Beautiful beaches, great nightlife, warm weather, luxury shops, unique architecture, and much more besides—- Miami is definitely worth it as a vacation spot. And if you’re planning a visit to this gorgeous Florida city any time soon, you’ll want to know all the best places to grab a great meal.
Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of some well-known, must-visit restaurants in Miami— all very popular and for very good reason. Whether it’s top-notch food, delicious drinks, impeccable service, excellent atmosphere, or all of the above, you’ll be able to find it within the options below.
And also luckily, several of these restaurants also happen to be supported by GiftYa— a virtual gift card company! With the GiftYa app, you can send a loved one money to spend at any participating location, which include restaurants, shops, spas, among many other things. The recipient can then set up that balance with an existing credit or debit cards so they don’t have to remember to bring anything extra!
A beautiful restaurant whether you’re dining indoors or out!
Great views and great meals combine to form a truly unforgettable dining experience. Image courtesy of Instagram.
1155 Brickell Bay Dr | Miami | crazyaboutyourestaurant.com
You’re sure to be crazy about this famous Miami restaurant. The gorgeous, upscale atmosphere, gorgeous decorations, and picturesque views ensure that your dining experience will be top notch. Whether you sit on the terrace, in the lounge, or in the upscale dining room, you won’t be disappointed.
The menu also doesn’t disappoint. Guests can enjoy appetizers, entrees, and desserts— and that’s just on the dinner menu. You won’t want to miss out on brunch, lunch, or happy hour either!
Crazy About You is open from 11:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Mondays through Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. on Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. until midnight on Fridays, 10 a.m. until midnight on Saturdays, and 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Sundays.
“The place was really cute, the service was unreal. Everyone is super nice and super friendly, I felt like I was eating at home because of the staff, they were very very nice and polite.” - Yelp Review
A Michelin-Starred restaurant in the heart of Miami Beach.
This restaurant is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. Image courtesy of Instagram.
101 Washington Ave | Miami Beach | stubbornseed.com
Stubborn Seed’s goal is to give its customers a “reward in each bite” with their unique flavors, high-quality ingredients, and perfectionist recipes. Currently owned by Chef Jeremy Ford, Bravo’s Top Chef Season 13 winner, this restaurant’s staff takes a lot of pride in their work.
There are lots of upscale dining options on the menu, but you’ll want to be sure that you check out the signature cocktails and other beverage options as well.
Hours are from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
“The whole staff communicated beautifully to clear the table any time dishes were done and quickly brought out the next dishes. 10/10 recommend everything we ordered….We will definitely be coming back to try the rest! Thank you!” - Yelp Review
Countless options for how you dine!
You’ll want to try everything on the menu at this restaurant! Image courtesy of Instagram.
3201 Rickenbacker Causeway | Key Biscayne | therustypelican.com
Located right on the Rickenbacker Marina, The Rusty Pelican is the perfect place to go for a true taste of Miami and a “modernized tropical escape.” They have available event space, indoor and outdoor dining, and there’s also the option for you to order takeout if you’re in a hurry.
No matter how you decide to dine, though, you’ll want to savor your meal. There’s starters, a raw bar, signature items, seafood entrees, “land” entrees, sushi, vegetarian options, sides, and that’s just for dinner! There’s also lunch, brunch, bar, happy hour, and takeout/delivery menus.
This restaurant is open from noon until 10 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, from noon until 11 p.m. on Fridays, from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Sundays.
“Rusty pelican is the spot. Brought my dad for Father's Day and it was awesome. Great food, great service, amazing views. Definitely sit outside if the weather is nice. Jariel was our server and he was amazing!” - Yelp Review
Japanese inspired cuisine all the way in Miami.
Brunch at KYU is a crowd favorite— this restaurant is a great stop for any time of day. Image courtesy of Instagram.
251 NW 25th St | Miami | kyurestaurants.com
KYU was influenced by its well traveled team and Japanese cooking, specifically the wood-fired grilling discipline known as yakiniku, to offer a rich interpretation of Asian cuisine. This award-winning restaurant is not just located in Miami, either— you’ll find locations in New York and Mexico City as well as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and London in the near future!
On the menu you’ll find expertly grilled umami dishes, smoke-roasted short ribs, fish and vegetable entrees, hamachi Crudo, pork belly baos, and Thai fried rice. If you’re looking for the perfect drink to pair with your meal, KYU also offers hand-crafted cocktails— and don’t forget to save room for dessert!
Hours at KYU are from noon until 11 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Sundays.
“Super fun spot. The bartenders are phenomenal. I showed up a tad bit before the kitchen closed down for the evening, and the bartenders rushed my order through. I really appreciated it.” - Yelp Review
Latin American-inspired dishes at a great location in Miami.
Amara at Paraiso has an unbeatable beachy dining atmosphere. Image courtesy of Instagram.
3101 NE 7th Ave | Miami | amaraatparaiso.com
With locally sourced ingredients, a gorgeous environment, and an upbeat energy, Amara at Paraiso is sure to grant you a good time in addition to a great meal. The beach setting right on Biscayne Bay is a perfect blend with the coastal ingredients that they use to make their dishes.
The menu at this restaurant is divided into small, medium, and main dishes, as well as a selection of sides. There’s also a raw bar, some dinner specials, and the signature Amara Seafood Platter.
Amara at Paraiso is open from noon until 11 p.m. on weekdays, from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Sundays.
“We have tried their ceviche, drinks, wine, salads, soft shell crab, kid's meals, and swordfish. We have never been disappointed! A new favorite is the arroz verde that comes out fresh and sizzling.” - Yelp Review
An unparalleled dining experience in a great location in Miami.
Don’t forget about the drinks at Seaspice! Image courtesy of Instagram.
412 NW N River Dr | Miami | seaspice.com
Both Miami residents and tourists come to Seaspice Brasserie & Lounge in droves, and for good reason. This restaurant is located on the bank of the Miami River, within close quarters of downtown and the financial district, in case you want to do some sightseeing after a delicious meal.
The restaurant prides itself not only on their signature wood-fired casseroles and specialty crafted cocktails, but also their impeccable hospitality. Here, you will find globally inspired dishes and some of the freshest seafood in Miami.
Hours are from noon until midnight on Tuesdays through Sundays— the restaurant is closed on Mondays.
“We absolutely enjoyed our time here. The vibes were great. Food was excellent. Price is reasonable. Everyone was courteous. Cassidy was the best server we have ever had!! Would definitely be back.” - Yelp Review
Award-winning, accessible Peruvian restaurant with multiple Miami locations.
Enjoy dishes cooked to perfection at CVI.CHE 105. Image courtesy of Instagram.
105 NE 3rd Ave | Miami | ceviche105.com
This popular downtown Miami restaurant also has locations in South Beach, Aventura Mall, and Dadeland Mall. Their vast selection of ceviches are, of course, the star of the show, but there are also plenty of other traditional Peruvian dishes on the menu.
CVI.CHE takes providing their guests with an accessible dining experience very seriously, and they take a lot of pride in their hospitality and status as one of the best restaurants in Miami.
CVI.CHE 105 is open from noon until 10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and from noon until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
“Wow. Amazing through and through. Everyone has been telling me that this is their favorite restaurant in Miami, and I can see why! Service was impeccable and attentive…
Beautiful dining location and easily walkable in downtown Miami.” - Yelp Review