Seafood Bisque in Miami

Given Miami's popular shoreline, tourists and locals alike take in the salty seas and are left hungering for seafood. Thankfully this town can throw a net or fishing line down like the rest of them, and an easy way to spoon into the maritime flavor is with a hearty bisque. From traditional lobster to crab meat and even more culinary tweaks, a good cup seafood bisque always warms the soul.

Updated: June 25, 2010

Best Bisque

La Palme D'or

1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

The Biltmore Hotel's tony restaurant ladles out a "My Way" version of the classic bisque, filling the creamy soup with lobster ravioli and spiced with saffron cappuccino. The menus may change with the seasons at the Coral Gables hotel, but there's always a fresh tweak to its Maine lobster bisque.

Cafe Nuvo

412 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139

There's a meaty--and spicy--kick to this South Beach bistro's version of the classic hearty soup. Sliced up chorizo, plantains, and peppers join the flaky lobster meat for this rendition. A jalapeno pepper comes on the side, for those daring to scorch things up a bit.

Joe's Stone Crab

11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

One of Miami Beach's oldest restaurants is open seasonally and crowded perpetually. Given the name and it's signature draw, it's no surprise to find stone crab as the primary shellfish ingredient in its seafood bisque.

Garcia Seafood Grille & Fish

398 NW North River Dr, Miami, FL 33128

There's something about eating seafood as freighters and fishing yachts glide along the Miami River. If the lobster bisque at this casual yet iconic institution is too heavy, the grouper chowder should hit the spot.

Sci Sci at Brickell

1053 Brickell Plz, Miami, FL 33131

Even upscale Italian eateries cash in on the French starter. Heavy cream, chives, brandy and chunks of lobster go into the "Zuppa di Aragosta" at this downtown restaurant. Spoon down the bisque during a late weekend dinner and watch the restaurant turn into a lively lounge after midnight.