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12 Best Kid & Family Friendly Restaurants to Eat at in Miami

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When you think of Miami, you may think of the booming beat of South Beach’s nightlife. Home of the sexiest bars and hotels, it’s the go-to destination for bachelor and bachelorette parties and vacationers looking for a place to see and be seen. But what many residents and food critics know is that Miami is also bursting with culture and flavor.

With eateries that can please any palate in any price range, Miami offers more than meets the eye. Look closer, and you’ll find that it’s also a family-friendly city with great food for parents and children alike. With my foodie husband, 4-year-old son, and newborn daughter, I set off on an epic food crawl in Miami to find the best eateries to satisfy all taste buds. Read on to learn our top choices.

1. 1-800-Lucky

  • Area: Wynwood
  • Price Range: $6 to $20 per dish
  • Parking: Street parking
  • Delivery: Postmates
  • Reservations: No
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A 10,000-square-foot food hall, 1-800-Lucky offers pan-Asian dishes in a high-energy yet laid-back atmosphere. Its vendors offer traditional items such as sushi rolls, bahn mi sandwiches, and Peking duck, but their best-selling — and Insta-worthy — item is Taiyaki’s ice cream in a fish-shaped cone. My son gravitated towards the Unicorn cone, which features unicorn ears, horns, and sprinkles.

My husband’s favorite item was the Hawker Style Wings from Lotus + Cleaver. I’m not exactly a fan of wings, but I admit they were the best wings I’ve ever had. Being a typical mom, I also grabbed a few varieties of steamed dumplings for us to ensure we got our vegetables. Anything packaged in a bite-size ball is a go-to option for families with young kids; it doesn’t require utensils and easily conceals any signs of vegetables.

There are plenty of seats, and the open-area format allows your kids to walk around freely. However, once the sun sets and the dinner crowd leaves, 1-800-Lucky turns into a nightlife atmosphere with large crowds and loud music. But not to worry as this is past kids’ bedtime, anyway.


2. Della Bowls

  • Area: Wynwood
  • Price Range: $4 to $12 per dish
  • Parking: Street parking
  • Delivery: Yes (DoorDash)
  • Reservations: No

Like 1-800-Lucky, Della Bowls features an open-area setting in Wynwood. But unlike its food hall neighbor, Della Bowls is one of a series of food trucks that sits on the perimeter of a large outdoor stage and bar.

That may not initially come across as family-friendly, but the open space allows children to run around safely, and this particular food truck only offers healthy vegan items. Della Bowls serves customizable bowls with options such as baked sweet potato, rice, and avocado that you can feed children of all ages. And with their flavorful sauces and spices, the food is anything but bland.

To sweeten the deal, order your family something from the dessert menu, which is what most customers come here for. The almond butter cups are a must-try, and you don’t need to be vegan or health-conscious to appreciate them.

Behind the food truck, Della Bowls offers customers seating underneath a giant tent — great for those seeking refuge from the hot Miami sun — as well as ice-cold water by the rustic utensil station.


3. Fireman Derek’s

  • Area: Wynwood
  • Price Range: $3 to $35 per dish
  • Parking: Street parking
  • Delivery: No
  • Reservations: No

Speaking of dessert, Fireman Derek’s might not offer anything vegan or healthy, but it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. We’ve tried their carrot cake with huge chunks of raisins, their best-selling key lime pie, guava coconut cake with marshmallow frosting, brownies with walnuts, and perfectly buttery crack pie — all of which were delicious.

The Fireman Derek’s menu may include standard dessert items, but their ability to marry flavors in a unique combination creates food that sets them apart. I’m not sure how a chicken pot pie ended up on their menu, but it’s my favorite item there and the best I’ve tasted.

There isn’t much space inside, but order some chicken pot pie and dessert to go, and have a full feast in the comfort of your hotel room. It’s divine and worth the cheat meal. Just make sure everyone brushes their teeth before bed.


4. The Taco Stand

  • Area: Wynwood
  • Price Range: $3 to $10 per dish
  • Parking: Street parking
  • Delivery: No
  • Reservations: Yes

A corner eatery with a tastefully grungy interior resembling an old-school diner vandalized by graffiti, The Taco Stand perfectly reflects Wynwood’s hip art scene. It also reflects San Diego’s claim to fame of having the best tacos, where The Taco Stand originated. And it lives up to the hype.

We’ve tried their entire menu, including carne asado fries, guacamole and chips, and tacos (pescadora, al pastor, camaron, and cactus). I would argue that tacos are the perfect food, with protein, carbohydrates, and vegetables all in one hand-held shell. And the nominal amount of our bill didn’t seem to reflect how full we were. It was an inexpensive, quick, and easy meal for the whole family.

Tacos Vegetables Table Meal Healthy Food


5. Yardbird

  • Area: South Beach
  • Price Range: $9 to $36 per dish
  • Parking: Valet, street parking
  • Delivery: No
  • Reservations: No

The best way to describe Yardbird is “Southern comfort food meets Miami.” They have traditional Southern menu items such as fried chicken, collard greens, biscuits, shrimp and grits, and chicken with waffles, but with a glittery, upscale twist.

Although the menu prices seem high, most of the dishes are shareable. Instead of ordering individually, my husband and I ordered tater tops with burnt ends, mac and cheese, pork ribs with coleslaw, brussels sprouts, chicken with waffles, and peach cobbler with ice cream for the table. It was delectable, and we all agreed we had to return to Yardbird before we left Miami.

One item that stood out to me was the coleslaw. Yes, mom here trying to be healthy again, but even my husband said it was the best slaw he’s ever had.


6. Joe’s Stone Crab

  • Area: South Beach
  • Price Range: $10 to $35 per dish
  • Parking: Private lot
  • Delivery: Yes (DoorDash)
  • Reservations: No

Founded in 1913, Joe’s Stone Crab is a Miami tradition and legacy. Although they have a full menu, what brings both residents and tourists back are the stone crabs. They’re harvested from October till May when they’re returned to the water to regrow their claws.

The lack of reservations makes it a little difficult to get a seat at the restaurant. During peak times, the line winds around the corner. However, you can now dine in or take out at Joe’s Take Away, a casual market with seating for 80 where you can grab their infamous stone crabs, as well as other staples, to eat in or bring home. We got ours to go and ate in our hotel room.

The stone crabs take work to eat, but the whole family enjoyed them (although my husband couldn’t crack the shell fast enough for my son). Don’t forget to try their key lime pie, which is a perfect way to end a light seafood meal.


7. Pinch Kitchen

  • Area: Miami (Upper East Side)
  • Price Range: $10 to $25 per dish
  • Parking: Private lot
  • Delivery: Yes (DoorDash)
  • Reservations: Yes

As soon as we got off the plane, Pinch Kitchen was our first stop. We were glad we made reservations; shortly after we arrived, the lunch crowd came in, and there was soon a wait to be seated.

With a cute, kitschy vibe, Pinch Kitchen has some of the friendliest waiters, who are passionate about their eclectic New American menu. I tried their kimchi guacamole, ceviche with yucca chips, smoked salmon with eggs sunny side up, and shishito peppers. You can’t go wrong with their house-made pasta for the kids, and there’s a decent beer selection for the adults. As a beer aficionado, my husband was impressed; however, he wanted me to note that they didn’t have any local craft beers.


8. Eating House

  • Area: Coral Gables
  • Price Range: $10 to $35 per dish
  • Parking: Street parking
  • Delivery: No
  • Reservations: Yes

Captain Crunch Pancakes — need I say more? Known for their brunch menu, Eating House is the perfect place to go with your family on a Sunday morning. Your kids will enjoy every dish, but the food also satisfies an adult’s nostalgic taste buds. Visit on weekdays for lunch or dinner and try their calentado, carbonara, brussels sprouts, and queso fritos as well. This establishment is precisely what the quiet suburbs of Coral Gables needed to spice things up.

Stacked Pancakes Blueberries Powdered Sugar Breakfast


9. St. Roch Market

  • Area: Design District
  • Price Range: $10 to $30 per dish
  • Parking: Street parking
  • Delivery: No
  • Reservations: Yes

If I had to pick, St. Roch Market would be on the top of my list. Situated inside a mall in the Design District, this food hall is chic, efficient, clean, and offers air conditioning to combat the Miami humidity. Because of the open space concept, we were able to order from every vendor and eat family-style in the central seating area.

We had the whole roasted turmeric cauliflower and falafel platter from Jaffa; ceviche, guacamole and chips, and tacos from Hot Lime; the best hand-pulled pasta from Dal Plin; and cupcakes and vegan ice cream, made from matcha with cashew and coconut milk and served in a half coconut bowl from Chef Chloe and the Vegan Cafe. My kids’ favorite meal was from Dal Plin, where the chef helped them pick out their pasta. Every employee graciously helped us select our dishes, and we enjoyed the space as a whole.

Outside the indoor area, there are hammocks you can lay on to submit to your food coma. I will be going to St. Roch Market any chance I get while in Miami.


10. Bianco Gelato

  • Area: Coconut Grove
  • Price Range: $3 to $10 per dish
  • Parking: Street parking
  • Delivery: No
  • Reservations: No

Coconut Grove is a small walkable town full of retail stores. After a long day of shopping, Bianco Gelato is the perfect place to treat your whole family — or for your husband and kids to seek refuge while you spend some time shopping. They offer organic non-GMO Kosher gelato, vegan brownies, and other healthy desserts in a cute space with some seating inside and out.

The gelato is what brings people in, but what keeps them in is the playroom in the back. With plenty of toys, paper, and crayons for toddlers to entertain themselves, everyone can take a break from the hot Florida sun with an ice-cold dessert and playtime in the shade.


11. Ironside Kitchen

  • Area: Ironside
  • Price Range: $10 to $25 per dish
  • Parking: Street parking
  • Delivery: Yes (Grubhub)
  • Reservations: Yes

How can pizza not make it to the list of top eateries? Ironside Kitchen offers an excellent menu for the whole family, from plain pizza pies to toppings such as anchovies, arugula, and salami. Pizza even made it to their brunch menu, creatively concocted with eggs and labeled “the Stella.”

You can come here at any time of day with the kids. The open outdoor dining area leads to the courtyard and playground, which have boutique shops along the perimeter. It’s BYOB, so bring a bottle of wine — there’s no corkage fee — for you and your spouse to enjoy while you watch the kids run around, burning off their meal and tiring themselves before bed.


12. Ms. Cheezious

  • Area: MiMo District
  • Price Range: $7 to $15 per dish
  • Parking: Street parking
  • Delivery: No
  • Reservations: No

If you’re looking for a laid-back restaurant offering craft beer, board games, and comfort food, this is the place to be. Started as a food truck serving only grilled cheese, Ms. Cheezious took Miami by storm and has since opened up two brick-and-mortar locations in Florida.

We’ve tried the short rib melt, southern fried chicken and waffle melt, BBQ pulled pork melt, and mackin melt (gouda mac and cheese with house-cured bacon). Everything was finger-licking good and kid-approved.

Ms. Cheezious is a great low-key and inexpensive dining option in the historic MiMo District. While there, you can walk around and check out unique art galleries, shops, and old hotels preserved from the 1950s and 1960s to burn off the calories you consumed.

Miami Ocean Drive Hotels Restaurants Sunset


Final Word

Many families opt for Orlando or Tampa when planning a Florida vacation. Disney World and Clearwater Beach are some of the most popular attractions for kids. But if you delve into what cities like Miami have to offer, you’ll be surprised at how welcoming they are to families. Make the most of your visits to the above restaurants by checking out these tips to save money when eating out and save money when eating out with kids.

Have you been to Miami with your family? What was your favorite place to eat there?

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Yoojin Lee
Yoojin Lee graduated from NYU with a background in business and worked in the fashion industry for almost a decade before becoming a mom to son, Theodore. Instead of labeling herself as a "stay at home mom," she utilizes her education, experience, and skill sets to learn how to be a resourceful mother and wife while striving to pave a career for herself as well.

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