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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Make yourself at home at Oliver’s Bistro, a favorite of Miami Beach locals who’ve long revered this laid-back, no-frills café that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in cozy digs. A family-friendly menu with a wide-ranging menu that will satiate anyone’s desires, the breakfast menu features eggs benedict, a salmon and bagel platter, pancakes, and much more. Lunch showcases classic fare like grilled calamari, burrata, mozzarella, flatbreads, tacos, quesadillas, pasta, burgers, and more. You name it, they’re whipping it up in this versatile and skilled kitchen. For dinner, the menu expands again with mains like moules frites in a white wine sauce, beef bourguignon, churrasco steak, risottos, and just about anything you may be craving in the moment.
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.