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Where To Eat Like a Local in Miami, Florida

Where To Eat Like a Local in Miami, Florida

Memorable meals are the highlight of many trips, and the booming restaurant scene in Miami can be confusing for outside visitors. To help first timers or revisiting travelers get their palates better acquainted with the best bites, I have rounded up a great variety of the top dishes acclaimed by locals in the Magic City!


Type: Mediterranean/Seafood
What to order: Coconut Salmon Ceviche

With Miami’s melting pot of cultures, finding variations of ceviche is a given but very few (if any) can ever compare to Seaspice’s Coconut Salmon Ceviche. Served in a young coconut, the salmon is marinated in fried garlic spicy Thai vinaigrette and micro cilantro for a savory and refreshing meal.

Nautilus Cabana Club 

Type: Mediterranean
What to order: The Nauti Burger

Miami may not have In-N-Out or White Castle, but one of town’s best burgers can be found at Nautilus South Beach’s Nautilus Cabana Club. Though the restaurant specializes in Mediterranean cuisine, the Nauti Burger tops two 4oz beef patties with American cheese, caramelized onions and bread & butter pickles encased in homemade potato buns for a sinfully delicious taste. For the “not so nauti” burger eaters, Nautilus recently added a vegan counterpart. “The Impossible” Vegan Burger is served with crispy sweet potato fries, and features a plant-based patty topped with tomatoes and onions for a savory experience that tastes like real meat without sacrifice taste (or animals!).

Pao by Paul Qui 

Type: Asian
What to order: Honeydew Aguachile

Faena Miami Beach introduced the Honeydew Aguachile this Spring as the perfect dish for vegans and carnivores alike. The honeydew’s texture is changed to mimic that of a tender raw fish served in an addicting sauce of spicy and acidic aguachile. The honeydew is paired with avocado, serrano pepper, sea cress, cilantro and green strawberry so the flavors and textures are incredibly interesting, and, of course, delicious.

Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann

Type: Argentinean
What to order: Smoked Prawns ‘A la Plancha’

At this upscale South American restaurant in Faena Miami Beach, start off your experience with the Smoked Prawns ‘A la Plancha,’ served with arugula, avocado, pink grapefruit, and roasted hazelnuts using local ingredients and smoking the prawns in the restaurant’s open fire kitchen.

No. 3 Social 

Type: Elevated Street Food
What to order: Pulled Pork Sticky Bao

Under the culinary direction of chef and restaurateur Norman Van Aken, No. 3 Social’s dishes pay homage to street foods from around the world while incorporating the flavors of Florida. The Pulled Pork Sticky Bao’s are a local favorite, made with Haitian Pikliz and Hoisin BBQ.

LaMuse Café

Type: European
What to order: Picasso’s Prosciutto and Melon Plate

Named after the famous Pablo Picasso, Picasso’s Prosciutto and Melon Plate at LaMuse Café uses macerated raspberries, cantaloupe, Prosciutto di Parma (best from Italy), walnuts, strawberry pearls (beaded like caviar with strawberry concentrate inside), fresh basil, and cherry tomatoes plated in an artful and festive way. It’s as deconstructed as Picasso’s most vivid pieces of art, presented as an homage to the artist.

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. This all looks delicious! I was actually in Miami two weeks ago for one night before a cruise and we needed to get dinner somewhere. We just stopped somewhere by the hotel, but if we ever go back I’d love to explore more of these cuisine options!

    • Carmen Edelson

      So glad to hear that, Becky! Hope you return 🙂

  2. These places all look and sound so yummy! I used to love visiting Miami when I lived in Florida. It’s such a fun area!

    • Carmen Edelson

      It’s so fun! I’m lucky to live nearby in Fort Lauderdale.

  3. These tips are very timely for me. I’m going on a vacation next month with my family.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Great! I hope you and your family have an amazing time.

  4. I’m going to save this for the next time I travel to Miami! Thanks for sharing!

    • Carmen Edelson

      You’re so welcome 🙂

  5. mmm this looks so good! I need to save this for my next trip down to miami! we typically always just do a quick stop at yardbird

    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, there are so many great restaurants to choose from!

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