Where to Eat and Drink in South Beach, Miami

Just a few weeks ago I was in South Beach Miami, my first trip to this world famous stretch of sand after I left Florida more than ten years ago and was looking forward to seeing how or if anything had changed during this time plus indulging in all the hype and excitement Miami beach offers. I got to see places and sights I had not seen before and discovered that the area not offers more than the wild partying it used to offer back then. Clubs that used to be the epicenter of it all are no longer as popular, and there’s a new art scene that should not be missed.

Where to Eat and Drink in Miami Beach

I was particularly surprised- and pleased- about the new culinary scene Miami beach is home to. Fantastic restaurants can be found offering all sorts of food for all budgets and I was lucky enough to try several of them, catering to different budgets yet all offering fantastic food. These are my best picks:

A Choice of Healthy and Tasty Lunches at Serendipity 3

Starting out in a basement in Manhattan’s upper east side in the 1950’s it is now also in Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road with a full dining menu and bar. Offering fantastic sandwiches, salads soups and meals it’s the desserts that really make this restaurant stand out. There are fantastic cakes to choose from as well as shakes, and if you really want to get a special one try the Frrozen Hot Chocolate , a huge, delicious blend of 17 kinds of chocolates frozen to perfection.

Serendipity 3 food

The photo of the chocolate sorbet doesn’t portray how big it really is. People walking by took double glances and even one lady whispered to her friend ” I wish I could have one of those!”

Website: www.serendipity3.com

Price range: low-mid range


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Perfect Italian Food at Cafe Prima Pasta

After 20 years this restaurant is still serving the same authentic Italian favorites that made it famous with celebrities such as Dwyane Wade, Shakira and Matt Damon (you’ll find photos of these and many more celebrities on its walls). Recognized by Tripadvisor.com, it offers a wide range of traditional Italian entrees and appetizers characterized by their authenticity, freshness and variety at very reasonable rates. The restaurant is always busy so reservations are recommended and I have to admit that it is here that I have eaten some of the best Italian food anywhere-just look at the pictures below.

cafe prima pasta miami

The food in Cafe Prima Pasta is some of the best Italian I have had anywhere. I particularly enjoyed the ravioli at the top right, which among other tasty ingredients included pear in the sauce. It’s their best selling dish!

Website: www.cafeprimapasta.com

Price: mid range


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Gourmet Cuban Cuisine at De Rodriguez Cuba

Black beans and rice might be the staple dish of Cuban food, but De Rodriguez Cuba takes food to a new level. This high end restaurant located at the Hilton Bentley hotel surprised me with top notch food:  starting off with a Pink Elephant (cocktail) I next opted for a tasty Cuban Sandwich Crispy Stick , was suggested the deliciously tender boneless oxtail with red wine as the main course and wrapped it up with a de=constructed key lime pie with raspberry sauce topped with coconut sorbet.

 

food at de rodriguez cuba restaurant miami

Don’t get me wrong: while there is a can in this picture, the ox tail is cooked for the patron and, once done, is placed inside the can and sealed for presentation purposes. The meat is as tender as it can be, without a doubt the best Cuban food I’ve had.

Website: www.derodriguezcuba.com

Price range: mid-high


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Chill Out Listening to Good Music and Drinking Crisp Cocktails at The Flat

This piano bar right at the southernmost street of Miami beach is a classy place where to chill out once the sun sets. It features several signature cocktails (including one with Jalapeño chilis), live music, a stylish decoration and excellent service as it is not too big. The Beach Channel TV was there during my visit and in this video you’ll see yours very truly at 00:20. I tried  three of the cocktails they serve and highly recommend the Siberian Cup, made of cucumber infused vodka, strawberry, lemongrass, honey & Russian varenie jam topped with seltzer water.

BC-SCN Environmental Film Festival from The Beach Channel on Vimeo.

Website: www.theflatmiami.com

Price: mid range


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While there are many restaurants to choose from I highly recommend these three as I’m sure you will not be disappointed. They each offer different kinds of food and while they might not be within walking distance from where your hotel a wonderful evening is guaranteed.

 

What is your favorite restaurant in Miami Beach? Have you eaten in any of these? What other restaurants do you recommend where visitors can eat good food in South Beach? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below and this post too if you think others might find it useful!

I was a guest of these restaurants during my fam trip sponsored by the Miami and Beaches Visitor and Convention bureau. This said the food really is this good, the pictures are all mine and all opinions in this post are entirely my own.

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