South Beach is a mecca for a global array of tourists looking for a party, the fashion-forward looking for their next muse and foodies looking for a culinary adventure like no other. Between oceanfront views and poolside cabanas, Miami has restaurants that fulfill your people-watching needs, as well as your stomach’s needs and wants. With so many people coming from so many different places, the food has to keep up with the flow of tastes. Eclectic styles, cuisines, and unique decorations spill onto South Beach’s lunch scene, which go hand in hand with daily lunch specials that keep you coming back. Here are a few places to check out if you find yourself in need of refreshing cocktails and dishes during lunchtime.
Il Mulino's flavorful bites
Il Mulino New York South Beach is now offering a lunch menu that'll knock your sandals off. Guests can now choose from the regular menu, as well as a prix fixe menu, which includes one antipasti, entrée and dessert for $25. This menu includes options such as Langostina in the shell with sautéed spinach or affettato meat & cheese plate, prosciutto, parmigiano, truffle pecorino, sopressato and mixed Italian olives for an antipasti; branzino, roasted with olive oil, garlic, capers or spaghetti bolognese, braised veal and beef in a rich tomato sauce for an entrée; and fresh berry with zabaglione, warm Italian custard with Marsala wine prepared tableside with seasonal berries or cheesecake with berries, homemade Italian cheesecake with whipped cream, zabaglione and seasonal berries for dessert. Open M-F from 11:30 am to 3 pm; Sa & Su from 11:30 am to 4 pm.
Il Mulino New York South Beach, 840 First Street Miami Beach, 305.372.1221
Porfirio's Mexican flavor
For those days you’re just in the mood for authentic Mexican food in a beautiful spot, Porfirio’s Restaurant is open for lunch just for you. The prix fixe menu is available for $25 and includes amazing options to make your heart shake like a maraca. For the first course, guests can choose Carnitas de Atún: crispy deep-fried tuna bits cooked in lard and served with avocado or Sopa de Tortilla: traditional Mexican recipe served with cheese, sour cream, pasilla pepper and avocado on the side. For the second course, indulge in Puntas de Filete al Chipotle: beef tips simmered in a creamy chipotle sauce or Pollo con Mole: half chicken smothered in mole sauce served with Mexican-style rice on the side. For dessert, they offer sweet treats such as Flan Casero: house-made caramel custard or Fresas con Crema y Merengue: strawberries with cream and meringue. Open M-Su from 11:30 am-3 pm.
Porfirio’s Restaurant, 850 Commerce Street, Miami Beach,786.216.7675
Orange Bloosom's easy, breezy style
Fresh cocktails, fresh ingredients and a take on food that satisfies every one of your taste buds, Orange Blossom in South Beach is like a cool breeze on a hot South Florida day. Chef Nelson Maldonado creates each dish with gentle care to make sure each guest savors a spoon—or fork—full of Florida’s seasonal produce. Ideal starters include the asparagus salad, tuna tartare and any of the delectable flatbread choices. Entrees include fresh salads like the tuna nicoise, Thai salad, and chicken Greek salad. In addition to its sandwiches, such as the NYC breakfast sandwich and the Charles St. Burger, the cold pressed juices and specialty craft cocktails are the perfect companions to each dish. Open every day from 11 am to 3 pm.
Orange Blossom, Boulan South Beach, 2000 Collins Ave Miami Beach, 305.763.8983
Florida Cookery's poolside eats
Anyone looking for exceptionally good food with a view must pass through Florida Cookery at the James Royal Palm. The delicate arrangement of ingredients, light breeze drifting past your table poolside and inspired dishes come together to showcase Floridian cuisine in an artful way. Eat by the water under the shade or enjoy the beach breeze as executive Chef Billy Boyle’s latest menu additions lull you into a satisfying state of happiness. Some of the signature plates include charred octopus with brulee watermelon skewers for $17, curry chicken, Ropa Vieja, and alligator empanadas for $14, a surf and turf tostada with lime jalapeño shrimp and guava pulled pork tostadas for $15, guava-glazed ribs for $10/$19, and chocolate coconut layer cake with salted caramel ice cream for $10. Open for lunch every day from 11:30 am to 5 pm.
The James Royal Palm Florida Cookery Patio, 1545 Collins Ave Miami Beach 786.276.0333