From cheap burger joints to fabulous eateries with famous chefs, you and your friends don’t need a treasure map to find great restaurants in Miami Beach. But while the Magic City is awash with delicious food, not every spot is conducive to large groups. When you’re ready to get the gang together for a meal, consider these five Miami restaurants that can not only accommodate your rowdy crew, but blow you away with fantastic flavors and great service.
Joe’s Stone Crab
The excitement in the air is palpable at this 100-year-old institution as you and your buddies wait for a platter of just-cracked, chilled, fresh stone crab claws to arrive at your table. It’s a sublime food to share, so dip generously into the smooth house mustard sauce before you bite into the sweet meat. Just make sure to warn your friends to watch out for sharp edges of the claws— many have bled for the pleasure of dining at Joe’s Stone Crab.
Next time your crew wants to expand your culinary horizons, proudly lead the way to this sushi pub in the chic Sunset Harbor neighborhood. The mad scientists at this boisterous, cozy spot happily slap BBQ pork, fried clams, and Wagyu beef tartare in their sushi rolls. Order liberally so everyone can try a bit of everything — especially the soy paper-stuffed snow crab roll with a genius stroke of clarified butter dipping sauce.
To the untrained eye, La Sandwicherie doesn’t seem to belong on a list of best restaurants in Miami Beach for groups. But your buddies are no fools, so don’t let its humble setting fool you. Though you stand shoulder-to-shoulder at the counter in this tiny eatery, the squeeze barely matters once you sample the homemade Dijon vinaigrette, pate, and cornichons that accompany what you soon determine to be the best sandwiches in town.
Join the crowd of locals and tourists at this lively Haitian restaurant for ample plates of tender stewed goat, succulent and seasoned blackened grouper, and oxtail that practically falls off your fork. Before you leave, whip out your camera to take a group shot in front of one of the vibrantly colored murals on the wall — profile pic, anyone?
When you’re yearning for pizza, skip your typical joint and try Lucali, a Sunset Harbor standout that delivers on its promise of wood-oven pies with thin, perfectly charred crusts. Sure, you’ll pay extra for it, but when shared among friends, the dough is well worth the flavor and conversation.