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It’s amazing to think that, not all that long ago, the first images that sprung to mind when people talked about Miami’s culinary scene were snowbird-pleasing early-bird specials and the idea that there was a ventanita on every corner dishing out potent cups of Cuban coffee as fast as customers could guzzle them down.
But a recent culinary evolution has made way for some of the country’s most experimental chefs to test out an Asian-Southern fusion restaurant, or just how well the flavors of Northern Thailand street food would mix with classic Japanese standards (they succeeded on both occasions: see KYU and NaiYaRa, respectively).
Of course, that doesn’t mean that every restaurateur is trying something wild. For many chefs, like Michael Schwartz, the James Beard Award-winning chef/owner of Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink, the beauty of Miami is its year-round access to fresh fish and produce.
While famed chef José Andrés is always finding new and exciting ways to put a molecular spin on the city's bounty at Bazaar Mar, there are other beloved seafood restaurants—like Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish Market on the Miami River and Joe’s Stone Crab—that are doing very little to their dishes as they make their way from sea to plate, and sticking around for decades because of it.
In an ever-evolving culinary landscape with so much going for it, our list of Miami's best restaurants spotlights the diverse spots we keep going back to, again and again. Since first opening in 2015, not a day has gone by where Alter hasn’t been packed.
While the rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere certainly doesn’t hurt its popularity, it’s the ever-changing menu that keeps diners coming back again and again. Dinner is tasting menu-only, with a choice of either five or seven courses.
We know, it sounds overhwleming, but once you’re in your seat, you’re in the chef’s very capable hands. Though an over-the-top, circus-like atmosphere is one the defining characteristics of Andrés’ restaurants, it’s no more show than substance. (All the fish is flown in weekly from Spain, from the same fisherman.) The best way to experience the food? Opt for one of the restaurant’s tasting menus: An Introduction to Bazaar Mar gives newcomers the chance to taste the restaurant’s signature dishes, while A Journey With José lets you indulge in some of the chef’s own favorite foods.
If the atmosphere inside Mandolin didn’t already make you feel transported to the Mediterranean, the ultra-professional service team definitely makes it seem as if you’re not in Miami anymore. And with a menu that’s divided into mezes, salads, sandwiches, mains, and sides, the restaurant makes it easy to indulge in as much—or as little—as you feel like.
Plus, the whole Mediterranean sea bass—grilled with olive oil, lemon, and oregano—is as delightful to Instagram as it is to eat. The crowd here is as fashionable as the neighborhood, so expect to see plenty of regulars and art lovers tucking into fried chicken. And while you’re most likely to hear KYU described as a contemporary Asian restaurant, it feels too simplistic. Try the duck breast “burnt ends” and Thai coconut cream spinach, which show off the menu's southern influences, and wash it down with a Mojito Posh-Nosh, a blend of rum, lychee juice, lime, shiso, and mint leaves.
You’ve got to offer more than just great marketing skills if you want to stick around for more than a century, and Joe’s is the real deal. But there’s a catch (no pun intended): stone crab season runs from mid-October to mid-May, so your window for giving them a try isn’t always open.
If it is, and if you manage to live through the wait to be seated, you’d better make sure that someone at the table orders them. (Just be sure to leave room for at least a bite of Joe’s almost-as-famous Key lime pie.) Pork’s the star at Pubbelly, with a whole section of the menu dedicated to it, including the McBelly, a BBQ pork belly sandwich with kimchee and pickles.
For more daring types, we suggest Veal Brains Meunière, with black butter, capers, blue crab tartar, and beansprouts. (Okay, maybe too daring.) Just don’t be surprised if you have to wait a while—both for a place to sit, and then for your drinks and meal to arrive. Still, the fun crowd makes the time fly by. While there’s probably not a restaurateur in South Florida who doesn't believe they're offering diners a one-of-a-kind culinary experience, Byblos is the real deal.
To get the most of the flavors, order a range of dishes to share with your group (there's plenty of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly options, too). Just don't miss the Middle Eastern fried chicken, served with tahini, za’atar, and a housemade hot sauce with some serious kick, and the short rib kebab with truffle tzatziki and oregano.
A decade on, this is still a buzzy neighborhood joint with innovative, award-winning food—without any pretense. If you're spending any time in the Design District, even if you’re just window-shopping (yeah, that’s what we all say), make a point of planning your day around a meal at Michael’s Genuine, whether that means brunch, lunch, or dinner. With such a varied menu, it’s truly a something-for-everyone place, and consistently delicious enough to wow even the most demanding diners.
Prepare for a flavor overload: NaiYaRa uses locally sourced ingredients to meld Thai street food with Japanese specialties and serves them family-style.
Which means that you might see some popcorn shrimp on the menu, but it will be served with shiitake mushrooms and spicy mayonnaise. Whatever you do, make sure that you share the meal with someone who is as adventurous as you are. If the first thing you think upon arriving at La Sandwicherie is, “Wait… am I in the right place?” you have arrived.
That’s because there’s no restaurant to walk into—just a counter to order a sandwich at or, if you’re really lucky, to grab a seat.
But this isn’t just any sandwich counter; it’s a gourmet, French-inspired sandwich counter where everything comes served on one of the most fabulous French baguettes you’ll ever dig into or a buttery, flaky croissant (you can go the wheat bread route as well, but you’ll regret it).
The best thing about dining at Sugarcane is that you can try as many tapas-style dishes as you want, and always order more. At least that’s how Sugarcane hopes you’ll approach the menu, which includes everything from those now-ubiquitous small plates of edamame and shishito peppers to the kind of dishes you’ll only find here, like bone marrow with veal cheek marmalade, and foie gras fried rice with shredded duck and coriander.
If Upland looks or sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because it originated in New York City. A collaboration between restaurateur Stephen Starr and chef Justin Smillie, the restaurant marks the first time that Starr has imported a Big Apple eatery to Miami (where he alread has a sizable restaurant portfolio). But its laidback, neighborhood vibe makes it a perfect fit for Miami Beach’s SoFi, a neighborhood that, frankly, could use more “neighborhood” restaurants.
A plate of fried chicken may not seem like the fanciest meal, but Yardbird’s perfect execution of Southern staples makes the restaurant a must for anyone who doesn’t mind indulging. And with an impressive more than 50 bourbon varieties by the glass (some of them very rare indeed), tthe best way to wash it all down is with a bourbon cocktail. All you need now is a front porch and a swing.
The Miami version of Chef Rainer Becker’s famed izakaya-style restaurant serves sleek and modern Japanese small plates to a celebrity-filled room. A regular sable of customers come here as much for the buzzy atmosphere as the consistently executed menu of bold-flavored shareable plates. Start off with the suzuki no sashimi (seabass sashimi with yuzu, salmon roe, and truffle oil). Then, order something from the robata grill or a signature dish like roasted lobster with shizo-ponzu butter.
Each plate pairs perfectly with wine from the 350-plus bottle list, plus sake and yuzu-heavy cocktails. The atmosphere can be quiet and cozy one minute, and an all-out dinner and dance party the next—Marion diners are the types who don’t mind getting a little wild at dinner. And while the look of Marion, and even the name, scream “French-influenced,” the reality of the space is quite different. The cuisine is actually new American with some decidedly Asian influences, as evidenced by its robata grill menu (think Kobe beef, cooked tableside, with garlic wafu, truffle aioli, yuzu soy, and ponzu sauce).
One part fish market, one part restaurant, the Garcia name has been synonymous with fresh seafood for more than 50 years. Forget grabbing your goods to go; pull up a chair at this rustic seafood shack on the Miami River and gaze out at the water as you chow down on the freshest fish sandwich you'll ever eat. Just because there’s a bullfighting theme going on here, don’t expect the menu to be a Spanish one—at least not completely.
Vongerichten takes some culinary cues from Spain, sure, but Latin and South America, and the Caribbean, are represented, too. We love some of the more simple dishes, like the avocado pizza with jalapeno, cilantro, and lime, and the sautéed snapper and sweet chili-garlic sauce. Though award-winning Argentine chef Francis Mallmann may be a familiar face and name to American diners, Los Fuegos marks his first foray outside of his native South America.
Which is kind of a big deal. A master of live fire cooking, Mallmann is known for his love of charred meats and fish, which here includes a Mediterranean branzino with charred Brussels sprouts, eggplant, and quinoa salad, and a skirt steak “a la Parrilla” with a chimichurri sauce. If you’re dining a deux, opt for one of the dishes for two, like the Meat “Parrillada,” which is full of skirt steak, bone-in ribeye, and chorizo with charred kale and potato.
It's a testament to the restaurant's staying power that Miamians are willing to make the trek to Brickell (and deal with parking) in order to sink their teeth into a plate of Quinto La Huella’s Uruguayan cuisine. Though meat and seafood dishes hold pretty much equal weight on the menu, most diners swear by the former—and the Entrecôte, a 16-ounce grass fed rib eye that makes its way to Miami via Uruguay, in particular.
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By: Rose Pitcher Miami is a premium destination for tourists seeking to spend time on the beach and at a number of unique shopping spots, nightclubs and at other famed attractions in the area.
Miami is also a special place that attracts couples from all over the world. Take a long walk under the stars on South Beach and then enjoy dining and drinks at a number of restaurants that feature amenities that infuse a sense romance and charm into elegant surroundings. The Zagat Guide has called A Fished Called Avalon one of the finest dining choices in Miami and that is an accolade that the restaurant takes pride in.
The focus is on fresh seafood such as lobster, fish and shrimp dishes at A Fished Called Avalon, but you can choose from other meal options also. Test your taste buds with plates of guava braised beef or beef carpaccio. In regard to a romantic atmosphere, you cannot get much nicer than this in South Beach.
Long views of the sea are combined with high-end stemware, premium flatware and crisp linens all set in a trendy modern space. Dress sharp for dining here and make sure to call ahead for reservations.
A Fish Called Avalon 700 Ocean Drive Miami, FL 33139 (305) 532-1727 afishcalledavalon.com Michy's has a spot on Gourmet Magazine's list of the top restaurants in the U.S. and based on the fact that reservations are generally required well ahead of your visit, people seem to agree. Celebrity chef, Michelle Bernstein brings Michy's to life with meals such as such as mango curry yellow snapper and her special-recipe churasco steak.
Share an order or red velvet cupcakes that have been featured on the Food Network to truly grasp the romantic feel of this popular restaurant. Michy's offers bright colors, an experienced staff and a unique trendy vibe to every patron that sets foot in its doors. Michy's 6927 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33138 (305) 759-2001 chefmichellebernstein.com Sardinia Ristorante is a Mediterranean-inspired bistro that offers a friendly staff, dim mood lighting, thick painted concrete floors and premium dark wood furnishings.
A sommelier is on the staff and can be at your table in an instant to help you find the proper wine from a long list to complement your meal. Popular dishes include Spinach ravioli with goat milk cheese, grilled octopus, sea bass in a salted crust, and roasted baby suckling.
The Miami New Times named Sardinia Ristorante 2008's Best Restaurant in South Beach. Reservations are recommended and private dining areas are available for your convenience.
Sardinia Ristorante 1801 Purdy Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 531-2228 sardinia-ristorante.com Rose Pitcher is a licensed and accredited cosmetology instructor, marketing consultant and writer in Redding, Calif. Pitcher holds Bachelors of Arts degrees in journalism and mass communications from Chico State University in Chico, Calif. Pitcher has been published in a number of beauty industry publications in print and online including eHow and Trails.com.
By: Angela Caraway-Carlton Jun 20, 2018 With our balmy ocean breezes, gently swaying palm treesand fun-in-the-sun attitude, romance is everywhere in this tropical paradise.
If you’re looking for a special place to turn up the heat for a date night, here are some of the top romantic restaurants in Miami. We’ll leave the rest up to you! Nestled in the courtyard of the members-only Soho Beach House, is a dreamy restaurant that feels like you’ve escaped to a seaside patio in Italy. You’ll dine beneath trees dotted with twinkling lights and hanging mason jars, sharing delicious Italian fare including hand-made pasta like the spaghetti with Maine lobster and pizzas adorned with truffles.
End the night feeding one another profiteroles with chocolate sauce. When you’re done, take a stroll hand-in-hand down the nearby boardwalk or beach. If you really want to escape the crowds, reserve your spot at The Den hidden inside , located at the Marriott Stanton South Beach. While AZABU has a dimly-lit main dining room that’s also conducive for romance, couples should retreat to the snug 11-seat bar at the secluded sushi den, which is accessible only through the kitchen.
Impress your date with the unique Omakase-style dining, which means “chef’s choice,” featuring local and imported seafood from Japanese fish markets. A timeless staple for romance that never loses its swagger is , an oasis tucked away behind tall hedges in the middle of busy South Beach. This luxe dining experience feels like you’re at home — that is, if your home is an enchanting Mediterranean villa. Choose between an intimate table inside the villa or the lantern-lit garden where you’ll order a bottle from their impressive wine list, savor starters like indulgent caviar and oysters, and then move on to delicious Northern Italian-inspired dishes.
For a fairy-tale experience, head to , an enchanting, historic property located in Miami’s Upper East Side and run by longtime restaurateur Mark Soyka. While you can snuggle up at a table inside the inviting house where coral-rock walls are dotted with interesting paintings and vintage chandeliers — the beautiful outdoor garden fitted with a pond and cascading waterfall will steal your heart. You’ll embark on a memorable gastronomic journey featuring a Mediterranean-inspired menu with dishes made with seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients.
Treat your date to the chocolate marsala cake for extra brownie points. For a dining destination that will whisk you away to the tranquil Greek islands or the Turkish coast, locals-in-the-know will direct you to the beauty that lies behind the blue-framed doors of , located near the Miami Design District. At this charming restaurant, you can hide-away at a table inside the intimate 1940s bungalow or settle on the lush patio at a lantern-lit table beneath the trees.
The husband-and-wife team who own the restaurant are from Greece and Turkey, so expect authentic recipes that result in shareable, light dishes like steamed mussels, marinated grilled octopus and lamb kebabs. While celebrities and a well-heeled crowd flock to Pan-Asian eatery , there’s still plenty of room for romance. Take your love to another level by reserving one of the floating “birds nest,” which feels like your own private treehouse in the sky.
The menu is also next-level with creative dishes like the garlic king crab lo mein and the lobster dynamite, a roll made of crispy quinoa and topped with a creamy lobster concoction. The indoor/outdoor restaurant even has an entire "Duck Room" dedicated to perfecting their Peking duck dishes. at the luxe is the place to go when you want to wow your date. The restaurant’s tranquil blue-and-white palette and tiles featuring a whimsical under-the-sea design, will instantly calm any date-night jitters.
The menu is seafood-centric, and as with any José Andrés’ restaurant, presentation is everything. Order eye-popping dishes like the California funnel cake which arrives in a stand shaped like an octopus, or the classic cobia ceviche that’s beautifully arranged in the shape of a rose. Who needs flowers after that dinner?
If you crave an authentic Mexican experience, at the Icon Brickell, seduces guests with its soft glow and striking decor.
Snag a table that sits on the waterfront and overlooks the Brickell skyline. For extra privacy, lovers can canoodle behind a greenery-covered wall in a separate dining room downstairs. Let the mariachi band serenade your table, and your date will swoon over Chef Santiago Gomez's gorgeous presentations and signature dishes like the crunchy soft-shell crab served in tortillas with jalapeno sauce. Margaritas spiked with smoky mezcal will set the mood for any occasion.
Not every romantic venture has to be under the cover of night. One of the best “day dates” can be found at , an intimate garden oasis by the sea. Share a glass of vino on the expansive patio overlooking Peacock Park with glimpses of glittering Biscayne Bay in the distance.
At the helm of the restaurant is Giorgio Rapicavoli, the city’s first winner of Food Network’s “Chopped,” and during lunch you can nosh on the refreshing watermelon salad and the half-chicken with yucca.
For nights when you want to pull out all the stops (and money is no object), inside the swanky Four Seasons at The Surf Club, is the ultimate rendezvous. It’s the only outpost of the Michelin-starred restaurant at the iconic Le Sirenuse resort in Positano, Italy — and your date will instantly have a love affair with this ocean-facing bar and restaurant.
Start your evening at the Champagne Bar, which is fringed with tropical plants and anchored by a wavy green bar that offers the largest selection of Champagne in Miami.
Move on to the dining room where servers with roving carts will create tableside Champagne cocktails. Menu standouts include little purses of pasta stuffed with a beef ragu mozzarella reduction and black truffle, and tender New Zealand lamb chops in a raspberry au jus.
If you want to extend the passion, book a hotel room for the night. Whether it’s for a special occasion or a just-because-I-love-you night out, locals have a crush on in West Kendall. From small gestures like a fresh rose on the table and ambient dim lighting and candles to the monthly Dark Dining, where guests are blindfold for an unforgettable dining experience, you’ll always find love in the ambiance and the food.
Chef Adrianne's goal with her food is to activate all parts of your palate — so the euphoric feeling is similar to falling in love.
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