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 com
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 Mia
Miami's restaurant scene has exploded in the past few years, with new restaurants springing up left and right every mont

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. Azucar Ice Cream Company

    $ | Little Havana | Café

    Balmy weather and sweet-tooth cravings are tempered at this ice-cream shop specializing in homemade Cuban-style scoops. More crafty than churning...Read More

  • 2. eating house

    $$$ | Coral Gables | Eclectic

    Check your calorie counter at the door when you enter the hippest eatery in Coral Gables. The ever-changing small-plates menu teems with extreme...Read More

  • 3. Harry's Pizzeria

    $$ | Design District | Pizza

    Harry's is a neighborhood spot with some seriously good pizza, as one would expect as the second restaurant under Miami culinary darling Michael...Read More

  • 4. Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant

    $$$$ | South Beach | Seafood

    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...Read More

  • 5. La Mar by Gaston Acurio

    $$$$ | Downtown | Peruvian

    Don't have time to make a foodie pilgrimage to Lima, Peru? Not to worry; the next best thing beckons in downtown Miami, where Peruvian celebrity...Read More

  • 6. Mandolin Aegean Bistro

    $$$ | Design District | Greek

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

  • 7. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

    $$$ | Design District | American

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

  • 8. Panther Coffee

    $ | Wynwood | Café

    The eclectic coffee shop has made a triumphant return to Miami, and it goes by the name of Panther Coffee. The original location of the Miami...Read More

  • 9. Pubbelly

    $$$ | South Beach | Eclectic

    This petite eatery, on a residential street in SoBe’s western reaches, still attracts the who’s who of beach socialites, hipsters, and the occasional...Read More

  • 10. 15th & Vine Kitchen and Bar

    $$$ | Downtown | Eclectic

    The signature restaurant of the swanky W Miami wows with a trifecta of sleek decor, delicious food, and a breathtaking backdrop from the property...Read More

  • 11. Area 31

    $$$$ | Downtown | Seafood

    High atop the 16th floor of downtown Miami's Kimpton Epic Hotel, memorable and sustainable ocean-to-table cuisine is prepared in the bustling...Read More

  • 12. Café Prima Pasta

    $$ | North Beach | Italian

    If Tony Soprano lived in Miami, this is where you'd find him. This famous, bustling Italian restaurant is infused with the energy of the Argentine...Read More

  • 13. Cantina Beach

    $$$ | Key Biscayne | Mexican

    Leave it to Ritz-Carlton to bring a small, sumptuous piece of coastal Mexico to Florida's fabulous beaches. The pool- and ocean-side Cantina...Read More

  • 14. El Palacio de los Jugos

    $ | Coral Gables | Cuban

    To the northwest of Coral Gables proper, this joint is one of the easiest and truest ways to see Miami's local Latin life in action. It's also...Read More

  • 15. GreenStreet Cafe

    $$ | Coconut Grove | Mediterranean

    A tried-and-true locals' hangout since it was founded in the early 1990s—with regulars including athletes, politicians, entrepreneurs, artists...Read More

  • 16. Havana Harry's

    $ | Coral Gables | Cuban

    When Cuban families want an affordable home-cooked meal with a twist but don't want to cook it themselves or go supercheap at the popular Cuban...Read More

  • 17. Icebox Cafe

    $$ | South Beach | American

    This unassuming café, formerly off a Lincoln Road side street, was propelled into superstardom after Oprah Winfrey called the café's sweets...Read More

  • 18. Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar & Latam Grill

    $$$ | Coconut Grove | Peruvian

    A fabulous fusion of Peruvian and Mexican flavors, Jaguar is a gastronomic tour of Latin America in a single restaurant. As the name implies...Read More

  • 19. Las Vacas Gordas

    $$$$ | Mid-Beach | Argentine

    Since 1996 this Argentinean steak house has welcomed the who's who of Latin high society, fulfilling their wildest carnivore cravings. Expanded...Read More

  • 20. Lulu In the Grove

    $$ | Coconut Grove | Eclectic

    At this eclectic sister to GreenStreet Cafe, red sofas and industrial communal tables commingle with ample bistro seating, while wraparound...Read More

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