Miami Beach is known internationally as a culinary destination. On this small island, packed with restaurants catering to every whim and fancy, it’s all about having fun with your food. Each of these restaurants delivers an experience that is memorable from the first to the last bite, whether you’re eating on-site, taking it along for a beach picnic, or ordering delivery.
A restaurant round-up is never complete without a pizza place on the menu, and in Miami Beach, Lucali is considered by many the best place for a pie for more reasons than one. This Brooklyn export with a cult following serves brick-oven pizza in a chic environment in the Sunset Harbor neighborhood. It’s a favorite for date nights, family dinners, and a spot where locals can take out-of-towners for an impressive evening. The Miami location benefits from a slightly larger menu than its Brooklyn counterpart, including salads, appetizers, and signature pies, whereas the original strictly serves pizza. While there’s likely to be a wait if you plan to dine-in, they run the neighboring bar, perfect for a drink while you wait, or you can always order delivery.
A hidden gem of Miami’s food scene – literally. Sol Thai serves up some of the best Thai food in the city, and it’s only accessible by way of an Instagram DM one night of the week. Authentic, fresh, and featuring a rotating menu, this semi-secret spot is our go-to when the Thai food craving strikes (which is often).
Byblos is all things Miami Beach wrapped into one restaurant: it’s glamorous, fresh, sophisticated, stylish, and fun. Located in the lobby of the Royal Palm Hotel on South Beach, Byblos serves Eastern Mediterranean food inspired by locally sourced ingredients against the backdrop of a very photogenic interior. Staple Mediterranean dishes like Kibbeh gets the Byblos treatment whipped into an eggplant Kibbeh that’s made with zucchini flowers. Fried chicken is upgraded with tahini and za’atar. Over-the-top black truffle rice is a must-have for the full experience. The mezze and small dish-focused menu is the perfect fare to enjoy with friends after a long day at the beach. Pair your order with a creative cocktail from their menu to make a toast.
At Macchialina, they’re celebrating the staple ingredient at the heart of Italian cuisine: pasta. All of the pasta is made by hand, using traditional techniques under the care and precision of Chef Michael Pirolo. And let us say, his precision shines through in the flavors of each perfectly composed dish. Try the Spaghetti Pomodoro for a perfectly executed classic, or the Cavatelli Macchialina with meatballs, porchetta, and pecorino for something exceedingly special. That soulful Italian menu you’ve been looking for in Miami? It’s at Macchialina.
In Miami Beach, you’re always just steps away from the ocean, inspiring a taste for a lighter fare rooted in natural ingredients. Under The Mango Tree satisfies that craving for health-conscious locals every day. The menu is anchored by artfully crafted smoothies, bowls, fruit, and vegetable-based juices, and creative takes on coffee like their Superfood Frap, a brewed espresso blended with raw cacao, raw maca, almond milk, and cinnamon, served hot or cold. They also offer house specialties like a veggie melt on sprouted bread and a spicy kale melt. Ask about their juice cleanses, created to focus on different outcomes like “increased energy” or “restoring and healing.”
Whether you’re going to the beach, visiting museums, shopping, or partaking in the world-famous nightlife, Huahua’s Taqueria, located off of iconic Lincoln Road, is a great place to stop and fuel up for a busy day on Miami Beach. When a taco or burrito is the only thing that will do, Huahua’s is a dependable spot to order your Mexican favorites. Start with the elote, grilled corn with cotija cheese, and then round out the whole meal with nachos, tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, or burritos. The Crispy Pescado tacos topped with fried fish, piña pico, cabbage, jalapeño tartar, and cilantro are a fitting choice given the restaurant’s proximity to the ocean.
Necessary Purveyor has introduced a new concept to Miami Beach: a rotating menu. Every (or every other) week, the menu is swapped out to ensure it’s crafted with only the freshest ingredients. They focus on creating delicious, locally-driven fare, like sandwiches, salads, and light dishes that speak to seasonality, delivering exactly what makes sense to be eating on Miami Beach at the moment. They also offer a selection of quality retail products like artisanal nut betters, sea salts, mustard, and other culinary additions to your pantry. This week’s special might be a hen of the woods mushroom sandwich with gruyere, Havarti, cilantro, everything bagel crumbs, crispy onions, and cilantro lime, and next week it will be something equally delicious.
It doesn’t get more iconic South Beach than Joe’s Stone Crab (they’ve been around since 1913). The legendary institution, famous for stone crab, fried chicken, and classic sides like coleslaw and hashbrowns, will surely satisfy your seafood cravings while giving you a taste of old-school Miami. Oh, and don’t skip on the key lime pie for dessert.
There’s a new delivery spot on the scene, Miami, and it’s celebrating your favorite pink sauce. Under Miami chef Nicole Votano, Alla Vodka Shop is serving up chic, modern Italian fare like Penne Alla Vodka, burrata with roasted red peppers, mini cannoli, and more. The star of this menu is the vibrant pink Vodka Sauce made with San Marzano plum tomatoes and heavy cream, which is celebrated in a variety of dishes – from being generously smothered over meatballs to incorporated into a chicken parm sandwich. It’s food fit for a breezy Italian piazza, delivered straight to your door.