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Restaurants in Miami

From Cuban street food to glittering celebrity hangouts, the restaurants of Miami are almost as diverse as its population.

The restaurants below have been grouped in three different price categories:
Expensive (over US$35)
Moderate (US$20 to US$34
Cheap (under US$20)

These prices are for an average three-course meal for one person with a bottle of house wine or cheapest equivalent; they do not include taxes, service charge or tip. Expect to pay a 7% sales tax, plus an additional 2% in Miami Beach. The levy is used to help the homeless.

Tax is added to the bill at the end of the meal and isn’t reflected in the menu prices. A few places also include a service charge in the bill but this is not common. It is normal to leave a tip of 15-20% for service.


A Fish Called Avalon

Cuisine: Seafood

Part of the art deco district, A Fish Called Avalon is the place to go for some of the city's best seafood – all served up in airy, chic surroundings with views over the street and beach opposite. Served to a soundtrack of Latin-Caribbean music, typical dishes include the spiced grilled grouper and Florida snapper with mango relish.

Address: Miami Beach, 700 Ocean Drive, Miami, 33139
Telephone: +1 305 532 1727.

Joe's Stone Crab

Cuisine: Seafood

Begun as a beachside seafood stand in 1913, Joe's Stone Crab is now a Miami institution, made famous by the copious quantities of stone crab claws (Florida's greatest seafood delicacy) served with their signature mustard sauce. The menu also offers other seafood dishes, steaks, ribs and chicken, accompanied by coleslaw and hash browns as sides.

Address: Miami Beach, 11 Washington Avenue, Miami, 33139
Telephone: +1 305 673 0365.

The Cypress Room

Cuisine: American

Serving upmarket American classics, The Cypress Room is the place to come for healthy take on US cuisine as well as some of the best burgers in town. Run by top chef Michael Schwartz, the décor is pure Americana too, with moose heads mounted on the walls and swinging crystal chandeliers above.

Address: Wynwood, 3620 North East 2nd Avenue, Miami, 33137
Telephone: +1 305 520 5197.


Area 31

Cuisine: Seafood

A sleek seafood emporia located in Downtown Miami, Area 31 combines a lounge-style appearance with sustainably-caught crustacea and a very glamorous crowd. Despite its good looks, the prices aren't off the charts and you can eat well here at an affordable price – just don't miss the excellent crab.

Address: Downtown, 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, 33131
Telephone: +1 305 424 5234.

Big Pink

Cuisine: American

At the heart of the South Beach hustle, this retro diner and sports bar serves classic all-American fare to a young crowd. As the name suggests, practically everything (from the bar stools to the menu) is pink. The satisfying American comfort food is the real draw though, especially the TV dinner served in a six-compartment tray.

Address: Miami Beach, 157 Collins Avenue, Miami, 33139
Telephone: +1 305 532 4700.

Cascade Restaurant

Cuisine: International

Casual poolside dining is the name of the game at this charming little restaurant, which is part of the 61-hectare (150-acre) Biltmore Hotel estate. Cascade overlooks the largest pool in the US and has a similarly watery menu with fresh seafood, Caribbean dishes and healthy, organic spa cuisine topping the bill.

Address: 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, 33134
Telephone: +1 305 445 8066.


El Mago de las Fritas

Cuisine: Cuban

Along with the Cuban sandwich, the frita (a burger spiced with industrial quantities of paprika) is one of Cuba's best contributions to the Miami street food scene. Nowhere does it better than El Mago de las Fritas, where the eponymous 'El Mago' (chef Ortelio Cardenas) has been making them since 1984.

Address: West Miami, 5828 South West 8th Street, Miami, 33144
Telephone: +1 305 266 8486.

Little Havana

Cuisine: Cuban

Proof positive that there is authentic Cuban food outside Calle Ocho, North Miami's Little Havana is a popular choice with locals thanks to its beautifully cooked dishes. Open daily, specialities include lobster-stuffed yucca pastry and Masas de Puerco, a tender, crispy fried pork dish that is a favourite among patrons.

Address: North Miami, 12727 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, 33181
Telephone: +1 305 899 9069.

Shorty's Bar-B-Q

Cuisine: American

Occupying a log cabin decorated with mounted boar, caribou heads, saddles and cowboy hats, this barbecue house has Americana written all over it. Very informal, food here is served at long wooden picnic tables, with specialities that include barbecued ribs accompanied by fries, coleslaw, corn on the cob and chilled, thirst-quenching beers.

Address: West Miami, 11575 South West 40th Street, Miami, 33165
Telephone: +1 305 227 3196.

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