The best restaurants open on Monday in Miami

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

Oct
10
2023

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.

WALRUS RODEO


Neighborhood: Little River
Address: 
5143 NE 2nd Avenue
Cuisine: 
Wood-fired kitchen

 

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Walrus Rodeo, Boia De’s sister restaurant located in the same Little Haiti shopping center is open on Monday. 

The menu theme is “charred”, they’re all about those wood-fired oven flavors with dishes like the charbroiled Island Creek oyster and charred bone marrow. They recently updated their pizza selection and we need you to order the clam chowder pizza with Florida little neck clams, potatoes, and crispy pancetta. Oh and off the menu, you can still order the mustard green lasagna with lamb ragu, grana padana, and stracchino.

B-SIDE MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT


Neighborhood: Design District
Address140 NE 39th St #136
Cuisine: Sushi

 

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B-Side by Itamae is the second concept of Valerie, Nando, and Papa Chang located inside the 1-800 Lucky Asian food hall in Wynwood. And just recently they opened a second B-Side in the former Itamae location in the Design District with more offerings than their Wynwood location. 

If you ever visited Itamae when they first opened in Design District, well then this B-Side menu will feel familiar. 

On a Monday, we’d stop by any time after noon and sit at the sushi counter. The menu at B-Side in the Design District also focuses on Nikkei cuisine. We recommend the Yellowtail Tiradito with avocado, capers, aji limo leche de tigre; the Tuna Cebiche with red onions, aji limo leche de tigre, and tostones; the Chicken Karaage with lime and huacatay ranch; and the Crispy Octopus with sarza criolla and botija olive. Oh and don’t skip the cheesy Hokkaido Scallop Bañadito with lime and Parmesan. Both B-Side locations offer a more condensed yet delicious takeout menu for dining at home.

PORTOSOLE


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 which is always a good sign. Here you will feel important & well taken care of in a brightly lit, white tablecloth setting. We love it for a Monday lunch and/or dinner. It’s great for clients or a cute day dress situation with your amigas.

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.

OMAKAI SUSHI


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove | Wynwood
Address3304 Mary St | 2107 NW 2nd Ave
Cuisine: Japanese, sushi

 

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Omakai is your easy, cool neighborhood sushi spot with locations in Wynwood and Coconut Grove, open every day from 12 PM to 10:30 PM. Here you will find quality sushi without being overpriced. 

The menu at Omakai showcases a mix of traditional and modern Japanese dishes. Order the OMA Deluxe, for an assortment of fresh quality raw fish and 2 specialty handrolls. Or if you are feeling a little adventurous go ahead and take the experience into your own hands and order a little bit of everything, (the O-Toro, Uni, and Caviar Nigiri is a must).

Takeout is also available for those who prefer to enjoy their sushi at home.

THE NEW SCHNITZEL HOUSE


Neighborhood: Little River
Address1085 NE 79th St
Cuisine: German

 

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Meet this exciting addition to Miami’s culinary scene as The New Schnitzel House, brought to you by Adam Gersten, the owner of Gramps Wynwood. This restaurant and bar pays homage to the beloved Schnitzel Haus, infusing German comfort food classics with a Miami twist. 

After a shitty Monday, The New Schnitzel House is where you can unwind with a stiff cocktail. Cozy up to the Homemade Pretzel served with a side of beer cheese, pickled onions, and house mustards. Then, get the Chicken Schnitzel, accompanied by whipped lemon mashed potatoes and gravy. End your day with the German Cheesecake topped with sour cherry compote. 

The New Schnitzel House is open every day from 5 PM to 12 AM, on Friday & Saturday they are open until 1 AM.

MIAMI SLICE


Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 1335 NE Miami Ct
Cuisine: American, pizza

Did you know that our favorite slice shop is open on Monday?! Miami Slice is located Downtown near the Arsht Center and it’s one of the best, if not the best pizza you will have in Miami. Truly ahead of its time.

When you think of a slice shop, you may think of a brightly lit, greasy, dirty NYC slice shop. Miami Slice is nothing like that.

It’s a fancy joint (but no need to dress up) with dim lighting and a cute open kitchen where you can see the powerful ovens and all the action. Come as you are, to this elevated experience. The best seat is at the marbled bar where you can see all the pizzas being finished and topped off with fresh grated Parmesan. 

Their operating hours are Monday – Sunday from 5 PM – 9 PM. We recommend arriving at 4:45 to be the first one at the bar. Keep your party small, this will make the wait time less. They also have takeout available. You can order by the slice or a whole pie. 

Ask for the “kicks” which are “IYKYK” type of add-ons like stracciatella and other good stuff to pimp your slice. Our recommendations include La Salsera with a kick of stracciatella and the Leeks on Bacon. But they’re honestly all good and you’ve never had a simple Margherita, this good.

UCHI


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 252 NW 25th St
Cuisine: Japanese, sushi

 

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For those of you who can indulge on a night out at the beginning of the week, Uchi will more than likely have your back when it comes to scoring a bar seating for those impromptu meals. We heard through the grapevine that Tuesday and Wednesday are a little bit easier to score a seat at this coveted spot. 

So if you’re stopping by on Monday, make sure to make a reservation or arrive right at 5 PM. You are more than likely to catch a seat at the bar. Oh, and happy hour is available from 5 PM – 6 PM with lots of nigiri and sushi roll options. 

We love the hot and cold dishes off the menu at Uchi. However, if you’re in the mood for a modern take on Japanese sushi and crudo, check out the hama chili, ora king crudo with passion fruit zu, the kinmedai golden eye snapper, and the managatsuo pomfret.

JAGUAR SUN


Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 230 NE 4th St
Cuisine: Modern 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. 

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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Macchialina 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

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