The 10 Best Seafood Restaurants In Miami

Seafood platter | Courtesy of Wright Brothers
Seafood platter | Courtesy of Wright Brothers
Photo of Audra Clemons
9 February 2017

Drawing cultural influence from Cuba, South America and Italy via New York, Miami offers great dining options and plenty of fresh seafood. Here are 10 restaurants sure to whet your appetite.

Courtesy Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant

Cvi.che 105

Located in Miami’s up-and-coming downtown district, Cvi.che 105 is a local favourite that turns out some of the best Peruvian Ceviche this side of Peru. Cvi.che 105 opened in 2008 with great success and set the standards for not only Peruvian food, but also restaurants in downtown Miami. Order the stir-fried lomo salteado, the traditional ceviche en crema de pisco, and a pisco sour cocktail.

Cvi.che 105, 105 Northeast 3rd Ave, Miami, FL, USA, +1 305- 577-3454

Cvi.che 105
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Joe’s Stone Crab

Restaurant, Seafood, American, $$$
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Key lime pie at Joe's Stone Crab
Key lime pie at Joe's Stone Crab | © T.T Seng Flickr

A trip to Miami would not be complete without savouring the seafood flavours of Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant. Arguably the most famous seafood restaurant in Miami, Joe’s Stone Crab has been a family-owned and operated seafood provider for over 100 years. The wait staff are impeccable and the dining is first class, which is why Joe’s Stone Crab has become a Miami institution. Reservations are required.


Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, American, $$$
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Located just to the right of the MacArthur causeway on South Beach, Monty’s is a relaxed restaurant and raw bar offering tiki hut al fresco seating with a spectacular marina sunset view. Large food portions and strong tropical drinks are what made this venue into what it is today. Monty’s is a great restaurant option for families with children as there is a functioning swimming pool, which can also be supervised from table view.

(petit) Miami

(petit) Miami offers guests a refined style characteristic of French Provence with bright colours, white pickled wood tables and wainscoting, and antique mirrors. The 60-seat interior dining room is lit by a thousand candles and accompanied by pleasant background music creating an atmosphere akin to a chic private residence. Additionally, a romantic 40-seat outdoor space invites guests to dine al fresco in a Mediterranean secret garden furnished with one-of-a-kind hand-painted tables manufactured in Sicily. Order the seared tuna tartare, seared octopus, or the curry spicy shrimp for a taste of local seafood; on Tuesdays, ladies get a complimentary glass of wine.

(petit) Miami, 1929 Purdy Avenue, Miami Beach, FL, USA, +1 305 534 9887

petit Miami
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Catch of the Day

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Catch of the Day is a restaurant on Miami’s laid-back radar screen. This seafood venue is located on Lejeune Road close to the Miami airport, which makes it a convenient option for a before or after airport jaunt. Offering all-you-can-eat king crab and stone crab all day Monday until Thursday, and a two-for-one Maine lobster special on Tuesdays, Catch of the Day is famous for their red snapper entrée, which consists of an entire flash-fried fish on a plate, served over rice.


Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Truluck’s owns an ocean fleet that voyages out to sea daily and promises never to return with overfished species. The elegant restaurant displays classic dining rooms with dark woods, carpeted floors and padded red banquettes. While dining, guests enjoy music coming from the restaurant’s own piano. In terms of food, Truluck’s offers a gluten-free menu, and over 100 labels of wine from well-respected vineyards around the world.

The River Seafood & Oyster Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, American, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
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Kumamoto Oysters at River Oyster Bar
Kumamoto Oysters at River Oyster Bar | Ines Hegedus-Garcia/Flickr
The River Seafood & Oyster Bar is a local Magic City favorite. Located alongside the Miami River, this intimate restaurant serves a variety of oysters as well as fresh seafood in a contemporary yet unpretentious downtown atmosphere. When happy hour ends, step next door to the infamous Tobacco Road dive bar, where the drinks keep flowing and live music is played on the weekends.

The Captain’s Tavern

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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The The Captain’s Tavern has weathered seasons of Miami celebrity chefs and million-dollar dining room renovations to stay true to its mission. The restaurant serves classic seafood that evolves to satisfy the changing palate of their customers. It’s also known for curating one of the best wine selections in South Florida, offering vintage greats at reasonable prices. Adjacent to the restaurant is the Captain’s Seafood Market, where a wide selection of fresh fish and shellfish can be purchased.

Rockfish Grill

Restaurant, Seafood
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Rockfish Grill is a friendly, family owned and operated restaurant offering seafood and additional classic American cuisine. Located in a Kendall strip mall near the Florida Turnpike, the small mom and pop joint is filled with floor-to-ceiling classic rock memorabilia and flat screen TVs that broadcast sports games. A selection of craft local beers are on tap to accompany a meal, or an appetiser of Florida conch fritters.

Chart House

Located in the verdant and lush south Miami neighborhood of Coconut Grove, Chart House offers succulent seafood and one of the best views in town. Enjoy the romantic setting amid organic modernist architecture and big plate-glass windows that peer into Biscayne Bay. Dine indoors or al fresco while watching yachts go to and fro from Dinner Key Marina.

Chart House, 51 Charthouse Drive, Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 856-9741

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