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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.

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

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Sra. Martinez

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Meat Market

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Bourbon Steak

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Hiro's Yakko-San

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Clarke's

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Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish

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Macaluso's Restaurant

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The River Seafood & Oyster Bar

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Sardinia Restaurant

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Cafe at Books & Books

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Joe's Stone Crab

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Cantina Beach (at the Ritz)

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Red Light Little River

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Randazzo's Little Italy

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El Mago De Las Fritas

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Il Gabbiano

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AltaMar

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Ortanique On the Mile

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Graziano's Restaurant

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El Palacio De Los Jugos

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Azul Restaurant

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Timo Restaurant

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Buena Vista Bistro

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DiLido Beach Club (Ritz Carlton Hotel)

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Las Vacas Gordas

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Area 31 Restaurant

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Scarpetta

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Shorty's BBQ

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Pacific Time

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BLT Steak Restaurant at the Betsy Hotel

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Emeril's Restaurant Miami Bch

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NAOE Miami

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Wish Restaurant

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Michy's

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La Palme D'Or

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