16 Best Seafood Restaurants In Miami

You are about to dive into a sea of mouth-watering goodness! Miami is home to one of the world’s best seafood scenes! Whether it’s fresh-caught fish or succulent crab, these restaurants will make your taste buds dance. It doesn’t matter if you are in the mood for casual seafood shacks or fine dining experiences, Miami has it

Discover the best menus, ambiences, and locations for satisfying your seafood cravings as we explore some of the best seafood restaurants in Miami. Taking a closer look at some of the most delectable seafood dishes Miami has to offer will not be limited to restaurants. Come along and enjoy the flavors of the sea with us!


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Keep checking back as we update our list of best MIAMI SEAFOOD restaurants  regularly with new discoveries and local favorites.

1. La mar

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Technically, the executive chef is a celebrity back in Peru, perhaps the country’s most famous cook. But the real mastermind running the day-to-day is Diego Oka, who plates Insta-worthy dishes that taste just as good as they look. The menu largely highlights local catch and seafood you’d find on a trip to Peru, best exemplified with bright ceviches that somehow are full of tangy citrus flavor and also preserve the delicate taste of the fish. It’s just a bonus that La Mar’s balcony has the kind of view you’d expect at a top-notch seafood spot, the waves from the bay lapping against the seawall below.

RECOMMENDED DISH

Sandwiches prepared with croquettes, pickles, Swiss cheese, ham, roasted pork, and mustard on pressed Cuban bread are a crowd favorite.

2. Chugs Diner

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This amazing restaurant invites you to indulge your palate's cravings with every bite. Their fresh ingredients are elevated to be exquisitely refined in every way.

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This amazing restaurant invites you to indulge your palate's cravings with every bite. Their fresh ingredients are elevated to be exquisitely refined in every way.

THE CHEF

It is headed by Bravo’s Top Chef Season 13’s Winner, Chef Jeremy Ford. When the show was filmed, he was Jean-Georges Vongerichten's right-hand man at the Matador Room in Miami Beach. A Florida native, the 32-year-old chef also studied under Ludo Lefebvre in Los Angeles. He has been devoted to cooking since he met his maternal grandmother at the age of 14. 

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Hit up the Edgewater neighborhood’s casual yet classy haunt, located across from a historic Miami cemetery. An old-school marquee hanging above the kitchen maps out your next adventure in oysters. There are usually about eight options, and it’s okay to ask for help when making a selection (if you’re not familiar with the flavor profile of bivalves from British Columbia, for instance). The vibe here is not pretentious. Classic seafood preparations, prime rib, hearty lobster rolls, soups and an extensive list of veggie sides round out the menu. We recommend taking a close look at the wine list before ordering the same old Chardonnay. It’s divided into several sections that recommend varietals by style (tart+fruity), food order (for crudo) and more. 

Time Out tip: Two words: make reservations. Most Miami restaurants will typically squeeze in walk-ins but Mignonette’s cozy dining rooms just don’t have the space to accommodate anyone who doesn’t call ahead—especially at dinner, when wait times are the longest.

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This amazing restaurant invites you to indulge your palate's cravings with every bite. Their fresh ingredients are elevated to be exquisitely refined in every way.

THE CHEF

It is headed by Bravo’s Top Chef Season 13’s Winner, Chef Jeremy Ford. When the show was filmed, he was Jean-Georges Vongerichten's right-hand man at the Matador Room in Miami Beach. A Florida native, the 32-year-old chef also studied under Ludo Lefebvre in Los Angeles. He has been devoted to cooking since he met his maternal grandmother at the age of 14. 

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River Oyster is the token spot for bivalve-loving people thanks to an unbeatable half-priced-oyster happy hour from 4:30pm to 7pm. During regular hours, the menu covers the full seafood spectrum, from fresh and local to flown-in and wonderful, like Florida’s own yellowtail or salmon that came all the way from New Zealand. Whether it’s a simple crab cake or an elaborate shellfish platter stacked with shrimp, lobster and everything else, River Oyster always delivers.

RECOMMENDED DISH

This amazing restaurant invites you to indulge your palate's cravings with every bite. Their fresh ingredients are elevated to be exquisitely refined in every way.

THE CHEF

It is headed by Bravo’s Top Chef Season 13’s Winner, Chef Jeremy Ford. When the show was filmed, he was Jean-Georges Vongerichten's right-hand man at the Matador Room in Miami Beach. A Florida native, the 32-year-old chef also studied under Ludo Lefebvre in Los Angeles. He has been devoted to cooking since he met his maternal grandmother at the age of 14. 

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Right as you walk in, there's really no question of the freshness of soon-to-be dinner, considering all those king crabs are having a last swim in aquariums right there in the entranceway. Servers carry out the crimson crab legs stacked in a geometric pattern before de-shelling tableside, then artfully arranging them to be eaten with the totally optional herbed butter. Sure, there are other reasons to come, like the stunning remake of a historic bayfront building and dry-aged steaks from special purveyors, but those clean-the-savings-account-out crabs will surely steal the show.

RECOMMENDED DISH

This amazing restaurant invites you to indulge your palate's cravings with every bite. Their fresh ingredients are elevated to be exquisitely refined in every way.

THE CHEF

It is headed by Bravo’s Top Chef Season 13’s Winner, Chef Jeremy Ford. When the show was filmed, he was Jean-Georges Vongerichten's right-hand man at the Matador Room in Miami Beach. A Florida native, the 32-year-old chef also studied under Ludo Lefebvre in Los Angeles. He has been devoted to cooking since he met his maternal grandmother at the age of 14. 

6. Lure Fishbar

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Part of Myles Chefetz's Prime restaurant empire, Prime Fish is known for its massive plates of seafood, heaping piles of east and west coast oysters, Maine lobster cocktails, Petrossian caviar and much more. From October to May, you can grab a seat on the tree-strewn terrace or in the fancy spot’s black-and-white, mermaid-themed dining room. Order the colossal claws (market price). You won't regret it. 

RECOMMENDED DISH

This amazing restaurant invites you to indulge your palate's cravings with every bite. Their fresh ingredients are elevated to be exquisitely refined in every way.

THE CHEF

It is headed by Bravo’s Top Chef Season 13’s Winner, Chef Jeremy Ford. When the show was filmed, he was Jean-Georges Vongerichten's right-hand man at the Matador Room in Miami Beach. A Florida native, the 32-year-old chef also studied under Ludo Lefebvre in Los Angeles. He has been devoted to cooking since he met his maternal grandmother at the age of 14. 

7. Prime Fish

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Part of Myles Chefetz's Prime restaurant empire, Prime Fish is known for its massive plates of seafood, heaping piles of east and west coast oysters, Maine lobster cocktails, Petrossian caviar and much more. From October to May, you can grab a seat on the tree-strewn terrace or in the fancy spot’s black-and-white, mermaid-themed dining room. Order the colossal claws (market price). You won't regret it.

RECOMMENDED DISH

This amazing restaurant invites you to indulge your palate's cravings with every bite. Their fresh ingredients are elevated to be exquisitely refined in every way.

8. Joe's Stone Crab

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This classic South Beach establishment is known for its fresh stone crab claws and long wait times

South Florida’s most famous restaurant, Joe’s (which turned 100 in 2013) is as much a Miami must-see as Ocean Drive. It attracts locals, tourists and celebs, serving seasonal stone crabs (October–May) with a “secret” sauce, garlic creamed spinach, fried sweet potatoes, coleslaw and hash browns. If you don’t like seafood, try the fried chicken, or the liver and onions. Joe’s doesn’t take reservations, so be prepared for a horrendously long wait, first to register your name, then for a table. 

Time Out tip: Skip the wait at Joe’s Take Away next door, where you get the same fresh claws at the same price without the long lines. Plus, this is where you’ll find some of the best fried chicken in town for less than $10.

RECOMMENDED DISH

This amazing restaurant invites you to indulge your palate's cravings with every bite. Their fresh ingredients are elevated to be exquisitely refined in every way.

9. La Camaronera

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Lobster poppers, fish fingers, popcorn shrimp—if it's found in the ocean, you'll find it fried on La Camaronera's menu. This neighborhood fish shack evolved from a counter service eatery (might we add one without chairs) into a full-blown restaurant that's been featured on Food Network and frequented by foodies near and far. A pan con minuta is what most everyone lines up for: a fried snapper sandwich on a lightly toasted Cuban roll (tail and all!) that clocks in at under $10 and keeps you satiated for hours. You might leave the place smelling like you spent the afternoon on a barge, but it's a small price to pay for some of the freshest seafood in town. 

RECOMMENDED DISH

This amazing restaurant invites you to indulge your palate's cravings with every bite. Their fresh ingredients are elevated to be exquisitely refined in every way.

10. Stiltsville Fish Bar

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While utmost folks will noway get out to one of those legendary wood- support houses off Biscayne Bay, they now can savor a fresh catch straight from those waters at Stiltsville. Inspired by cook and owner Jeff McInnis’s nonage spent fishing in the panhandle and Florida’s abundant marine life, the Sunset Harbour eatery specializes in locally sourced seafood with a ultramodern twist. Then, he and mate/ cook Janine Booth turn introductory chow into commodity instigative — think smoked oysters, pimento rubbish cakes and spoonable sludge chuck
piled with fresh lobster. Sides and small starters similar as the scallops with plantain chips, cobia ceviche with sour orange and mofongo — introduce some Latin faculty to the else American menu.

11. Captain's Tavern Restaurant

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Hidden in Pinecrest, just off US1, Captain’s Tavern is hard to find—but you'll be glad you did. The joint serves as a haven for families and longtime locals in the mood for a reliable and familiar meal. Start with the stone crab cocktail for just $19, or get the medium, large, jumbo and colossal Florida stone crabs at market price. The claws are served fresh, with no frills—just like everything at Captain’s Tavern.

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This amazing restaurant invites you to indulge your palate's cravings with every bite. Their fresh ingredients are elevated to be exquisitely refined in every way.

12. Area 31

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Everything you need to know about visiting downtown Miami’s Area 31 Restaurant (270 Biscayne Blvd Way).

Even if it didn’t boast one of the city’s most spectacular views—the Miami skyline is laid out in front of you from the 16th floor of the EPIC Hotel—Executive chef Sezer Deniz’s innovative, sustainable seafood offerings, much of it sourced from the waters you can gaze out upon, would surely be packing in the patrons. The menu changes regularly, but expect fresh, Mediterranean-inspired dishes like horiatiki (Greek salad), roasted scallops with kombu-infused smoked cauliflower and short rib cokertme (Turkish steak and chips), along with engaging tableside experiences. 

 

Happy hour with a view

Area 31’s Friday Social Hour is one of Miami’s most popular—it boasts one of the most impressive views of downtown Miami and Brickell Avenue. The deal runs from 5 to 8pm and features $8 to $10 cocktails and $10 bar bites, plus tunes from resident DJs and the occasional live musical guest. Another reason to dash here after work? Watching the sunset over the Miami skyline from the 16th-floor rooftop bar.

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This amazing restaurant invites you to indulge your palate's cravings with every bite. Their fresh ingredients are elevated to be exquisitely refined in every way.

13. Novikov Miami

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This buzzy Chinese-Japanese restaurant serves a decadent Sunday brunch menu that's peppered with many of its dinnertime favorites, such as dumplings and sashimi, plus unlimited cocktails, champagne, rosé and sake. Whether you opt for the $99 signature option or splurge on the $189 premium, you'll get a selection of shareable appetizers and sushi for the table, your choice of entrée (each tier gets different options to choose from) and an impressive dessert platter that changes weekly depending on chef's inspiration.

14. Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish

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Down by the river, tucked behind a maze of downtown freeways and bridges, this seafood shack is a hidden gem. From the nautical interior and rustic waterfront deck to the fishing boats that chug by, this place oozes character. Conch fritters, gorgeous ceviche and Florida stone crab are warm-ups for the entrées: juicy grilled jumbo shrimp, say, or grilled yellowtail, grouper or lobster, served alongside buttery parsley potatoes, green plantains, Caesar salads or fries. The Key lime pie is one of the best in town. Tricky to find, but worth the effort.

RECOMMENDED DISH

This amazing restaurant invites you to indulge your palate's cravings with every bite. Their fresh ingredients are elevated to be exquisitely refined in every way.

15. La Camaronera

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Lobster poppers, fish fingers, popcorn shrimp—if it's found in the ocean, you'll find it fried on La Camaronera's menu. This neighborhood fish shack evolved from a counter service eatery (might we add one without chairs) into a full-blown restaurant that's been featured on Food Network and frequented by foodies near and far. A pan con minuta is what most everyone lines up for: a fried snapper sandwich on a lightly toasted Cuban roll (tail and all!) that clocks in at under $10 and keeps you satiated for hours. You might leave the place smelling like you spent the afternoon on a barge, but it's a small price to pay for some of the freshest seafood in town. 

RECOMMENDED DISH

This amazing restaurant invites you to indulge your palate's cravings with every bite. Their fresh ingredients are elevated to be exquisitely refined in every way.