Coconut Grove is known as home to some of the best restaurants and lush settings in Miami, with great options on every corner. From its hippie vibes to waterfront views and laid-back spirit, here are the best spots around the popular neighborhood to drink and dine no matter the mood.Read More
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Sadelle's Coconut Grove
One of the hottest brunch spots in town, from hitmakers Major Food Group who continue to dominate the Magic City’s culinary scene. The popular all-day dining spot serves a brunch-centric menu with items like epic bagel towers, chopped salads, sliced-to-order salmon, caviar service, a large selection of raw seafood, the famous Sadelle’s Burger, a spicy chicken sandwich, and the restaurant’s first-ever pizzas to the menu. Of course, the ample people watching and celeb spottings are a fun bonus.
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Known as one of Miami’s best Indian restaurants, Bombay Darbar’s menu items are nothing if not rich and savory. Visitors can opt for choices like mango curry chicken and traditional Indian dishes such as chicken tikka masala, vegetable samosas, lamb vindaloo, and more.
Following the major revamp of the longstanding Mayfair House Hotel & Garden (formerly the Mayfair Hotel & Spa), the team behind Lost Boy Co., Tropezon, and Fox’s Lounge have opened up the hotel’s namesake Mayfair Grill restaurant serving up wood-fired cuisine with flavors inspired by the American Southwest by chef Sean Bernal. The menu is expansive with dishes like fire-roasted squash, aguachile, wood-oven cheese, braised lamb Shank, and Navajo breads. Upstairs the rooftop is now home to Sipsip, a pool rum bar that pays homage to the Caribbean, serving items such as conch ceviche, fried oyster sliders, smoked fish dip, and lobster rolls.
Coconut Grove’s newest restaurant, Bayshore Club, has finally debuted in the coveted waterfront space that was the former longtime home of Scotty’s Landing. The massive indoor and outdoor space is a nostalgic nod to midcentury travel and the area’s Pan Am roots. Guests can dine on a range of seafood-leaning dishes like crab causa, grilled fish tacos, blackened Mahi, and a large assortment of raw bar options by chef Jeff McInnis. Just north of the restaurant, Bayshore Club features an area called “the lawn,” with private cabanas, lounge seating, games like ping pong and corn hole, and even fire pits. And yes, in true Miami fashion, you can even arrive for your meal via boat.
Kush Coconut Grove
Seafood-focused restaurant the Spillover transformed into Kush Coconut Grove. The menu features a mix of “greatest hits” from both the Kush, which has locations citywide, and Spillover menus like the chicken sandwich, Frito pie, chili burger, grouper Reuben, prawn toast, and more. Its beer menu has expanded, along with a new happy hour featuring the return of Moose Juice, a borderline lethal cocktail classic from old-school Grove favorite Mr. Moe’s made with various rums and juices, served in an oil can.
The Last Carrot
This longstanding Coconut Grove health food spot has become a staple for lunch-goers for years now, offering a selection of healthy wraps, sandwiches, and salads, which come in both vegetarian and carnivore-friendly options. But whatever is ordered, make sure it’s ordered with plenty of green sauce — aka Last Carrot’s herb dressing — that has a cult following of its own.
Inspired by chef David Lee’s travels throughout Asia, Planta Queen offers a completely vegan menu in a chic and vibe-y atmosphere. Housed on the second floor of the newly revamped Cocowalk center, it serves items like plant-based nigiri and sushi, small plates like jackfruit wings, and pad Thai slaw, alongside various dumplings. Large wok-prepared dishes, like the truffled fried rice, General Lee’s cauliflower, and chili peanut noodles, round out the menu.
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The Key Club
At David Grutman’s the Key Club, the focus is on familiar favorites presented in an upscale way with items like crab and artichoke dip, pastrami spiced ribeye, veal chop Milanese, or the Club burger. The large and always busy sleek midcentury-meets-boho-chic space features a bustling bar with plenty of creative cocktails and live entertainment on the weekends.
Sapore di Mare
It’s hard to miss that cheese wheel pasta topped with truffle currently dominating everyone’s social media feeds, and this is the place to get it. This quaint seafood restaurant boasts that decadent cacio e pepe dish and many others like pasta stuffed with grouper cooked with zucchini cream sauce and clams, steamed crab meat tartare, and burrata cheese with Sardinia anchovies.
A pan-Latin restaurant nestled in the heart of Coconut Grove, Jaguar Ceviche serves dishes serves dishes ranging from ceviche to Argentine provoleta, lomo saltado, cochinita pibil and more. Making this restaurant a can’t miss for those searching for distinctive Latin American food all in one place.
Lokal Burgers & Beer
This hip, eco-friendly restaurant by Matthew Kuscher stays true to its “local” name by serving up a variety of burgers, sandwiches, and brews all made with locally sourced sustainable ingredients, plus some of the best sweet potato fries in town.
Atchana's Homegrown Thai
Solid Thai cuisine is still hard to come by in the Magic City, but Atchana’s is helping to change that. The low-key spot serves everything from pad Thai to chicken satay to a bevy of different curries. And for those who dare — and love spice — check out the Tiger Tears salad, filled with steak made with a mega kick.
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Le Bouchon du Grove
Tiny but mighty, this classic French bistro serves traditional Parisian fare like chicken fricassee, escargot, and moules frites, in an intimate — albeit a bit cramped at times — setting. Brunch is not to be missed, with plentiful complimentary mimosas, pancakes, and omelets.
Los Felix Miami & Krus Kitchen
This low-key newcomer boasts two restaurants under one roof. On the first floor, diners can find a colorful spot exuding serious Mexico City vibes with plenty of tacos on hand-pressed corn tortillas, Mexican favorites like quesadilla and sope, and natural wine. Or guests can venture upstairs to the bright, airy, and industrial Krus Kitchen, offering a rotating menu of American-leaning dishes alongside a small market filled with goods from local vendors.
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The Cuban diner from the team behind neighboring Ariete, which was once a small pop-up, is now a permanent and expanded full-service diner and modern-day ventanita. The restaurant now occupies the same space it once did, all 677 square feet of it, but expanded outward to a total of 4,500 square feet of indoor-outdoor dining, bar, and cafe space. Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes are on the menu, with favorites like the cast-iron skillet, Chug’s burger, pan con minuta, and more. And unlike most diners, Chug’s features a full bar, too.
This popular restaurant tucked away inside a somewhat hidden garden setting has been a staple in Coconut Grove for over ten years. With a recent refresh, the space and the menu have upgraded with minimalist decor, lush greenery, and new dishes like the branzino, rack of lamb, and tuna crudo.
The team behind popular Miami Beach restaurants Byblos and Meet Dalia have taken their talents to Coconut Grove for their latest venture offering shareable Lebanese cuisine in a bright and airy atmosphere. Diners can expect dishes like dips, salads, hot meze, skewers, and new takes on traditional entrees such as monk salad, truffle rakakat, pistachio kebab, and black cod harra, while dining in a serene space filled with a palette of pink, terracotta, and pastel blue against white plaster and oak furnishings.
Glass and Vine
Nestled in a lush setting within Peacock Park, this contemporary American restaurant with creative American cuisine is surrounded by a soothing ambiance. The menu takes advantage of South Florida’s best ingredients, which has made Glass and Vine one of the most revered wine-and-dine restaurants in the city.
Sushi by Scratch Restaurants: Miami
High-end omakase is having a moment here in Miami, and the latest newcomer on the scene is Michelin-starred Austin import Sushi by Scratch Restaurants. Housed inside a historic house in Coconut Grove, guests dine at a 10-seat counter-only space manned by a team of three chefs and one bartender. With three seatings nightly (5 p.m., 7:15 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.), the 17-course meal consists strictly of nigiri with each item served as is — meaning no extras like soy sauce or wasabi. The menu changes regularly, but certain favorites have made their way to Miami, like the hamachi painted with a sweet corn pudding and topped with bread crumbs and the 1-2 Punch offering different presentations of bone marrow over two courses.
Led by chef Michael Beltran, this one-Michelin-star Coconut Grove mainstay serves refined dishes with touches of Cuban influence that reflects Beltran’s upbringing. Highlights include the grilled oysters drenched in bone marrow butter, on-the-bone pastrami-style short rib, and a duck press meant for two.
The sister restaurant to neighboring Ariete is owned and operated by the same team helmed by Michael Beltran. Here diners will find a seafood-heavy menu with decadent dishes like duck ragu pasta, clam pizza, and snapper Milanese, making this a go-to spot for a special occasion meal in the Grove.