Miami Shrimp Shacks: The Best Seafood in Miami

By: Kristin Clark

July 24, 2013

Florida is surrounded by water on three sides, the very definition of a peninsula – so it’s no surprise that the region is home to some of the freshest seafood. Hop on board a flight to Miami and you’ll find that this thriving city is no exception to the rule. With an active fishing community and countless celebrity chefs on hand, South Florida’s metropolitan area is home to some of the best seafood restaurants in the state. But finding the more down-at-earth, hidden-away spots can be a somewhat tedious task. Happily we’re here to save you the trouble. These “˜shacks’ may not be equipped with fine linens or modern decor, but you’d better believe you’ll be served some of the best seafood in Miami, fresh from the Florida seas.

La Camaronera, Miami

La Camaronera Seafood Restaurant | Miami

La Camaronera, Miami © Where Jess Ate

What began life as a humble freshwater fish market and wholesaler slowly turned into a successful family business enjoyed by Miamians and travellers alike. The Garcia Brothers – 11 sons in total – bring their rich Cuban culture and years of fishing experience to the streets of Miami, offering diners a quick in-and-out (or eat while standing) experience. They’ve made La Camaronera one of Miami’s prime local joints for succulent fried fish and shrimp on the cheap. Situated in Little Havana, seafood enthusiasts can find a deep fry heavy menu cooked to perfection with authentic fisherman flair and Cuban staples.

La Cameronera, 1952 West Flagler Street, Miami

Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish Market, Miami

Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish Market | Miami

Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish Market, Miami ©

Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish Market is also owned and operated by the Garcia brothers, however this is an entirely different dining experience to La Camaronera. Though it’s nothing elaborate, Garcia’s offers diners beautiful waterfront views to savour, while enjoying freshly caught selections such as jumbo shrimp, conch steak and swordfish.

Garcia’s Seafood Grille, 398 Northwest North River Drive, Miami

Captain’s Tavern Restaurant & Seafood Market, Miami

Captain's Tavern Restaurant & Seafood Market | Miami

Captain’s Tavern Restaurant & Seafood Market, Miami © Captain’s Tavern

Bill and Audrey Bowers opened the doors to Captain’s Tavern in 1971 and continue to play an active role in serving up some of the freshest seafood around. Most ingredients are mixed on-site for homemade concoctions like dressings and sauces, which are perfectly paired with the daily freshly-filleted selection. More recent menu additions such as the Dijon Roasted Snapper and a full sushi spread complement a variety of classic seafood specialties like fresh Maine lobster, soft shell crabs from the Chesapeake and stone crab claws from the surrounding local waters.

Captain’s Tavern Restaurant, 9625 South Dixie Highway, Miami

The Fish House

The Fish House | Miami

Matecumbe Fish at The Fish House , Key Largo © The Fish House

Servicing the Upper Keys since 1987, The Fish House embodies the laid back “˜Keys’ style dining experience, paired with a variety of locally caught and cooked on-site seafood. Diners will find yellowtail snapper, grouper, mahi-mahi, lobster, stone crab and shrimp cooked to perfection, but the mother of all dishes at The Fish House is their highly esteemed Fish Matecumbe. Guests can enjoy their meal in a choice of three dining areas: an air-conditioned dining room, piano lounge, or outdoor patio suitable to South Florida weather practically year round.

The Fish House, 102401 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037

Header Image: Florida Seafood © Melissa Hillier

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Have you been to any of these Miami seafood spots? Where are your own favourite places to fill up on seafood in Miami? 

Kristin Clark

Kristin is an established lifestyle blogger [] who has collaborated with numerous brands including Chandon, Levis, Express, H&M, and more. Raised in Colorado, she now resides in South Florida soaking up the sun 365 days a year. A wine lover and foodie at heart, she finds thrill in discovering the best hidden cuisine throughout her travels. Follow Kristin: @KristinClarkFSU

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