The easing of COVID-19 restrictions has brought back a favorite pre-COVID-19 activity: dining out with friends. If you’re looking for a spot to get the gang back together, these five Miami restaurants offer ample room for big groups to catch up and enjoy a tasty meal.
Miami Beach gem Kosushi is a must for any large group. The spacious Japanese eatery is home to an extensive menu of Asian delights perfect for sharing. Order a variety of hot and cold dishes like crispy rice tuna, baked cauliflower, grilled prawns, and wagyu gyoza for the table and dig in; coming with a big group lets you make the most of the delicious offerings. Proteins include crab, Hamachi, salmon, octopus, scallop… if you can think of it, it’s likely on here. Round up some friends and visit Kosushi for an unforgettable night out.
Kosushi is located at 801 South Pointe Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit their official website.
The Lobster Shack
For a more casual vibe, head on over to either one of The Lobster Shack’s two convenient locations: Lincoln Road or South of Fifth. Either venue provides the ideal backdrop for good times, good food, and good company. As the name suggests, Lobster Shack is all about the mighty crustacean, which can be enjoyed in several preparations.
One of the most popular iterations is the lobster roll, which is offered chilled or warm. You can stick to the lightly dressed classic roll, get a little adventurous with the Cajun lobster roll, or go all out with the Poseidon roll (lobster, king crab, blackened shrimp). Guests can also indulge in tacos, fried fish baskets and snow crab dinners—to name a couple entrees. Pro tip: Come hungry.
The Lobster Shack has two locations on South Beach. For more information, visit their official website.
Osteria Del Teatro
For dinner and a show with friends, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better spot than Osteria Del Teatro. The Collins Avenue Italian eatery provides a front-row seat to the colorful characters that make up Miami Beach. Grab a seat on the spacious patio and enjoy the show as you dig into specialties like mushroom polenta, spaghetti puttanesca, chicken parm, veal scallopini, and more. This is one place where it pays to do your research beforehand; make sure you peruse the “Verbal” menu for some tantalizing off-menu selections.
Osteria Del Teatro is located at 1200 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit their official website.
RED South Beach
In case you missed the news, RED South Beach is back at a new location in South of Fifth. The beloved local favorite shut its doors last year due to COVID-19 but is now back and better than ever with an upgraded dining room and outdoor seating. The iconic cuts of beef make your mouth water—think miyazaki Japanese Kobe A5, C.A.B. filet mignon, and prime selections like ribeye and tomahawk.
You’ll also find an assortment of exquisite seafood options like whole Maine lobster and Alaskan king crab as well as pastas galore in the form of carbonara, linguini and clams, and lobster fra diavolo. There truly is something for everyone here, making RED a perfect spot for big groups.
RED South Beach is located at 801 South Pointe Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit their official website.
Are your friends more the party type? Villa Azur provides an elegant dining experience paired with a nightlife vibe. The French Mediterranean venue features an appetizing menu of European fare like truffle burrata, prime carpaccio, dover sole menuniere, and tuna romesco. Cocktails are plentiful with whimsical names like Finally Old Fashioned, Dr. Azur, and Ilegal Tea (which comes in a golden gnome!).
As the night progresses, the restaurant turns into more of a dance floor, ensuring a great time for all. Plan your visit around their famed Thursday night dinner parties for the ultimate Villa Azur experience.
Villa Azur is located at 309 23rd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit their official website.