Whether a regular at synagogue or a less-structured believer who enjoys worshipping in the sun and sand, there’s a fit for everyone in our diverse and inclusive Sunshine State. The same goes for restaurants — for those wanting a kosher-friendly meal, these spots offer plenty of flavor to keep diners coming back year-round.Read More
11 Kosher-Friendly Restaurants in South Florida
The best options for every palate
Motek Aventura - Mediterranean Cafe & Restaurant
Like its original location in Downtown Miami, family-owned Motek Cafe’s second outpost serves eye-catching kosher-style Israeli Mediterranean dishes like Jerusalem grilled cheese and Malawach Yemenite pancake. There are six hummus iterations to choose from, customized majadra rice bowls, and the tempting Arayes burger on pita bread, stuffed with Lebanese grilled beef that was just awarded the winner of Burger Bash 2021. Glasses of refreshing limonama and challah bread pudding are the perfect final touches. The spacious indoor/outdoor restaurant is open on the Sabbath and on most Jewish holidays.
This casual kosher restaurant gives a nod to its South American roots with breakfast offerings like tequenos and an arepa platter. Lunch explores other culinary corners of the world with dishes like Greek pizza, crispy fish tacos, sushi ceviche, and gnocchi in a creamy pesto served with sun dried tomatoes, goat cheese, and toasted almonds.
Etzel Itzik Deli
This bustling Aventura staple tucked away in a nondescript strip mall is the quickest way to get to Tel-Aviv without purchasing a plane ticket. As soon as diners sit they are greeted with a generous (free) assortment of salatim — small samples of beet, corn, and carrot salads, which are the typical start to a meal in Israel. The menu is plentiful and diverse, with comfort foods, a doting safta (grandma) would serve. Orders of hummus and falafel, Yemenite beef soup, chicken liver with onions, schnitzel, or lamb chops are common favorites among Israeli regulars. Make sure to wash it down with a lemonnana a refreshing lemon and mint slushy.
Fuego by Mana
This restaurant combines Latin American steaks with a Texan smokehouse, all under a kosher stamp. Starters include pastrami egg rolls and chicken wings with a choice of three sauces. There are tacos, flatbreads, and empanadas filled with pulled brisket, caramelized onions, barbecue sauce, and roasted red peppers. Grilled dishes are plentiful like the Argentine churrasco, asado chef platter, and Fuego chicken skewers, alongside smoked dishes like smoked pastrami back ribs and smoked fried chicken breast.
26 Sushi & Tapas
Inventive kosher-friendly sushi and nikkei-style dishes are the star at this Surfside mainstay. Think dishes like nitro “scallops” (made from flounder tempura), causa grab tower, nikkei tuna salad, and nao ceviche ball, a traditional corvina ceviche tempura-battered with panko and that’s deep fried. Other highlights include the tropical roll (tuna, salmon, kiwi, guava and dynamite sauce topped with tuna and rococo aioli), crispy kani roll (soy paper, plantains, avocado, scallions, and cream cheese topped with Krab tempura, masago, and curry aioli) and the acevichado roll made with whitefish tempura, sweet potato, and avocado topped with corvina ceviche.
Mendel's Backyard BBQ & Brew
This Surfside barbecue favorite from pit master Mendel Segal serves up an entire menu filled with smokey, meat-filled favorites. Diners can expect kosher-friendly options like beef ribs, veal brisket, burnt ends, and smoked turkey, alongside an option to order a complete Shabbat meal with all the trimmings every Friday.
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The Harbour Grill
The upscale kosher restaurant, and the recently-opened the Harbour Bistro next door, aim to serve kosher fare in a modern setting. Truffle Cesar salad, smoked beef risotto, a charcuterie platter for two, and a Outlaw Steak, may signal this spot to be solely meat-centric, but the extensive sushi, chicken, and fish options prove there is something for everyone.
Tasty Beach Cafe
Decadence is on the menu at Miami Beach’s Tasty Cafe. While meat won’t be found on the extensive menu, there are still plenty of filling breakfast and lunch options available that are all baked on-site daily. Fan favorites include the Nutella stuffed French toast, triple-decker avocado grilled cheese, caramel pecan sticky buns, and “animal style” potatoes smothered in onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, American cheese, and housemade “yum yum” sauce.
Zak the Baker
Beyond the mandatory loaf or two to take home at this cult-followed bakery, diners can swing by for breakfast or lunch with specialties like the breakfast sandwich: a cheddar cheese omelette, avocado, and tomato folded into toasted sourdough country wheat bread or the salmon reuben sandwich topped with sauerkraut, thousand island dressing, and Swiss cheese hot pressed on sourdough Jewish rye bread.
This steakhouse from David Grutman is a partnership with David “Papi” Einhorn, who grew up in Brooklyn in a kosher household. While this restaurant is not kosher, it does play homage to some of Einhorn’s favorite childhood dishes by offering kosher-friendly latkes, wagyu pastrami, and chicken schnitzel. There’s also the namesake Papi Steak, a 32-ounce glatt kosher dry aged bone-in ribeye.
Planta South Beach
This Toronto-based vegetarian and vegan favorite has found a home on South Beach, which serves dishes like cashew mozzarella and smoked mushroom croquettes, udon noodles with truffle mushroom cream, and the Planta burger with tajin fries.