What’s your Miami vice? This glitzy beach city will not be separated from its Hispanic culture and cuisine, and some of the best chefs in the country represent Spanish cooking with a Miami twist!
Welcome to Miami, bienvenidos a Miami. This glitzy beach city will not be separated from its strong Hispanic culture and cuisine. Some of the best chefs in the country represent Spanish food and wine with a creative Miami twist at their own niche dining spots around town. Let’s go!
Bulla Gastrobar https://bullagastrobar.com/
The claim that “Sharing plates can boost your social life” should not be taken with a pinch of salt at Bulla Gastrobar. Now spanning three locations across Miami, Chef Diego Solano has had Miami’s diners flocking in for talk and tapas since the first Bulla at Coral Gables came to be.
Must try: Huevos Bulla and the chickpea stew
Leku Restaurant https://www.lekumiami.com/
Basque cooking is leading in world cuisine right now, and Chef Mikel Goikolea at Leku Restaurant expands the idea of fresh ingredients and simple techniques with modern innovation, all to the delight of diners. With its setting in the new Rubell Museum, you can enjoy the art, right down to what’s on your plate.
Must try: Octopus carpaccio with house-made tartar sauce and fried capers
Casa Juancho https://www.casajuancho.com/
Wine Spectator Award winner in 2021, Casa Juancho needs no introduction to its Miami residents. This long-standing establishment comes highly rated for its classy ambience, top service and arguably some of the best paellas in town. Oh, did we forget to mention the wine?
Must try: Paella Marinera
Pata Negra Restaurant https://www.patanegrarestaurant.com/
The name gives it away slightly, this is the Jamón Ibérico passion project of Chef and Master Delicatessen, Felipe Pérez, who transmits his love of pork and platillos right to your table. Choose from cold cut charcuterie, seafood and traditional Spanish dishes at this cozy nook.
Must try: Combinación de Ibéricos - Iberian Platter
El Manchego Restaurant https://www.elmanchegomiami.com/
More of a newcomer in Miami, El Manchego has nonetheless made its mark since 2017. Not only does it offer a casual, family-friendly menu of tapas, meats and paellas - with an extensive Spanish beer list - but Thursday through Sunday you can also catch a show here. From Spanish vocalists, live guitar and traditional flamenco, El Manchego promises a lively evening.
Must try: Tabla de Quesos Variados - Assorted Cheese Platter
The team behind one of Downtown Miami’s favorite bars, Lost Boy Dry Goods, have debuted their first restaurant, Tropezón, on Espanola Way. The Spanish influenced spot boasts a tapas-style menu with shareable dishes like pan con tomate, tortilla española, patatas bravas, jamón ibérico, and gazpacho. Gin is the star of the drink menu offering a collection of more than 20 house-infused gins alongside other updated classics like rose sangría and gin martinis.
Must try: Chorizo a la sidra
The Bazaar https://www.thebazaar.com/
The Bazaar by José Andrés is breaking new ground in South Beach, with the Michelin-starred chef’s signature artistry and daring dishes creating a “wild sensory adventure”. Pair the occasion with its Bar Centro cocktail creations; like a pitcher of cava sherry sangría to share.
Must try: Tortilla de patatas “New Way” and the octopus romesco
Like the mother ship of Spanish dining in Miami, Xixón spans four floors, featuring The Deli - a gourmet Spanish market - and its own separate paella kitchen for show cooking. Over twenty years in the business has shaped the multi-award-winning dishes at this restaurant, where you can pick from a vast menu and pair with over 300 wines. ¡Olé!
Must try: Fabada Asturiana