Dining alone? You don’t need company to enjoy a nice meal at these five spots. Grab a seat at the bar and dig in.
Buya in Wynwood is known for its shareable plates, but the Asian eatery is just as good when you don’t feel like sharing. The bar is cozy, so try and come at an off time to secure a seat. Once you do, you’re in for a treat: Buya’s Japanese-inspired fare is filling, tasty and affordable – a triple threat.
Among the menu highlights: karaage chicken, duck gyoza hot pot and pork belly buns. While nothing should break your budget, you can save even more money by visiting during happy hour (Monday-Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Buns and brews at a discount? Yes, please.
Buya is located at 250 NW 24th Street, Miami, FL 33127. For more information, visit their official website.
Take a seat at Kosushi’s sushi bar and get ready for an unforgettable dining experience. The South of Fifth gem is a solo diner’s dream: selection upon selection of the freshest fish in town. Stick to traditional items like crab, tuna avocado and shrimp tempura, or ease out of your comfort zone with sea urchin and eel. Just make sure to save room for the banana flambe; it’s a lot for one person, but you deserve it.
Kosushi is located at 801 South Pointe Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit their official website.
Cool off at La Placita with refreshing rum cocktails and Puerto Rican bites. The MiMo eatery is home to a wide selection of small plates for the solo diner. Enjoy empanadas, croquetas, ceviche, and other dishes that pair perfectly with drinks like the Guava-Te Mule (think Moscow Mule but guava) and Whisky Con Agua de Coco (whisky with coconut water). If you’re Ubering, cocktail pitchers are also available. Just sayin’.
La Placita is located at 6789 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33138. For more information, visit their official website.
Toscana Divino is always busy – and for good reason. The Brickell Italian restaurant has impressed diners for years, outlasting pretty much every other tenant at Mary Brickell Village. This longevity is a testament to its quality food and service. Solo diners should skip the table and head for the bar, where they can enjoy Toscana Divino’s pastas and wines away from the hustle and bustle of Brickell. The full menu is available at the bar, so you can order favorites like the caviar and potato, tuna tartare, spinach and ricotta tortelli, and lasagna. Don’t forget to order some wine, too: Toscana Divino has one of the largest wine collections in the city.
Toscana Divino is located at 900 South Miami Avenue, #185, Miami, FL 33130. For more information, visit their official website.
Villa Azur has a reputation for hosting one of the liveliest dinner parties in the city. Every night is a vibe, and even if you’re dining alone, you’re in for a good time. The elegant décor and elevated fare will make you feel like you’re living it up in Southern France. You’ll feel like royalty as you indulge in truffle burrata, king crab, pan-seared sea bass, and prime filet mignon – along with many other favorites. Or just swing by for a drink: the Finally Old Fashioned and Spicy 309 set the bar high for the evening to come.
Villa Azur is located at 309 23rd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit their official website.