Miami Beach's most famous locale, Ocean Drive, is alive with neon colors, art deco buildings, and a vibrant soundtrack. It's also home to overpriced meals and giant frozen margaritas. Though there are plenty of tourist traps, there are also restaurants you can count on. Here are five options for a great meal.
LT Steak & Seafood
1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
Tucked within the Betsy hotel, this posh eatery by acclaimed chef Laurent Tourondel spotlights American fare with a local flair. The season-driven menu is made up of plenty of fish and meat options, all prepared with ingredients found in South Florida. The complimentary cheddar popovers and soy-wasabi tuna tartare ($19) are crowd pleasers, as is the bone-in rib-eye ($61). Take the elevator to the rooftop and catch the sunset before dinner. You'll enjoy a vast view of Ocean Drive, beach, and sky.
112 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
This upscale restaurant is known for its long waits and one-week-reservation requirements for a reason. The cuts of meat are topnotch, the service is old-school, and celebrity sightings abound. For a meat-centric meal, start with the Kobe beef sliders ($28) before digging into your steak, which comes in cuts ranging from an eight-ounce filet mignon ($45) to a colossal 48-ounce porterhouse ($140).
161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
Housed within the Stanton Social hotel, this New York transplant boasts updated izakaya-style dishes plus whiskey-centric craft cocktails. The cozy, dimly lit interior nods to the neighborhood’s art deco history, done up with midcentury modern furnishings and nature-inspired accents. You’d do well to bring a date here or to the adjacent 11-seat, reservation-only sushi counter serving traditional omakase ($120 to $150).
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The Front Porch Café
1458 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
An all-day breakfast menu, large portions, and reasonable prices are the draw at this laid-back hotel diner. Classic morning eats include the Beach Breakfast Bonanza ($11.50), with three eggs, cheddar, and shiitake mushrooms; or French toast ($13) with orange zest and powdered sugar. The daily 4-to-7-p.m. happy hour with $3 beers doesn’t hurt either.
The Local House
400 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
This charming little spot in the lobby of the Sense Beach House hotel offers a nice weekend brunch with lots of Instagram-friendly options, maritime-themed decor, and a breezy patio for people-watching. The seafood-forward kitchen turns out everything from lobster and crab cake Benedicts ($18 to 25) to grilled oysters ($4 each) and key lime French toast ($12).