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The 38 Essential Miami Restaurants

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Here, now, the very first version of Miami's Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question that begins, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This highly elite group, which is in no particular order, covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines and, collectively, satisfies all of your restaurant needs, save for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck. Every month or so, we'll be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible, or have stepped up their game. We'll also drop those that are no longer deemed 38-worthy. The only serious rule of engagement here is that a restaurant must be open at least six months to qualify for inclusion on the list, though strong consideration is given to neighborhood favorites over fancier destination spots.

Think there's a vital omission? Or a spot that shouldn't be here? Nominate your favorite restaurant in the comments or here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

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2. Sra. Martinez

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3. Meat Market

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915 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

4. Bourbon Steak

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19999 W Country Club Dr
Aventura, FL 33180

5. Hiro's Yakko-San

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W Dixie Hwy
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

6. Clarke's

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840 1st St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish

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398 NW North River Dr
Miami, FL 33128

8. Macaluso's Restaurant

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1747 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

9. The River Seafood & Oyster Bar

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650 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33131

10. Sardinia Restaurant

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Sunset Harbor Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

11. Cafe at Books & Books

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933 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

12. Joe's Stone Crab

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11 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

13. Joey's

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2506 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127

14. Cantina Beach (at the Ritz)

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455 Grand Bay Dr
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

15. Red Light Little River

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7700 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

16. Randazzo's Little Italy

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Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134

17. El Mago De Las Fritas

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5828 SW 8th St
West Miami, FL 33144

18. Il Gabbiano

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19. AltaMar

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1223 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

20. Ortanique On the Mile

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Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134

21. Graziano's Restaurant

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9227 SW 40th St
Miami, FL 33165

22. Talula

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210 23rd St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

23. El Palacio De Los Jugos

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SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33184

24. Azul Restaurant

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500 Brickell Key Dr
Miami, FL 33131

25. Timo Restaurant

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17624 Collins Ave
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

26. Buena Vista Bistro

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4582 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

27. DiLido Beach Club (Ritz Carlton Hotel)

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1669 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

28. Las Vacas Gordas

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29. Area 31 Restaurant

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Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132

30. Scarpetta

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4441 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140

31. Shorty's BBQ

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9200 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL 33156

32. Pacific Time

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35 NE 40th St
Miami, FL 33137

33. BLT Steak Restaurant at the Betsy Hotel

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1440 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

34. Emeril's Restaurant Miami Bch

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1601 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

35. NAOE Miami

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(Across St Tropez Condominiums) 175 Sunny Isles Blvd
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160 (305) 947-6263

36. Wish Restaurant

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801 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

37. Michy's

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Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

38. La Palme D'Or

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1200 Anastasia Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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1. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink 130 Northeast 40th Street (305) 573-5550

2. Sra. Martinez

Sra. Martinez 4000 Northeast 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33137 (305) 573-5474

3. Meat Market

915 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
915 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

4. Bourbon Steak

19999 W Country Club Dr, Aventura, FL 33180
19999 W Country Club Dr
Aventura, FL 33180

5. Hiro's Yakko-San

W Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
W Dixie Hwy
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

6. Clarke's

840 1st St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
840 1st St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish

398 NW North River Dr, Miami, FL 33128
398 NW North River Dr
Miami, FL 33128

8. Macaluso's Restaurant

1747 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
1747 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

9. The River Seafood & Oyster Bar

650 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33131
650 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33131

10. Sardinia Restaurant

Sunset Harbor Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Sunset Harbor Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

11. Cafe at Books & Books

933 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
933 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

12. Joe's Stone Crab

11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139