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The Most Fun Restaurants in Miami

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.

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Updated January 22, 2021
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El Cielo - Miami

$$$$
Latin / Spanish
Brickell
4.7
752 reviews
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 in Miami and one of the most serious, with a focus on molecular gastronomy and 12- or 15-course chef’s menus as the only options. Characteristic elements of fun come in interactive, often theatrical presentations such as the Tree of Life course, a canopy of yuca bread sculpted over copper-wire trees embedded in rock. For the famous Chocolate Therapy course, diners smear melted chocolate and cookie crumbs over their own hands before licking it up. Other courses are more straightforward, letting the acclaimed chef’s innovative approach to Latin American cuisine dazzle on its own merits. Views of the Miami River and a stylish 56-seat space filled with leather, wood and greenery augment the experience.

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Ghee - Downtown Dadeland

$$$$
Indian
Kendall
4.7
1182 reviews
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 chef-owner Niven Patel launched a second Ghee in the Design District just six months later. Patel notably owns a produce farm in Homestead, the source of many seasonal ingredients used in Ghee’s kitchen. Those impeccable ingredients play alongside bold elements of color, aroma and texture in Patel’s complex, contemporary creations inspired by the diverse cuisines of India. Consider stand-out dishes such as avocado wahoo bhel, kale saag paneer with sweet corn and fenugreek, and Key West pink shrimp with coconut moilee sauce and basmati grits. Breads, pickles and chutneys, snacks and copious vegetable dishes feature alongside mains. Expect ample vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options as well.

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Barton G. The Restaurant - Miami Beach

$$$$
Contemporary American
South Beach
4.5
5367 reviews
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 experience laden with gimmicky fun along with some seriously good, truly original cuisine created around a circus theme. Menu highlights include lobster pop tarts, savory churro fries and desserts including a cotton candy sculpture of Marie Antoinette’s head (plus cupcakes). The Caesar salad comes with a mini cheese grater for custom shavings, while the funnel cake arrives next to a playable duck shoot carnival game. There are also straightforward offerings including prime and wagyu steaks, risotto jambalaya and orange salmon with ratatouille.

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R House Wynwood

$$$$
Contemporary Latin
Wynwood
4.9
994 reviews
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 full art gallery, and on weekends and in the evenings hosts live DJs and theme nights. Also consider the drag brunch on Sundays. Chef-owner Rocco Carulli, who has a hand in R House’s art and music offerings as well as its cuisine, creates menus around his own Italian American heritage and experiences cooking and dining all over the world. The dinner menu comprises small plates, large plates and sides, a setup that encourages sharing. Highlights include a beet arugula pesto salad, the brisket and short rib meatballs in an heirloom tomato marinara, and braised lamb shank with a porcini mushroom-coriander-cinnamon rub.

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Stubborn Seed

$$$$
American
South Beach
4.7
2130 reviews
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 industrial design influences, resulting in an ambiance equally ideal for a fun meal with friends or romantic date night. Even more exceptional than the setting is Ford’s tasting menus, which change frequently to feature the freshest seasonal, local ingredients. Critics highlight seafood creations, which might include kusshi oysters with Thai chili mignonette, and jojo tea cured cobia with car acara, spicy celery broth and compressed radish. Stop in during happy hour to sample snacks such as smoked fish toast and white cheddar poblano fritters along with a great cocktail or glass of wine. Stubborn Seed offers a three-course prix-fixe brunch menu on Sundays as well.


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Santorini By Georgios

$$$$
Greek
South Beach
4.5
2203 reviews
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 evokes the Mediterranean, with a list of cool cocktails, some served in giant shareable bowls, add a fun beach club vibe. The all-day menu focuses on fresh seafood and grilled meats in generous portions, plus mezes, wood-oven pizzas and pitas stuffed with gyros and souvlaki. Authentic Greek classics include moussaka, oven-roasted lamb with lemony potatoes, and a flaming cheese saganaki served in a sizzling skillet.


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Estiatorio Ornos a Michael Mina Restaurant Miami

$$$$
Greek
Aventura
4.6
278 reviews
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. Their collaboration cultivated the concept of global wood-fired cuisine, bringing together live-fire cooking techniques and flavors from all over the world. International Smoke’s comprehensive menus include platters laden with wood-fired shellfish or pork ribs, whole-roasted cauliflower with za’atar and pistachios, smoked Korean short ribs and more. Tableside preparation is another signature, with select dishes and cocktails finished in style in front of diners’ eyes.

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Pez Loco

$$$$
Mexican
Wynwood
4.3
17 reviews
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 for its chef-in-residence program, which brings in a rotating lineup of talent behind the scenes. Each chef lends their own signatures to Three’s changing menus while remaining consistent with a theme of locally sourced cuisine inspired by the culinary heritage of Florida and its diverse communities. Diners can select a seat in the main dining room decked out with sparkly jewel tones and tropical motifs, or opt for a more immersive experience at the 10-seat chef’s counter.

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Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar - Kendall

$$$$
Peruvian
Kendall
4.6
1142 reviews
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 (naturally) in ceviches and pisco cocktails along with a host of shareable dishes and around 50 beers. Standouts among chef Miguel Fernandez’ creations include chifa fried rice with seafood, pulled pork tostones and grilled beef heart anticuchos. Eight different ceviches feature on the dinner menu along with a sampler that features three – passion fruit, tradicional and cremoso. Sit inside the cheery, light-filled dining room or out on the spacious patio for lunch or dinner daily or weekend brunch. Or take a seat at the bar during hora loca (happy hour, from 4 to 7 p.m. daily), which features great deals on ceviches, other small plates and drinks.


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Ferraro's Kitchen

$$$$
Italian
MiMo / Upper East Side
4.9
1072 reviews
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 district. The restaurant and wine bar, which on occasion hosts cooking classes and wine tastings, evoke the culinary traditions of Italy’s key regions. All dishes are prepared from scratch using organic produce from local farms, local meats and seafood, plus select ingredients imported from Italy. Pasta dishes are a highlight, among them unexpected creations like pear pasta dumplings with gorgonzola sauce along with traditional dishes like lasagna alla Bolognese. Also expect a few authentic Venetian dishes, such as fried sardines marinated with onions, vinegar, raisins and pine nuts.

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Caffe Vialetto

$$$$
Italian
Coral Gables
4.7
1464 reviews
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 (in half a dozen versions) and ravioli (eight options, by the full portion, half-portion or piece) each get their own section on the dinner menu. Uncommon ravioli creations include fig, pear and zucotti-stuffed parcels along with savory lobster, short rib and porcini ravioli. Under “Risotto Lovers” are an apple and blue cheese risotto, another with shredded short ribs, and a Caribbean risotto with roasted almonds, sweet plantains and goat cheese. Save room for a slice of “Funk,” a decadent take on tiramisu that’s Caffe Vialetto’s signature dessert.

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Caviar Russe Miami

$$$$
Seafood
Brickell
4.8
232 reviews
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. The Miami offshoot of the original, award-winning restaurant in New York City sits in the lobby of the Four Seasons hotel, a fitting setting adorned with gold leaf, marble fixtures and glass chandeliers. There’s a caviar tasting menu, raw bar, crudo and a handful of cooked items including a filet mignon with pomme puree and king crab with polenta. On Mondays through Thursdays, Caviar Russe hosts a “power hour” during which patrons can select a caviar and champagne combo deal.

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CRUST

$$$$
Italian
Overtown
4.9
2522 reviews
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 signature CRUST pizza with fig, prosciutto and blue cheese, and the surf and turf pizza with shrimp, prosciutto and pepperoni. There’s also a custom build-your-own option with a choice of tomato or white sauce and dozens of meats, seafood, vegetables and cheeses. Rounding out the lengthy menu are small plates, salads, pasta dishes, risottos and entrees including chicken, meatball, shrimp, eggplant and Zucchi parms.

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