The Essential Miami Seafood Guide

By Carissa Chesanek  |  March 12, 2014

The upcoming 10 annual Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay has us salivating for some fresh fish. Who are we kidding? We live in a tropical paradise; we're always salivating for fish. While the festival doesn't happen until March 30, here are 10 seafood spots where you can get your fix now. 

  • Lavish: Truluck’s Restaurant

    While Brickell's posh crab house offers some of the freshest stone crab claws (large or jumbo) around, its also has other prime fish dishes to choose from as well, like the Hawaiian Bigeye tuna that's pan-seared or grilled and served with items like Parmesan mashed potatoes and steam asparagus.

    777 Brickell Ave.; 305-579-0035

  • Cosmopolitan: The River Seafood & Oyster Bar

    This sophisticated Downtowner is the choice for many after work diners and not just because of the swanky interior and attractive customers - there's a huge array of seafood plates including snapper tartare yuzu with wasabi tobiko, fire roasted oysters in sofrito butter and whole bronzino baked in a salt crust.

    650 S Miami Ave.; 305-530-1915

  • Cool: Catch Miami

    Set inside The James Royal Palm hotel, this trendy New York import offers a hip scene and stellar fin-fare options such as sourdough crusted halibut cioppino with prawns and clams in a red pepper broth, plus potent cocktails like the vodka-infused Mighty Aphrodite.

    1545 Collins Ave.; 786-224-7200

  • Legendary: Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish Market

    This Downtown fish shack has been catching its own local seafood and serving it fresh inside its laidback digs for over 40 years. Opt for fried cracked conch or grouper filet paired with sweet plantains. 

    398 NW North River Dr.; 305-375-0765

  • Well-Groomed: The Oceanaire Seafood Room

    With its ultrasleek decor and polished diners, this Brickell spot has elegant eats that even the pickiest eaters can appreciate, including fresh seafood flown in daily from around the globe, an extensive oyster bar and exclusive high-end caviar. 

    900 S Miami Ave.; 305-372-8862

  • Picturesque: Seasalt & Pepper

    Sure, the intense river view stands out, but the traditional seafood served inside this romantic bistro is nothing to sneeze at either, especially with plates cooked to perfection like jumbo prawns in a garlic and parsley wine sauce or whole catch of the day made with seasalt, lemon and herbs.

    422 NW North River Dr.; 305-440-4200

  • Intimate: Red Fish Grill

    Noted as one of the best date spots in the area, this secluded, waterside seafood restaurant with large outdoor terrace also shells out plenty of fish-focused dishes to share, including Caribbean bouillabaisse made with jumbo shrimp and scallops along with pan-fried red snapper served with fennel and onion salad. 

    9610 Old Cutler Rd.; 305-668-8788

  • Refined: Lure Fishbar

    New to the South Beach scene, this New York transplant not only serves plenty of raw shellfish offerings (shellfish plateaus with little neck clams, lump crap meat and mussels), but it also has a mighty sushi selection (naruto trio roll wrapped in cucumber) and fresh crudos options (sea bass ceviche and salmon tartare).

    1601 Collins Ave.; 305-695-4550

  • Easy-going: Monty’s Sunset

    A true staple to most Miamians with its large outdoor poolside seating, live bongo players and bustling happy hour, this South Beach fish house serves many ocean-inspired offerings to try like New England lobster roll served with fries and The Bounty towering with jumbo shrimp, stone crabs and conch salad. 

    300 Alton Rd.; 305-672-1148

  • Homey: The Fish House

    This casual, hidden gem with over-the-top shipwreck-type theme (and slightly high prices) is the place to get all the traditional seafood bites you crave after a day in the sun, especially steamed clams with garlic butter and crispy fried dolphin "fingers." 

    10000 SW 56th St.; 305-595-8453