Seven Seas Restaurant & Fish Market

5205 NE Second Ave.
Miami, FL 33137
305-981-3571
Don't let its proximity to the Design District fool you: Seven Seas Restaurant & Fish Market is all about the food. Owner Nicholas Paulino and his wife Ana are originally from San Francisco de Macorís in the Dominican Republic but moved to New York more than 25 years ago to be near family. With no formal training, Paulino landed a chef's job at Joe Allen on NYC's West 46th Street and then worked at the Miami Beach location for 16 years until it shuttered in 2011. Here, order a seafood empanada. Perfectly flaky dough envelops tasty crabmeat. The shrimp paella pairs well with sides of sautéed spinach and fried plantains, both of which are delectable. Paulino clearly understands fish, and the crustaceans are plump and not at all rubbery. Equal attention is paid to the well-seasoned rice. What Seven Seas lacks in appearance, it more than makes up for with its honest and comforting cuisine.

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