The Absolute 10 Best South Beach Restaurants
From star-studded vegan hangouts to the tastiest pizza, steak and omakase, we’re swooning over these South Beach restaurants right now. Next time you’re in the area, add these mouthwatering spots to your list. The best part? They all offer takeout or delivery, too.
1. Mister 01
If you’re in search of pizza, wander a few blocks off Lincoln Road to Mister O1. This local gem churns out more than two dozen specialty pies, including pineapple, truffle and stracciatella, as well as star-shaped varieties and various types of burrata plates. If you’ve got extra time, check out the restaurant’s Wynwood location, which also hosts boozy pizza-making classes.
1680 Michigan Ave., Suite 101; 305-397-8189 or mistero1.com
2. 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
3. Azabu Miami Beach
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
4. 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
5. Stubborn Seed
Tucked away in South Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood, this spot is worth visiting. Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford’s restaurant offers indulgent multi-course tasting menus centered on New American cuisine. Every meal ends with crowd-pleasing snickerdoodles, served warm and oozing with a rich chocolate filling.
101 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 786-322-5211 or stubbornseed.com
6. Joe’s Stone Crab
Consider Joe’s Stone Crab the grandfather of South Beach restaurants. For more than 100 years, this legendary spot has been the definitive place to feast on massive crustaceans served family-style. They’re also known for serving drool-worthy fried chicken and a mean key lime pie.
11 Washington Ave., Miami; 305-673-0365 or joesstonecrab.com
7. 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
8. Prime 112
Every now and then, we need a bone-in filet, a glass of Merlot and a scoop of savory Parmesan potatoes to get us through the week. Nothing satisfies us more than dinner inside Prime 112’s iconic dining room. Just be sure to call ahead for a reservation because this restaurant is known to fill up fast.
112 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-532-8112 or mylesrestaurantgroup.com
9. Estiatorio Milos
As one of Miami’s finest and longest-running Mediterranean seafood restaurants, Milos is never a bad idea. With locations around the world (Athens, Montreal, London), we’re partial to our hometown outpost for a few reasons: It’s basically located on the beach, the dining room is equal parts traditional and modern, and the food is always top-notch. Pick your favorite fish and have it fried, grilled or served as a tartare, paired with a classic Greek salad and a side of fried potatoes.
730 First St., Miami Beach; 305-604-6800 or estiatoriomilos.com
10. Sweet Liberty
This list wouldn’t be complete without naming at least one place for late-night dining. This is South Beach, after all. Luckily, Sweet Liberty hits the spot with a line-up of pimiento cheese croquettes and Michelle Bernstein’s signature fried chicken with cornbread and honey after 11 p.m. Oh, and don’t forget the chocolate bourbon bread pudding. Recently ranked one of the World’s 50 Best Bars, this Miami Beach spot serves food and drink until 5 a.m. daily.
237-B 20th St., Miami Beach; 306-763-8217 or mysweetliberty.com