The summer's most talked about restaurants: Miami

We analyzed millions of online reviews to find out which restaurants in Miami are generating the most chatter this summer. 

We analyzed millions of online reviews to find out which restaurants in Miami are generating the most chatter this summer. 

Welcome back to our series on most talked about eateries! We're closing out the summer with a mini-series on the most popular restaurants in major U.S. cities, as measured by how many people post online reviews about them. You can read our quick primer about the series here. As a recap:

  • Consumers overwhelmingly use online reviews to decide which restaurants they'll patronize
  • They mostly care about recent reviews
  • Restaurants with lots of reviews tend to have positive ratings and attract more customers

We analyzed millions of online reviews during June and July to make our list. The top restaurants are the ones that were talked about the most on Yelp, Google, TripAdvisor, and other business review sites during the first two months of summer. (So, "recent reviews" means in June and July of this year.)

As an aside — Miami customers are tough on restaurants! These are well-reviewed eateries, yet most get around 3 or 3.5 stars on Yelp. 

As you'd expect, Miami's most popular restaurants include lots of Latin American and Carribean menus. Read the whole list below.

 

1. Komodo

Located in Miami's Brickell neighborhood, Komodo is a massive Asian fusion eatery and lounge boasting 300 seats across three stories. 

Located in Miami's Brickell neighborhood, Komodo is a massive Asian fusion eatery and lounge boasting 300 seats across three stories. 

 

2. Wynwood Diner

A quirky twist on the diner concept, the Wynwood diner is an indoor-outdoor multifunctional space "for today’s modern urbanite to dine, work and play."

A quirky twist on the diner concept, the Wynwood diner is an indoor-outdoor multifunctional space "for today’s modern urbanite to dine, work and play."

  • Fare: Diner
  • Recent reviews: 107
  • Yelp score: 3 stars
  • 1 dish to try: The Fat Boy
  • Extra credit: Learn more about their spaces

 

3. Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita

"Dolores" is a rooftop dining experience, whereas "Lolita" is a weekday lunch cafe and weekend lounge on the main floor. 

"Dolores" is a rooftop dining experience, whereas "Lolita" is a weekday lunch cafe and weekend lounge on the main floor. 

 

4. The Big Cheese of Miami

Founded in 1984, The Big Cheese of Miami has an expansive menu featuring pizza, pasta, calzones, chicken fingers, french fries, fried oysters, and kids meals. 

Founded in 1984, The Big Cheese of Miami has an expansive menu featuring pizza, pasta, calzones, chicken fingers, french fries, fried oysters, and kids meals. 

 

5. Carolina Ale House

The Carolina Ale House is a mainstay in the south and along the eastern seaboard, featuring classic American dishes and an extensive drink menu in a fun sports bar atmosphere. 

The Carolina Ale House is a mainstay in the south and along the eastern seaboard, featuring classic American dishes and an extensive drink menu in a fun sports bar atmosphere. 

  • Fare: American, sports bar
  • Recent reviews: 186
  • Yelp score: 3 stars
  • 1 dish to try: Brisket burger
  • Extra credit: Read our blog post all about LM Restaurants, parent of the Carolina Ale House

 

6. Sabor A Peru

Sabor A Peru serves up traditional and contemporary Peruvian fare, with a bias for seafood, in Miami's Edgewater neighborhood. 

Sabor A Peru serves up traditional and contemporary Peruvian fare, with a bias for seafood, in Miami's Edgewater neighborhood. 

  • Fare: Peruvian
  • Recent reviews: 80
  • Yelp score: 3.5 stars
  • 1 dish to try: Pollo apanado
  • Extra credit: Their whole website is in Spanish!

 

7. El Pub

Located in Miami's Little Havana, El Pub Restaurant has been a destination for locals and tourists alike to enjoy authentic Cuban food for more than two decades. 

Located in Miami's Little Havana, El Pub Restaurant has been a destination for locals and tourists alike to enjoy authentic Cuban food for more than two decades. 

  • Fare: Cuban
  • Recent reviews: 79
  • Yelp score: 3 stars
  • 1 dish to try: Cubano sandwich, of course
  • Extra credit: El Pub makes a cameo in this story about touring Little Havana

 

8. Yambo

Yambo dishes up carne asada, queso frito, and other Nicaraguan fare for Florida patrons looking for a taste of Central America. 

Yambo dishes up carne asada, queso frito, and other Nicaraguan fare for Florida patrons looking for a taste of Central America. 

  • Fare: Nicaraguan
  • Recent reviews: 77
  • Yelp score: 4 stars
  • 1 dish to try: Whole fried snapper
  • Extra credit: They make a rib soup with bull testicles

 

10. Boteco

In Brazil, a boteco is a lounge or night club, which is exactly the vibe Boteco is trying to bring to patrons in Miami's shorecrest neighborhood. 

In Brazil, a boteco is a lounge or night club, which is exactly the vibe Boteco is trying to bring to patrons in Miami's shorecrest neighborhood. 

 

10. San Pocho

In keeping with Miami's heritage of Latin American fare, San Pocho serves up a hearty helping of Columbian cuisine in Little Havana. 

In keeping with Miami's heritage of Latin American fare, San Pocho serves up a hearty helping of Columbian cuisine in Little Havana. 

  • Fare: Columbian
  • Recent reviews: 64
  • Yelp score: 3.5 stars
  • 1 dish to try: Bistec san pocho
  • Extra credit: Again, the whole website is in Spanish!

 

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