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Steak from Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Bar
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14 Must-Try Kendall Restaurants

Yes, good food can be found in the suburbs too.

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Steak from Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Bar
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Once a quiet suburb, Kendall has changed dramatically in the past few years and the its culinary scene is taking the front seat. From the hustling and bustling Downtown Dadeland to the vibrantly diverse, up-and-coming West Kendall, new locally owned restaurants are showing up on almost every corner in the Kendall neighborhood.

Below are 15 different restaurants that have helped put Kendall on the map, listed in geographical order from north to south.

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Finka Table & Tap

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Finka serves up generous portions of Cuban, Korean, and Peruvian dishes from appetizers and pizzas to entrees and desserts. Menu highlights include the ceviche with plantain rounds, japchae (glass noodles), and an Islas Canarias croqueta topped pizza. Pair the meal with a quirky named cocktail made with herbs and spices from the restaurant’s vertical garden.

Inari Sushi Fusion west kendall

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Believing in the idea that bigger is better, Inari serves up larger than average sushi rolls with more than 32 options to choose from. Highlights include the Laura with tuna, krab, cream cheese, and yellow pepper aioli and the dragon roll with shrimp tempura, cream cheese, and asparagus. The tuna lobster guacamole is also popular.

Mr. & Mrs.Bun

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This casual sandwich shop with Peruvian twists and American influences opened in lieu of a lavish wedding for owners Vanessa Rivera and Gian Carlo Accinell. Mr. & Mrs. Bun serves comfort food ranging from soups and empanadas to sandwiches on a unique bread that’s a combination of foccacia, baguette, and ciabatta for a crusty crunch.

Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar

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This ceviche-focused restaurant at the Palms at Town & Country, from the team behind Bulla Gastrobar, serves up a bevy of Peruvian cuisine like papa a la huancaina (potatoes in a spicy cheese sauce), causas (Peruvian mashed potato casserole), lomo saltado (stir fry), and of course, plenty of ceviche. Those who can’t choose just one ceviche (there are seven) can opt for the sampler and try three of Pisco’s most popular options. 

Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant and Bar

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Now at its new location in the Palms at Town & Country, guests can feel transported to Napa Valley at this restaurant, wine bar, and bar. The brainchild of chef Adrianne Calvo, it showcases a variety of classic and not-so-classic dishes like slow roasted pork drizzled with guava sauce, 24-hour braised short ribs, and sweet corn tamalito with black tiger shrimp.

Dr. Limon Ceviche Bar

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The doctor is in and serving Peruvian fare. Co-owner and chef Carlos Brescia is always conjuring up new spins on the cuisine of his native Peru. Menu highlights include tostones de cangrejo (fried green plantains topped with crab salad), jalea del mar (crispy seafood with cassava and tartar sauce), and Dr. Tokyo (tuna, pineapple, and hot limo pepper inside a fried wonton bowl). Much like a visit to the doctor’s office, expect a wait.

Two Brothers Pizzeria & Restaurant

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Chef Tommaso Penza brings Neapolitan fare to West Kendall. A staple in the community, patrons frequent Two Brothers for its bountiful pasta dishes and its thin and crispy pizza. Fan favorites include the carbonara, chicken parmesan, and, of course, the pizzas. Two Brothers also offers a free bottle of wine with the purchase of two entrees on Thursdays.

Ghee Indian Kitchen

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At this award-winning Indian eatery by chef Niven Patel, dine on dishes made with ingredients sourced from the Patel’s family owned farm in the Redlands. Expect a variety of unique curries, rice, vegetables, and grilled plates with the majority of the menu featuring vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, as well as a well-priced family-style tasting menu for those who can’t decide on what to order.

Pubbelly Sushi

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This popular sushi fusion spot has sashimi, sushi, rolls, and dishes hot off the robata grill like octopus and filet mignon. Also on the menu are soups, salads, and snacks (try the tostones with ceviche) served tapas-style along with sake, beer, wine, and cocktails.

Secreto

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A cozy, art-lined restaurant inside the Crossroads Shopping Center specializes in Italian fare with a Latin twist, like crab cakes with a tropical fruit sauce. The chef’s special is always worth checking out.

Amici's

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A West Kendall staple since the late ‘90s, Amici’s is a go-to spot for many locals craving Italian dishes. It offers something for everyone from pizza by the slice to sandwiches to Italian pasta dinners large enough for two. 

Tacos & Tattoos

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This family-owned restaurant blends Southwest and Caribbean flavors, with items like the namesake tacos and fried plantains cups, plus a large selection of beer. Channeling a Wynwood vibe, the restaurant’s walls and tables are adorned with art by local artists and it offers entertainment like live music, karaoke, and stand-up comedy. 

FreshCo Fish Market & Grill - Hammocks

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This seafood-focused restaurant in West Kendall has daily lunch specials of the catch of the day with fries, plus a great weekday happy hour. There’s a second counter-service location in the heart of Kendall, too.

Tiagos Tacos

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From food truck to brick-and-mortar, the team of brothers behind Tiagos Tacos have made a name for themselves with its flavorful Mexican food. Menu highlights include totopos with guacamole and queso fresco, quesadillas, burritos, quesoritos, and of course, a bevy of tacos. Make sure to try the fried Oreos with Nutella and condensed milk.

Finka Table & Tap

Finka serves up generous portions of Cuban, Korean, and Peruvian dishes from appetizers and pizzas to entrees and desserts. Menu highlights include the ceviche with plantain rounds, japchae (glass noodles), and an Islas Canarias croqueta topped pizza. Pair the meal with a quirky named cocktail made with herbs and spices from the restaurant’s vertical garden.

Inari Sushi Fusion west kendall

Believing in the idea that bigger is better, Inari serves up larger than average sushi rolls with more than 32 options to choose from. Highlights include the Laura with tuna, krab, cream cheese, and yellow pepper aioli and the dragon roll with shrimp tempura, cream cheese, and asparagus. The tuna lobster guacamole is also popular.

Mr. & Mrs.Bun

This casual sandwich shop with Peruvian twists and American influences opened in lieu of a lavish wedding for owners Vanessa Rivera and Gian Carlo Accinell. Mr. & Mrs. Bun serves comfort food ranging from soups and empanadas to sandwiches on a unique bread that’s a combination of foccacia, baguette, and ciabatta for a crusty crunch.

Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar

This ceviche-focused restaurant at the Palms at Town & Country, from the team behind Bulla Gastrobar, serves up a bevy of Peruvian cuisine like papa a la huancaina (potatoes in a spicy cheese sauce), causas (Peruvian mashed potato casserole), lomo saltado (stir fry), and of course, plenty of ceviche. Those who can’t choose just one ceviche (there are seven) can opt for the sampler and try three of Pisco’s most popular options. 

Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant and Bar

Now at its new location in the Palms at Town & Country, guests can feel transported to Napa Valley at this restaurant, wine bar, and bar. The brainchild of chef Adrianne Calvo, it showcases a variety of classic and not-so-classic dishes like slow roasted pork drizzled with guava sauce, 24-hour braised short ribs, and sweet corn tamalito with black tiger shrimp.

Dr. Limon Ceviche Bar

The doctor is in and serving Peruvian fare. Co-owner and chef Carlos Brescia is always conjuring up new spins on the cuisine of his native Peru. Menu highlights include tostones de cangrejo (fried green plantains topped with crab salad), jalea del mar (crispy seafood with cassava and tartar sauce), and Dr. Tokyo (tuna, pineapple, and hot limo pepper inside a fried wonton bowl). Much like a visit to the doctor’s office, expect a wait.

Two Brothers Pizzeria & Restaurant

Chef Tommaso Penza brings Neapolitan fare to West Kendall. A staple in the community, patrons frequent Two Brothers for its bountiful pasta dishes and its thin and crispy pizza. Fan favorites include the carbonara, chicken parmesan, and, of course, the pizzas. Two Brothers also offers a free bottle of wine with the purchase of two entrees on Thursdays.

Ghee Indian Kitchen

At this award-winning Indian eatery by chef Niven Patel, dine on dishes made with ingredients sourced from the Patel’s family owned farm in the Redlands. Expect a variety of unique curries, rice, vegetables, and grilled plates with the majority of the menu featuring vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, as well as a well-priced family-style tasting menu for those who can’t decide on what to order.

Pubbelly Sushi

This popular sushi fusion spot has sashimi, sushi, rolls, and dishes hot off the robata grill like octopus and filet mignon. Also on the menu are soups, salads, and snacks (try the tostones with ceviche) served tapas-style along with sake, beer, wine, and cocktails.

Secreto

A cozy, art-lined restaurant inside the Crossroads Shopping Center specializes in Italian fare with a Latin twist, like crab cakes with a tropical fruit sauce. The chef’s special is always worth checking out.

Amici's

A West Kendall staple since the late ‘90s, Amici’s is a go-to spot for many locals craving Italian dishes. It offers something for everyone from pizza by the slice to sandwiches to Italian pasta dinners large enough for two. 

Tacos & Tattoos

This family-owned restaurant blends Southwest and Caribbean flavors, with items like the namesake tacos and fried plantains cups, plus a large selection of beer. Channeling a Wynwood vibe, the restaurant’s walls and tables are adorned with art by local artists and it offers entertainment like live music, karaoke, and stand-up comedy. 

FreshCo Fish Market & Grill - Hammocks

This seafood-focused restaurant in West Kendall has daily lunch specials of the catch of the day with fries, plus a great weekday happy hour. There’s a second counter-service location in the heart of Kendall, too.

Tiagos Tacos

From food truck to brick-and-mortar, the team of brothers behind Tiagos Tacos have made a name for themselves with its flavorful Mexican food. Menu highlights include totopos with guacamole and queso fresco, quesadillas, burritos, quesoritos, and of course, a bevy of tacos. Make sure to try the fried Oreos with Nutella and condensed milk.

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