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The 15 Most Anticipated Restaurants in South Florida, Fall 2017

Tracking the most exciting new restaurants opening for the rest of the year

Dining Room at La Centrale Miami

And just like that, Fall is here. While South Florida’s temperatures may only dip a few degrees between the summer and fall months, the influx of new restaurants coming into town is certainly noticeable. Here are the 15 most exciting new restaurant openings this season.

Abi Maria

Location: 8880 SW 72 Place, Miami

Key Players: Jorgie Ramos and the Barley Team

Projected Opening: Mid-October 2017

A new bar from the team behind Kendall’s Barley, it’ll be inspired by pre-Castro Havana featuring classic Latin cocktails, frozen drinks like Daiquiris, an oyster program and light bites.

Amara at Paraiso

Location: 3101 NE 7th Avenue, Miami

Key Players: Michael Schwartz

Projected Opening: November 2017

Michael Schwartz’s much anticipated Edgewater debut, this massive 4,500-square-foot waterfront space will feature cuisine cooked on a wood grill and Josper charcoal grill oven.

Burtons Grill & Bar

Location: 5580 North Military Trail, Boca Raton

Key Players: Kevin Harron, Winston Guerrero

Projected Opening: October 2017

A health-focused chain featuring American cuisine is debuting its first Florida location later this year. Burtons Grill & Bar emphasizes allergy awareness and offers vegetarian, paleo and gluten-free options, as well as half portions. It also promises to modify anything to a guest’s “needs, wants or liking.”

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Location: 8001 NW 36th Street, Doral

Projected Opening: December 2017

Texas Tex-Mex favorite Chuy's is opening its first outpost of inside the Sunshine State in Doral. Best known for its funky decor and its free, unlimited, build-your-own nacho station housed in the trunk of a vintage car, it also features items like traditional Tex-Mex fare like stuffed chile rellenos, enchiladas and “Big As Yo’ Face Burritos.”

Coco Bambu

Location: 955 Alton Rd, Miami Beach

Key Players: Founders Afranio and Daniela Barreira, who opened Coco Bambu in 2001, along with Felipe Luna, Marcelo Gomes and Leo Pessoa.

Projected Opening: Early September 2017

Coco Bambu is a Brazilian seafood import, focusing on traditional and modern cooking techniques to create internationally-inspired, sharable and affordable dishes. The restaurant will sit up to 450 patrons.

La Centrale Miami

Location: 701 South Miami Ave, Miami (Ground-level entrance facing 6th Street)

Key Players: Jacopo Giustiniani and Matthias Kiehm

Projected Opening: December 2017

A three-floor, 40,000-square foot Italian food hall inside Brickell City Centre it’ll feature a 5,000-square-foot, grab-and-go market, a seafood restaurant called Pesce, a seasonal Italian spot named Stagionale, a wine cellar, a Chianti region inspired meat-centric spot called Carne, and a pizza and pasta focused restaurant.

Malibu Farm Rendering

Malibu Farm

Location: 4525 Collins Avenue

Key Players: Helene Henderson

Projected Opening: Fall 2017

A farm-to-table concept setup in the swanky Nobu Hotel, it’ll feature plenty of garden inspired dishes, local fish and wood-fired pizzas.

Obra Kitchen Table

Location: Ground level of the Jade at Brickell building, 1331 Brickell Bay Drive, Miami

Key Players: Carlos Garcia

Projected Opening: Fall 2017

One of Venezuela’s most lauded chefs, Carlos Garcia, will open his first stateside concept, Obra Kitchen Table. Garcia’s restaurant, Alto, which he opened in Caracas, Venezuela in 2007, has been on the “World’s 50 Best” list since 2013 and has remained on the list as “The Best Restaurant in Venezuela” for four consecutive years.

Pink Rock Sea

Location: 214 Española Way, Miami Beach

Key Players: Brothers Jonathan and David Tang

Projected Opening: October 10, 2017

A poke bowl concept located on Española Way, offering make-your-own bowls in an Art Deco inspired setting.

Pompano Beach House

Location: 10 North Pompano Beach Boulevard, Pompano Beach

Key Players: Brimstone Restaurant Group

Projected Opening: Fall 2017

This marks the first restaurant to open as part of the Pompano Pier Redevelopment and the fifth concept to open in South Florida for the Ohio-based Brimstone Restaurant Group. The space will feature ocean views, while its menu will offer a little bit of everything from flatbreads, to sushi, to poutine.

Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth

Stiltsville Fish Bar

Location: 1787 Purdy Avenue on Miami Beach

Key Players: Grove Bay Hospitality Group (GBHG) and duo Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth

Projected Opening: September 2017

A seafood restaurant featuring classic and modern techniques, paired with a beverage menu of Key West style drinks. The two-story locale will feature an open dining room on the first floor, with a large bar and a nautical inspired motif and a color palette rich with blue hues and sandy undertones.

Stubborn Seed

Location: 101 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

Key Players: Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford, Grove Bay Hospitality Group, Joe Mizzoni

Projected Opening: September 2017

The first of two restaurants between Ford and Grove Bay Hospitality Group, it’ll feature a rotating menu that is meant to be shared at the table. The space, designed by New York-based, Celano Design Studio, promises to be modern with a subtle nod to Miami Beach’s Art Deco architecture.

Cuisine at Azabu

Azabu Miami Beach

Location: 161 Ocean Drive, South Beach

Projected Opening: October 2017

This NYC, Michelin-starred sushi restaurant, which is best known for its omakase menu that rotates frequently featuring fish from Japan that arrives daily, will take up shop at the Marriott Stanton South Beach. It’ll feature an Izakaya style dining room, while The Den will feature an 11-seat sushi bar, and Bar Azabu, it’ll feature Japanese-inspired presentation styles served in glassware handcrafted by a Japanese artisans.

The Taco Stand

Location: 313 NW 25th Street, Miami

Key Players: Julian Hakim

Projected Opening: October 2017

This popular San Diego taqueria is invading Wynwood this fall. Called The Taco Stand it features baja tacos, California-style burritos and Mexican paletas.

Terra Mare

Location: 551 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

Key Players: Johan Svensson

Projected Opening: October 2017

An oceanfront eatery featuring a variety of meat and seafood dishes like carved table side pork chops, spice whole chicken tagine and filet roasted snapper.