30 Bucket List Miami Restaurants You Need To Try If You Haven't Already
Become a cuisine connoisseur and Miami foodie
Whether you've lived in Miami for a decade or just moved, the magic city has a lot to offer in terms of culinary experiences. Miami is the gateway to Latin American cuisine and Caribbean food. Wherever you go, this city combines the best of European, Asian, and Latin cuisine. In recent years, the food scene in Miami has grown tremendously and new restaurants are always opening.
Restaurants are upping their game and offering something unique besides the menu. Miami restaurants offer entertainment and unique flavors only locals know about. If you are from Miami, you know that secret spot and alley that offers unique sandwiches and burgers.
No matter if you are a tourist or a local, there are specific Miami restaurants that will make you believe in heaven again. Whether you are on a budget or ready to spend your month's check, there's a restaurant for everyone. This bucket list combines the best restaurants to enjoy a bite.
Kush by Lokal
Where: 2003 N Miami Ave // Wynwood
This restaurant is located in the Wynwood Art District and offers the best local food made from scratch. The burger menu is out of this world and sourced from Fort McCoy Ranch in Marion County, Florida. Burgers are ground in-house and served with sweet fries. Guess what? They also offer vegan and gluten-free options.
Where: 999 Brickell Ave // Brickell
If you've heard of Salt Bae then you know this place is a must. Meatlovers come here for the quality steaks and the wonderful salty experience. Live the salt life with juicy meats and a great atmosphere.
Where: 31 SE 5th Street // Brickell
Heavenly haven is the best way to describe this restaurant. Colombian chef, Juan Manuel Barrientos brings a unique experience to his guests. You are allowed to lick your fingers at this restaurant with the chocotherapy unique experience. The servers take you through a culinary journey starting with the tree of life and ending your meal with a 'cafecito' straight from the mountains of Colombia.
Where: 804 Ponce De Leon // Coral Gables
Start your Sunday morning with Cap'N Crunch pancakes and a guava mimosa. Your brunch experience will upgrade to a new level. But, be ready to wait in line as this is one of the most requested brunches in Miami. Their menu is a mix of Cuban and American cuisine, bringing you the best of both worlds.
Franky's Deli Warehouse
Where: 2596 West 84th Street // Hialeah
Best sandwich in Miami. This place is not your typical Subway footlong. This location is a hidden gem in Hialeah and is frequented by hip hop stars. The bestseller is the famous Italian sandwich with sliced salami, capicola, and ham.
Where: 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way // Brickell
The perfect place to lunch like a boss. This place is half restaurant, half art gallery, serving creativity and French cuisine. LaMuse is not your ordinary cafe — they serve vegan treats, wild seafood, and an amazing banana crepe roll.
Pilo's Street Tacos
Where: 28 SW 11th Street // Brickell
If you are craving Mexican food, this spot has amazing street tacos — saving you the flight to Mexico. Aunt Pilo is the inspiration behind this restaurant. Her tacos are as amazing as her hospitality. Their signature tacos are "El Carnal", the "El Rey", and the "La Frida."
Where: 140 NE 39th Street // St. Roch Market
This is the perfect place for vegans and animal lovers. Located inside St. Roch Market, Chloe offers the best sweets and avocado toast. Chef Chloe is the author of numerous vegan cookbooks and has the greatest smile. Catch her during the morning and order her organic cupcakes.
Where: 601 S Miami Ave. // Brickell City Centre
Take a tour of Italy at this Italian food hall located in Brickell City Centre. You will experience real cheese, real culture, and real wine. La Centrale has three floors offering Neapolitan pizza, freshly made pasta, and a great selection of meats. Bring your coworkers for happy hour and explore La Bella Vita.
Where: 160 NE 40th Street // Miami Design District
It is located in the Design District and is the perfect place to have a tête-à-tête over coffee. Come over brunch and enjoy avocado toasts, overnight oats or churro french toast. This place is aesthetically pleasing and the food won't damage your budget.
Where: 7418 Biscayne Boulevard // MiMo District
Are you a cheese lover? Then you will find Ms. Cheezious mouthwatering. This is a food truck turned restaurant, and every grilled cheese on the menu has a twist. They have goat cheese melts, short rib melts, and s'mores melts for the sweet lovers. Of course, every order should come with cheese fries.
Where: 850 Commerce Street // South Beach
Planta is a vegan's haven. Models like to come here to keep their diet. They have a variety of food, including ceviche, salads, small plates, and even pizza. You can come here with all your friends and everyone will find something to eat. The truffle fries need to go on the check.
Where: 50 NW 24th Street // Wynwood Arcade
Three looks intimidating from the outside and even more from the inside. But, the customer service is five stars. Start your brunch with hush puppies, followed by huevos rancheros "Miami Style". The restaurant is owned by Chef Norman Van Aken, celebrating the cultural diversity with Florida cuisine.
My Cupcake World
Where: 262 Andalusia Ave // Coral Gables
For rainy days, come and enjoy auntie's menu. You might get confused by their name but My Cupcake World serves more than cupcakes. Inside looks like a dollhouse with their pink chairs and chandeliers. We recommend their crepes and tomato soup. Of course, finish with a cupcake and a scoop of ice cream.
La Fresa Francesca
Where: 59 W 3rd Street // Hialeah
When Cuban food meets French cuisine is a great marriage. La Fresa Francesca is located in the city that progress, Hialeah. Many people dislike coming to this part of town but it is one of the best kept secrets. If you think you know everything about crepes, then you haven't tried the Dulce de Leche crepe.
The Original Greek
Where: 697 NW 22nd Street // Miami
Greek food is one of the best late-night foods. Am I right? This food truck offers hand-crafted gyros with greek fries. The best lamb gyro and pita is at this local hangout. You might want to order more than one gyro and share with your friends. It is an explosion of flavors.
The Salty Donut
Where: 50 NW 23rd Street // Wynwood Arcade
Every day and every week salty donut releases a limited donut. Surprise your coworkers with a box of donut and I bet your boss will forgive you for coming late to work. They also have gluten-free donuts, but the most purchased donut is the guava and cheese.
Dr. Limon Ceviche Bar
Where: 13766 SW 84th Street // Kendall
No need to fly to Peru to try real Peruvian cuisine. Fun fact? They squeeze over 6 thousand limes a week. If you are unfamiliar with Peruvian food, start with classic ceviche, tiraditos, papas a la Huancaina, and chaufas. Food is more on the sour side but I bet you will love it.
Where: 860 Collins Avenue // South Beach
Who would have thought South Beach had unique restaurants like Bacon Bitch? The name is deceiving but the menu is incredible. It is located in the middle of the action and Art Deco district. They serve unique bacon inspired sandwiches, salads, and treats. After all, bacon is not just for breakfast.
Where: 3501 SW 8th Street // Little Havana
The real taste of Miami is found in Versailles. You will experience real Cuban food at this local restaurant. Cuban coffee and croquetas are their specialties. It is always busy and waiting for a table might be a requirement. People come here for lunch, dinner, and even dessert.
Where: 28001 S Dixie Highway // Homestead
You will drool at the table with their unique ribs. It is a family owned barbecue place with classic ribs, brisket, and traditional sides. If you have visitors from the south, they will appreciate you took them there. They have been serving authentic hickory smoked BBQ for over 60 years.
Where: 5808 NE 4th Court // Morningside
The restaurant has old Florida charm with a great brunch selection. You might miss it if you are driving fast. The restaurant looks smaller from the outside, but when you enter they have a pool and coral building. To best describe it, is an intimate hideaway serving Mediterranean cuisine.
Fritanga Cana Brava
Where: 2795 NW 7th Street // Miami
Every Miamian who respects their city must have a Fritanga. Basically, a big piece of steak with fried cheese and tostones. After a long night of partying, skip Taco Bell and go to a Fritanga restaurant. You can feed two people with one order. Beware, you might become addicted.
Kao Sushi & Grill
Where: 127 Miracle Mile // Coral Gable
Sushi lovers frequent this place. Why? because it is a SuchiClub concept. You will experience the taste of Japan with a mix of Latin America. They offer entertainment with live music and great ambiance. The rolls are different, delicious and fresh. When you go, don't forget to order the Huancaina roll.
Where: 7580 NE 4th Court // Morningside
Pizza is a girlfriend's best friend. If you want prosciutto in your pizza, Ironside has it. Every pizza made at this restaurant are cooked with organic ingredients and in a wood-fired oven. Guess what? They also serve gluten-free pizza. Experience the Neapolitan tradition at this hidden local in Little Haiti.
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
Where: 130 NE 40th Street // Miami Design District
Don't get intimidated by this fancy restaurant in the middle of the Design District. It looks more expensive than it is. We suggest to come with a group of friends and try all their appetizers. The deviled eggs are probably the best you will ever try. For seafood lovers, try the octopus.
Where: 10200 NW 25th Street // Doral
Bocas became popular for their gigantic milkshakes. Come with your bestie and share one milkshake. You will not finish it unless you have a sweet tooth. They serve unique Latin American cuisine, but their mac and cheese is a chef's favorite. Come with an empty stomach!
Zak The Baker
Where: 295 NW 25th Street // Wynwood
For those with a strict diet, Zak the Baker will fulfill your needs. This is a kosher restaurant and the best bread in town. They distribute their pastries and bread to other local restaurants. Also, if you are craving a warm hot chocolate on a rainy day, ZKB got you covered.
Where: 4525 Collins Avenue // Eden Roc Miami Beach
There's nothing better than brunching with an ocean view. You will feel like a Malibu star. The best part? This place is laid-back luxury, so is totally fine to come in with your bathing suit. Come during the summer and enjoy their awesome wine selection and locally sourced food.
Lilikoi Organic Living
Where: 500 South Pointe Drive // South Beach
This restaurant means passion fruit in Hawaii. All of their products and ingredients are sourced from local farms, hence a change of menu every season. If you want to spot a celebrity and eat healthy food, this is the place. We recommend the Hawaiian style poke, mushroom farro risotto, and coconut curry bowl.
No matter your tastes or food allergies, this list compiles the best hidden restaurants in Miami. If you are not eating good, you are not living your best life. Whether you want to go to a fancy restaurant, a food truck, or laidback cafe Miami has it all.
One of the best things about eating in this city is that you can order your food for delivery. No need to wait in line and make reservations. We suggest you end your bucket list with a sweet restaurant such as Salty Donut because you will want to come back for more.
The sooner you start checking off your list, the better chance you have on becoming the most popular foodie in town. If you are wondering, check the places and see how many stars each restaurant have got since day one.