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13 Destination-Worthy Tasting Menus in Miami

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Imagine embarking on a multi-course affair of stellar dishes that exalt the tasteful handling of a standout chef. Many Miami restaurants offer such a thing, which are best known as tasting menus, an opportunity to a variety of flavors and presentations that can range from rustic simplicity to sophisticated takes on favorites.

Tackling a five-, seven-, or eleven-course parade of dishes in one seating can seem daunting, but really, what’s wrong with letting the chef make a great meal exponentially better? Indulge in a memorable feast of worthwhile bites by visiting one (or all) of the 13 Miami restaurants below. Pro tip: be up front about allergies and dietary restrictions when making your reservation, which will help the chef presenting a thoughtful, perfectly executed menu.

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L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

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At the time of his passing in 2018 French chef Joel Robuchon held a record 31 Michelin stars. His legacy lives on at his chain of L’Atelier restaurants across the globe that includes a Miami outpost. The restaurant is best experienced through its “Evolution“ degustation menu, which consists of nine artful small plates like crispy langoustine served with basil coulis; halibut topped with caviar and fennel; and caviar and Maine lobster crowned with crustacean jelly and celeriac cream ($225 per person). Grab a seat at the bar facing an open kitchen that is decked out, like the rest of the restaurant, in a mix of lacquered black with accents in blood red. Service is casual and friendly, but always professional. Splurge on the wine pairing.

COTE Miami

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One of the best deals in town can be found in Cote’s “Butcher’s Feast” tasting menu priced at just $64 a person. The New York City-based steakhouse offers a tour of its Korean cuisine with four cuts of USDA Prime and American wagyu beef, complemented by amuse bouche of seasonal vegetables and courses of scallion salad and red leaf lettuce with Ssamjang. Diners also get to savor fluffy egg souffle served alongside two stews, and a refreshing dessert of soft serve ice cream blended with soy sauce caramel.

With dishes like beef tenderloin with kimchi, lamb chops, duck and wine, and the restaurant’s beloved fried chicken, the ever-changing tasting menu at KYU is a selection of executive chef Raheem’s top dishes that blend Asian-flavors with wood-fired grilling. It is offered daily at lunch for $75 per person and during dinner for $95 per person. Add a drink pairing for $35 or $45 respectively, because what’s a food feast without some liquid love? 

Buya Izakaya + Yakitori

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Located in Wynwood this Japanese street-food restaurant’s omakase menu takes diners though a rotating lineup of ten courses featuring different cooking processes and a variety of meats, fish, and vegetables. Enjoy tastings of yellowtail snapper, followed by tempura mushroom, wagyu skewers, and a duck gyoza hot pot for $45 per person with a $30 sake pairing option to boot.

Food from the lauded Basque region of Spain is the focus at chef Mikel Goikolea’s chic restaurant located at the Rubell museum in Allapattah. His rotating 11-course “Leku Experience” menu features a selection of pimientos, Basque potato salad with prawn carpaccio and sea urchin emulsion, wild mushroom rice, and whole branzino bathed in bilbaina emulsion. A Basque cheese tart rounds out the meal, and is priced at $125 per person. 

Katsuya South Beach

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For $98 diners can enjoy some of Miami’s best Japanese fare in Katsuya’s tasting menu. Guests start their way with hamachi sashimi and work through eight more courses including sushi, sashimi, tuna toro served with nori chips and caviar, Wagyu gyoza with truffle ponzu, grilled branzino, and 24-hour sous vide short ribs in a sweet and spicy Japanese barbecue. Save room for the chef’s dessert selection and make sure to try the “Lotus Flower” cocktail, a blend of vodka, raspberries, mint, lemon, and soda. 

The Bazaar by José Andrés

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An evening at Michelin-starred chef Jose Andres restaurant in the sleek lobby of the SLS South Beach usually comes with a hefty price tag, but the tasting menu is the perfect alternative. The playful 12-course feast of tapas showcases creations such as dragon fruit ceviche, smoked oyster, beef tartare, bao con lechon, and ribeye. The meal costs $175, but it’s worth every penny. 

Chotto Matte Miami

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Perfect for a night out with plenty of people watching, Chotto Matte on Lincoln Road offers a selection of its Peruvian-Japanese cuisine in five different tasting menus. There’s a vegetarian option for $60, along with four Nikkei choices ranging from $75 to $155 per person. The menus feature the restaurant’s standouts like rocoto cauliflower wings, king mushroom oyster tostadas, jalea mista, and spicy tuna crispy rice. Cocktails are a must here, so go for the “He’s So Smoking” with mezcal, peach, ginger, smoke, and shiso leaf, or the “Inka Manhattan,” an Asian old-fashioned whiskey, tonka beans, caramel, Fernet Branca Menta, and lemon oil. 

Nossa Omakase

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There are only 14 seats at this South Beach restaurant, a secluded theater-like den accessed by reservation only and a password released upon entry. Once a month the restaurant offers a twist on its traditional omakase route by offering a “Wagyu and Whisky” tasting highlighting buttery wagyu beef and other prime cuts from Japan. The 13-course meal also includes seafood dishes and melt-in-the-mouth beef aged in-house paired with three varieties of Japanese whisky from the owners’ private collection. Save room for a boozy whisky-infused dessert. The dinner experience can also be booked for private events and intimate groups. 

Byblos Miami

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Byblos exudes a seductive atmosphere from the decor to the menu every detail conveys Eastern Mediterranean sophistication. The restaurant’s tasting menus range from three- to five-course feasts with dishes portioned out to be enjoyed family style. The meal includes offerings like black truffle pide with buffalo mozzarella; halloumi and tartufata; and hamachi with jalapeno labneh.

Semilla

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Frederic Joulin’s charming French bistro in Miami Beach offers a five-course tasting menu for $68 a person. The hearty experience starts with terrine de foie gras followed by courses of garlic parsley escargots nestled in a sea of bone marrow and a delicate dish of truffle and leeks ravioli. The piece de resistance is the pan seared black Angus rib eye classic with a cravable butter sauce. Luscious profiteroles seal the deal. Make sure to wash the meal down with Joulin’s suggested wines. 

Macchialina

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This pasta favorite on Miami Beach offers a $65 per person tasting menu that begins with an amuse of porchetta, pickled eggplant, and sauteed broccoli rabe stuffed inside a gnoccho fritto, a puffed bread from Emilia-Romagna. An antipasto of polenta with mushroom ragu is next served alongside sauteed broccoli rabe topped with bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and soft-boiled egg. Diners get three rounds of pasta entrees such as cavatelli with pork meatballs, tagliolini with mushrooms and black truffle, and agnolotti stuffed with buffalo ricotta and mozzarella cheese. The entree course is a choice of branzino or Milanese or parmesan-style veal, before ending with tiramisu or bread pudding.

Stubborn Seed

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Offering one of the most popular tasting menus in the Magic City, Stubborn Seed features an eight-course menu of creative dishes. While the menu rotates frequently highlights include caccio e pepe puffs; oysters with apple, chili mignonette, grapefruit, and unfiltered sake granita; and ricotta gnudi served with winter truffle, buttery greens, and pine nut crumble. Also notable are pastry chef Ana de Sa Martins’s sinful desserts. The menu is offered daily and costs $150 per person.

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

At the time of his passing in 2018 French chef Joel Robuchon held a record 31 Michelin stars. His legacy lives on at his chain of L’Atelier restaurants across the globe that includes a Miami outpost. The restaurant is best experienced through its “Evolution“ degustation menu, which consists of nine artful small plates like crispy langoustine served with basil coulis; halibut topped with caviar and fennel; and caviar and Maine lobster crowned with crustacean jelly and celeriac cream ($225 per person). Grab a seat at the bar facing an open kitchen that is decked out, like the rest of the restaurant, in a mix of lacquered black with accents in blood red. Service is casual and friendly, but always professional. Splurge on the wine pairing.

COTE Miami

One of the best deals in town can be found in Cote’s “Butcher’s Feast” tasting menu priced at just $64 a person. The New York City-based steakhouse offers a tour of its Korean cuisine with four cuts of USDA Prime and American wagyu beef, complemented by amuse bouche of seasonal vegetables and courses of scallion salad and red leaf lettuce with Ssamjang. Diners also get to savor fluffy egg souffle served alongside two stews, and a refreshing dessert of soft serve ice cream blended with soy sauce caramel.

KYU

With dishes like beef tenderloin with kimchi, lamb chops, duck and wine, and the restaurant’s beloved fried chicken, the ever-changing tasting menu at KYU is a selection of executive chef Raheem’s top dishes that blend Asian-flavors with wood-fired grilling. It is offered daily at lunch for $75 per person and during dinner for $95 per person. Add a drink pairing for $35 or $45 respectively, because what’s a food feast without some liquid love? 

Buya Izakaya + Yakitori

Located in Wynwood this Japanese street-food restaurant’s omakase menu takes diners though a rotating lineup of ten courses featuring different cooking processes and a variety of meats, fish, and vegetables. Enjoy tastings of yellowtail snapper, followed by tempura mushroom, wagyu skewers, and a duck gyoza hot pot for $45 per person with a $30 sake pairing option to boot.

Leku

Food from the lauded Basque region of Spain is the focus at chef Mikel Goikolea’s chic restaurant located at the Rubell museum in Allapattah. His rotating 11-course “Leku Experience” menu features a selection of pimientos, Basque potato salad with prawn carpaccio and sea urchin emulsion, wild mushroom rice, and whole branzino bathed in bilbaina emulsion. A Basque cheese tart rounds out the meal, and is priced at $125 per person. 

Katsuya South Beach

For $98 diners can enjoy some of Miami’s best Japanese fare in Katsuya’s tasting menu. Guests start their way with hamachi sashimi and work through eight more courses including sushi, sashimi, tuna toro served with nori chips and caviar, Wagyu gyoza with truffle ponzu, grilled branzino, and 24-hour sous vide short ribs in a sweet and spicy Japanese barbecue. Save room for the chef’s dessert selection and make sure to try the “Lotus Flower” cocktail, a blend of vodka, raspberries, mint, lemon, and soda. 

The Bazaar by José Andrés

An evening at Michelin-starred chef Jose Andres restaurant in the sleek lobby of the SLS South Beach usually comes with a hefty price tag, but the tasting menu is the perfect alternative. The playful 12-course feast of tapas showcases creations such as dragon fruit ceviche, smoked oyster, beef tartare, bao con lechon, and ribeye. The meal costs $175, but it’s worth every penny. 

Chotto Matte Miami

Perfect for a night out with plenty of people watching, Chotto Matte on Lincoln Road offers a selection of its Peruvian-Japanese cuisine in five different tasting menus. There’s a vegetarian option for $60, along with four Nikkei choices ranging from $75 to $155 per person. The menus feature the restaurant’s standouts like rocoto cauliflower wings, king mushroom oyster tostadas, jalea mista, and spicy tuna crispy rice. Cocktails are a must here, so go for the “He’s So Smoking” with mezcal, peach, ginger, smoke, and shiso leaf, or the “Inka Manhattan,” an Asian old-fashioned whiskey, tonka beans, caramel, Fernet Branca Menta, and lemon oil. 

Nossa Omakase

There are only 14 seats at this South Beach restaurant, a secluded theater-like den accessed by reservation only and a password released upon entry. Once a month the restaurant offers a twist on its traditional omakase route by offering a “Wagyu and Whisky” tasting highlighting buttery wagyu beef and other prime cuts from Japan. The 13-course meal also includes seafood dishes and melt-in-the-mouth beef aged in-house paired with three varieties of Japanese whisky from the owners’ private collection. Save room for a boozy whisky-infused dessert. The dinner experience can also be booked for private events and intimate groups. 

Byblos Miami

Byblos exudes a seductive atmosphere from the decor to the menu every detail conveys Eastern Mediterranean sophistication. The restaurant’s tasting menus range from three- to five-course feasts with dishes portioned out to be enjoyed family style. The meal includes offerings like black truffle pide with buffalo mozzarella; halloumi and tartufata; and hamachi with jalapeno labneh.

Semilla

Frederic Joulin’s charming French bistro in Miami Beach offers a five-course tasting menu for $68 a person. The hearty experience starts with terrine de foie gras followed by courses of garlic parsley escargots nestled in a sea of bone marrow and a delicate dish of truffle and leeks ravioli. The piece de resistance is the pan seared black Angus rib eye classic with a cravable butter sauce. Luscious profiteroles seal the deal. Make sure to wash the meal down with Joulin’s suggested wines. 

Macchialina

This pasta favorite on Miami Beach offers a $65 per person tasting menu that begins with an amuse of porchetta, pickled eggplant, and sauteed broccoli rabe stuffed inside a gnoccho fritto, a puffed bread from Emilia-Romagna. An antipasto of polenta with mushroom ragu is next served alongside sauteed broccoli rabe topped with bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and soft-boiled egg. Diners get three rounds of pasta entrees such as cavatelli with pork meatballs, tagliolini with mushrooms and black truffle, and agnolotti stuffed with buffalo ricotta and mozzarella cheese. The entree course is a choice of branzino or Milanese or parmesan-style veal, before ending with tiramisu or bread pudding.

Stubborn Seed

Offering one of the most popular tasting menus in the Magic City, Stubborn Seed features an eight-course menu of creative dishes. While the menu rotates frequently highlights include caccio e pepe puffs; oysters with apple, chili mignonette, grapefruit, and unfiltered sake granita; and ricotta gnudi served with winter truffle, buttery greens, and pine nut crumble. Also notable are pastry chef Ana de Sa Martins’s sinful desserts. The menu is offered daily and costs $150 per person.

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