Looking for a fantastic place to eat in Miami is easy when Dominican food is what we are craving. With a cross-cultural blend of Spanish, African and Taino flavors, some of our favorite DR dishes are always on the menu at one of these Dominican restaurants in Miami, Florida.
Made in DR
337 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127
This industrial chic restaurant morphs into a late-night club with a hookah lounge and live music, but it is just as popular as a brunch location. Gorgeous murals at Made in DR tell the story of the historic island, the perfect accent to spectacular traditional and modern takes on Dominican fare. Some of the best choices here are the Tostones de Pulpo with octopus and the Mdir Mofongo Mar y Tierra featuring both steak and a trio of seafood delicacies.
809 Santo Domingo Restaurante
3174 NW 7th St, Miami, FL 33125
This tiny little spot turns out authentic Dominican food with a smile. The classic plantain dish Mofongo is available here with Shrimp, Chicken, Pork Rinds or plain along with other DR comfort foods like Cod Fish, Herring and Carne de Res Guisada, a delicious beef stew that makes a perfect hearty meal. Open weekdays for lunch, 809 Santo Domingo is the place to come for quick and flavorful Dominican food.
El Conuquito Restaurant
1099 NW 119th St, Miami, FL 33168
One of our favorite casual spots for Dominican food in Miami, El Conuquito is a very casual spot with covered outdoor seating only. But don’t let that keep you away because it has likely the best Mofongo, Picadera, Empanadas and even Goat Stew. Loud, rocking music, Presidente hot sauce on every table and floor-to-ceiling beach pictures covering the walls make you feel like you wandered off a DR beach for a tasty meal instead of driving up to one of Miami’s best-kept secrets.
Club Tipico Dominicano
1344 NW 36th St, Miami, FL 33142
This lively Latin club has long been a favorite destination for great music and food in the Allapattah district of Miami, but Club Tipico Dominicano also offers delicious food that tastes fresh from the island. The well-rounded menu includes a handful of daily offerings like Oxtail, Codfish or Fish in Coconut Sauce as well as other DR staples like Mofongo with Shrimp, Crab or Conch. Breakfast here is also outstanding with local pastries and fresh juices to complement Mangu, another typical Dominican dish.
2742 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135
This comfortable Dominican restaurant has been a popular foodie spot for decades in Miami, run by a welcoming and talented Hector and Milly. Mofongo-lovers can get their fill here, with over 15 flavors of this classic dish to choose from, including the memorable “Series 23” Creole Style bursting with lobster, crab and garlic seasonings. Milly’s walls are filled with photos of all of the famous visitors who have eaten here, a true testament to its long-standing status as a go-to spot in Miami for authentic and delicious Dominican fare.
Monchy’s Patio Restaurant
1971 NW 17th Ave, Miami, FL 33125
When we are craving a plate of DR-style fried chicken, Monchy’s Patio Restaurant is at the top of our list. Monchy’s used to be located on the north side of Allapattah, but we love the extra room here that came with the change a few years back. Monchy’s does a fantastic job with all of their Dominican dishes, like the flavorful Mangu made with plantains and their fresh passion fruit, tamarind and orange juices, all available for takeout as well as dining in.
Mangú Café Restaurant
2007 W 62nd St, Hialeah, FL 33016
A cozy little diner in Hialeah, Mangu knows how to serve up their namesake dish. With a rotating daily menu, Mangu Café typically offers a handful of classics every day like Rabo, Bistec, Bacalao and of course Mangu. We love the big, bold flavors and the large portions that Mangu is known for, and this Dominican spot is always busy from breakfast to dinner.
El Tiesto Cafe
3023 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137
A Dominican Japanese fusion restaurant, El Tiesto Café is a tasty, hip destination for creative, DR-inspired dishes with an Asian flair. Mini Mofongito appetizers are offered alongside La Negra nigiri rolls topped with chicharron and sweet chili, and main entrees feature similar flavor combos with the Fried Yucca Mac Cabron “roll” and the Ratata Roll featuring shrimp tempura and fried plantains. This upscale spot is perfect for a fun date night as the stunning floral ceiling comes to life with vivid lighting after dark. The festive La Pampara cocktail’s bright turquoise hue evokes the gorgeous waters surrounding DR and is the perfect pairing for an adventurous meal at El Tiesto.