When you need a nice restaurant for a family function, South Florida has no shortage of options. These five eateries will wow your loved ones with stellar food, service, and ambiance. Enjoy!
At Casa Isola, guests can expect some of the best Italian food on South Beach. The Sunset Harbour restaurant serves up hearty specialties that are big on flavor and size; it’s a tremendous value — and the savings add up for larger groups.
Literally, everything is shareable, so order all the favorites: calamari fritti, arancini, rigatoni alla vodka, veal chop parm… The list goes on and on. Be on the lookout for specials: The kitchen is always cooking up some cool items.
For a taste of the Mediterranean on the mainland, look no further than Key Biscayne’s Costa Med. The intimate restaurant is perfect for an elegant night with the family. Best of all, the menu is vast—there’s something for every diet here. Whether your family is full of steak eaters, fish lovers, or poultry fans, they’ll have no problem finding something at this neighborhood treasure.
Among the highlights: grilled octopus, fresh daily ceviche, lobster ravioli, seared scallops, and lamb chops. Costa Med also offers an extensive list of hard-to-find wines and other cool finds. Key Biscayne isn’t exactly known for its ample parking, but you and your family should have no problem finding room in the spacious lot.
Ghee Indian Kitchen
If your loved ones love some spice, head on over to Ghee Indian Kitchen. Dadeland’s beloved Indian eatery boasts a delectable and diverse menu that should appeal to most palates. Most dishes are designed for sharing, and you can easily make a meal out of just snacks like crispy cauliflower, chutney platters, potato and coriander samosas and more.
Larger plates include chicken tikka masala, vegetable kofta, roasted pork and smoked lamb neck. Don’t forget to order the restaurant’s signature naan while you’re drooling over the menu; we recommend keeping that deliciousness to yourself, though.
Ghee Indian Kitchen is located at 8965 SW 72nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33156. For more information, visit their official website.
Sushi Yasu Tanaka
A food hall might not be the first place that comes to mind when you want to impress the family but trust us: Go to MIA Market in the Design District. Specifically, go to Sushi Yasu Tanaka.
Good luck finding fresher fish in Miami – the team here gets premier product, and it’s love at first bite. The best part: The signature tasting menu is a steal compared to other omakases in town. You can also opt for smaller tastings or order a la carte – we’re suckers for the salmon. You and your family are in for a treat.
Sushi Yasu Tanaka is located at 140 NE 39th Street, Miami, FL 33137. For more information, visit their official Instagram.
Few places have stood the test of time like Toscana Divino. While almost everything around it at Mary Brickell Village comes and goes, the long-standing establishment still manages to wow guests day in and day out. The biggest reason for that: darn good food.
But Toscana Divino is not only home to some stunning pastas — it’s also home to one of the largest wine lists in town. There are so many bottles up for grabs here. Needless to say, you’ll be bringing your family back.
To complement all the wine you’ll be drinking, consider items like the prosciutto and burrata; the seafood linguine; the tuna tartare and branzino.. There are also tasting menus meant for larger parties. Case in point: the Florentine dinner that comes with a giant steak and a feast of Italian specialties.