Miami Restaurants

Miami's restaurant scene has exploded in the past few years, with new restaurants springing up left and right every month. The melting pot of residents and visitors has brought an array of sophisticated, tasty cuisine. Little Havana is still king for Cuban fare, and Miami Beach is swept up in a trend of fusion cuisine, which combines Asian, French, American, and Latin cooking with sumptuous—and pricey—results. Locals spend the most time in downtown Miami, Wynwood, Midtown, and the Design District, where the city's ongoing foodie and cocktail revolution is most pronounced. Since Miami dining is a part of the trendy nightlife scene, most dinners don't start until 8 or 9 pm, and may go well into the night. To avoid a long wait among the late-night partiers at hot spots, come before 7 pm or make reservations. Attire is usually casual-chic, but patrons like to dress to impress. Don't be surprised to see large tables of women in skimpy dresses—this is common in Miami. Prices tend to stay high in hot spots like Lincoln Road, but if you venture off the beaten path you can find delicious food for reasonable prices. When you get your bill, check whether a gratuity is already included; most restaurants add between 15% and 20% (ostensibly for the convenience of, and protection from, the many Latin American and European tourists who are used to this practice in their homelands), but supplement it depending on your opinion of the service.

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  • 1. Alter

    $$$$ | Wynwood

    James Beard finalist and local superstar chef Bradley Kilgore is always changing the menu based on ingredient availability and then taking on the awesome task...Read More

  • 2. Ariete

    $$$ | Coconut Grove

    Popular with the brunch crowd, this cozy indoor-outdoor restaurant serves elegant American dishes with a Miami twist. The menu changes seasonally with offerings from pastrami-style...Read More

  • 3. Cafe La Trova

    $$$ | Little Havana

    There's always a festive vibe at this Cuban hot spot from James Beard--winning chef Michelle Bernstein and famed Cantinero bartender Julio Cabrera. Old-school cocktails like...Read More

  • 4. Casa Sensei

    $$$$ | Downtown

    This waterfront restaurant along the Himmarshee Canal offers Pan-Asian--Latin fusion dishes, including a full sushi bar and a plethora of comfort dishes like pad Thai,...Read More

  • 5. Cecconi's Miami Beach

    $$$$ | Mid-Beach

    The wait for a table at this outpost of the iconic Italian restaurant is just as long as for its counterparts in West Hollywood and...Read More

  • 6. Clive's Cafe

    $ | Little Haiti

    Some of the best bites come from the smallest spots, and that's especially true at Clive's Cafe. This local gem serves hearty plates of some...Read More

  • 7. Hakkasan Miami

    $$$$ | Mid-Beach

    This stateside sibling of the Michelin-star London restaurant brings the haute-Chinese-food movement to South Florida, adding Pan-Asian flair to even quite simple and authentic Cantonese...Read More

  • 8. Harry's Pizzeria

    $$ | Design District

    Harry's is a neighborhood spot with some seriously good pizza, as one would expect from Miami culinary darling Michael Schwartz and his team. The casual,...Read More

  • 9. Itamae

    $$ | Design District

    Home to some of Miami's best sushi rolls, fish bowls, and ceviches, this family-run Nikkei concept (owned by James Beard--nominated brother and sister duo, Nando...Read More

  • 10. Joe's Stone Crab

    $$$$ | South Beach

    In South Beach's decidedly new-money scene, the stately Joe's Stone Crab is an old-school testament to good food and good service. Stone crabs, served with...Read More

  • 11. Juvia

    $$$$ | South Beach

    High atop South Beach's design-driven 1111 Lincoln Road parking garage, rooftop Juvia commingles urban sophistication with South Beach seduction. Three renowned chefs unite to deliver...Read More

  • 12. KYU

    $$$$ | Wynwood

    Foodies and locavores love this eco-minded restaurant in the heart of Wynwood, which plants five trees for every tree burned in its Japanese wood-fired grill....Read More

  • 13. L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

    $$$$ | Design District

    A concept created by the legendary chef Joël Robuchon, this ultradecadent restaurant draws you in with a sexy, red-backlit bar and sleek tables. Each bite...Read More

  • 14. La Mar by Gaston Acurio

    $$$$ | Brickell Key

    Peruvian celebrity-chef Gaston Acurio dazzles with a sublime menu and an atmospheric, bay-side setting to match. Tour the far corners of Peru through La Mar’s...Read More

  • 15. Macchialina

    $$$ | South Beach

    Framed by exposed-brick walls, decorated with daily specials on chalkboards, and packed with gregarious patrons, this local foodie hangout feels like a cozy, neighborhoody tavern....Read More

  • 16. Makoto

    $$$$

    Stephen Starr's Japanese headliner, executed by celebrity-chef and master of Edomae-style sushi Makoto Okuwa, offers two menus: one devoted solely to sushi, sashimi, and maki,...Read More

  • 17. Mandolin Aegean Bistro

    $$$ | Design District

    A step inside this 1940s house-turned-bistro transports you to ya-ya’s home along the Aegean Sea. The Greek and Turkish cuisine is fresh and the service...Read More

  • 18. Matador

    $$$ | Mid-Beach

    In one of Miami's most captivating and seductive settings, this headline restaurant by celebrity-chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten fuses Spanish, Caribbean, and Latin American gastronomy while focusing...Read More

  • 19. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

    $$$ | Design District

    Michael's is often cited as Miami's top tried-and-true restaurant, and it's not hard to see why: this indoor-outdoor bistro in Miami's Design District is an...Read More

  • 20. MILA

    $$$$ | South Beach

    A swanky rooftop restaurant on Lincoln Road, MILA is a place to see and be seen while sipping well-crafted cocktails and ordering Mediterranean-Asian fusion dishes,...Read More

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