7 Restaurants Around Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive That Are Worth the Tourists
You know the drill: You’ve got visitors coming to town in a week and you’re tasked with picking a restaurant near Lincoln Road or Ocean Drive. Don’t stress—a host of delicious dining destinations are scattered throughout Miami Beach’s most touristy areas. They’re affordable, tasty and even peaceful to sit in (gasp!). Here are our seven favorites that may even tempt you to return sans out-of-towners.
Scott Linquist—the man behind the popular taqueria Coyo—is responsible for Lincoln Road’s buzziest new Mexican restaurant. At Olla, tacos are swapped for multiregional Mexican dishes like moles and crispy sweetbreads. Make sure to snag an order of remolachas: roasted beets drizzled in a walnut cream, queso fresco and toasted walnuts.
1233 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 786-717-5400 or ollamiami.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 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. Count. Us. In.
1116 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 786-485-2200 or vmmiamibeach.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
This little French café serves freshly baked croissants smeared with sweet marmalades and paired with vanilla bean fraps. It’s so quaint, you’ll quickly forget that you’re in one of the most touristy places in Miami.
1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-538-1111 or nikkibeach.com
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Here’s the thing about this perennially popular spot: Its fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits are really that good. So is the mac and cheese. And the deviled eggs. And the corn bread. Yeah, you get the point.
1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-5220 or runchickenrun.com/miami
With panoramic views of South Beach, this swanky penthouse retreat features global-inspired eats. Think seared tuna with caramelized onions and avocado, king crab risotto, and Korean-marinated short ribs. Pair a plate with a side of tri-colored quinoa. It’s as tasty as it is photo-worthy.
1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-763-8272 or juviamiami.com
LT Steak & Seafood
The steaks and seafood are always on point, but it’s their 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. Yeah, we just really like this place.
1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-673-0044 or thebetsyhotel.com