Where to Eat at Miami International Airport (MIA)

Holiday travel season is officially here. And since it’s that time of year when airports are the busiest, which could mean a pre-flight meal is all the more important in starting off that family vacation on the right note. So don’t waste time or coin, here’s an updated guide to navigate the dining at Miami International Airport (MIA).

North Terminal (aka Gate D)

American Airlines is the king of MIA and so it shows in its splashy and (relatively) new terminal filled with plenty of food options.

Best for a sit down meal or drink: Beaudevin

This 42-seat wine and cheese bar based on the one in the Brussels airport is a swell place to swirl while waiting for a most likely delayed flight. [After checkpoint, Gate D24]

Best quick bite: Cafe Versailles

There’s nothing like a shot or ten of Cuban coffee at Versailles after a long haul, or heck, before a long haul if so inclined. Cuban sandwiches and lots of clamor en español reminds patrons that they aren’t in Kansas anymore, if but for a few hours. And, if the line is too long at this one [after checkpoint, Gate D21], there are two others [Gates D5 and D44].

Other notable options:
  • Icebox Cafe: South Beach brunch and bakery staple set up shop at MIA to satisfy the sweet tooth of bitter air travelers. [After checkpoint, Gate D8]
    Jose Cuervo Tequileria [D11] - Sit down Mexican-style eatery with all the usual suspects like tacos, nachos, and massive margaritas.
    Ku-Va - [D19] The family-owned restaurant is a modern Cuban spot that claims to have some of the best ropa vieja with speedy service. A meal here isn’t complete without a mojito. It’s so Miami there’s barely a need to leave the airport.
    Sushi Maki: The express version of the mini-chain gives a “raw” deal en route to or from a destination. Cooked faves include Kobe sliders and sushi tacos. [After checkpoint, Gate D29]
    Spring Chicken: This Southern comfort food mini-chain from the team behind popular South Beach eatery Yardbird offers up hearty offerings like breakfast burritos, salads and sandwiches, sides and sweets for under $15 per item; which is an affordable option for airport food. [After checkpoint, Gate D22]
    Shula’s Bar & Grill: Enjoy Don Shula’s steak and other big player items at a more quick and casual setting. [After checkpoint, Gate D17]
    La Carreta Restaurant: Sit down or grab to go at this Cuban-rooted restaurant with pastelitos, croquetas, and Cuban sandwiches. [After checkpoint, Gate D37]
    Islander Bar & Grill: The quicker, pull up a stool to the bar and watch the game place to get a jerk chicken sandwich. [After checkpoint, Gate D4, D49]
  • The rest:

    305 Pizza [D27] - Square shaped pizza served by the slice with a variety of toppings.
    Chefs of the Caribbean [D29] - Caribbean fare like conch fritters, jerk chicken, and curry bowls, plus pre-made sandwiches to grab on the run.
    Corona Beach House [D23] - Typical poolside fare, like Palomilla steak and burgers, with the standard cold Corona and lime.
    Dunkin Donuts (Inside Miami News Now) [D41] - Doughnuts, bagels and coffee.
    Einstein Bagels [D26] - Bagels and schmears.
    Estefan Kitchen Express [D27] - Croquetas, Cuban pastries and sandwiches, from Miami royalty.
    Fig & Fennel [D28] - Mediterranean themed sandwiches, salads and snacks.
    Haagen Dazs [D10] - Ice cream.
    Half Moon Empanadas [D29] - Empanadas in an assortment of flavors.
    Juan Valdez Café [D23] - Colombian coffee and baked goods.
    KFC [Terminal D, Near Checkpoint 4] - Fried chicken.
    My Ceviche [D29] - Ceviche and stone crabs (when in season) from a Miami mini-chain.
    Pizza Hut Express [Terminal D, Near Checkpoint 4] - Pizza.
    Starbucks [Terminal D, Near Checkpoint 4, D10, D32] - Coffee.
    Taco Bell [Terminal D, Near Checkpoint 4] - Tacos and chalupas.
    TGI Friday’s (Smoking Lounge Available) [D36] - American fare and drinks.
    The Counter [D33] - Make-your-own burger creations with milkshakes to wash it all back with.
    Wendy’s [D19] - Burgers and frostees.

  • Central Terminal (Gates E, F, & G)

  • Options aren’t the best at these terminals, but there are a few highlights, which include:

    Budweiser Brew House: Bloody Marys for breakfast? That’s just the recipe for a good flight here. [Gate F12, G10]
    Viena: If stuck in the airport overnight, the Miami Airport’s Viena, located in the airport hotel, offers up Brazilian and European cuisine with meat, fish and pasta dishes, as well as salads, sandwiches and flatbreads. [Before Checkpoint, Terminal E, Hotel, Seventh Floor]

  • Other options:

    Chili’s [Terminal G] - Ribs, fajitas, and burgers.
    Dunkin Donuts [Terminal F] - More doughnuts and coffee.
    Guava & Java [F14, G9] - Coffee and Cuban pastries.
    Halfmoon Empanadas [F11] - Empanadas in an assortment of flavors.
    Pizza Hut [E7, F14, G15] - Pizza.
    Samuel Adams [E7] - Beer and more beer.
    Sbarro [Terminal F] - Pizza.
    Starbucks [Terminal E] - More coffee.
    Subway [Terminal E] - Sandwiches.
    World Wide Café [E10] Grab and go sandwiches and salads.
    World Wide Market [E11, F16, G10] More of the same.

  • South Terminal (H&J)

  • Dining and drinking in this terminal certainly outshines the Central Terminal — but not by much. Expect mainly food court fare and quick service spots. Here are some of the highlights:

    La Pausa: The motto at La Pausa is “the best way to eat like you’re at home, while you’re traveling” through American classics served in a room decorated in swanky airport decor. Sounds just like home. [After Checkpoint, H-J Connector]
    Bongos: Arguably overpriced and touristy, Bongos might still be a worthy stop if in the mood for a taste of croquetas, palomilla, lechon asado, or maybe even a double Mojito before departure. [After Checkpoint, H-J Connector]
    Corona Bar and Grill: Every airport needs a plethora of commercial brewhouses and Miami keeps it beachy with Corona Bar and Grill. Typical poolside fare, like Palomilla steak and burgers, pairs well with the standard cold Corona and lime. [After Checkpoint, Gate J11]

  • Additional quick stops:

    Budweiser Brew House [H12] Beers, burgers and bites.
    Cafe Brioche Doree [H-J Connector] French fare.
    Earl of Sandwich [J8] Sandwiches.
    Espressamente Illy [H-J Food Court] Coffee and small bites.
    Famous Famiglia [H-J Food Court] Pizza by the slice, stromboli and garlic rolls.
    Gilbert’s Food Bar [H-J Food Court, Terminal J] Coffee, pastries and dessert.
    Heineken Bar [H6] Classic airport bar.
    Island Chicken Grill [H-J Food Court]
    Jamba Juice [H-J Food Court] Smoothies.
    McDonald’s [H-J Food Court] The golden arches.
    Nathans [H9] Hot dogs.
    Pizza Hut [H12] Another pizza spot.
    Quiznos [H12] Sandwiches.
    Starbucks [H5, J7 H7] Coffee and more coffee.

  • This story originally appeared on Miami.eater.com

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