The Best Mediterranean Restaurants in Miami

Where to eat Greek, Turkish, and more Mediterranean food

Feb
06
2024

So lately, we’ve been having our fair share of Mediterranean food. We’ve noticed that when we go to a Greek, Turkish, or Italian Mediterranean restaurant with friends, there’s always something for everyone. The menus satisfy those sticking to all kinds of diets. And you avoid stressful conversations that start with, “I can’t eat anything there.” We also just love the refreshing flavors, herbs, and usage of olive oil. Here’s a list of our top Mediterranean restaurants in Miami: some classics and exciting newcomers.

ZAYTINYA


Neighborhood: South Beach
Address: 1 Lincoln Rd
Cuisine: Greek, Turkish, Lebanese, Mediterranean

Zaytinya, by renowned celebrity Chef José Andrés, has opened in South Beach inside the Ritz-Carlton. This is Zaytinya’s third location, following its outposts in Washington, D.C., and New York City.

We’re stopping by during lunch, in our best resort wear with clients visiting from out of town or with a group of amigas chismositas. Regardless of who you are with, you’ll want to sit on the outdoor patio pretending you’re in the backyard of your million-dollar Hampton summer home. Oh, and if you happen to sit inside, it’s like you’re being hosted at Emily Thorne’s house (or is it Amanda Clarke?). Anyhow, you get the picture!

The menu brings out Eastern Mediterranean flavors featuring mezze spreads and dishes inspired by Turkey, Greece, and Lebanon. We’d make it a dip party. Our favorites included the Hommus with harissa chili crisp, Tzatziki with dill and cucumbers, and the deliciously salty Taramosalta with cured carp roe. We also loved the seared Halloumi (get two orders) with dates, pomegranate, citrus, mint, and pistachio. As a main, we recommend the whole fish that can easily feed three amigas. The sea bass is grilled whole and partially deboned, Santorini-style, served with a thick purée of yellow squash (in Greek it’s called Skordalia), sun-dried tomato tapenade, and salt cured capers.

Please note valet is $27 (when validated). We recommend Ubering it or parking on the street if you’re ok with a 5 to 10-minute walk.

 

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LPM


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. 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 the Warm Prawns with olive oil and lemon juice and the 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’s the vanilla cheesecake with berry compote. It’s delicate, smooth, creamy, and will melt in your mouth. 

During summer, stop by for Les Precious Moments, a three-course prix fixe menu available June 1st through September 30th. The prix fixe dinner experience has two options, the St. Tropez ($60++) and Monte Carlo ($90++). Each menu will feature appetizers, main courses, and desserts.

ESTIATORIO MILOS


Neighborhood: South Beach
Address: 730 1st St
Cuisine: Greek

Estiatorio Milos is a classic establishment from New York City that has been in Miami’s South of Fifth neighborhood since 2012. It’s a great spot to bring clients to for lunch or just when you’re looking for some simple Greek flavors in a white tablecloth setting with amazing hospitality. 

Timeless dishes you should order include the Lethrini sashimi from Nazare, Portugal; Milos Special, paper-thin zucchinis and eggplants, lightly fried, with saganaki cheese and tzatziki; and the charcoal broiled Octopus served with a fava bean purée, onions, and capers.

You’re going to want to walk over to where the seafood is being displayed with your server to pick your main dish. Depending on what you get, they will be able to recommend how they’ll best cook your fish or shrimp. Anything from grilled, fried, baked in salt, or poached will go. For a light finish don’t skip the Greek yogurt with walnuts and honey. 

ABA


Neighborhood: Bal Harbour
Address: 9700 Collins Ave # 101
Cuisine: Mediterranean

Aba, the popular Mediterranean restaurant with outposts in Chicago and Austin, is now open in Miami’s Bal Harbour Shop. This Mediterranean restaurant is the perfect spot for a shopping break. However, it’s so good, you’ll want to stop by even if you’re just grabbing lunch.

The menu highlights the flavors of Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, and Greece with a variety of spreads, cold mezze, hot mezze, and kebabs. We recommend the Classic Hummus⁣, Greek Village Salad, Big Eye Tuna, Shawarma Spiced Skirt Steak with black garlic mushroom jus, and the Frozen Greek Yogurt topped off with olive oil & sea salt.

 

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JASS KITCHEN


Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 190 NE 46th St
Cuisine: Turkish

Looking for a cozy spot for Mediterranean food, live music, and friendly hospitality? Stop by Jass Kitchen. This Turkish restaurant has live music every day and serves family recipes with a twist. Must orders include Beetroot Pink DipHummus with seasoned ground beef, and Manti (Turkish dumplings cooked in a homemade yogurt sauce). To end your meal order some Turkish coffee with your Baklava

LIDO RESTAURANT AT THE SURF CLUB


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

The Four Seasons at the Surf Club 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 this summer. 

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.

AVRA


Neighborhood: Sunny Isles
Address: 17945 Collins Ave
Cuisine: Greek

Avra Mami, the acclaimed Greek restaurant with locations in LA and New York City, recently opened at The Estates at Acqualina™ in Sunny Isles. The vibe is all about breathtaking views of the ocean with hanging bougainvilleas from the ceiling. 

They offer rich and flavorful Mediterranean cuisine from the coastal Greek village of Nafpaktos. Order the Classic Spreads served with pita bread, and your choice of three of these dips: tarama (fish roe), melintzanosalata (eggplant), htipiti (red pepper and feta), tzatziki, or fava; and the Grilled Octopus with vidalia onions, capers, bell peppers, red wine vinaigrette. As your main, order from their freshly caught seafood that is flown in daily from the Mediterranean or featured local and sustainable catches. Their fish is charcoal grilled, deboned, and finished with their signature citrus ladolemono sauce. 

THE DREXEL


Neighborhood: South Beach
Address: 1436 Drexel Ave
Cuisine: Mediterranean

The Drexel is a new addition to the recently revamped Espanola Way, at the Esme Hotel. The airy, elegant restaurant has a large indoor area with doors that open up to Espanola Way, with additional seating outside. The team from Mandolin opened the Drexel a couple of months ago to serve homemade pasta and pizza with an emphasis on locally sourced seafood and an extensive selection of vegetable dishes. They also have an impressive selection of boutique wines and specialty cocktails. We enjoyed the Heirloom Tomato Salad with avocado, hearts of palm, and Nicoise olives, and also recommend the Spaghetti cacio e pepe with limone.

 

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EL TURCO


Neighborhood: Upper Buen Vista
Address: 184 NE 50th Terrace Upper
Cuisine: Turkish

This cozy café serves traditional Turkish breakfast plus Aegean and Anatolian cuisine. All dishes are made to be healthy, using high-quality ingredients with an emphasis on olive oil. Their menu features all-day breakfast, Simit (the Turkish version of a bagel), soups, traditional main dishes, salads, mezes, bakery, and desserts. Try the El Turco Salad with steak tomatoes, Persian cucumber, white onion, and extra virgin olive oil. We also recommend the Simit Avocado Toast, a Turkish twist on a classic favorite with mashed Hass avocado and fried egg. If you’re stopping by for dinner, don’t skip the Manti, homemade beef stuffed dumplings with brown butter, garlic yogurt; and the Roasted Eggplant Salad with charred eggplants, and peppers and finished off with olive oil and parsley.

DOYA


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 347 NW 24th St
Cuisine: Aegean, Turkis, Mediterranean

Doya is a modern Aegean restaurant and bar in Wynwood. The space itself is impressive, featuring a large beautiful bar and a wood and coal fireplace behind an open kitchen. Doya specializes in Meze, which is based on the principle that food tastes better when shared. The menu is organized into three sections: Cold Meze, Hot Meze, and Desserts. For Cold Meze, we recommend the Octopus grilled over charcoal. The Hot Meze section has a lot to choose from, but some of our favorites are the Lamb Chops marinated in paprika and olive oil and the Kofte (grilled Turkish meatballs). The Adana Kebab with chopped spiced lamb served with homemade lavash bread needs to be paired with the Haydari, garlic yogurt dip with burnt butter, and mint. If you’ve saved room for dessert, don’t miss the homemade Pistachio Baklava.

 

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BYBLOS


Neighborhood: South Beach
Address: 1545 Collins Ave
Cuisine: Eastern Mediterranean

Located at the Royal Palm Hotel on South Beach, Byblos has been a longtime Miami favorite. The interior is sensual and Mediterranean, with blue and gold accents. The outdoor patio is fantastic for dining al fresco and people-watching on Collins Avenue. Byblos also delivers on the food front with delicious Eastern Mediterranean cuisine. We love the Turkish Kale Salad, the Hummus Royale, and the Short Rib Kebab with truffle tzatziki, chemen, pine nut dukkah, and oregano.

 

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MANDOLIN AEGEAN BISTRO


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

Mandolin is a classic Mediterranean restaurant founded by a husband and wife team back in 2009. The restaurant is in a 1940’s home that was restored and transformed into the Mandolin that we love today, with gardens and a quaint outdoor patio space. The dishes are inspired by Greek and Turkish coastal food, using local ingredients and Aegean techniques. The menu includes Mezes, Salads, Sandwiches, Mains, and Sides. Start your meal with the Greek Sampler: a trio of tzatziki, olive tapenade, and tirokafteri. We also love the Mussels with white wine, garlic, lemon, and oregano; and the Baked Feta with tomatoes smoked Greek chili flakes, and spicy pickled Turkish peppers.

MOTEK


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 45 Miracle Mile
Cuisine: Mediterranean

Motek is a family-owned, kosher-style Israeli Mediterranean restaurant offering all-day brunch, dinner, and baked goods. Motek aims to elevate “fast-casual food culture” by focusing on freshness and thoughtful, delicious Israeli food. The original location is Downtown but they keep growing with new outposts in Aventura, Coral Gables, and have another spot opening in Miami Beach soon! We love their selection of bowls, served with your choice of majadra rice, nana rice, or cauliflower couscous, and all bowls are topped with Israeli salad, hummus, and sumac onions. Try the Faroe Island Salmon Bowl with harissa honey and shawarma spiced or grilled salmon. If you’re looking for an entrée, check out the Plates section of the menu, which includes hummus, pita, and mixed greens. We recommend the Arayes Burger, kosher grass-fed beef stuffed in grilled pita with tahini for dipping.

 

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ABBALÉ TELAVIVIAN KITCHEN


Neighborhood: South Beach
Address: 864 Commerce St
Cuisine: Televivian, Mediterranean

Abbale is a family-run restaurant showcasing a healthier style of cooking highlighting the flavors of Israel, Turkey, Greece, and Colombia. The two co-founders have a wealth of experience from creating Pura Vida, My Ceviche, and Zuuk. They source from local farmers and everything is made fresh daily. In addition to lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, they celebrate Shabbat dinner Friday evenings. Featured dishes include the Charred Baby CarrotsFire Roasted Prawn, and the American Wagyu Steak. Have the Shakshuka for lunch or the Moroccan Spiced Local Fish with a spicy tomato braise, roasted cipollini, grilled Jerusalem bagel, and lemon aioli for dinner.

LEMONI CAFÉ


Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 4600 NE 2nd Ave #8
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Moroccan, French, Italian

Lemoni Café has been a Miami gem since 2008. The cozy, European-style café serves healthy, filling, and vegan dishes. The cuisine can be described as Mediterranean, but it has multicultural influences, including Moroccan, French, Italian, and Argentinian seasoning. The menu showcases meats, curry, hummus, salads, wraps, paninis, and more, with something for everyone. Some of our favorite dishes include the Black Bean Hummus with Pita served with tzatziki and roasted red peppers and the Chicken Avocado Panini with garlic mayo, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and onions.

 

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BY: SARAH DUNN
THE HUNGRY POST
PHOTO CREDIT Salar Abduaziz
Mediterranean Restaurants in Miami