Coconut Grove, Miami’s oldest continuously inhabited neighborhood, was founded in 1873 by a mix of pioneers, artists, intellectuals and adventurers. The ‘tropical oasis’ of Coconut Grove thrives to this day as Miami’s relaxing escape from the stress of day-to-day life. Coconut Grove is nestled in the middle of Miami yet it is quaint and distinct from other areas. Here’s our guide to the best restaurants in the area.
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LoKal stems from the German words for ‘restaurant’ and ‘meeting place.’ The restaurant exceeds the expectations of guests by pairing sustainable and locally sourced ingredients with ‘an industrial, raw edginess.’ Using Florida grass-fed beef for their burgers, sandwiches and salads, it’s no wonder LoKal’s has been awarded the title of Best Burgers in Miami.
Nestled in the heart of Coconut Grove, La Gamba Restaurant are experts in fine Spanish dining and gourmet seafood. They stay true to their roots and adhere to classic recipes. Their Spanish style has touches of Mediterranean and Catalan flavors that come together perfectly in the Paella and seafood dishes. Some of La Gamba’s fish and seafood come from Spain and the Mediterranean, and their cured meats and cheeses are imported directly from Spain. This restaurant has become a ‘reference point’ for Spanish cuisine in Miami and it’s the perfect meeting place for foodies and experienced gourmets.
Panorama Restaurant & Sky Lounge serves delicious meals like grilled mahi mahi sandwiches and New York sirloin steak. It’s located on the 8th floor of the Sonesta hotel, providing spectacular views of Biscayne Bay. Executive Chef Chris Cramer keeps the authentic meals coming for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the culinary team creates various special menus throughout the year.
No restaurant is more passionate about offering the freshest, organic and local ingredients than Lulu. Here, they make their own mustard, they use free range eggs, smoke their salmon, grind their meat for burgers, and bake their breads and pastries. They even infuse their own vodkas and offer organic wines. Lulu is the image of what an outdoor sidewalk restaurant should be, and they believe that every customer is an important visitor.
Calamari Restaurant has a lively court garden, yet it still maintains a feeling of intimacy. Patrons can also opt for indoor dining in the spacious dining room that welcomes them with an open kitchen and visible brick oven. Enjoy the abundant menu, full of Italian favorites such as the lobster ravioli.
This restaurant offers guests meals inspired by the various flavors of Latin cuisine. Enjoy classic dishes like Chupe de Camarón and Grilled Giant Nigerian Prawns, prepared by the talented kitchen team. You can also discover more contemporary creations with their famous Ceviche Spoon Sampler. The diverse menu offers dishes ranging from authentic Latin food to modern twists on some Mexican classics. Dishes are coupled with their famous cocktails and a selection of boutique wines from Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Uruguay.
The goal at Bombay Darbar is to provide genuine and authentic Indian food at reasonable prices. They also strive for prompt, efficient and courteous service to provide the best dining experience for customers. Bombay Darbar is among the best Indian restaurants in Coconut Grove. Whether you love Indian food or are in the mood for something new, the restaurant remains an excellent choice. With a menu as extensive as theirs, offering a variety of chicken, lamb, vegetables, rice delights and more, there’s something here for everyone.
Located in the center of Coconut Grove, Fornaro Restaurant proudly serves authentic Italian dishes with a contemporary feel. Their famous favorite Polpettone, crafted with freshly ground filet mignon, is a must try, as are the perfectly baked brick oven pizzas. With their sauces made fresh daily, Farnaro guarantees that every bite will be fresh and of the utmost quality.
Dine at Akashi Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar if you’re looking for a restaurant with great service, a quiet atmosphere, and fresh, excellent quality sushi. This restaurant is quaint, with dark lighting and a saltwater fish tank. Enjoy basic teriyakis and tempuras and delicious sushi either indoors or on the lovely patio outside.