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8 spots to get the best new seafood in South Florida

Matt Meltzer Published On 12/10/2014 Published On 12/10/2014
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Sure, we live in the most international city in America and are known for great food from all over the world. But since we also live in a place surrounded by water, we should probably be known for great food from the ocean too, which is why we're bringing you this list the eight best new seafood dishes in SoFla..."

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Go Bistro

Hollywood
What you’re getting: Spicy Thai prawn ramen
Your late-night ramen craving just got cured in Broward, where this spot in Downtown Hollywood is slinging authentic Japanese noodles until the wee hours (or during somewhat reasonable hours if you like your sleep). Plus there's fresh sushi, sashimi, fried avocado, and their specialty Gangnam wings, which you’re undoubtedly going to use to make your next viral YouTube hit.

MIDTOWN OYSTER BAR

Midtown Oyster Bar

Midtown
What you’re getting: Oysters, duh
The folks behind Salumeria 104 are expanding their empire over all things un-kosher by opening this new shellfish palace in the middle of midtown. If oysters are just a little too adventurous for you, they’ve got a full menu with New York strip, shrimp-stuffed monkfish, vegetarian curries, and plenty of lobster. 

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Scarpetta

Miami Beach
What you’re getting: Maine lobster scialatelli w/ basil & bottarga bread crumbs
The Fontainebleau's Italian masters just dropped a whole new seafood-intensive menu right in time for the influx of New Yorkers who'll show up and tell everyone how the stuff in “The City” is better. But perhaps this year they’ll shut up after trying stuff like squid ink tagliolini, olive oil poached sea bass, and that Maine lobster scialatelli. But probably not.

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Kitchen 305

Sunny Isles
What you’re getting: All-you-can-eat stone crabs
The trendy Sunny Isles eatery knows you’re jonesing for stone crabs. And nowhere are you getting a better deal than here, where for a mere $59.95 you can eat stone crabs until you blow up like Veruca Salt. But redder.

YOKO SAN

Yoko-San

Boca Raton
What you’re getting: The Fire Dragon roll -- eight pieces of lobster tempura avocado, asparagus, tobiko & tiger sauce
When the guy making your sushi wrote a book called Sushi Fusion: A Unique and Artistic Presentation, you’re probably going to want to take pictures of it. And this high-tech Boca Asian joint makes it easy with camera-equipped monitors AT THE TABLE that let you post your food selfies to social media at the touch of a button, as well as check in, “like” items on the menu, and play video games against other tables. 

VILLA AZUR

Villa Azur Restaurant & Lounge

South Beach
What you’re getting: Pan seared scallops crowned w/ crusted smoked salmon & butternut squash flan
The fine-dining folks over at Villa Azur know they’ve gotta keep it fresh to keep those high-dollar diners coming in, so they introduced a bunch of new menu items, best among them are the crispy foie gras tart, the meringue medusa, and those seared scallops.

CVI.CHE 105

Cvi.Che 105

South Beach
What you’re getting: Ceviche Seafood Orgy -- mixed, marinated, raw seafood swimming in tiger milk
The guys who brought actually-reasonably-priced ceviche to Downtown a few years back are finally producing the unthinkable: a trendy, delicious, reasonably priced seafood restaurant in South Beach. Rumors that the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and a model who’ll go home with you are moving in next door are not yet confirmed.

STEAK 954

Steak 954

Ft. Laurderdale Beach
What you’re getting: Miso-glazed black cod w/ maitake mushrooms & baby bok choy
Even though we already told you this was THE place to get steak in the 954, that doesn’t mean those fish in the trippy dining room fish tank should feel safe. Not when Chef Jason Smith is finding ways to bring the Steak 954 touch to local specialties like grouper, branzino, wahoo, and swordfish, which is served with smoked corn salsa and corn broth.

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1. Go Bistro 2035 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, FL 33020 (Hollywood)

Your late-night ramen craving just got cured in Broward, where this spot in Downtown Hollywood is slinging authentic Japanese noodles until the wee hours (or during somewhat reasonable hours if you like your sleep). Plus there's fresh sushi, sashimi, fried avocado, and their specialty Gangnam wings.

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2. Midtown Oyster Bar 3301 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137 (Midtown)

Located in Miami's bustling midtown center, this shellfish spot offers an intimate reprieve of west and east coast oysters in a nautically themed, dimly lit space. If oysters are just a little too adventurous for you, they’ve got a full menu with New York strip, shrimp-stuffed monkfish, vegetarian curries, and even a mob burger made with bacon and angus beef.

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3. Scarpetta 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140 (Miami Beach)

Scarpetta is a great spot in Fontainebleau. Be sure to order the creamy polenta, ravioli, local snapper, coconut pana cotta.

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4. Kitchen 305 16701 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160 (North Miami)

Kitchen 305 is set in the lobby of Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort, and boasts great seafood (special deals on Fridays! Yeah!), beachy cocktails, and tons of reasons to act crazy...like you're partying in a hotel...

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5. Yoko-San 99 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432

This high-tech Boca Asian joint makes it easy to photo-document your meal with with camera-equipped monitors AT THE TABLE that let you post your food selfies to social media at the touch of a button. You can also check in on Facebook, “like” items on the menu, and play video games against other tables.

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6. Villa Azur Restaurant & Lounge 309 23rd St, Miami Beach , FL 33139 (South Beach)

From a couple nightlife/restaurant veterans and actor Olivier Martinez (aka, the dude who banged Diane Lane in a hallway), comes Villa Azur: a stately-but-relaxing French eatery aiming to capture the "glamour and allure found in the French Riviera" by hiring a ketchup-hating Franco-designer to dress up the sprawling indoor/outdoor space with vintage chandeliers, mod leather couches, and antique wood fixtures.

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7. CVI.CHE 105 111 NE 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 33132 (South Beach)

The guys who brought actually-reasonably-priced ceviche to Downtown have also produced the unthinkable in this spot: a trendy, delicious, reasonably priced seafood restaurant in South Beach.

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8. Steak 954 401 N Ft Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 (Fort Lauderdale)

NYC's Buddakan and Morimoto owner opened up some beachfront digs with 954, wielding decor like a 15foot-long jellyfish aquarium and an outdoor tropical garden; they're plating a full roster of prime 28-day dry-aged filets, ribeyes, and NY strips to help live up to its name.

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