When you visit a new destination, it always helps to look at some of the longest-running restaurants around. In addition to knowing these spots are proven, it’s also a nice way to cut to the traditions and character of a city. For your next visit here, these are five old-school Miami restaurants you need to visit.
Open Since: 1977
At 40-years-old, Islas Canarias is not the oldest restaurant in Miami, but it is tried-and-true. Known for having some of the best croquetas in town, this is one of the premier spots to indulge in the city’s world-famous Cuban food scene. For another Cuban favorite at dessert, try the famous mamey shake.
Islas Canarias. 285 NW 27th Ave. Miami, FL. (305) 649-0440
Joe’s Stone Crab
Open Since: 1913
Located just south of The Winter Haven Hotel, Joe’s Stone Crab is one of the city’s oldest and most celebrated seafood restaurants. Formerly a small stand on Miami Beach—long before its extensive real estate developments and art deco boom—this now an upscale restaurant that knows how to serve delicious, juicy crab claws and a whole lot ore more.
Joe’s Stone Crab. 11 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL. (305) 673-0365
Open Since: 1974
When El Exquisito opened, it was just a 20-seat restaurant on Miami’s Calle Ocho. The breakfast, lunch, and dinner-Cuban restaurant now has an excellent, 100-seat location in Little Havana near Marlins Park. Head here for an authentic, can’t-beat ropa vieja or medianoche.
El Exquisito Restaurant. 1510 SW 8th St. (305) 643-0227
Open Since: 1920
The Forge is a classic steakhouse located in Miami Beach’s Mid-Beach neighborhood. A short, ten-minute drive north of The Winter Haven Hotel, this is the type of local restaurant where you might find a movie star, famous socialite, or even a president. The steak selection is world class with wagyu, filet mignon, and ribeyes among the options.
The Forge. 432 W 41st St. Miami Beach, FL. (305) 538-8533
Athens Juice Bar
Open Since: 1942
Known as the original Miami juice bar, Athens started serving fresh juices decades before it became a social fad. Having longstanding relationships with some of South Florida’s best produce distributors, this is a proven spot to sip a little taste of our gorgeous tropical climate. Its acai bowls are great for breakfast.
Athens Juice Bar. 6942 Collins Ave.