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7 Great Miami Tasting Menus Under $100

Because a spectacular tasting menu doesn't have to cost more than your college tuition.
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Tasting menus aren’t just for fine dining trust fund babies or celebrity chef groupies. And you shouldn’t need an investment portfolio to enjoy them. These are Miami’s best tasting menus under $100. And if we’re being honest (we always are), these are some of the best tasting menus at any price point in the city. 

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$65 for three courses

The really special thing about Ghee is how they give so many of their Indian dishes a gentle Miami twist. And the best way to experience these unique flavors is through the tasting menu. The first course includes seven “snacks,” and the second is five main dishes, naan, and basmati rice. Finally, it ends with two desserts. The meal includes some of those Miami-inspired dishes like yellowfin tuna bhel with local avocado, but there are also more common things like chicken tikka masala. Everything is shared, and everyone at the table has to participate. But why wouldn’t you? Plus, you can add the wine pairing for $35 per person and still hit the $100 mark.

$70 for four courses

We can’t tell you what this menu will consist of, but we can tell you the best pasta in Miami is on it. This is a chef’s choice situation that changes whenever they feel like it. But the truly great news is that we love every dish Macchialina has ever birthed. The tasting menu is served family style and includes a couple antipasti, a few pastas, at least two entrees, and dessert. The number of courses stays the same, but the number of dishes changes depending on party size, so this is a great tasting menu to try with at least three to five people. 

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$85 for seven courses 

Palma only serves a tasting menu, so this is their bread and butter (which is actually one of our favorite courses here). Despite having one of the longest menus on this guide, it’s one of the lightest meals and a great option for date night. The menu changes every 10-15 days and sources almost everything locally. Expect seasonal dishes like steak tartare wrapped in a crunchy ribbon of radish picked that very same day. Each course is small, but it all adds up to a meal that—while not quite filling—won’t leave you starving either. So if you’re looking for a tasting menu that’ll require you to be rolled out of dinner in a wheelbarrow, this isn’t for you. If you value quality over quantity and want a quiet, romantic night out—you’ll love it.  

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$100 for eight courses

This Basque tasting menu includes one of our favorite steaks in Miami. Other than that, we can’t predict the menu because the chef really plays it by ear. It begins with individual portions, starting with a soup you’ll want to pump intravenously to your heart. Each course builds on the next, from creamy croquetas to steak tartare. Courses six and seven are always shared. One is a starch, like creamy rice, and the other is that perfect 30oz dry-aged ribeye. It’s normally $80 on the a la carte menu, which makes the tasting worth it for the steak alone. Portions are filling, so pace yourself for Edan’s final act: a Basque cheesecake with delicate burnt edges that’s so rich and gooey, you’d think it was cast by a goldsmith.

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$45 for six half-portions pastas (daily from 5:30pm-6:30pm)

For those of us who always wished there was such a thing as pasta happy hour, our day has come. If you visit this Italian restaurant between 5:30pm and 6:30pm, you’ll be able to partake in Erba's pasta tasting menu. It’s exactly what it sounds like—just pasta. Out of the eight delicious options, you get six shared half portions, like conch mafaldine or (our favorite) agnolotti with wagyu beef cheeks. And if you want all eight, no one is stopping you from ordering those at full price too (except your stomach capacity).

$74 for four cuts of meat and banchan 

Unless you want to spend $225 on the steak omakase, Cote’s Butcher’s Feast is the best way to experience this Korean steakhouse. It comes with aged ribeye, wagyu flatiron, hanger steak, and marinated short rib. The whole thing feels choreographed, with servers, sommeliers, and managers taking turns cooking and flipping on the hot grill at the center of your table. The meat alone won’t fill you up, but it also comes with side dishes like a fluffy egg souffle and several banchan. Plus, the sweetest little soy sauce caramel soft serve for dessert. The price of this menu has steadily climbed over the years, but we still think it’s worth it as long as it stays under $100.

$59 for seven courses

Eating House’s tasting menu begs the question: “Can the word ‘Miami’ be used as an adjective?” The answer is yes. And this is the most Miami tasting menu on this guide—it feels like an inside joke for locals who love restaurants. Sometimes you’ll find renditions of lemonade sorbet with whipped lemon curd as an homage to A.C.’s Icees. Other times, it’s mini chicken pub subs or smoked pork with onions, cheddar, and ranch that taste like Flanigan’s rib rolls. It’s all served family-style and they mix it up several times a year. Eating House has matured after it closed and then resurrected. But the tasting menu is a fun option for those who miss its more experimental days on Ponce.

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