Dining Alone in Miami

 

Sometimes we all need a little "me time." Here are Miami's best places to eat when you're a party of one.

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You and your lunch make such a nice couple.

By Lane Nieset

The only tough part about dining alone should be deciding where to eat. We've made the process a little easier narrowing down 10 top spots for solo diners.

Verde
Museum days are usually best done solo, so it’s no surprise Pérez Art Museum Miami's waterfront restaurant is the perfect place for parties of one to post up and peoplewatch on the al fresco terrace. The lunch spot not only offers stunning views of Biscayne Bay, it also serves a standout menu of local fare like wahoo ceviche and squash blossom pizza adding a gourmet spin to a casual setting.

Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-345-5697, @VerdeMiami

Jugofresh
Jugofresh is known for its cold-pressed juices, but the Wynwood location set within the Wynwood Walls is like a secret enclave for solo diners who want a quick but healthy meal in the privacy of the church-style pews. These seats are perfect for snacking on the spot's salads and made-to-order bowls, but they also double as the ideal work bench if you're bringing your laptop along to lunch.

222 N.W. 26th St., Miami, 786-472-2552, @jugofresh

Icebox Café
A haven for freelancers who want to have a working lunch, the Sunset Harbour café offers plenty of options for tables of one to dine al fresco or at the inside bar. Once you try one of the all-natural dishes like the wasabi-crusted wild salmon or curried organic chicken breast, you'll be quick to forget your work worries. The dessert menu is also a worthy distraction.

1855 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-8448, @Iceboxcafemiami

Pubbelly Sushi
The sushi bar is where all the action takes place at the intimate gastro-inspired sushi spot that's part of the Pubbelly family. It's easy to get tempted to try a bit of everything as you watch the chefs prep the specialty rolls, like the off-the-wall porkbelly and clam sushi or Wagyu beef tartare roll complete with truffle-poached egg.

1424 20th St., Miami Beach, 305-531-9282, @PubbellySushi

Bocce
The Midtown restaurant's industrial vibe is inviting for those who want to do dinner at the bar (which doubles as an Italian market) or at one of the benches against the wall. The Italian staff is also great at making diners feel like they're at home while indulging in Chef Nunzio Fuschillo's authentic regional Italian cuisine.

3252 N.E. First Ave., Miami, 786-245-6211, @bocceristorante

Harry's Pizzeria
James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz brings his culinary genius into the low-key pizza joint on a side street in the Design District. Each day there's a different thin-crust pizza that's more creative than the next, from shrimp and collard greens with bacon to the short rib pizza with shaved fennel pizza and Calabrian chile. The small space fills quickly, but luckily those dining alone can usually score a seat at the bar in view of the wood-burning oven.

3918 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 786-275-4963, @harryspizzeria

Basil Park
The health-conscious bistro not only has its own juice bar serving up raw, organic cold pressed juices, it also has a hearty meat menu of pasture-raised rotisserie chicken and grass-fed rib-eye à la plancha. Take a seat and watch the scene unfold from the bar, where diners can also order up organic drinks other than juice from sake to sparkling wine and cider.
17608 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles, 305-705-0004, @basilpark_

Klima
The contemporary Catalan-inspired eatery feels more like it belongs on a quiet corner in Barcelona than bustling South Beach tucked behind Collins. Modern art lines the living room-like lounge that's perfect for a party of one to cozy up on a couch by the window while sampling the authentic Spanish tapas.

210 23rd St., Miami Beach, 786-453-2779, @klimamiami

Tap 42
High-top communal tables on the outdoor patio are first-come, first-serve, so pull up a stool and join a party. The gastropub's crowd is inviting, so you'll be in good company as you sip one of the local craft drafts and dine on a menu of quinoa salads and gourmet burgers, like the drunken goat, a lamb and beef blend topped with whipped goat cheese and Purple Haze raspberry jam.

1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-463-4900, @Tap42Bar

Rocco's Tacos
The lively Ft. Lauderdale taqueria draws quite a crowd, especially on the popular Taco Tuesdays, so you'll never feel alone here.  Take a seat at the bar, which also serves as a dance floor when founder Rocco makes a surprise appearance, and start with a fresh margarita and the signature guacamole made tableside.

1313 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-524-9550, @RoccosTacos

Riverside Market and Café
Those looking for a taste of Old Florida will know they stopped in the right place at the hidden gem of a café in Riverside Park. There's nothing glamorous about this place, and that's exactly the point. It's become something of an institution in Fort Lauderdale for its off-the-beaten path location and laid-back style, serving up causal bistro fare like salads, sandwiches and wraps to diners sitting on sofas and stools. The endless variety of beer is another selling factor—which guests can conveniently grab from the coolers lining the wall.

608 S.W. 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-358-8333, @riversidemarket

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