Make no mistake about it: the Miami seafood restaurant scene is absolutely incredible.
Not only do some of the top chefs in Florida reside here, but being right on top of the Atlantic Ocean and offering the freshest fish possible doesn’t hurt either. The best seafood in Miami (South Beach) really depends on your mood!
You can find everything that your stomach desires in Miami, from succulent stone crabs to awesome ceviche, fresh raw bars, and oceanside seafood tacos. If you’re craving it, someone is making it here.
The challenge is that with new restaurants popping up all the time and an abundance of staple eateries—it can be hard to know where to go.
You might be wondering:
Which restaurant offers the best seafood brunch in Miami? How about the best seafood market? Where can I get the best fish tacos?
Selecting the best Miami Beach seafood is no simple task, but we’ve put together a killer list for you. Take a look at where local seafood lovers and visiting seafoodies get their Miami seafood fix!
9 Best Miami Beach Seafood Restaurant Picks
1. Best Seafood Restaurant in Miami (Overall)
11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach
Must-Try Dish: Stone Crabs (of course!)
Chef: Chef Andre Bienvenu is at the top of his game and has been cooking up magic at this iconic 103-year-old restaurant for the last 17 years. You can also find Chef Andre at Sobe Seafood Fest each year at Saturday’s festival and competing in the Chef Showdown (Champion 2015, 2016, and 2017 in Battle Crab).
There are many contenders when it comes time to choose the best seafood restaurants in South Beach, Miami, but one stands out in our mind: Joe’s Stone Crab.
Joe’s Stone Crab is the original Miami staple. Other restaurants have tried to imitate them, but no one really comes close. Since opening its doors in 1913, Joe’s has offered consistent quality and tastes that never lose their appeal.
As for what we love to eat, you have to try the Florida stone crabs! In season during October 15 – May 15, the decadent and sweet stone crab claws arrive fresh daily, ice cold, and they even pre-crack them when you sit down. Eat them naked with just a touch of salt or dipped in Joe’s famous, tangy mustard sauce. Flaky but succulent, there’s really no wrong way to indulge.
Pair the stone crabs, with their famous grilled tomatoes and skinny sweets, and you will have a winning meal fit for a champion.
If you’re searching for stonies, Joe’s is truly the best seafood restaurant in Miami (South Beach), hands down!
Photo from Joe’s Stone Crab website.
2. Best Fish Tacos in Miami
1120 16th St, South Beach
Favorite Dish: Pescado Tacos (Grilled Mahi, Charred Pineapple Slaw, Pickled Red Onion, Cilantro, Chipotle-Cotija Dressing)
Chef: Bodega is the brainchild of Chef Bernie Matz and Menin Hospitality. And as the self-proclaimed “connoisseur of the taco,” his food is hard to deny. After all, he was Chef Showdown Champion 2015, 2016, and 2017 in Battle Taco. (We’ll see if he can keep his crown in 2018. Competitors will be announced in early September!)
Sometimes you just need an excellent taco. There are many great taco joints on the beach, but if you’re looking for the best fish tacos in Miami, head to Bodega Taqueria y Tequila.
This restaurant serves up Mexican street food at its finest. No matter what you order here, you can expect an explosion of flavors and an exciting mix of tastes in every bite. It’s no surprise it makes our list of the best seafood in Miami (South Beach).
The absolute best fish taco you can take a bite out of is the Pescado Grilled Mahi taco. The fish is thick and rich with a slightly smoky and grilled taste that makes your mouth water. Paired with crunchy yet sweet charred pineapple slaw, pickled red onion, fresh cilantro, and savory chipotle-cotija dressing, it’s to die for. You’ll be addicted by your first bite.
Insider Tip: Head over for dinner and be sure to check out what’s “behind” the taco stand facade. One of Miami’s coolest hidden hot spots awaits.
Photo from Bodega Taqueria website.
3. Best Seafood Brunch in Miami
3201 Rickenbacker Cwy, Key Biscayne
Best Dish: Anything from the raw bar
Chef: Born in the Big Apple, Chef Jim Pastor is best known for his comfort cuisine with a twist.
Okay, we know Rusty Pelican isn’t on South Beach, but their brunch is a thing of beauty so we couldn’t leave them out! When you’re looking for the best places to eat seafood in South Beach, Miami proximity for Sunday Brunch, look no further than the Rusty Pelican Miami. Their brunch menu is packed with everything under the sun from fried calamari, to raw bar oysters, lobster tail, sashimi, local red snapper, and more.
We recommend heading for the raw bar right away. With everything from creamy and buttery raw oysters to delicate and sweet King Crab, there’s a dish for everyone (the variety alone classifies this as the best seafood brunch in Miami). And, we need to give a special mention to their fantastic ceviche. Made with mild but sweet Corvina fish and mixed with sweet potatoes, choclo, red onion, lime juice, Aji Amarillo, and cilantro, every taste is utter deliciousness.
Chef Jim knows how to put together a spread you won’t soon forget.
Photo from Rusty Pelican Facebook page.
4. Best Sushi in Miami
5241 NW 87th Ave, Doral
Featured Dish: Godzilla Roll (smoked eel, krab, cream cheese, cucumber, scallion, avocado, strawberry, and eel sauce)
Chef: Chef Masatomo Hamaya is one of the most forward-thinking and recognized Japanese chefs in the country. He’s known for both his traditional comfort Japanese food and his award-winning sushi creations.
When it comes to the best sushi in Miami, no one does it better than the Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market. We know they aren’t on South Beach but when you’re the best, you’re the best.
This working fish market features the freshest local and exotic seafood, grab-and-go snacks, ready-to-prepare meals, and one-of-a-kind products. A full-service restaurant is also on site with award-winning sushi dishes.
The fresh sushi from Dragonfly offers a mix of subtle and bold. From sweet to salty there’s a wonderful harmony of flavors to be found in every roll or sashimi dish. No doubt that the umami flavor belongs here. We have many favorites, from the indulgent Godzilla Rolls to the baked smooth Slammin’ Salmon Roll.
Photo provided by Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market.
5. Best Authentic Fish in Miami
1131 Washington Ave, Miami Beach
Best Dish: Whole Sea Bass Branzino Lavraki or Octopus
Chef: Chef Demetrios Pyliotis creates simple yet authentic dishes with everything from citrus-y to herbaceous savory flavors.
You might not immediately think that the best seafood in Miami (South Beach) should include a Greek restaurant. However, Poseidon Greek Restaurant is known for its authentic seafood, particularly its fresh fish.
Chef Demetrios is known for crafting healthy dishes infused with traditional spices like oregano, rosemary, and thyme. From fresh fish imported via the Aegean Sea to a medley of shellfish, his signature dishes have it all. And, his culinary style has consistently awarded him the title of Chef Showdown Champion 2015, 2016, and 2017 in Battle Octopus and Battle Fish.
If you want to try our favorite Miami seafood dish, we recommend the Whole Sea Bass Branzino Lavraki. Grilled to perfection, the fish is both flaky and moist. What’s more, you’ll love the distinctive sweet and nutty flavor that bursts with every bite. We’re also a huge fan of their award-winning grilled octopus, which is tender and perfectly flavored with lemon and herbs.
Photo from Poseidon Greek Restaurant website.
6. Best Surf N’ Turf in Miami
915 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Favorite Menu Item: 12-Ounce Filet Mignon with 6-Ounce Lobster Tail
Chef: Award-winning celebrity Chef Sean Brasel embraces prime cuts of meat, generous portions of innovative seafood, and artful dish creations.
Meat Market Miami is a sexy and glamorous take on the traditional steakhouse. Chef Sean Brasel offers an incredible selection of high-quality cuts of meat paired with delicate seafood for a menu that’s as mouthwatering as it is beautifully prepared.
There’s a little bit of everything available at Meat Market from umami duck to prime short rib, wood grilled Scottish salmon, and sea bass.
Our personal favorite dish is the juicy and flavorful 12-ounce filet mignon with the 6-ounce Tristan lobster tail. The rich, buttery, and sweet lobster pairs perfectly with the hearty and melt-in-your-mouth filet mignon. It’s a tender and decadent burst of flavor bite after bite. A definite contender for the best seafood in Miami (South Beach).
Photo provided by Meat Market Miami.
7. Best Seafood Shack in Miami
600 Ocean Drive, South Beach
Best Dish: Famous crab cakes
If you’re looking for the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall nestled on touristy Ocean Drive with the freshest seafood that tastes like a million bucks (but could give you an option for the best cheap seafood in Miami), you need to visit CJ’s Crab Shack. Its modest bar feel makes you feel right at home at this family-owned restaurant.
Drop in at any time and enjoy Alaskan king crab, mahi-mahi, grouper, oysters, shrimp, and more.
One dish you have to try is the famous crab cakes. Made with the freshest crab meat and fried to a delicious crisp, they are a traditional favorite. You’ll love the bright citrus flavor of the lemon paired with the abundance of sweet lump crab meat.
Lobster lovers: we have great news for you. The family-owned CJ’s Crab Shack just opened another shack on South Beach…The Lobster Shack! Same incredible team, totally different menu.
Photo from CJ’s Crab Shack Facebook page.
8. Best Seafood Market in Miami
1020 Alton Road, Miami Beach
Featured Dish: Catch of the Day
When it comes to the best seafood market in Miami, there’s Whole Foods South Beach (or any of their 13 South Florida locations, really). Each day they have an incredible and wide selection of wild-caught seafood specifically chosen for its taste and freshness.
Whole Foods Market seafood is certified and rated for sustainability. They’ve got everything from fresh seasoned boneless fillets to pre-cooked and smoked seafood, and more. When you head inside, don’t forget to ask about the Catch of the Day. You’ll be able to prepare tonight’s dinner with some of the freshest Miami seafood in town.
Photo from Whole Foods Facebook page.
9. Best Seafood Festival in Miami
Lummus Park, South Beach
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018
We might be slightly biased…but we think the absolute best seafood festival in Miami is, of course, our South Beach Seafood Festival! We’ve been around for years, and in that time have dished up the most delicious seafood in South Beach.
As for what you should try during South Beach Seafood Week, there are almost too many great things on the menu. We have everything including:
- stone crabs,
- lobster cones,
- surf n’ turf like crab cakes and smoked ribs,
- lobster morsels,
- crab cakes,
- fresh oysters,
- Thai fish and chips,
- surf n’ turf gyros,
- Key West shrimp tacos,
- tuna poke salad,
- scallop BLT (the best fish sandwich in Miami), and
- stone crab rangoons…just to name a few!
If you can imagine it, there’s a seafood dish at #SobeSeafood Fest that fulfills your craving.
If you’re looking for the best seafood in Miami (South Beach), there are a ton of restaurants to choose from. And if you don’t know where to start, snag your South Beach Seafood Festival tickets and get a taste of everything.
There’s no shortage of Miami seafood restaurants to taste and try. Here’s a recap of our picks in a variety of categories ahead of this year’s festival. Let’s see who tops off the list October 16 – 20, 2018 at #SobeSeafood!
Best Miami Beach Seafood Restaurants
- Best Seafood Restaurant in Miami (Overall) – Joe’s Stone Crab
- Best Fish Tacos in Miami – Bodega Taqueria y Tequila
- Best Seafood Brunch in Miami – Rusty Pelican Miami
- Best Sushi in Miami – Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market
- Best Authentic Fish in Miami – Poseidon Greek Restaurant
- Best Surf N’ Turf in Miami – Meat Market Miami
- Best Seafood Shack in Miami – CJ’s Crab Shack
- Best Seafood Market in Miami – Whole Foods South Beach
- Best Seafood Festival in Miami – South Beach Seafood Festival
So, tell us:
What’s your favorite location for the best seafood in Miami (South Beach)?
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