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A Guide To Miami’s “Super Cute Reasonably Priced Restaurants To Catch Up With A Few Friends”

14 spots for finally meeting up with those people you haven’t seen in six months.

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Updated May 20th, 2021

The Infatuation is built on the idea of “Perfect For” categories, catering to your specific restaurant needs and situations. Date night? Birthday dinner with friends? Your college roommate from FSU is finally coming to Miami and has an excel spreadsheet worth of allergies? We can handle it.

But sometimes, there are situations that just don’t fit into a concise, predetermined category. And there is one such genre of restaurant we keep hearing about over and over again - at parties, in group texts, or in crowded ride-shares when we accidentally click the “pool” option. It’s what we’ve come to call the “Super Cute Reasonably Priced Restaurant To Catch Up With A Few Friends” (SCRPRTCUWFF). In general, SCRPRTCUWFFs are:

  • Somewhat quiet.
  • But not boring.
  • Relatively small.
  • With entrees mostly under $20 (or the equivalent).
  • The option to drink either booze or caffeine.

You have our list - now go ahead and plan that Wednesday night dinner.

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The Spots

Cafe Kush

$$$$
BurgersFrenchSandwiches  in  MiMo
$$$$ 7700 Biscayne Blvd

Open with indoor and outdoor seating

Cafe Kush is a MiMo restaurant from Kush Hospitality, who seem to be incapable of producing a bad restaurant. Cafe Kush is like the original Kush in Wynwood if it took a French vacation. They have some burger options, but also steak frites, a croque monsieur, and fried frog legs. It’s all very good and, indeed, reasonably priced. For the super cute aspect, be sure to sit outside. They have a small patio with waterfront seating along Little River, which isn’t a huge body of water but does give you an above-average chance of spotting a manatee.

Karli Evans

Over Under

$$$$
$$$$ 151 E Flagler Street

Open with indoor and outdoor seating

Over Under is an unpretentious spot your friend(s) will like, especially if these friends appreciate a good cocktail and cheeseburger. Over Under has both, as well as more good bar food like a fried chicken sandwich, wings, and smoked fish dip. It can get a little lively here during weekend nights, but you can always come for brunch and eat jackfruit chilaquiles and horchata french toast while your friend catches you up on the latest updates from your mutual high school bully.

Tasty Planet

Ironside Kitchen Pizza & Coffee Co

$$$$
$$$$ 7580 NE 4th Ct

Open with outdoor seating

For a slightly classier alternative to staying in, drinking wine, and ordering pizza, go to Ironside. Here, you can still bring your own bottle of wine (they’re BYOB), sit outside in a pretty courtyard, and eat much better pizza than you would have if you called that chain down the street (the pasta isn’t a bad choice either).

Silverlake Bistro

$$$$
$$$$ 1211 71st St

Open with indoor and outdoor seating

Silverlake Bistro is a casual North Miami restaurant with some sidewalk seating and outstanding taste in wallpaper. They have a menu of great bistro dishes like mussels and grilled bread, steak frites, roasted airline chicken, and one of the best burgers in town (which you should absolutely add bacon to). This is one of those neighborhood spots where you’ll want to become a regular, both because the service is so friendly and because that burger is worth eating on a weekly basis. It’s just impossible to have a bad meal here, especially if you add a bottle of wine to the equation.

Tasty Planet

Soya E Pomodoro

$$$$
PastaItalian  in  Downtown
$$$$ 120 NE 1st St

Open with indoor and outdoor seating

Soya E Pomodoro looks like it burrowed into the side of a Downtown office building like a hibernating bear, marking its territory with dozens of slightly random paintings and pictures. But this pasta cave is ultimately way more charming than the layer of a fat, sleeping grizzly. They also host live jazz Thu-Sat, serve a pear and cheese-stuffed pasta we love (the fazzoletti di formaggio e pera), and have an atmosphere comfortable enough for you to finally admit to your old roommate that it was you who was stealing their laundry detergent.

Tasty Planet

Pinch Kitchen

$$$$
$$$$ 8601 Biscayne Blvd

Open with indoor and outdoor seating

Pinch is a quieter option if you want to hear every detail about what’s been going on with your most dramatic friend. But even if their stories aren’t as thrilling as you hoped, the food will make up for it. There’s nothing too crazy on the menu at this Upper East Side spot - they just do simple food fantastically. And the burger, wagyu vacio, and gambas al ajillo will make you look like you’re incredibly interested, even if the story is a complete let down.

Orilla Bar & Grill

$$$$ 426 Euclid Ave

Open with indoor and outdoor seating

There’s a lot we like about Orilla, even before the food hits the table. The dining room’s dark color scheme and lack of an outer wall make it feel like you’re eating outside even though there’s a roof above your head. It’s the perfect size between “so big that you’re forced to contemplate your insignificance in this universe” and “so small that you’re scared the entire restaurant is going to hear you tell that embarrassing story of how you almost started a fire in your kitchen three months ago.” And, despite being in South of Fifth, a lot of delicious things - like the arancini and free-range chicken - aren’t more than $20.

Tasty Planet

Taquiza North Beach

$$$$
$$$$ 7450 Ocean Terrace

Open with outdoor seating

If you’d like to chat over tacos and margaritas, Taquiza is the best place to do it. Though we’re going to suggest the North Beach location over the busier and often louder South Beach location for the purpose of this guide. The North Beach taco shop is a little more intimate and has an ocean breeze if you sit outside, but still serves the same great tacos and - more importantly - the totopos, which are the Michael Jordan of tortilla chips.

Merritt Smail

Shore To Door Fish Market

$$$$
$$$$ 3380 Douglas Rd

Open with outdoor seating

This Coconut Grove seafood market/restaurant is a perfect place for you and some friends to spread out, drink beer, and politely try not to eat all the conch salad while someone tells a very long story summing up the last year of their life. Shore To Door serves a rotating menu of local fish during the weekend, and whether you stop by when they have smoked fish dip, whole fried snapper, or conch salad, it’s going to be excellent. Beer is in the cooler, and you can help yourself.

Emily Schindler

Boia De

$$$$
$$$$ 5205 NE 2nd Ave

Open with outdoor seating

Most things here are under $20, so we still consider Boia De reasonable - especially considering the great food you’ll be getting here - but it is one of the pricier options on this guide. It’s also got one of the cutest dining rooms in all of Miami, though, at the time of this writing, they’re running service outdoors-only in the parking lot. Still, this is just a wonderful spot to drink natural wine and eat beef tartare and tortellini, even if you’re doing so in a parking spot.

Beaker & Gray

$$$$
American  in  Wynwood
$$$$ 2637 N Miami Ave

Open with indoor and outdoor seating

If the person you haven’t spoken to in 13 months insists on having dinner with you in Wynwood, Beaker and Gray is a safe bet. This place, unlike 93 percent of the neighborhood, won’t be a huge headache. Instead, the reliable restaurant is going to serve very good cocktails, cheeseburger croquettes, chicken wings, and more small plates that are easy to share. It’s formal enough to make it seem like you put some thought into the occasion, but still relaxed enough to keep all parties from feeling too much pressure to brag about how their new job has unlimited vacation days.

Doce Provisions

$$$$
$$$$ 541 SW 12th Ave

Open with indoor and outdoor seating

This place might not feel super cute inside, but what the dining room lacks in super cuteness, the outdoor tables make up for. So, in case it wasn’t clear, sit outside - especially at night, when the string lights are all lit up. The small menu at the Little Havana spot is Cuban fusion, and has some solid dishes like crispy brussels sprouts, fried chicken with plantain waffles, and chorizo croquettes.

Verde at Pérez Art Museum Miami

$$$$
AmericanPizzaBrunch  in  Downtown
$$$$ 1103 Biscayne Blvd

Open with outdoor seating

This restaurant in the back of PAMM is easily in our top three places to eat and stare at the water. They’re open for brunch and lunch Fri-Sun (and dinner on Thursday), but you want to come here when the sun is out. The view is the best part of this restaurant, but the food’s not bad either. They have salads, sandwiches, and pizza that’ll do the trick while you and your buds reminisce over that time you all tried to start a t-shirt company.

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