Taking your lunch break by the sea, under a shady tree, or in a funky venue boasting local art and the latest and greatest margarita — those are the perks of working in Miami. Whether you’re downtown or on the beach, there’s plenty of great options for you to explore like these best lunch spots in Miami right now.
From oceanside restaurants with spectacular views, and stellar grab-and-go choices, here’s where to find the best mid-day meal.
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Lunch Spots in Miami
Dirty French Steakhouse
Major Food Group’s Dirty French Steakhouse is introducing lunch starting September 13. The all-new lunch hours and menu offerings will be available exclusively from Tuesday – Friday from 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM. The restaurant’s new lunch menu features an array of Sandwiches and Plat Principals to choose from, along with a Lunch Prix Fixe menu. The Prixe Fixe menu ($42 pp) includes offerings such as the Roasted Chicken, Scottish Salmon, Blackened Pork Chop, 6 oz. Petit Filet, and Roasted Cauliflower Steak, served with choice of one (1) side. Sides include the Salad Maison, Sesame Spinach, Broccoli, Dirty Rice or Frites. On the other hand, Sandwich offerings include the Shaved Prime Rib, Chicken Club Maison, or the brand’s iconic DF Burger, accompanied by a side of either Salad Maison or House Made Frites. Lastly, Plat Principal choices include the grilled chicken Paillard, served with house chopped salad with mustard vinaigrette; or the Nicoise salad, featuring grilled tuna, heirloom tomatoes, and red wine vinaigrette. Dirty French Steakhouse’s new lunch prix-fixe and special offerings will also be made available alongside the restaurant’s full menu.
Le Zoo, the stylish French brasserie located on the first floor of the Bal Harbour Shops, is known for transporting diners to the sidewalk cafes of Paris combined with the shores of St. Tropez. The menu features an array of signature dishes from Steak and Frites to Fruits de Mer, celebrating the bright and fresh flavors of the Mediterranean. Whether you are relaxing in the picturesque interior salon or dining on the lush palm tree-covered patio, Le Zoo is the perfect European escape.
Mi’Talia Kitchen & Bar
Inspired entirely by Chef Jannine Booth & Jeff McInnis travels throughout Europe, Mi’Talia is a neighborhood locale where the husband and wife duo share their passion for cooking Italian flavors. Highlights from the menu include Whipped Ricotta Toast, Mama’s Meatballs, Sunflower Pizza, Spicy Rigatoni Vodka and Veal Chop Milanese.
Joia Beach is a day-to-night oasis known for its European-inspired bites, family-style platters and beautiful waterfront views. Chefs Gustavo Vertone and Maximiliano Vertone utilize Mediterranean techniques to provide guests with an elevated dining experience.
Le Jardinier Miami
Be transported to the French Riviera at Le Jardinier Miami. The French word for “gardener,” Le Jardinier’s cuisine and setting evoke a modern greenhouse in the heart of the Miami Design District. Michelin-starred Chef Alain Verzeroli’s menu is focused on utilizing the highest quality vegetables, seasonal ingredients, and fresh herbs, fitting seamlessly into the modern, light-filled interiors designed by award-winning Architect Pierre-Yves Rochon. The refined yet approachable cuisine, atmosphere, and service create a holistic hospitality experience for our guests.
Experience an Italian-Mediterranean themed dinner at Gianni’s at the Villa. The Villa Casa Casuarina is the former Versace mansion, and offers the best service, oversized Italian marble bathrooms, a gold-clad pool, a lavish rooftop lounge and private bars. Gianni’s at The Villa offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience in an iconic setting. One of the most famous parts of the house is the pool made of Italian mosaic tiles. The pool was reportedly made in Italy, then broken down into sections and shipped to Miami where it was then rebuilt at Versace’s house. The pool is filled with colorful tiles, including thousands of 24-karat gold tiles.
Smith & Wollensky
Smith & Wollensky steakhouse in South Pointe Park offers cozy indoor seating, along with an outdoor space, and second-floor al fresco bar overlooking the bay. Tables are presided over by white-jacket-and-tie-wearing waitstaff to help choose from classic cuts such as dry-aged boneless rib-eye, New York strip, filet mignon, served with sides like truffled mac and cheese or creamed corn with Manchego. For lighter and more affordable options, go for the steak tartare or a blackened cajun burger topped with blue cheese and red onion marmalade. Make sure to save room for the restaurant’s signature coconut cake.
Owner Simon Kim and his team know what they’re doing in this highly stylized Korean steakhouse, which almost feels like a temple to beautifully marbled and aged beef, much of it on display in a nearby room. A meal at this stunning and highly-acclaimed Korean barbecue restaurant offers plenty of the same show stopping dishes that helped it make a name for itself, along with lunch-only offerings like the “Optimus Prime” sandwich made with thinly cut prime rib, caviar service, and the popular Butcher’s Luncheon made with two price cuts and served with an array of banchan.