Miami's best local food is a combination of various culinary influences, Cuban cuisine being the most influential. You can expect a wide variety of dishes to enjoy during your visit to one of the most popular cities in the world. 

    While there's virtually anything you can imagine in this Florida city, certain themes tend to power through the rest. Many local dishes typically have a Latin flair – standouts include traditional fritas (Cuban-style hamburger), arepas, and Cuban sandwiches. You can taste it all for yourself with our guide to places locals love to eat in Miami.

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    Makoto

    Enjoy modern Japanese cuisine

    Makoto specialises in Edomae-style sushi, which uses fish that's marinated and preserved for several days rather than fresh. Talented chef Makoto Okuwa has elevated this classic Japanese dish to modern standards with flavours you'll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. 

    You can enjoy quality ingredients such as premium beef (both Japanese and American), served as grilled skewers. The restaurant itself offers dark sophistication that's both relaxing and elegant.

    Location: Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33154, USA

    Open: Daily from 11.30 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 305-864-8600

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    Surf Club Restaurant

    Experience retro refinement and contemporary American dishes

    Surf Club Restaurant is an excellent choice if you're looking for a place that combines excellent local food with Miami's art deco architecture and retro styling.

    The restaurant's style notably evokes imagery of the '50s and '60s, while its food consists of continental and contemporary American cuisine. Standouts include steaks, Caesar salad, lobster thermidor, and lemon tarts. Surf Club Restaurant has a smart casual dress code, so make sure to visit in your best outfit. 

    Location: 9011 Collins Ave, Surfside, FL 33154, USA

    Open: Friday–Saturday from 6 pm to 10 pm, Sunday–Thursday from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +1 305-864-8600

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    Le Sirenuse Miami

    For great Mediterranean cuisine in Miami

    Le Sirenuse Miami is one of the top spots for Mediterranean cuisine in Miami. Specifically, head chef Antonio Mermolia brings in authentic southern Italian cuisine to the city's dining scene. 

    Hailing from the Amalfi Coast, these classic dishes are crafted with top-quality ingredients to ensure maximum flavours. The restaurant is right along the shore, so you can enjoy the coastal setting while navigating the numerous course menus. Pair your meal with your choice of bottomless prosecco, rose, or champagne.

    Location: 9011 Collins Ave, Surfside, FL 33154, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from noon to 3 pm and 6 pm to 11 pm, Sunday from noon to 3 pm

    Phone: +1 786-482-2277

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    Taquiza

    Taste authentic Mexican tacos

    Taquiza specialises in authentic Mexican dishes in Miami. This traditional taqueria is best known for using certified organic blue corn for all their homemade tortillas and chips. It's ground daily, so you can always count on freshness every time you visit.

    Besides tacos, you'll find a wide variety of Mexican offerings, though tacos remain a speciality of Taquiza. Imported Mexican beer and local Florida brews are part of the extensive drinks menu.

    Location: 1351 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA

    Open: Friday–Saturday from noon to 10 pm, Sunday–Thursday from noon to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 305-203-2197

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    Phuc Yea

    For Vietnamese fare with American and Cajun flavours

    Phuc Yea serves innovative Vietnamese staples in an industrial-style space in Miami. While there's certainly an aura of authenticity emanating from these family-rooted recipes, you'll find some interesting additions to their menu. 

    These include spicy and Cajun flavours along with American-inspired breakfast options. The atmosphere is fun as well, as Phuc Yea frequently serenades its patrons with '90s hip-hop music.

    Location: 7100 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138, USA

    Open: Friday–Saturday from 5 pm to 10 pm, Sunday from noon to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 305-602-3710

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    Itamae

    A casual Japanese spot specialising in Nikkei cuisine

    Itamae offers an interesting selection of Nikkei dishes, which are a unique combination of Japanese and Peruvian flavours. Not every item on the menu is strictly both Japanese and Peruvian, as you'll also find a wide selection of sushi rolls. 

    Standouts include the Kochi (salmon, red caviar, serrano peppers, sesame seeds, and nori-ponzu) and Kirby roll (salmon and avocado topped with coriander sauce, salmon tartare, and nori chips). You can find Itamae in the Miami Design District, an upscale complex of modern restaurants, designer shops, and art galleries.

    Location: 4000 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137, USA

    Phone: +1 305-631-2664

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    Mandolin Aegean Bistro

    Experience a bit of Europe in city centre Miami

    While Mandolin Aegean Bistro is the joint effort of Ahmet Erkaya and Anastasia Koutsioukis, bringing in a touch of Europe to the Miami Design District. The place is inspired by the taverns around the Aegean Sea, so you'll find both Greek and Turkish influence in its extensive menu. 

    Popular dishes include the manti dumplings, mussels with white wine, and grilled octopus. The decor itself is charming and relaxing, offering an aura of comfort that stands out from Miami's typical art deco designs.

    Location: 4312 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137, USA

    Open: Daily from noon to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 305-749-9140

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    Amara at Paraiso

    Enjoy Floridian dishes by the waterfront

    Amara at Paraiso is excellent for picturesque waterfront dining that shows off some of the best of the Miami coast. It has a deck overlooking Biscayne Bay, making it very popular for sunset viewing in Miami. 

    Amara at Paraiso is overseen by Michael Schwartz, a James Beard Award-winning chef. The food is positively Floridian, meaning you'll find Latin influences with lots of rich flavours. Some of its most popular dishes include jerk mushroom tacos, charred octopus, and grilled red snapper. 

    Location: 3101 NE 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33137, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from 5 pm to 8.15 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 11 am to 8.15pm

    Phone: +1 305-702-5528

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    27 Restaurant

    Creative food combos you might not find elsewhere

    Restaurant 27 offers creative dishes that aren't like anything you'll find anywhere else, no matter what you're into. Classic burgers and steaks are served alongside masala, stew, fried rice, and carbonara. 

    No matter what you get, all dishes at Restaurant 27 are made with high-quality local ingredients. The atmosphere caters well to a communal experience, so it's a great place to take the whole family for lunch or dinner.

    Location: 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140, USA

    Phone: +1 786-476-7020

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    Zak the Baker

    Enjoy fresh bread and pastries at this certified-kosher bakery

    Zak the Baker is a certified-kosher cafe and bakery in Miami, producing a wide variety of baked goods and light food. Must-tries include the sourdough and challah bread, though its vegan and gluten-free options are very popular as well. 

    You'll find more than just bread on the menu, with offerings like breakfast sandwiches and omelettes. It also serves arguably Miami's best coffee, which you can enjoy with a decadent cookie. 

    Location: 295 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127, USA

    Open: Friday from 7 am to 5 pm, Saturday–Thursday from 7 am to 10 pm (closed on Saturdays)

    Phone: +1 786-294-0876

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