobster salad and other lobster dishes.
1 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139-7323
(305) 673-2800

#6 Texas de Brazil:
Good food family style with a fun atmosphere and reasonable prices
Guaranteed to have a good time!

300 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139-7213
(305) 695-7702


#7 Mr Chow:
Wow! The best service of any of the local restaurants. Try the prix fixe tasting menu and make sure to request:

  • Glazed shrimp with walnut
  • Dungeness crab off the shell sautéed with egg white
  • Any of the Dim Sum dishes
  • Peking duck with scallions and pancakes

Reservations are recommended.
2201 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 695-1695

Reservation required for lunch, dinner or brunch.

Address: 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131
Phone:(305) 577-0277

This is one of the top restaurants in the world and my favorite in Miami.

The best dish in the house is the yaki taraba gani
king crab with ponzu lime butter
(not available at Brunch)

my other favorite dishes are:
gyuhire sumibiyaki karami sauce zuke
spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chili and sweet soy

and best chicken dish in town:
tsubo miso gake hinadori no oven yaki
barley miso corn fed chicken oven roasted on cedar wood

And my favorite sushi roll is
pirikara hamachi maki
spicy yellowtail roll with serrano pepper and wasabi mayo

#9 Hakkasan at the Fontainblue Hotel:
Beautiful and Mesmerizing Decor. The London Hakkasan is considered one of the top 50 restaurants in the world. My favorite dishes are the duck salad, lemon chicken and the dim sum platter. Reservations are required.
4441 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(305) 674-4670

#10 Drunken Dragon - Newest Korean Restaurant in Town
1424 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone:(305) 397-8556

The guys at Foxhole bring us Drunken Dragon, an Asian Korean BBQ fusion restaurant located on Alton rd. Don’t look for a sign to let you know you are there because you won’t see one. Once inside, it's a dimly lit and beautiful space with a bar to welcome you. The cocktails have a Polynesian theme, these guys are fusing everything. The Mai Tai and cherry gin cocktails were good. Also, the bartender was great at explaining all of the cocktails and making them too

My favorite dish here:
Peking Bao: Duck, chicken skin, scallion, cucumber, hoisin

#11 Sushi Samba on Lincoln Road:
This is my favorite Lincoln Road restaurant. When here I prefer outdoor seating. Favorites are the finger selection or snacks:

  • Sushi Samba “Taquitos” (fish tacos), order only the yellow tail. Best fish taco in town!
  • Sea bass & miso anticuchos
  • Rock shrimp tempura bibb lettuce

Saturday or Sunday Bruch is an amazing value/experience and excellent food
your choice of three course prix-fixe 30.00 or a la carte bottomless Prosecco additional 25.00/person
DOCE DE LEITE FRENCH TOAST fresh berries and sesame whipped cream
HOUSEMADE QUINOA WAFFLES kuromitsu and vanilla-cinnamon butter
WARM CHURROS shichimi-caramel and Peruvian chocolate
CHURRASCO & EGGS grilled hanger steak, red chimichurri, organic eggs any style, potato, mizuna salad
LOBSTER EGGS BENEDICT miso-yuzu hollandaise
SOUTH AMERICAN FRITTATA lingüiça, asparagus, heart of palm, manchego cheese 14.00
SHRIMP AND POLENTA organic poached egg and manchego 17.00
SAMBA COBB SALAD slow-cooked chicken, organic egg, apple smoked bacon, avocado, wasabi ranch dressing
WAGYU SLIDERS aji panca ketchup, shredded lettuce, tomato, sesame brioche, fries
FEIJOADA ~ BRAZILIAN INSPIRED BRUNCH savory stew of black bean, shredded pork, seared beef and carne seca with white rice, collard greens, farofa and fresh orange slices

No reservations are necessary, but they are recommended.
Restaurant name: Sushi Samba Dromo
Address: 600 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: (305) 673-5337

#12 Katsuya by Starck at the SLS Hotel
Since our favorite sushi hang out closed "BOND STREET" we now go to Katsuya for good sushi and Japanese food. My favorite dishes are the following:

  • Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna.
  • Creamy Rock Shrimp.
  • Yellow Tail Sashimi with Jalapeno.
  • Edamame & Shishito Peppers
  • Stuffed Eggplant and any of the ceviche choices.

But any roll will do - they're all delicious! Reservations are required.
1701 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139-1904
(305) 455 2995

#13 Nobu:
Of world fame, our Nobu is located inside the Shore Club Hotel, enter by 20th Street across from Setai. Truly outstanding and worth the cost. My favorites here are:

  • Soft shell crab with watermelon and jalapeno. Again, this is a seasonal dish. Even during season, it may not be on the menu, so always ask your waiter if it's available (and call ahead if you want to be sure).
  • Yellow tail with jalapeno in lemon sauce
  • Spicy mayo rock shrimp
  • Lightly deep-fried tuna tempura roll
  • Mix green salad
  • End with a warm chocolate cake with ice cream.

Reservations are required.
1901 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139-1911
(305) 695-3232

#14 Aqua Sushi Bar at Delano Hotel:
On the corner of 17th Street & Collins Avenue, this is a great sushi bar that is great for meeting people. No reservations are required - first come first serve. My favorites are the shrimp and mango roll, tuna tower and small green salad.
1685 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 672-2000

#15 MAKOTO the Bal Harbour Shops
Address: 9700 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour
Phone:(305) 864-8600

Has the best desert in not miss the TOBAN YAKI
seasonal fruit, passionfruit sauce, mango sorbet, homemade marshmallows

My recommendations here are:
MAKOTO HOUSE SALAD watercress, chikuwa, wasabi dressing
KOBE BEEF CARPACCIO ginger, garlic, mitsuba, truffle oil

Happy Hour 5 to 7 pm every day. First come first serve during happy hour

Dinner Happy Hour

Everyday: 5pm-7pm

Cold Dishes

New Style Tuna Tataki


Salmon Carpaccio


Ahii Poke


Hot Dishes

Rock Shrimp


Veggie Hot Dishes

Asian Eggplant





Tuna Avocado


Crunchy Crab


Doraku Style California



Lychee Martini






Well Drinks


Hot/Cold Sake


Red/White house whine


Draft Beers


* Doraku Favorites, (GD). Green Dish

Address: 1104 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach
Phone:(305) 695-8383

#17 Indomania
Has fantastic Indonesian rashtafel dishes: Meat or vegetarian rashtafel
Small family run restaurant. Reservations recommended.
131 26th St, Miami Beach, FL 33140
(305) 535-6332

#18 NAOE. The hardest restaurant to get a table
8 per seating

661 Brickell Key Drive
Miami, FL 33131
Phone Numbers:
Tel: 305.947.6263 (NAOE)
Fax: 866.941.6052

Seating Times:
Monday - Saturday
6:00 pm
9:30 pm


#19 Casa Tua:
Italian with romance and flair. Lovely Key West style decor. Just a beautiful setting! Perfect for a romantic and quiet dinner, plus the food is divine. No advertisements, no street sign. Only the people in the know -know how to find this one, and the second floor is a private club. Reservations are required.
1700 James Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-0973

#20 The Restaurant at Setai:
Majestic Asian décor in a resort style. If you want to get away from noise and crowds and enjoy good food and company, head to Setai. Also considered to have the best Sunday brunch in town! Truly a culinary experience. My favorite dishes here are:

  • Deep Fried Frog Legs (Kha Goob) …the best recipe and frog legs ever! Sorry the new chef is no longer offering this exceptional dish :-(
  • Miso Roasted Black Cod, Oriental Mushrooms, Pearl Barley, Black Truffle Broth. This is no longer on menu either. Watch out for new dishes and recipes from new chef. The Restaurant at Setai is still one of my favorite!
  • Any of the tandoori dishes. They're all are superb!
  • The scallop dumpling with truffle in a creamy sauce. The best dumpling in the world!

Reservations are required.
2001 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 520-6402
Menu: View menu on restaurant's website

corner of James & 17th Street inside the Cadet Hotel exuding with charm.

Authentic French Dining on South Beach with an intimate
ambience...special and unique...try the warm seared foie grass

Pied à Terre Restaurant prepares food using classic French cooking techniques, blended with the creativity and innovation that are featured at Michelin-starred restaurants in France today.

Our philosophy for food is Fresh, Refined, Delicate, Flavorful, Light, and Healthy.

We offer an ever-changing menu reflecting fresh and seasonal ingredients and aim to support local farmers whenever possible. In addition to our a la carte menu, we offer a five-course chef’s tasting menu with an optional wine pairing for every course. At Pied à Terre, we can accommodate any dietary requirements or personal preferences. We offer a full bar along with our exceptional wine program.

You might ask who our chef is. The answer surprises most – we do not have a full-time chef. One of the cornerstones of Pied à Terre unique approach to dining is innovation. Our menu is built around innovative recipes created by visiting chefs from France.

Three or four times a year Pied à Terre invites Seasonal Visiting Chefs working at top Michelin-starred restaurants in France to Miami Beach. They share the latest trends of French contemporary cuisine and food preparation philosophies, train our kitchen staff, and create recipes specifically for Pied à Terre.

1701 James Avenue
Miami Beach, FL, 33139
(305) 531-4533


Reservations Available:
Tu - Th 6:30pm - 10pm
Fr - Sa 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Su 6:30pm - 9:30pm
(Closed Monday)


#22 MILO'S Miami by Costas Spiliadis
730 1st St, Miami Beach
corner of 1st & Washington Ave.
(305) 604-6800

Reservation recommended

Best $25 lunch you ever spent...freshest Mediterranean fish or octopus

Lavraki grilled Mediterranean bass or Grilled Octopus sashimi quality Mediterranean octopus, charcoal-broiled.

Don't miss the tomatoes salad...deliciously fresh. From farm to table
Tomato Salad feta cheese, seasoned with Greek herbs & extra virgin olive oil

or dine before 7pm for better value.

#23 GrillFish Restaurant:
Has the best grilled fish and artichoke dish in town. Grilled artichoke as an appetizer, Caesar calamari salad and the whole yellow tail grilled. If you have room for dessert order the homemade brownie sundae, a real treat, or the mango key lime pie. Reservations are recommended.
1444 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 538-9908

Fun Restaurants with excellent food on the Beach:

#24 Barton G:
A great place to celebrate birthdays or anniversaries. The presentation of every dish is theater at its best. Reservations are recommended.
1427 West Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 672-8881

#25 Villa Azur Restaurant and Lounge
where the beautiful people come to dine. Garden
dinning available.

Reservation required
309 23rd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 763-8688

#26 Baoli:
nightclub ambience and great garden dining in back. I prefer the green beans and the veal, as well as seating in the garden in back.
1906 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 674-8822

Other Beach Restaurants Worth a Visit:

#27 Blue Door @ Delano Hotel:
Continental & French cuisine
1685 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 672-2000

#28 Ola Miami:
The pork dish is the best dish here.
1745 James Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139-7508
(305) 695-9125

#29 Sardinia:
Excellent regional cold cut platter and house salad are best.

#30 Mare Mio:
Best mushroom ravioli with truffle dish and triple tail fish.
447 Espanola Way
Charming Street to walk or eat.

#31 BLT at the Betsy Ross Hotel:
The best dishes here are the Hamachi with avocado & hearts of palm appetizer and the dover sole.
1440 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-0044

Miami Restaurants You Should Venture Off the Beach For:

#32 The River Oyster Bar:
The best oysters in town by the Miami River.
650 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33130-3016
(305) 530-1915

Great ambiance and Italian food in the design district.
4141 Northeast 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 572-2901

#34 Mandolin Aegean Bistro
Fantastic Greek/Turkish food in a 1940 charming home with back yard garden. Everything is absolutely delicious.

4312 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33137

Telephone: 305.576.6066
Fax: 305.576.6062

#35 Gigi's
3470 N. Miami Avenue
Miami, FL. 33127
(305) 456-1470

#36 Sugar Cane:
In the Wynwood district, from the owners of Sushi Samba.
3250 Northeast 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 369-0353

#37 CVI.CHE 105
105 N.E. 3rd Ave. Miami, FL 33132

#38 Morgans
Order the apple pie when you order your main course as it takes 15 to 20 minutes to prepare, homemade.
28 NE 29th Street, Miami, FL 33132
(305) 573-9678

#39 The Bazaar by José Andrés

1701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 455-2999



For Indian Food venture to...
1) Mint Leaf
276 Alhambra Circle
Coral Gables

2) Bombay Darbar
Coconut Grove

For Authentic Chinese Food visit:

1) Chu's

The best Peking Duck in town, have it three way!

Dim Sum serve daily

2728 Ponce De Leon Blvd

Coral Gables, FL. 33134

(786) 953-7351

2) Dragon City

Fresh Seafood from a tank and authentic Chinese fair...a real gem!

6708 Stirling Road

Hollywood, FL. 33024

(954) 894-8393

Other Food Recommendations:

#1 Maya's Taps & Grill
The best pizza (only available during lunch). Order the "De Napoli" consisting of Prosciutto, Basil, Fresh Mozzarella, Truffle Oil and Tomato Sauce.
809 Lincoln Rd.
(305) 538-0058

#2 Los Ranchos at Bayside Marketplace
The Best Nicaraguan Dish: Meson de Candido. Charbroiled Pork Loin Marinated with Achiote and Spices. Lomo de Cerdo a la Parrilla, Adobado con Achiote y Especies.
401 Biscayne Blvd (on the north shopping arcade)
(305) 375-8188

#3 Shake Shack
Good burger and shakes.
Lenox., Miami Beach, FL. 33139.

#4 La Provence French Bakery
The best baked goods in town. If you're up early, go watch them bake!
1621 Collins, Miami Beach. (305) 538-2406. Great for breakfast or lunch. Other locations in town.

#5 Segafredo on Lincoln Road.
The best café scene. The food is okay, but the people watching is great.

For Bargain Hunter Food Lovers looking for great Miami Beach dining:

Be Sure to visit Miami During the months of August and September for the Miami Spice Specials:
I love Miami Spice!

For healthy dining try...

The Traymore Restaurant at the Metropolitan Hotel

  • 2445 Collins Ave , Miami Beach
  • 305-695-3600


South Pointe Tavern  

Cozy cocktail bar serving diverse spirits, craft beers & wine, plus ceviche, charcuterie & more.

Address: 40 South Pointe Drive, 109, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Hours:Open today · 8AM–2AM
Phone: (305) 763-8368 (305) 695-3600

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