Best Tapas Restaurants in Miami

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Although originally from Spain, tapas have taken on a whole new identity in the past couple of years, becoming a global phenomenon.

The word tapa comes from the act of covering (tapar). Eateries long displayed delectable Spanish meats like chorizo, lomo, and jamon Serrano beside their cheesy sidekicks, manchego and tetilla. It was something for wine drinkers  to pick at. Because flies enjoy wine as much as much as we do, restaurateurs used tapas to cover the glasses. The more people drank, the more tapas they ate, and vice versa. And tapas culture was born.

Tapas were one of the most annoying food trends of last year. Not because we don't love them. We do. But because too many places label and serve appetizers as tapas, while, hiking up the price.

It's because of this that we can appreciate the places that want to carry on the culture. And so we share with you our list of the 10 best tapas places in Miami. 

See Also:
-Miami's Top Ten Cuban Restaurants
-Miami's Ten Best Cafe con Leches

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10. Las Tapas de Rosa

You wouldn't expect to find a genuine Spanish place next to a Domino's pizza in an 8th street strip mall. Well, expect the unexpected, along with very decent prices. Owner Rosa, or Rosita, as loyal clients refer to her, is as lovable and exciting as the food she puts out. The tortilla de patata screams of Spain, as its hollow, gooey middle leaves the everyday omelet behind.

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9. Meson Ria de Vigo

The best thing about tapas is the endless surplus of bread that accompanies them. This place has exceptional pan that qualifies it as a best tapas destination. And dipping it into the garlic residue from gambas al ajillo will transport you from their Coral Way location to a courtyard in Spain. Lunch specials on weekdays include three courses for only $10. Try finding a three course meal for that much in the Iberian Peninsula.

8. Tapas & Tintos

Tapas & Tintos has the perfect location for what it claims to be, which is authentic Spanish. Situated on the lively Espanola Way, this place feeds off surrounding area and businesses that bring about constant foot traffic. During the World Cup, in which Spain came out as world champions, this was the place to be. Locals looking to get sedated from one too many glasses of sangria accompanied by classic Spanish staples can count on Tapas y Tintos to do the trick. It doesn't hurt that they have daily events such as happy hour, flamenco, and live music. There are even paella brunches, although we personally love their queso de cabra.

Location Info


3881 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Bazaar by Jose Andres

1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Barceloneta Spanish Bistro & Mercat

1400 20th St., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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/criticizes the fake tapas trend

//lists sugar cane and pubbelly

seems legit. 

José Manuel
José Manuel

Tapas y Tintos is an embarrassment for Spanish food, not one spaniard eats there and should not be on this list. That place is the typical tourist trap, it is absolutely disgusting. As a spaniard, I'd say Tapas de Rosa, Ria de Vigo and Xixón are the best tapas we have in Miami.

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

Wow no Delicias de Espana on Bird/Red Rd? For shame!

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