When it comes to food, Miami is best known for its authentic and super flavorful Cuban restaurants. And while the buzzing beach city certainly brings the heat when it comes to Cuban, it’s also become a serious foodie destination on many other fronts. Izakaya-style Japanese, anyone? If you’re heading to a big concert or basketball game at American Airlines Arena and looking to savor some fresh flavors nearby, you’re in for a treat—we’ve partnered with trusted restaurant guide Zagat to make sure your dining experience is hot hot hot.
From haute cuisine and innovative gastropub fare to tapas and down-home Southern cooking, Miami has plenty of great restaurants to fuel you up before you hit the beach or the hopping club scene.
Check out Zagat’s tips for where to eat near American Airlines Arena and get ready to indulge—you can’t go wrong with these hand-picked, stomach-approved spots.
Once you’ve filled up, make your way to South Beach for a blast from the art deco past, when streamlined architecture and splashy neon reigned supreme. After you’ve soaked up the stylish ambiance at one of SoBe’s gorgeous and historic hotels (we recommend The Raleigh or The Delano), head to the up-and-coming Wynwood neighborhood, where hipsters browsing art in converted warehouses peacefully coexist with the Puerto Rican community of Little San Juan. Cap off your visit with a stop in Little Havana, a Miami must-see that does its namesake justice with a vibrant street life and plenty of home-style restaurants.
Ready for your next course? Check out Zagat’s guide to great eats near live events in New Orleans, Louisiana and Atlanta, Georgia, and stay tuned to the blog for great chow options in other popular event destinations.