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The 38 Essential Miami Restaurants, Spring 2019

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We now present an updated version of Miami’s Eater 38 for spring of 2019, which can answer any question that begins, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This highly elite group, which is listed in geographical order, was created by a panel of experts and covers the entire city; spans myriad cuisines, histories, and locations; and, collectively, satisfies any and all restaurant needs, save for those of people who are never happy.

Every couple of months we update the list, adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (which means they’ve been open for more than six months — but usually closer to a year), or have stepped up their game.

After much reflection and time spent pouring over reader emails and comments, Bazaar Mar and Upland leave the list. The good news is that newcomers have taken their place: Itamae and Boulud Sud.

Think something has been missed? Temper tantrum not necessary — just nominate the restaurant in the comments section or drop us a line at miami@eater.com. Pop-up restaurants, however, do not qualify.

Note: Restaurants are listed in geographical order from north to south. The numbers are not rankings.

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1. Makoto

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9700 Collins Ave
Bal Harbour, FL
(305) 864-8600
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A Stephen Starr restaurant in Bal Harbour Shops where what’s on the plate is more important than who’s sitting in front of it sounds almost as implausible as a half-off sale at Gucci, but thanks to chef Makoto Okuwa, former head sushi chef at Morimoto New York and Philadelphia, it’s the real deal. In addition to the raw stuff, Makoto’s modern Japanese dishes and bincho charcoal robata have hungry shoppers coming back for more.

2. Le Sirenuse Miami

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9101 Collins Ave
Surfside, FL 33154
(786) 482-2280
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Old-school Italian glamour oozes from every nook and cranny of Le Sirenuse Restaurant & Champagne Bar, the Surfside eatery housed inside the newly renovated Surf Club. Serving cuisine from the team behind Italy’s Michelin-starred La Sponda restaurant, like pasta stuffed with beef ragu and warm buffalo mozzarella salad, its elegance channels a bygone Great Gatsby-like era. Make sure to grab a drink at its al fresco Champagne bar, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and showcases an extensive cocktail menu focused on the bubbly stuff and Italian apertifs.

3. Taquiza

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7450 Ocean Terrace
Miami Beach, FL 33141
(305) 748-6099
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This North Beach waterfront restaurant features traditional tacos like pastor, chicken, and tongue, served on top of handmade blue-masa corn tortillas so good that it now supplies them for half of the restaurants in town. Plus if you don’t make it to North Beach, there are outposts now in South Beach (1351 Collins Avenue) and the Citadel (8300 NE 2nd Avenue).

4. Pinch Kitchen

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8601 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL
(305) 631-2018
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This homey neighborhood spot serves up some serious cuisine thanks to executive chefs John Gallo and Rene Reyes, whose resumes read like a who’s who of the Miami restaurant world. The menu features twists on American classics like pork secreto, roast chicken with local veggies, and rum cake topped with thyme gelato. That, combined with a stellar beer list, unpretentious vibe, and reasonable prices, makes for a winning experience.

5. Phuc Yea

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7100 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 602-3710
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As one of the restaurants credited with helping the resurgence of the historic MiMo district (and before that, it served as Miami’s OG pop-up restaurant) Phuc Yea offers an interesting mix of Vietnamese food with Cajun influence — a reflection of the owners roots. The colorful and industrial setting serves as a perfect backdrop for dishes like caramel pork riblets, bao buns, seafood curry, and the simple but forever craveable PY noodles made with plenty of garlic and parmesan cheese. While its lively bar serves a top spot for a post-meal drink or happy hour location.

6. Mandolin Aegean Bistro

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4312 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL
(305) 576-6066
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The best Greek and Turkish food in Miami is tucked away in the intimate, understated courtyard at Mandolin. Transport to the Greek isles with a menu of elegant small plates (no overfried falafel here), entrees like lamb and beef meatballs, and the exceptional grilled octopus, all with refreshing Greek wine to complete a great meal.

7. Itamae

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St. Roch Market, 140 NE 39th St Suite 241
Miami, FL 33137

This Japanese-Peruvian, counter-service restaurant inside St. Roch Market has been a hit since its opening in early 2018. Led by a brother, sister, and father team lovingly referred to a the “Chang Gang,” it combines their Peruvian heritage with Japanese classics. Think a curated selection of specialty maki and vegan rolls, sashimi, rice bowls, alongside tiradito and ceviches, using ingredients like leche de tigre, fresh fish, and local produce.

8. Amara at Paraiso

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3101 NE 7th Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 702-5528
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The latest restaurant in James Beard winner Michael Schwartz’s ever-growing culinary empire, Amara at Paraiso not only boasts some of Miami’s best waterfront views but has solid Latin-infused dishes to boot. Using Schwartz’s farm-to-table ethos that gained him national notoriety a decade ago at Michael’s Genuine, the menu is filled with items like crispy octopus, short-rib-filled empanadas, and melt-in-your-mouth yucca balls, all of which boast flavors from South America and the Caribbean.  

9. 27 Restaurant

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2727 Indian Creek Dr
Miami Beach, FL
(305) 531-2727
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The first full-service restaurant and bar from the guys that brought us the Broken Shaker, 27 Restaurant pays homage to Miami’s diversity with an eclectic menu filled with signature dishes from South America, the Caribbean, and even the Middle East with dishes like the kimchi fried rice and “Gabe’s arepa platter.” Located in a historic two-story house adjacent to the Broken Shaker, it features the same laid-back spirit and inventive drinks of the other restaurant in a hip (and air-conditioned) setting.

10. Zak the Baker

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295 NW 26th St
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 294-0876
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That bread found on every table in town? Odds are Zak baked it. The popular baker, who has been supplying bread around town for years now, now has his own shop in the mix. Expect not only his signature breads, but also an assortment of soups, sandwiches, and pastries that will turn even the most carb-fearing person into a bread-loving convert.

11. Hiden

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313 NW 25th St
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 208-9959
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This aptly named omakase-style restaurant is literally “hidden” behind a taco shop in Wynwood. Once guests enter with a numeric code (provided when the reservation is made) they encounter an intimate, eight-seat restaurant serving up a 18 dish menu featuring small Japanese appetizers, sashimi, and nigiri, all made with seasonal ingredients brought in from Japan, paired with sake, Sochu beer and wine to wash it down with. Make sure to reserve early as seats book out months in advance.

12. KYU

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251 NW 25th St
Miami, FL
(786) 577-0150
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The brainchild of two former Zuma alums, KYU features Asian eats with a barbecue twist. Think wood-fired meats, unique dishes like brisket lettuce wraps and duck “burnt ends,” and sushi, all housed in a hip Wynwood setting. Oh, and don’t miss that coconut cake for dessert.

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13. Ono Poke Shop

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2320 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 618-5366
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Poke shops are a dime a dozen in this town, but Hawaiann-themed Ono Poke stands out from the pack. Led by a Makoto vet, it features a concise menu of poke bowls and create-your-own varieties using the same caliber of fish employed at some of Miami’s top seafood restaurants. And while the seafood is the star, don’t skimp on its eclectic and vast array of toppings, like crispy scallions, wasabi aioli, spicy red wakame, and more that take the poke bowl to the next level. 

14. Alter

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223 NW 23rd St
Miami, FL
(305) 573-5996
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Alter has helped put Miami’s artsy neighborhood of Wynwood on the radar of food-lovers near and far, proving it is worthy of all the hype — and there is certainly a lot. Running the kitchen is Brad Kilgore, who earned his cooking chops at Alinea and L20. Think beautiful, high-end, Florida-inspired cuisine utilizing unique flavor combos, all served in an unassuming and purposely industrial warehouse setting that perfectly aligns with its hipster ’hood.

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15. Lucali

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1930 Bay Rd
Miami Beach, FL
(305) 695-4441
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This New York City import has been a hit since the day it opened. The pizzas and calzones are made with handmade dough, wheeled into thin sheets by empty wine bottles before they enter the wooden oven. Simplicity is key here, but the devil is in the details, as the restaurant uses some of the freshest ingredients around. As for the toppings, Pile up and enjoy.

16. Mignonette

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210 NE 18th St
Miami, FL
(305) 374-4635
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A modern take on the classic seafood restaurant by Blue Collar chef Danny Serfer and partner Ryan Roman. Described by critics and as a “plain and fancy” oyster heaven, it also features tons of other seafood items, as well as non-sea-dwelling options like prime rib, chicken, and veggies.

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17. Byblos

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1545 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL
(305) 508-5041
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Arguably one of the most stunning restaurants in town, Byblos also serves food that’s worthy of writing home about. While the menu is described as Mediterranean, don’t expect to find any hummus on it. Instead, these dishes have a more Middle Eastern and Northern African slant: duck kibbeh, lamb ribs, Cornish hen in lentil sauce, and a variety of spiked tea cocktails.

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18. All Day

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1035 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL
(305) 669-3447
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While on the outside All Day may seem like a coffee shop, it is really so much more. Aside from having the most creative coffee offerings in town — ranging from espresso made with your preferred amount of foam and milk to cold brew mixed with rosemary and limeade — its food menu should not be missed. Diners will find homemade nostalgic desserts along with drool-worthy breakfast sandwiches, the Miami must-have pan con croqueta; avocado toasts, and more, all served up in an Instagram-perfect setting.

19. Fooq's

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1035 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33136
(786) 536-2749
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This cozy Downtown Miami spot has become a force in the area serving up a unique take on Persian-French cuisine. While the menu rotates constantly, diners would be remiss not to opt for the spicy bucatini, honey Brussels sprouts, and its decadent Persian sundae, which is easily one of the most peerless desserts in the Magic City. 

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20. Macchialina

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820 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL
(305) 534-2124
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Macchialina, which comes from the words “macchia,” meaning mark or spot, and “maialina,” meaning piglets, aims to be reminiscent of a “small rustic eatery in the heart of any Italian town.” Under chef and owner Michael Pirolo’s lead, it creates Italian classics (braised short-rib lasagna, pork chop Milanese, etc.) with some interesting twists, like beet-filled ravioli.

21. NIU Kitchen

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134 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL
(786) 542-5070
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Seeing the word “tapas” on a menu is almost as common as hearing “dale” in the Magic City — it happens more often than it should. And while there are plenty of middle-of-the-line, traditional Spanish restaurants in this town, the gem of the bunch is NIU Kitchen. Tucked away in Downtown Miami, this 26-seat restaurant showcases Catalan cuisine by Barcelona native Deme Lomas the way it should be: simple, light, flavorful, and fun. The plates and menu rotate frequently, but the cold tomato soup with mustard ice cream, the truffle- and egg-filled potato foam, and the tartare can’t be missed.

22. La Camaronera

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1952 W Flagler St
Miami, FL
(305) 642-3322
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Long before Guy Fieri discovered it, La Camaronera was one of Miami’s best-kept secrets for fresh fish and fried-fish sandwiches. And while it may be no secret anymore, having found its way onto the to-do lists of every hungry tourist who watches his show, it still offers up some of the fairest-priced grub in Miami.

23. Boulud Sud Miami

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255 Biscayne Blvd Way
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 421-8800
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When Daniel Boulud closed down his longstanding Downtown eatery db Bistro in 2017, South Florida’s culinary scene was heartbroken. But not for long, taking over the space was his popular Mediterranean restaurant, Boulud Sud, which felt like the fresh update the neighborhood needed. On the menu expect dishes like octopus a la plancha, lamb flatbread, chicken tagine, veal saltimbocca, branzino, and its can’t-be-missed grapefruit givré dessert topped with sesame halva, rose loukoum and grapefruit sorbet.

24. El Palacio De Los Jugos

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5721 W Flagler St
Miami, FL
(305) 262-0070
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Cheap Cuban food, fresh fruits, veggies, and a bakery known for its fresh-squeezed sugarcane, tamales, and perfectly salty chicharones cut to order in a stripped down setting. Sort of like Miami's version of Gray's Papaya, and very high on pork fat.

25. Stubborn Seed

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101 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 322-5211
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The solo debut by Miami’s own Top Chef winner, Jeremy Ford, Stubborn Seed is a cozy-yet-hip South of Fifth spot turning out some of the city’s most elevated cuisine. While there is a complete a la carte menu with dishes like Jojo Tea cured cobia, warm celery root with crispy mushrooms, and umami short ribs, the real highlight here is the tasting menu, where guests can try a bevy of classics and seasonal creations, plus get some of its melt-in-your mouth gooey snickerdoodle cookies to take home to remember the meal.

26. Zuma

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270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL
(305) 577-0277
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Rainer Becker’s modern Japanese food, inspired by traditional izakaya-style dining, boasts a non-stop crowd of sleek, chic, celebrities, scene-chasers and food lovers. After all, its London and Hong Kong siblings made the Top 100 listing of the S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants.

27. Planta South Beach

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850 Commerce St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 397-8513
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Vegan and vegetarian food finally got the street cred it deserves with the arrival of Planta South Beach. The Toronto eatery, brought to Miami by hospitality king David Grutman, serves up cuisine that makes even the most staunch carnivores happy. The menu boasts a variety of plant-based comfort food favorites like sushi made with dehydrated watermelon that tastes like the real thing, cauliflower tots, and coconut-based ceviche, all served up in a lush and very tropical Miami setting. 

28. Joe's Stone Crab

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11 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL
(305) 673-0365
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The Madonna of restaurants, Joe’s needs only one name and little explanation. It’s a South Beach stone crab institution that’s always mobbed, and it’s the home of the original Miami Beach power lunch.

29. NAOE

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661 Brickell Key Dr
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 947-6263
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After shutting down his spot on Sunny Isles, sushi chef Kevin Cory relocated his acclaimed NAOE to Brickell Key, and he hasn’t missed a beat. The tiny eight-seat NAOE offers one of the best sushi experience in Miami, always fresh and never disappointing.

30. Lung Yai Thai Tapas

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1731 SW 8th St
Miami, FL
(786) 334-6262
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Good Thai cuisine can be found in Miami, and Lung Yai Thai Tapas is proof. This small, unassuming Little Havana spot has been perpetually packed since its debut, featuring a menu filled with duck salad, curries, and some of the best fried chicken around — just be prepared to wait, since reservations aren’t accepted.

31. La Mar by Gaston Acurio

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500 Brickell Key Dr
Miami, FL
(305) 913-8288
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Located in Brickell at Mandarin Oriental, La Mar by Gaston Acurio offers a combo of well-executed upscale novo-Andean fare and Asian-Peruvian fusion dishes. Think classics like lomo saltado, local offerings like yellowtail snapper, and several ceviche options.

32. Eating House

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804 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134
Miami, FL
(305) 448-6524
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What started as a hit pop-up by chef Giorgio Rapicavoli and partner Alex Casanova quickly turned into a permanent drool-inducing Miami go-to. Several years after going permanent, the spot continues to turn out creative dishes that summon taste buds year-round. Think pasta carbonara on steroids, playful desserts like the “dirt cup,” and, yep, Cap’n Crunch pancakes.

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33. La Petite Maison

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1300 Brickell Bay Dr
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 403-9133
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From the team behind culinary behemoth Zuma comes La Petite Maison, an equally chic high-end French brasserie with Mediterranean touches. Guests to this Brickell spot can expect to dine among the socialite crowd and business crowds, who are all in search of one thing: delicious food. Stars of the menu include the creamy burrata, fresh yellowtail carpaccio, and the very traditional escargot, but don’t forget to save room for the chocolate mousse. 

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34. Edge, Steak & Bar

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1435 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL
(305) 381-3015
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Bringing a sleek update to the traditional steakhouse, executive chef Aaron Brooks set his sights beyond the standard filet mignon at Edge Steak and Bar. His menu features a variety of unique dishes, like Aussie lamb shoulder, kangaroo empanadas, and steamed stone crabs tossed in hot butter. And while it might be housed in the ritzy Four Seasons Miami, there’s no need for an expense account to enjoy it.

35. Ortanique on the Mile

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278 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL
(305) 446-7710
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One of the few restaurants where the word fusion doesn’t mean “we’re not sure what we are,” Ortanique translates its seamless blend of Latin, Caribbean, and Asian cuisines into an exceptional culinary experience. Boozehounds praise the bartenders for their mad mojito-making skills, too.

36. Bombay Darbar

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2901 Florida Ave
Miami, FL
(305) 444-7272
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Serving arguably some of the best Indian food in the city, this Coconut Grove staple is always packed. After braving the wait, get your hands on some of the restaurant’s signature dishes, like crab samosas, lamb vindaloo, tandoori chicken, and mango lassi.

37. Ariete

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3540 Main Hwy
Coconut Grove, FL
(305) 640-5862
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Leading the way for Coconut Grove’s culinary renaissance, Ariete has quickly become the standout in a group of relative newcomers. Led by Cypress Room alum Michael Beltran, it features a menu of inventive yet hearty comfort-food dishes with a Cuban flair that reflects Beltran’s upbringing. Highlights include the grilled oysters drenched in bone marrow butter, a smoky pork chop with black-eyed peas, and an on-the-bone short rib that is more than enough to satisfy any hungry group. 

38. Ghee Indian Kitchen Downtown Dadeland

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8965 SW 72nd Pl
Kendall, FL 33156
(305) 968-1850
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This Indian eatery from Michael’s Genuine alum Niven Patel features Indian-inspired cuisine made mainly from produce from Patel’s farm in Homestead, like vindaloo made with pork belly, green millet, garlic naan, and more. Plus there’s a $55 tasting menu available, so exploring the offerings is encouraged. The restaurant is so popular it opened a second location in the Design District (3620 NE Second Avenue), so no matter the part of town, diners can easily get a taste of the cuisine. 

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1. Makoto

9700 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour, FL

A Stephen Starr restaurant in Bal Harbour Shops where what’s on the plate is more important than who’s sitting in front of it sounds almost as implausible as a half-off sale at Gucci, but thanks to chef Makoto Okuwa, former head sushi chef at Morimoto New York and Philadelphia, it’s the real deal. In addition to the raw stuff, Makoto’s modern Japanese dishes and bincho charcoal robata have hungry shoppers coming back for more.

9700 Collins Ave
Bal Harbour, FL

2. Le Sirenuse Miami

9101 Collins Ave, Surfside, FL 33154

Old-school Italian glamour oozes from every nook and cranny of Le Sirenuse Restaurant & Champagne Bar, the Surfside eatery housed inside the newly renovated Surf Club. Serving cuisine from the team behind Italy’s Michelin-starred La Sponda restaurant, like pasta stuffed with beef ragu and warm buffalo mozzarella salad, its elegance channels a bygone Great Gatsby-like era. Make sure to grab a drink at its al fresco Champagne bar, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and showcases an extensive cocktail menu focused on the bubbly stuff and Italian apertifs.

9101 Collins Ave
Surfside, FL 33154

3. Taquiza

7450 Ocean Terrace, Miami Beach, FL 33141

This North Beach waterfront restaurant features traditional tacos like pastor, chicken, and tongue, served on top of handmade blue-masa corn tortillas so good that it now supplies them for half of the restaurants in town. Plus if you don’t make it to North Beach, there are outposts now in South Beach (1351 Collins Avenue) and the Citadel (8300 NE 2nd Avenue).

7450 Ocean Terrace
Miami Beach, FL 33141

4. Pinch Kitchen

8601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL

This homey neighborhood spot serves up some serious cuisine thanks to executive chefs John Gallo and Rene Reyes, whose resumes read like a who’s who of the Miami restaurant world. The menu features twists on American classics like pork secreto, roast chicken with local veggies, and rum cake topped with thyme gelato. That, combined with a stellar beer list, unpretentious vibe, and reasonable prices, makes for a winning experience.

8601 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL

5. Phuc Yea

7100 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

As one of the restaurants credited with helping the resurgence of the historic MiMo district (and before that, it served as Miami’s OG pop-up restaurant) Phuc Yea offers an interesting mix of Vietnamese food with Cajun influence — a reflection of the owners roots. The colorful and industrial setting serves as a perfect backdrop for dishes like caramel pork riblets, bao buns, seafood curry, and the simple but forever craveable PY noodles made with plenty of garlic and parmesan cheese. While its lively bar serves a top spot for a post-meal drink or happy hour location.

7100 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

6. Mandolin Aegean Bistro

4312 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL

The best Greek and Turkish food in Miami is tucked away in the intimate, understated courtyard at Mandolin. Transport to the Greek isles with a menu of elegant small plates (no overfried falafel here), entrees like lamb and beef meatballs, and the exceptional grilled octopus, all with refreshing Greek wine to complete a great meal.

4312 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL

7. Itamae

St. Roch Market, 140 NE 39th St Suite 241, Miami, FL 33137

This Japanese-Peruvian, counter-service restaurant inside St. Roch Market has been a hit since its opening in early 2018. Led by a brother, sister, and father team lovingly referred to a the “Chang Gang,” it combines their Peruvian heritage with Japanese classics. Think a curated selection of specialty maki and vegan rolls, sashimi, rice bowls, alongside tiradito and ceviches, using ingredients like leche de tigre, fresh fish, and local produce.

St. Roch Market, 140 NE 39th St Suite 241
Miami, FL 33137

8. Amara at Paraiso

3101 NE 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33137

The latest restaurant in James Beard winner Michael Schwartz’s ever-growing culinary empire, Amara at Paraiso not only boasts some of Miami’s best waterfront views but has solid Latin-infused dishes to boot. Using Schwartz’s farm-to-table ethos that gained him national notoriety a decade ago at Michael’s Genuine, the menu is filled with items like crispy octopus, short-rib-filled empanadas, and melt-in-your-mouth yucca balls, all of which boast flavors from South America and the Caribbean.  

3101 NE 7th Ave
Miami, FL 33137

9. 27 Restaurant

2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL

The first full-service restaurant and bar from the guys that brought us the Broken Shaker, 27 Restaurant pays homage to Miami’s diversity with an eclectic menu filled with signature dishes from South America, the Caribbean, and even the Middle East with dishes like the kimchi fried rice and “Gabe’s arepa platter.” Located in a historic two-story house adjacent to the Broken Shaker, it features the same laid-back spirit and inventive drinks of the other restaurant in a hip (and air-conditioned) setting.

2727 Indian Creek Dr
Miami Beach, FL

10. Zak the Baker

295 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127

That bread found on every table in town? Odds are Zak baked it. The popular baker, who has been supplying bread around town for years now, now has his own shop in the mix. Expect not only his signature breads, but also an assortment of soups, sandwiches, and pastries that will turn even the most carb-fearing person into a bread-loving convert.

295 NW 26th St
Miami, FL 33127

11. Hiden

313 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127

This aptly named omakase-style restaurant is literally “hidden” behind a taco shop in Wynwood. Once guests enter with a numeric code (provided when the reservation is made) they encounter an intimate, eight-seat restaurant serving up a 18 dish menu featuring small Japanese appetizers, sashimi, and nigiri, all made with seasonal ingredients brought in from Japan, paired with sake, Sochu beer and wine to wash it down with. Make sure to reserve early as seats book out months in advance.

313 NW 25th St
Miami, FL 33127

12. KYU

251 NW 25th St, Miami, FL

The brainchild of two former Zuma alums, KYU features Asian eats with a barbecue twist. Think wood-fired meats, unique dishes like brisket lettuce wraps and duck “burnt ends,” and sushi, all housed in a hip Wynwood setting. Oh, and don’t miss that coconut cake for dessert.

251 NW 25th St
Miami, FL

13. Ono Poke Shop

2320 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Poke shops are a dime a dozen in this town, but Hawaiann-themed Ono Poke stands out from the pack. Led by a Makoto vet, it features a concise menu of poke bowls and create-your-own varieties using the same caliber of fish employed at some of Miami’s top seafood restaurants. And while the seafood is the star, don’t skimp on its eclectic and vast array of toppings, like crispy scallions, wasabi aioli, spicy red wakame, and more that take the poke bowl to the next level. 

2320 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127

14. Alter

223 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL
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Alter has helped put Miami’s artsy neighborhood of Wynwood on the radar of food-lovers near and far, proving it is worthy of all the hype — and there is certainly a lot. Running the kitchen is Brad Kilgore, who earned his cooking chops at Alinea and L20. Think beautiful, high-end, Florida-inspired cuisine utilizing unique flavor combos, all served in an unassuming and purposely industrial warehouse setting that perfectly aligns with its hipster ’hood.

223 NW 23rd St
Miami, FL

15. Lucali

1930 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL

This New York City import has been a hit since the day it opened. The pizzas and calzones are made with handmade dough, wheeled into thin sheets by empty wine bottles before they enter the wooden oven. Simplicity is key here, but the devil is in the details, as the restaurant uses some of the freshest ingredients around. As for the toppings, Pile up and enjoy.

1930 Bay Rd
Miami Beach, FL

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16. Mignonette

210 NE 18th St, Miami, FL
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A modern take on the classic seafood restaurant by Blue Collar chef Danny Serfer and partner Ryan Roman. Described by critics and as a “plain and fancy” oyster heaven, it also features tons of other seafood items, as well as non-sea-dwelling options like prime rib, chicken, and veggies.

210 NE 18th St
Miami, FL

17. Byblos

1545 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL
Byblos interior
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Arguably one of the most stunning restaurants in town, Byblos also serves food that’s worthy of writing home about. While the menu is described as Mediterranean, don’t expect to find any hummus on it. Instead, these dishes have a more Middle Eastern and Northern African slant: duck kibbeh, lamb ribs, Cornish hen in lentil sauce, and a variety of spiked tea cocktails.

1545 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL

18. All Day

1035 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL

While on the outside All Day may seem like a coffee shop, it is really so much more. Aside from having the most creative coffee offerings in town — ranging from espresso made with your preferred amount of foam and milk to cold brew mixed with rosemary and limeade — its food menu should not be missed. Diners will find homemade nostalgic desserts along with drool-worthy breakfast sandwiches, the Miami must-have pan con croqueta; avocado toasts, and more, all served up in an Instagram-perfect setting.

1035 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL

19. Fooq's

1035 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33136
Fooq’s interior
Fooq’s Miami [Official]

This cozy Downtown Miami spot has become a force in the area serving up a unique take on Persian-French cuisine. While the menu rotates constantly, diners would be remiss not to opt for the spicy bucatini, honey Brussels sprouts, and its decadent Persian sundae, which is easily one of the most peerless desserts in the Magic City. 

1035 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33136

20. Macchialina

820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL

Macchialina, which comes from the words “macchia,” meaning mark or spot, and “maialina,” meaning piglets, aims to be reminiscent of a “small rustic eatery in the heart of any Italian town.” Under chef and owner Michael Pirolo’s lead, it creates Italian classics (braised short-rib lasagna, pork chop Milanese, etc.) with some interesting twists, like beet-filled ravioli.

820 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL

21. NIU Kitchen

134 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL

Seeing the word “tapas” on a menu is almost as common as hearing “dale” in the Magic City — it happens more often than it should. And while there are plenty of middle-of-the-line, traditional Spanish restaurants in this town, the gem of the bunch is NIU Kitchen. Tucked away in Downtown Miami, this 26-seat restaurant showcases Catalan cuisine by Barcelona native Deme Lomas the way it should be: simple, light, flavorful, and fun. The plates and menu rotate frequently, but the cold tomato soup with mustard ice cream, the truffle- and egg-filled potato foam, and the tartare can’t be missed.

134 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL

22. La Camaronera

1952 W Flagler St, Miami, FL

Long before Guy Fieri discovered it, La Camaronera was one of Miami’s best-kept secrets for fresh fish and fried-fish sandwiches. And while it may be no secret anymore, having found its way onto the to-do lists of every hungry tourist who watches his show, it still offers up some of the fairest-priced grub in Miami.

1952 W Flagler St
Miami, FL

23. Boulud Sud Miami

255 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131

When Daniel Boulud closed down his longstanding Downtown eatery db Bistro in 2017, South Florida’s culinary scene was heartbroken. But not for long, taking over the space was his popular Mediterranean restaurant, Boulud Sud, which felt like the fresh update the neighborhood needed. On the menu expect dishes like octopus a la plancha, lamb flatbread, chicken tagine, veal saltimbocca, branzino, and its can’t-be-missed grapefruit givré dessert topped with sesame halva, rose loukoum and grapefruit sorbet.

255 Biscayne Blvd Way
Miami, FL 33131

24. El Palacio De Los Jugos

5721 W Flagler St, Miami, FL

Cheap Cuban food, fresh fruits, veggies, and a bakery known for its fresh-squeezed sugarcane, tamales, and perfectly salty chicharones cut to order in a stripped down setting. Sort of like Miami's version of Gray's Papaya, and very high on pork fat.

5721 W Flagler St
Miami, FL

25. Stubborn Seed

101 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

The solo debut by Miami’s own Top Chef winner, Jeremy Ford, Stubborn Seed is a cozy-yet-hip South of Fifth spot turning out some of the city’s most elevated cuisine. While there is a complete a la carte menu with dishes like Jojo Tea cured cobia, warm celery root with crispy mushrooms, and umami short ribs, the real highlight here is the tasting menu, where guests can try a bevy of classics and seasonal creations, plus get some of its melt-in-your mouth gooey snickerdoodle cookies to take home to remember the meal.

101 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

26. Zuma

270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL

Rainer Becker’s modern Japanese food, inspired by traditional izakaya-style dining, boasts a non-stop crowd of sleek, chic, celebrities, scene-chasers and food lovers. After all, its London and Hong Kong siblings made the Top 100 listing of the S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants.

270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL

27. Planta South Beach

850 Commerce St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Vegan and vegetarian food finally got the street cred it deserves with the arrival of Planta South Beach. The Toronto eatery, brought to Miami by hospitality king David Grutman, serves up cuisine that makes even the most staunch carnivores happy. The menu boasts a variety of plant-based comfort food favorites like sushi made with dehydrated watermelon that tastes like the real thing, cauliflower tots, and coconut-based ceviche, all served up in a lush and very tropical Miami setting. 

850 Commerce St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

28. Joe's Stone Crab

11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL

The Madonna of restaurants, Joe’s needs only one name and little explanation. It’s a South Beach stone crab institution that’s always mobbed, and it’s the home of the original Miami Beach power lunch.

11 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL

29. NAOE

661 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33131

After shutting down his spot on Sunny Isles, sushi chef Kevin Cory relocated his acclaimed NAOE to Brickell Key, and he hasn’t missed a beat. The tiny eight-seat NAOE offers one of the best sushi experience in Miami, always fresh and never disappointing.

661 Brickell Key Dr
Miami, FL 33131

30. Lung Yai Thai Tapas

1731 SW 8th St, Miami, FL

Good Thai cuisine can be found in Miami, and Lung Yai Thai Tapas is proof. This small, unassuming Little Havana spot has been perpetually packed since its debut, featuring a menu filled with duck salad, curries, and some of the best fried chicken around — just be prepared to wait, since reservations aren’t accepted.

1731 SW 8th St
Miami, FL

31. La Mar by Gaston Acurio

500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL

Located in Brickell at Mandarin Oriental, La Mar by Gaston Acurio offers a combo of well-executed upscale novo-Andean fare and Asian-Peruvian fusion dishes. Think classics like lomo saltado, local offerings like yellowtail snapper, and several ceviche options.

500 Brickell Key Dr
Miami, FL

32. Eating House

804 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134, Miami, FL
Eating House interior
Eating House [Official]

What started as a hit pop-up by chef Giorgio Rapicavoli and partner Alex Casanova quickly turned into a permanent drool-inducing Miami go-to. Several years after going permanent, the spot continues to turn out creative dishes that summon taste buds year-round. Think pasta carbonara on steroids, playful desserts like the “dirt cup,” and, yep, Cap’n Crunch pancakes.

804 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134
Miami, FL

33. La Petite Maison

1300 Brickell Bay Dr, Miami, FL 33131
La Petite Maison interior
La Petite Maison [Official]

From the team behind culinary behemoth Zuma comes La Petite Maison, an equally chic high-end French brasserie with Mediterranean touches. Guests to this Brickell spot can expect to dine among the socialite crowd and business crowds, who are all in search of one thing: delicious food. Stars of the menu include the creamy burrata, fresh yellowtail carpaccio, and the very traditional escargot, but don’t forget to save room for the chocolate mousse. 

1300 Brickell Bay Dr
Miami, FL 33131

34. Edge, Steak & Bar

1435 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL

Bringing a sleek update to the traditional steakhouse, executive chef Aaron Brooks set his sights beyond the standard filet mignon at Edge Steak and Bar. His menu features a variety of unique dishes, like Aussie lamb shoulder, kangaroo empanadas, and steamed stone crabs tossed in hot butter. And while it might be housed in the ritzy Four Seasons Miami, there’s no need for an expense account to enjoy it.

1435 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL

35. Ortanique on the Mile

278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL

One of the few restaurants where the word fusion doesn’t mean “we’re not sure what we are,” Ortanique translates its seamless blend of Latin, Caribbean, and Asian cuisines into an exceptional culinary experience. Boozehounds praise the bartenders for their mad mojito-making skills, too.

278 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL

36. Bombay Darbar

2901 Florida Ave, Miami, FL

Serving arguably some of the best Indian food in the city, this Coconut Grove staple is always packed. After braving the wait, get your hands on some of the restaurant’s signature dishes, like crab samosas, lamb vindaloo, tandoori chicken, and mango lassi.

2901 Florida Ave
Miami, FL

37. Ariete

3540 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove, FL

Leading the way for Coconut Grove’s culinary renaissance, Ariete has quickly become the standout in a group of relative newcomers. Led by Cypress Room alum Michael Beltran, it features a menu of inventive yet hearty comfort-food dishes with a Cuban flair that reflects Beltran’s upbringing. Highlights include the grilled oysters drenched in bone marrow butter, a smoky pork chop with black-eyed peas, and an on-the-bone short rib that is more than enough to satisfy any hungry group. 

3540 Main Hwy
Coconut Grove, FL

38. Ghee Indian Kitchen Downtown Dadeland

8965 SW 72nd Pl, Kendall, FL 33156
Interior of Ghee

This Indian eatery from Michael’s Genuine alum Niven Patel features Indian-inspired cuisine made mainly from produce from Patel’s farm in Homestead, like vindaloo made with pork belly, green millet, garlic naan, and more. Plus there’s a $55 tasting menu available, so exploring the offerings is encouraged. The restaurant is so popular it opened a second location in the Design District (3620 NE Second Avenue), so no matter the part of town, diners can easily get a taste of the cuisine. 

8965 SW 72nd Pl
Kendall, FL 33156

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