Best Places to Eat in Miami

by Daved Brosche on February 12, 2009

by Daved Brosche | February 12th, 2009  

Miami is known for a lot of things; hot clubs, beautiful beaches, and great food. There are a number of great places to eat all over Miami. From great hole in the wall joints to the more upscale dining establishments, Miami has something for every pallet. Even the famous chef, Emeril has a place down here. Do yourself a favor and visit at least one of the places on this list while in Miami. Maybe after words you can head to one of the top clubs in Miami.

Azul

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Stunning views and the beauty of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, in addition to Azul’s sumptuous cuisine, makes this one of the top listed restaurants in Miami. Featuring contemporary and Mediterranean dishes, diners will be sure to find the perfect dish. Menus can be found on their website. Other features include valet service, full bar, waterfront dining along with excellent service. Due to the overwhelming popularity of this restaurant, reservations are strongly recommended. Although a little pricey this is fine dining at it’s absolute finest.

Barton G

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For a completely different take on American Classics, Barton G’s is the place to be. Chef Barton G creates his drinks and plates in a whimsical way. The steaks are “branded” with a B and the dishes are individually designed for a one of a kind dining experience. A lush tropical garden is the backdrop for the elegant yet understated dining room. Barton G’s features seafood, steaks and chicken. Drinks are sure to cause the diner to try them with names like Purple Haze and Flirtation! Even though Barton G’s is not one of the most expensive places, the restaurant is popular with celebrities and socialites. You will be sure to have a unique, not likely to be forgotten, dining experience.

Emeril’s Miami Beach

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A beach front view, an excellent wine collection and a laid back style of hospitality, makes Emeril’s a must for Miami dining. Emeril’s has combined the Creole flavors of Louisiana with the South Florida Latin rhythms and bold flavors of the Caribbean to create an unique signature to his dishes. The restaurant has an outdoor terrace for oceanfront dining and a delightful food bar for private or seductive dining. Cajun, Creole and French cuisines are available along with Emeril’s famous twists to his menus are sure to be a crowd pleaser. There is nothing like a relaxing Sunday morning at Emeril’s for a fantastic brunch and ocean breezes. Make sure you include Emeril’s in your next trip to Miami.

Sergio’s Family Restaurants

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For the budget conscious visitor, a trip to Sergio’s Family Restaurants will not only satisfy your budget but your stomach as well. Boasting Cuban cuisine, Sergio’s now has four locations, all designed for any time of the day for visitors. Cuban specialties such as main dishes, pastries, breakfast, sandwiches and whipped desserts are a sure bet when it comes to back to basics food with a flair. The Cuban Sandwich is reported to be the best in Miami by the locals. Reading the menu is also part of the fun as you will laugh at their use of Spanglish!

Monty’s Stone Crab Seafood House & Raw Bar

Whether you want fine dining or a fun outdoor choice, Monty’s Stone Crab Seafood House & Raw Bar is the best stop in town. 30 years of service has made this institution rated as the best seafood and raw bar in Miami. Your dining experience can either be indoors in the plush indoor dining room or outdoors at the raw bar. While outdoors you can listen to Calypso music while munching on stone crabs served on paper plates, among other equally delectable dishes. The locals also flock to the outdoor bar for happy hour. Whatever your choice of dining experience may be, you will be sure to enjoy the beautiful views of the water in either area.

Tony Chan’s Water Club

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For the Chinese lover, a visit to Tony Chan’s Water Club has to be top on your lists of things to do while in Miami. Tony Chan’s features the best authentic Chinese food in downtown Miami. With the awesome views of the marina and oceanfront, you can also watch the chefs twirling their knives theatrically while cooking, through floor to ceiling windows. A must while at Tony Chan’s is the Peking Duck or a visit to the new Sushi Bar. You will be sure to find something unique at this popular restaurant. Reservations are recommended for large groups while there are two locations to choose from.

Deli Lane Cafe & Tavern

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Not to be outdone, Deli Lane is featured in the top 100 family dining experiences in Miami. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Deli Lane is kid friendly, vegetarian friendly, open late, features patio seating and is smoke free. Voted the best breakfast in 2002 and 2003, they have also been nominated every year. Catering and delivery is available along with hosting parties as well as a popular tavern for mingling, playing pool and other games. Deli Lane is tops in bringing the old world style of dining back to the modern world. You will not regret your visit to Deli Lane!

Perricone’s

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Want to know where the local eat? This is the place. Serving breakfast, brunch, Italian, cafe style and takeout, Periccone’s is rated in the top 100 places to eat in Miami. Set in a quiet park with gorgeous vegetation, this New England Barn building creates a subtle and cozy ambiance. Perricone’s marketplace features chocolates from San Francisco, imported meats and cheeses and a world wide wine selection in addition to seating 100 or more in their indoor/outdoor cafe. Taking a stroll through this unique setting and viewing the beautiful ceramics imported from Italy makes Perricone’s an unusual but delightful dining experience.

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