From chilled ceviche to seared sirloin, Miami serves up a diverse menu of delicacies. While you can find early-bird specials, locals tend to dine late.
Here are some top options in various price ranges ($, budget; $$, moderate; $$$, pricey).
270 Biscayne Blvd. Way
Named for the local fishing area, Area 31 specializes in seafood. The cocktail scene and view from its perch on the 16th floor of the EPIC boutique hotel are other lures. $$$
EDGE Steak & Bar
1435 Brickell Ave.
A modern take on the traditional steakhouse, EDGE (in the Four Seasons Hotel) offers sublime seafood and beef that’s available in smaller portions. The outdoor terrace is enticing as well. $$$
Joe’s Stone Crab
11 Washington Ave.
Locals and tourists have lined up for decades to savor succulent crab claws, lobster, crab cakes, diet-busting hash browns and OMG key lime pie. Century-old Joe’s still doesn’t take reservations, so go early or late to avoid crowds, or use the takeout service to picnic away from the masses. Note to budgeters: Order the flavorful, under-$10 fried half chicken. $$$
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
130 Northeast 40th St.
Miami Design District
A foodie favorite, this farm-to-table bistro satisfies with fresh fare that might include country pâté, Wellfleet oysters, beet and tomato heirloom salad, roast grouper with fennel vinaigrette and a cheese of the week. Snag a seat on the patio and enjoy. $$
112 Ocean Dr.
You might catch basketball star LeBron James scoring Japanese Kobe beef after a home game in this red-hot steakhouse that serves until way past most people’s bedtimes. Don’t pass up the Meyer Ranch New York strip, decadent lobster mac ’n’ cheese or fried Oreos with French vanilla ice cream. If high tabs give you indigestion, order a drink and smoked bacon at the bar and scan the scene. $$$
The River Seafood & Oyster Bar
650 South Miami Ave.
At this after-work haunt for downtowners near the Miami River, you’ll find a well-stocked bar and happy hour deals on oysters. Staying to dine on fresh mahi mahi and creatively prepared cobia is no bargain, but shouldn’t disappoint. $$
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
1600 Lenox Ave.
Y’all come in and eat good, hear? Anointed one of Bon Appétit magazine’s best new restaurants in 2012, Yardbird dishes up belly-busting fried chicken and waffles, biscuits and jam, oyster stew and charred okra. Start with a mint julep or blackberry bourbon lemonade and save room for strawberry shortcake or Mississippi mud pie. Budgeters order the blue plate special at lunch. $$-$$$