The 10 Best Miami Restaurants That Aren’t Actually in Miami
Who knew that so many delicious dining destinations in Miami were actually not in Miami at all? Here are our favorite restaurants located in the burbs just outside city limits.
Glass & Vine
A watermelon salad doused in cotija cheese and lime crema? Green pea pesto and pistachio pasta? We’ll take one of everything, please. This quaint restaurant located within Peacock Park packs a big punch. Its menu changes with the season, but the food is always handmade, local and downright delicious.
2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove; 305-200-5268 or glassandvine.com
Pair your paella with a Spanish margarita and you just might say bulla (boo-ya) out loud. (Totally acceptable here.)
2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables; 305-441-0107 or bullagastrobar.com
Lettuce & Tomato
Word of mouth has made this restaurant one of the most popular in North Miami. It’s hidden behind Biscayne Boulevard on a quiet side street off 170th. Though it’s known to have quite a wait, the truffle tuna bites—topped with ahi tuna, avocado puree, and caviar—are totally worth it.
17070 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami Beach; 305-760-2260 or lettuce-tomato.com
Bird & Bone
In the mood for Nashville hot fried chicken, Florida cheddar-and-chive biscuits and sweet potato mash with maple-bourbon butter? Good, because it’s served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at this mouthwatering Southern-comfort institution on the beach.
4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-424-1234 or theconfidantemiamibeach.hyatt.com
Step inside one of Miami’s oldest delicatessens, nestled in between industrial warehouses in Hialeah. You’ll find a no-frills lunch counter serving up corned-beef sandwiches and warm matzo-ball soup. (Miami Heat fans: Udonis Haslem’s grandfather is the executive chef.)
1000 E. 16th St., Hialeah; 305-887-8863 or stephensofhialeah.com
We take pasta seriously, so we’re thankful for this Italian gem in the middle of Miami Beach. Grab an order of the tagliolini ai funghi, a fan favorite since the restaurant’s opening in 2012.
820 Alton Rd., Miami Beach; 305-534-2124 or macchialina.com
The french fries at this swanky steakhouse are enough of a reason to leave the city. They’re served in a trio of cups with matching dipping sauces, and every table gets a complimentary order. Pair them with an order of grilled octopus ceviche and a bone-in rib eye.
19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura; 786-279-6600 or michaelmina.net
Duh, no surprise here. We can’t help but include the restaurant that has been around since before we can remember. Rusty Pelican, we heart you, your seafood and your unparalleled view of the Miami skyline.
3201 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne; 305-361-3818 or therustypelican.com
Brimstone Woodfire Grill
We’ll never get tired of a restaurant that whips up cheesy beef sliders, skirt steak with fried yucca and New Orleans-style pasta with Cajun cream sauce. Afterward, you’re going to want to walk off your dinner at CityPlace, a new retail complex packed with restaurants, shops and more.
Let us quickly tell you why this restaurant is more than worth the drive for Sunday-morning brunch: latke and caviar Benedicts, honey-butter rum buns and French toast stuffed with fried chicken. You’re welcome.