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. Juvia

    $$$$ | South Beach | Japanese

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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Makoto

    $$$$ | Japanese

    Stephen Starr's Japanese headliner, executed by celebrity-chef Makoto Okuwa, is one of the most popular restaurants in all of South Florida...Read More

  • 4. Matador Room

    $$$ | Mid-Beach | Spanish

    In one of Miami's most captivating and seductive settings, the latest headline restaurant by celebrity-chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten fuses...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Azul

    $$$$ | Downtown | Eclectic

    A restaurant known for producing celebrity chefs and delivering dining fantasies of Food Network proportions, Azul is a Miami foodie institution...Read More

  • 8. Beachcraft

    $$$ | South Beach | American

    Tom Colicchio made his Miami debut in late 2015 with this fabulous, farm-meets-ocean-to-table concept. A vast open kitchen anchors the restaurant...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Casa Tua Restaurant

    $$$$ | South Beach | Italian

    To accommodate the demanding clientele of its exclusive boutique hotel as well as anyone willing to wait two weeks for a reservation, Casa Tua...Read More

  • 11. Gianni's at the Villa

    $$$$ | South Beach | Italian

    Set within the glitz and ostentation of Gianni Versace’s former mansion, the Villa Casa Casuarina, this restaurant doles out excellent Italian...Read More

  • 12. Il Mulino New York -- Sunny Isles Beach

    $$$$ | Italian

    For more than two decades, Il Mulino New York has ranked among the top Italian restaurants in Gotham, so it's no surprise that the Miami outposts...Read More

  • 13. Jaya at The Setai

    $$$$ | South Beach | Asian

    As the flagship restaurant of one of Miami's most exclusive hotels, The Setai, Jaya exceeds all expectations yet remains remarkably approachable...Read More

  • 14. NAOE

    $$$$ | Downtown | Japanese

    By virtue of its petite size (eight patrons max) and strict seating times (at 6 and 9:30 nightly), the Japanese gem will forever remain intimate...Read More

  • 15. Ortanique on the Mile

    $$$ | Coral Gables | Caribbean

    Cascading ortaniques, a Jamaican hybrid orange, are hand-painted on columns in this warm, welcoming, yellow dining room. Food is vibrant in...Read More

  • 16. Pascal's on Ponce

    $$$$ | Coral Gables | French

    This French gem amid the Coral Gables restaurant district is always full, thanks to chef-proprietor Pascal Oudin's assured and consistent cuisine...Read More

  • 17. Pied à Terre

    $$$$ | South Beach | French

    This cozy, 36-seat, French contemporary restaurant with Mediterranean influences resides in the heart of South Beach, but it's everything the...Read More

  • 18. Timó

    $$$ | Italian

    In a glorified strip mall, Timó (Italian for "thyme") is worth the trip from anywhere in South Florida. It's a kind of locals' secret. The handsome...Read More

  • 19. J & G Grill

    $$$$ | French

    In the ultraglamorous St. Regis Bal Harbour, celebrity Chef Jean-Gorges Vongerichten brings haute French fusion cuisine to the stunning Miami...Read More

  • 20. Moyé

    $$ | Downtown | Italian

    Gaining credibility as an excellent Italian restaurant within Italy is not easy, but Moyé, which translates to "this is the time" in the Bari...Read More

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