clock menu more-arrow no yes

The 38 Essential Miami Restaurants, April 2011

View as Map

Here, now, is an updated 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, has been culled from a panel of experts and covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines, histories, locations, and, collectively, satisfies all of your restaurant needs, save for those who are never happy. Every so often 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.

After pouring over reader emails and comments, we've decided to drop: Escopazzo, Joey's, Azul, Area 31, Wish, Latin Burger & Taco Truck, and Meat Market.

The great news is that in their places come: Osteria del Teatro, Shake Shack, Buena Vista Bistro, Chow Down Grill, Burger & Beer Joint, Casa Tua, and La Moon. Welcome to the show.

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

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

Copy Link

2. Sra. Martinez

Copy Link

3. La Moon

Copy Link
144 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33130

4. Osteria del Teatro

Copy Link
1443 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 538-7850
Visit Website

5. Bourbon Steak

Copy Link
19999 W Country Club Dr
Aventura, FL 33180

6. Hiro's Yakko-San

Copy Link
Bermuda Bar & Grill, NE 163rd St
North Miami Bch, FL 33160

7. Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish

Copy Link
398 NW North River Dr
Miami, FL 33128

8. The River Seafood & Oyster Bar

Copy Link
650 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33136

9. Joe's Stone Crab

Copy Link
11 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

10. El Mago De Las Fritas

Copy Link
5828 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33144

11. Prime 112 Restaurant

Copy Link
112 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

12. Shake Shack

Copy Link
1111 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

13. Red Light Little River

Copy Link
7700 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

14. AltaMare

Copy Link
Lincoln Road Chiropractic, 1741 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

15. Ortanique On the Mile

Copy Link
278 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134

16. Versailles

Copy Link
3555 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135
305-445-7614

17. El Palacio De Los Jugos

Copy Link
SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33184

18. Buena Vista Bistro

Copy Link
4582 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

19. Timo Restaurant

Copy Link
17624 Collins Ave
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

20. Zuma

Copy Link
270 Biscayne Blvd Way
Miami, FL 33131

21. The Forge Restaurant | Winebar

Copy Link

22. Chow Down Grill

Copy Link
9517 Harding Ave
Surfside, FL 33154

23. Ola

Copy Link
1745 James Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

24. Scarpetta

Copy Link
Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140-3227

25. BLT Steak Restaurant at the Betsy Hotel

Copy Link
1440 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

26. NAOE Miami

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

27. Burger & Beer Joint

Copy Link
1766 Bay Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

28. Michy's

Copy Link
6927 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

29. La Palme D'Or

Copy Link
1200 Anastasia Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

30. Casa Tua

Copy Link
(305) 673-0973
Visit Website

31. Sakaya Kitchen

Copy Link
3401 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 576-8096
Visit Website

32. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

Copy Link
3250 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 369-0353
Visit Website

33. Barton G. The Restaurant

Copy Link
1427 West Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

34. GastroPod Miami

Copy Link
50 NE 29th St
Miami, FL 33137

35. Tropical Chinese Restaurant

Copy Link
7991 Bird Rd
Westchester, FL 33155
(305) 262-1552

36. Hakkasan

Copy Link
(786) 276-1388
Visit Website

37. Gigi

Copy Link
3470 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(305)573-1520

38. Red, The Steakhouse

Copy Link
119 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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. La Moon

144 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33130
144 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33130

4. Osteria del Teatro

1443 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
1443 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

5. Bourbon Steak

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

6. Hiro's Yakko-San

Bermuda Bar & Grill, NE 163rd St, North Miami Bch, FL 33160
Bermuda Bar & Grill, NE 163rd St
North Miami Bch, FL 33160

7. Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish

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

8. The River Seafood & Oyster Bar

650 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33136
650 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33136

9. Joe's Stone Crab

11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
11 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

10. El Mago De Las Fritas

5828 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33144
5828 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33144

11. Prime 112 Restaurant

112 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
112 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

12. Shake Shack

1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
1111 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

13. Red Light Little River

7700 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
7700 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

14. AltaMare

Lincoln Road Chiropractic, 1741 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Lincoln Road Chiropractic, 1741 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

15. Ortanique On the Mile

278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134
278 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Related Maps

16. Versailles

3555 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135
3555 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135

17. El Palacio De Los Jugos

SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33184
SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33184

18. Buena Vista Bistro

4582 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137