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Dining in Downtown Miami: 12 Great Spots

Downtown Miami is certainly stepping up its food game

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Macklemore was right when he sang, "ain't seen nothing yet until you’re downtown." Some of Miami’s most interesting dishes and unparalleled city views are located in the heart of Downtown — just north of the bridge that connects Brickell and Downtown. Here are 12 that have stolen the hearts of locals and visitors alike.

Editor’s Note: A number of South Florida restaurants have resumed indoor and outdoor dining services. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for onsite dining, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Florida Health Department’swebsite. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. For those wanting to find the best takeout and dining options throughout Miami, please visit here.

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1. Verde

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1103 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 375-3000
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Now helmed by chef Hedy Goldsmith, Verde at PAMM has updated its menu to feature plenty of newcomers alongside long standing classics. Grab a seat at its expansive patio overlooking Biscayne Bay and dine on dishes like prosciutto pizza, its popular chicken under a brick, and grilled salmon. Of course leave room for dessert as Goldsmith brings back her popular pastries to the restaurant.

2. Da Lida at Fooq's

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1035 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33136
(786) 536-2749
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This casual pasta bar pop-up eatery housed in the Fooq’s space specializes in traditional Italian dishes and a focused collection of wine. Diners can expect dishes like burrata and pesto, gem lettuce salad, spaghetti alla nerano, rigatoni bolognese, and even a Fooq’s favorite, buccatini amatriciana, makes a return to the menu. Open until December 2020.

3. All Day

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1035 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33136
(305) 669-3447
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For those in the mood for some serious coffee concoctions, this is the place. Nestled between Fooq’s and The Corner, All Day offers everything from pastries to sandwiches and salads, and more importantly, eggs anyway you want them, all day.

4. NIU Kitcheners x Arson

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104 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33132
(786) 717-6711
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NIU Kitchen has teamed up with its sister restaurant, Arson, which is conveniently located next door. They’ve combined the best of both menus including the eclectic Catalan cuisine of NIU — including its famous clams and gazpacho — with the best of Arson’s menu including many of its Josper-grill prepared dishes. An extensive wine list, featuring natural wines from around the world completes the menu.

5. Over Under

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151 E Flagler St
Miami, FL 33131
(786) 247-9851
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The eclectic watering hole slash eatery offers well-crafted cocktails, booze-filled slushies, and a menu filled with items like a much buzzed about burger that is akin to a high-end Big Mac, vegan Jamaican patties, and sour orange pie.

6. Lost Boy

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157 E Flagler St
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 372-7303
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While Lost Boy might best be known for its clever cocktails and popular happy hour, its food menu is also more expansive than most with a variety of charcuterie boards, sandwiches, hot dogs, “hot pots” filled items like mac ‘n cheese and pot pie.

7. El Primo Red Tacos by PEZ 

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20 W Flagler St
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 570-3440
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El Primo features birria-style street tacos straight from Tijuana that have become Instagram. The menu offers beef birria in taco and quesadillas with options like adding bone marrow, alongside birria ramen and consumme, as well as tequila and mezcal shots. Available for takeout and outdoor dining Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m.

8. Black Market Miami

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168 SE 1st St
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 400-8023
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With more than 30 TV screens, Black Market Miami is the ultimate sports bar. To drink? Fans order beer in bulk by the bottle. To eat? Bar food is what’s for dinner with burgers on burgers, tacos, and beer battered onion rings.

9. Meraki Greek Bistro

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142 SE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33131
(786) 773-1535
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For simple yet tasty Greek food served with a smile, Meraki is the place to go. An understated cottage with a charming garden sets the scene for guests to mix, mingle, and break bread with delicacies like fried zucchini, lamb burgers, and meatballs. 

10. Il Gabbiano

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335 S Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 373-0063
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What can be more comforting than Italian food? Italian food enjoyed on a waterfront terrace, of course. Ocean view aside, guests return for the pasta, which is made to order, and stay for the friendly service coupled with a great atmosphere.

11. Novikov Miami

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300 S Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 489-1000
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Novikov Miami is the cool kid in town when it comes to high-end Asian dining. With sushi, dim sum, and a mean Peking duck, the dishes are as “Instagramable” as the Biscayne Bay views. 

12. Zuma

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270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 577-0277
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This modern Japanese eatery is located in the heart of downtown Miami. The menu boasts bold flavors to be enjoyed in izakaya style: shared at the table or individually, with some of Miami's best people watching to boot.

1. Verde

1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

Now helmed by chef Hedy Goldsmith, Verde at PAMM has updated its menu to feature plenty of newcomers alongside long standing classics. Grab a seat at its expansive patio overlooking Biscayne Bay and dine on dishes like prosciutto pizza, its popular chicken under a brick, and grilled salmon. Of course leave room for dessert as Goldsmith brings back her popular pastries to the restaurant.

1103 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132

2. Da Lida at Fooq's

1035 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33136

This casual pasta bar pop-up eatery housed in the Fooq’s space specializes in traditional Italian dishes and a focused collection of wine. Diners can expect dishes like burrata and pesto, gem lettuce salad, spaghetti alla nerano, rigatoni bolognese, and even a Fooq’s favorite, buccatini amatriciana, makes a return to the menu. Open until December 2020.

1035 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33136

3. All Day

1035 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33136

For those in the mood for some serious coffee concoctions, this is the place. Nestled between Fooq’s and The Corner, All Day offers everything from pastries to sandwiches and salads, and more importantly, eggs anyway you want them, all day.

1035 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33136

4. NIU Kitcheners x Arson

104 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132

NIU Kitchen has teamed up with its sister restaurant, Arson, which is conveniently located next door. They’ve combined the best of both menus including the eclectic Catalan cuisine of NIU — including its famous clams and gazpacho — with the best of Arson’s menu including many of its Josper-grill prepared dishes. An extensive wine list, featuring natural wines from around the world completes the menu.

104 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33132

5. Over Under

151 E Flagler St, Miami, FL 33131

The eclectic watering hole slash eatery offers well-crafted cocktails, booze-filled slushies, and a menu filled with items like a much buzzed about burger that is akin to a high-end Big Mac, vegan Jamaican patties, and sour orange pie.

151 E Flagler St
Miami, FL 33131

6. Lost Boy

157 E Flagler St, Miami, FL 33131

While Lost Boy might best be known for its clever cocktails and popular happy hour, its food menu is also more expansive than most with a variety of charcuterie boards, sandwiches, hot dogs, “hot pots” filled items like mac ‘n cheese and pot pie.

157 E Flagler St
Miami, FL 33131

7. El Primo Red Tacos by PEZ 

20 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33130

El Primo features birria-style street tacos straight from Tijuana that have become Instagram. The menu offers beef birria in taco and quesadillas with options like adding bone marrow, alongside birria ramen and consumme, as well as tequila and mezcal shots. Available for takeout and outdoor dining Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m.

20 W Flagler St
Miami, FL 33130

8. Black Market Miami

168 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131

With more than 30 TV screens, Black Market Miami is the ultimate sports bar. To drink? Fans order beer in bulk by the bottle. To eat? Bar food is what’s for dinner with burgers on burgers, tacos, and beer battered onion rings.

168 SE 1st St
Miami, FL 33131

9. Meraki Greek Bistro

142 SE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33131

For simple yet tasty Greek food served with a smile, Meraki is the place to go. An understated cottage with a charming garden sets the scene for guests to mix, mingle, and break bread with delicacies like fried zucchini, lamb burgers, and meatballs. 

142 SE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33131

10. Il Gabbiano

335 S Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33131

What can be more comforting than Italian food? Italian food enjoyed on a waterfront terrace, of course. Ocean view aside, guests return for the pasta, which is made to order, and stay for the friendly service coupled with a great atmosphere.

335 S Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33131

11. Novikov Miami

300 S Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33131

Novikov Miami is the cool kid in town when it comes to high-end Asian dining. With sushi, dim sum, and a mean Peking duck, the dishes are as “Instagramable” as the Biscayne Bay views. 

300 S Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33131

12. Zuma

270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL 33131

This modern Japanese eatery is located in the heart of downtown Miami. The menu boasts bold flavors to be enjoyed in izakaya style: shared at the table or individually, with some of Miami's best people watching to boot.

270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131

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