Some like it raw. Raw fish, that is. And what better place to find the best oysters, clams, shrimp and more than in a city that’s right on the ocean? To help you decide where to go, we’ve put together a list of the top five raw bars in the city.
1 Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
From the same people who brought you Sushi Samba comes Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, one of Miami’s best new hot spots. Sugarcane has received a ton of positive buzz since it opened earlier this year — some claim it may possibly be the best restaurant in Miami. We recommend trying out their new weekend brunch, every Saturday and Sunday starting at 11:30 a.m...But good luck getting a reservation!
3250 NE 1st Ave., Midtown Miami, 786.369.0353; www.sugarcanerawbargrill.com
2 The River Seafood & Oyster Bar
On a daily basis for the past seven years, The River has been importing oysters from around the country, which are innovatively combined in various prepared dishes, or alone in their unique selection of sauces. If you like to people watch, you’re in luck. You can see the workings of their kitchen through their glass wall. As a local favorite, this place is ideal for an after-work happy hour meal or a late night romantic date.
650 South Miami Ave., Miami, 305.530.1915; www.therivermiami.com
3 Half Shell Raw Bar
If you’re looking for a fancy place to dine, then we suggest you look elsewhere. If you don’t mind dining in an old shrimp packing building where you eat on picnic tables with paper plates and plastic silverware, then head to the Old Historic Seaport and make a stop at Half Shell, named South Florida’s No. 1 raw bar. The historic restaurant is a local favorite, filled with character and waterfront charm.
Old Historic Seaport, 231 Margaret Street, Key West, 305.294.7496; www.halfshellrawbar.com
4 Casablanca Seafood Bar and Grill
For more than 20 years, Casablanca has been a staple in the Miami seafood scene. The restaurant literally sits on a dock overlooking the historic Miami River and with views of the Downtown Miami skyline. Next door, you’ll find the Casablanca Seafood Fish Market, perfect if you can want to take their delectable seafood home with you! The key to their success is also their slogan: “Straight from our boats to the table.”
404 N. River Drive, Miami, 305.371.7094; www.casablancaseafood.com
Quinn’s chef is none other than the award-winning Gerry Quinn, who is known throughout the Miami area for his culinary expertise and his long celebrated restaurant A Fish Called Avalon. Located in the historic Art Deco Park Central Hotel, Quinn’s is the raw bar to go in SoBe, especially if your dinner guests aren’t as big of fans of raw bars are you are. The menu has a little something for everyone, featuring cooked seafood, steaks, salads and pastas.