In Miami there is a variety of different cuisines to enjoy. From the best seafood by the river, to a hole in the wall in little Havana.
Our locals choices for you are:
A Stephen Starr restaurant in Bal Harbour Shops where what’s on the plate is more important than who’s sitting in front of it. It sounds almost as amazing as a half-off sale at Gucci. Thanks to chef Makoto Okuwa, former head sushi chef at the famous Morimoto in New York and Philadelphia, it’s the real deal. In addition to the raw menu, Makoto’s modern Japanese dishes and bincho charcoal robata, have hungry shoppers continually coming back for more.
2. THE DRUNKEN DRAGON
The Drunken Dragon, South Beach’s first Korean barbecue restaurant, presents the do-it-yourself method of tableside grilling paired with modern Asian tapas and fusion, courtesy of Executive Chef Xavier Torres (formerly of Miami’s The Dutch, Nobu, Zuma).
The restaurant boasts Korean barbecue tables with communal grills for guests to roast an array of intensely-flavored foods over an energetic flame. Along with an extensive menu of modern family-style dishes made for sharing. Non-traditional plates are influenced from all over Asia – from Thailand, Japan to Vietnam – and are lovingly prepared to satisfy a variety of palates.
4. SMITH AND WELLINSKY
Chophouse chain outpost serving prime steaks & seafood in a clubby, power-dining setting.
5. THE RUSTY PELICAN
The Rusty Pelican gives guests the ultimate taste of Miami. The property is situated right on the Rickenbacker Marina, the waterfront views of Miami are breath taking. Upon arrival, guests are transported to a world of contemporary sophistication. The Rusty Pelican’s plantation-style building emits elegance; its modern fountain and lush greenery brings guests to a modernized tropical escape. Contemporary cuisine tortured the senses, with exotic, latin-inspired dishes and the freshest local seafood. It offers fabulous brunches, to intimate dinners, to large-scale events.
6. JOE’S STONECRAB
The Madonna of restaurants, it’s a South Beach stone crab institution that’s always packed, and it’s the home of the original Miami Beach power lunch.
7. GARCIA’S SEAFOOD GRILLE & FISH MARKET
GARCIA’S ON THE BAY
Old Miami at its best, this Downtown premier location, is famed for its super-fresh, astonishing seafood and amazing atmospheres at both of the locations; one by the Miami River and the other one on Biscayne Bay. While the interior decor is nothing fancy, the excellent customer service and fairly reasonable prices, keep this tradition alive.
8. FRATELLI LA BUFFALA
“Fratelli La Bufala – Pizzaioli Emigranti” is a catering project that places buffalo mozzarella and meat at the core of its food offer. From the beginning, the brand has built on the authenticity of its ingredients and products, with the core aim of spreading throughout Italy and the world. The health benefits of buffalo meat, buffalo mozzarella and the delicious simplicity of true Neapolitan pizza and the quality wines of Campania. A Cento S.p.A. mission is to be the ambassador of “being Neapolitan” around the world.
9. TORO TORO
Miami dining reaches its peak at Toro Toro. Chef & owner Richard Sandoval’s unique culinary spin on South and Central American ingredients, are woven into small-plate dishes designed for sharing. Our Miami restaurant is Toro Toro’s second outpost, modeled after the Dubai Toro Toro. Stop by every Sunday for Bottomless Brunch, with endless eats and cocktails; sample our lunch buffet during the weekdays. The Latin Spirits Lounge serves innovative, hand-crafted cocktails. Winner of the Diner’s Choice award in 2014, 2015 & 2016.
Master Sushi Chef KATSUYA UECHI unleashes his culinary ARTISTRY ONTO DOWNTOWN MIAMI WITH A MENU OF INNOVATIVE SUSHI AND ROBATA DISHES UNIQUELY ADAPTED FOR THE AMERICAN PALATE.
Inspired by its rich history and 1950s glamour, world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has reinvented the iconic Matador Room with re imagined menus that offer his interpretation of Caribbean, Spanish, and Latin and South American cuisines. Seasonal menus are composed of small and large plates that embrace the freshest, locally sourced, seasonal produce. The space’s original chandelier has been restored and is suspended over the sunken oval dining room that is reminiscent of the glamorous supper clubs of the 1940s and 50s.
12. IRON SIDE
The Tuscana Divino team brings this Neapolitan pizzeria to the Ironside District, serving thin-crust, customizable wood-fired pies made with Italian flour, tomatoes and olive oil and topped with tempting options like house-cured porchetta. Rustic knickknacks lend character, yet the feel is airy and modern, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and a spacious patio with ample seating. — Zagat
12. VISA 01
Cozy pizzeria concealed in a commercial building serving Neapolitan-style pies, antipasti & salads.
13. SUVICHE WYNWOOD
Buzzy, casual eatery with Japanese & Peruvian fare, such as sushi & ceviche, plus sake, wine & beer.
15. AREA 31
16. LA MOON
16. LA CARRETA
17. ZAC THE BAKER
The popular baker, Zac, who has been supplying bread around town for multiple years now, now has his own shop in the mix. After opening, it became so popular that it had to move to a much larger and more colorful deli location located in the heart of the Wynwood area (the old spot still serves as a grab-and-go bakery). Expect not only his signature breads, but also an assortment of soups, sandwiches, and pastries that will turn even the most carb-fearing person into a bread-loving convert.
18. 1-800 LUCKY
20. CASA TUA
The brainchild of two former Zuma alums, KYU features Asian eats with a barbecue twist. Think wood-fired meats, unique dishes like brisket lettuce wraps and duck “burnt ends,” and sushi, all housed in a hip Wynwood, street style setting. Oh, and don’t miss that coconut cake for dessert.
Normally, serious food fans would laugh off the idea having an Asian-inspired gastropub in Miami, but when it comes to Pubbelly, it’s no laughing matter and a serious literal statement of what happens when people know what they’re doing. This is the one that started the Pubbelly restaurant empire — which includes places like PB Sushi and Barceloneta — now many more siblings in the restaurant “family.”
A modern touch to the classic seafood restaurant by Blue Collar chef Danny Serfer and partner Ryan Roman. Described by critics and as a “plain and fancy” oyster heaven, it also features many different of other seafood items, as well as non-sea-dwelling options like prime rib, chicken, and veggies.
Byblos serves food that’s worthy of writing home about. While the menu is described as Mediterranean, don’t expect to find any hummus on it. Instead, these dishes have a more Middle Eastern and Northern African slant: think duck kibbeh, lamb ribs, Cornish hen in lentil sauce, and a variety of spiked tea cocktails.
Rainer Becker’s modern Japanese food, inspired by traditional, informal Izakaya-style dining, may seem almost oxymoronic, but the sleek, chic crowd of culinary mafia, celebrities, and scene-chasers who eat and drink here don’t care. After all, its London and Hong Kong siblings made the Top 100 listing of the S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants.
26. NIU Kitchen
Seeing the word “tapas” on a menu is almost as common as hearing “dale” in the Magic City Casino, it happens more often than it should. While there are plenty of middle-of-the-line, traditional Spanish restaurants in this town, the gem of the bunch is NIU Kitchen. Tucked away in a corner of Downtown Miami, this 26-seat restaurant showcases Catalan cuisine by Barcelona native Deme Lomas. He does it just the way it should be: simple, light, flavorful, and fun. The plates and menu rotate frequently, but the cold tomato soup with mustard ice cream, the truffle- and egg-filled potato foam, and the tartare can’t be missed.
Macchialina, which comes from the words “macchia,” meaning mark or spot, and “maialina,” meaning piglets; aims to be reminiscent of a “small rustic eatery in the heart of any Italian town.” Under chef and owner Michael Pirolo’s on the lead, it creates Italian classics like braised short rib lasagna, pork chop Milanese, and more. He inputs an interesting twist, like beet-filled ravioli.
28. EL PALACIO DE LOS JUGOS
Cheap Cuban food, fresh fruits, veggies, and a bakery known for its fresh-squeezed sugarcane, tamales, and perfectly salty chicharones cut to order. Sort of like Miami’s version of Gray’s Papaya, and very high on pork fat.
29. Lung Yai Thai Tapas
Good Thai cuisine can ne spotted in Miami. This small, unassuming Little Havana spot has been perpetually packed since its debut, featuring a menu filled with duck salad, curries, and some of the best fried chicken around — just be prepared to wait, since reservations aren’t accepted.
30. BOMBAY DARDAR
2901 Florida Ave
Serving one of the best Indian food in the city, this Coconut Grove staple is always packed. Luckily for us, it moved to a much bigger space down the block, so getting your hands on some of the restaurant’s signature dishes, like crab samosas, lamb vindaloo, tandoori chicken, and mango lassi, is now much easier.
31. SAFFRON AT THE GROVE
34. BLUE COLLLAR
35. GREENSTREET CAFE
36. PEACOCK CAFE
38. La Mar by Gaston Acurio
Located in Brickell at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, La Mar by Gaston Acurio offers a combo of well-executed upscale novo-Andean fare and Asian-Peruvian fusion dishes. Think classics like lomo saltado, local offerings like yellow tail snapper, and several ceviche options.
40. ICE BOX CAFE
42. EATING HOUSE
804 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134
What started as a hit pop-up by chef Giorgio Rapicavoli and partner Alex Casanova, quickly turned into a permanent drool-inducing Miami MUST go-to spot. Several years after going permanent, the restaurant continues to turn out creative dishes that summon taste buds year-round. Think pasta carbonara on steroids, playful desserts like the “dirt cup” and, yep, Cap’n Crunch pancakes.
43. Ghee Indian Kitchen Downtown Dadeland
8965 SW 72nd Pl
Kendall, FL 33156
This Indian eatery from Michael’s Genuine alum Niven Patel features Indian-inspired cuisine made mainly from produce from Patel’s farm in Homestead. They offer dishes like vindaloo made with pork belly, green millet, cheddar naan and more. Plus there’s a $55 tasting menu available so exploring the menu. The restaurant is so popular, that it already established a second location in the Design District (3620 NE 2nd Avenue) so no matter the part of town you are in, you can easily get a taste of the cuisine.
Chef Brad Kilgore helms the modern, minimalist restaurant in Wynwood. Nominated for James Beards three times over, Kilgore took his previous fine-dining experiences and channeled it into the delicious, refined American Fusion cuisine he and partners Javier Ramirez and Leo Monterrey. The progressive menu is a treat from start until the end. There’s a $65 tasting menu for those needing a little guidance but a la carte menu works too; just make sure to order Kilgore’s soft egg with sea scallop espuma, chive, truffle pearls and Gruyere. You’re bound to get asked about it.