Dining options on South Beach include way more than just the average Ocean Drive tourist trap where the 3-for-1 drink special still costs a pretty penny. From swanky hotel restaurants, to a family-owned reservation recommended Italian spot, a late night taco joint, and everything in between — there’s always a delicious meal to be found on along the two mile stretch from South Pointe Park to 23rd Street. Here are 14 restaurants that are a worth checking out during an adventure on South Beach.Read More
14 Restaurants Worth Visiting On South Beach
Yes, there are good dining options
Looking for glitz and glam on South Beach, head to the Instagram-worthy Mandrake. From the picture perfect decor to dishes with gold flakes like the Alaskan king crab and uni pasta, this is the place to go for a friend’s night out or dinner with that must impress date.
Located at the W South Beach, RWSB is new to the scene with the same familiar faces as the new defunct The Dutch restaurant, offering the same bright flavors from executive chef Josh Gripper and his team. Check out Sunday brunch and try the jerk chicken and waffles dressed with habanero syrup and a side of pikliz or the duck hash and eggs.
3. Pubbelly Sushi
An OG on South Beach, Pubbelly Sushi is known for its tasty rolls like its Instagram famous butter krab roll made with goma soy paper, kanikama, ponzu, with warm clarified butter for dipping. Start out with the tuna pizza for the table, and ease into the rolls and robata offerings. But be careful, while portions are a decent and meant for sharing, it’s easy to get overly excited and want them all.
4. Diez y Seis
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Mexican done right inside the Shore Club hotel. Situated toward the back overlooking the pool, diners will find a mainly outdoor spot to feast on Mexican dishes. Expect all the basics like tamales, tacos, and extra cheesy quesadillas. Opt for the chef’s choice four-course dinner for $50 per person or for those who want a little bit of everything, check out the weekend brunch buffet that’s $35 with a $25 bottomless bubbles option.
5. The Social Club
Pop into Surfcomber’s Social Club for bites like the decadent lobster mac ‘n cheese, baby back ribs, or a salt roasted yellow beet salad. Located in the open hotel lobby, it’s open to the public from breakfast until dinner. Bonus: The Social Club serves full brunch every day of the week and features bottomless mimosas.
6. Bodega Taqueria y Tequila
Tacos aren’t just for Tuesdays at Bodega. This menu boasts 15 kinds of tacos and a handful of different types of burritos. Traditionalists will enjoy the al pastor with roasted pork, charred pineapple, red onion, cilantro, and salsa rosada, while those looking for something with a little different will love the camaron BLT with grilled shrimp, bacon, cabbage, and tomato drizzled with a chipotle cotija dressing. Vegans have no fear — there’s a Beyond Meat carne asada on the menu too.
Middle Eastern vibes in the middle of South Beach at Byblos. From grilled octopus to eggplant kibbeh, this menu has all the Mediterranean staples. Order a few appetizers for the table, before moving on to the larger sharing sized entrees like the roasted lamb shoulder made with slow braised lamb, sumac, pickles, and house lavash or the Atlantic salmon with harissa, sumac and citrus yogurt.
8. iLov305 Steakhouse & Nightlife
For those determined to dine on Ocean Drive, consider checking out iLov305 a concept by Mr. 305 himself, Armando Perez aka Pitbull. This steakhouse promises an over-the-top dining experience complete with massive cocktails, live performances, and a dessert pinata that comes with a tiny branded baseball bat for the table.
Drive too quickly down Alton Road and it’s easy to miss Macchialina. The cozy, family-owned Italian restaurant is home to some of the best pasta in the city. Start with the creamy polenta, order a bottle of Lambrusco, and end with the tiramisu — there’s no wrong move in between. Reservations recommended, especially on Pasta Thursdays where nine pasta dishes are priced at just $10.
10. The Local House
Tucked into a quaint hotel South of Fifth, beach goers will find The Local House whose nautical vibes make for a relaxing restaurant setting. Order a lobster roll to keep with the theme or nosh on a beachside burger with tomato jam, onion aioli, American cheese and a hefty side of fries. Feeling fancy? Opt for the champagne poached snapper served with fingerling potatoes, baby clams, and fennel.
11. Red, the Steakhouse - Miami Beach
At Red, expect classic steakhouse vibes with all the comfort food feels. From a dozen appetizer options, to just as many cuts of meat deciding what to order may be tough. Pair the chosen main with truffle mashed potatoes or wild forged mushrooms for a memorable South Beach meal. Pro tip: bring in your own catch of the day and the kitchen will prepare it to your liking.
12. Stubborn Seed
Top Chef Jeremy Ford’s Stubborn Seed is a treat yourself night out worth the splurge. Guests have the option to order a la carte or take part in a five or eight-course chef’s tasting menu that features a full display of the kitchen’s abilities. Do not skip dessert. Pastry chef Dallas Wynne is a master at her craft. Order one of her seasonal desserts and a half a dozen snickerdoodle cookies for the ride home.
13. Prime Italian
Highlights at Prime Italian include a one pound Kobe beef meatball, a selection of dry aged steaks, and a Maine lobster brick oven pizza. Expect large portions when ordering from the pasta section like the Kobe lasagna bolognese or the baked rigatoni with hot and sweet sausage. Those craving something a little lighter can always go for the Hawaiian big eye tuna served on a bed of quinoa with heirloom tomatoes, cucumber, and Marcona almonds.
14. Joe's Stone Crab
The oldest and most famous of all restaurants on South Beach, Joe’s Stone Crab continues to draw crowds year after year. Even when it’s not stone crab season, the menu features plenty of fresh seafood and some of the best fried chicken around. Joe’s doesn’t take reservations so arrive early, or be prepared to wait. Those who don’t want to wait for a table can find refuge with Joe’s Takeaway, right next door where the entire menu can be ordered to go.