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12 Classic Miami Restaurants Everyone Should Try

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There’s a reason certain restaurants are still around—ambiance, service, and above all, good food. There are times when people want old school, tried and true classics. Places that never disappoint and thus, are still around. Here’s a list of some of Miami’s classic restaurants listed in geographical order from north to south.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. La Camaronera Seafood Joint and Fish Market

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1952 W Flagler St
Miami, FL 33135
(305) 642-3322
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The Garcia brothers initially opened La Camaronera in 1966 as a fish market. Ten years later, the brothers decided to add deep fryers and u-shaped counters to the market and began selling the day’s catch. Today, the family owned, Cuban fish fry and fish market continues to be a popular spot serving a variety of fish dishes including the much talked about pan con minuta (fried snapper sandwich), fried shrimp platter, and conch fritters.  

2. Joe's Stone Crab

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11 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-0365
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For more than a century, Joe’s has been the stone crab destination. But there’s more than just stone crabs here. Along with a slew of seafood dishes available, other highlights include a (surprisingly) inexpensive half fried chicken, key lime pie, and free parking for all patrons dining at Joe’s — which in itself pays for the fried chicken and key lime pie.

3. Versailles Restaurant Cuban Cuisine

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3555 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135
(305) 444-0240
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Versailles has been on the map since opening more than four decades ago and a common place to find politicians seeking political support as well as tourists and locals wanting to eat Cuban food. With a variety of hearty and reasonably priced daily specials such as vaca frita de pollo (shredded fried chicken) and arroz imperial (chicken and rice with ham, mayo, and melted cheese), Versailles keeps patrons happy and coming back for more.

4. La Carreta

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3632 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135
(305) 444-7501
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The original location of La Carreta opened on Calle Ocho opened in 1976 and has since spawned eight locations throughout South Florida — including Miami International Airport and Mercy Hospital. Customer favorites include the Cuban sandwich with mariquitas (crispy plantain strips), and palomilla steak with rice, black beans, and sweet plantains. Daily specials are also offered and vary depending on the location visited.

5. Casola's Pizzeria & Sub Shop

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2437 SW 17th Ave
Miami, FL 33145
(305) 858-0090
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What began as a counter service pizzeria in 1982, is now a bustling eatery serving up some of the largest slices of pizza in Miami. While there is no doubt that most frequent Casola’s for the pizza, the subs and croissant sandwiches should not be overlooked—plus patrons get to sample the pizza while waiting on orders.

6. Islas Canarias Restaurant

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13695 SW 26th St
Miami, FL 33175
(305) 559-6666
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While the debate over Miami’s best croqueta will always prevail, the scale tends to tip towards Isla Canarias. The family owned restaurant was established in 1977 and now also has a café/bakery serving those looking for a quick bite. Enjoy traditional Cuban cuisine with fifteen daily specials available for lunch and dinner, as well as breakfast every day of the week.

7. Christy's Restaurant

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3101 Ponce De Leon Blvd
Miami, FL 33134
(305) 446-1400
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Coral Gables’ resident steakhouse has been in business since 1978. Enjoy a classic experience beginning with a Caesar salad and ending with the table side flambéed baked Alaska. For those not craving meat, Christy’s also offers seafood and poultry as well as soups and salads.

8. Tropical Chinese Restaurant

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7991 SW 40th St
Miami, FL 33155
(305) 262-1552
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In late 1984 Tropical Chinese opened its doors in a strip mall on Bird Road. Serving Hong Kong style cuisine and push cart dim sum, those craving Chinese food head here for that fix. The menu highlights include the two-course Peking duck carved table side for the crispy skin with pancakes and then returned to the kitchen where it is wok sautéed with vegetables and back to the table to consume, the spicy Szechuan peppercorn fish, and the curry coconut beef hot pot.

9. Arbetter's Hot Dogs

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8747 SW 40th St
Miami, FL 33165
(305) 207-0555
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Get that chili dog fix at family owned Arbetter’s, where the chili recipe comes from the Italian born matriarch of the family—the cheese fries are also a customer favorite. The eatery opened in Downtown Miami back in 1959 and relocated to its current location about twelve years later. The location isn’t fancy but it keeps the prices down and the customers returning and after all, isn’t it all about the food?  

10. Frankie's Pizza

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9118 Bird Rd
Miami, FL 33165
(305) 221-0221
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Miami’s home of the square pizza has had a devoted following since 1955. Pizza lovers have been enjoying slices on the premises as well as at home for many years. Frankie’s half-baked pizzas are ideal to take home and eat later or to have shipped to those who want a slice of home.

11. Captain's Tavern Restaurant

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9625 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL 33156
(305) 666-5979
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Whomever said that good seafood cannot be found inland has never eaten at Captain’s Tavern. For almost 50 years, owner Bill Bowers has been relying on a network of seafood suppliers who deliver whole fishes that are instantly filleted on site. Make sure to check out the Tuesday night special of two-for-one Maine lobsters weighing a minimum of one pound each, and the wine list hailed as one of America’s 50 Most Amazing Wine Experiences by Food & Wine.

12. Knaus Berry Farm

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2060, 15980 SW 248th St
Homestead, FL 33031
(305) 247-0668
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While the sticky bun king is only open for a little less than half a year, South Floridians flock to Knaus Berry Farm when it does open its doors. The lines are long but worth the wait. The concept began with a roadside strawberry stand and grew into what has become a Redland’s staple in 1959. Aside from the popular sticky buns, Knaus Berry Farm also sells produce, baked breads, pies, cheesecakes, and jellies. Make sure to grab a shake to go or enjoy while picking some fresh berries on the farm.

1. La Camaronera Seafood Joint and Fish Market

1952 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33135

The Garcia brothers initially opened La Camaronera in 1966 as a fish market. Ten years later, the brothers decided to add deep fryers and u-shaped counters to the market and began selling the day’s catch. Today, the family owned, Cuban fish fry and fish market continues to be a popular spot serving a variety of fish dishes including the much talked about pan con minuta (fried snapper sandwich), fried shrimp platter, and conch fritters.  

1952 W Flagler St
Miami, FL 33135

2. Joe's Stone Crab

11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

For more than a century, Joe’s has been the stone crab destination. But there’s more than just stone crabs here. Along with a slew of seafood dishes available, other highlights include a (surprisingly) inexpensive half fried chicken, key lime pie, and free parking for all patrons dining at Joe’s — which in itself pays for the fried chicken and key lime pie.

11 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

3. Versailles Restaurant Cuban Cuisine

3555 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135

Versailles has been on the map since opening more than four decades ago and a common place to find politicians seeking political support as well as tourists and locals wanting to eat Cuban food. With a variety of hearty and reasonably priced daily specials such as vaca frita de pollo (shredded fried chicken) and arroz imperial (chicken and rice with ham, mayo, and melted cheese), Versailles keeps patrons happy and coming back for more.

3555 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135

4. La Carreta

3632 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135

The original location of La Carreta opened on Calle Ocho opened in 1976 and has since spawned eight locations throughout South Florida — including Miami International Airport and Mercy Hospital. Customer favorites include the Cuban sandwich with mariquitas (crispy plantain strips), and palomilla steak with rice, black beans, and sweet plantains. Daily specials are also offered and vary depending on the location visited.

3632 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135

5. Casola's Pizzeria & Sub Shop

2437 SW 17th Ave, Miami, FL 33145

What began as a counter service pizzeria in 1982, is now a bustling eatery serving up some of the largest slices of pizza in Miami. While there is no doubt that most frequent Casola’s for the pizza, the subs and croissant sandwiches should not be overlooked—plus patrons get to sample the pizza while waiting on orders.

2437 SW 17th Ave
Miami, FL 33145

6. Islas Canarias Restaurant

13695 SW 26th St, Miami, FL 33175

While the debate over Miami’s best croqueta will always prevail, the scale tends to tip towards Isla Canarias. The family owned restaurant was established in 1977 and now also has a café/bakery serving those looking for a quick bite. Enjoy traditional Cuban cuisine with fifteen daily specials available for lunch and dinner, as well as breakfast every day of the week.

13695 SW 26th St
Miami, FL 33175

7. Christy's Restaurant

3101 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134

Coral Gables’ resident steakhouse has been in business since 1978. Enjoy a classic experience beginning with a Caesar salad and ending with the table side flambéed baked Alaska. For those not craving meat, Christy’s also offers seafood and poultry as well as soups and salads.

3101 Ponce De Leon Blvd
Miami, FL 33134

8. Tropical Chinese Restaurant

7991 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33155

In late 1984 Tropical Chinese opened its doors in a strip mall on Bird Road. Serving Hong Kong style cuisine and push cart dim sum, those craving Chinese food head here for that fix. The menu highlights include the two-course Peking duck carved table side for the crispy skin with pancakes and then returned to the kitchen where it is wok sautéed with vegetables and back to the table to consume, the spicy Szechuan peppercorn fish, and the curry coconut beef hot pot.

7991 SW 40th St
Miami, FL 33155

9. Arbetter's Hot Dogs

8747 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33165

Get that chili dog fix at family owned Arbetter’s, where the chili recipe comes from the Italian born matriarch of the family—the cheese fries are also a customer favorite. The eatery opened in Downtown Miami back in 1959 and relocated to its current location about twelve years later. The location isn’t fancy but it keeps the prices down and the customers returning and after all, isn’t it all about the food?  

8747 SW 40th St
Miami, FL 33165

10. Frankie's Pizza

9118 Bird Rd, Miami, FL 33165

Miami’s home of the square pizza has had a devoted following since 1955. Pizza lovers have been enjoying slices on the premises as well as at home for many years. Frankie’s half-baked pizzas are ideal to take home and eat later or to have shipped to those who want a slice of home.

9118 Bird Rd
Miami, FL 33165

11. Captain's Tavern Restaurant

9625 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156

Whomever said that good seafood cannot be found inland has never eaten at Captain’s Tavern. For almost 50 years, owner Bill Bowers has been relying on a network of seafood suppliers who deliver whole fishes that are instantly filleted on site. Make sure to check out the Tuesday night special of two-for-one Maine lobsters weighing a minimum of one pound each, and the wine list hailed as one of America’s 50 Most Amazing Wine Experiences by Food & Wine.

9625 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL 33156

12. Knaus Berry Farm

2060, 15980 SW 248th St, Homestead, FL 33031

While the sticky bun king is only open for a little less than half a year, South Floridians flock to Knaus Berry Farm when it does open its doors. The lines are long but worth the wait. The concept began with a roadside strawberry stand and grew into what has become a Redland’s staple in 1959. Aside from the popular sticky buns, Knaus Berry Farm also sells produce, baked breads, pies, cheesecakes, and jellies. Make sure to grab a shake to go or enjoy while picking some fresh berries on the farm.

2060, 15980 SW 248th St
Homestead, FL 33031

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