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Libby Volgyes

The Hottest New Restaurants in Miami, September 2022

Which restaurants to check out this month.

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| Libby Volgyes

More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? And while the restaurant industry certainly looks different now, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, a bevy of new restaurants have persevered and have managed to open their doors over the past few months to new customers. Here are 15 of the best this month.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Rosie’s: The Backyard

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Now open with an all-day brunch menu, Rosie’s: The Backyard is the permanent extension of the popular pop-up that started in 2020. Helmed by chef Akino West, who owns and operates the space with wife Jamila, the menu offers dishes like smoked salmon Benedict, wild mushroom polenta, pastrami hash, cacio e pepe omelette served on a patio in a historic house in Little River that they will eventually operate.

Low Key

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This laid back patio nighttime pop-up from the team behind Downtown Miami favorite Over Under is serving up Florida-inspired, seafood-leaning dishes and frozen cocktails in a colorful outdoor patio setting. Expect classics with a twist like fish and chips, Mexican shrimp cocktail, catch of the day sandwiches, and local oysters, alongside live music on the weekends and even a vegan pop-up every Sunday.

Patio Isola

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Chef Jose Mendin closed his frequently embattled Puerto Rican restaurant La Placita earlier this year, and in its place he has debuted Patio Isola, an alfresco sister restaurant to Mendin and Santo Agnello’s popular Italian spot Casa Isola on Miami Beach. The space got a facelift, and now features a rustic Mediterranean feel and a cobalt and white color palette. And while fans of Casa Isola will recognize several dishes on the menu including the arancini and branzino, the patio menu also features new additions like pizzas, calzones, chopped salad, and more. The drink program is also heavily influenced by Italian flavors so expect plenty of aperitifs, spritzes, Negronis, and Bellinis on the menu, alongside a full bar.

Klaw Miami

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This new surf and turf restaurant from Misha Zelman has finally debuted inside its new multi-story home inside the former Miami Women’s Club space in Edgewater. Featuring enviable waterfront views and the neighborhood’s only roof top bar, as the name alludes seafood is certainly the star of the menu at Klaw with king crab sourced from Norway while the various dry aged meats are brought in from Nebraska. Other items like blue fin tuna, diver scallops, East and West Coast oysters, and seasonal dishes round out the menu.

The latest very buzzy restaurant from David Grutman and superstar Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny combines Japanese dishes with steakhouse fare in the heart of Brickell. The sleek vibe-y jewel-toned space serves up decadent dishes like “Lava and Ice” Kumamoto oysters, lobster dumplings, olive-fed filet mignon from Japan, alongside over-the-top cocktails. Dress to impress — and expect plenty of celeb spotting while doing so.

Sexy Fish Miami

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Celeb-loved London import Sexy Fish has opened its doors and has quickly become the city’s restaurant to see and be seen at it. The wildly over-the-top decor is just part of the equation, but also the gorgeous crowds, Asian fare, and buzzy bar complete the equation.

Lion & The Rambler

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What originally started out as a tasting-menu only restaurant has quickly transformed into a relaxed, California-inspired outpost with an a la carte menu and Miami influences. Taking over the former Eating House space is Coral Gables, the creative cuisine by chef and owner Michael Bolen showcases familiar dishes with hard-to-find products like chicken wings stuffed with duck and foie gras; grilled maitake mushrooms with escargot butter; and New York Strip with charred onion and watercress. 

Dirty French Steakhouse

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Major Food Group’s opulent and purposely over-the-top steakhouse, Dirty French Steakhouse, might be a New York City import but this location is distinctly Miami. From the orange velvet lined walls, animal print seating, Murano glass leaf chandelier, and gold leaf cieling, the space oozes 80s excess. Guests can expect to dine on prime aged steaks, alongside dishes like mushroom millefeuille, lobster ravioli, crab cake croustillant, wedge salad, and caviar vichyssoise.

Vinya Table

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The wine pros at Key Biscayne’s Vinya Market have debuted their latest restaurant: Vinya Table in Coral Gables. Inspired by the greenery found throughout Coral Gables, the 152-seat restaurant has an American menu and an extensive by-the-glass wine program. Guests can dine on dishes like Pernod mussels, Manchego and truffle risotto, 42-ounce Tomahawk, and guava flan, while sipping on a wide array of wines from rare and collectible wines.

Bayshore Club

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Coconut Grove’s newest restaurant, Bayshore Club, has finally debuted in the coveted waterfront space that was the former longtime home of Scotty’s Landing. The massive indoor and outdoor space is a nostalgic nod to midcentury travel and the area’s Pan Am roots. Guests can dine on a range of seafood-leaning dishes like crab causa, grilled fish tacos, blackened mahi, and a large assortment of raw bar options by chef Jeff McInnis. Just north of the restaurant, Bayshore Club features an area called “the lawn,” with private cabanas, lounge seating, games like ping pong and corn hole, and even fire pits. And yes, in true Miami fashion, you can even arrive for your meal via boat.

The Key Club

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David Grutman’s latest buzzy spot is located in a new neighborhood for the club mogul turned restauranteur: Coconut Grove. At the Key Club the focus is on familiar favorites presented in an upscale way with items like crab and artichoke dip, pastrami spiced ribeye, veal chop Milanese, or the Club burger. The sleek midcentury-meets-boho-chic space features a bustling bar with plenty of creative cocktails, of course, along with live entertainment on the weekends.

The team behind popular Miami Beach restaurants Byblos and Meet Dalia has taken their talents to Coconut Grove for their latest venture offering shareable Lebanese cuisine in a bright and airy atmosphere. Diners can expect dishes like dips, salads, hot meze, skewers, and new takes on traditional entrees such as monk salad, truffle rakakat, pistachio kebab, and black cod harra, while dining in a serene space filled with a palette of pinks, terracotta, and pastel blue against white plaster and oak furnishings. 

Sushi by Scratch Restaurants: Miami

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High-end omakase is having a moment here in Miami, and the latest newcomer on the scene is Michelin starred, Austin import Sushi by Scratch Restaurants. Housed inside a historic house in Coconut Grove, guests dine at a 10-seat counter-only space manned by a team of three chefs and one bartender. With three seatings nightly (5 p.m., 7:15 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.), the 17-course meal consists strictly of nigiri with each item served as is — meaning no extras like soy sauce or wasabi. The menu changes regularly but certain favorites have made its way to Miami like the hamachi painted with a sweet corn pudding and topped with bread crumbs and the 1-2 Punch offering different presentations of bone marrow over two courses. 

Fox's Sherron Inn

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Almost seven years after legendary South Miami bar Fox’s Sherron Inn closed its doors, the beloved dive bar and restaurant has come back to the Magic City complete with new owners, but the same look and feel as the original. The menu remains mainly untouched with the return of favorites like Tuesday and Thursday Prime Rib nights, thumb bits (tenderloin medallions served on toasted French baguette rounds with Fox’s special sauce), and the beloved French onion soup. And the cocktails are simple, strong, and served col — just how any true Fox’s fan would remember.

True Food Kitchen

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True Food Kitchen, the “health focused” restaurant chain co-founded by Oprah Winfrey’s resident medical expert Dr. Andrew Weil (Winfery is also an investor), has debuted inside the Falls shopping center. The restaurant’s menu is based on Weil’s anti-inflammatory food pyramid, which claims to counteract inflammation in the body, with offerings like spaghetti squash casserole, edamame dumplings, and spinach and mushroom pizza.

Rosie’s: The Backyard

Now open with an all-day brunch menu, Rosie’s: The Backyard is the permanent extension of the popular pop-up that started in 2020. Helmed by chef Akino West, who owns and operates the space with wife Jamila, the menu offers dishes like smoked salmon Benedict, wild mushroom polenta, pastrami hash, cacio e pepe omelette served on a patio in a historic house in Little River that they will eventually operate.

Low Key

This laid back patio nighttime pop-up from the team behind Downtown Miami favorite Over Under is serving up Florida-inspired, seafood-leaning dishes and frozen cocktails in a colorful outdoor patio setting. Expect classics with a twist like fish and chips, Mexican shrimp cocktail, catch of the day sandwiches, and local oysters, alongside live music on the weekends and even a vegan pop-up every Sunday.

Patio Isola

Chef Jose Mendin closed his frequently embattled Puerto Rican restaurant La Placita earlier this year, and in its place he has debuted Patio Isola, an alfresco sister restaurant to Mendin and Santo Agnello’s popular Italian spot Casa Isola on Miami Beach. The space got a facelift, and now features a rustic Mediterranean feel and a cobalt and white color palette. And while fans of Casa Isola will recognize several dishes on the menu including the arancini and branzino, the patio menu also features new additions like pizzas, calzones, chopped salad, and more. The drink program is also heavily influenced by Italian flavors so expect plenty of aperitifs, spritzes, Negronis, and Bellinis on the menu, alongside a full bar.

Klaw Miami

This new surf and turf restaurant from Misha Zelman has finally debuted inside its new multi-story home inside the former Miami Women’s Club space in Edgewater. Featuring enviable waterfront views and the neighborhood’s only roof top bar, as the name alludes seafood is certainly the star of the menu at Klaw with king crab sourced from Norway while the various dry aged meats are brought in from Nebraska. Other items like blue fin tuna, diver scallops, East and West Coast oysters, and seasonal dishes round out the menu.

Gekko

The latest very buzzy restaurant from David Grutman and superstar Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny combines Japanese dishes with steakhouse fare in the heart of Brickell. The sleek vibe-y jewel-toned space serves up decadent dishes like “Lava and Ice” Kumamoto oysters, lobster dumplings, olive-fed filet mignon from Japan, alongside over-the-top cocktails. Dress to impress — and expect plenty of celeb spotting while doing so.

Sexy Fish Miami

Celeb-loved London import Sexy Fish has opened its doors and has quickly become the city’s restaurant to see and be seen at it. The wildly over-the-top decor is just part of the equation, but also the gorgeous crowds, Asian fare, and buzzy bar complete the equation.

Lion & The Rambler

What originally started out as a tasting-menu only restaurant has quickly transformed into a relaxed, California-inspired outpost with an a la carte menu and Miami influences. Taking over the former Eating House space is Coral Gables, the creative cuisine by chef and owner Michael Bolen showcases familiar dishes with hard-to-find products like chicken wings stuffed with duck and foie gras; grilled maitake mushrooms with escargot butter; and New York Strip with charred onion and watercress. 

Dirty French Steakhouse

Major Food Group’s opulent and purposely over-the-top steakhouse, Dirty French Steakhouse, might be a New York City import but this location is distinctly Miami. From the orange velvet lined walls, animal print seating, Murano glass leaf chandelier, and gold leaf cieling, the space oozes 80s excess. Guests can expect to dine on prime aged steaks, alongside dishes like mushroom millefeuille, lobster ravioli, crab cake croustillant, wedge salad, and caviar vichyssoise.

Vinya Table

The wine pros at Key Biscayne’s Vinya Market have debuted their latest restaurant: Vinya Table in Coral Gables. Inspired by the greenery found throughout Coral Gables, the 152-seat restaurant has an American menu and an extensive by-the-glass wine program. Guests can dine on dishes like Pernod mussels, Manchego and truffle risotto, 42-ounce Tomahawk, and guava flan, while sipping on a wide array of wines from rare and collectible wines.

Bayshore Club

Coconut Grove’s newest restaurant, Bayshore Club, has finally debuted in the coveted waterfront space that was the former longtime home of Scotty’s Landing. The massive indoor and outdoor space is a nostalgic nod to midcentury travel and the area’s Pan Am roots. Guests can dine on a range of seafood-leaning dishes like crab causa, grilled fish tacos, blackened mahi, and a large assortment of raw bar options by chef Jeff McInnis. Just north of the restaurant, Bayshore Club features an area called “the lawn,” with private cabanas, lounge seating, games like ping pong and corn hole, and even fire pits. And yes, in true Miami fashion, you can even arrive for your meal via boat.

The Key Club

David Grutman’s latest buzzy spot is located in a new neighborhood for the club mogul turned restauranteur: Coconut Grove. At the Key Club the focus is on familiar favorites presented in an upscale way with items like crab and artichoke dip, pastrami spiced ribeye, veal chop Milanese, or the Club burger. The sleek midcentury-meets-boho-chic space features a bustling bar with plenty of creative cocktails, of course, along with live entertainment on the weekends.

Amal

The team behind popular Miami Beach restaurants Byblos and Meet Dalia has taken their talents to Coconut Grove for their latest venture offering shareable Lebanese cuisine in a bright and airy atmosphere. Diners can expect dishes like dips, salads, hot meze, skewers, and new takes on traditional entrees such as monk salad, truffle rakakat, pistachio kebab, and black cod harra, while dining in a serene space filled with a palette of pinks, terracotta, and pastel blue against white plaster and oak furnishings. 

Sushi by Scratch Restaurants: Miami

High-end omakase is having a moment here in Miami, and the latest newcomer on the scene is Michelin starred, Austin import Sushi by Scratch Restaurants. Housed inside a historic house in Coconut Grove, guests dine at a 10-seat counter-only space manned by a team of three chefs and one bartender. With three seatings nightly (5 p.m., 7:15 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.), the 17-course meal consists strictly of nigiri with each item served as is — meaning no extras like soy sauce or wasabi. The menu changes regularly but certain favorites have made its way to Miami like the hamachi painted with a sweet corn pudding and topped with bread crumbs and the 1-2 Punch offering different presentations of bone marrow over two courses. 

Fox's Sherron Inn

Almost seven years after legendary South Miami bar Fox’s Sherron Inn closed its doors, the beloved dive bar and restaurant has come back to the Magic City complete with new owners, but the same look and feel as the original. The menu remains mainly untouched with the return of favorites like Tuesday and Thursday Prime Rib nights, thumb bits (tenderloin medallions served on toasted French baguette rounds with Fox’s special sauce), and the beloved French onion soup. And the cocktails are simple, strong, and served col — just how any true Fox’s fan would remember.

True Food Kitchen

True Food Kitchen, the “health focused” restaurant chain co-founded by Oprah Winfrey’s resident medical expert Dr. Andrew Weil (Winfery is also an investor), has debuted inside the Falls shopping center. The restaurant’s menu is based on Weil’s anti-inflammatory food pyramid, which claims to counteract inflammation in the body, with offerings like spaghetti squash casserole, edamame dumplings, and spinach and mushroom pizza.

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