When you visit South Beach, there is no shortage of amazing Greek restaurants. Simply stop by one of the five outstanding restaurants described below and you will find yourself indulging in warm gyros, crumbly feta, hearty moussaka recipes, and a seemingly endless supply of tzatziki. These amazing venues will have you will be shouting “Opa” in no time!
My Big Fat Greek Restaurant
This South Florida hot spot boasts an epic trifecta of Mediterranean flair, homespun charm, and flavorful family recipes that have guests lined up out the door. My Big Fat Greek Restaurant wouldn’t be complete without a mixture of blue and white decor along with live music and dance performances on weekends. Bask in the splendor of stuffed peppers and tomatoes ($14), village-style Greek sausage ($5), roast chicken ($15), velvety rice pudding ($3), and wine – lots of wine. And in true Greek style, there’s a welcoming, lively, family-friendly atmosphere.
When it comes to Greek fine dining in Miami Beach, nothing touches Costas Spiliadis’ Estiatorio Milos. Following its older siblings in Athens, Montreal, New York, and Las Vegas, Estiatorio Milos Miami boasts exceptionally fresh seafood — flown in overnight straight from the Mediterranean — on a much grander scale than other local Greek eateries. Be prepared to splurge on a menu that matches the opulent venue, where the Milos Special, made with fried zucchini, eggplant, tzatziki, and kefalograviera cheese, will cost you $30, and that’s just an appetizer. Instead, opt for the three-course lunch special (available Monday through Sunday from noon to 3:30 p.m.), with a more palatable price of $25, and revel in all the fresh fish and seafood this extravagant Grecian culinary experience offers.
Mandolin Aegean Bistro
This dreamy 1940s house in Miami’s Design District checks all the boxes for a classic Greek restaurant. Cozy up to the whitewashed walls, blue accents, and an old broad shade tree at the center for a charming outdoor atmosphere that’s easily one of the most romantic spots in town. Once you’re seated at a lantern-lit table, start with fresh mussels ($16), doused in white wine, garlic, lemon, and oregano; then try the fresh whole fish ($34), simply grilled using high-quality Greek extra-virgin olive oil. As you enjoy the rustic flavors of Greece and Turkey, indulge in a glass of Mandolin’s extensive Old-World-style wine list for a perfect pairing that even yiayia would love.
Mykonos Greek Restaurant
From traditional favorites like gyro platters, souvlaki, hummus, and baklava, Mykonos is a master of all things Greek. The Coral Way mainstay has been satisfying the stomachs of hungry Miamians for nearly four decades, and it shows. Floor-to-ceiling murals, shades of blue and white, and plates piled high with abundant Greek recipes transport guests to the restaurant’s namesake island. Stop by for a juicy lamb shank ($14.95) or a comforting dish of pastitsio ($12.95) — made with luscious layers of ground beef, thick macaroni, and cream topping — and see why dining at Mykonos is a must.
The Greek Place
The Greek Place blends equal parts Old-World Greece and modern-day diner vibes to create a brand of Greek fare that speaks all on its own. Fusing pure olive oil, fragrant herbs, and generous servings, each meal is sure to satisfy your Greek-food cravings. Salads are as hefty as the entrées, from the pikilia salad ($10), topped with garbanzo beans and grape leaves, to the grilled lamb chops ($18), served on a bed of rice with bright lemon and smooth olive oil dressing and a Greek salad. This spot’s souvlaki pitas are a standout as well, and the baklava ($5) — boasting layers of phyllo pastry, nuts, and honey — is a sweet ending.