13 Great Restaurants for Solo Dining in Miami
Miami is a great place to dine alone — whether it’s because one can squeeze into restaurants that are tough to get into otherwise, or because so many places are prime for people watching, this city is full of places where eating solo is highly recommended.
And there’s no denying that dining alone is a wonderful luxury. It allows for eating and drinking of as much of whatever, at any speed, and it makes one much more approachable than if eating as a couple or in a group. Here are 13 spots to soak up the dining solo.
Tur Kitchen’s chic 4,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor space in picturesque Coral Gables lets solo diners slip on a cloak of invisibility while still offering great views for people watching. The menu entertains with an extensive bar program and Mediterranean-inspired dishes such as branzino with romanesco pure, Mejadra rice, and cauliflower served with beets, tabbouleh, and mint. Save room for kunafa, the classic filo dough dessert layered with walnut, pistachio, and a touch of rosewater.
This charming French brasserie in the Bal Harbour Shops makes for an ideal stop for lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch during a shopping spree. There’s fine service and even finer people-watching, and the menu – ranging from classic dishes of escargots and onion soup to steak and frites — is like a warm buttery hug.
Nestled inside the Soho Bech House, this Italian eatery offers a welcome change of pace with an all-day menu served in a quaint indoor dining room or at the airy outdoor patio under tiny white lights. The best (and most difficult) seats to snag are by the cozy bar, making this ideal for the solo diner looking for comforting options of vitello tonato, rigatoni beef bolognese, and veal Milanese. Happy hour features a variety of bites and cocktails from Wednesday through Friday.
Brunch is the most important meal of the day in Miami, and this Midtown eatery serves it in English-style decor of florals, soft pastels, and luxurious touches. Chia pudding and açaí bowls are great starters, followed by eggs Benedict, French toast, pancakes, and sammies. Hostess can easily find a seat for one, the smallest and most perfect of party sizes for Little Hen’s afternoon tea, served with a variety of macaroons, scones, and petit fours.
LE CHICK MIAMI
This Dutch-inspired eatery in Wynwood is the place to feast on flavorful burgers and fried chicken in a fun, breezy setting. Grab a seat at the outdoor bar, where the friendly staff serves frozen margaritas, Spanish gin and tonic, and Bangin’s sangria. Le Chick offers discounted bites and cocktails during the weekdays happy hour, so take note.
With a retro-style dining counter with full action views of the kitchen, Mignonette is probably one of the most unfussy and entertaining places in Miami to eat alone. Seafood is the star here, from raw bar options of plump oysters and crudo to conforting lobster rolls and crab cakes. The eclectic playlist makes for a great conversation starter.
TIME OUT MARKET MIAMI
A starter of brisket tacos from La Santa Taqueria; an entree of churrasco with white rice and fried yucca from 33Kitchen; Antonio Bachour’s elaborate gianduhja petit gateaux for dessert. In the heart of South Beach, Time Out Market caters to adventurous solo diners who like to combine many cuisines in one dining experience. The 17,500-square-feet food hall also boasts a center bar with a daily happy hour.
LE SANDWHICHERIE MIAMI BEACH
A block away from the beach, La Sandwicherie offers a selection of build-your-own treats to be enjoyed sans company. Solo diners have an easier time than anyone else ordering vegetarian or meat-based sandwiches doused with Dijon-based French vinaigrette, then cheerfully bellying up at the counter to eat them accompanied by fresh juice, a smoothie, or shake. The eatery is currently open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
A table for one at this minimalist cafe will come with a vast choice of of coffee, teas, cold brews, and seasonal drinks. Pair with egg sandwiches, avocado tartine, and pastries such as blood orange morning bun and mamey tart. After the plate has been cleared, All Day is a tranquil place to linger and get work done.
This is the kind of place to settle down, let the waiter clear away the second table setting and take in the surroundings. This Brazilian eatery across from the Frost Science Museum boasts an open pastry kitchen and an outdoor patio wrapped in lush foliage. A soundtrack of Bossa Nova tunes helps ease into a meal of pão de queijo, an everyday Brazilian snack filled here with ham and cheese, bacon and cheddar or tomato and cheese, or lunch options beef stroganoff or feijoada. For dessert, there is artfully presented brigadeiro cake and passion fruit pie, made with dark chocolate and almond dough and a sweet passion fruit mousse.
LPM RESTAURANT AND BAR
Sophisticated and artsy, LPM is the place to visit in Brickell for a treat of French fare over views of Biscayne Bay. The knowledgeable staff is trained to gauge if guests are open to chatting or are dining alone to be alone, and will offer a delectable wine and cocktail recommendations to go with yellowtail carpaccio with merlot vinaigrette, king crab and lobster salad, and duck legs with orange glaze. Finish with a dessert of cassata and a cup of the eatery’s special coffee blend.
GRAZIANO'S MARKET CORAL GABLES
A Coral Gables staple since 1995, Graziano’s Market beckons with a full meat counter, communal tables, and a lively outdoor patio. The Argentinian comfort fare ranges from classic empanadas, choripan, and grilled provolone to a variety of meat options a la parrilla, including vacio, skirt steak, and rack of lamb, served with choice of side. Complement the meal with one of the many facturas and pastries, along with a glass or bottle of wine from the vast selection available without a corkage fee.
If counter-tops won’t swing it, head to Mr. C hotel’s sophisticated rooftop, where this Italian eatery’s chic indoor dining room is made to accommodate solo diners, as well as the open-air deck looking out over Biscayne Bay and Key Biscayne. Dishes of langoustine carpaccio, spaghetti alle vongole, and veal scaloppine al limone are as satisfying as the space is beautiful, and tranquil Coconut Grove is an enchanting setting for a solo stroll.