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Savor Miami: A Guide to LGBTQ+ Owned Restaurants

Miami LGBTQ+ Owned Restaurants
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Miami, Florida is a melting pot of cultures, and it shows not just in its neighborhoods but also through its dining scene. Known for its blend of global flavors and culinary experiences, it’s also a celebration of community and inclusivity due, in large part, to the LGBTQ+ owned restaurants you find there. From leisurely cafes to upscale elegance, and everything in between, the city truly is the holy grail for foodies. So, grab your friends, pull up a chair, and get ready to dine with us as we take you on a journey through the streets of Miami in our guide to LGBTQ+ owned restaurants.

Restaurants by Out & Proud, Chef-Owner Eileen Andrade 

When you dine at one of Eileen Andrade’s restaurants, you’re playing a part in a story of culinary passion and cultural fusion. Eileen, an out and proud chef-owner, has carved a niche for herself in Miami’s food scene with her blend of Cuban, Korean, Latin-fusion, and Peruvian flavors. 

Beyond the kitchen, Eileen is a champion for the LGBTQ+ community, infusing her projects with a sense of inclusivity and pride, so that every guest feels welcomed and valued. 

Finka Table & Tap

14690 SW 26th Street, Miami

Celebrating flavors from around the world, Finka Table & Tap brings together Cuban, Korean, and Peruvian cuisines. The restaurant’s atmosphere mirrors its menu—comfortable yet enticing, perfect for unwinding after a long day or a fun date night. Plus, their crafted cocktails and selection of craft beers are the perfect complement to any meal. 

Starting with brisket wonton ravioli dressed in a mango-cheese sauce or sampling the vaca frita japchae noodles, you’re in for a mix of flavors that’ll both surprise and delight your taste buds. 

Amelia’s 1931

13601 SW 26th Street, Miami

Eileen’s grandmother, Amelia, the epitome of grace and elegance, fueled Eileen’s passion for both Cuban cuisine and fashion. Her taste and dedication to hospitality were the driving forces behind Eileen’s decision to open Amelia’s 1931. It’s a tribute to Amelia, celebrating and honoring her memory in every dish and choice of decor.

Combining a retro supper club feel with modern touches, you may want to start with one of their signature dishes like the gochujang seafood paella or the kimchi clam chowder. For dessert, try the timba, a nostalgic nod to Cuban after-school snacks with a sophisticated twist. ​

Barbakoa

8455 Northwest 53rd Street, Miami

Get ready to fire up your taste buds at Barbakoa, where Latin-Asian fusion comes to life right in the heart of Doral. You are invited on an adventure of Latin classics reimagined with an Asian spin, plus artisanal pizzas that are anything but ordinary, all centered around coal-fired dishes that are full of flavor.

The menu features innovative dishes, including the popular Pork Belly Bao Buns and Korean BBQ Grilled Octopus, each prepared in a way that reflects the fusion theme. If you’re up for a sweet and savory challenge, don’t miss the Loaded Spanish Boniato Fries, topped with vaca frita and kimchi sour cream. Your taste buds will thank you.

Marion Miami

1111 SW 1st Avenue, Miami

You are invited  to an East meets West fusion feast, for both the appetite and the eyes. Blending New American flavors with a distinct Asian touch in both small and large plates, Marion Miami sets the stage for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Every dish is a story of taste. From the Toro Toro Tartare and the soy-marinated seared Chilean sea bass, to the” Italy meets Asia” Risotto Hot Pot, it’s where Miami’s chic meets global culinary excellence right in the heart of Brickell. 

But wait, there’s more! As your evening progresses, you notice the lights dim and the energy start to build, as local DJs start spinning the tunes. And, before you know it, you’re sitting smack dab in the middle of a full-blown dance party! 

Palace Bar & Restaurant

1052 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Ready to be treated like royalty? Step into Palace Bar & Restaurant, where Miami Beach’s drag culture welcomes you with open arms. Famous for its drag brunches and live shows, it’s more than just a restaurant, it’s an experience, bursting with flair and color. The weekend drag brunch is a must!  Its menu may be ever-changing, but it’s guaranteed to please. So, sit back, relax, and sip on a cocktail while you enjoy a show-stopping performance from some of the city’ s most talented drag queens. 

Can’t make it for brunch? The dining menu features all-day breakfast and a mix of made-from-scratch dishes. Try the beer-battered hot honey tossed cauliflower bites to start, and follow that up with a classic Cuban Frita burger. The Palace is an unforgettable time where fabulous food meets fabulous fun. 

Phuc Yea

7100 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami

Cozy, funky, and a name that, for some reason, you just feel good saying, Phuc Yea is found in the Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant guide. “Phuc” actually means blessings and prosperity in Vietnamese, which gives you some insight into what you can expect to find here. Owners Cesar Zapata and Ani Meinhold infuse their Asian heritage and Miami’s melting pot culture into each dish. The restaurant itself is beautiful, with a layout that includes a lobby lounge and a speakeasy-esque dining room, perfect for romantic dinners.

Their menu is designed to give you something unexpected, combining traditional Vietnamese flavors with southern American influences. Each dish is about flavor and tradition, from their signature Viet-Cajun crawfish and caramel chicken wings, to the Pho Bo and the spicy gumbo. And you must, absolutely must order the Say Gay cocktail. It’s spicy, tart, smoky, and salty with Pelotón espadin mezcal, passionfruit, red bell, thai bird, and lime.

Klaw

1737 North Bayshore Drive, Miami

For a rooftop dining experience where the history of the Miami Women’s Club complements a modern menu, Klaw is where the past and present collide over plates of expertly prepared seafood and steaks. Take a journey through the history of Miami itself, brought to life by international entrepreneur Sasha Krilov and global restaurateur Misha Zelman.

The menu is a land and sea adventure. Enjoy a meal of Norwegian king crab, simply served with lemon and garlic butter for a taste of the sea that’s as pure as it gets. If you’re up for a bit of luxury, try the caviar service with deviled eggs, toasted sourdough wheat bread, whipped whey butter, and crème fraîche. For the carnivores, the Kobe beef and signature dry-aged steaks add a smoky richness, cooked over an open fire of local Florida hardwoods. Oh, and be sure to have one of their cocktails as  some of the proceeds go to local charities, so you can feel good knowing your night out is also giving back to the community.

Cheese Burger Baby

1505 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

 “It doesn’t take 5 Guys to make a Cheeseburger, baby,” so says owner and “Queen of South Beach” to many of the locals, Stephanie Vitori. Since taking over in 2004, she’s transformed what is now Cheese Burger Baby  from a low-key dive to a hotspot for celebs and burger lovers. Stephanie, a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, is all about empowerment, equality, and “original burgers.” Her philosophy of “Keepin’ it Classic” isn’t just lip service. Here, you find nothing but the freshest ingredients: ground beef that’s never frozen, bread baked locally, and toppings sliced by hand daily. 

You can feel the buzz and your stomach growl as soon as you open the door. Want a taste of the “true original” with a breakfast spin, choose Baby’s Favorite, a hand-made burger patty topped with applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, and a fried egg. Add to that a side of chili and cheese fries and you’ve got a meal that’s belt-loosening worthy. Whenever you’re in Miami Beach, whether for lunch, dinner or a late night indulgence, Cheese Burger Baby is a must-do.

R House

2727 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami

Owned by the dynamic duo, Rocco Carulli and Owen Bale, R House blends the best of art, food, and entertainment under one roof. Since opening in 2014, R House has become a staple in Miami’s most artsy neighborhood. The restaurant’s menu is one of Latin flavors with standout dishes like Brazilian moqueca, cayenne fried chicken, and their unique R burger. But, it’s not just about the food. Their famous drag brunches, with bottomless mimosas or mojitos, family style dining, and vegan options, bring an extra sparkle of fun. Featuring local drag talent, every visit is unforgettable. 

Casablanca Seafood Bar & Grill

400 North River Drive, Miami

If the thought of freshly caught seafood finding its way from the fishing boat right to your plate excites you, then we suggest you plan to dine at the gay-owned Casablanca Seafood Bar & Grill which sits right on the Miami River. Their menu features a selection of seafood favorites, including stone crab, lobster, shrimp, oysters, and octopus, along with six different fish, all expertly prepared and perfectly paired with Latin-inspired sides like tostones and black beans. 

Considered by many to be the best seafood restaurant in Miami, its waterfront location, which has a little Key West feel to it, creates a beautiful backdrop for a romantic dinner for two. Here, your entertainment for the evening is watching the sunset over the river as you sip a cocktail or share a dessert. If it’s the latter, we suggest the brownie with ice cream.

Airport Cafe & Liquors

4427 NW 36th Street, Miami Springs

Ask the locals and they’ll tell you Airport Cafe & Liquors is one of Miami’s best hidden gems. Reuben Ruiz has been steering this family-owned restaurant since 2007. With a motto of “come as strangers and leave as friends, and a setting that blurs the lines between an eatery and a liquor store, Airport Cafe serves up a delicious mix of Latin and American flavors that keeps you coming back for more.

So, what’s on the menu? Think big, bold tastes like mojo marinated palomilla steak or a larger-than-life Cuban sandwich. Each dish here has a home-cooked feel that always seems to hit the “hunger spot.” 

In the mood for a special wine or spirits to complement your dish? Not only does the Airport Cafe & Liquors have a fully-stocked, top-shelf liquor store, unlike other liquor stores, you get to enjoy your purchase right on site. Add to that a large selection of domestic and international cigars, and you’ve got the makings of a perfect night out.

Sofia

140 NE 39th Street #133, Miami

For a little slice of Italy right here in Miami, Sofia in the Design District blends contemporary art and classic Italian flavors for a dining experience that’s a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Sofia’s turns dining into an art form, where every detail, from the art on the walls to the plating of the dishes, is meticulously done. It’s like walking into a chic Italian bistro … make that a chic pink Italian bistro, with flamingos, that is.

The menu is a tour of Italy, with everything from classic dishes to old favorites. Try the Risotto al Tartufo, a truffle risotto,or the Spaghetti al Pomodoro. If you’re feeling adventurous, the Polpo is a grilled octopus dish with fingerling potatoes, taggiasca olives, with ‘nduja dressing. Be sure to leave room for dessert as the torta al cioccolato with hazelnut crunch, caramel, sweet pine nuts, and milk ice cream is worth every calorie.

Taste the Rainbow: Miami’s LGBTQ+ Owned Restaurants

Exploring Miami’s LGBTQ+ owned restaurants is an opportunity to “dine around the world” without ever having to leave the city. From Latin dishes and European fare to American seafood and steaks, these restaurants showcase the flavors of Miami. So, when you’re out and about and looking for a place to eat, be sure to check out these spots. It’s not just for the great food they serve, it’s the relaxed, friendly, inclusive atmosphere each owner creates. It’s a great way to taste all of what Miami has to offer, while feeling right at home as you’re doing it.


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Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida and beyond, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.

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