The Most Fun Restaurants in Miami

The OpenTable Team

With its 24-hour buzz, beautiful beaches and glamorous urban landscape, Miami has the reputation of a destination for having a good time. The restaurant scene has countless fun dining options. Many embrace the city's rich Latin American cultures, while Italian, pan-Asian, new American and fusion styles all have a place among the most fun restaurants in Miami. But where are the savviest, most seasoned foodies eating out? This is the Tastemaker 20. We studied data covering thousands of restaurants to find the best according to OpenTable's smartest, most expert eaters. The following 20 restaurants offer a dining experience that's memorable for more than just incredible food – they also emphasize an element of fun. Locals and visitors to Miami seeking a superb meal with a great vibe should book a table at one or more of these hot spots today.

Restaurants:El Cielo by Juan Manuel Barrientos, Ghee - Downtown Dadeland, Barton G. The Restaurant - Miami Beach
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Indian
Neighborhoods:Brickell, Kendall / Kendall West, Miami Beach / South Beach

El Cielo by Juan Manuel Barrientos

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Brickell
458 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Creative Cuisine
ElCielo by Juan Manuel Barrientos stands out as an unforgettable fine-dining destination for discerning, big-budgeted patrons. It’s simultaneously one of the most fun restaurants iRead more
83% recommended
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Ghee - Downtown Dadeland

$$$$·Indian·
Kendall / Kendall West
712 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Authentic
The hip, modern Indian eatery Ghee in downtown Dadeland is a serious contender among the top fun restaurants in Miami. The restaurant proved so popular upon its 2017 opening that cRead more
99% recommended
Healthy in Miami / Southeast Florida

Barton G. The Restaurant - Miami Beach

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Miami Beach / South Beach
3,648 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fun
With signatures including orchid curtains, prop-aided plating and a liquid nitrogen-centric cocktail program, Barton G. The Restaurant does not skimp on theatrics. Expect a dining Read more
82% recommended
Most Booked in Miami / Southeast Florida

La Placita

$$$$·Puerto Rican·
MiMo / Upper East Side
502 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Contemporary Puerto Rican cuisine is the specialty of La Placita, one of the best restaurants in Miami for a fun and unforgettable meal. The MiMo restaurant, whose façade is painteRead more
92% recommended

KYU

$$$$·Contemporary Asian·
Wynwood / Edgewater
1,590 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Worth the Drive
  • Special Occasion
The signature of KYU, one of the most fun restaurants in Miami, is wood-fired, Asian-inspired cuisine. Chef Michael Lewis embraces Japanese barbecue grilling techniques, which giveRead more
100% recommended
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R House Wynwood

$$$$·Contemporary Latin·
Wynwood / Edgewater
808 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fun
  • Good for Birthdays
Wynwood’s R House is one of the most fun restaurants in Miami for diners who wish to combine an eclectic meal with a cultural experience. The restaurant and lounge incorporate a fuRead more
97% recommended
Great for Brunch in Miami / Southeast Florida
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Stubborn Seed

$$$$·American·
Miami Beach / South Beach
998 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Stubborn Seed is a contemporary American restaurant in South Beach from chef Jeremy Ford, famous for his appearance on TV’s Top Chef. The small space brings together Art Deco and iRead more
93% recommended
Best Food in Miami / Southeast Florida

Santorini By Georgios

$$$$·Greek·
Miami Beach / South Beach
1,183 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
At the Hilton Bentley Miami/South Beach Hotel, Santorini By Georgios presents authentic Greek cuisine by the poolside. The all blue and white, sunlight-filled indoor/outdoor venue Read more
90% recommended

Ornos Estiatorio a Michael Mina Restaurant

$$$$·Greek·
Aventura
25 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Authentic
Two major names are behind International Smoke in Aventura: acclaimed chef and prolific restaurateur Michael Mina, and celebrity television host and cookbook author Ayesha Curry. TRead more
91% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Miami - Dade County

Alter

$$$$·American·
Wynwood / Edgewater
411 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
Since its opening in 2015, Alter has won considerable critical acclaim, with reviewers universally lauding chef Brad Kilgore’s innovative approach to Asian- and European-influencedRead more
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Three & No.3 Social

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Wynwood / Edgewater
525 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
The top-notch Wynwood Arcade establishment Three comprises a trio of venues in one (hence the name): a fine-dining restaurant, rooftop lounge and cooking school. It’s also notable Read more
81% recommended

Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar - Kendall

$$$$·Peruvian·
Kendall / Kendall West
799 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
In the Kendall neighborhood of Miami, Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar presents modern menus inspired by the traditional cuisines of Peru. The upscale yet fun eatery specializes (naRead more
89% recommended

Ferraro's Kitchen

$$$$·Italian·
MiMo / Upper East Side
635 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Igor Ferraro, a native of Venice, Italy, lends his name, his exceptional talents as a chef and sommelier, and the inspiration of his homeland to Ferraro’s Kitchen in Miami’s MiMo dRead more
96% recommended
Italian in Miami - Dade County

Caffe Vialetto

$$$$·Italian·
Coral Gables / Coral Way / Little Havana
1,148 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
One of the most fun restaurants in Miami is Caffe Vialetto in Coral Gardens, where the lunch and dinner menus reveal a merger between Italian and Latin American cuisines. Risotto (Read more
96% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Miami - Dade County

Caviar Russe Miami

$$$$·Seafood·
Miami
116 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Romantic
For a decadent, lavish type of fun – the kind associated with copious servings of caviar and chilled seafood towers plus champagne and vodka – head to Caviar Russe in Brickell. TheRead more
100% recommended
Seafood in Miami / Southeast Florida
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CRUST

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown Miami / Miami River District
2,077 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
CRUST is a charming, casual pizza spot by the Miami River that’s generated buzz among local foodies for its gourmet toppings in creative combinations. Examples include the signaturRead more
97% recommended
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Tuyo

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Miami / Miami River District
1,042 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
Much of Tuyo’s fun appeal comes thanks to its setting on the rooftop of the Miami Culinary Institute. Diners take in panoramic views across downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay through Read more
95% recommended
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Yumbrella Food Hall - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
South Miami
14 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Casual
  • Fun
Yumbrella Food Hall in South Miami takes its concept and name from the original Yumbrella, a 1970s food hall that brought diverse international eateries together under one roof. ThRead more
81% recommended
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Obra Kitchen Table

$$$$·Latin American·
Brickell
216 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Award-winning chef Carlos Garcia won considerable international acclaim for the Caracas restaurant Alto before bringing his exceptional Venezuelan cuisine to Miami. At Obra KitchenRead more
82% recommended
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Estefan Kitchen

$$$$·Cuban·
Design District / Buena Vista
816 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
With the world-famous musicians Gloria and Emilio Estefan as its owners, Estefan Kitchen in the Design District was destined to get plenty of attention upon its 1992 opening. Its lRead more
93% recommended
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