Where to Eat in Miami on a Budget

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Miami on a budget

Let’s be honest: Dining out can get expensive. That said, you don’t need to spend an arm, leg, and your firstborn for a great meal in Miami. The following eateries provide an unparalleled dining experience without breaking the bank so you can experience Miami on a budget.


Small plates are the stars of the show at Buya in Wynwood. This casual Japanese establishment serves up a tasty array of shareable dishes that won’t break the bank. Some of the highlights: karaage chicken, wagyu tataki, pork belly buns, and short rib ramen.

Most dishes clock in at $15 and under, so you can try a range of selections and still leave with a full wallet. For an even better value, visit during their weekday happy hour where bao buns, karaage chicken, and certain adult beverages are all $4. 

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

La Placita

For Puerto Rican food, La Placita in MiMo is the place to visit. At this laidback dining destination, guests will find delicious fare and incredible value. The Puerto Rican restaurant is great for Miami on a budget.

Starters include mixed seafood ceviche, chicken fricassee croquettes, watermelon and tomato salad, and blue crab cake—all items that should easily fit into your budget. Larger plates are indeed large; items like the whole fried snapper, churrasco, and seafood stew will last you for two meals minimum. Same for the sandwiches: You’re going to roll out of here with money in your wallet.

La Placita is located at 6789 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33138. For more information, visit their official website.

Lilikoi Organic Living 

Lilikoi Organic Living on Miami Beach proves that healthy food can be affordable. The South of Fifth hotspot offers guests the kitchen sink when it comes to its menu; all palates will find something to like here. The best part: It doesn’t cost too much.

Most dishes cost less than $20, and you get more than your money’s worth in terms of flavors and portions; dishes like the Hawaiian style poke, shrimp coconut curry bowl, chicken and brie sandwich, and chicken chipotle burrito can double as lunch and dinner. Happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. provides even more value—there’s no bad time to stop by. 

Lilikoi Organic Living is located at 500 South Pointe Drive, #180, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit their official website

Ruby Dee’s

When you think of food hall food, you’re most likely not thinking about super refined food. That’s not the case at Ruby Dee’s, a food hall gem. Chef Daniel Roy has found the perfect balance of elevated fare and value that’s taking MIA Market by storm, making the spot a great destination for Miami on a budget.

The Design District treasure is home to flavorful selections like salt-roasted beet salad, Hamachi tartar, roasted romesco, wagyu picanha sandwich, and soft-cooked salmon. For under $20, you’re getting a satisfying meal that’s something out of the top kitchens in the city – just in a more laidback location.

Ruby Dee’s is located at 140 NE 39th Street, Miami, FL 33137. For more information, visit their Instagram page.   

Tran An

Head over to Tran An in Little River for affordable and delectable Vietnamese cuisine. The fast-casual spot boasts a mouthwatering menu of pho, banh mi, and other Asian specialties. Start with some fresh shrimp spring rolls and then dive face first into the restaurant’s signature beef pho with brisket, pulled oxtail, and meatballs. 

Non-meat options are ample: vegan curry noodles, vegan spring rolls, and mushroom and yuba banh mis are just a few of the noteworthy selections. Be sure to stop by on weekdays between 3 and 6 p.m. for happy hour—get 50% off banh mi sandwiches. 

Tran An is located at 215 NE 82nd Street, Miami, FL 33138. 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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