The best restaurants open on Monday in Miami

An underrated night to go out & dine at some of Miami's best restaurants

Oct
31
2022

Keep this guide handy when you’re looking for restaurants open on Monday in Miami.

Mondays aren’t so bad when you have a dinner planned that night. We consider it an underrated night to go out & dine at some of Miami’s best restaurants. Everywhere is less crowded and the people around you seem to have better energy than the weekend crowd.

Here are our favorite restaurants to visit on a Monday night. At some of these, you can just walk in, while others require a reservation. Either way, live a little and go out on a Monday night. Trust us. It will be something to look forward to at the start of your work week.

JAGUAR SUN


Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 230 NE 4th St
Cuisine: American, pasta

 

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Jaguar Sun is probably our favorite place in Miami. Some may say it’s a cocktail bar, others, a restaurant with an awesome pasta selection. We’d like to think of it as a combination of both, where we can always count on fun, original and balanced cocktails. And where the food is delicious and consistent. Not an easy find in our city, especially in the obscure lobby of a residential building.

Our favorite dishes include the Hokkaido scallop, the Wagyu beef tartare, agnolotti with blue crab, and the spicy rigatoni. Leave room for a Wolf Whistle, their version of a tequila espresso martini paired with dessert. Jaguar Sun is open from Monday through Saturday from 5 PM to 1 AM, the kitchen closes at 11 PM on weekdays, and midnight on weekends. Happy Hour is available from 5 PM to 7 PM with $1 oysters, and $10 classic cocktails.

BOIA DE


Neighborhood: Little River
Address: 5205 NE 2nd Ave
Cuisine: Modern Italian

If you’ve driven past an unassuming strip mall and seen a glowing pink exclamation point, then you have found your destination. Since 2019, Boia De has consistently delivered some of the best food in Miami, if not the best food. So naturally, it’s challenging to score a table at Boia De. However, if being flexible and/or spontaneous is your thing, keep this restaurant in mind. 

There is a walk-in counter, specifically held for those without a reservation. You can also use the “notify” feature on the Resy app to be alerted when a table is available. 

Order the potato skins with Stracciatella, hard egg, and caviar, or Luci’s chopped salad to start. Work yourself down to the pasta section and try out the bufala ricotta gnocchi pomodoro and the tagliolini nero (served cold) with king crab, vin juane, truffle, and herbs. End the meal with a crispy tiramisu or the carrot cake. They’re constantly adding new dishes to the menu, so make sure to ask what’s new. 

ITAMAE


Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 140 NE 39th St #136
Cuisine: Nikkei-inspired

In 2018, this Nikkei-inspired concept debuted in a food hall in the Design District and quickly became well-known for its Peruvian-Japanese dishes. In early 2021, they opened their stand-alone restaurant in Palm Court, across from the food hall. Their modern Peruvian dishes feature fresh seafood, bright colors, beautiful presentation, and a flawless balance of flavors and textures. 

Itamae is hands down our favorite Peruvian restaurant in Miami and we love how they are constantly evolving their menu. Our favorite dishes include the white asparagus with parmesan, pickled pear, green coriander; octopus bañadito with botija olive, criolla sauce; conchitas a la parmesana bañadito with hokkaido scallop, parmesan, lime and you really can’t go wrong with any of the nigiri

LPM RESTAURANT & BAR


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

LPM was a welcome addition to the Brickell scene in 2017, as it 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’s impeccable from service, and ambiance to food.

The menu is organized into Hors D’Oeuvres, Les Plats (main dishes), and Les Grands Plats (shareable large entrees). 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 the best chicken we’ve had in recent times. 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.

DOYA


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 347 NW 24th St
Cuisine: Aegean

 

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Doya located in Wynwood is serving Aegean flavors from the coast of Turkey. We are talking dips, local produce, refreshing and light plates, plus an amazing octopus’ dish that keeps us coming back for more. 

At Doya you are stopping by for the top-notch hospitality and the meze dining experience. Order for the center of the table, because you’re sharing. We love the Cretan feta dip, the manti, beef dumplings, drenched in a garlic yogurt sauce, and the Adana kebab with lavash bread. Oh, and if they have the dolmas cabbage leaves, get them. 

MANDOLIN AEGEAN BISTRO


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

Mandolin Aegean Bistro is a Miami favorite serving Greek and Turkish fare. If there is a place to see and be seen in Miami, Mandolin’s patio is it. Head over to the Design District and enjoy 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 suggest you plan.

We recommend the mussels with white wine, garlic, lemon, and oregano; the grilled Halloumi with heirloom cherry tomatoes and fresh oregano; and 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 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.

HOMETOWN BBQ


Neighborhood: Allapattah
Address: 1200 NW 22nd St #100
Cuisine: American BBQ

The Allapattah neighborhood is still growing and evolving however if you’re looking for some smokey BBQ, stop by Hometown BBQ. This informal New York spot with a full bar has indoor and outdoor seating. 

We were especially into the brisket taco. Other must orders include the mac & cheese Texas style, pulled pork, potato salad, pork ribs, brisket (smoked 16 hrs), and smoked turkey BLT sandwich.

MACCHIALINA


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 820 Alton Road
Cuisine: Italian

 

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Maachialina is that neighborhood Italian restaurant we have loved for so many years. Since 2021 they’ve expanded, taking over what once was a small hostel and transforming it into “Il Gardino” an outdoor covered backyard patio that is cozy and a great outdoor dining option. Stop by of course for all our favorite red sauce pasta like the cavatelli Macchialina and the spaghetti pomodoro.

For dessert, don’t skip the most refreshing tiramisu you’ve had. It’s made with dulce de leche and an espresso granita giving it an additional texture that is not usual when eating tiramisu. Make sure you dive deep in with your spoon.

SAPORE DI MARE


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3111 Grand Ave
Cuisine: Italian

The cutest, most picturesque Italian spot in Coconut Grove is of course the beloved Sapore di Mare. Locals have been coming here since 2014 but honestly, it feels like it’s been longer. It’s a great spot for a cute rom-com dinner scene or a lunch spot para hechar el chisme. If you don’t have a reservation and are trying to go for dinner, you’ll wait a while. Luckily for you, Cudas (Barracudas) is just a street over, ready for you with a nice cold beer pitcher.

Anyways, if you’re coming here because of the cacio e pepe post you saw on Instagram, that’s perfect because it’s as good as it looks. However, we’d also like to note that they offer daily specials that are worthy. During our most recent visit, we had this rich gnocchi with cherry tomatoes and tiger prawns and we’d get it again.

COTE


Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 16 W 22nd St
Cuisine: Korean steakhouse

 

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Coming from New York to Miami, COTE delivers impeccable service, a flawless wine program, and exceptionally cooked meat that melts in your mouth.

We recommend getting the Butcher’s Feast, featuring a selection of the Chef’s favorite cuts and a feast of USDA Prime & American Wagyu beef. Additionally, if you come with a big group, we’d also get the Korean bacon, the kimchi Wagyu paella, and the chicken nuggets only available off the bar menu. Soft serve ice cream topped with soy sauce caramel is included with the Butcher’s Feast.

SUSHI YASU TANAKA BY MASUMURA


Neighborhood: Design District
Address: Mia Market, 140 NE 39th St STE 241
Cuisine: Japanese, sushi

At the MIA Market food hall, Chef Yasu Tanaka serves authentic nigiri-focused sushi with Japanese hospitality. Partnering with his lovely wife Michelle, they bring the culture and charisma of Japan right to your feet. In paying homage to his family business the name Masumura was only fitting to carry on the legacy right here in his new home of Miami.

Chef Yasu makes two types of sushi rice fresh every two hours and sources the best quality fish and dinnerware directly from Japan. The menu features Signature Nigiri, Nigiri a la Carte, and hand rolls. The 10-piece nigiri omakase will fulfill the classic vibes, but for a little extra, throw in some additional o-toro aburi nigiri as well as their uni and Wagyu handroll. Because when we say these are drool-worthy add-ons, we mean it.

Stop by Sushi Yasu Tanaka for an informal nigiri experience with indoor and outdoor seating available. It’s great for dining solo or when you want sushi but your friend wants something else.

 

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The best restaurants open on Monday in Miami