As more top-notch chefs, hole-in-the-wall gems and award-winning restaurants pop up on our South Florida shores, Miami’s dining scene is thriving more than ever. And adding to that reputation is the city’s growing list of mouthwatering gastropubs — all of which bring bold flavors, handcrafted cocktails, laid-back vibes and hearty, couture comfort food to our streets like Magic City diners have never had before.
Here’s our list of top Miami haunts with the most raved-about gastropub fare:
Over the past couple years, Batch Gastropub has become one of Brickell Avenue’s hottest hangouts, and not just because it stays open until 5am on the weekends. With its handcrafted cocktails, homemade sodas, small-batch margaritas, and sophisticated twist on classic American bar food — like dry-rub hanger steak skewers, “drunken” French toast, short rib- and pumpkin-topped pizzas, and gnocchi-and-aged-Gruyere “Mac Attack” mac n’ cheese — this tasty young gastropub is a top choice for brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour and late night.
30 SW 12th Street
Named after the word that is slang for “chatter,” it seems fitting that Bulla Gastrobar is all anyone can talk about. Serving haute menus of meat and cheese plates, tapas and “platos familiares” — all inspired by centuries of Spanish and Catalan cuisine — Chef Diego Solano’s “Sevilla Smash” bourbon cocktails, “Huevos Bulla” with homemade potato chips, acorn-fed Jamon de Bellota “5J,” rabo de toro with bomba rice, and triple-layer cremoso de chocolate (to name just a few) promise not to disappoint.
2500 Ponce de Leon Boulevard.
The brainchild of “Pubbelly Boys” Andreas Schreiner, Sergio Navarro and two-time James Beard Award nominee, Jose Mendin, this hip, pork-centric and Asian-inspired gastropub has gained fame for its neighborhood feel and mouthwatering-good menu. Grab a table and snack on luxe plates — like duck and pumpkin dumplings, BBQ pork belly “Pubbelly Ramen,” short rib gyozas, braised pork cheeks and chocolate miso bread pudding — for comfort food you won’t soon forget.
1418 20th Street
Sitting right across from Bayfront Park, at the bottom of the chic YVE Hotel Miami, this city-style haunt brings bustling Downtown Miami a casual spot for sophisticated, neighborhood fare. Open everyday of the week, from 6:30 AM to Midnight, Biscayne Tavern serves breakfast, lunch and dinner — for a taste of our favorites, try the wings & watermelon, Heritage Farm bourbon pork chop, Asian pork belly sliders and raspberry cheesecake. You can thank us later.
146 Biscayne Boulevard.
Led by world-renowned Chef Frederic Joulin, this Miami Beach spot puts a farm-to-table spin on global, gastropub fare. Serving local draft beer, “Not Too Dark But Stormy” cocktails, braised beef and green curry potstickers, Mediterranean octopus tapas, black cherry clafoutis and more, Semilla Eatery & Bar promises a memorable dining experience of casual-meets-elegant cuisine.
1330 Alton Road.
Three years ago, Coconut Grove introduced a new sustainable, locally-inspired gastropub, and South Floridians everywhere rejoiced. Taking pride in its Florida grass-fed beef and Floridian-raised, clean proteins for all burgers, sandwiches and salads, LoKal’s menu of “Fidy-Fidy” ground beef-bacon burgers, alligator strips, Florida free-range chicken sandwiches, Puerto Rican “tres leches,” and what was voted some of “the best chicken and waffles in Miami” keeps diners coming back for more.
3190 Commodore Plaza.