Just returned from a quick getaway to Miami Beach with my husband. Though it was brief we had an awesome time. We laid on the beach, swam in the ocean, visited the Jewish Museum of Florida, danced to some Samba, caught a drag show on Ocean Drive, and had some very tasty vegan eats!
Here’s a top 5 list of the best vegan food in Miami Beach:
5. Sushi Samba
Sushi Samba Miami Beach on Lincoln Road is a Peruvian, Brazilian, and Japanese fusion restaurant and good news for us vegans as there’s a separate vegan menu! You just need to ask for it when seated. This place is a bit pricey as it is in the touristy area of Lincoln Road but the ambiance is fun and the servers are very friendly. We ordered a number of dishes off the vegan menu. They were quite good. We also ordered drinks. Watch out for the cocktails, they really make the bill add up!
Sushi Samba interior. They have outdoor seating as well.
Tofu dish with mushrooms
Eggplant skewers on Peruvian corn
4. Traymore at Metropolitan by COMO
We had the pleasure of staying at a newer hotel, formerly known as the Traymore, now called Metropolitan by COMO. It was a beautiful boutique hotel in the Art Deco style with a private beach and a fabulous menu with many vegan items. Ask for their COMO Shambala menu. While not completely vegan, it features a number of wellness juices and raw and gluten-free options. The staff at this hotel was super friendly and accommodating. If you let them know you’re vegan, they will make sure to make you something fabulous. There are three vegan options for breakfast, one being the scrambled tofu which I ate two of the three mornings we were there! Also, try the Muscle mylk. It seriously tastes like cinnamon toast crunch.
Interior at Traymore Restaurant
Lobby at Metropolitan by Como
Relaxing on the beach!
3. Maoz Vegetarian
Maoz Vegetarian is a falafel grab n’ go chain that I’ve visited in other international locations. A few years ago we ate at Maoz in Amsterdam. It’s clean, kosher, and very tasty. I ordered the falafel salad combo with avocado and eggplant. Then I was able to serve myself from a big salad bar to add toppings. Things that are vegan are clearly labelled as such which is nice. They also have fresh juices and vegan desserts.
Interior of Maoz vegetarian with salad bar
Falafal Salad. I really loaded up the toppings!
2. Indomania Restaurant
Indomania is a small local restaurant located on 26th Street just south of Collins Avenue. It’s an Indonesian Dutch restaurant that had such amazing reviews that we decided to check it out on our first night in Miami. They had a lot of vegetarian options and all we had to do was let them know we were vegan and they were able to make us a plethora of dishes. We ended up ordering the vegetarian (made vegan) Rijsttafel which means rice table. It was composed of about 20 dishes and they were all fabulous! I highly recommend this place. The flavours were beautiful and reminded me of southern Asia. The décor was trendy and comfortable and the servers were lovely.
Gado Gado, yellow rice, and white rice with coconut shavings
Corn fritters, tofu and tempeh skewers
Another close-up. You can see the sambal here.
We ate at here on our final night in Miami Beach. Located on Washington Avenue, I had read about chef Giancarla Bodoni who we had the pleasure of meeting after our meal. Escopazzo features organic Italian fine dining. We called ahead and asked if they could accommodate vegans and they said, “absolutely!”. We ended up ordering the 5 course vegan tasting menu with wine pairings. It was truly delicious. We asked them to surprise us and we were extremely impressed by what we received. All the ingredients were fresh, the dishes well-seasoned, the portions were just right and the wines were amazing. The servers were attentive, outgoing, and knowledgable. The chef was lovely and we talked to her about our meal. The food here really reminds me of the food I had in Italy; fresh and delicious. I highly recommend Escopazzo if you’re in the Miami area. It’s also a short walk to Ocean drive if you want to make a night out of it after dinner, which we did.
First course– Avocado and tomato tartare
Second Course– Broccoli soup with vegan cheese
Lovely wine pairings!
Third course– Pasta with mushrooms
Fourth course– Pesto risotto
More wine pairings
Dessert– fresh strawberry sorbet
All in all, it was a lovely trip! If you’re looking for something vegan in Miami Beach, I would definitely check out the restaurants on this list! There were some places that I wasn’t able to visit that I definitely will the next time I come. I’ve heard that Choices Organic Café in downtown Miami is good. Also, if we had had more time, we might have driven to celebrity-endorsed Sublime Restaurant and Bar in Fort Lauderdale as well.