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12 Great Spots for Live Music and Food in Miami

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xFor those looking for an entertaining dining experience, what better than to hear music live? Some of Miami’s best restaurants offer an opportunity to celebrate nights out with an array of food and drinks while dancing awayto Latin tunes, nodding in appreciation at jazz nights, or mastering sultry samba moves.

From jazz to salsa and everything in between, read below for the best restaurants with live music in the Magic City.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Barmeli69

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6927 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 754-5558
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This Mediterranean restaurant and bar is a local favorite, which features a solid range of dishes like grilled lamb meatballs and moussaka along with an extensive wine list and well-balanced cocktails. Friday and Saturday nights feature Spanish music and flamenco guitar that draw a lively crowd. Aim to get there before the entertainment starts at 7:30 p.m. to grab a seat at the bar or an outdoor table. 

2. Chica Restaurant

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5556 NE 4th Ct
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 632-7725
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Every Friday evening guests of Lorena Garcia’s Chica can expect lively musical performances against the background of the restaurant’s bright and artsy decor. The experience is enhanced by dishes like corvina ceviche, beef empanada pabellon, and Venezuelan braised short rib. Grab a house cocktail such as Call Me In The Morning, a coconut-infused Bacardí Silver rum drink spiked with spiced pineapple syrup and lime and enjoy the show. 

3. Kuba Cabana

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3450 NW 83rd Ave #140
Doral, FL 33122
(305) 800-5822
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Kuba Cabana in CityPlace Doral hosts a bevy of entertainment every Thursday to Monday including a blues, jazz, and Caribbean band, along with a DJ set accompanied by live saxophone and drum beats. Mojitos are the perfect pairing for a menu of croquetas, empanadas, burrata and papaya salad, whole fried snapper, and pollo barbacoa. The restaurant even hosts a “Cocktails & Cabaret” performance every last Thursday of every month featuring burlesque performers, a seven-piece band, DJ, with an open bar and a prix fixe menu.

4. R House Wynwood

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2727 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 576-0201
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Rocco Carulli and Owen Bale host a wildly popular drag brunch every weekend at R House led by the hottest queens in town. In addition to the high-energy lip syncs and iconic outfits, the over-the-top $50 experience also offers bottomless drinks and a family-style menu of chimichurri sliders, cayenne fried chicken, and vegetable paella. Saturday nights are for Escandalo, hosted by resident star Chachita Rubio, where performers take center stage with live Salsa-fusion music by Carlito Rubio and the La Karlanga Band plays all evening long. 

5. The Oasis

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2335 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127

Tucked just off North Miami Avenue in Wynwood this new 35,000-square-foot outdoor venue offers a lively atmosphere and a rotating lineup of performers from local names to headline making acts. Bands take the stage to perform everything from hip hop to classic rock and reggae every Friday through Sunday, while the outdoor food hall lineup is just as eclectic ranging from dumplings, to pizza, to Mediterranean bites. 

6. Habitat

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2341 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 604-1000 ext. 4730
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An elegant modern-day Mexican restaurant inside the 1 Hotel South Beach, Habitat kicks off its Thursday through Sunday evenings with live musical performances that runs the gamut from bossa nova to Latin pop and rock. Grab a seat at the center bar or at the earth-tone filled dining room to enjoy a menu of classic Mexican dishes with a twist such as cauliflower elote, ceviche mixto, tuna tostada, and cochinita, among others.

7. Jaya at The Setai

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2001 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(855) 923-7899
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From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday Jaya offers an elaborate brunch buffet of Asian and Indian cuisine and dessert stations. But guests are typically directed towards the courtyard stage where Yamit & the Vinyl Blvd mixes funk, groove, and melody into harmonious overtures. The inventive list of cocktails and free-flowing Roderer Champagne is also a draw. 

8. Bar da Vila

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152 SE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33131
(786) 420-5557

For those who like to combine drinking, dining, and dancing, this charming Brazilian restaurant at the Village Restaurant & Shops is the place to go. The outdoor patio thunders into life every Friday night when samba-pagode parties take centerstage and fleet-footed locals shake their impressive stuff after enjoying a menu of coxinha (Brazilian croquetas), churrasco, and stroganoff. Sip on a couple of caipirinhas and build up the bravado to join them on the dance floor. 

9. Cafe La Trova

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971 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33130
(786) 615-4379
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Seven nights a week Julio Cabrera and his team of cantineros (classically trained Cuban bartenders) bring to life the retro Cuban atmosphere with well-executed cocktails served to the sultry beats played on the restaurant’s centerpiece stage. Michelle Bernstein’s contemporary take on Cuban dishes rounds up the vibrant atmosphere with favorites like calabaza and steak empanadas, Serrano ham croquetas with fig jam, crispy whole snapper, and skirt steak ropa vieja.

10. Glass & Vine

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2820 McFarlane Rd
Miami, FL 33133
(305) 200-5268
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Latin jazz filled evenings under twinkling lights and oak trees in the heart of Coconut Grove are a huge draw at Glass & Vine. Offered every Wednesday through Saturday evening with a rotating list of local artists, the menu offers items such as charred cauliflower, tuna tartare, and chicken and black truffle gnocchi. Bonus points for its location inside the lush, tree-lined Peacock Park.

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1. Barmeli69

6927 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

This Mediterranean restaurant and bar is a local favorite, which features a solid range of dishes like grilled lamb meatballs and moussaka along with an extensive wine list and well-balanced cocktails. Friday and Saturday nights feature Spanish music and flamenco guitar that draw a lively crowd. Aim to get there before the entertainment starts at 7:30 p.m. to grab a seat at the bar or an outdoor table. 

6927 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

2. Chica Restaurant

5556 NE 4th Ct, Miami, FL 33137

Every Friday evening guests of Lorena Garcia’s Chica can expect lively musical performances against the background of the restaurant’s bright and artsy decor. The experience is enhanced by dishes like corvina ceviche, beef empanada pabellon, and Venezuelan braised short rib. Grab a house cocktail such as Call Me In The Morning, a coconut-infused Bacardí Silver rum drink spiked with spiced pineapple syrup and lime and enjoy the show. 

5556 NE 4th Ct
Miami, FL 33137

3. Kuba Cabana

3450 NW 83rd Ave #140, Doral, FL 33122

Kuba Cabana in CityPlace Doral hosts a bevy of entertainment every Thursday to Monday including a blues, jazz, and Caribbean band, along with a DJ set accompanied by live saxophone and drum beats. Mojitos are the perfect pairing for a menu of croquetas, empanadas, burrata and papaya salad, whole fried snapper, and pollo barbacoa. The restaurant even hosts a “Cocktails & Cabaret” performance every last Thursday of every month featuring burlesque performers, a seven-piece band, DJ, with an open bar and a prix fixe menu.

3450 NW 83rd Ave #140
Doral, FL 33122

4. R House Wynwood

2727 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Rocco Carulli and Owen Bale host a wildly popular drag brunch every weekend at R House led by the hottest queens in town. In addition to the high-energy lip syncs and iconic outfits, the over-the-top $50 experience also offers bottomless drinks and a family-style menu of chimichurri sliders, cayenne fried chicken, and vegetable paella. Saturday nights are for Escandalo, hosted by resident star Chachita Rubio, where performers take center stage with live Salsa-fusion music by Carlito Rubio and the La Karlanga Band plays all evening long. 

2727 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127

5. The Oasis

2335 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Tucked just off North Miami Avenue in Wynwood this new 35,000-square-foot outdoor venue offers a lively atmosphere and a rotating lineup of performers from local names to headline making acts. Bands take the stage to perform everything from hip hop to classic rock and reggae every Friday through Sunday, while the outdoor food hall lineup is just as eclectic ranging from dumplings, to pizza, to Mediterranean bites. 

2335 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127

6. Habitat

2341 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

An elegant modern-day Mexican restaurant inside the 1 Hotel South Beach, Habitat kicks off its Thursday through Sunday evenings with live musical performances that runs the gamut from bossa nova to Latin pop and rock. Grab a seat at the center bar or at the earth-tone filled dining room to enjoy a menu of classic Mexican dishes with a twist such as cauliflower elote, ceviche mixto, tuna tostada, and cochinita, among others.

2341 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. Jaya at The Setai

2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday Jaya offers an elaborate brunch buffet of Asian and Indian cuisine and dessert stations. But guests are typically directed towards the courtyard stage where Yamit & the Vinyl Blvd mixes funk, groove, and melody into harmonious overtures. The inventive list of cocktails and free-flowing Roderer Champagne is also a draw. 

2001 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

8. Bar da Vila

152 SE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33131

For those who like to combine drinking, dining, and dancing, this charming Brazilian restaurant at the Village Restaurant & Shops is the place to go. The outdoor patio thunders into life every Friday night when samba-pagode parties take centerstage and fleet-footed locals shake their impressive stuff after enjoying a menu of coxinha (Brazilian croquetas), churrasco, and stroganoff. Sip on a couple of caipirinhas and build up the bravado to join them on the dance floor. 

152 SE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33131

9. Cafe La Trova

971 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33130

Seven nights a week Julio Cabrera and his team of cantineros (classically trained Cuban bartenders) bring to life the retro Cuban atmosphere with well-executed cocktails served to the sultry beats played on the restaurant’s centerpiece stage. Michelle Bernstein’s contemporary take on Cuban dishes rounds up the vibrant atmosphere with favorites like calabaza and steak empanadas, Serrano ham croquetas with fig jam, crispy whole snapper, and skirt steak ropa vieja.

971 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33130

10. Glass & Vine

2820 McFarlane Rd, Miami, FL 33133

Latin jazz filled evenings under twinkling lights and oak trees in the heart of Coconut Grove are a huge draw at Glass & Vine. Offered every Wednesday through Saturday evening with a rotating list of local artists, the menu offers items such as charred cauliflower, tuna tartare, and chicken and black truffle gnocchi. Bonus points for its location inside the lush, tree-lined Peacock Park.

2820 McFarlane Rd
Miami, FL 33133

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