Five Restaurants With the Best Service in Miami
|A great meal starts with great service.|
They are full of baloney. First of all, there are more aspiring actors in the Big Apple who would rather be booking a Listerine commercial than helping you choose between a burger and a salad. Second, there are many people in the restaurant industry -- from chef to server -- who take great pride in what they do for a living, and many of them are in Miami.
- Azul, Naoe on Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star List
In fact, Miami has been in the news lately. Its restaurants winning top honors in service categories from major national publications and websites.
Last week, Azul and Naoe were given five stars by the Forbes Travel Guide -- a first for Miami restaurants -- and today, Naoe was the only Miami restaurant to be named as one of OpenTable's top 100 restaurants for service.
Not every restaurant has to be super-expensive to impart a wonderful experience. Great service can be as simple as the small café that calls regulars by name and makes diners feel at home with extra coffee, a smile, and extensive knowledge about the food.
Here's our list of Miami restaurants that treat their customers like royalty.
Surprised GreenStreet made our list? You shouldn't be. This iconic café, nestled on a tree-lined corner in Coconut Grove, is busy any time of the day or night -- and the food is only part of the attraction. Take a seat in the morning and you might see the mayor and a group of city commissioners having a power meal near a gathering of moms taking a coffee break. The one thing they all have in common is the fact that they're treated equally well at GreenStreet. This place is the Cheers bar on steroids -- everybody knows not only your name but also the fact that you like skim milk in your latte, prefer cream cheese to butter on your toast, and want only egg whites in your omelet. Come back on a Sunday and you'll see the same people at the same tables -- diners remaining loyal to their favorite servers. In return, the servers remember the names of every dog, every grandchild, and every birthday that comes their way. It's intimate and personal. And it proves that great service does not have to equal an exorbitant bill.
There's usually a seriously long wait for a table at Joe's Stone Crab. Just get a drink at the bar and deal with it, because once you sit down, you'll be treated to not only some good seafood but also one of the last remnants of old-time service -- when being a waiter was a noble profession to which people aspired. Sure, you'll have a lead server who will introduce himself to you by name, but you'll also have dozens of other servers who appear out of nowhere. There is a well-orchestrated symphony of service nightly at Joe's, which makes dining here a complete experience.