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Miami’s 14 Most Over-the-Top Restaurants

Bring on the ‘wow’ factor

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Dining room of Sexy Fish
| Photo by Ken Hayden

Miami’s restaurant scene appears to be challenging the “less is more” concept, as more decadent dining destinations — many of which are imports from the northeast — open to full fanfare, making it almost impossible to get a reservation, to boot.

We’ve rounded up the most over-the-top spots gracing the Miami dining scene for those who love to merge dining, partying, and jaw-dropping scenery into one.

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Toku Modern Asian

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At the first Florida outpost of this New York favorite, diners indulge in modern Asian dishes under the watchful gaze of a large stone Buddha. There’s a swanky bar that seats over 50, a patio for those craving al fresco dining, and plenty of chic patrons to people-watch. Dinner dishes include miso black cod, roasted lobster, Wagyu steak frites, and one of the best Peking duck dishes in town. The recently added brunch includes dim sum selections like King crab and pork soup, mushroom and truffle, foie gras and chicken, ube waffles with mango buttercream, and chicken katsu Benedict.

Mayami Wynwood

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If Pakal the Great were around to open a restaurant, it might have well been this one. Set in the heart of Wynwood, this 10,000-square-foot restaurant blends the ancient Mayan civilization with Miami’s panache for partying. The menu is primarily Mexican, from the prerequisite guacamole and elote appetizers to tacos and ceviches to heartier fare like short rib a la barbacoa and crispy snapper. Diners can opt to cook a variety of meats tableside on a hot stone or enjoy the ample raw bar selection, all of which pair well with cocktails and the late-night party atmosphere featuring aerialists and fire dancers.

Elcielo Miami at the SLS South Beach

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This second Miami outpost of Michelin-starred Chef Juan Manuel Barrientos, aka ‘Juanma,’ recently opened in SLS South Beach. Serving an eclectic tasting menu inspired by his native Colombia, dinner is a sensory experience that includes memorable moments like hand-washing in melted chocolate. Other dishes include truffle buñuelos with torched foie gras, Crab empanadas infused with Caribbean spices, and roasted quail stuffed with guanciale and mushrooms. A popular item is the Tree of Life, which is made with cassava, cheese, and basil and looks like an edible bonzai.

Klaw Miami

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Located in the historic Woman’s Club building (also home to the recently opened Casadonna), diners are privy to Instagram-worthy Spanish Renaissance architecture paired with Biscayne Bay views. The menu revolves around elevated surf and turf fare, including a decadent seafood platter, caviar service, whole King crab, and an assortment of meat options listed by cattle breed (Florida Cracker is worth the try).

Casadonna

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Groot Hospitality and Tao Group — two big names in the food and party world — have opened this over-the-top, spacious Italian restaurant. Set in the historic Edgewater building (home to another glam spot, Klaw), diners are treated to a Biscayne Bay view while enjoying dishes inspired by recipes from coastal Italian cities like Naples, Taormina, Positano, Bari, and Gaeta. That translates to burrata with eggplant caponata, tagliatelle al limone with caviar, and lobster with Calabrian chili butter, oregano, and lemon.

The rooftop restaurant on Lincoln Road buzzes with music and live performers throughout its expansive, sleek space. The blend of Mediterranean and Asian food translates into dishes like toro and caviar toast, Wagyu A5 tartare, miso-marinated black cod, and short rib robata. There is also sushi and a separate omakase room for those wanting to get in on that trend. Make sure to grab a seat on the outdoor patio if the weather allows.

Nossa Omakase

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Diners will feel like they’ve won a special omakase lottery when they walk into the dramatic spot hidden behind unpresuming Koa Poke. Meaning “wow” in Portuguese, those privy to the 16- to 18-course experience featuring high-end tuna cuts, caviar, and uni paired with truffle, quail eggs, and gold dust will find themselves in awe as items are smoked, seared, and artfully displayed by executive chef Sebastian Labno and his team, all of whom come together to make sure every need (or whim) is met. The recently added nigiri night (Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m.) is kinder on the wallet ($185 vs. $375 per person) and features a 16-course night of sushi’s greatest hits like King salmon belly and dry-aged Japanese Bluefin tuna. There’s a top-notch selection of wine, sake, and cocktails, including an Old-Fashioned made Japanese whisky that is one for the books.

Joia Beach

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Blending dinner with a beach club vibe, this laid-back lounge during the day transforms into a no-holds-barred nightclub come sundown with a live DJ and entertainment. The Mediterranean menu includes grilled tiger prawns, baby lamb chops, and Black Angus skirt steak. Cocktails with whimsical names like Pure Joia, Blossom My Mind, and Jungle Bird match the vibe.

Gianni's At The Former Versace Mansion

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Opulence is key at this Italian hotspot housed in the home of the late designer Gianni Versace. This destination is like no other from the grand entrance, multiple statues, iconic courtyard, and jaw-dropping swimming pool with 24-karat gold and marble tiles. Signature items include Dover sole Meunier, Gianni’s spaghetti pomodoro, and T-bone porterhouse.

Queen Miami Beach

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Miami’s historic Paris Theater reincarnated into this massive, over-the-top spot showcasing precisely what one might think a 40 million dollar renovation can provide — from the red carpet entrance to the multiple balconies inside to the lavish Art Deco design. The food is modern Japanese, with dishes like uni hush puppies, caviar crispy rice, an omakase tasting menu, and a special selection of Japanese Wagyu beef. Cocktails abound, like Hitchcock’s Suspicion, which is made with Japanese whisky and Heavenly Sovereign with tequila, Lillet blanc, bergamot liquor, and chili passion fruit.

Papi Steak

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Those craving nightlife with a side of steak should head to this South of Fifth restaurant, a partnership between Miami entrepreneur David Grutman and David “Papi” Einhorn. The A-List celebrity treatment begins at the entrance, where diners are escorted past velvet ropes like movie stars. Once inside, plush red velvet booths, walnut wood paneling, and an exotic floral print throughout paired with loud music for the ultimate clubstaurant vibe. Papi’s signature kosher-style cut Papi Steak is the menu’s highlight, along with dishes like king crab stuffed Florida lobster tail and truffle kosher chicken.

A joint venture between Miami restaurateur David Grutman and rapper Bad Bunny, this Japanese steakhouse aims to emulate a sexy, nocturnal vibe with custom wallpaper, a dark color palate, and gold accents. Start with Japanese milk bread with miso butter or lava and ice oysters with watermelon granita, then opt for decadent sushi selections like the 24-karat otoro with gold leaf, ora king salmon with black truffle, or Japanese uni. Main dishes include Chilean sea bass with Saiko miso and crispy kale, olive-fed wagyu steak, and an A5 flight featuring 4-ounce servings of the exclusive A5 beef. Patrons can then take the party over to Gekkō Lounge steps away. 

Sexy Fish Miami

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As its name implies, a sea motif is emphasized through opulent artwork, including ten sculptures by Damien Hirst and fish lamps by renowned artist Frank Gehry. A massive fish tank stretches across the wall of the private dining room, and with details like sea shell-shaped sinks resting on onyx mermaid tails, the restrooms are not to be missed. Dishes are inspired by Asia, focusing on Japan, such as lobster tempura, smoked tuna belly, caramelized black cod, and numerous cuts of Wagyu beef.

Dirty French Steakhouse

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Wild animal print wallpaper, disco, hefty steaks, and many martinis pretty much sum up this incredibly popular New York transplant. Dinner will likely begin at the bar, waiting for the table to be available. No worries, this is the opportune time for people to watch and absorb the unique interior design—a patchwork of safari-meets-Barbie’s house sprinkled with a heavy dose of a disco party vibe. Steaks are the obvious highlight, along with unsuspected favorites like mushroom millefeuille, cote de pork, and duck à l’orange.

Toku Modern Asian

At the first Florida outpost of this New York favorite, diners indulge in modern Asian dishes under the watchful gaze of a large stone Buddha. There’s a swanky bar that seats over 50, a patio for those craving al fresco dining, and plenty of chic patrons to people-watch. Dinner dishes include miso black cod, roasted lobster, Wagyu steak frites, and one of the best Peking duck dishes in town. The recently added brunch includes dim sum selections like King crab and pork soup, mushroom and truffle, foie gras and chicken, ube waffles with mango buttercream, and chicken katsu Benedict.

Mayami Wynwood

If Pakal the Great were around to open a restaurant, it might have well been this one. Set in the heart of Wynwood, this 10,000-square-foot restaurant blends the ancient Mayan civilization with Miami’s panache for partying. The menu is primarily Mexican, from the prerequisite guacamole and elote appetizers to tacos and ceviches to heartier fare like short rib a la barbacoa and crispy snapper. Diners can opt to cook a variety of meats tableside on a hot stone or enjoy the ample raw bar selection, all of which pair well with cocktails and the late-night party atmosphere featuring aerialists and fire dancers.

Elcielo Miami at the SLS South Beach

This second Miami outpost of Michelin-starred Chef Juan Manuel Barrientos, aka ‘Juanma,’ recently opened in SLS South Beach. Serving an eclectic tasting menu inspired by his native Colombia, dinner is a sensory experience that includes memorable moments like hand-washing in melted chocolate. Other dishes include truffle buñuelos with torched foie gras, Crab empanadas infused with Caribbean spices, and roasted quail stuffed with guanciale and mushrooms. A popular item is the Tree of Life, which is made with cassava, cheese, and basil and looks like an edible bonzai.

Klaw Miami

Located in the historic Woman’s Club building (also home to the recently opened Casadonna), diners are privy to Instagram-worthy Spanish Renaissance architecture paired with Biscayne Bay views. The menu revolves around elevated surf and turf fare, including a decadent seafood platter, caviar service, whole King crab, and an assortment of meat options listed by cattle breed (Florida Cracker is worth the try).

Casadonna

Groot Hospitality and Tao Group — two big names in the food and party world — have opened this over-the-top, spacious Italian restaurant. Set in the historic Edgewater building (home to another glam spot, Klaw), diners are treated to a Biscayne Bay view while enjoying dishes inspired by recipes from coastal Italian cities like Naples, Taormina, Positano, Bari, and Gaeta. That translates to burrata with eggplant caponata, tagliatelle al limone with caviar, and lobster with Calabrian chili butter, oregano, and lemon.

MILA

The rooftop restaurant on Lincoln Road buzzes with music and live performers throughout its expansive, sleek space. The blend of Mediterranean and Asian food translates into dishes like toro and caviar toast, Wagyu A5 tartare, miso-marinated black cod, and short rib robata. There is also sushi and a separate omakase room for those wanting to get in on that trend. Make sure to grab a seat on the outdoor patio if the weather allows.

Nossa Omakase

Diners will feel like they’ve won a special omakase lottery when they walk into the dramatic spot hidden behind unpresuming Koa Poke. Meaning “wow” in Portuguese, those privy to the 16- to 18-course experience featuring high-end tuna cuts, caviar, and uni paired with truffle, quail eggs, and gold dust will find themselves in awe as items are smoked, seared, and artfully displayed by executive chef Sebastian Labno and his team, all of whom come together to make sure every need (or whim) is met. The recently added nigiri night (Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m.) is kinder on the wallet ($185 vs. $375 per person) and features a 16-course night of sushi’s greatest hits like King salmon belly and dry-aged Japanese Bluefin tuna. There’s a top-notch selection of wine, sake, and cocktails, including an Old-Fashioned made Japanese whisky that is one for the books.

Joia Beach

Blending dinner with a beach club vibe, this laid-back lounge during the day transforms into a no-holds-barred nightclub come sundown with a live DJ and entertainment. The Mediterranean menu includes grilled tiger prawns, baby lamb chops, and Black Angus skirt steak. Cocktails with whimsical names like Pure Joia, Blossom My Mind, and Jungle Bird match the vibe.

Gianni's At The Former Versace Mansion

Opulence is key at this Italian hotspot housed in the home of the late designer Gianni Versace. This destination is like no other from the grand entrance, multiple statues, iconic courtyard, and jaw-dropping swimming pool with 24-karat gold and marble tiles. Signature items include Dover sole Meunier, Gianni’s spaghetti pomodoro, and T-bone porterhouse.

Queen Miami Beach

Miami’s historic Paris Theater reincarnated into this massive, over-the-top spot showcasing precisely what one might think a 40 million dollar renovation can provide — from the red carpet entrance to the multiple balconies inside to the lavish Art Deco design. The food is modern Japanese, with dishes like uni hush puppies, caviar crispy rice, an omakase tasting menu, and a special selection of Japanese Wagyu beef. Cocktails abound, like Hitchcock’s Suspicion, which is made with Japanese whisky and Heavenly Sovereign with tequila, Lillet blanc, bergamot liquor, and chili passion fruit.

Papi Steak

Those craving nightlife with a side of steak should head to this South of Fifth restaurant, a partnership between Miami entrepreneur David Grutman and David “Papi” Einhorn. The A-List celebrity treatment begins at the entrance, where diners are escorted past velvet ropes like movie stars. Once inside, plush red velvet booths, walnut wood paneling, and an exotic floral print throughout paired with loud music for the ultimate clubstaurant vibe. Papi’s signature kosher-style cut Papi Steak is the menu’s highlight, along with dishes like king crab stuffed Florida lobster tail and truffle kosher chicken.

Gekko

A joint venture between Miami restaurateur David Grutman and rapper Bad Bunny, this Japanese steakhouse aims to emulate a sexy, nocturnal vibe with custom wallpaper, a dark color palate, and gold accents. Start with Japanese milk bread with miso butter or lava and ice oysters with watermelon granita, then opt for decadent sushi selections like the 24-karat otoro with gold leaf, ora king salmon with black truffle, or Japanese uni. Main dishes include Chilean sea bass with Saiko miso and crispy kale, olive-fed wagyu steak, and an A5 flight featuring 4-ounce servings of the exclusive A5 beef. Patrons can then take the party over to Gekkō Lounge steps away. 

Sexy Fish Miami

As its name implies, a sea motif is emphasized through opulent artwork, including ten sculptures by Damien Hirst and fish lamps by renowned artist Frank Gehry. A massive fish tank stretches across the wall of the private dining room, and with details like sea shell-shaped sinks resting on onyx mermaid tails, the restrooms are not to be missed. Dishes are inspired by Asia, focusing on Japan, such as lobster tempura, smoked tuna belly, caramelized black cod, and numerous cuts of Wagyu beef.

Dirty French Steakhouse

Wild animal print wallpaper, disco, hefty steaks, and many martinis pretty much sum up this incredibly popular New York transplant. Dinner will likely begin at the bar, waiting for the table to be available. No worries, this is the opportune time for people to watch and absorb the unique interior design—a patchwork of safari-meets-Barbie’s house sprinkled with a heavy dose of a disco party vibe. Steaks are the obvious highlight, along with unsuspected favorites like mushroom millefeuille, cote de pork, and duck à l’orange.

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