By Kayla Louttit and Yours Truly
Editor’s note: Updated August, 2018
Do you like to dine and groove? We’ve rounded up eight Miami restaurants with live music, some with dancing and show, where you can also count on good to great food, and at different price points. Note: please call to check the show and entertainer before going as schedules can change.
495 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131, (786) 623-6135
Located in downtown Brickell, Cantina La Veinte serves Mexican cuisine in a playful yet sophisticated two-floor waterfront space featuring a black onyx bar and outdoor patio. Diners can enjoy live mariachi bands perform for them Wednesdays through Saturdays from 9-11 pm, and Sundays from 8 – 10 pm.
200 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33131, (305) 374-9378
Known for its “Cuisine of the Sun”, Zest puts a Miami spin on exotic cuisines like Caribbean, Asian, Indian and Latin American. Each item on the menu is accompanied by a creative cocktail to best complement the dish. Every Tuesday through Friday night, the restaurant features live jazz, reggae and Cuban blues music for guests to enjoy as they relax in the restaurant’s outdoor lounge surrounded by lush green walls and metallic accents.
3. Old’s Havana
1442 SW 8th Street, Miami (786-518-2196)
A real Miami thing to do is go to Old’s Havana, a traditional Cuban Bar & Restaurant located in the heart of little Havana, right beside the famous Domino Park. Find authentic, reasonably priced Cuban food and cocktails and on weekends, live music — rumba, boleros and son. Thursdays a guitar player stars at 9 p.m. It’s a casual, fun place and check out the historic photos of pre Castro Cuba. You might combine it with a movie at historic Tower Theater, always with a good lineup of foreign and art films.
1111 SW 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33130, (305) 535-0065
Introduced by owners Michael Ridard and Mathieu Massa, El Tucán is more than just a dinner and a show experience. It is a cabaret moment that pays homage to Cuba in the 1940s, transported to the heart of Miami’s expanding Brickell area. Every Thursday to Saturday, live acts take the stage at the playhouse to an elevated and authentic experience while diners enjoy exciting fare.
422 NW North River Dr, Miami, FL 33128, (305) 440-4200
Waterfront restaurant and lounge Seaspice is home to Seaspice Live, a lineup of live musical performances by some of the most promising artist in the industry. Every Friday and Saturday at 10:30 pm, the venue, located on the banks of the Miami River, hosts an array of internationally acclaimed musicians in its sound engineered, state of the art stage.
339 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134, (786) 502-4684
Bellmónt Spanish Restaurant brings the Spanish fiesta to Miracle Mile in the heart of Coral Gables. Live shows feature artists performing rhythms like Rumba, Bulerías, Alegrías, Flamenco, and Sevillanas! Get ready to sing-along and enjoy authentic flavors of Spain. For upcoming shows and RSVP visit Bellmont’s website: www.bellmontrestaurant.com or call (786) 502-4684.
2889 McFarlane Rd, Coconut Grove, FL 33133, (305) 774-3332
Coconut Grove’s Peacock Garden Cafe, beloved for its charming garden and patio, offers a live “Jazz in the Garden” event every Friday and Saturday evening from 7:30-10:30 pm. Guests can enjoy the music alongside the restaurant’s fresh, garden-inspired fare and handcrafted cocktails. Note, this is in the winter season only. Be sure to check before going.
8.Mina’s Mediterraneo 749 NE 79th St, Miami, FL 33138, (786) 391-0300
Mina’s Mediterraneo brings a variety of Middle Eastern treats to Miami’s Upper East Side. The garden patio comes alive during their Saturday’s in the Garden live music series featuring local talent every Saturday at 8 pm. Note, in the winter season only so call before you go.
Looking for more choices? Two more good bets, live jazz in Miami Beach. Click here.