Ultimate Guide to Tapas in Miami

By Carissa Chesanek  |  January 9, 2014

With all the tapas Miami has to offer, "sharing and sampling" has become one of our favorite dining mantras. Whether classic spots or newbies, here are 10 tapas restaurants worth a nibble.

  • Bulla Gastrobar

    Inside this cozy, dimly lit spot, you'll find a lively bar with intimate dining room serving plenty of small platew. Options include codfish fritters made with housemade tartar sauce and potato croquettes stuffed with shrimp.

    2500 Ponce De Leon Blvd.; 305-441-0107

  • Bin No. 18

    As Downtown's hidden gem, this eatery and wine bar should satisfy just about any palate, especially those hunkering for seafood options like Scottish salmon tartare with capers and octopus served with candied orange. For the meat lovers, there are must-tries like lamb and feta meatballs doused with maple syrup.

    1800 Biscayne Blvd.; 786-235-7575

  • Bazaar by José Andrés

    This funky restaurant's playful decor matches the menu's innovative cuisine, which includes a wide range of specialty tapas. Choose from conch fritters with a warm liquid center, bone marrow with white truffles and Cuban coffee-rubbed churrasco with passion fruit.

    1701 Collins Ave.; 305-455-2999

  • OLA

    Situated inside Miami Beach's Sanctuary Hotel, this Latin American restaurant provides a relaxed atmosphere with an upscale menu. There's no going hungry when trying items like the lobster ceviche made with chile-spiced cucumber or the foie-gras empanada that's made with an almond fig cake and duck serrano.

    1745 James Ave.; 305-695-9125

  • El Rincon Asturiano

    Simplicity is key at this comfortable venue, but that doesn't mean it lacks any authenticity. This Spanish haven serves a plethora of traditional dishes such as shrimp in olive oil and garlic and cured pork sausage seasoned with red paprika that’s been cooked in Spanish cider.

    225 SW 17th Ave.; 305-643-8822

  • Tapas & Tintos

    Located on the trendy Espanola Way, this South Beach hot spot is not only a lively tourists attraction, but a fun space for the locals when itching for some quality people watching. And the food isn’t bad either, serving classic choices like Spanish omelets made with potatoes and fried chickpeas served with sausage.

    448 Espanola Way; 305-538-8272

  • Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

    Midtown has become the foodie’s neighborhood of choice and this hip New American tapas space is one of the top dogs on the list. And when it comes to mingling with your table? The small plate menu of bacon wrapped dates with manchego and oxtail paella with roasted red peppers makes table sharing easy.

    3252 NE First Ave.; 786-369-0353

  • Xixon

    This large space gives you multiple lively rooms to dine in including the main dining room, outdoor patio and wine cellar where live music is played. Park it in a seat of your choice and order something like the marinated Spanish olives in extra virgin olive oil to start followed with salted cod fish with chickpeas and spinach for an entree.

    2101 SW 22nd St.; 305-854-9350

  • Perfecto Miami

    One of the newest tapas restaurants to hit Miami, this Brickell joint offers diners modern decor with warm, rustic charm. With its lively ambiance, you’ll have no problem wanting to stay a while to try various dishes off the menu: potato salad with tuna and olives and truffled beef and foie gras cannelloni.

    1450 Brickell Ave.; 305-372-0620

  • Barcelonta

    Inside this cozy Pubbelly-owned eatery, you’ll find the signature bustling atmosphere and unique small plates these guys are known for. Adventurous eaters and local food lovers crave the innovative menu style that features anything from escargots with rabbit sausage to fried hen eggs served with chorizo.

    1400 20th St.; 305-538-9299