The best Spanish food in Miami right now

Where to eat delicious pan con tomate, runny tortillas, and Basque cheesecake

Apr
03
2024

Keep this guide handy when you’re craving the best Spanish food in Miami.

We’ve had our fair share of patatas patatas bravas, croquetas de jamón, and seafood paellas to keep you updated on where to go for the best Spanish food in Miami!

From casual spots for when you’re craving a delicious sandwich made with imported Spanish pan de cristal to great date night spots with gin & tonics, we’ve included a little bit of everything.

This guide is for those that can’t go for pintxos in San Sebastián or tapas in Barcelona. Here is where you should go for the best Spanish food in Miami.

BOCADORO AT CAFÉ DU BEY


Neighborhood: South Beach
Address: Inside Café du Bey, 1330 18th St
Cuisine: Mediterranean tapas
Good for: Eating alone, working, date night, budget friendly

Bocadoro, our favorite spot for Spanish-style sandwiches has found a new home in Sunset Harbor. They’re popping up in the cutest little storefront called Cafe Dubey. Think: tiny tea garden but there’s quality wine, delicious cocktails, premium coffee, and tapas with the best Spanish ingredients you can source in Miami. They are open daily from 9 AM to 4 PM Thursday to Saturday for coffee (and sandwiches starting at 11 AM). If you’re looking to stop by in the evening they are open from 6 PM til 10 PM on Thursday – Saturday. It’s a great spot to sit outside and work from during the day. At night we’d bring a date here or your bestie for some real good chisme. After 6 PM, you’re getting an elevated and fun tapas experience inspired by Salvador Dalí.

They make magia out of the smallest kitchen space. You need to get the Gilda Cantabricaboquerones en Verrmouth served with pan de cristal, La Tramposa, toasted brioche bite with Cantabrian anchovy & stracciatella, and the Summer in Cadaques, and yes, these potato chips with jamon iberico & Stracciatella will take you to Girona. All their sandwiches are so good, but our favorites are El Tonato with roast beef, tonato sauce, and arugula; and El Padrino with jamon iberico, Stracciatella, and basil emulsion. 

The Bocadoro team at Cafe Dubey is always doing fun things so follow their IG account HERE to stay updated.

BARCELONA WINE BAR


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 310 NW 25th St
Cuisine: Spanish, Mediterranean, South American influences, tapas, wine bar
Good for: Birthdays, date night, drinks and bites, dinner with friends, eating at the bar

If you went to college or have spent some time as a young professional in our nation’s capital then you’ve been to Barcelona Wine Bar. Our friends that lived in D.C. can’t shut up about it. And now that they’ve opened up a location in Miami, we decided to venture off into the wild world of Wynwood to check it out.

At Barcelona Wine Bar, you won’t feel like you’re in Wynwood, and we mean that in a good way. Sure, there’s a great Mural by Patrick Church by the name of Dearest Boy on the exterior of the building. But, once you step inside, it’s giving: moody tapas bar with wood finishes. Bring a group of friends, cool clients that want to go to Wynwood or a date to Barcelona Wine Bar. You’re going to sit at the bar for happy hour or order off the full menu. Their kind staff is happy to uncork any bottle of wine, helping you discover the precise flavor profile you want to sip.

The menu features Spanish tapas with Mediterranean and South American influences. We’d kick off the evening with their charcuterie and cheese deal. For $19.50 pick your favorite three. We love the six-month Aged Manchego, the soft Tetilla from Galicia, and the Mahon from Islas Baleares that has been aged four months. Or if you’re looking for something bigger for $26 go for the Aperitivo Board with Jamón Serrano, Fuet, Mahón, Drunken Goat, Pickled Vegetables, Olives, Pickled Guindilla, and Patatas Bravas. Additionally, on happy hour, you have 50% off all bottles of sparkling wine, and $7 gimlets, dirty martinis, and espresso martinis. Happy Hour also includes Potato Chips & Lomo Iberico, a Montadito with housemade ricotta, and Orange Mermelada, and a Gilda with boquerones, Guindilla Peppers, and olives. Oh and for a plot twist, their tortilla is served with a chive sour cream.

EDAN BISTRO


Neighborhood: North Miami
Address650 NE 125th St
CuisineSpanish
Good for: Date night, tasting menu, dinner with friends

Remember LUR located inside the Time Out Market? It was a casual Basque concept by Chef Aitor Garate Berasaluze that had one of our favorite Basque cheesecakes. Unfortunately, that spot closed but lucky for us, Chef Aitor, recently opened his first brick-and-mortar restaurant in North Miami.

This casual spot seats 36 guests and offers an all-day menu, European-style brunch, and curated tasting menus for dinner. If you’re stopping for breakfast, you can expect an Iberico ham & grated tomato sandwich, for brunch mushroom croquetas and gambas al ajillo salad, and for dinner an 8-course tasting menu. We stopped for dinner and loved the ⁠sopa de maíz ahumado with avocado, the mushrooms from the tasting menu, the croquetas, and of course the Basque cheesecake.

 

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LEKU FISH & GARDEN


Neighborhood: Allapattah
Address: 1100 NW 23rd St
Cuisine: Basque, Catalan, seafood
Good for: Birthdays, clients, date night, outdoor seating, special occasions

Basque Restaurant LEKU located inside the Rubell Museum has been transformed into LEKU Fish and Garden.

This is a collaboration between renowned restaurateur Jeffery Chodorow, chef Carlos Garcia, and partner Terry Zarikian. LEKU Fish and Garden bridges the Basque culinary tradition with Miami flavors. Signature dishes include lubina asada and tartar de viera. They’ll also be serving Wagyu picanha and crispy confit suckling pig.

We’re going to hit this new menu soon, however, we already have a good feeling about it, which is why it’s on this list.

 

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NIU KITCHEN


Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 104 NE 2nd Ave
Cuisine: Catalan
Good for: Birthdays, date night, dinner with friends

NIU Kitchen in Downtown Miami is serving Catalan food. Chef Deme Lomas is pushing the boundaries with his creativity and bold flavors in this tiny space.

The menu is constantly evolving so a recurring dinner on the calendar is a smart move. Dishes that might be there when you go are the Pa amb Tomaquet; Octopus Carpaccio; Charbroiled Calmar; and the Ous (poached eggs truffled potato foam, black truffle, and bits of jamon iberico sprinkled on top).

QP TAPAS


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3000 Florida Ave
Cuisine: Spanish, Izakaya
Good for: budget-friendly, date night

QP Tapas is a pop-up serving Izakaya-style Spanish tapas by Chef Josh Elliot at The Fountain Lounge at Mayfair House Hotel & Gardens.  His menu covers an Asian take on mostly classic Spanish delicacies.

In the latest version of their menu, we had the Matrimonio toast with white and black anchovy, tomato,  and aioli; plus the Scallop Ceviche* white sesame, verjus grapes, pepita. Other standouts include the Stuffed Piquillo Peppers with confit tuna belly, wasabi aioli; Roasted Sunchokes basque truffle aioli, idiazabal; and as for a larger dish the Berkshire Pork Tonkatsu with kimchi-honey and pickles. QP Tapas is open Wednesday – Saturday from 6 PM to 10 PM.

 

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TROPEZÓN


Neighborhood: South Beach
Address: 512 Española Way
Cuisine: Andalusian
Good for: Birthdays, date night, eating at the bar, dinner with friends, outdoor seating

Tropezón is an Andalusian gin and tapas restaurant by the Lost Boy & Co. restaurant group located on South Beach’s Española Way. This charming and cozy spot is a great stop to sip on gin blends and sample an extensive list of Sherry. You can come here with friends or on a date.

Chef Juan Garrido has created a tapas-style menu full of flavor. Order the Pan con Tomate with plum tomato and heirloom tomato; Gambas al Ajillo cooked in cognac with crispy garlic and árbol chili; thinly sliced Jamón Ibérico de Bellota; the Marinated White Bean Salad with octopus salpicón, Calabrian chili, cherry tomato, cucumber; and the Carrots with chimichurri and yogurt sauce.

 

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MAREVA 1939


Neighborhood: South Beach
Address: 1677 Collins Ave
Cuisine: Spanish
Good for: Big groups, birthdays, date night, outdoor seating

Mareva 1939 inside of The National Hotel is a modern Spanish restaurant great for dinner on the Beach without making you feel like you’re in Miami Beach.

Chef Sergio Chamizo will take you on a culinary journey focused on the coastal flavors of Spain. His menu includes classic tapas, vegetable-forward dishes, and a rice section.

You’re getting a little bit of everything and sharing. Our favorite tapas include the Pan con Tomate with Cantabrian anchovies, Patatas Bravas, and the Padron Peppers with soy sherry. If you’re looking for some refreshing flavors to balance your meal, get the Heirloom Tomatoes with confit piquillo peppers, green onions, olives, and anchovies.

Another favorite is the Scallops Crudo with togarashi (a Japanese spice mix), thinly sliced apple, salmon roe and lime zest. The Spanish Octopus is cooked to perfection and presented traditionally with a potato cream, smoked paprika, and finished off with Arbequina olive oil. From their meat section, we recommend the Roasted Bone Marrow with caramelized onions and oxtail marmalade.

 

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NIU WINE


Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 134 NE 2nd Ave
Cuisine: Mediterranean tapas, Wine bar
Good for: Budget-friendly, date night, drinks and bites

NIU Wine is a true wine bar that will make you feel like you’re in Europe, except you’re actually in Downtown. Here they will open up any bottle and serve you by the glass. The wine selections are beautiful, the tapas are yummy and the playlist is on point.

The small menu of dishes includes Anchovies with smoked butter, Patatas Bravas, Oysters, and Deep-fried Brie. The average glass of wine is $12 and we’d plan to be here for hours with someone that can carry a good conversation.

 

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BARCELONETA


Neighborhood: South Beach
Address: 1400 20th St
Cuisine: Spanish, Mediterranean
Good for: Birthdays, date night, drinks and bites, outdoor seating, dinner with friends

A Sunset Harbor staple that has been around since 2011. This tapas & gin bar is run by regulars. They come here for the bistro-style ambiance, refined tapas, and of course one of the best gin & tonics that mom swears by.

Chef Juliana Gonzalez has created a Spanish Mediterranean-inspired menu that includes small plates that are great for sharing with a group of friends or when you’re on a date.

Some of our favorites include the Esqueixada, a wahoo crudo with grated tomato, pearl onion, olive dust, sherry vinaigrette, and lemon zest; the Bikini C24 sandwich prepared with Iberico ham, mozzarella, mahon, truffle; and the Arroz Negro with black squid ink, Calasparra rice, prawns, aioli, and chopped squid.

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