6 Iconic Restaurants for your Miami Beach Bucket List

Want to get a true taste of Miami? Come see the legendary restaurants of Miami Beach! These 6 places have stood the test of time, earning their rightful spot on the list of most iconic restaurants to dine at while in the area. Whether you’re visiting or a lucky local, make sure you get a table at one of these places and get a taste of what these Miami legends are cooking up!

Florida stone crab season starts today, October 15
Photo Credit: Joe’s Stone Crab

1. Joe’s Stone Crab

No list of extraordinary Miami Beach restaurants would ever be complete without Joe’s Stone Crab. It’s been here for over a century, known for Florida’s treasure of stone crabs. Of course, Joe’s is worth a visit any time, but you’d better stop in when stone crabs are in season. There are options for those who prefer dishes that originate from the land rather than the sea too, and the famous key lime pie is worth saving room for.

11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 

Matador Room Lobster Chili
Photo Credit: Matador Room – The Miami Beach Edition

2. Matador Room

Reviving the supper club concept, there’s the Matador Room at the EDITION hotel. This Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant aptly mixes a little Spain with Latin and South America and throws in a touch of Caribbean for good measure. The result is spectacular with dishes like charred octopus, griddled Florida grouper tacos, and Maine lobster. As the menus change, you may find other options though with drool-worthy desserts like the tres leches cake or the cookie plate, you won’t want to have FOMO.

The Miami Beach EDITION 2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140 

Red Steakhouse Surf n Turf
Photo Credit: Red South Beach

3. RED South Beach

Opened in 2008, Red South Beach has consistently topped the list of best steakhouses in the country. With a new location that offers outdoor dining nearby the old South Beach location, you’ll find prime steaks, fresh seafood, and impeccable sides to round out your meal. The raw bar features oysters prepared multiple ways along with a hot seafood tower that shouldn’t be missed. And for those that can’t decide, the surf and turf hits all the right notes.

801 South Pointe Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar Fried Chicken
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4. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

Southern fare doesn’t seem very upscale, but the way Yardbird Southern Table & Bar does it is sheer perfection. In true southern fashion, the dinner menu is labeled “Supper” and features heavenly fried chicken options alongside ribs, shrimp and grits, and other non-poultry southern delights. With an impressive bourbon menu and indulgent desserts, you’ll wonder why you ever settled for the drive-thru stuff in a bucket!

1600 Lenox Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Hakkasan Miami Beach
Photo Credit: Hakkasan –  Fontainebleau Miami Beach

5. Hakkasan

This isn’t your ordinary Chinese takeout place where you order by number. Hakkasan features exquisite Cantonese presented in an ambient surrounding. One of the best ways to indulge here is to sample the signature dishes and pair them with an appropriate wine. Don’t miss the stir-fried lobster!

Fontainebleau Miami Beach 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140 

Macchialina Reopens With Covered Patio Dining
Photo Credit: Macchialina

6. Macchialina

House-made pasta, creamy polenta, and a list of daily specials make Macchialina a treasured eatery in Miami Beach. For those that can’t decide between the fresh-made pasta or the branzino, veal, or poultry, the five-course tasting menu gives you an epic meal. Reserve a private dinner in the indoor dining room for family-style when you have 4 to 12 guests joining you, perfect for a special occasion that is sure to be unforgettable.

820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139 

Naturally, there are plenty more iconic restaurants in Miami Beach, but this list will surely get you started tasting the magic to be found in our city.

Zulma Torres

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