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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:El Cielo - Miami, Ghee - Downtown Dadeland, Barton G. The Restaurant - Miami Beach
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Indian
Neighborhoods:Brickell, Kendall, South Beach

El Cielo - Miami

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Brickell
616 reviews
  • Romantic
  • 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 in Miami and one of t...

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Contemporary American in Miami - Dade
12 people mentioned the Miami Spice
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Ghee - Downtown Dadeland

$$$$·Indian·
Kendall
958 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies

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 Pate...

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Best Overall in West Dade
14 people mentioned the Dosa

Barton G. The Restaurant - Miami Beach

$$$$·Contemporary American·
South Beach
4,673 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Birthdays

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 wit...

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Most Booked in Miami - Dade
43 people mentioned the Popcorn Shrimp

La Placita

$$$$·Puerto Rican·
MiMo / Upper East Side
565 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual

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 painted like a giant Puert...

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Late Night Find in Downtown Areas
63 people mentioned the Mofongo

R House Wynwood

$$$$·Contemporary Latin·
Wynwood
930 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Authentic

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 ...

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Fit for Foodies in Miami - Dade
27 people mentioned the Short Rib

Stubborn Seed

$$$$·American·
South Beach
1,539 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine

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 inf...

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American in Miami - Dade
36 people mentioned the Miami Spice
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Santorini By Georgios

$$$$·Greek·
South Beach
1,764 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion

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 Mediterra...

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Kid Friendly in Miami Beach
41 people mentioned the Greek Salad
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Estiatorio Ornos a Michael Mina Restaurant Miami

$$$$·Greek·
Aventura
160 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • 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. Their collaboration c...

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Fit for Foodies in North Dade
2 people mentioned the Rice Pudding

Three

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Wynwood
726 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • People Watching

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-resi...

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18 people mentioned the Miami Spice

Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar - Kendall

$$$$·Peruvian·
Kendall
986 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups

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...

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Best Service in West Dade
26 people mentioned the Pisco Sour

Ferraro's Kitchen

$$$$·Italian·
MiMo / Upper East Side
886 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • 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 district. The restaur...

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Best Service in Downtown Areas
18 people mentioned the Tuna Carpaccio

Caffe Vialetto

$$$$·Italian·
Coral Gables
1,317 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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 vers...

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Best Overall in Miami
40 people mentioned the Miami Spice

Caviar Russe Miami

$$$$·Seafood·
Brickell
181 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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 t...

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Best Food in Miami - Dade
42 people mentioned the Caviar

CRUST

$$$$·Italian·
Overtown
2,217 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

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 f...

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Best Value in Miami - Dade
48 people mentioned the Shrimp Cake

Alter - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
Wynwood
411 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Neighborhood Gem

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-influenced cuisine. Set inside...

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39 people mentioned the Soft Egg