Florida is becoming increasingly recognized as a culinary destination, and Miami is at the center of this foodie scene. It is home to many outstanding restaurants that serve both Floridian dishes and food inspired by international cuisine. Although there are many different types of restaurants, a popular choice is seafood restaurants due to the availability of fresh local seafood and fish. For seafood enthusiasts, there is a vast choice of seafood restaurants from which you can choose, with examples ranging from casual eateries to fine dining establishments. The following are the 20 best seafood restaurants in Miami.
20. Novikov Miami
Time Out says that Novikov Miami is one of the top seafood restaurants in Miami. It is owned by Arkadiy Novikov who also owns sister locations in London, Dubai, and Moscow. The food served is Chinese-Japanese fusion cuisine, with dishes including sashimi, maki, dim sum, and robata skewers. One of the highlights of dining in this restaurant is the stunning vies over Biscayne Bay.
19. La Camaronera
A classic fish-fry joint in Flagler, La Camaronera is a popular restaurant among the locals. It is an affordable venue that served no-frill crowd-pleasers, such as fried shrimp and conch fritters. Some of the dishes on the menu are inspired by Cuban favorites, and there is the option to have fried fish and seafood served in various ways or alongside a variety of accompaniments. The low prices and delicious flavors mean that this restaurant gets a lot of return custom.
18. Casablanca Seafood Bar & Grille
The perfect views across the Miami River are one factor that attracts diners to this restaurant. Casablanca has more than two decades of both commercial fishing and serving up delicious seafood to the residents of Miami. There is the option to dine inside the restaurant or to enjoy some al fresco dining in good weather. This establishment is open from breakfast through to dinner, and they pride themselves on serving everything fresh from their boats straight to the table. There is also a fish market at this restaurant that sells the same fresh ingredients that are used to create the restaurant’s dishes.
17. Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish Market
According to the Miami New Times, a great place to visit is Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish Market. This establishment is part market and part seafood restaurant, and it is located in Miami-Dade County. It has been open since the 1960s, and it has become known for its variety of seafood sandwiches and seafood salads. All the seafood served is caught fresh daily, and the restaurant has excellent views of the Miami River.
16. The Spillover
The Spillover is a Kush Restaurant that is located in Coconut Grove, says Time Out. It is a venue where you can enjoy hearty dishes, such as fried fish and lobster sandwiches. This is a pet-friendly restaurant that has a patio so that you can bring along your dog to the happy hours. This restaurant is also known for its drinks options, which includes a vast selection of craft beers, ciders, and mead.
15. Area 31
Area 31 is on the 16th floor of the Epic Hotel, which means it boasts spectacular views across Biscayne Bay, Miami River, and the city skyline. The restaurant takes its name from Fishing Area 31, which is from where most of the ingredients are sourced. This area is an ecologically sustainable fishery. It offers an elevated dining experience with seafood as the central focus, and it is also known for its fun cocktail menu.
14. Lure Fish Bar
Set inside Loews Miami Beach Hotel, this restaurant attracts locals, businesspeople, and tourists alike. It boasts a nautical themed setting and has earned a reputation for serving exemplary seafood. There is a vast choice of oysters served raw or cooked in a variety of ways. Other popular dishes include seared diver sea scallops and jumbo lump crab cakes. Another option is sushi, with some innovative creations available.
The humble interior of Mignonette belies the quality of the food served, says Miami New Times. This seafood restaurant is influenced by French cuisine. At the heart of the dishes, diners can enjoy the delicious flavors of fresh seafood, such as shrimp, crab, lobster, clams, oysters, and a vast array of fish. These are cooked in a variety of ways and many are served with delicious sauces. It is one of the pricier offerings in Miami, so it is somewhere that you may prefer to visit on a special occasion.
12. Estiatorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis
Estiatorio Milos is known for his inspired take on the cuisine of Greece, and this is evident in this restaurant. Each night, fresh fish is flown in from Mediterranean countries, including Greece, Spain, and Portugal. These are then used as the centerpieces for the stunning dishes created. Despite the high-quality of the food, this is a laid-back restaurant with an interior decorated in the style of an underwater world. Although it is a relatively expensive restaurant, it offers a unique dining experience.
11. Izzy’s Fish & Oyster
Comfort food at its finest is what you can expect to find on the menu at this New England shack. Everything is kept simple when creating the food, so the natural flavors of the fish and seafood can speak for themselves. Chef-owner Jamie DeRosa is at the helm of this homely eatery, and he has the seafood shipped from Maine and the surrounding area. Oysters are one of the highlights of the menu, and the clam bellies are also worth a try. However, one of the best offerings is the whole lobster roll that is made from Maine lobster poached in butter, and it is available hot or cold.
10. Rockfish Grill
Rockfish Grill is a family-owned restaurant that has a welcoming and friendly vibe. Although it is best known for its seafood dishes, such as conch fritters, this restaurant also serves a range of traditional American fare. This means that there is something on the menu for everyone in your party. An interesting feature of the restaurant is the classic rock memorabilia that line the walls from top to bottom, which adds to the fun ambiance of dining in this restaurant. Live sports games are also broadcast for you to enjoy while you dine. There is a good selection of craft beers to accompany your meal. Rockfish Grill is located near the Florida Turnpike on a Kendall strip.
9. Chart House
You will find Chart House in the Coconut Grove neighborhood. Diners enjoy the romantic setting of the restaurant and its modernist architecture. It is also known for the magnificent views, which you can enjoy via the floor-to-ceiling windows or from the outdoor dining area. This is an upscale restaurant that specializes in seafood, they cater to all tastes as they also serve a good selection of steaks for meat lovers.
8. The Captain’s Tavern
Over the years, the menu at The Captain’s Tavern has evolved to meet the changing needs of discerning diners. However, it has always stayed true to its mission, which is to serve classic seafood that satisfies diners’ appetites. This restaurant also has a fish market, which sits adjacent to the restaurant. Other than the exquisite food, this restaurant is also known for having one of the best wine lists in South Florida, so you can find the perfect wine to complement the flavors of your meal.
7. The River Seafood & Oyster Bar
Located along the Miami River in Magic City, The River Seafood & Oyster Bar has become a favorite among the locals. It is especially popular with couples who want to enjoy a romantic meal due to the intimate nature of the restaurant. For many diners, the oyster bar is the best part of a meal there, as there is a wide selection of oysters prepared in various ways. The menu consists of unpretentious contemporary dishes that focus on the seafood flavors.
6. Catch of the Day
From Monday through to Thursday, Catch of the Day offers all you can eat stone crab and king crab. However, crab is far from the only option on the menu as there is a vast selection of fish and seafood served at this venue. It is particularly well known for is flash-fried red snapper that is served on a bed of rice. It is also a great place to try lobster, and there is a two-for-one lobster offer on Tuesdays. Business travelers often grab a bite to eat in this restaurant due to its proximity to the airport on Lejeune Road. This is a laid-back restaurant for casual dining, which means it is a good option if you are dining out with family or a group of friends.
Truluck’s differs from many other seafood restaurants as they have their own fishing boat to source their own ingredients. They promise that they only catch sustainable seafood. It is an elegant restaurant decorated in a classic style with red banquettes and dark wood paneling and furniture. Guests can enjoy live piano music while they are dining. If you are gluten-free, this is a good place to eat as they can accommodate your dietary needs. Truluck’s also boasts an extensive wine list with over 100 labels from some of the best vineyards from around the world. It also serves top-quality steaks for meat-eaters. You will find this restaurant on Brickell Avenue.
A relaxed restaurant, Monty’s is located in South Beach just to the right of the MacArthur causeway. There is a raw bar serving a wide range of seafood, and the menu offers a large selection of fish and seafood dishes. There is an outdoor eating area for guests to dine al fresco in an area with a tiki hut theme, and there is even an outdoor swimming pool. Monty’s is known for its large portions, so it is ideal for those with a big appetite. It is also known for serving strong tropical drinks.
3. (petit) Miami
Inspired by the refined style of the French Provence, (petit) Miami has interior décor featuring pickled wood tables, wainscoting, antique mirrors, and bright colors. There is enough seating for 60 diners inside and a further 40 seats in the outdoor eating area that is decorated in the style of a Mediterranean garden. Some of the highlights of the menu include curried shrimp, seared octopus, and seared tuna tartare. Every Tuesday, female guests are given a complimentary glass of wine to accompany their meal.
2. Joe's Stone Crab
Many would argue that Joey’s Stone Crab is the most famous seafood joint in Miami, so it certainly deserves a place on the list of the best seafood restaurants in this city. It is so well known because it has been serving up seafood to locals for more than a century, and it has been family-owned ever since it first opened. Due to the popularity of this restaurant, reservations are essential. In addition to the high-quality food, this restaurant has been praised for the friendliness and attentiveness of the staff.
1. Cvi.che 105
According to Culture Trip, the best seafood restaurant in Miami is Cvi.che 105. Located in the up-and-coming downtown district, this restaurant has been opened since 2008. The restaurant is best known for its outstanding Peruvian ceviche and its other Peruvian seafood dishes, although there are also many options that are not inspired by Peruvian cuisine. Now open for more than a decade, this establishment has earned an excellent reputation and has been described as setting a standard for Miami restaurants. The cocktails served at this restaurant are also worth a mention as they are the perfect accompaniment for the meals served.
Written by Liz Flynn
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