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Jungle curry lobster at EST. 33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen
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10 Phenomenal Lobster Dishes in South Florida

Lobster gets a serious upgrade at these top spots

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Jungle curry lobster at EST. 33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen
| EST. 33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen/Official Press Photo

Lobster is abundant on menus throughout South Florida, and luckily for diners, chefs in the area know just how to enhance the lobster’s sweet, mild, briny flavor in the best ways. From decadent lobster-filled brunch dishes to a spin on lobster pasta to even lobster empanadas, here’s a round up of the area’s best lobster dishes to indulge in.

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1. Lobster Quesadilla at Lona Cocina Y Tequileria

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321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
(954) 245-3069
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This interesting take on a quesadilla by chef Jorge Gutierrez only uses a handful of ingredients, which allows the lobster to shine. Wrapped in a warm flour tortilla, the quesadilla is filled with butter-poached Maine lobster mixed with chipotle aioli, red onion, and cilantro, and served with extra chipotle sauce on the side for dipping.

2. Maine Lobster Pot Pie at Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina

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19999 W Country Club Dr
Aventura, FL 33180
(786) 279-6600
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Chef Paola Budel updates the classic pot pie by incorporating lobster, Brandy truffle cream, and vegetables into one decadent and shareable dish. For those who don’t finish it all in one sitting, leftovers of this dish make one of the best next-day meals around. 

3. Lobster Spaghetti at Cecconi’s 

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4385 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(786) 507-7902
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Housed inside the Soho Beach House, this cozy Italian restaurant serves its crowd-pleasing pasta dish tossed in a silky combination of tomato and basil sauce with plenty of chunks of lobster and chili, which adds another level of depth and flavor.

4. Lobster Empanada at OLA Restaurant

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2360 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 695-9125
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Lobster and empanadas are two of Miami’s favorites items and this restaurant inside the Gates South Beach hotel combines the two perfectly. Encased inside a squid ink dough, the empanada is filled with tender lobster meat and comes with a side of avocado sauce and salsa rosa for an extra kick. The lobster ceviche is also a hit, made with lobster bathed in yellow tomato, citrus, limo pepper, cilantro, red onions, and tomato-tabasco.

5. The Naughty Lobster Roll at Pubbelly Sushi

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1424 20th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 531-9282
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Maki rolls are a great way to showcase lobster, and Pubbelly’s playful take on the dish was inspired by Instagram influencer @thenaughtyfork. For its Naughty lobster roll, Maine lobster and spicy aioli are bundled up inside a roll and served with a side of Cajun kimchee butter dipping sauce that adds some unexpected flavor to the mix.

6. Lobster Roll Sliders at Sweet Beach

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1801 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

This miniature take on the classic New England lobster roll is a staple at this beachside pop-up at the Shelborne Hotel in South Beach. Served during happy hour, the two lobster roll sliders come on potato rolls packed with steamed lobster, celery, lemon, and tarragon aioli.

7. Whole Maine Lobster Mac and Cheese at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

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1600 Lenox Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 538-5220
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There’s no denying that lobster and mac and cheese make a great duo. Yardbird’s version of the dish is made with five cheeses including cheddar, parmesan, cream cheese, and red Leicester, which gives it a distinctly sharp flavor. The pasta is then topped with a one-pound lobster that’s poached in butter and white wine with garlic, shallots, thyme, and chives, taking the decadent dish up a few notches.

8. Lobster Benedict at Seaspice Brasserie & Lounge

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412 NW N River Dr
Miami, FL 33128
(305) 440-4200
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Served as a weekend brunch dish at this riverfront restaurant, the lobster Benedict comes crowned with a chive hollandaise and sprinkled with grilled scallion, and is served with potato hash and asparagus. Add caviar for texture and an extra pop of ocean flavors. 

9. Lobster Jungle Curry at EST.33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen

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701 S Miami Ave, Unit 412A Brickell City Centre
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 425-9266
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Lobster is bathed in curry and mixed with baby corn, bamboo shoots, and Thai eggplant at this Brickell newcomer, offering an interesting take on a lobster dish. Spices add aroma entree, which pair nicely with one of the brewery’s beers such as the 33 Pale Ale, Hallo Schatzi, or the Legend Lager. 

10. Lobster Roll at Navé

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3540 Main Hwy
Miami, FL 33133
(786) 615-3747
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This brunch-only roll is filled with tender lobster tossed in a brown butter mayonnaise, adding a sweet and savory caramel flavor, that is then wrapped up in brioche bun and topped with dill leaves. The lobster roll is served with a side of coleslaw, which adds just the right amount crunch to the meal.

1. Lobster Quesadilla at Lona Cocina Y Tequileria

321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

This interesting take on a quesadilla by chef Jorge Gutierrez only uses a handful of ingredients, which allows the lobster to shine. Wrapped in a warm flour tortilla, the quesadilla is filled with butter-poached Maine lobster mixed with chipotle aioli, red onion, and cilantro, and served with extra chipotle sauce on the side for dipping.

321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

2. Maine Lobster Pot Pie at Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina

19999 W Country Club Dr, Aventura, FL 33180

Chef Paola Budel updates the classic pot pie by incorporating lobster, Brandy truffle cream, and vegetables into one decadent and shareable dish. For those who don’t finish it all in one sitting, leftovers of this dish make one of the best next-day meals around. 

19999 W Country Club Dr
Aventura, FL 33180

3. Lobster Spaghetti at Cecconi’s 

4385 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Housed inside the Soho Beach House, this cozy Italian restaurant serves its crowd-pleasing pasta dish tossed in a silky combination of tomato and basil sauce with plenty of chunks of lobster and chili, which adds another level of depth and flavor.

4385 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140

4. Lobster Empanada at OLA Restaurant

2360 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Lobster and empanadas are two of Miami’s favorites items and this restaurant inside the Gates South Beach hotel combines the two perfectly. Encased inside a squid ink dough, the empanada is filled with tender lobster meat and comes with a side of avocado sauce and salsa rosa for an extra kick. The lobster ceviche is also a hit, made with lobster bathed in yellow tomato, citrus, limo pepper, cilantro, red onions, and tomato-tabasco.

2360 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

5. The Naughty Lobster Roll at Pubbelly Sushi

1424 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Maki rolls are a great way to showcase lobster, and Pubbelly’s playful take on the dish was inspired by Instagram influencer @thenaughtyfork. For its Naughty lobster roll, Maine lobster and spicy aioli are bundled up inside a roll and served with a side of Cajun kimchee butter dipping sauce that adds some unexpected flavor to the mix.

1424 20th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

6. Lobster Roll Sliders at Sweet Beach

1801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This miniature take on the classic New England lobster roll is a staple at this beachside pop-up at the Shelborne Hotel in South Beach. Served during happy hour, the two lobster roll sliders come on potato rolls packed with steamed lobster, celery, lemon, and tarragon aioli.

1801 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. Whole Maine Lobster Mac and Cheese at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

1600 Lenox Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

There’s no denying that lobster and mac and cheese make a great duo. Yardbird’s version of the dish is made with five cheeses including cheddar, parmesan, cream cheese, and red Leicester, which gives it a distinctly sharp flavor. The pasta is then topped with a one-pound lobster that’s poached in butter and white wine with garlic, shallots, thyme, and chives, taking the decadent dish up a few notches.

1600 Lenox Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

8. Lobster Benedict at Seaspice Brasserie & Lounge

412 NW N River Dr, Miami, FL 33128

Served as a weekend brunch dish at this riverfront restaurant, the lobster Benedict comes crowned with a chive hollandaise and sprinkled with grilled scallion, and is served with potato hash and asparagus. Add caviar for texture and an extra pop of ocean flavors. 

412 NW N River Dr
Miami, FL 33128

9. Lobster Jungle Curry at EST.33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen

701 S Miami Ave, Unit 412A Brickell City Centre, Miami, FL 33131

Lobster is bathed in curry and mixed with baby corn, bamboo shoots, and Thai eggplant at this Brickell newcomer, offering an interesting take on a lobster dish. Spices add aroma entree, which pair nicely with one of the brewery’s beers such as the 33 Pale Ale, Hallo Schatzi, or the Legend Lager. 

701 S Miami Ave, Unit 412A Brickell City Centre
Miami, FL 33131

10. Lobster Roll at Navé

3540 Main Hwy, Miami, FL 33133

This brunch-only roll is filled with tender lobster tossed in a brown butter mayonnaise, adding a sweet and savory caramel flavor, that is then wrapped up in brioche bun and topped with dill leaves. The lobster roll is served with a side of coleslaw, which adds just the right amount crunch to the meal.

3540 Main Hwy
Miami, FL 33133

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