Not historically top of mind as one of the city’s major food destinations, South Miami’s culinary scene is slowly taking shape. From fine dining to fast casual, here are the neighborhood’s can’t miss food and drink spots.Read More
Where to Eat in South Miami: 15 Top Picks
There’s so much more than Sunset Place
1. Madruga Bakery
A seasonal bakery with homemade (and home-milled) bread and a robust menu, Madruga Bakery is South Miami’s unofficial meeting spot. A comforting coffeehouse where loyalists chat with neighbors and fill up on simply prepared offerings like the Madruga egg sandwich or kale and quinoa salad, Madruga Bakery feels like the Miami version of Friends’ Central Perk.
2. Fiola Miami
For Italian food with a cosmopolitan air, Fiola is South Miami’s most sophisticated eatery. From caviar to white truffles to a $180 wagyu ribeye, the high-end dishes command as much attention as the stylish decor.
3. Threefold Cafe South Miami
Threefold Cafe is a local luncheonette offering salads, veggies, “eggies,” and a menu section dedicated to all things “On Toast;” filling up millennial bellies and Instagram feeds since 2016.
4. Public Square
Taking over the former Shula’s 347 space, this new South Miami restaurant offers contemporary American dishes, a West Coast focused wine list, and a sleek setting. On the menu guests can find many updated classics like filet mignon bites wrapped in bacon; grilled octopus; poached lobster; salmon crab rolls; a variety of grilled steaks; mushroom risotto; branzino; and much more.
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5. Buttercream Cupcakes & Coffee
Ever since 2008, South Miamians get their sugar fix at Buttercream Cupcakes & Coffee, a local-owned sweet shop. With dreamy cupcake flavors such as chocolate Oreo, latte, and vanilla chocolate chip, Buttercream is always a welcome pit stop.
6. Cecile Bakery + Cafe
This always busy cafe right on Sunset Drive is the go-to spot in the area for a quick breakfast or leisurely lunch. Serving up a variety of mouthwatering pastries like almond croissants, macarons, truffles, and fruit tarts, alongside heartier dishes like breakfast bowls, huveos Ibericos, salads, avocado toasts, and more.
7. Domaine Souviou Wine Bar Boutique
Francophiles can head to Domaine Souviou to get their taste of France. The boutique and eatery offers up Provençal wines and bites like escargot and truffle pate that can be eaten on the spot or taken home to be enjoyed later. If the weather is nice, grab a seat in the courtyard and sip on one of its many wine flights.
Ramen goes high tech at InRamen. Upon arrival, guests are encouraged to scan the QR code special to each table to view the digital menu and place an order. Guests can choose from ten different options of ramen, a selection of dim sum, bao buns and other small plates. Not tech savvy? Don’t worry, traditional menus are also available for those who want to keep it analog.
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9. Town Kitchen & Bar
With indoor and outdoor vibes, Town Kitchen & Bar is the ultimate happy hour destination. With 50 percent off selected drinks and finger foods, 4-7 p.m. at Town is always abuzz.
10. Miyako Japanese Restaurant
For Japanese food without pretense, Miyako is a hidden gem. A generous sushi menu presents rolls on rolls, nigiri, and sashimi while hot items feature noodles, stir-fry, and tempura. For the carb fearing type, the Dadeland rolls are wrapped in cucumber and stuffed with avocado, masago, and fresh salmon or tuna.
11. Mi'talia Kitchen & Bar
The second of two South Miami eateries by culinary duo Janine Booth and Jeff McInnis along with Grove Bay Hospitality Group, this eatery offers up updated takes on Italian classics with a wide selection of small plates and salads, along with pizzettas and entrees — and even a house-made limoncello program.
12. Root & Bone Miami
Stepping onto the scene with Southern cuisine, Root & Bone brings New York City swag to South Miami. For brunch, the bloody mary bar is a major attraction, while fried chicken, biscuits, deviled eggs, and shrimp and grits are foolproof bets for any time of day.
13. Whisk Gourmet Food & Catering
Homestyle meals and feels are what make Whisk Gourmet a South Miami staple. Open for lunch, dinner, or the uber-popular brunch, Whisk whips up crowd-pleasing plates like the Gnarly Biscuit BEC “Sandwich” and open-faced fried chicken BLT.
14. The Salty Donut
The second outpost for this insanely popular local doughnut shop, it serves up all the originals that made its original a hit like the decadent picture worthy doughnuts and creative coffee drinks, plus unique-to-the-location items and events.
15. Cracked by Chef Adrianne
Miami’s own Adrianne Calvo brings her popular comfort food fare to South Miami. The creative menu offers up items like truffle fries, brussel sprout salad, a burrata bar, over-filled sandwiches, and a popular weekend brunch menu. For dessert guests can opt for one of the over-the-top desserts and spoon-able shakes.