Miami’s North Beach offers a serene contrast to the city’s lively energy, emphasizing outdoor recreation and family beach days, accompanied by unique low-key dining options. Nearby Surfside features diverse food and drink offerings, while the charming Bay Harbor Islands and upscale Bal Harbour enclave round out the area’s food scene. From casual waterfront spots to upscale restaurants, this ten-mile stretch is a food-lovers paradise. Here are the top 14 restaurants to check out when exploring this side of town.Read More
The 14 Best Restaurants Between North Beach and Bal Harbour
Where to dine in this 10-mile radius of food
Artisan Beach House
Artisan Beach House is a waterfront restaurant located inside the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbor. It offers a menu filled with options from land and sea, including pimento cheese croquetas, charred octopus, and Colorado lamb chops. Decadent blueberry cheesecake and baked Alaska desserts taste better when paired with one of the restaurant’s refreshing cocktails.
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Nestled inside the St. Regis Bal Harbor, Atlantikos caters to all Mediterranean cravings. The dining room is washed in white and blues, the list of wines is long, and the menu features dishes of red sea bream in parchment, champagne salt-crusted branzino, lamb chops, and vegetable moussaka. Keep an eye out for seafood platters to share and caviar options.
Aba Miami - Bal Harbour
Chicago-import Aba, created by Top Chef alum CJ Jacobson and executive partner Marc Jacobs, offers a Mediterranean-inspired menu with dishes such as carrot and sunflower dip, everything Jerusalem bagel with smoked salmon spread, hamachi, and shawarma-spiced skirt steak. The 250-seat restaurant in Bal Harbour shops features olive trees, climbing ivy, and vintage lighting, including original Parisian street lamps and gold Moroccan fixtures, adding to its chic and airy atmosphere.
Located inside the ritzy Bal Harbour Shops, this seemingly always busy Japanese restaurant just got a new look and new location – three floors above where it was located for nearly a decade. The now bright and airy space still offers up some of the best sushi and sashimi in town by chef Makoto Okuwa. Still, it also features plenty of dishes made on the charcoal robata, like wagyu filet, ribeye, sea bass, and lamb chops that shouldn’t be missed.
Stephen Starr’s French brasserie, located in the Bal Harbour Shops, features a charming indoor seating area and outdoor seating on a palm tree-covered patio. The menu boasts a range of dishes, including fruits de mer, fromages, salads, entrees, plats du jour, and desserts. Standout options include the steak tartare du parc, duck confit, truffle pizza, and bouillabaisse, all of which pair perfectly with the extensive wine selection.
O'Lima Signature Cuisine
Chef Herman Gonzalez adds new dishes almost daily to his Bay Harbor restaurant’s Peruvian menu, a meticulous melange of flavors he infuses with unexpected fun and whimsical touches. His list of ceviche options range from classic to grilled to vegetarian, and there are entrees of salmon tiradito in a passionfruit sauce, chupe de camarones, chifas, and seafood plates. Peruvian flavors also make their way into pasta, risotto, and Chinese dishes like kam-lu wantan, made with fried wonton, pear, chicken, shrimp, quail eggs, and tamarindo sweet sauce.
Surfside’s latest addition, Neya, is a Mediterranean restaurant highlighting coastal flavors with seafood and veggie plates, including lamb chops, grilled octopus, and eggplant dip. The interior features natural materials like wood and stone, while the outdoor patio offers al fresco dining.
Lido Restaurant and Champagne Bar at The Surf Club
With daylight pouring in from wall-to-wall windows that overlook the beach, this hotel restaurant has all the qualities of a chic yet leisurely food spot. The daily menu at Lido is centered around Italian coastal cuisine, with dishes like lobster ravioli, sea bass served with broccoli rabe and bagna cauda (warm sauce of garlic, anchovies, and olive oil), grilled octopus, and raw bar options, alongside comforting Neapolitan-style pizza.
The Surf Club Restaurant
Consider what makes a great restaurant: charming decor, top-notch service, lovely views, and food one cannot stop raving about. The Surf Club Restaurant by Thomas Keller is just that, a spot to savor dishes like beef Wellington, veal chops, and eggplant parmesan surrounded by 1950s glamour and views of the tranquil Surfside seafront. An impressive wine list and dessert of ice cream sundae round out the experience.
This North Beach waterfront taco spot is known for its handmade blue-masa corn tortilla filled with all sorts of flavors, including pork, brisket, tongue, and even grasshopper. The Mexican feast goes on with elote, carnitas, tostada, churros, and plenty of margarita flavors to keep the fun meal going for a little longer.
7tyone Restaurant & Coffee Bar
This Venezuelan restaurant and coffee bar in Normandy Isle is run by native chefs Abraham Herrera and Angel di Frisco, who dish out a casual all-day menu of traditional fare such as empanadas, chicharrones (fried pork chunks), mandocas (deep-fried cornmeal ring), and cachapas (sweet corn pancakes). A variety of the country’s famed arepas are also on the menu, from a simple cheese filling to a shrimp and avocado version. The staples are complemented by American pub grub such as burgers, pastas, a chicken wings. To wash it down, there’s iced and hot coffee, smoothies, and juices such as mango and papelon con limon (traditional Venezuelan lime juice).
Run by Sandy Sanchez and Benoit Rablat of La Fresa Francesa Petit Cafe in Hialeah, thirty-seat Silverlake is a charming neighborhood spot for happy hour or an atmospheric dinner for two. Candles burn on every table, surrounded by greenery and memorabilia. The food pays homage to California with fish tacos and gnocchi mac and cheese, followed by a double patty burger, roasted cauliflower with labneh and lentils, or a seafood pasta dish. Wrap things up by indulging in mascarpone cheese pie topped with guava glaze.
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Shuckers Waterfront Bar & Grill
Shuckers is where locals get together with friends on the 79th Street Causeway to celebrate Miami’s water views with simple seafood, endless rounds of draft beer, strong drinks, and shareable orders of Caribbean cracked conch, black Chilean mussels, grilled cheese, fish tacos, and dolphin fingers. Parking is ample, and the dress code is nonexistent.
Erika Kushi, daughter of beloved itamae Michio Kushi of Sushi Deli and Japanese Market, is at the helm of a North Bay Village restaurant known for its top-quality sushi and reasonable prices. The menu features a diverse selection of vegetarian, classic, and specialty rolls and standout appetizers like truffle tuna and octopus tiradito, seafood salad, and avocado fries. To beat the crowds, it’s best to arrive early.