11 Kosher-Friendly Restaurants in South Florida

In South Florida, there are dining options for people who adhere to all dietary requirements. For those in the greater Miami-Dade area’s Jewish community, restaurants offering kosher-friendly options abound. From flaky Yemenite breads to kosher tempura sushi rolls, here are some of the best options to explore in Miami.

Motek – Mediterranean Cafe & Restaurant (Multiple locations)

Miami’s popular, family-owned Motek Cafe offers a colorful menu of kosher-style Israeli Mediterranean dishes, including Jerusalem grilled cheese and malawach Yemenite pancakes. The restaurant features six different hummus options, customized majadra rice bowls, and a tempting Arayes burger on pita bread stuffed with Lebanese grilled beef. Complementing the meals are glasses of refreshing limonana and challah bread pudding. The restaurant has spacious indoor and outdoor seating and is open on the Sabbath and during most Jewish holidays.

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This casual kosher restaurant pays homage to its South American heritage with its breakfast offerings, including tequenos and an arepa platter. For lunch, the restaurant takes diners on a culinary journey around the world with various dishes. Among the options are Greek pizza, crispy fish tacos, sushi ceviche, and creamy pesto gnocchi with sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, and toasted almonds.



Etzel Itzik Deli

In the heart of Aventura, a nondescript strip mall houses a restaurant that transports diners to Tel Aviv without needing a plane ticket. Upon sitting, diners are greeted with a complimentary spread of salatim, offering small tastes of beet, corn, and carrot salads. The menu offers a diverse selection of comfort foods that a doting safta (grandma) would serve. Favorites among Israeli regulars include hummus and falafel, Yemenite beef soup, chicken liver with onions, schnitzel, or lamb chops. Wash it all down with a lemonana, a refreshing lemon and mint slushy.


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Fuego by Mana

This spot combines Latin American steaks with Texas-style barbecue, served under kosher certification. Guests can begin their meal with flavorful starters, including pastrami egg rolls and chicken wings with three sauces. The menu also boasts a selection of tacos, flatbreads, and empanadas, all filled with ingredients like pulled brisket, caramelized onions, barbecue sauce, and roasted red peppers. Grilled dishes like the Argentine churrasco, Asado chef platter, and Fuego chicken skewers are available for the main course, alongside smoked options such as smoked pastrami back ribs and smoked fried chicken breast.



Sushi & Tapas

Surfside’s acclaimed kosher-friendly sushi and Nikkei-style restaurant features an array of inventive dishes. Among the standout offerings are the nitro “scallops” crafted from flounder tempura, the causa grab tower, and the nikkei tuna salad. A must-try dish is the nao ceviche ball, a traditional Corvina ceviche tempura battered with panko and deep-fried. Highlights include the tropical roll, which features tuna, salmon, kiwi, guava, and dynamite sauce topped with tuna and rococo aioli, as well as the crispy Kani roll, made with soy paper, plantains, avocado, scallions, cream cheese, Krab tempura, masago, and curry aioli. Additionally, the acevichado roll is a customer favorite, made with whitefish tempura, sweet potato, avocado, and topped with Corvina ceviche.



Mendel’s Backyard BBQ & Brew

Surfside’s beloved barbecue spot, run by pit master Mendel Segal, features a menu filled with smoky, meaty favorites, including kosher-friendly options like beef ribs, veal brisket, burnt ends, and smoked turkey. For those seeking a traditional Shabbat meal, there is an option to order a complete meal with all the trimmings available every Friday.


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The Harbour Grill

The Harbour Grill, an upscale kosher restaurant, and its neighboring spot, the Harbour Bistro, serve modern kosher cuisine. Despite menu items like truffle Caesar salad, smoked beef risotto, a charcuterie platter for two, and an Outlaw Steak that suggest a meat-heavy focus, the restaurants offer an extensive selection of sushi, chicken, and fish options to cater to all tastes.


Ostrow Brasserie

In Miami’s Buena Vista neighborhood, Ostrow Brasserie offers something that is rare to find — kosher French cuisine. Led by chef Olivia Ostrow, this charming Parisian-styled restaurant serves classics like Lyonnaise salad and steak frites amid whimsical art and an Art Nouveau mural. Open for breakfast through dinner, the restaurant also features a full bar, private dining, and a dog-friendly patio.


Tasty Beach Cafe

Miami Beach’s Tasty Cafe offers decadent breakfast and lunch options, all baked on-site daily. Although meat is not served, the extensive menu provides filling dishes such as Nutella-stuffed French toast, triple-decker avocado grilled cheese, caramel pecan sticky buns, and “animal style” potatoes smothered in onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, American cheese, and house-made “yum yum” sauce, all of which are fan favorites.


Zak the Baker

Customers can enjoy more than just its famous bread loaves at this bakery, known for its devoted following. The menu is filled with breakfast and lunch options like the popular breakfast sandwich — a cheddar cheese omelet, avocado, and tomato on toasted sourdough country wheat bread — or the salmon Reuben sandwich, served hot pressed on sourdough Jewish rye bread with sauerkraut, thousand island dressing, and Swiss cheese.


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Papi Steak

This steakhouse from David Grutman is a partnership with David “Papi” Einhorn, who grew up in Brooklyn in a kosher household. While this restaurant is not kosher, it does pay homage to some of Einhorn’s favorite childhood dishes by offering kosher-friendly latkes, wagyu pastrami, and chicken schnitzel. There’s also the namesake Papi Steak, a 32-ounce glatt kosher dry-aged bone-in ribeye.


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