12 Famous, Instagram-Worthy Restaurants in Miami


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Beautiful beaches, great nightlife, warm weather, luxury shops, unique architecture, and much more besides—- Miami is definitely worth it as a vacation spot. And if you’re planning a visit to this gorgeous Florida city any time soon, you’ll want to know all the best places to grab a great meal.

Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of some well-known, must-visit restaurants in Miami— all very popular and for very good reason. Whether it’s top-notch food, delicious drinks, impeccable service, excellent atmosphere, or all of the above, you’ll be able to find it within the options below.

1. Crazy About You

You’re sure to be crazy about this famous Miami restaurant. The gorgeous, upscale atmosphere, gorgeous decorations, and picturesque views ensure that your dining experience will be top notch. Whether you sit on the terrace, in the lounge, or in the upscale dining room, you won’t be disappointed.

The menu also doesn’t disappoint. Guests can enjoy appetizers, entrees, and desserts— and that’s just on the dinner menu. You won’t want to miss out on brunch, lunch, or happy hour either!

Crazy About You is open from 11:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Mondays through Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. on Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. until midnight on Fridays, 10 a.m. until midnight on Saturdays, and 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Sundays.

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2. Stubborn Seed

Stubborn Seed’s goal is to give its customers a “reward in each bite” with their unique flavors, high-quality ingredients, and perfectionist recipes. Currently owned by Chef Jeremy Ford, Bravo’s Top Chef Season 13 winner, this restaurant’s staff takes a lot of pride in their work.

There are lots of upscale dining options on the menu, but you’ll want to be sure that you check out the signature cocktails and other beverage options as well.

Hours are from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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3. The Rusty Pelican — Miami

Located right on the Rickenbacker Marina, The Rusty Pelican is the perfect place to go for a true taste of Miami and a “modernized tropical escape.” They have available event space, indoor and outdoor dining, and there’s also the option for you to order takeout if you’re in a hurry.

No matter how you decide to dine, though, you’ll want to savor your meal. There’s starters, a raw bar, signature items, seafood entrees, “land” entrees, sushi, vegetarian options, sides, and that’s just for dinner! There’s also lunch, brunch, bar, happy hour, and takeout/delivery menus.

This restaurant is open from noon until 10 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, from noon until 11 p.m. on Fridays, from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Sundays.

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4. KYU

KYU was influenced by its well traveled team and Japanese cooking, specifically the wood-fired grilling discipline known as yakiniku, to offer a rich interpretation of Asian cuisine. This award-winning restaurant is not just located in Miami, either— you’ll find locations in New York and Mexico City as well as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and London in the near future!

On the menu you’ll find expertly grilled umami dishes, smoke-roasted short ribs, fish and vegetable entrees, hamachi Crudo, pork belly baos, and Thai fried rice. If you’re looking for the perfect drink to pair with your meal, KYU also offers hand-crafted cocktails— and don’t forget to save room for dessert!

Hours at KYU are from noon until 11 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Sundays.

5. Amara at Paraiso

With locally sourced ingredients, a gorgeous environment, and an upbeat energy, Amara at Paraiso is sure to grant you a good time in addition to a great meal. The beach setting right on Biscayne Bay is a perfect blend with the coastal ingredients that they use to make their dishes.

The menu at this restaurant is divided into small, medium, and main dishes, as well as a selection of sides. There’s also a raw bar, some dinner specials, and the signature Amara Seafood Platter.

Amara at Paraiso is open from noon until 11 p.m. on weekdays, from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Sundays.

6. Seaspice Brasserie & Lounge

Both Miami residents and tourists come to Seaspice Brasserie & Lounge in droves, and for good reason. This restaurant is located on the bank of the Miami River, within close quarters of downtown and the financial district, in case you want to do some sightseeing after a delicious meal.

The restaurant prides itself not only on their signature wood-fired casseroles and specialty crafted cocktails, but also their impeccable hospitality. Here, you will find globally inspired dishes and some of the freshest seafood in Miami.

Hours are from noon until midnight on Tuesdays through Sundays— the restaurant is closed on Mondays.

7. CVI.CHE 105 Downtown

This popular downtown Miami restaurant also has locations in South Beach, Aventura Mall, and Dadeland Mall. Their vast selection of ceviches are, of course, the star of the show, but there are also plenty of other traditional Peruvian dishes on the menu.

CVI.CHE takes providing their guests with an accessible dining experience very seriously, and they take a lot of pride in their hospitality and status as one of the best restaurants in Miami.

CVI.CHE 105 is open from noon until 10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and from noon until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

8. Versailles

There are tons of Cuban restaurants in Miami, but Versailles stands out from the pack. Sure, you’ll see classic items like a Cuban Sandwich, Ropa Vieja, and Vaca Frita on the menu, but take one bite and you’ll be absolutely blown away by the iconic Cuban flavors.

Versailles strikes a nice balance between classy (because the food is just so tasty) and casual (the vibe is pretty laid back, and the restaurant is good for groups).

9. The Big Cheese of Miami

Try Italian Cheese Without Ever Leaving Miami

When you think of amazing Italian food, Miami probably isn’t the first city that springs to mind. The Big Cheese of Miami has the mouthwatering cheesy fare you know and love – lasagna, spaghetti, and of course pizza pies – made with the same ingredients fancy restaurants use, just at a lower price with bigger portions.

Visitors enjoy the vegan options and outdoor seating. Be sure to consider the Oven-Baked Garlic Rolls or the Seafood Pasta – both dishes get rave reviews.

10. La Camaronera Seafood Joint & Fish Market

Fresh and Tasty Seafood Fare

Fresh fish? Florida lobster? Succulent shrimp? La Camaronera serves up the best seafood Miami has to offer. You won’t want to skip their most popular menu items, the fried shrimp, pan con minuta, or conch fritters.  

11. Truluck’s Ocean’s Finest Seafood and Crab

Fine Dining with Gorgeous Views of Brickell Key

While famous, not all of the Miami restaurants on this list are fancy. This one is.

Truluck’s chefs take advantage of their waterfront position to bring fresh, original, elevated takes on seafood favorites to their diners. The chain has been around since 1992, and the Miami location has been thriving since it opened its doors in 2010. 

12. Roasters ‘N Toasters

Authentic NY Deli Fare Right Here in Miami

With 4 locations across Miami, it’s obvious that Roasters ‘N Toasters has a good thing going. The casual yet famous Miami restaurant has been serving class New York City fare like bagels, corned beef sandwiches, pastrami, reubens, and homemade matzah ball soup since 1984. Whether you’re originally from the north or have never been, you’ll love taking a bite out of the Big Apple without ever leaving Florida.

This article originally appeared on Giftya.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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Pizza is one of the most delicious foods on earth, so it’s no surprise that folks nationwide have made it their own and developed regional styles that they’re fiercely proud of. From its Neapolitan roots to its transformation into big, foldable New York slices and thick-crusted Detroit squares, many cities and regions have put their own spin on pizza. Read on to learn about a wide variety of these pizza styles, and what makes each unique.


When you think of pizza, this is what you most likely think of! Big, cheesy slices cut from thin-crusted round pies or thicker-crusted Sicilian-style pizzas and devoured while taking a stroll down the sidewalk. For a virtual trip to a New York street corner, look no further than these iconic New York style pizza purveyors:


The Windy City is synonymous with deep-dish pizza, which has a high-edged, buttery crust that encircles lots of gooey, melty cheese, chunky tomato sauce, and ample toppings. These are some of the most legendary deep-dish pizzerias:

There’s also a lesser-known Chicago cousin: Chicago thin-crust, which has a crisp crust that’s almost cracker-thin and is cut into squares, “tavern-style.” For an authentic taste of Chicago thin-crust, look no further than:

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Invented in the mid-1900s, Detroit’s signature pizzas were originally baked in rectangular steel trays used to hold automotive parts. These square pizzas have a relatively airy, thick, chewy crust with a crisp bottom, cheese from edge to edge, and usually “racing stripes” of tomato sauce on top. Bring a taste of Detroit to your dinner table with Buddy’s Pizza (where the pizza was invented!) and Detroit Style Pizza Co.; this pizza style has become so popular that amazing versions can now be found in Philadelphia’s Down North Pizza.


In New Haven, Connecticut, it’s called apizza (pronounced “ah-BEETZ,” based on an old Neapolitan dialect), and while it may resemble New York-style pizza, it’s totally different. Coal-fired with a slightly charred crust, chewy, and a little oblong, New Haven apizza is insanely delicious—one bite and you’ll be hooked! Crowds line up for a taste of the city’s most iconic pizzerias, which include:


Naples obviously isn’t in America, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t include the birthplace of pizza on this list! Traditional Neapolitan pizza has a soft & puffy ring of crust surrounding tomato sauce and dollops of mozzarella and few other toppings, with a slightly soupy center. It’s the pizza from which all other pizzas originated, and here in the U.S. including:


Colorado-style pizza is big, bold, and unapologetic! These pizzas are heavy, doughy, and thick, loaded up with plenty of toppings and sometimes surrounded by a ring of braided crust that pairs well with a drizzle of honey. One is enough to feed a family! If you want to try out this lesser-known regional style for yourself (and you do!), check out Idaho Springs’ Beau Jo’s and Fort Collins’ Panhandler’s.

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If you head to Philly and visit any of the city’s classic old Italian bakeries, you’ll discover a close relative of pizza that can only be found in and around the City of Brotherly Love: the tomato pie. These pies are light, airy, crisp, and served at room temperature, and they’re topped with a sweet homemade tomato sauce and a sprinkling of Romano cheese instead of mozzarella. Corropolese Bakery has been serving one of the city’s most iconic tomato pies since 1924, and Iannelli’s Bakery has been a local landmark since 1910.


If you head to the Jersey Shore, you’ll discover a style that resembles its cousin to the north, but is indeed a style all its own: Jersey Tomato Pies. These pizzas are big, cheesy, and sold by the slice along the boardwalk, and best identified by its swirl of tomato sauce on top. To transport yourself to the shore, check out Maruca’s, the tomato pie gold standard since 1950. 


Meet me in St. Louis for some insanely good pizza! St. Louis’ signature pizza has a cracker-thin, yeast-free crust, and it’s topped with an oregano-heavy tomato sauce and Provel cheese (a white processed cheese that melts into gooey deliciousness) and cut into squares. Picture-perfect St. Louis-style pizza can be found at the city’s renowned Imo’s Pizza, which has been going strong for nearly 60 years. 


It takes some nerve to call yourself “The Pizza Capital of the World,” but that’s exactly what the folks in the tiny town of Old Forge, Pennsylvania, have done. Old Forge pizza has a thick crust that’s light and airy, and it’s topped with plenty of cheese and sauce. It’s a beloved lesser-known regional style, and for the first time you can try it without hitching a ride to Lackawanna County by ordering from the town’s renowned Arcaro & Genell


In Buffalo, New York, the pizza has a soft, fluffy crust. It’s topped with enough cheese to guarantee an epic cheese pull, along with ample toppings. The most iconic Buffalo pizza topping is pepperoni, but instead of the thick, flat pepperoni slices you’ll usually find at New York corner slice joints, this pepperoni is smaller and cut thicker, so when it’s baked the edges curl up into little “cups” that fill up with tasty oil. This is usually referred to as “cup & char” pepperoni, or “‘roni cups.” The pizza served at Buffalo’s Picasso’s Pizza has been an icon for over 40 years.

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Baltimore may not be the first city that comes to mind as a great pizza town, but it indeed has a pizza style all its own. Baltimore pizza has a thick, focaccia-like crust and a whole lot of melty, stretchy cheese. Matthew’s is the city’s oldest pizzeria, and its signature invention is topped with loads of fresh Maryland crab, a nod to the state’s position on the Chesapeake Bay.

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California-style pizzas are usually single-serving, with a crust similar to New York-style. Where it really differentiates itself, however, is in the toppings. When this style of pizza was popularized at Wolfgang Puck’s West Hollywood hotspot Spago in the 1980s, toppings including goat cheese, duck sausage, smoked salmon, prosciutto, and seasonal vegetables including zucchini flowers, inspired by the local-focused “California cuisine” movement, were simply unheard-of.

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