new to university of miami
Hi, I'm a student and tour guide at UM. I actually get this question a lot, so here are some of the places I recommend. There are tons of great places on the Beach, but for a more typical UM experience check out some of these restaurants in Sunset, Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables.
Moon Thai and Sushi, right across the street from UM. I more or less live there--the sushi is so-so but they have amazing curries.
The Rat is the on-campus bar and grill--basic burgers and sandwiches, but check it out because it's a big student hang out and a fun place to eat.
Blu Pizzera is at Sunset, about 5 minutes from UM and they have good Italian food and pizzas.
Deli Lane in Sunset also has a great Sunday brunch if you are there over the weekend.
Coconut Grove is great for eating and shopping; from UM take US-1 to Grand ave. and hang a right. Check out Green Street for outdoor seating and all around good food; Moe's or Scotty's Landing on Bayshore have a great outdoor atmosphere by the marina but the food is mediocre. There are also a bunch of nice French restaurants in the Grove.
Downtown Coral Gables has some great places; from UM take Ponce to a L on LeJeune and continue on to Miracle Mile. There's a great salad place for lunch called Giardino Salads on Giralda Ave.
Have fun and good luck on your visit!