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Best seafood in Miami?

deknor Dec 21, 2012 04:35 AM

Hello all.

I will be visiting Miami in a few weeks and would love to eat at a great seafood restaurant. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance!

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    bigdevelopments Apr 9, 2013 01:43 AM

    Joes brother in law owns Billy's in Hollywood, cheaper...foods as good. Great view of the intercoastal. Across the street on a less crowded beach.

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    1. re: bigdevelopments
      tpigeon Apr 9, 2013 02:28 PM

      I've been to Billy's and it is not as good.

    2. The Chowfather Dec 28, 2012 05:24 PM

      Joe's for stone crabs
      Milos if someone else is paying. If not, they have a great lunch and pre theater deal that is worth doing.
      Some of the best fish preparations I've had down here have been via chef Kris Wessel who recently opened Florida Cookery on South Beach.
      Altamare on Lincoln Road is another strong seafood option.
      I'm not a fan of My Ceviche at all. It's strictly takeout and the food is mediocre at best. Pass

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      1. re: The Chowfather
        tpigeon Dec 29, 2012 07:06 AM

        Respectfully disagree on My Ceviche. I have had much more expensive ceviches. But I can't really say I had any better than the aji amarillo mixed seafood ceviche there.

        1. re: tpigeon
          The Chowfather Dec 29, 2012 07:51 AM

          I should clarify- the ceviche is good but I don't get the tacos or burritos and it is not a restaurant so hard to recommend to OP

          1. re: The Chowfather
            taiga Mar 20, 2013 11:24 AM

            I agree with Chowfather. I like My Ceviche, but it's hardly an amazing experience.

          2. re: tpigeon
            sidesjf Mar 15, 2013 12:26 PM

            I agree about the ahi Amarillo. I could pass on the burritos as well. I will say as an out of towner, I really liked eating fresh seafood on the beach.

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          LargeLife Dec 28, 2012 10:18 AM

          Frod....20-25 minutes isn't so bad....when you consider that people like you and I....will drive 100+ miles for a good meal.....A great steak....a great taco....you get the point....20-25 minutes isn't forever and a day.....right?

          I'm from Homestead.....and I've been on the road my entire life.....So 20-25 minutes doesn't trouble me much....even with crappy Miami traffic.....And remember....Captain's Tavern is in South Pinecrest or North Palmetto Bay.....(depends on who is writing the most tickets that day on US1).......

          People drive from miles around to eat my BBQ!!!

          Everybody have a great weekend!

          Happy New Year!

          Ft. Pierce, FL

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          1. re: LargeLife
            Frodnesor Dec 28, 2012 03:28 PM

            Not suggesting it's not worth the drive if you're looking for an old-school seafood place, only that you may have underestimated it a bit.

            And we're all still waiting for an invitation to eat that BBQ...

            1. re: Frodnesor
              taiga Mar 20, 2013 11:21 AM

              If it's 20 -25 minutes THEN the entrees are $9.95.

              I love the Captain's Tavern but as Frod suggests, the traffic in unforgiving -- twice that if you are lucky!

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            LargeLife Dec 28, 2012 06:58 AM

            Funny you mention that tpigeon! It bothers me that ESPN always refers to the Miami Heat playing on South Beach....when clearly....they play in Miami....and not South Beach....Two different towns....two different mayors....two different police departments....LOL!!!

            Maybe we should just be 'So-Flah'.....All for one...one for all.....

            Happy Holidays to all....Happy New Year!

            Ft. Pierce, FL

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            1. re: LargeLife
              tpigeon Dec 28, 2012 10:20 AM

              True enough, but we are part of the greater Miami area and when people say Miami, they usually mean Miami and Miami Beach.

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              LargeLife Dec 28, 2012 04:34 AM

              Would love to add Joe's to the list! But that's on SoBe and they're talking Miami.....But you know me....I'm always pleased to add Joe's to the discussion as it's on of my all-time favorites.....Haven't been this season....but will get there.....

              Captain's Tavern....I mentioned that one.....and it's not more than 15 minutes out of downtown Miami if the traffic is decent (not even great)......And while the decor is dated and worn.....they are fish experts there.....and they have a great market as well and handle special orders very, very well....They're in EAST Kendall.....a big difference from the west kendall area.....In fact....I would say they're in "north pinecrest"....(LOL!).....

              Ft. Pierce, FL

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              1. re: LargeLife
                tpigeon Dec 28, 2012 05:44 AM

                Sobe is part of Miami. Don't leave us out just because we tend to be a little pretentious.

                1. re: LargeLife
                  Frodnesor Dec 28, 2012 08:46 AM

                  Captain's Tavern is one of the last of the old-school seafood houses down here, and I'm a fan as well. But it's a guaranteed 20-25 minutes from downtown Miami in the best of circumstances, and the traffic on US1 heading south that way is never even "decent."

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                  tpigeon Dec 27, 2012 09:03 PM

                  Joe's stone crabs needs to be added to this discussion.

                  1. Blind Mind Dec 27, 2012 12:55 PM

                    Altamare & Milos have great seafood on Miami Beach. Bring your big wallet to the latter, it's pricey. I imagine Florida Cookery would also have some nice seafood dishes but I've not been. MyCeviche has got good reviews too for its takeout ceviche & more.

                    On the mainland, Michaels Genuine has fantastic cuts of fresh, local caught fish coming out of the wood oven. Area 31 is seafood centric though I've not been in some time. Dont let the name fool ya, Edge Steak & Bar has a couple terrific seafood dishes. Garcias also great for fresh fish along the river. Captains Tavern fantastic but keep in mind it's very south of the city of Miami. More in Kendall than Miami.

                    1. Frodnesor Dec 24, 2012 02:05 PM

                      Altamare on Lincoln Road does good things with local fish and seafood, with a bit of an Italian tilt. Haven't been there in some time, but Area 31 in downtown Miami also focuses on local ocean product. For good ceviche from whatever is fresh and local (plus also shrimp & octopus), go to My Ceviche on South Beach (basically take-out only). La Camaronera for a great fried fish sandwich, its sibling restaurant Garcia's for grilled dolphin sandwich. It's not local (flown in from the Mediterranean), and it's mind-bogglingly expensive, but the fish and seafood at Estiatorio Milos can be really exceptional.

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                        LargeLife Dec 21, 2012 05:13 AM

                        There are literally hundreds of places in SoFla for quality seafood......All kinds of places along the Miami River.....serve great seafood....

                        Want the best fried fish you've ever eaten in your life, then you go to Medley Seafood.....a complete dive....that has the best fried fish you've ever eaten in your life.....There you order the dolphin or grouper "deditos" or fingers......

                        Doral Seafood....is an amazing Peruvian seafood restaurant.....located on NW 41street and 97th Ave....in the Publix shopping center.....Traditional Peruvian seafood dishes and ceviche.....

                        Captain's Tavern.....on US1 in Kendall.....Stepping into this outdated restaurant takes you back to the mid-70s.....But this establishment absolutely knows how to prepare and serve dozens of seafood dishes prepared to perfection.....

                        These are just a few that come to mind.....Again...there are 100s of places to eat good seafood in South Florida and hopefully more folks will chime in with suggestions....

                        Ft. Pierce, FL

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