Restaurant Week Duane

It’s no secret that Miami Beach is known for three things above all else: sun, sand, and after-dark excitement.

Dig a bit deeper and you’ll find out what locals and clued-in explorers already know: South Florida is an exceptional dining destination, and Miami Beach restaurants stand among the area’s best.

As a centrally located hotel on Ocean Drive, Winter Haven provides easy access to casual eateries, high-end restaurants, and every level of cuisine in between. One feature all of the best restaurants in Miami Beach have in common is their commitment to the art of crafting high-quality fare.

Get our take on Miami Beach dining below:

Fratelli la Bufala

Pizza might not be the first food item that comes to mind when you think Miami, but Fratelli la Bufala does right by the classic wood-fired pie formula. This Italy-based chain grills its pizzas in a wood-fired oven, Neapolitan-style, ensuring the crust is crispy and the toppings are piping hot. The restaurant is best-known for its La Bufalata pie, a deceptively complex pizza topped with the chain’s exclusively sourced bufala cheeses, cured Italian meats, and traditionally marinated vegetables.

Fratelli la Bufala
437 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
www.flbmiami.com

Meat Market

A shopping trip to Lincoln Road Mall is sure to stir up your appetite, and Meat Market is guaranteed to staunch your cravings. This sexy take on the classic steakhouse places an emphasis on high-quality meat and seafood, prepared under the guidance executive chef Sean Brasel. Located in the heart of the Lincoln Road Mall, Meat Market offers an expansive selection of creative riffs on steakhouse standards like Cedar House Salmon, Prime Short Rib, Umami Duck, and Wood-Grilled Kobe Meatloaf.

Meat Market
915 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
www.meatmarketmiami.com
 

Il Bolognese

Il Bolognese stands out as the best Italian restaurant on Ocean Drive. Opening up to a happening stretch of the street and featuring casual sidewalk seating along with a more elegant indoor space, Il Bolognese is known for its contemporary interpretations of classic Italian dishes. Chef Manuel Mattei has tastefully reinterpreted timeless Italian favorites such as Chicken Parmigiana, Tagliatelle Bolognese, and Buffalo Mozzarella Caprese to accompany a carefully curated list of fine wines. Il Bolognese also doubles as a casual breakfast or lunch spot along the Miami Beach boardwalk.

Il Bolognese
1400 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
www.winterhavenhotelsobe.com/italian-restaurants-miami-beach

Joe’s Stone Crab

Perhaps the most famous restaurant in Miami Beach, Joe’s Stone Crab serves seafood stylings that can only be described as only-in-South Florida. Come early to this restaurant, where there’s almost always a wait to enjoy local favorites like the Cold Seafood Platter — with stone crab, shrimp, oyster, and a half-Florida lobster — and Seafood Cioppino, glazed with a spicy tomato broth.

Joe’s Stone Crab
11 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
www.joesstonecrab.com

Pubbelly Sushi

Fans of forward-thinking sushi need look no further than Pubbelly Sushi for their raw fish fix. This restaurant takes conventional Japanese cuisine and turns it on its head to create a wholly new, exciting, and exceedingly flavorful brand of fresh fish-based delicacies. Operated by Miami’s famed Pubbelly Boys restaurant group, Pubbelly Sushi serves high-end sushi fresh from the fish markets of Hokkaido and Tokyo alongside non-standard creations like Goat Butter Toast (with truffle oil), a Snow Crab Roll in soy paper, and Tuna Pizza with garlic aioli.

Pubbelly Sushi
1424 20th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
www.pubbellysushi.com