Locals know Miami as "Magic City," and between the variety of neighborhoods, there is a lot to explore. As my business trip nears I decided to piece together some great spots to check out when in Miami for dinner/ drinks. Discover the best restaurants & bars in Miami:
Zak the Baker:
Kosher bakery/cafe preparing a signature sourdough & other loaves, plus sandwiches, soups & salads.
Address: 405 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127
Phone: (786) 347-7100
Juice & coffee bar serves health-minded salads, breakfasts & sandwiches in a warehouse-chic space.
Address: 143 NE 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 33132
Phone: (305) 373-7678
Mediterranean glamour has made its way to Brickell. This restaurant slash bistro slash cafe features cuisine by Michelin-pedigreed chef Jean Paul Lourdes and cocktails by none other than the Bar Lab guys themselves in a swanky Parisian setting.
Charming cafe, market & bakery with a brasserie feel serving dishes inspired by the south of France.
Address: 1111 SW 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33130
Phone: (786) 717-7512
Ample portions of classic fare & taste of the Cuban experience served in ornate space since 1971.
Address: 3555 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135
Phone: (305) 444-0240
The duo behind Italian staple Macchialina are at it again, this time showcasing their talents for Far East cuisine. Expect lots of dumplings and even more duck on the menu, plus two different bars to sip on cocktails, at this sleek newcomer inside the Marlin Hotel.
Chef Michael Pirolo offers Asian fusion dishes like Peking duck & gyoza at this seductive spot.
Address: 1200 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33139
Phone: (305) 695-0101
This retro-chic American eatery by Stephen Starr — an ode to Starr's first restaurant, Continental Restaurant + Martini Bar in Philadelphia — features dishes like build-your-own sushi, cheesesteak spring rolls and plenty of tiki cocktails.
Stephen Starr offers eclectic fare in vintage-feel digs at this spin-off of the Philly original.
Address: 2360 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33139
Phone: (305) 604-2000
Beaker & Gray:
This bar slash eatery features a "globally-inspired menu" by chef Brian Nasajon with dishes like shrimp and chorizo churros, grilled oxtail and risotto and an impressive beverage program spearheaded by Broken Shaker and Blackbird Ordinary alum, Ben Potts, served up at the 13-person marble bar complete with iPhone charging stations.
Global-inspired fare & inventive cocktails served in a former factory space with rustic accents.
Address: 2637 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL
Phone: (305) 699-2637
The Broken Shaker:
Compact, romantic watering hole in the Freehand Hostel offering inventive drinks & a large backyard.
Address: 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Craft beer & cocktails in a hopping spot with outdoor communal tables & an artsy, industrial look.
Address: 2531 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
Phone: (305) 748-2828
Live music lovers have been flocking to this pub since 1979. It has since grown in size since it’s humble beginnings in the 70s, but is still known for bringing in live music acts and airing plenty of sporting events no matter the time of day.
Featuring local bands since 1979, this no-frills spot also has pool tables, full bar & sports on TV.
Address: 5501 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
Phone: (305) 757-1807
Whether you’re looking for a quick beer or looking to get into some after-hours trouble, the Deuce has been that bar to go to for more than 100 years — an absolute eternity by South Beach standards. Complete with all the dive bar essentials including a jukebox, tables that have seen better days and a 12-hour-long daily happy hour.
Laid-back ambiance, rustic decor, pool tables & jukebox make this SoBe institution a local hangout.
Address: 222 14th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: (305) 531-6200
S & S Diner:
This blast-from-the-past diner in Downtown Miami has been serving hungry breakfast goers since 1938. Grab a seat at its U shaped counter, order a 2-2-2-2 special and listen to stories from waitresses who have been working there for decades.
Diners grab seats at this old-school eatery's U-shaped counter to sample homestyle American cooking.
Address: 1757 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132
Phone: (305) 373-4291