Mom-approved restaurants in Miami

A list of spots your Mom (and her friends) actually want to go to

May
02
2024

Keep this guide handy when looking for Mom-approved restaurants in Miami.

This is not a child-proofed restaurant list (we’re working on it though), but rather a list of spots your Baby Boomer Mom (que le encanta estar en la calle) will actually enjoy! She’s in her 60s and always looking for an excuse to wear that new summer dress she got, head to a nice spot with buen ambiente where she can enjoy a Spritz aperitivo. This list will come in handy when she asks you “Where should I go to lunch or dinner that my picky friends will like.”

So, whether you’re planning a nice outing with Mom or just helping her find a great spot para chismear with her friends, this guide will steer you in the right direction!

KOKO BY BAKAN


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 2856 Tigertail Ave
Cuisine
Mexican

There’s a fairly new spot that we just revisited and had to bring to your attention. It’s mom-friendly. For those Moms that say, “Vamos a donde quieran.” This in mom’s language means, “I’m actually really picky and we should probably go to a restaurant I want to go to so family fights are avoided.”

Koko is a super cool new Mexican spot by Grupo Bakan, which opened this year in Coconut Grove. The warm interior design is sleek and inspired by the natural landscapes and colors of Mexico.

They make their tacos with fresh tortillas from organic corn, and their meat and seafood come straight from the wood-fired grill. They also have an insane selection of over 400 mezcals and tequilas. It’s a nice balance between a chic Mexican restaurant and comida caserita. Make sure to score a seat on their covered outdoor patio surrounded by a cacti backdrop.

Their menu has options. Some of the dishes we recently tried and loved include the Zucchini Flower Quesadillas with epazote; Enchiladas de Pato en Pipian Rojo made with crispy duck carnitas, peanuts, almonds, dried chiles, spices, white onion, goat cheese, and cream; and the “Al Pastor” Cherry Wood Organic Chicken Rotisserie served with a grilled poblano chile stuffed with Oaxaca cheese, refried black beans, grilled corn, guacamole, and grilled knob onion.

 

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AMAL


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3480 Main Hwy
Cuisine: Modern Lebanese

Stop by Amal, when you’re in the mood to dress up. The menu focuses on modern Lebanese dishes created by Chef Wissman Baki. This is a great spot to send your Mom with her group of amigas chismositas, because it’s one of those restaurants where you want to picar y probar un poquito de todo! Think dips, cold and hot mezze, skewers, and more. Plus, they can continue their salidita with a few drinks after their meal at its rooftop bar, Level6.

The space is so freaking gorgeous. We honestly wouldn’t mind our house looking like this. Imagine, sandy interiors with earth tones like rose and terracotta. They’ve also incorporated small palm trees throughout the restaurant to give it a touch of Miami. We could live here because it’s so pretty but also because the food is fresh and tasty.

Our favorite dishes include Amal’s Hummus served warm with beef tenderloin, pomegranate, and roasted pine nuts; Garlic Labneh with dry mint; Muhammara with house spices and walnuts; beef Kibbeh on a bed of cucumber yogurt; Truffle Rakakat with honey, grapes, mint and pistachios (think sweet tequeños); Chicken Tawok skewers served with biwaz, pita, grilled tomatoes. serrano peppers, grilled onions, hummus, and rice.

 

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MANDOLIN AEGEAN BISTRO


Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 4312 NE 2nd Ave
Cuisine: Greek, Aegean, Mediterranean

Mandolin Aegean Bistro is a Miami favorite serving Greek and Turkish dishes. If there is a place to see-and-be-seen in Miami, Mandolin’s patio is it. Head over to the Design District for a little shopping spree (on Mom, obvio) and finish this girly afternoon with a little trip to the Mediterranean with an Aegean white sangria inside this picturesque white and blue house. It’s almost always fully booked, so we definitely suggest you plan ahead.

We recommend the Mussels with white wine, garlic, lemon, and oregano; the Grilled Halloumi with heirloom cherry tomatoes and fresh oregano; and the Grilled Octopus to start.

From the sandwich section, we’d go for the Spicy Mandolin Kebab, with a grilled house blend of ground beef and lamb, onion, parsley, sumac, and spicy Greek yogurt. If you are trying to cut back on calories, then their Whole Mediterranean Sea Bass grilled with extra virgin Aegean olive oil, lemon, and oregano is the way to go. But don’t forget to order a side of House Cut Fries with garlic Greek yogurt (to share).

OMAKAI


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove | Wynwood
Address: 3304 Mary St | 2107 NW 2nd Ave
CuisineJapanese, sushi, omakase

Omakai is your easy, cool neighborhood sushi restaurant with locations in both Coconut Grove and Wynwood. This sleek spot is a great option for those modern Moms looking to dip their toes in the world of sushi. They serve fresh quality sushi with clean and approachable flavors that make it easy for beginners to navigate and enjoy.

The menu at Omakai showcases a mix of traditional and modern Japanese dishes. They offer five omakase options and an à la carte menuThis is how we’d go about it: order their OMA Deluxe, it comes with an appetizer, a sashimi special, a generous assortment of seasonal nigiris, and 2 hand rolls, the Negi-Toro and the Blue Crab. If you’re still a little hungry, go ahead and order a few extra nigiris! Our favorites? IkuraO-Toro, Uni, and Caviar (a must), and Unagi Foie Gras, if you’re not a dessert person then this last one is the great way to end your meal, it’s sweet, warm, and delicious.

Oh, and if your Mom and friends are into late lunches, Omakai has a great Happy Hour, Monday through Friday from 3 PM to 6:30 PM. Yes, they have $3 beer, $5 wine, and $7 sake buuuuut, but the real deal is the $6 nigiris (2 pieces per order) and hand rolls. We recently stopped by and simply got one of each for the table! From the nigiri section don’t skip the Kanpachi, the Salmon Duo, and (again) the Unagi Foie Gras. As for the hand rolls, we always get the Negi-Toro and the Maine Lobster.

 

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LIDO RESTAURANT AT THE SURF CLUB


Neighborhood: Surfside
Address: 9011 Collins Ave
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean

If your mom has flawless taste, is all about clean flavors, and loves being wine and dined, then we’ve got the spot for you.

Lido Restaurant at the Surf Club, inside the Four Seasons in Surfside has an important place in Miami Beach’s history. Since it opened its doors on New Year’s Day in 1930, it has been a destination for Italian Mediterranean dining and retro glamour.

The Lido Restaurant is in the Surf Club’s legendary ballroom and adjacent oceanfront terrace. Lido is where you go when you want to feel like you’re in Sicily, especially in their balcony seating.

The menu highlights simple Mediterranean cuisine. We recommend stopping by for lunch and sitting on the terrace. Some of our favorite dishes include the Ricciola al Limone, sliced yellowtail, “Amalfi” crudo with lemon dressing; Vitello Tonnato, thinly sliced veal, tonnato sauce, crispy capers, and Aged Balsamic; and the Saffron Risotto with organic Acquarello rice and Amarelli licorice.

PASTIS


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address380 NW 26th St
Cuisine: French

The iconic NYC staple, Pastis, has expanded its presence from the Meatpacking District to the vibrant neighborhood of Wynwood. The restaurant stays true to its New York roots, offering the same menu filled with classic Parisian bistro-style dishes and an incredible ambiance that won’t make you feel like you’re in Miami.

You’re heading here for a chic lunch or dinner and sitting at their gorgeous outdoor patio decorated with ceiling fans, red patio umbrellas, and twinkly lights. We’d start with some drinks (of course) to get those chismesitos rolling. Is it just us, or do most moms enjoy a refreshing and relaxing Spritz? We suggest you order two St. Tropez Spritz (one for you and one for Mom) made with St. Germain, lemon, aperitif, sparkling wine, and strawberries.

As for the food, we like to start with a few hors d’oeuvres for the table. We usually go for the Tuna Carpaccio with lemon vinaigrette, Escargots with garlic-parsley butter, Onion Soup, and Crispy Artichokes with garlic aioli. Moving on to the entrées we love their Chicken Paillard with almonds and picholine olives, and we always love to get an order of the Moules Frites with white wine and garlic for the table (don’t forget to dip the bread in the sauce). If you still have a little room, the grand finale is the airy Profiteroles, delicately filled with velvety smooth vanilla ice cream, and generously drizzled with warm chocolate sauce.

 

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KLAW ROOFTOP


Neighborhood: Edgewater
Address1737 N Bayshore Dr
CuisineSeafood, steak

It’s not easy to find a restaurant that provides good views and good food. And a rooftop? We would have said good luck until Klaw came into the picture.

This is the only rooftop in Edgewater with a menu that features a high-quality beef program and sea delicacies. It’s also a great spot to bring your mom who loves to be fabulous.

The rooftop has a more condensed menu in comparison to the main dining room. However, you can still order the  Norweigan King crab legs.

Additionally, order the black grouper crudo with caviar, yuzu kosho, finger lime, scallion, avocado, and leche de tigre; the baby-size crab tacos with spicy dashi butter, avocado, lime, and kimchi; and the stracciatella with grilled black mission fig, shaved speck ham, buttered croutons aged balsamic, toasted walnuts, basil oil, and herb salad. Order the Maine lobster roll and picanha that are only available at the rooftop lounge.

PORTOSLE


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address2530 Ponce de Leon
Cuisine: Italian, pasta

Portosole is one of the best restaurants in Coral Gables. Half the guests are Italian, a good sign when you’re at an Italian restaurant. Here Mom will feel important & well taken care of in a brightly lit, white tablecloth setting.

⁣Make sure you order one of the best Melanzane alla Parmigiana we’ve had in Miami, Ravioli di Ossobuco allo Zafferano for those who love saffron, and the classic and traditionally executed Tonnarelli al Cacio e Pepe.

Get the Sgroppino Veneziano, a dessert cocktail made with Prosecco, vanilla ice cream, and vodka. Finished off with lemon zest and ground coffee. Trust us.

BOUCHON BISTRO


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address2101 Galiano St
Cuisine: French

Bouchon Bistro is the newest restaurant by Chef Thomas Keller to open in Miami. If your mom is into fine dining, you’ve heard of Chef Keller’s acclaimed restaurants The French Laundry in Napa Valley and Per Se in New York City; as well as, his first restaurant in South Florida, The Surf Club Restaurant inside the Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club.

Bouchon situated in the historic La Palma building in Coral Gables, is a classic French restaurant offering dishes like Beef TartareSteak Frites, a Seafood TowerRoasted ChickenGnocchi à la Parisienne, and buttery Escargots de Bourgogne. Get the chicken, it’s so juicy and we barely ever order chicken at a restaurant.

LUCA OSTERIA


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address116 Giralda Ave
CuisineItalian, pasta

Luca Osteria is the second restaurant by Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli. Tapping into his Italian background, Rapicavoli has created a fresh and inventive menu where every ingredient has a purpose. We love sitting outside, especially when the weather is nice and we can people-watch with Mom.

Expect to order half of the antipasti on the menu. Start with the Patate Fritte. It’s their soft potato balls/bites covered in Parmigiano fondue, egg yolk, and black truffle specks. The Grilled Wild Mushroom should also be at the center of the table. These mushrooms are served with Bagna Cauda, a sauce from Piedmont with garlic, salted anchovies, and olive oil; and shaved bottarga di muggine or grey mullet roe. The simple Little Gem Lettuce with a cacio e pepe dressing is light, has a great crunch, and is finished with some limoncito.

We’d share a few of that pasta dishes including the Pasta al Limone with 24-month Parmigiano Reggiano and the Pasta al Pesto. Simple, delicious, not bad for people-watching.

 

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FIOLA


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address1500 San Ignacio Ave
Cuisine: Italian, pasta

Famed for their Michelin star standing in Washington, Chef Fabio Trabocchi is bringing that same energy to Fiola in Miami.

If your mom loves to keep it classic, stop by Fiola for an Italian meal with some Frank Sinatra in the background. Your meal will always start with an amuse-bouche. Ours had Foie Gras and was similar to a crema Catalana. Order the Pane Pugliese with sheep’s milk ricotta, honey & thyme.

Other dishes we recommend include the Burrata with heirloom & sundried tomato pesto, Fiola Meatballs with shaved royal trumpet mushrooms, Pecorino from Sardinia; Spaghetti alle Vongole with Middleneck & Littleneck Clams, Fresno peppers parsley; Whole Wheat Rigatoni with Classic Bolognese, Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe with whipped Parmigiano & Pecorino.

Fiola is open Monday- Sunday for dinner, and Tuesday – Friday for lunch. They also recently launched Sunday Jazz Brunch at La Terrazza rooftop offering a Bellini and Bloody Mary bar, live jazz, classic brunch favorites, and some of Fiola’s iconic pastas.

Additionally, they have the option of a Pasta Omakase with a 5-course pasta tasting menu, featuring the Chef’s choices of pastas & dessert.

MICHAEL’S GENUINE


NeighborhoodDesign District
Address: 130 NE 40th St
CuisineContemporary American

Michael’s Genuine is a hotspot when dining in the Design District and looking for a good ambiance for any time of the day. The renovated outdoor terrace is bigger and bustling with guests. Stop by with Mom for lunch, brunch, or dinner. You won’t hear any awkward silence because of the lively vibes.

We’d choose Michael’s if you’re looking for a place to try a little bit of everything and get more than one dessert. The menu changes often, but we always go for their Homemade Bucatini. The one on the menu right now has paddlefish caviar, crème fraîche, chives and a poached egg. We also love their Crispy Pork Belly with kimchi, crushed peanuts, and cilantro. As far as desserts go, the Cookies & Confections are a must, with a scoop or two of their housemade seasonal sorbets and ice creams.

LPM RESTAURANT & BAR


Neighborhood: Brickell
Address: 1300 Brickell Bay Dr
Cuisine: French, Mediterranean

LPM stands out for its unique French Mediterranean and Nicoise cuisine and beautiful decor inspired by the French Riviera. And you know Mom is going to love this vibe.

They serve delicious pasta, seafood, and meat dishes using fresh Mediterranean produce such as lemons, artichokes, and olives. It has impeccable service, ambiance, and food.

Start your meal with Warm Prawns with olive oil and lemon juice and Escargots with garlic butter and parsley. For your main course, we recommend the Linguine with Clams, chopped prawns, and sweet corn; and the Marinated Lamb Cutlets with olive, aubergine caviar, and pine nuts. But our favorite, hands down is the slow-cooked coquelet au citron confit. This Marinated Baby Chicken is probably one of the best chicken dishes we’ve had. We’re never one to order chicken at a restaurant, but this one is worth it. Please order the Gâteau au Fromage Frais, that is the vanilla cheesecake with berry compote. It’s delicate, smooth, creamy, and will melt in your mouth.

 

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Mom-approved restaurants in Miami
BY: ANDREA BECERRADANIELA DIOGUARDI
PHOTO CREDIT Klaw
Mom-approved restaurants in Miami
Mom-approved restaurants in Miami
Mom-approved restaurants in Miami
Mom-approved restaurants in Miami
Mom-approved restaurants in Miami
Mom-approved restaurants in Miami
Mom-approved restaurants in Miami