Where to Eat in Bay Harbor Islands: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Diedre Savory

Bay Harbor Islands ("BHI") is a town in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,628 at the 2010 census. It is separated from the mainland by Biscayne Bay, over which the land masses are connected via the Broad Causeway. On the mainland side, BHI is bordered by the city of North Miami, while to the east it borders the villages of Bal Harbour and Surfside. To the south lies the exclusive village of Indian Creek. BHI is about 20 minutes' driving distance away from Miami International Airport, and it is situated between the larger cities of Aventura and Miami Beach.
Things to do in Bay Harbor Islands

1. Cafe Ragazzi

9500 Harding Ave, Surfside, FL 33154-2502 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 28 - SGD 131 +1 305-866-4495
Excellent
58%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 464 reviews

Cafe Ragazzi

Traditional Italian Cuisine restaurant with exceptional service for over 15 years in Surfside, Owned by World renowned singer Ricardo Montaner with his wife Marlene Montaner

Reviewed By Mark K - Jupiter, Florida

Very disappointing service. Grabby waiter more interested in taking ur napkin off table and clearing dishes. Food delivery poorly coordinated. Gang bang service at its worse. Manager extremely dismissive when we complained to him.

2. Casa Mia Trattoria

1950 NE 123rd St, North Miami, FL 33181-2868 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 14 - SGD 39 +1 305-899-2770
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 152 reviews

Casa Mia Trattoria

Casa Mia Trattoria opened its doors in September 2005. We merged traditional Italian food with favorite American flavors and Casa Mia Trattoria was born. Our restaurant is a place where people can feel at home from the moment they enter the door, and where hospitality, food and service are our top priorities.

Reviewed By Calypso050 - Southampton, United Kingdom

A busy restaurant with what looks like a good balance of regulars. Returning customers are always a useful indicator of a good restaurant. We had a very pleasant meal, service was good, attentive but not intrusive. Portions good size at mid range prices.

3. Kabobji - North Miami Beach

3055 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach, FL 33160-4462 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Buffet, Highchairs Available Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Halal Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 39 - SGD 52 +1 305-354-8484
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 202 reviews

Kabobji - North Miami Beach

Reviewed By Million D

Hiding between north miami and sunny isles.

It was a hot day and miami was busy with the food and wine festival so I was surprised to see how busy Kabobji was, especially for a Sunday.
As the server was taking us to a table as soon as we arrived, The girl at the front stopped us and said we must wait as the table was being cleaned.
She took her job seriously But in all fairness, by the time we would have arrived at the table it would have been cleaned and ready. It was the only free table.

While waiting for our food our server gave us a basket of puffy pita breads. Straight From the oven to the table they were hot and when I broke mine open, the steam came billowing out In a puff. They were absolutely Delicious.

We ordered :
1. Beef Kafta.... ground beef kebab seasoned (somewhat bland) served with onions and humus in a crispy shawarma shell with humus and a side order of perfectly cooked French fries. I added some pickled radish and this made my kafta taste really good.
2. A Shawarma plate with thinly sliced beef .....flavored and cooked too perfection. This came with a side order of rice and tahini It was delicious, soft and well flavored.
Previously I’ve had the chicken shawarma plate and it is equally as delicious.
The service was fast and good
Value was excellent and portions are generous.
I give 4 stars because of the attitude of the front of house girl.

4. Makoto

Bal Harbour Shops 9700 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour, FL 33154 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 305-864-8600
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 871 reviews

Makoto

Stephen Starr's newest Japanese restaurant, Makoto is located in the prestigious Bal Harbour Shops. Makoto features a modern Japanese menu including sushi bar selections, modern Japanese dishes, and bincho charcoal robata. A hand-crafted beverage program focused on sake compliments the cuisine. The dining room and sushi bar seating are available by reservation. Outdoor seating is available upon arrival.

Reviewed By Diana C - Fairfax, Virginia

Atmosphere was nice, food was good for what it was but a very limited menu, especially for GF folks. Service was really bad across the board but especially at the bar and our server. Server was rude, way too abrupt and hard to track down. Brought out half our food and then nothing for 45 minutes. We asked for the check and he said he had more food coming. We said no thanks. Would not recommend this place but it was packed so obviously they do a good business.

5. O'Lima

1052 Kane Concourse, Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154-2107 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout Peruvian, Latin, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch +1 305-864-4392
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 114 reviews

O'Lima

Authentic Peruvian cuisine

Reviewed By VITTY306 - Miami Beach, Florida

I loved this place,i mean everything from A to Z.For those who know me,I am a very picky eater,but here I loved every single dish served on the table,especially the Causa,super yummy Shrimp Quinotto,which is way healthier than rissotto and the wine I had.Oh by the way they had half off on the bottles of wine,so that was the other awesome part!

6. Carpaccio

9700 Collins Ave, Ste 139, Bal Harbour, FL 33154-2208 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 305-867-7777
Excellent
54%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Carpaccio

Reviewed By Bert F

We were sat quickly. The server took our order right away. A runner brought our drinks and some bread while we waited for our meals which took no time at all. The server was very professional and prompt. The only problem though small was it took us a while to get our bill.

7. Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill

9516 Harding Ave, Surfside, FL 33154-2502 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 20 - SGD 39 +1 305-867-0099
Excellent
48%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 800 reviews

Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill

Flanigan's is famous for our legendary Baby Back Ribs, and we sell over a million pounds per year. We are also known for our fresh fish selections and unique preparation options, such as Dolphin Francaise and Blackened Tuna. You can't get fresher fish unless you catch it yourself! We specialize in Fresh and Homemade menu items, and the majority of our items are made from scratch with fresh ingredients. There are no microwave ovens in our kitchens! Our menu offers a variety of options including Prime Rib, Steaks, Pasta, Entrée Salads, 10 ounce Burgers, unique Sandwiches, Award Winning Appetizers, and oversized Signature Desserts. Our portion sizes are large and our prices are reasonable. We have "Happy Hours" several times a week that feature all brands of beer, liquor and wine at up to 50% off, even on the weekends!

Reviewed By Lorroth1 - Webster, New York

The food was pretty good for bar food. The manager Nikki was great as were our servers Lincoln, Thomas and Christopher. Our only issue was drink costs. We were there two days in a row and bought the same drinks. We were never charged the same amount. All drinks were the same thing!

8. Little Havana Restaurant

12727 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami, FL 33181-2003 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 28 - SGD 39 +1 305-899-9069
Excellent
53%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 320 reviews

Little Havana Restaurant

Reviewed By VelezBrooks1 - Owings Mills, Maryland

So I went here for lunch with my husband and daughter while on vacation. We only had sandwiches. My husband had a Cuban sandwich and I had chicken. I can say it was on authentic Cuban pressed bread and was delish. I would have liked to try more entrees but never got around to it.
We did notice the other patrons meals and it all looked good. I'm looking forward to going back and trying a few more items. Other than that the service was great and food came out in a timely manner.

9. The Palm Miami

9650 E Bay Harbor Dr, Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154-2104 (Formerly The Palm) Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night SGD 33 - SGD 131 +1 305-868-7256
Excellent
52%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 212 reviews

The Palm Miami

Palm Restaurant...The Classic American Steak House is renowned for its USDA prime aged steaks, jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters, Italian dishes, the freshest of seafood, warm smiles, outstanding service & an atmosphere like nowhere else. What makes Palm Restaurant truly unique is our genuine old world hospitality & an atmosphere you just can’t find anywhere else. At The Palm… our dining rooms are a panorama of the classic cartoons & caricatures of Palm Restaurant regulars & local celebrities. Each room is filled with the hearty handshakes & warms smiles from our gregarious staff & familiar guests & always abuzz with a sea of conversation & laughter celebrating the best of everything. Ask Palm Restaurant about joining The 837 Club, and enjoy the perks and rewards of good taste, great food, and Palm Restaurant experience.

Reviewed By Stephanie P - Jefferson City, Missouri

We have eaten at several Palm restaurants all over and it is always an enjoyable experience. We had the caesars salad, sea bass, and crab cakes. It was delicious and the service was good.

10. Specchio Cafe

9485 Harding Ave, Surfside, FL 33154-2803 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 305-865-5653
Excellent
54%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 141 reviews

Specchio Cafe

Reviewed By Nicole R - Hardyston Township, New Jersey

We vacationed at a nearby hotel and walked to find a place to eat outside. One adult and (3) hungry kids. Very Accomodating. Provided 1/2 portion for the kids and made a few changes to the dish for our picky eater. Delicious! Grab dessert before you leave!!

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