In the 1960s, the village of Coconut Grove was a hub for artists and musicians. Today, it’s a haven for sought-after real estate, swanky boutiques, and delicious restaurants. Here are five spots—both neighborhood mainstays and well-received newcomers—that you should visit this season.
The latest restaurant concept from Kush Hospitality (famed for Wynwood’s Kush and Coconut Grove’s Lokal), The Spillover is a vibrantly decorated seafood-focused joint positioned behind the Mayfair Hotel. In addition to the sweeping register of ciders and meads, the menu highlights unique dishes such as a rich man’s po’ boy, made with both fried oysters and shrimp, and barbecued gator ribs, an exceedingly popular specialty that’s served only 15 times each evening. 2911 Grand Ave. #400d, 305-456-5723
As the temps in Miami are finally bearable, what’s a better place to enjoy dinner and drinks al fresco than in the middle of Coconut Grove’s Peacock Park? Dreamed up by Chopped champion chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, Glass & Vine’s menu is made up of shareable, vegetable-focused dishes that echo the restaurant’s iconic environs. When you go, be sure to try the house-made semolina pasta, a delectable dish made with green pea pesto, pistachios, and toasted breadcrumbs. 2820 McFarlane Rd., 305-200-5268
The quintessential Coconut Grove hot spot since 1969, Monty’s Raw bar has always been revered for its idyllic views of Biscayne Bay and its roster of refreshing rum-based libations. Now, local foodies have a new reason to rejoice, as the Bayshore Drive mainstay just unveiled an updated menu of eats and drinks, which are made with house-made syrups and natural juices. Although stone crabs are a no-brainer (they’re sourced fresh from the Florida Keys), you should also order the mahi mahi tacos with citrus slaw, and the hand-sliced plantain chips with mango salsa; you’ll thank us later. 2550 S. Bayshore Dr., 305-856-3992
Acclaimed Miami chef Michael Schwartz’ first venture away from the Design District (where he launched his original pizza joint back in 2011), Harry’s Pizzeria has quickly become a neighborhood favorite in Coconut Grove. Beyond the innovative selection of pies—right now the seasonal special features calabaza squash and fontina—this cozy spot is also known for its crispy polenta fries with spicy ketchup and the small but mighty list of fresh-baked desserts. 2996 McFarlane Rd., 786-655-0121
Billed as an authentic Italian pizzeria, Farinelli 1937 pays homage to a Bologna, Italy eatery opened by restaurateur Maurizio Farinelli’s grandmother 80 years ago. It’s also the sister restaurant of Strada in the Grove—the neighborhood fixture that Farinelli helms. While pizza from the wood-burning oven is a given, the extensive selection of salumi also sets this restaurant apart. On any given day, there are close to ten varieties of hand-cut prosciutto and artisanal cheeses, which are best served with a glass of red on the expansive outdoor deck. 3197 Commodore Plz., 305-648-9023
Situated adjacent to CocoWalk (the once-thriving entertainment center that’s set to undergo a major revamp), Jaguar is a centerpiece of the area’s dining scene. Its Grand Avenue-facing patio is frequently packed with patrons sipping fruit-infused sangria and snacking on ceviche by the spoonful, and that’s because the food is consistently delicious. Apart from the fresh seafood, the menu also offers classic Mexican fare, from blue corn chicken tacos to traditional quesadillas. 3067 Grand Ave., 305-444- 0216