9 Restaurants Around Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive That Are Worth the Tourists
You know the drill: You’ve got visitors coming into town and you’ve been tasked with picking a restaurant near Lincoln Road or Ocean Drive. Don’t stress—we’ve found a host of delicious dining destinations in Miami Beach’s most touristy areas. They’re affordable, tasty and even downright relaxing. Here are our nine favorites that may even tempt you to return without your mother-in-law from NYC in tow.
Planta South Beach
Looking to satisfy your gluten-free sister or vegan cousin? This place is a pro at plant-based dining. The meat-free burgers are made with black beans, mashed lentils and beetroot and topped with a gooey vegan “cheese” made of carrot and potato. Plus, the restaurant is chock-full of other vegetarian and vegan plates, such as cauliflower “tater” tots, fruit and vegetable sushi, “ceviche” made with coconut instead of fish, and a creamy bucatini pasta with zucchini spirals.
850 Commerce St., Miami Beach; 305-397-8513 or plantarestaurants.com
Habitat sits at the heart of South Beach and also happens to have one of the most beautiful rooftops in town, so we’re game for any excuse to linger here. Casual eats like croquetas de jamón and a grouper sandwich rule the daytime menu, but come dinnertime, it’s all about sophisticated platings of octopus a la plancha and Skuna Bay salmon. And weekend brunch? We’ll take the French toast sticks and an avocado tartine topped with Manchego and pumpkin romesco.
2395 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-604-6700 or 1hotels.com
This Michelin-starred concept from NYC is split into an elegant dining room, a chic cocktail bar and an 11-seat secluded sushi den inspired by a Tokyo izakaya. In any setting, you’ll sup on some unforgettable fish. We’re big fans of the salmon tataki drizzled in a kelp dashi dressing.
161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 786-276-0520 or miami.azabuglobal.com
Gianni’s at the Villa
At the former home of Italian designer Gianni Versace, you can dine on Italian-Mediterranean cuisine in one of three spaces: the Medusa room, which was Versace’s formal dining space; the Moroccan room, designed with paintings of Greek gods and imported coral; or the patio, which faces the 54-foot-long mosaic pool where Versace hosted many of his lavish Miami parties.
1116 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 786-485-2200 or vmmiamibeach.com
This one is a bit of a walk from Ocean Drive, but trust us, it’s worth visiting. Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford’s new spot offers indulgent multi-course tasting menus centered on New American cuisine. Every meal ends with pastry chef Dallas Wynne’s crowd-pleasing snickerdoodles, served warm and oozing with a rich chocolate filling.
101 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 786-322-5211 or stubbornseed.com
This well-known “secret” above Lincoln Road serves arguably some of the best Asian-fusion food in town. Take in the panoramic views of South Beach while dining on seared tuna with caramelized onions and avocado, king crab risotto or Korean-marinated short ribs. Pair your plate with a side of tricolor quinoa. It’s as tasty as it is photo-worthy.
1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-763-8272 or juviamiami.com
Think of Meat Market as a more glamorous version of your dad’s favorite steakhouse. Whether you decide on a filet mignon or a Wagyu tomahawk rib eye, you can be sure it will be cooked to perfection and served with scrumptious sides and a great glass of red.
915 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-532-0088 or meatmarket.net
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Here’s the thing about this perennially popular spot: Its fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits are really that good—along with the mac and cheese, deviled eggs and corn bread. (You get the point.)
1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-5220 or runchickenrun.com
LT Steak & Seafood
The steaks and seafood are always on point, but it’s the grilled Alaskan king crab poached in yuzu butter that has us craving this spot on the reg. Oh, and the short rib bao buns. And the hand-cut Parmesan fries drizzled in truffle aioli.
1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-673-0044 or thebetsyhotel.com