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The 12 Best Midtown and Edgewater Restaurants

With buzzy new restaurants, perfect date night spots, and comfort food hubs, here’s where to eat in these up-and-coming neighborhoods

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Amara at Paraiso in Edgewater
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Midtown Miami is one of the Magic City’s most pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods today serving as a one-stop area with plenty of stellar condos, shops, and some of the best spots to eat. Just a few blocks away is the pocket-sized neighborhood of Edgewater, a waterfront residential community nestled on the shores of Biscayne Bay and the eight-acre Margaret Pace Park. An ever-growing culinary destination its dining has also become an experience in itself.

From classic trattorias to casual restaurants and a wine bar, this guide below will help navigate the best dining between the two emerging neighborhoods.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Via Emilia Garden

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3500 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 359-4990
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Italians are known for their hearty comfort food fare and this Northern Italian restaurant in Midtown is no exception. It offers an extensive menu for takeout including appetizers of funghi in pastella di birra (beer-battered mushrooms) and prosciutto di parma with fried gnocco (bread). Choose from main course hits like tagliatelle with sausage, mushrooms, and cream sauce; or a dish of pumpkin cappellacci that’s tossed in a comforting Bolognese sauce. 

2. Salumeria 104 - Midtown Miami

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3451 NE 1st Ave #104
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 424-9588
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At Salumeria 104 in Midtown the menu is organized with a truly Italian approach: a list of antipasti followed by a roster of hearty pasta entrees and protein courses. Start with a shareable charcuterie board or one of the salumi (cold cut) options such as speck, mortadella, or salame di cinghiale, then move on to can’t-go-wrong lasagna or the gnocchi alla Romana with crispy prosciutto. Spaghetti alla bottarga is also a standout, the long pasta brightened up with a generous portion of salted, pressed, dried mullet roe. And true to its name Salumeria 104 is also a deli where customers can buy items like cold cuts, cheese, and olives by the pound. 

3. Lagniappe

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3425 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 576-0108
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This fun outdoor bar in Edgewater is a favorite of wine and cheese lovers. Guests are pleasantly greeted by live jazz music along with more than 150 options of wine by the bottle that can be perfectly paired with a large variety of cheese ranging in flavors from truffle to spicy. Larger dishes come from the barbecue grill like churrasco, fish, barbecue chicken, and sauteed vegetables. Grab a seat in the charming football field size backyard filled with mismatched furniture and a warm crowd and enjoy.

4. Ol’Days

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3301 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 843-1397
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Ol’ Days in Midtown is the owners ode to their childhoods in Argentina, which was by and large spent at the table over home-cooked meals. The charming restaurant dishes out all-day brunch items like coffee panna cotta and cheese bread, along with French toast, tapioca bites, and golden arepas. There’s also vegan and wagyu burger options, short ribs, and vegan risotto. Sip on Arabic coffee from the Ethiopian Sidamo region or choose from teas, infusions, cold-pressed juices, wine, and beer selections. The restaurant even features an onsite market offering homemade items packaged in recyclable materials. 

5. Riviera Focacceria Italiana

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3252 Buena Vista Blvd #110
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 220-6251
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Located at the Shops at Midtown Miami, this restaurant is a safe bet for an Italian experience based on items from Liguria in the Italian Riviera. Expect tried-and-true dishes of minestrone, risotto, branzino, vitello alla milanese, risotto, and gnocchi, as well as unique regional offerings such as focaccia cheese, made here with two layers of thin dough filled with stracchino cheese. A dish of parsoti, a homemade dumpling, comes filled with spinach, ricotta cheese, and spices served with a delicate walnut sauce. 

6. Ayesha Indian Fine Dining

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120 Buena Vista Blvd
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 549-5237
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Florida flavors get an Indian twist at Mike Hussain’s restaurant in Midtown. Small plates are a great start with options of samosas (crispy patties) stuffed with lamb, vegetables, or chicken and multiple versions of dosas (South Indian thin crepes). The restaurant is strong in mango curry entrees and goat-based dishes, and the tandoori chicken shines in a marinade of yogurt, ginger, garlic, and ground spices cooked in clay oven. Vegetable standouts include eggplant bharta that us baked on open flame, mashed, and seasoned with herbs and sauteed with onions. The must-try dessert is rasmalai, made with fresh cheese bathed in sweetened milk, cashew, almonds, pistachios, and nuts.

7. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

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3252 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 369-0353
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Sugarcane first opened in Miami in 2010 and quickly became a local favorite as a top place to go for brunch, a romantic first date, happy hour, and plenty of people watching. Food from all over the world is on the menu including raw bar, sushi, and crudo options, goat cheese croquettes, and a wood-fired grilled entrees of beef short ribs, chicory salad, and duck and waffles. The outdoor dining experience includes a full bar and a standing area for mingling. 

8. Amara at Paraiso

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3101 NE 7th Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 702-5528
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Biscayne Bay views meets Latin American-influenced dishes at chef Michael Schwartz’s restaurant in Edgewater. Customers flock to the 4,500-square-foot space for the lush indoor and outdoor atmosphere, tropical cocktails, along with a food menu of empanadas, jerk mushroom tacos, and grilled Japanese sweet potatoes. A “Marriage Proposal Package” is also on the menu where Amara reserves its best table near the water or on the rooftop ready with a bottle of champagne, red roses, and an optional special menu and photographer. 

9. Sabor A Peru En Miami

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2927 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-6736
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This Edgewater restaurant is a great place to try the food of Peru featuring a blend of Indigenous and Spanish flavors. The modest restaurant consists of a simple dining room with a few sidewalk tables that are always crowded with guests feasting on a menu of anticuchos (grilled skewered meats), chaufas (fried rice) mixed with everything from fish to vegetables and soups like chupe de camarones made of shrimp, milk, cheese, and eggs. Among the shareable seafood entrees under $20 are parrillada de mariscos (mixed grilled shellfish), pescado a lo macho (fish stew), and sauteed green noodles with fried fish. 

10. Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop

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186 NE 29th St
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-4681
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The thirteen sandwich variations are the most famous offerings at this no-frills Cuban diner, and justifiably so. They are big, flavorful, and priced under $7, including options of pan con bistec (steak sandwich) and pan con lechon (pork sandwich), as well as the Cuban sandwich with an add-on of croquetas on top. A breakfast of empanadas, Cuban bread, and guava and cheese pies are also a great way to go. Enriqueta’s rounds out the menu with daily specials like generous platters of pork, chicken, and beef steaks, ham salad, and even a traditional BLT of bacon, lettuce, and tomato.

11. Rincon Escondido Tapas & Restaurant

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2697 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 438-9300
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With a blend of Spanish and Argentine tastes, Rincon Escondido’s modestly-sized space caters to a packed house sharing tapas, sandwiches, paella, sangria, and flan. Cute and casual, this restaurant earns its following meal after meal.

12. Mimi's

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2501 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33137

Mimi’s is a diner-style restaurant in Edgewater, the latest from Behn Mi’s chef Benjamin Murray and restaurateur Michael Kaplan. The menu is experimental with Murray’s take on dishes like wagyu beef tartare, crispy skin branzino, and chicken and eggs, the latter served with creme fraiche and chives and an unexpected ounce of caviar. Don’t miss the burger, a single patty sandwiched between American cheese, sherry caramelized onions, and smoked pickle mayo. End the meal with the sundae made with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, candied pecans, and vanilla whipped cream. 

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1. Via Emilia Garden

3500 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Italians are known for their hearty comfort food fare and this Northern Italian restaurant in Midtown is no exception. It offers an extensive menu for takeout including appetizers of funghi in pastella di birra (beer-battered mushrooms) and prosciutto di parma with fried gnocco (bread). Choose from main course hits like tagliatelle with sausage, mushrooms, and cream sauce; or a dish of pumpkin cappellacci that’s tossed in a comforting Bolognese sauce. 

3500 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127

2. Salumeria 104 - Midtown Miami

3451 NE 1st Ave #104, Miami, FL 33137

At Salumeria 104 in Midtown the menu is organized with a truly Italian approach: a list of antipasti followed by a roster of hearty pasta entrees and protein courses. Start with a shareable charcuterie board or one of the salumi (cold cut) options such as speck, mortadella, or salame di cinghiale, then move on to can’t-go-wrong lasagna or the gnocchi alla Romana with crispy prosciutto. Spaghetti alla bottarga is also a standout, the long pasta brightened up with a generous portion of salted, pressed, dried mullet roe. And true to its name Salumeria 104 is also a deli where customers can buy items like cold cuts, cheese, and olives by the pound. 

3451 NE 1st Ave #104
Miami, FL 33137

3. Lagniappe

3425 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

This fun outdoor bar in Edgewater is a favorite of wine and cheese lovers. Guests are pleasantly greeted by live jazz music along with more than 150 options of wine by the bottle that can be perfectly paired with a large variety of cheese ranging in flavors from truffle to spicy. Larger dishes come from the barbecue grill like churrasco, fish, barbecue chicken, and sauteed vegetables. Grab a seat in the charming football field size backyard filled with mismatched furniture and a warm crowd and enjoy.

3425 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

4. Ol’Days

3301 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Ol’ Days in Midtown is the owners ode to their childhoods in Argentina, which was by and large spent at the table over home-cooked meals. The charming restaurant dishes out all-day brunch items like coffee panna cotta and cheese bread, along with French toast, tapioca bites, and golden arepas. There’s also vegan and wagyu burger options, short ribs, and vegan risotto. Sip on Arabic coffee from the Ethiopian Sidamo region or choose from teas, infusions, cold-pressed juices, wine, and beer selections. The restaurant even features an onsite market offering homemade items packaged in recyclable materials. 

3301 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33137

5. Riviera Focacceria Italiana

3252 Buena Vista Blvd #110, Miami, FL 33137

Located at the Shops at Midtown Miami, this restaurant is a safe bet for an Italian experience based on items from Liguria in the Italian Riviera. Expect tried-and-true dishes of minestrone, risotto, branzino, vitello alla milanese, risotto, and gnocchi, as well as unique regional offerings such as focaccia cheese, made here with two layers of thin dough filled with stracchino cheese. A dish of parsoti, a homemade dumpling, comes filled with spinach, ricotta cheese, and spices served with a delicate walnut sauce. 

3252 Buena Vista Blvd #110
Miami, FL 33137

6. Ayesha Indian Fine Dining

120 Buena Vista Blvd, Miami, FL 33127

Florida flavors get an Indian twist at Mike Hussain’s restaurant in Midtown. Small plates are a great start with options of samosas (crispy patties) stuffed with lamb, vegetables, or chicken and multiple versions of dosas (South Indian thin crepes). The restaurant is strong in mango curry entrees and goat-based dishes, and the tandoori chicken shines in a marinade of yogurt, ginger, garlic, and ground spices cooked in clay oven. Vegetable standouts include eggplant bharta that us baked on open flame, mashed, and seasoned with herbs and sauteed with onions. The must-try dessert is rasmalai, made with fresh cheese bathed in sweetened milk, cashew, almonds, pistachios, and nuts.

120 Buena Vista Blvd
Miami, FL 33127

7. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Sugarcane first opened in Miami in 2010 and quickly became a local favorite as a top place to go for brunch, a romantic first date, happy hour, and plenty of people watching. Food from all over the world is on the menu including raw bar, sushi, and crudo options, goat cheese croquettes, and a wood-fired grilled entrees of beef short ribs, chicory salad, and duck and waffles. The outdoor dining experience includes a full bar and a standing area for mingling. 

3252 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33137

8. Amara at Paraiso

3101 NE 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Biscayne Bay views meets Latin American-influenced dishes at chef Michael Schwartz’s restaurant in Edgewater. Customers flock to the 4,500-square-foot space for the lush indoor and outdoor atmosphere, tropical cocktails, along with a food menu of empanadas, jerk mushroom tacos, and grilled Japanese sweet potatoes. A “Marriage Proposal Package” is also on the menu where Amara reserves its best table near the water or on the rooftop ready with a bottle of champagne, red roses, and an optional special menu and photographer. 

3101 NE 7th Ave
Miami, FL 33137

9. Sabor A Peru En Miami

2927 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137

This Edgewater restaurant is a great place to try the food of Peru featuring a blend of Indigenous and Spanish flavors. The modest restaurant consists of a simple dining room with a few sidewalk tables that are always crowded with guests feasting on a menu of anticuchos (grilled skewered meats), chaufas (fried rice) mixed with everything from fish to vegetables and soups like chupe de camarones made of shrimp, milk, cheese, and eggs. Among the shareable seafood entrees under $20 are parrillada de mariscos (mixed grilled shellfish), pescado a lo macho (fish stew), and sauteed green noodles with fried fish. 

2927 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33137

10. Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop

186 NE 29th St, Miami, FL 33137

The thirteen sandwich variations are the most famous offerings at this no-frills Cuban diner, and justifiably so. They are big, flavorful, and priced under $7, including options of pan con bistec (steak sandwich) and pan con lechon (pork sandwich), as well as the Cuban sandwich with an add-on of croquetas on top. A breakfast of empanadas, Cuban bread, and guava and cheese pies are also a great way to go. Enriqueta’s rounds out the menu with daily specials like generous platters of pork, chicken, and beef steaks, ham salad, and even a traditional BLT of bacon, lettuce, and tomato.

186 NE 29th St
Miami, FL 33137

11. Rincon Escondido Tapas & Restaurant

2697 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137

With a blend of Spanish and Argentine tastes, Rincon Escondido’s modestly-sized space caters to a packed house sharing tapas, sandwiches, paella, sangria, and flan. Cute and casual, this restaurant earns its following meal after meal.

2697 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33137

12. Mimi's

2501 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137

Mimi’s is a diner-style restaurant in Edgewater, the latest from Behn Mi’s chef Benjamin Murray and restaurateur Michael Kaplan. The menu is experimental with Murray’s take on dishes like wagyu beef tartare, crispy skin branzino, and chicken and eggs, the latter served with creme fraiche and chives and an unexpected ounce of caviar. Don’t miss the burger, a single patty sandwiched between American cheese, sherry caramelized onions, and smoked pickle mayo. End the meal with the sundae made with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, candied pecans, and vanilla whipped cream. 

2501 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33137

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