[ SOBE RESTAURANTS ]

COLLINS AVENUE

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— Nobu Miami Beach   
1901 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-695-3232
Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa finally brings his groundbreaking Japanese-via-Peru/nouvelle Californian cuisine to the Beach. Skip the good but not unique main dishes and normal sushi in favor of must-not-miss specials like Matsuhisa's signature black cod with miso, often imitated but never better.
Japanese Sushi $$$$

— Spiga   
1228 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-534-0079
Not much has changed here since the pretty, romantic, slightly secluded Italian trattoria opened more than a decade ago. Chef Saele Cantoni and his veteran crew are still baking the breads and foccacias, rolling out pasta doughs, and preparing desserts on premises. The result is fresh, uncomplicated, moderately priced Italian cuisine. Don't miss the quadretti with Portobello mushrooms, tomatoes, truffle oil, and thin shavings of Parmesan; grouper baked in béchamel; and a char-grilled bone-in lamb steak cut from the leg, marinated in olive oil with garlic and rosemary, and gloriously infused with full meaty, slightly gamy flavor. A voluptuously creamy ricotta cheesecake with strawberry sauce is the recommended dessert. The Italy-happy wine list is concise, service experienced, ambiance unbeatable - especially on the wraparound outdoor porch. Familiarity can sometimes breed contempt, but at Spiga it brings only a sense of contentment and gratitude.
Italian$$$

 

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— The Dutch 
2201 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-938-3111
A heady fizz of frivolity practically kisses diners as they enter this self-described American restaurant, bar, and oyster room. It's a great place to hoist a drink and soak in the excitement of a vibrant venue, but the most wondrous part of the Dutch is just how delicious the food is. From the confident beginning induced by a miniloaf of complimentary cornbread flecked with bits of jalapeño, to the final forkful of flaky homemade pie crust, flavors on the plates are consistently and deeply satisfying. A large part of the credit must go to executive chef Andrew Carmellini, who first wowed New Yorkers with his SoHo Dutch.
American Seafood $$$$

— Gotham Steak Restaurant 
4441 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140
305-674-4780
Gotham is gorgeous, its two levels cohered by a chandelier of hand-blown glass and glass-enclosed wine tower flowing through both floors. If possible, aim for a table downstairs — it's more intimate, and diners are privy to an open exhibition kitchen where a confederacy of cooks assiduously works the assembly line of comestibles. The front-of-house staff is equally voluminous, and service is spot on. So are steaks such as a 20-ounce Brandt Farms rib eye, easily two inches thick, grilled over hardwood charcoal, and finished on a 1,200-degree broiler ($52). An eight-ounce American Wagyu filet mignon is well priced at $50, and $28 will lasso you a succulent skirt steak sliced and streaked with Southwestern chili rub; you won't find a better bite of beef for the money.
Steakhouse $$$$

— Hakkasan 
4441 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140
786-276-1388
Hakkasan is drop-dead gorgeous, a dusky Oriental lair of dining alcoves seductively lighted by Chinese lanterns and separated by walnut and teak lattice. While Alan Yau's London Hakkasan has earned a Michelin star, many of the dishes here are similar to those found at any other Chinese joint. Just much better. Among the many standouts on this extensive menu are roast duck breast with mango - the meat bursting with five-spice flavor, the fruit perfectly ripe, a light lemon sauce adeptly cutting the sweet richness; jasmine tea-smoked pork ribs, whose soft, aromatic meat slips off the row of bones like silk kimonos from a chorus line of concubines; and a juicy wedge of silver cod with a seductive champagne and honey sauce. For a light dessert, try ripe berries semi-draped in gelatinous Prosecco, with a melon-drenched quenelle of cantaloupe sorbet on top.
Chinese Contemporary $$$$

 

— Tudor House Restaurant 
1111 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-534-8455
Diners are started with hot spherical puffs of pretzel rolls, the type you can still get on the streets of American cities, but much fresher. A wide array of bar snacks -- olives, Marcona almonds, bruschetta variations, and the like -- can come in handy for munching with predinner drinks. Seafood plates among them -- chilled octopus, West Coast oysters, and a stunning hiramasa (yellowtail kingfish) crudo -- can just as aptly serve as appetizers. Pea soup exemplifies the Tudor cuisine: delicate, full-flavored, and portioned in a more-than-modest manner. The warm, vibrant-green purée is poured into a wide, shallow bowl buoyed with lime marshmallows, crunchy English peas, and crackly coriander seeds. Entrées are no less ethereal: Five fleshy black grouper cheeks intermingle on the plate with baby vegetables; branzino fillets cavort with fava beans and slivers of Cerignola olives; and assertively spiced lamb belly is delicately matched with English peas and miniature infant carrots. Whimsical desserts pay homage to nostalgic American flavors. Homemade Kit Kat bars accompany a brown-butter "popcorn" milkshake; hazelnut milk is matched with a trio of homemade Oreos that tasted as though served to us just after cooling from the Nabisco oven. Some patrons will question portion sizes, but few will gripe about pricing alone -- snacks are $7 to $14, starters $11 to $15, most mains $23 to $29, and sides $8. Those who emphasize quality over quantity will feel right at home in this House.
American Contemporary $$$$

 

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— Big Pink Restaurant South Beach 
157 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-532-4700
Only its atypical look — self-consciously industrial-chic, instead of classic prefab container — would keep this kid-friendly eatery off a list of ultimate American diners. Otherwise, everything is as a true diner oughta be: belly-busting portions, with single items typically serving two to four people; proletarian prices (most dishes are less than ten bucks; only a few are more than $15); late hours; and breakfast anytime. The timeless comfort food is all house-made from scratch -- even the thick potato chips and spicy ketchup — and features with some sexy upgrades: for instance, a "Pink Daddy Mack" burger with better beef and a brioche bun; imaginative multicultural salads; elegant crunchy/creamy polenta fries, as well as the normal sort; witty daily-changing TV dinners, served in six-compartment stainless-steel trays. Big Pink is a diner with benefits.
American, Diner $, $$

— Umi Sushi & Sake Bar 
1685 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL
33139 : 305-674-6400
Located in the Delano's chic, clublike lobby, the old Blue Sea is now Umi Sushi & Sake Bar, headed up by former Makoto and Zuma chef Toshi Motoyama. Don't worry, though, old faves like the FDR roll (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, and crab in soy paper) and the uber-posh Delano roll (poached lobster, Wagyu beef, and black truffle) are still on the menu.
Japanese, Sushi $$$$

 

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— Grill Fish 
1444 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-538-9908
In a town that values the newest, hottest, most stylish, and expensive restaurants, Grillfish offers a gill of fresh air. It's a great place to eat with the family and enjoy a gratifying meal without having to spend a fortune. One of Grillfish's best appetizers are stone crabs -- they're almost as good as those at Joe's. The Caesar salad is also a sound option with which to begin -- the romaine nice and crisp, the dressing neither too fishy nor runny. The entrée ordering system works like this: You choose which fish you'd prefer, the sauce you'd like it cooked in, and they prepare it just so -- simple and reliable. The swordfish with a caramelized onion sauce is the way to go -- light and delicious. If you're a carnivore, don't dismay -- their veal is succulent, not over-seasoned, but with enough flavor to keep your palate intrigued. Grillfish truly is a rare normal restaurant in the craziness that is SoBe.
American, Seafood $$

 

— Jerry's Famous Deli 
1450 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-534-3244
It's designed to remind a New Yorker of home. And Jerry's Famous Deli - South Beach's giant 24-hour joint renowned for Patrick Ewing-tall pastrami sandwiches — succeeds in that regard. Of course, the price of that seven-inch "Pastrami Sky High" sandwich, which comes topped with gooey Swiss and partnered with terrific peppery coleslaw, is also reminiscent of the Big Apple —  a whopping $17.95. But you're paying for location, as well as convenience: Jerry's is open 24/7, and every item on the hefty menu is at least solid. The soups are a must, especially the matzo ball, which, with baseball-size mounds of dough jutting from a golden bog of noodles and translucent carrot slices, will instantly teleport you to your bubbe's kitchen. Also notable are the picturesque tuna salad melt (get it with the crunchy onion rings), the burgers (even the large-grain veggie variety is good), and the crusty cod fish and chips. A plus for hungry late-night lushes: There's a full bar, so you can cancel out the pesky alcohol-absorbing effects of carb-heavy dishes.
American, Deli $$

 

— Pita Loca 
601 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-673-3388
Pita Loca in South Beach is an Israeli joint where the falafels are filled with warm spice and crunch, the hummus is peerlessly smooth, the shwarma features real roasted lamb, and the salad bar is a smorgasbord of eminently crammable comestibles.
Middle Eastern $

 

— Preston's Brasserie 
1601 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-604-5442
Preston's in the Loews Hotel is one of the few restaurants along the beach with an oceanfront view. Breakfast is a real feast here, with eggs benedict Cubano on tostada bread and chorizo; a Florida lobster omelet; and an oatmeal brûlée among the early-bird treats. Expect innovative Mediterranean-inspired American cuisine boasting local ingredients and lots of organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs. The brasserie-style menu is an epicurean's bliss, with exciting appetizers, refined pizzas, and bold entrées. Among the most luscious are the tuna tartare topped with a smooth lime foam, a very sexy prosciutto-and-fig pizza with arugula and Gorgonzola, and the soon-to-be-outlawed pomegranate grilled ribs.
American, Buffet, Greek, Mediterranean $$$

 

— The Restaurant at the Setai 
2001 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-520-6400
Those with a yen for the outdoors can dine alfresco in sunken pods set along the perimeter of a Zen-like reflection pond. The cuisine is dubbed trans-ethnic, but except for a puzzling inclusion of Italian-style pizzas, the menu could more accurately be called trans-Asian - with main stopovers in Bangkok, Hong Kong, and New Delhi. Kurobuta pork, Japan's prized pig, is lushly flavored and bathed in char sui, a Chinese barbecue sauce redolent of honey and five spices. The Restaurant does lots of things well but needs to iron out some irksome quirks, but this is the best and priciest Chinese restaurant in town.
American, Contemporary, Steakhouse $$$$

 

— The Shack 
100 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-538-1253
Situated in the ultra-hip, south-of-fifth section of South Beach, this small little sandwich joint is run by the same dudes that own the surf shop next door, and the nearby SoFi lounge. Judging by the ever-present throng of surfer/skater types chillin' outside on one of the wooden benches, it's a favorite among locals and anyone else that's, well, just cool. If the closest thing you've ever come to riding a wave is on the Discovery Channel, now's your chance to cheat and get your "First Peak" right here — that's actually a crusty baguette filled with turkey breast, brie cheese, and all the trimmings, but we won't tell. Shelter from the sweltering heat and grab a seat indoors, or have your order delivered to your door. Choose from salads, smoothies, freshly squeezed juices, wraps, pies, or one of several freshly made hot and cold sandwiches. If you're a protein junkie, just make sure you tell them not to be so stingy on the meat, like the surf in our sun-kissed city, it can be somewhat sparse.
Deli $$

 

— STK Miami 
2377 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-604-6988
The tag line is "Not your daddy's steakhouse," and it's true. If traditional old steak houses share attributes with traditional old red wines (dark and heavy, with strong notes of leather, oak, and tobacco), STK is like a spritzer: cool and bubbly, a frivolous sip not to be taken seriously. With a DJ spinning oldies that in most cases are goodies, it's fun, fun, fun till Daddy — or not Daddy — takes the T-bone away. In fact, that T-bone might be the least impressive part of this place. Steaks are tasty but lack the wow factor of old-fashioned steak-house meats. There are good eats, however, such as a signature starter of Japanese Wagyu sliders; grilled octopus over mango escabeche; and "porterhouse" lamb loin chops. At meal's end, try the chocolate s'mores with peanut butter ice cream. We wanted s'more of that dessert and will surely return for s'more of STK's lively lounge scene. When we want a great steak, we'll probably stick with Daddy.
Steakhouse $$$$

 

— Vita Restaurant And Lounge 
1906 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-674-8822
Different owners, different chefs, but the new Vita has a lot in common with the old Vita. Such as the 100-seat outdoor garden with lush tropical foliage and old-time movies projected on the wall. Such as the DJ who spins tunes weekends from about 10 p.m. till close. Such as the location right across the street from some of SoBe's hottest nightclubs, which gives Vita something in the way of a social edge. What has changed is the cuisine -- from contemporary Northern Italian/Med to contemporary French/Italian/Med. You can tell how good the food is going to taste just by looking at it. Pea soup arrives vibrant green, with six fried mussels evenly spaced around the wide rim of the bowl. Pappardelle glows yellow, like ribbons of egg yolk, delectable with ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Wood-fired oven pizzas boast thin, mildly charred crusts, and entrées are just as praiseworthy. Especially good are a whole butterflied branzino grilled and served with salsalike sauce vierges, and thick, juicy red slices of duck breast in a pond of honey-Marsala wine sauce. For a bracing finish, try iced Irish coffee: a tall sip of chilled chocolate, coffee, and whiskey topped by almond-infused whipped cream. The proverbial cherry on top is the return of Vita as a vital player on the South Beach dining scene.
French, Greek, Mediterranean $$$$

 

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— The Bazaar
1701 Collins Ave.

Miami Beach, FL 33139

 

— Bianca
1685 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-674-5752
Italian $$$, $$$$

 

— Bianca
1685 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-674-5752
Italian $$$, $$$$

 

— Bleau Bar
4441 Collins Ave.

Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-538-2000
This place is the other half of the Fontainebleau lobby, a glowing aqua and purple den of drink where you'll spot big-shot business guys, local TV celebs, and whoever happens to be headlining at LIV that night. It's where every guest and passer-through heads for a few sips.

 

— BlueSea
1685 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-674-6400

 

— Britto Restaurant
1545 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
786-276-0100

— Buffalo Wings and Rings
1501 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-673-0834
Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$

— Cafe Azul
15000 Collins Ave.

Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-944-1415
Sandwiches, Seafood $$

— Cafe Bustelo
2319 Collins Ave.
 Miami Beach, FL 33139
 305-535-9999
Cafe, Coffeehouse, Contemporary, Cuban $$

— Cafe Del Sol
1340 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-673-3218
International $$

— Cafe Des Arts
1360 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-672-8650
Pizza, Seafood $

 

— Cha Cha Rooster
1120 Collins Ave.

Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-445-2231
American $$$

 

— David's Cafe
1058 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-534-8736
Whether you are chasing away a hangover with a medianoche sandwich at 2 a.m. or sitting down to a full dinner, David's Café II serves some of the tastiest Cuban food this side of Havana. And it's open 24/7, making it the late-night/early-morning destination for strong coffee and comfort food. The vibe is all about gorging on hefty platters of Cuban favorites while reading the paper and overhearing local politics. This is where cops, politicians, and movers and shakers go when they crave black bean soup ($4), arroz con pollo ($9.45), tostones ($4.95), Cuban sandwiches ($8.95), and tres leches ($5.10). Breakfast is hearty, too, with bone-sticking options such as French toast ($5.95), omelets ($6.50), or steak and eggs ($9.25), all of which are served with orange juice, coffee, and toast. There's free Wi-Fi in the sparse dining room, so you can loiter all day. If you're in a rush, grab a Cuban hamburger with fried plantain chips ($8.55) from the lunch counter. And if you're in the mood for something trendy, try the mini Cuban sliders ($8.55), which were featured at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival's Burger Bash. Wash it all down with a sweet mamey shake ($5.25) or an ice-cold beer.
Cuban, Delivery $$

 

— Essensia Restaurant at the Palms Hotel & Spa
3025 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-908-5458
In striving for salubriousness, Essensia uses sustainable seafood, hormone-free meats, and organically grown products from local purveyors. Reasonably priced wines are tendered too, categorized as either sustainable, organic, biodynamic, or some combination thereof. Many are offered by the glass, and diners can partake of a flight trio for as little as $10. Food prices fly a little higher. Main courses are within reason: fish dishes $25 to $29, meats $24 to $34. Appetizers, though, are $14 to $22, and desserts go for $10. It adds up to an expensive meal, but also a light and tasty one. Definitely sample the salads, such as one composed of organic orchid and nasturtium leaves, baby greens, tomatoes, popped hominy, blackberries, and fresh mamey -- all lavished with a tart/sweet key lime-lavender-honey vinaigrette. The five-spice lamb loin appetizer, another recommended starting point, is plated with hummus, tapenade, and pita triangles. Seared sardines are good too.
American, Contemporary, Organic $$$, $$$$

 

— I Love Sushi
841 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-531-7169
Asian, Sushi 

 

— Kaspia Miami
1220 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-674-7899
Located in the Webster, Kaspia brings Russia to Miami Beach with lots of art deco feel. Plush seating, stylish and luxurious décor, and an attentive and knowledgable staff make Kaspia the place to impress a date. There's ample outdoor seating along Collins Avenue, but for a true experience, sit in the lush aqua and brown indoor dining area.
Russian, Takeout $$$

 

— Katsuya by Starck
1700 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-455-2995
South Beach           

— Kaysuya
1701 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

 

— Kung Fu Kitchen & Sushi
1732 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-534-7905
Japanese $$

— Kung Fu Sushi
1732 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139-2007
305-674-1160
Sushi

 

— La Provence French Bakery
1629 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-538-2406
Miami is known for many things, but great bread is not among them, at least if you haven't tried La Provence's hearty, rustic artisanal breads. There's more than just bread, too, starting with a wide assortment of pastries, from light, flaky croissants to lovely little fruit tarts. More substantial fare includes a variety of panini on house-baked loaves, as well as quiches and empanadas. The prosciutto and mozzarella panini with pesto and tomatoes is generous and filling, as is a well-made salad niçoise with plenty of tuna and accouterments. Don't leave without at least one rustic sourdough baguette, which one day might get Miami known for great bread.
Bakery, Sandwiches, Takeout $$

— La Provence South Beach
1629 Collins Ave. : Miami Beach, FL 33139 : 305-538-2406
Brunch, Takeout, Order Online $

 

— Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar
100 Collins Ave.
Miami, FL 33139
305-532-4550
Lolita's red-velvet embossed walls, gothic candelabras, and 100-plus bottles of tequila locked in a cage bespeak bordello —- and that's before you even notice the studded black leather couches on the patio. Rock music, which gets played loudly, boosts the bacchanal factor, as does a complimentary bowl of grapefruit-mint granitas drenched with an optional shot of tequila. A basket of freshly fried corn chips and three dips comes next.
Mexican, Order Online $$$$

 

— Manolo
7300 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-868-4381

 

— Maxine's Bistro and Bar
1732 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-674-3527
Italian, Takeout $$, $$$

— Maxine's Restaurant and Lounge
1756 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139-2007
305-674-3527
Brunch  

 

— Mr. Chow
2201 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-695-1695
There has been an influx of high-end, gourmet Chinese food restaurants in Miami, but Mr. Chow is the original innovator of the trend. Mr. Chow has been cranking out pricey chicken satay and prawn toast since 1968 in London, with other well-known locations in New York City and Beverly Hills.
Chinese $$$$

 

— Pilikia by the Pool
1751 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-925-0732
No money for a vacation this year? Cheer up, you live next to the vacation capital of the world — Miami Beach. Instead of a vacation, break out the swimsuit and sunscreen, and head over to Pilikia by the Pool for a cheap day in South Beach. Located poolside at the Art Deco South Seas Hotel.
American, Cafe, Delivery $, $$

 

— Plat Bleu
1685 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-674-6400
Bistro, French $$$$

 

— Raffis Cuban Cafe
1506 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-672-1808
Cuban, Takeout $, $$

 

— Safari Bar and Grill
855 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
954-624-2619
       
— Sagamore Restaurant
1671 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-535-8088

 

— Shoji Sushi
100 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-532-4245
The third in a block-square eatery empire run by Nemo/Big Pink's owners, this beyond-sushi bar is, simply, a class act. And the sushi is equally cutting edge. Try a spicy lobster roll with avocado, salmon caviar, tender shiso leaves, and the hot/sweet counterpoint of jalapeño and mango.
Asian, Sushi, Takeout    $$$$

 

— Spire Bar and Lounge
811 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-674-9474
This upscale lounge has an elegant vibe reflected in the decor — crisp white furniture and contrasting red accents. Once the lights go down, candles add a cozy touch to the spot, which overlooks a South Beach scene that includes the ocean, the bright lights, and the people passing below.
Tapas, Delivery $$

 

— Spy Lounge and Brasserie
1756 Collins Ave.

Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-532-0980
Most patrons, especially among the late-night crowd, are here to party, not partake of a memorable epicurean experience.
Contemporary $$$$

 

— Sultan Kabob
1903 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-531-8598
Loud blaring house music accompanies your hummus at this storefront Mediterranean restaurant/pizza shop. What makes this restaurant so popular (and it's always busy), is the close proximity to all the expensive hotels and lounges on this northern strip of South Beach.
Mediterranean, Takeout $, $$

 

— Sushi Rock Cafe
1351 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-532-2133
Japanese, Sushi, Delivery $$

 

— Sushi SoBe
1601 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-604-5420
Sushi $$$

 

— Tagliatelle
124 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-397-8019
Italian, Seafood, Takeout, $$$$

 

— Tequila Chicas
1501 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-531-7010
Mexican, Delivery   

— Terrace Cafe
1801 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-531-1271
Continental $$

 

— Venezia Pizza & Lounge
6646 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-868-2267
Pizza, Delivery     $$

— Vesper at The Shelborne
1801 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-531-1271
           
— Vesper Brasserie
1801 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-341-1500

 

— Vita by Baoli
1906 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-674-8822
French

 

— Zesto Pizza
1434 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-695-9869