Pubbelly is pub-perfect

More small plate delights: fried chicken thighs piquant with kim chee served with bibb lettuce leaves for handling, and mustard miso for dipping; and four really moist meatballs made from pork, pork belly, and beef with threadlike somen noodles serving as "spaghetti," tomato sauce sassed with lemongrass, and a sprinkling of chopped peanuts replacing Parmesan.

Charcuterie can likewise jump-start a meal, or serve as one by itself. Jamón serrano from Segovia, Spain; country ham from Kuttawa, Kentucky; and speck from Tyrol, Italy, are shaved thin and presented individually ($8 to $10) or as a trio ($26).

A gastro-pub is basically a chef-driven tavern that, if living up to the name, highlights an eclectic mix of fare that pairs well with an equally eclectic brew of beers and wines. Pubbelly fits that bill like pigs in a blanket: The food here can be wildly imaginative, as in the aforementioned duck and pumpkin dumplings, or pork belly with butterscotch and corn powder. And more than a dozen bottled beers include: Delirium Tremens (a strong Belgian ale), Morimoto Soba Ale, Clipper City Peg Leg Stout, and Pabst Blue Ribbon, the most affordable at $4.50. Fourteen-ounce draughts of Helles Lager and Hoptical Illusion go for $7. The only real surprise among the two-dozen boutique red and white wines from around the globe ($30 to $79) is that none is from America. A rotating list of sake sells for $28 to $44 per bottle. A few premium bottles are more expensive. Waiters can help with selections, as they are fairly knowledgeable about the food and beverage. Overall, service is personable and attentive.

McBelly packs a flavor punch.
McBelly packs a flavor punch.

Location Info



1418 20th St.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: South Beach


1418 20th St., Miami Beach; 305-532-7555; Dinner Tuesday through Friday 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to midnight.

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Soft-serve ice cream is prepared on premise, and serves as the base for a couple of desserts — including one dandy topped with diced brownies and a pinch of bacon bits that adds a slight contrasting bite of salt. Like so much of the preceding food, it was fresh, homespun, tasty, and a legit value at $6. Pubbelly has figured out the secret to success.

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Agree completely with RJD. The food was fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed every single bite of all 10 items we ordered. I really cannot stress enough how good the food was.The issue that I had and I know others have had is that we seemed to get the one very pushy waiter who wanted us to order his way and allow him to just bring out all of his favorite dishes. As soon as we said that we weren't going to do that, his attitude completely changed and his service from their on out was completely unattentive and borderline rude. Also, when my wife tried to order a $10 Saki flavored cocktail, he immediately tried to sell her the $80 bottle of Saki. Things like this just drive me crazy. We aren't doing you a favor by dining there and we can order whatever and however we want, and just deal with it. Very unprofessional. Though again, the food was fantastic.


we had a great meal here-food was fantastic-but I was completely put off by the extra bread charges, water charges, and pushy/upselling service.. I guess we should have read your review more carefully-because I was surprised that a $15 tartare app-required another $4 investments in toast points to accompany, and that the server's suggestion to enjoy the sauce with the scallops by dipping bread in it, also lead to a $3 charge for bread..Plus-they were only interested in trying to sell us the $100 Sake-and almost angry/offended when we opted for a cheaper one.. so disappointed-MIA is in dire need of more "local" restaurants with great food&service, it's a shame that the "MIA attitude" can take over even the smallest, most promising new spots..


Now that "Pubbelly has figured out the secret to success" they can share it with Lee Klein. And then they can all discuss how they don't know what success means.


I must add that I sent an email to the manager about this issue and he responded promptly that he will be addressing the issue I raised immediately. I'm happy with his response.