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The Best Places to Eat in Miami Beach

Updated on September 17, 2014

Eat Like A Local

Have you ever visited somewhere and really wanted to know where the locals hang out?

Where are all the great places hiding when you're only visiting for a day or two for a Conference or Meeting?

It can become pretty boring very quickly eating in the hotel restaurant every day so you need some insider tips in discovering the best places to eat and explore the area.

You may be lucky enough to be there longer, on a vacation for two weeks or three weeks but the guidebooks only go so far - you need a friend on the inside.

Look no further - the culinary delights and best spots to dine are within your reach - this is just between you and me so don't tell everyone!

Bon Appetit and Welcome to Miami

Breakfast and Brunch

A meal best eaten in the morning, the first of the day!

So, you've managed to get in your 8 hours, you've blinked several times and yes, it's another sunny day.

Time to go out and search for Breakfast.

Breakfast is easily found in Miami - everyone offers something so you won't have to go far.

The Most Important Meal of the Day

Here are my top tips for breakfast and if you fancy a spot of people watching along the way.

  1. FRONT PORCH CAFE: 1458 Ocean Drive

    Top selections are their wonderful French Toast made with Orange Zest and Beach Breakfast Deluxe but I wouldn't recommend having them at the same sitting

  2. NEWS CAFE: 800 Ocean Drive

    The great thing about this cafe is that you can grab a magazine, newspaper or book from their attached bookstore but don't forget to add one of their amazing breakfasts to the list. Anything on their menu is great and the prices are reasonable. Watch out though, it gets extremely busy but once you get a table, it doesn't seem to matter how busy they are, your stomach won't be rumbling for too long.

  3. BOOKS & BOOKS: 927 Lincoln Road

    Another great place that has a bookstore attached. so you can grab a newspaper, magazine or book and read while you sip your coffee. It's a great location on Lincoln Road to grab some breakfast. Don't forget to try them for lunch too.

  4. PAUL'S: 450 Lincoln Road

    French Family Bakery and Cafe

Florida Specialities

STONE CRAB

The claws contain sweet meat

When to eat - mid-October to mid-May

Feeling Peckish - it must be time for Lunch - A meal eaten in the middle of the day, typically one that is lighter or less formal than an evening meal.

  1. PUERTO SAGUA: 700 Collins Ave

    Traditional and authentic cuban restaurant - this is about as local as it gets

  2. THE ORIGINAL BROOKLYN BAGEL COMPANY: 1119 5th St

    It's all about the water which makes these bagels spectacular. If you're looking for a different type of iced coffee, grab a Cubsta and check out thise ice cubes infused with coffee

  3. VAN DYKE CAFE: 846 Lincoln Rd

    One of the many places you can get breakfast all day. Check out their live jazz evenings too.

  4. PANERA BREAD: 1428 Alton Rd

    Sign up for one of their Panera cards and watch out for some nice surprises.

  5. PASHA: 900 Lincoln Rd

    A great place for a meze of dishes

  6. SPRIS: 731 Lincoln Rd

    Pizza and Pasta heaven at great prices

  7. THE TASTE BAKERY: 900 Alton Rd

    A sunny spot to grab a bagel, croissant, sandwich or coffee.

Dinner - The main meal of the day, taken either around midday or in the evening.

  1. SMITH & WOLLENSKY: 1 Washington Ave

    This is the place to go for a wonderful outside dining experience with a view of Fisher Island and for waving goodbye to the cruise ships sailing out to sea.

    Again, it's a bit pricey but well worth a visit especially if you have some celebrating to do. Can get quite busy so book ahead and ask for a table outside.

  2. JOE'S STONE CRAB: 11 Washington Ave

    Joe's celebrated their 100th Anniversary last year, so they must be doing something right. It's one of the busiest spots in Miami but they also offer take-away if you're in a rush.

  3. BALANS: 1022 Lincoln Rd

    They have Happy Hour every day between 3pm and 7pm. Balans is a great place to have a cocktail or one of Miami's infamous Mojitos. It's a very relaxed place to sit and have lunch or dinner.

  4. RED, The Steakhouse: 119 Washington Ave

    A great place to get your steak fix. A little pricey but a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion.

    If you fancy something other than beef, they also offer seafood, pasta, chops and lamb

Miami Style

1. Have a Mojito - it's the law!

2. Dine on Espanola Way

3. Have a special meal in rococo style at The Forge

4. Eat Alfresco by the ocean but watch out for those cheeky seagulls

5. Grab a table on Lincoln Rd Mall and look out for Happy Hour!

Any Time of the Day

  1. ELEVENTH STREET DINER: 11th Street & Washington Avenue

    Great traditional American fare with fantastic prices and friendly staff. Open 24hrs a day and is a gem if you want to experience an authentic "diner" meal. Eat there once and I guarantee you'll be back. You can't miss it, look out for the super shiny silver diner car - an original from 1948.

  2. LIME FRESH MEXICAN GRILL: 1439 Alton Rd

    Tacos, Burritos, Quesadillas and Vegetarian options - a bit of Mexico in the heart of South Beach.

  3. BERNIE'S L.A. CAFE: 1570 Alton Rd

    Friendly cafe offering healthy choices. Offer delivery and take-away.

  4. RICE HOUSE OF KABOB: 1318 Alton Rd

    Offering a taste of Persia in Miami

  5. BELLA NAPOLI: 1443 Alton Road

    Italian Restaurant frequented by locals.

  6. OLIVER'S: 959 West Avenue

    A very popular place to eat and it can get extremely busy. Great for any meal of the day.

Florida Specialities

TUPELO HONEY

The Bees buzz around the Tupelo Gum Tree

and make a light and sweet honey from

the blossom

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      PinkstonePictures 2 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Thank you. You can eat well for little money but still treat yourself to a special night out too. If you have any questions or particular food interests let me know and I'll research them for you and add them to the list.

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      Frederico DeGrace 2 years ago

      Excellent - love my food but don't want to break the bank so excellent tips. Bookmarking!

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @ConvenientCalendar: You can't go wrong with a good Cuban sandwich.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you so much, that's really kind. Have a great day.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Just pinned this.

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      I have been to Kendall, and had a good Cuban sandwich!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      I've only been through Miami once or twice, and overnight for one night - had some of the best Mexican food in a long time while there! But because I don't know the city, I'd need some time to find my way around. Some of these restaurants sound great!

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      Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I've never been to Miami, but if I plan a trip there, will definitely check out these recommended places to eat.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @ringthepost: You'll love it. We'll get the sun ready for you

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      ringthepost 4 years ago

      never been to Miami but I will hit it soon with the wife, love the ideas here!

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      LornsA178 4 years ago

      I never been Miami, maybe someday we will have a chance to visit. It sounds like a nice place and good food too.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @Oneshotvariety LM: Thanks for stopping by

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      Oneshotvariety LM 4 years ago

      I loved Miami. They did have a lot of great food there. Nice lens.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @getmoreinfo: Come and visit soon, a warm welcome awaits you

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @Iftikhar-Hussain: Thank you

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      I would love to go visit and Eat in Miami Beach

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      Iftikhar-Hussain 4 years ago

      I like your lens and writing :)