In a beach destination as popular as Miami, it’s only fitting that there be a delicious seafood scene to go right along with it. And with so many fabulous seafood restaurants in the Magic City, we’ve narrowed down our top five favorites to help you know exactly where to wine and dine. Check out our picks, below:
Golden Rule Seafood: When it comes to delicious seafood, there’s rarely something more special than fresh, best-quality catches from a place you can trust — and Miami’s very own Golden Rule Seafood is just that. Run by dynamic husband-and-wife duo, Pam Mullins and Walter Flores, this casual spot has been in the family for decades; earning a reputation as one of South Florida’s most popular seafood storefronts since it first opened its doors in that same location in 1943. Adding a restaurant to its historic location just last year, this cozy watering hole has quickly become the delicious answer to seafood lovers’ prayers: a family-run joint with friendly faces, a fun atmosphere, fresh market-to-table seafood, and signature favorites like blackened mahi mahi tacos, whole fried snapper, Caribbean fried conch, shrimp & oyster po’boys and much, much more. Golden Rule Seafood is located at 17505 S. Dixie Highway.
Devon Seafood + Steak: For a haute meal south of South Beach, there’s nothing that compares to Kendall’s Devon Seafood + Steak, at The Palms at Town & Country: a place filled with fresh ocean fare, sizzling steaks, couture cocktails, idyllic waterfront views, and a casual-chic setting. Try Executive Chef Rod Chitikov’s extensive lunch, dinner, “happy hour” and weekend brunch menus, and let your taste buds be your guide — we promise their signature char-crusted Ahi Tuna with parmesan-herb roasted potatoes, seared George’s Bank scallops with lemon asparagus risotto, Chipotle-grilled shrimp enchiladas with sweet corn-jalapeño crepes, 6-ounce center-cut filet and half-pound Canadian lobster tail won’t disappoint. Devon Seafood + Steak is located inside The Palms at Town & Country Mall, at 11715 Sherri Lane.
Lure Fishbar: Located in the perfectly-posh Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Lure Fishbar serves up sexy seafood in a trendy, SoHo-meets-South Beach setting. The brainchild of famed New York City restaurateurs John McDonald and Joshua Pickard, along with Chef/Partner Josh Capon, this must-try hotspot has a menu of fresh-catch favorites that keeps patrons coming back for more: like Taylor Bay scallop ceviche with cucumber and golden pineapple salsa; steamed red snapper with bok choy; the classic lobster roll; and the 2014 New York Wine and Food Festival Burger Bash award-winning “Lure Burger.” For a meal you’ll want to thank us for, pair your dish with one of award-winning mixologist Robert Ferrara’s inventive cocktails, like the “Catch and Release” — a mixture of Absolut, Dolin Blanc, Fresh Pressed Watermelon, Lemon, Orange Bitters and Watermelon Radish — and then go back to do it all again. Lure Fishbar is located in the historic St. Moritz Hotel building, at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, at 1601 Collins Avenue.
Truluck’s Seafood, Steak & Crab House: Sitting right in the heart of trendy Brickell Avenue, this rave-worthy, steak-house-style restaurant has all the makings of a perfect nice night out: elegance, class, one-of-a-kind cocktails, pianists and mouthwatering seafood sourced from Truluck’s own fishery, right in the heart of Naples, FL. For a night you won’t forget, pair Truluck’s popular sour apple martini (or three) with its twin-stuffed South African lobster tails with parmesan mashed potatoes; Sesame-Seared Tuna in a tamari wine sauce; Jalapeño Salmon Sardou topped with rock shrimp, hearts of palm, and blue crab; and more. To end the night on a sweet note, try the chocolate malt cake — it’s worth saving room for. Truluck’s Seafood, Steak & Crab House is located at 777 Brickell Avenue.
Seaspice: Perched on the trendy Miami River, Seaspice is a sophisticated seafood brasserie and lounge where A-listers and celebrities go for haute drinks, beautiful people-watching, Miami skyline views, and delectable seafood in one of the Magic City’s most stylish settings. Pull up in your car or 60-foot luxury yacht, and try a sampling of Mediterranean-inspired dishes like escargot toast, Kaluga caviar, Alaskan King Crab or Chilean sea bass casseroles, Diver sea scallops with smoked potato puree and hazelnut butter, Maine lobster risotto and more. Led by Executive Chef Benjamin Goldman, previously of Shikany, Seaspice is a piece of St. Tropez in sexy South Florida — and a delicious one, at that. Seaspice is located at 422 NW North River Drive.