Gone are the days of awkward stares and pitying thoughts when someone decides to dine alone--solo dining has become more socially acceptable than ever. Whether you're in town for business, or simply just want a break from conversation while enjoying some delicious cuisine, we've got options! Here's our top pick of the best restaurants that cater perfectly to solo diners in Miami.
Do you ever find yourself eating alone and wishing you had your own booth? Tran An understands, which is why they created the single counter booth. Enjoy a comforting bowl of Miami's beloved pho - whether vegan or beef! Or if that doesn't sound appealing, try something a bit more whimsical and get an order of chicken tenders with Grandma honey. The plush seat will envelope you in warmth as your sip to comfort and contentment.
Have you ever wished for a cozy booth to dine alone in? Well, your wish is now granted thanks to Tran An. Now you can enjoy the same plush booths designed for side-by-side diners all by yourself! Fall into its inviting padded seat and savor Miami's finest pho--offered with both beefy and vegan options. Or if small bites are more up your alley, try out Grandma honey chicken tendies from the kid's menu selection! So why wait any longer? Ditch those lonesome restaurant tables this evening; it’s time for a luxury dining experience that’s tailored just for one.
For dedicated solo diners, Jaguar Sun is the place to be in Miami. Here, Wil Thompson greets patrons like old friends and without fail serves up dishes of cacio y pepe or Parker House rolls before they even have a chance to skim through the menu. Not only is the atmosphere comforting and inviting, but it also boasts exquisite fresh pasta dishes as well as a fully stocked raw bar. However, perhaps the greatest attraction of all are its tantalizing cocktails! The Green Ghoul in particular will make you feel so captivated with its flavors that before long you'll find yourself halfway towards an unforgettable night - not to mention a hefty hangover afterwards!
Indulging in sushi is a delightful solo experience, similar to savoring wings and watching the game at your favorite sports bar. When dining alone, why not take it up a notch by heading over to Makoto's al fresco sushi bar? Here you can mingle with the chefs as you pick from incredible nigiri options like maguro and unagi. And don't forget about their irresistible hamachi crispy rice - all yours! Of course, no meal here would be complete without sipping on one of Makoto's special Blossom of Peace sake selections; an indulgence that will make your lone outing feel anything but solitary.
Smith & Wollensky
If you've ever been so ravenous after a late night that you nearly cause an accident on the highway, then Tap 42 is the place for you! Open past reasonable hours, this fantastic eatery serves up great food to suit any taste. Best of all? Sitting at the bar will provide a unique atmosphere than what's findable from typical restaurant tables.
No matter where else in Miami one may look for late-night eats, there simply isn't another spot quite like Tap 42. Tap 42 offers an expansive selection of 42 beers on tap, perfect to help you unwind after a long day's work. Despite late-night dinner hours, they also provide healthy options like salads that are full of flavor and just as tasty as their burgers or wings.
If you find yourself working way past the reasonable hour, and your hunger is so intense that it's taken over while driving home, then Tap 42 is ready to offer its delicious late-night bar food. Perfect for those moments where dinner just can't wait any longer! Tap 42 isn't Miami's only night-time eatery, but it stands out from the others with its bar seating more popular than tables. Furthermore, you can select from an impressive selection of forty-two craft beers on tap to soothe your long day at work. Even better? Their salads are just as flavorful as their burgers and wings - meaning that healthy eating is still a possibility late into the evening!
Paradis Books & Bread
Dining alone can often be a daunting experience, but the cozy atmosphere of Offsite Brewery makes it especially pleasant for those solo diners. With its vibrant energy and 9% IPAs to wash down hearty pretzel bites, you'll feel right at home here—it's like Boia De with corn dogs, only hoppier! The food is no brew master’s afterthought, as Offsite boasts a menu from the same brain that birthed Taquiza. The house-made hot dogs can be covered in the same maize that made Taquiza’s tacos famous, creating the best corn dog on the planet in the process. You can even opt for caviar service if you’re self-spoiling, or dig into the fried chicken sandwich that some say is the best in the city.
Flanigan's Seafood Bar & Grill
If you’re the type of person who enjoys immersing yourself in a good book while dining alone, Paradis is just the place for you. Set your sights on this small café and wine bar that creates a tranquil setting to enjoy its unique pizzas, freshly baked treats, or crackers with dip along with an exquisite glass of natural wine. Enjoy reading indoors or bask in Miami's sunshine outside when taking respite at their sunny patio!
The Key Club
You don’t amass an entire kitchen of green plastic cups by waiting for your friends to make a Flannigan’s run. The somewhat sticky, wood topped bar IS eating by yourself in Miami, where a plate of wings and the free pitcher that comes with it has become South Florida’s staple solo meal. When you visit a Flanny's bar, not only can you expect an animated dialogue with the gentlemen who have been sitting there since lunchtime and a cheeky bartender, but also a vast selection of music from their jukebox. Accompanied by some garlic rolls to nibble on and enjoy your drink? You'll be so content that dinner plans elsewhere will seem like nothing more than distant history.
Jimmy's East-Side Diner
Solo dining can become an impromptu social event at the Key Club, where the chic marble-top bar provides a perfect place to strike up conversations with happy hour guests and visitors from the nearby hotels. While the restaurant has a strong supper club vibe with some of Miami's best steaks and a strong selection of seafood, the indoor/outdoor bar offers a breezy place to devour the menu while people-watching. If you're looking to enjoy a meal solo without breaking the bank, head over between 4- 8 pm and check out our Happy Hour $7 Bites Menu. Our flavorful Jah Mama Wings served with Buttermilk Ranch are sure to hit the spot! Or if you'd prefer something on tap, why not try one of our refreshing $7 glasses of wine, cocktails or beers?
Diners are classically great places to enjoy a meal alone, but the experience ratchets up a notch when said diner also appeared in a Best Picture winner. Such is the scene at this MiMo landmark that’s been cranking out breakfast classics, meatloaf sandwiches, and half pound burgers since Biscayne Blvd. was the main route into Miami. Stepping inside Jimmy's will transport you to a classic Miami, before it was known for its foodie culture. The cuisine may not be revolutionary but is guaranteed to leave your taste buds satisfied! That’s why when the Moonlight directors needed an authentic local spot as the setting of their movie’s grand finale, they chose Jimmy's without hesitation.
L’atelier De Joël Robuchon
If you find yourself in Brickell on business and want to grab a great meal without the awkwardness of a table for one, Batch is always the move. The neighborhood’s original sports bar and gastropub puts out the best bar food in Miami, boasting an extensive menu ranging from some of the city’s best mac ‘n cheese to wild mushroom and goat cheese pizza. Show up on Monday and you can indulge in all-you-can-eat-wings, especially enjoyable with no dining companions around for judging you on how many you can down.
Treat yourself to the ultimate indulgence and book a table at Miami's only two-star Michelin restaurant - L'Atelier. With its gorgeous red interior, dark atmosphere, and talented kitchen staff that perform like a silent drill team as they prepare dishes - it is an experience not be missed! Pull up a seat at the bar abutting the open kitchen for your solo celebration in 2023; you deserve it! Allow yourself to indulge and revel in the flavors of your meal without any dinner partners stealing away your focus. This experience is so captivating that you won't even remember you're dining solo - and it tastes all the better when there's only one bill at the end!
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