Neighborhood Spotlight: South of Fifth
Miami Beach is home to several eclectic neighborhoods. One of the most prominent and interesting neighborhoods, South of Fifth, is home to luxury high rise condos, South Pointe Park and almost too many dining options to count in its short five block distance.
In less than two decades, SoFi, as it is fondly called, has undergone an unprecedented transformation from a dangerous and derelict area frequented by drug dealers and criminals to one of the hottest and most creative dining destinations on Miami Beach. Everything from late nights to fine dining, and each moment in between can be catered to in this ideal area of Miami Beach.
For a Miami must: Joe’s Stone Crab- 11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
The oldest restaurant in Miami (it’s 105 years old) and is home to some of the best stone crabs in Miami. Get there early, because they don’t take reservations. Or do what the locals do: grab your claws from Joe’s Takeaway right next door and eat them on the beach or in the nearby South Pointe Park. And don't skip their delicious fried chicken. A bargain at $6.95. PS- Joes closes for the season mid-May so get your fill of fresh stone crabs soon.
For a celeb chef tasting menu: Stubborn Seed- 101 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami’s got their own Top Chef, and we’re loving it! Jeremy Ford recently took home the title and went right to work opening his own spot. The Chef’s Tasting Menu runs over $100, but it’s well worth it for the 8-course menu featuring seared foie gras and umami short rib. Plan ahead as the amazing meal takes close to three hours to enjoy.
For an exclusive sushi experience: Azabu- 161 Ocean Drive. Miami Beach, FL 33139
Hailing from New York, South of Fifth’s newest sushi experience promises to be one of the best. Guests can pick from the main dining menu or the exclusive, reservation-only 11 seat omakase bar hidden past the kitchen. The sushi is coming fresh from local fisherman and flown in fresh from some of the best Japanese markets.
For late night eats: Beach Taco- 100 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139
If you find yourself hungry and craving something delicious at midnight, Beach Taco is where you’re headed. This simple taco shop is open until 1am Sunday - Wednesday and 5am Thursday - Sunday. The creative menu features seven different kinds of tacos priced between $2 and $5 and appetizers of queso and guacamole. Everything you’re looking for in a late night taco shop.
For great cocktails: South Pointe Tavern- 40 South Pointe Drive, 109, Miami Beach, FL 33139
A favorite for locals, this tavern is known for its cozy space, great service, and even better cocktails. Check out their twist on the classics like the Tavern Old Fashioned featuring a house made coffee reduction or the Unordinary Spritz made with fresh Florida orange juice. And on Thursday, April 5th, MIAbites partner and local contributor, Amber Love Bond will be behind the bar mixing up all your favorites and few special concoctions!
For unbeatable water views: Smith & Wollensky- 1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
If fine dining and spectacular views are what’s on the agenda — then Smith & Wollensky is the place to be. This is the perfect spot for a business meeting or date night. The menu features all the steakhouse classics. Start with a wedge salad, move on to a nice entree, and end with a delicious piece of cake all while enjoying the ocean views and a glass of wine. You may even be lucky enough to catch a view of an outgoing cruise ship in the Government Cut.
For the beach party goer: Nikki Beach- 1 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Nikki Beach is a must do for the visitor who is looking for a good time. This lively beach spot is an outdoor dining spot right on the sand featuring cabanas, delicious food, and lots of champagne. More specifically rosé, as Nikki Beach is known for their outrageous Rosé Saturday parties. Everything is perfect and pink, and the party lasts all day long.
For the ones who want to see and be seen: Prime 112- 112 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
On the hunt for celebrity sightings, or think you’re a celebrity yourself? Prime 112 is the ultimate Miami hotspot for those who want to see and be seen. At any given time, celebs are seen dining at the SoFi staple. This spot features an expansive menu with rich dishes like a truffled fondue and steaks much too large for one person. Save room for dessert, the fried Oreos are a must try.
For comfort foods and great wines: Cibo Wine Bar- 200 S Pointe Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
If you’re in need of a nice glass of wine and some authentic Italian food, look no further than South of Fifth’s Cibo Wine Bar. This gorgeous restaurant has some of the freshest pasta in Miami and is home to over 3,500 bottles of wine. There’s even a wine angel who glides through the two-story glass wine cellar to retrieve your requested bottle. It’s an experience you don’t want to miss.
For a classic steak: Red Steakhouse- 119 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139
Sometimes the evening calls for a nice juicy steak, and when it’s that kind of night — everyone heads to Red, the Steakhouse where the menu offers several cuts and sizes, as well as plenty of seafood options. Guests can even bring in their own catch of the day to have prepared any way they like in the kitchen. The macaroni and cheese is one not to be missed and locals all love the chicken parmesan. The chicken parmesan isn’t on the menu, but all you’ve got to do is ask!
For a fun happy hour: Monty’s South Beach- 300 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Looking for live music, outdoor cocktails, and a raw bar? Look no further than Monty’s South Beach. Another local favorite, this spot is known for its island bites and Caribbean feel. Enjoy happy hour Monday - Friday from 4pm to 8pm with drinks from $3 - $6 and appetizer specials, all while listening to local bands and taking in the Miami breeze from the adjacent marina.
For a boozy brunch: Lobster Bar Sea Grille- 404 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
If you’re not doing brunch, then you’re not doing Miami right. Be sure to check out Lobster Bar Sea Grille on the edge of SoFi. Every Sunday you’ll find one of the best brunch deals in Miami. For $49 guests can enjoy a 3-course brunch and endless Bellinis, Bloody Mary’s, and mimosas. Entree options include: a lobster stuffed lobster, steak and eggs, and the famous lobster chili toast. An a la carte menu is available as well.