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18 Stellar Places to Eat in Pinecrest

Plenty of culinary finds, from high to low

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The Village of Pinecrest spans a total of a very minimal 7.6 miles. Yet the number and variety of tried and true established eateries — some have been in the same location for more than 20 years —and newer trendier spots that will surprise you.

With an abundance of local and international cuisine available, Pinecrest has something you're bound to be craving. Fine dining? Check. Home-style cooking? Yep. Fast-yet-healthy? That too. Organic, gluten free or vegan? Of course. Down 'n dirty? Oh yeah. Below are the 18 restaurants that are worthy of a visit in the neighborhood.

Editor’s Note: The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Grown

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8211 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL

Grown's motto is that food should not made or manufactured but rather grown. To that extent, Shannon Allen, a Miami local and wife of NBA Champion, Ray Allen, opened “farm-to-fork” Grown to provide a healthy alternative to fast food for patrons on the go as well as those with dietary restrictions and allergies. Plus, all items on the menu can be made vegetarian and vegan friendly.

2. Two Chefs

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8287 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL

French American nouveau cuisine is what founder and chef Jan Jorgensen has brought to Pinecrest. For more than two decades, patrons have been enjoying fine dining in a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere with Two Chefs’ menu of local and seasonal infused creations. But one thing does remain the same — Two Chefs famous towering soufflés can’t be missed, and also must be ordered 30 minutes ahead.

3. Roasters' N Toasters

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9465 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL

A Pinecrest staple since 1984, it offers guests the true taste of a New York deli and serves as the original location of Roasters & Toasters, which now has three additional eateries in South Florida. At Roasters & Toasters diners will find traditional New York style fare such as house-made bagels and schmears plus breakfast dishes including smoked fish platters, corned beef, pastrami and Reuben sandwiches, soups, wraps, and larger plates like stuffed cabbage and meatloaf. Make sure to check out the Specialty Sandwiches' Menu boasting bigger-than-your-mouth sammies like the West Side Story and Trifecta.

4. Trattoria Luna

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9477 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL

Trattoria Luna is a Tuscan style eatery that has been in the neighborhood since 1997. Serving generous portions of traditional northern Italian cuisine, Trattoria Luna has been a favorite of Pinecrest locals due to its commitment to quality and service as well as hearty lunch and dinner specials that change twice a day to include appetizers, pasta, meat, fish, desserts, special wines, and more.

5. Rincon Espanol

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9511 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL
3057405858

This cozy and modern Spanish eatery serves up sharable tapas like croquetas, tortillas (Spanish omelet), gambas (garlic shrimp), and tablas (charcuterie) as well as larger plates like its generous paellas. Wine lovers will appreciate the extensive list of sublime wines, and domestic and imported beers to compliment the food or as a well-deserved end of the day treat.

6. APizza Brooklyn

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9515 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL

No need to leave the Sunshine State for Brooklyn style pizza and pasta when Apizza Brooklyn is right here in Pinecrest. Born and raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, owner Jason has brought the recipe to this local gem for Italian food just like you’d find in Brooklyn's Italian neighborhoods. With a large selection of pasta dishes — including whole grain and gluten-free options — plus salads, New York style and Neapolitan brick oven pizzas, which can be complemented by an impressive wine list.

7. Shaddai Fine Lebanese Cuisine

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9519 S Dixie Hwy
Pinecrest, FL
7864017714

One of the best things about Shaddai's food is that everyone can enjoy it. Whether they are a carnivore, vegetarian, pescetarian, or vegan, Shaddai has several options. Its Mediterranean menu offers a wide selection daily specials from mezze selections, salads, and hummus, to entrees like marinated and grilled meats, seafood, and homemade desserts. Shaddai also offers a selection of Lebanese wines and coffees to complement your meal.

8. Captain's Tavern

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9621 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL

Local seafood and house-made specialties for more than 40 years, this is the go-to place in Pinecrest for seafood lovers. This modest and comfy establishment with custom-built aquariums throughout strives to keep up with modern cuisine while staying true to its origins. Captain's Tavern also has an extensive, award-winning wine list to enhance your meal as well as a fresh seafood market next door.

9. Keg South

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10417 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL

This hidden hole-in-the-wall is one of Pinecrest's oldest established eateries. For more than 50 years sports bar Keg South has been serving judgment free American fare including burgers, wings, hot dogs, fries, poppers, and cold beers. Patrons come to watch the local sports on the jumbo screens, shoot some pool or to just hang out while enjoying their food despite the fact that it's actually a little difficult to find. Protip: entrance is through the ally.

10. Wagon’s West

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11311 S Dixie Hwy
Pinecrest, FL

This family owned Wild West themed diner has been a Pinecrest local favorite since opening in 1981. Slide into any of the elevated booths or on a swivel chair along the L-shaped counter and get ready to eat. Wagon's West serves up large portions of comfort food in a casual, no nonsense setting suitable for couples, families, and anyone looking for good old-fashioned grub. On the menu diners will find many favorites like omelets and waffles, barbecue chicken and ribs, meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy, desserts, and domestic beer and wine.

11. Daily Bread

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12131 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL

Family owned and operated Daily Bread is a Middle Eastern restaurant and marketplace offering many staples and delicacies from Israel, Greece, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. A fixture and vegetarian favorite in Pinecrest since 1978, the entire menu is available for take-out, as well as catering or one can opt to enjoy a meal in its cozy dining area adorned with a colorful mural of eggplants and zucchinis.

12. Tani Thai

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12269 S Dixie Hwy
Pinecrest, FL

Get Cocky! Seriously, order the Get Cocky; one of the many varieties of quirky named Thai dishes available at Tani Thai. Decorated with intricate wood carvings, stained glass panels, and orchids while subtle music plays in the background, Tani will make guests feel like they are in another place. The menu lists more than 100 items (plus a full vegetarian menu) full of exotic and unique ingredients to invoke all kinds of flavors and textures. 

13. ChillN Nitrogen Ice Cream

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8271 SW 124th St
Miami, FL

Everyone screams for ice cream and even more so when it's nitrogen ice cream. The ice cream is created through a rapid freezing technique that provides for less fat and ice crystals resulting in a creamier consistency. Get that scientist groove on with an ice cream table of elements representing your base (Ic=ice cream and Y=yogurt), flavors (Vn=Vanilla, Cb=Cake, N=Nutella plus seasonal ones like Mg=Mango), and mixtures (Bn=Bananas, Pt=Pop Tarts, Re=Reese's) and experiment on developing a unique combination. 

14. Malanga Cuban Café

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12313 S Dixie Hwy
Pinecrest, FL

Deriving its name from an edible tropical root used in many Cuban homemade remedies, Malanga brings the flavors of Cuba to Pinecrest. While Malanga serves all types of traditional Cuban cuisine like arroz con pollo, vaca frita, and camarones al ajillo, the specialty is pig and Malanga serves it up well. Feast on split-roasted, stuffed, barbecued, marinated, or shredded hog while you listen to old-school Cuban music and admire the historic black and white photos family owned restaurant.

15. The Big Tomato

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12447 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL

Consider this deep dish style pizza perfection in Pinecrest. Since being founded in 1994, The Original Big Tomato set the standards high using its own homemade recipe for its sauce, dough, and vegetables, plus quality meats and cheeses. Since then, the menu has expanded to include soup bread bowls, salads, healthy wraps, oven-roasted chicken wings, and Panini sandwiches with multiple vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

16. Anacapri Italian Restaurant, Market and Wine Bar

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12669 S Dixie Hwy
Pinecrest, FL

With a three-in-one Italian extravaganza dubbed "Italian Village" in Pinecrest, Anacapri has all Italian cravings covered. A familiar destination since 1990, Anacapri provides a traditional Italian culinary experience in its cozy dining area. Walk through the archway and enter the wine bar where one can sip on a variety of wines from the extensive wine list, select a bottle to have with the meal or purchase for later consumption. The Italian market is stocked with imported Italian goods like sauces, meats, cheeses, and pastas – including gluten free options – for sale to gift or take home and recreate an Italian meal for family and friends. 

17. Sea Siam

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12735 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL
3052335599

With an assortment of Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine, just about any dish one might be wanting to dine on can be found at Sea Siam. Whether it's fresh sashimi or sushi, heartier Thai entrees with rice or noodles, or hot and savory pho, Sea Siam will satisfy that hunger with an authentic menu full of the flavors been sought in a truly oriental atmosphere.

18. Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant

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8461 SW 132nd St
Miami, FL

A Pinecrest staple serving authentic Mexican cuisine for more than 20 years, Guadalajara will delight with an array of authentic dishes such as fajitas, burritos, tacos, ceviche, soups, salads, and many vegetarian options. Owner Cesar Berrones is almost always around to make sure that patrons are well taken care of and enjoying their meal, and will not hesitate to ensure that all are happy even if it means bringing in a piñata. 

1. Grown

8211 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL

Grown's motto is that food should not made or manufactured but rather grown. To that extent, Shannon Allen, a Miami local and wife of NBA Champion, Ray Allen, opened “farm-to-fork” Grown to provide a healthy alternative to fast food for patrons on the go as well as those with dietary restrictions and allergies. Plus, all items on the menu can be made vegetarian and vegan friendly.

8211 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL

2. Two Chefs

8287 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL

French American nouveau cuisine is what founder and chef Jan Jorgensen has brought to Pinecrest. For more than two decades, patrons have been enjoying fine dining in a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere with Two Chefs’ menu of local and seasonal infused creations. But one thing does remain the same — Two Chefs famous towering soufflés can’t be missed, and also must be ordered 30 minutes ahead.

8287 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL

3. Roasters' N Toasters

9465 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL

A Pinecrest staple since 1984, it offers guests the true taste of a New York deli and serves as the original location of Roasters & Toasters, which now has three additional eateries in South Florida. At Roasters & Toasters diners will find traditional New York style fare such as house-made bagels and schmears plus breakfast dishes including smoked fish platters, corned beef, pastrami and Reuben sandwiches, soups, wraps, and larger plates like stuffed cabbage and meatloaf. Make sure to check out the Specialty Sandwiches' Menu boasting bigger-than-your-mouth sammies like the West Side Story and Trifecta.

9465 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL

4. Trattoria Luna

9477 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL

Trattoria Luna is a Tuscan style eatery that has been in the neighborhood since 1997. Serving generous portions of traditional northern Italian cuisine, Trattoria Luna has been a favorite of Pinecrest locals due to its commitment to quality and service as well as hearty lunch and dinner specials that change twice a day to include appetizers, pasta, meat, fish, desserts, special wines, and more.

9477 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL

5. Rincon Espanol

9511 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL

This cozy and modern Spanish eatery serves up sharable tapas like croquetas, tortillas (Spanish omelet), gambas (garlic shrimp), and tablas (charcuterie) as well as larger plates like its generous paellas. Wine lovers will appreciate the extensive list of sublime wines, and domestic and imported beers to compliment the food or as a well-deserved end of the day treat.

9511 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL

6. APizza Brooklyn

9515 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL

No need to leave the Sunshine State for Brooklyn style pizza and pasta when Apizza Brooklyn is right here in Pinecrest. Born and raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, owner Jason has brought the recipe to this local gem for Italian food just like you’d find in Brooklyn's Italian neighborhoods. With a large selection of pasta dishes — including whole grain and gluten-free options — plus salads, New York style and Neapolitan brick oven pizzas, which can be complemented by an impressive wine list.

9515 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL

7. Shaddai Fine Lebanese Cuisine

9519 S Dixie Hwy, Pinecrest, FL

One of the best things about Shaddai's food is that everyone can enjoy it. Whether they are a carnivore, vegetarian, pescetarian, or vegan, Shaddai has several options. Its Mediterranean menu offers a wide selection daily specials from mezze selections, salads, and hummus, to entrees like marinated and grilled meats, seafood, and homemade desserts. Shaddai also offers a selection of Lebanese wines and coffees to complement your meal.

9519 S Dixie Hwy
Pinecrest, FL

8. Captain's Tavern

9621 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL

Local seafood and house-made specialties for more than 40 years, this is the go-to place in Pinecrest for seafood lovers. This modest and comfy establishment with custom-built aquariums throughout strives to keep up with modern cuisine while staying true to its origins. Captain's Tavern also has an extensive, award-winning wine list to enhance your meal as well as a fresh seafood market next door.

9621 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL

9. Keg South

10417 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL

This hidden hole-in-the-wall is one of Pinecrest's oldest established eateries. For more than 50 years sports bar Keg South has been serving judgment free American fare including burgers, wings, hot dogs, fries, poppers, and cold beers. Patrons come to watch the local sports on the jumbo screens, shoot some pool or to just hang out while enjoying their food despite the fact that it's actually a little difficult to find. Protip: entrance is through the ally.

10417 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL

10. Wagon’s West

11311 S Dixie Hwy, Pinecrest, FL

This family owned Wild West themed diner has been a Pinecrest local favorite since opening in 1981. Slide into any of the elevated booths or on a swivel chair along the L-shaped counter and get ready to eat. Wagon's West serves up large portions of comfort food in a casual, no nonsense setting suitable for couples, families, and anyone looking for good old-fashioned grub. On the menu diners will find many favorites like omelets and waffles, barbecue chicken and ribs, meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy, desserts, and domestic beer and wine.

11311 S Dixie Hwy
Pinecrest, FL

11. Daily Bread

12131 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL

Family owned and operated Daily Bread is a Middle Eastern restaurant and marketplace offering many staples and delicacies from Israel, Greece, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. A fixture and vegetarian favorite in Pinecrest since 1978, the entire menu is available for take-out, as well as catering or one can opt to enjoy a meal in its cozy dining area adorned with a colorful mural of eggplants and zucchinis.

12131 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL

12. Tani Thai

12269 S Dixie Hwy, Pinecrest, FL

Get Cocky! Seriously, order the Get Cocky; one of the many varieties of quirky named Thai dishes available at Tani Thai. Decorated with intricate wood carvings, stained glass panels, and orchids while subtle music plays in the background, Tani will make guests feel like they are in another place. The menu lists more than 100 items (plus a full vegetarian menu) full of exotic and unique ingredients to invoke all kinds of flavors and textures. 

12269 S Dixie Hwy
Pinecrest, FL

13. ChillN Nitrogen Ice Cream

8271 SW 124th St, Miami, FL

Everyone screams for ice cream and even more so when it's nitrogen ice cream. The ice cream is created through a rapid freezing technique that provides for less fat and ice crystals resulting in a creamier consistency. Get that scientist groove on with an ice cream table of elements representing your base (Ic=ice cream and Y=yogurt), flavors (Vn=Vanilla, Cb=Cake, N=Nutella plus seasonal ones like Mg=Mango), and mixtures (Bn=Bananas, Pt=Pop Tarts, Re=Reese's) and experiment on developing a unique combination. 

8271 SW 124th St
Miami, FL

14. Malanga Cuban Café

12313 S Dixie Hwy, Pinecrest, FL

Deriving its name from an edible tropical root used in many Cuban homemade remedies, Malanga brings the flavors of Cuba to Pinecrest. While Malanga serves all types of traditional Cuban cuisine like arroz con pollo, vaca frita, and camarones al ajillo, the specialty is pig and Malanga serves it up well. Feast on split-roasted, stuffed, barbecued, marinated, or shredded hog while you listen to old-school Cuban music and admire the historic black and white photos family owned restaurant.

12313 S Dixie Hwy
Pinecrest, FL

15. The Big Tomato

12447 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL

Consider this deep dish style pizza perfection in Pinecrest. Since being founded in 1994, The Original Big Tomato set the standards high using its own homemade recipe for its sauce, dough, and vegetables, plus quality meats and cheeses. Since then, the menu has expanded to include soup bread bowls, salads, healthy wraps, oven-roasted chicken wings, and Panini sandwiches with multiple vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

12447 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL

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16. Anacapri Italian Restaurant, Market and Wine Bar

12669 S Dixie Hwy, Pinecrest, FL

With a three-in-one Italian extravaganza dubbed "Italian Village" in Pinecrest, Anacapri has all Italian cravings covered. A familiar destination since 1990, Anacapri provides a traditional Italian culinary experience in its cozy dining area. Walk through the archway and enter the wine bar where one can sip on a variety of wines from the extensive wine list, select a bottle to have with the meal or purchase for later consumption. The Italian market is stocked with imported Italian goods like sauces, meats, cheeses, and pastas – including gluten free options – for sale to gift or take home and recreate an Italian meal for family and friends. 

12669 S Dixie Hwy
Pinecrest, FL

17. Sea Siam

12735 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL

With an assortment of Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine, just about any dish one might be wanting to dine on can be found at Sea Siam. Whether it's fresh sashimi or sushi, heartier Thai entrees with rice or noodles, or hot and savory pho, Sea Siam will satisfy that hunger with an authentic menu full of the flavors been sought in a truly oriental atmosphere.

12735 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL

18. Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant

8461 SW 132nd St, Miami, FL

A Pinecrest staple serving authentic Mexican cuisine for more than 20 years, Guadalajara will delight with an array of authentic dishes such as fajitas, burritos, tacos, ceviche, soups, salads, and many vegetarian options. Owner Cesar Berrones is almost always around to make sure that patrons are well taken care of and enjoying their meal, and will not hesitate to ensure that all are happy even if it means bringing in a piñata. 

8461 SW 132nd St
Miami, FL

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