Best Greek Restaurants in South Beach

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!

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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.

 

Estiatorio Milos

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.

What to Do in South Beach March 2018

March in Miami is about music, dance and more music. This month, we’ve got Carnaval, Ultra and the Winter Party. So put on your dancing shoes, and brace yourself for a month of heart-pounding beats!

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Carnaval Miami

It’s here at last! Carnaval Miami is one of Florida’s biggest cultural events of the year. A vibrant celebration of Latin culture, Carnaval brings food, entertainment and the best of Miami to the streets every March. This year, Carnaval is running from February 10 through to the end of March. Some of the biggest events include the Calle Ocho Festival, the Miss Carnaval pageant and Carnaval on the Mile. Plus, there’s a wine fest in there somewhere, not to mention food and music across the city. Get all the details on how you can experience Carnaval here.

 

Winter Party Festival

Visitors might not notice it, but technically it’s still winter until late March. Running from February 28 to March 6, the Winter Party Festival is a major LGBT event, and usually draws more than 10,000 people to Miami. It might not be Miami’s biggest LGBT event on the calendar this year, but it’s still a lot of fun. More information can be found here.

 

Dade Heritage Days

Miami isn’t just beaches and parties. Believe it or not, Miami has a rich history stretching back to pre-colonial times. Learn all about the area’s fascinating history at this year’s Dade Heritage Days. A celebration of local history, this festival is hosted by the Dade Heritage Trust, and runs from March 1 to March 15. Find out more here.

 

International Orchid Festival

Sometimes it’s nice to take some time to relax and smell the roses – or in this case, the orchids. From March 9 to 11, the International Orchid Festival will be held at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. This year, they’re boasting a whopping 10,000 orchid plants, most of which will be available for public purchase. Find out all the details here.

 

Deering Seafood Festival

Oh dear, it’s that time of year again! From March 19 to April 1, the Deering Seafood Festival will blow your mind with an outstanding array of fresh seafood. The festival is always quite lively, with cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs and a colorful artisan market. Plus, check out the Virgin Islands stilt walkers! Entry is $25 at the gate, but you shave off $5 if you book ahead. More details here.

 

Miami Music Week

March means music in Miami. To celebrate the city’s biggest music month, Miami Music Week brings exciting live performances to every corner of Miami. Participating venues offer discounted entry and drink specials, plus special events. Miami Music Week runs from March 20 to 25, and you can find out more here.

 

Ultra Music Festival 2018

BOOM, BOOM, BOOM! Can you hear that? Ultra is in town from March 23 to 25. Get ready to have your brains blasted out your nose at the nation’s longest running dance music festival. This year, we’re all in for something particularly special, with the festival celebrating its 20th anniversary. Some of the big names this year include Porter Robinson, John Digweed, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Carl Cox, Steve Aoki and Afrojack. Plus, if you’re a reggae fan, then don’t miss Julian Marley’s special performance with the Wailers. Get all the details here.

Where to Snorkel in South Beach

South Beach sometimes gets a bad rap for snorkeling and scuba diving. While beautiful to relax on, sandy beaches just don’t make for good snorkeling. Having said that, South Beach does hold its own as a snorkeling base. The nearby Biscayne National Park is an obvious choice for snorkelers, with a good variety of sites to hit up. Then there’s the lesser-known local favorites, like Key Largo and Looe Key. Overall, snorkeling is totally possible around South Beach; you just need to know where to look.

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Biscayne National Park

Starting just a few minutes south of South Beach, Biscayne National Park is the jewel of Miami’s snorkeling community. It’s an absolute must-see, with plenty of great snorkeling options.  Half Moon and Emerald Reef are two local favorites, while mangrove trips are also quite popular.

 

The park features an impressive amount of natural variety. The oft-swampy shorelines give way to coral reefs and clear waters in the south, and transitional, sandy islands in the north. The park is also home to the Florida Reef – one of the largest reefs of its kind in the world. Finally, a visit to the sunken Mandalay is almost mandatory, and is one of the few truly impressive shipwrecks that are reachable by snorkeling.

 

Almost all snorkeling tour groups hit up  Biscayne National Park, with trips usually costing around $40 to $100 per person.

 

Key Largo

Did you know the world’s largest coral barrier reef is just next door to South Beach? Key Largo boasts North America’s only living coral barrier reef. It’s perhaps better suited to scuba, but avid snorkelers can still get a few kicks out of this one. After all, this is some of the best diving in the world, with hidden treasure and some good fish. In fact, the area has been a national park since 1975, making it one of the best protected diving spots anywhere around Miami. From South Beach, Key Largo can be easily reached within an hour. Find out more details here.

 

Blue Heron Bridge

Less known than Key Largo and Biscayne, Blue Heron is small but impressive. Located just inside the Lake Worth Inlet, the Blue Heron Bridge has some good shallow diving opportunities, with a surprisingly varied amount of marine animals to see. Seahorses, batfish and pipefish are all commonly seen, and the clear waters make for good photography. The best thing is that all this can be seen at depths of barely 16 feet, making Blue Heron a good stepping stone for newer snorkelers looking to get their feet wet (both metaphorically and practically speaking).

 

Looe Key

Closer to South Beach, Looe Key is a bit of a local secret. It’s a great spot to get up close and personal with tropical fish, with angelfish being particularly common around here. There’s a lot of natural variety across Looe, too, with sudden drops and a good mix of corals. Around the deeper parts of the reef, you can even occasionally see eagle rays and turtles. While rare, whale sharks have also been seen here.

 

Crandon Park

More aimed at beginners, Crandon Park is a nice, quiet spot for a bit of a swim. Snorkelers will find gentle waters calmed by sand bars. You can see a surprising amount of tropical fish around, but not much else. Tours from Crandon Park also offer snorkeling trips to the Bear Cut Preserve’s fossilized reef, where spotted eagle rays are commonly seen.