Top 10 South Beach Restaurants

South Beach is a foodie's paradise - so where are the best places to eat? Forget the meager diet that took its name from South Beach: this town knows how to eat, and it knows how to eat divinely. If you think the fully-stocked kitchens in South Beach lodging are gorgeous, just wait 'til you see these state-of-the-art restaurants. From French to French Cajun, traditional Italian to contemporary fusion, here are the top 10 South Beach Restaurants. Come hungry!

top south beach restaurantsWish

If you're looking for playful, unpretentious cuisine, head to this South Beach outdoor restaurant. Named one of the "50 Best New Restaurants in the World" by Conde Nast Traveler, Wish offers both prix fixe menus and incredibly varied tasting menus. The standard menu's Asian fusion fare takes the shape of Chinese sausage, Vietnamese tea foam, and electric cocktails with glowing ice cubes. It's eclectic and it's whimsical and it's definitely not to be missed.

Emeril's Miami Beach

Celebrity restaurants rarely live up to the hype, but Emeril's Miami Beach is a rare and wonderful exception, and that's why it makes it on our list of the top 10 South Beach restaurants. This gorgeous 8,000 square foot restaurant treats its diners to rosemary biscuits, delectable banana cream pie, and New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp. Emeril himself often frequents Emeril's Miami Beach , so call the restaurant and find out if he'll be in town during your stay.

italian food miami beachEscopazzo

Don't let the restaurant's name fool you (it translates to "I'm going crazy" in Italian). The only insane thing about this eatery is how delicious its organic Italian fare is. Try to grab a table in the back dining room, which hosts a fountain and Italian courtyard-themed decor. This is the perfect restaurant for a romantic date night.

La Maison d'Azur

You want seafood, and you want it done right. If that sounds like you, head straight to the upscale La Maison for stellar shrimp, steak, and escargot (among other French favorites). Choose the seafood platter for a staggering display of fresh seafood. Afterwards, enjoy the chef-made ice cream (complete with chef-made cones).


Widely considered one of the best sushi restaurants in the world, this eatery is no stranger to celebrity sightings . For the ultimate sushi splurge, try the Chef's Choice (also called the Omakase), a pricey multi-course sushi extravaganza. Don't expect a down-to-earth atmosphere, either: Nobu looks more like a chic, exclusive nightclub than a restaurant.

Osteria del Teatro

This beachfront Italian bistro boasts a list of specials as long as your arm, and they're all delicious. Champagne cream sauce? Scallop-stuffed ravioli? Rustic minestrone? With all these delicious offerings on the Osteria menu, how could a person ever choose?

miami beach steak restaurantsPrime One Twelve

It's time for a splurge and you're craving a delicious steak . Grab a reservation at Prime One Twelve, home of the mouthwatering Kobe beef burger, juicy marbled rib-eyes, and the 48-oz porterhouse steak that must be seen to be believed. Check out Prime's incredible array of dipping sauces that include truffle, chipotle, garlic herb, and foie gras.


Foodies, make this your first stop on your South Beach eatery exploration. Talula houses the creative efforts of an amazing husband-and-wife chef team , both incredible chefs in their own right. Reasonably priced wine and creatively executed dishes make this restaurant a South Beach star.


Here's a South Beach restaurant without the hype. This Italian restaurant hosts simple fare that packs a flavorful punch. Savor pillow-like gnocchi, complimentary bruschetta, and some of the best homemade pasta in South Beach.

El Ranch Grande Review

Enough with the pricey menus - you want a reasonably-priced menu stacked with delicious dishes. El Rancho Grande doesn't disappoint. Try the oh-so-spicy Aztec soup, fresh salsa, or the gigantic stuffed burritos.

Whether you dine at one of the top 10 South Beach restaurants, or another local favorite, you definitely won't go hungry, and some of your best vacation memories will have come right out of a menu.

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