4 New Year’s Resolution-Friendly Restaurants in Miami

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Happy New Year! What’s your 2021 resolution? If you’re planning to eat healthier this year, these South Florida restaurants have you covered. Thanks to these tasty eateries, eating healthy food doesn’t mean eating boring food. Here’s to a new you!

Buya Izakaya + Yakitori

A big part of healthy eating is portion control. And when you’re dining out, controlling portion size can be difficult – if not impossible. Unless, of course, you visit a family-style eatery like Buya Izakaya + Yakitori. 

At this Asian-inspired spot in Wynwood, portions are much more manageable because they’re designed for sharing. Items like pork belly buns, wagyu tataki, and Shiitake mushrooms are all large plates on their own, but are meant for anywhere from 2-4 people. As a result of all this sharing, you’re likely eating slower and enjoying company more, so you’ll be less likely to overindulge. It’s a win for your scale.  

Buya is located at 250 NW 24th Street, Miami, FL 33127. For more information, visit their official website

Lilikoi Organic Living

Creative and hearty cuisine awaits at South of Fifth’s Lilikoi Organic Living. This feel-good gem is home to a wealth of diverse options that are equal parts nutritious and delicious. From breakfast to dinner, Lilikoi ensures guests leave full and satisfied. 

The all-day menu at Lilikoi Organic Living runs the gamut from acai bowls and housemade banana bread to sous vide eggs Benedicts and breakfast burritos. Lunch-specific selections include a chicken and brie sandwich, tuna niçoise salad, vegan nacho platter and buckwheat ramen noodle soup. 

Food is just part of the equation at Lilikoi Organic Living. The eatery is also known for its array of smoothies and fresh juices, such as the signature lemonade with ginger, mint and local wildflower honey. Beer, wine, tea and coffee are also available. There truly is something for everyone here on the expansive menu.

Lilikoi Organic Living is located at 500 South Pointe Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit their official website


Whether you’re following a plant-based diet or just looking to eat more vegetables, look no further than Thatch in Midtown Miami. The plant-forward restaurant ­features a globally inspired menu of vegan and vegetarian fare. There are healthy bowls and salads like the falafel bowl and pesto kelp noodles, alongside wok-fired delights such as pad thai and kung pao tofu. 

Pizza is also available, including classics like Margherita and Hawaiian with cashew cheese. Oh, did we mention there’s also plant-based sushi and ice cream? Cakes and pies like turmeric cheesecake and burnt passion fruit cheesecake are also up for grabs. If you can think of a food, Thatch likely has a vegan version of it.  

Thatch is located at 3255 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33137. For more information, visit their official website


It’s no secret that a Mediterranean diet can be good for you. Research touts the heart-healthy benefits of eating more fish and other staples of the lifestyle. That’s why a trip to Vista is in order. The beautiful European-inspired restaurant is home to fresh and exquisite Mediterranean fare like octopus, branzino, and more. Crowd favorites include an ample artichokes salad and the grilled pears – perfect starters for any meal here. 

Vista is also perfect for your cheat days. Pastas like the brisket pappardelle and the fusilli tre fungi are worth the extra trips to the gym. The veal Milanese and steak frites should also be top of mind if you’re looking for a break from all the healthy bites.  

Vista is located at 5020 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33127. For more information, visit their official website.

Geoffrey Anderson

Geoffrey Anderson Jr. is a contributing/staff writer for Dish Miami. For over six years, he has covered the South Florida dining scene with his wife for the award-winning local food blog Miami Food Pug. When he's not writing about food, he's eating it—or attending rock concerts and traveling.

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