10 Totally Miami Restaurants and Bars

By Michelle Muslera  |  November 30, 2015
Credit: Michael Stavaridis

Miami can be many things to many different people — it can be sexy, loud, and flashy, but it can also be classy, casual and artsy. No matter what persona of our city you like the most, there's a restaurant or bar out there to embody it, and so we’ve rounded up the top 10 that do it best. 

This sexy spot (pictured at top) above a Lincoln Road parking garage has been luring people in with its breathtaking South Beach views, 22-ft. vertical plant wall and purple-hued decor ever since it opened a few years ago. And while it might not be the most affordable of the spots on this list, the chic indoor-outdoor setting and creative mix of French, Japanese and Peruvian cuisines ensure it’s worth every penny.

1111 Lincoln Rd.; 305-763-8272

Inside the Epic Hotel, this upscale Japanese restaurant keeps things sharp with its minimalist decor, simple dishes and A-list crowd. The menu offers a fine selection of sushi and robata-style grilled meats, all of which are available buffet-style during Sunday brunch, making it undoubtedly the best day of the week to check it out. 

270 Biscayne Blvd. Way; 305-577-0277

Ball and Chain
For those of you looking for that “so Miami” nighttime experience, this iconic Little Havana spot (pictured above) has it all: 1930s-inspired design, live Latin music, salsa dancing and Cuban-style rum cocktails. Grab one of the famous pastelito-infused drinks and dance the night away in its lush outdoor patio. 

1513 SW Eighth St.; 305-643-7820

Joe’s Stone Crab
Few Miami restaurants are considered as iconic as Joe’s. Tourists and locals alike flock to this 100-year-old historic spot as soon as stone crab season comes around, braving the minimum one-hour wait time to get their hands on its famous shellfish and Key lime pie. No time to waste? Get your crabs to go at their market next door. 

11 Washington Ave.; 305-673-0365

Lido Restaurant & Bayside Grill 
Thanks to its panoramic views of Biscayne Bay, this Venetian Causeway jewel located in the back of the Standard Hotel & Spa is one of the prettiest waterside spots to watch the sunset in Miami. Its light Mediterranean fare, hip vibe and colorful dockside seating area make it a prime destination for tourists and locals alike. 

40 Island Ave.; 305-673-1717

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
This Southern-style resto-bar (pictured above) is known as the place where Miamians go to break their diets. With its generously portioned meals, rustic decor and homey hospitality, this spot was the first to turn high-calorie Southern staples like fried chicken and waffles into a trend among health-conscious Miami folks.

1600 Lenox Ave.; 305-538-5220

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
Artsy types love this Wynwood staple for its array of colorful murals, New Latin cuisine and casual vibes. Dig into signature dishes like the vaca frita steak with yuca fries or the ropa vieja empanadas as you sit back and enjoy the urban art creations by renowned graffiti artists like Shepard Fairey.

2550 NW Second Ave.; 305-722-8959

The Broken Shaker
Going out for drinks in Miami doesn’t always mean having to wear high heels and a sports jacket — and with this heat, isn’t enjoying your cocktails in flip flops and shorts more enjoyable anyway? This Miami Beach favorite (pictured above) in the back of the Freehand Miami serves an ever-changing range of creative libations in an outdoor tropical oasis.

2727 Indian Creek Dr.; 305-531-2727 

For the past four decades, this Miami landmark known for being a gathering place for Cuban exiles has been serving some of the best Cubano sandwiches and cafecitos in town. Order yours tableside or at the walk-up window, where you can strike up a conversation on Cuban history with one of its friendly regulars. 

3555 SW Eighth St.; 305-444-0240

Pincho Factory
Plantain-obsessed Miamians flock to this little fast-casual spot on a regular basis to get their hands on the famous toston burger, made with two crispy fried plantains as the buns. The popular hamburger has earned the restaurant many culinary awards, making it an obligatory stop for those looking for an authentic Miami food experience.

30 Giralda Ave.; 305-446-5666