Dining out is one of the great joys of traveling. This is especially true in Greater Miami & Miami Beach, where the culinary scene is influenced by the cultures of Latin America, the Caribbean and the rest of the world. Travelers who have mobility challenges and other disabilities want to know what restaurants, food tours and other culinary experiences are excellent choices for them in this exciting foodie destination. The good news is that people who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids, as well as those who need accommodations for vision, hearing, neurodivergence and other differences, can all enjoy dining in Miami.
The restaurants below represent a sampling of the amazing dining experiences that are available in Greater Miami & Miami Beach. Most were recommended by Heidi Johnson-Wright, an accessibility professional and longtime Miami resident who uses a power wheelchair, and Cory Lee, who uses a power wheelchair and writes a blog called Curb Free with Cory Lee about his travel experiences (be sure to check out his Miami Travel Guide).
Pilo’s, Brickell & Wynwood
Derek Gonzalez, who founded Pilo’s Street Tacos in the Brickell neighborhood and Pilo’s Tequila Garden in the Wynwood neighborhood, was inspired by a favorite aunt, Pilo, who had Down syndrome. About 20 percent of the employees at each Pilo’s location have developmental disabilities. The employees are referred to the company by service organizations, and they are trained in a program that Gonzalez calls Pilo’s University.