Food trends come and go, but one dish has earned a loyal, satisfied following. It’s simplicity at its best: a tender, flavorful steak.
There’s never been a shortage of quality red meat in Miami, but the finest is found at the city's top steakhouses. And for many diners, steakhouses have become synonymous with surf 'n' turf, whose seafood is sourced from Florida’s aquamarine waters.
But the star is the irresistibly juicy steak, offered in a variety of premium cuts, classic filets, and rare chops at the gold standard of steakhouses. From time-honored landmarks to contemporary newcomers, the following ten restaurants are the real deal, but their fare doesn’t come cheap.
So prepare to spend serious cash on serious cuts that’ll send your taste buds into overdrive. Miami’s best steakhouses all have one thing in common: They won’t disappoint.
4400 NW 87th Ave., Miami
A slew of steakhouses have prospered in Miami-Dade, but none has captured old money like BLT Prime at the Trump National Doral. Guests get a glimpse of Trump grandeur with BLT’s white walls, leather seating, dark wood, and panoramic views of the Blue Monster golf course. However, the ambiance comes second to the mouthwatering dinner selections. Here, the beef is king, served in all cuts and sizes. The tender porterhouse for two ($106) — 36 ounces of 28-day dry-aged prime — is a singular BLT Prime experience worth having.
19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura
Experience the masterful culinary style of Michelin-starred restaurateur Michael Mina at his award-winning steakhouse in Aventura. Nestled inside the lush JW Marriott Miami Turnberry, Bourbon Steak is nationally recognized for its premier cuts of prime beef grilled over wood, complemented by savory lobster potpie and the best truffle mac 'n' cheese you’ve ever tasted. A carefully cultivated wine list of more than 500 selections includes everything from superb reds to rosé, and they pair perfectly with the contemporary flavors of each dish.
3101 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables
Consistently at its best, this Coral Gables landmark is the place where powerhouses dine. After more than three decades, Christy’s continues to follow its basic, two-ingredient formula for success: incredible food and flawless service. Enjoy some of the finest aged Midwestern beef in the 305, but before you slice into your prime rib, porterhouse, filet mignon, or New York strip, take your time savoring Christy’s celebrated caesar salad. The same can be said of the baked Alaska, the only way to go for dessert.
Edge Steak & Bar
1435 Brickell Ave., Miami
A can’t-beat trio of charm, quality, and fair prices
432 W. 41st St., Miami Beach
The Forge is part of the all-star lineup of famous restaurants in Miami Beach. Step inside and you’ll experience fairy-tale dreams come true. Imagine an ethereal mahogany interior, gloriously charred steaks and bone-ins that start at $38, fresh seafood, and a comprehensive wine list that isn’t for the faint of heart. What once was an actual forge — a blacksmith shop in the Roaring Twenties — the Forge has evolved into a whimsical yet infinitely extravagant restaurant and wine bar that locals love.
915 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach
Sexy and sophisticated, this Lincoln Road hot spot redefines the classic steakhouse archetype as a glamorous meat emporium. Though Meat Market’s extensive wine list, cocktail menu, appetizers,
Prime One Twelve
112 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
South Beach is home to a number of hip neighborhood joints, but Prime One Twelve continues to draw the see-and-be-seen crowd. Upscale locals and big spenders from afar (making reservations far in advance) flock to this upbeat hub for its take on reconsidered classics. Start with the Prime steak tartare ($25) or jumbo lump crab cakes ($23) before diving into the real meat. All beef is USDA Prime and dry-aged from 21 to 28 days and arrives at your table rich in taste and cooked to your specifications.
1501 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
With a name like Quality Meats, this place serves nothing short of the highest-caliber cuts. Rest assured knowing you’re dining in a restaurant overseen by steakhouse royalty. This New York import is the brainchild of father-son duo Alan and Michael Stillman. Fun fact: Alan founded Smith & Wollensky in the late '70s. Quality Meats offers a menu packed with generous cuts of cured, smoked, and dry-aged beef that complement favorite New York sides such as corn crème brûlée and broccoli 'n' Cheetos. There’s never been a restaurant name so fitting.
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Red the Steakhouse
119 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
Red the Steakhouse serves some of the best USDA Prime-age-certified Angus beef steaks to Miami diners with big appetites and even bigger bank accounts. Choose from signature cuts, prime steaks, and bone-in selections of the higest quality or opt for nonsteak items such as bucatini and meatballs, featuring chef Peter Vauthy’s signature “red lead” sauce; a monstrous red Alaskan king crab; and creamy lobster mac 'n' cheese. The least expensive options are desserts, which range from $9 to $16. End your evening with molten chocolate cake or crème brûlée to complete the true Red experience.
Stripsteak by Michael Mina
4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
The Stripsteak outpost inside the Fontainebleau follows in the award-winning Las Vegas flagship's footsteps and has quickly become a hit in Miami. The restaurant's famed eight-ounce filet mignon ($45) makes even the timidest carnivore lick his knife, fork, and fingers clean, and the fine A5 Wagyu strip loin, flown in from Miyazaki, Japan, has received rave reviews. So indulge in a variety of topnotch cuts of steak and seafood, locally caught by the resort’s charter boat BleauFish, with flavors as strong as the execution at this dynamic steakhouse fit for today’s most adventuresome eaters.