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Where to Eat Raw Meat in Miami

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We continue The Five Days of Meat with an ode to all things raw. In recent years, raw meat dishes have gotten somewhat of a bad rap, as the dangers of E. coli and other hazardous bacteria flood the news circuit. However, when properly prepared, raw meat dishes are perfectly safe to eat, and oftentimes trump the flavor of even the juiciest slab of prime rib. So whether it's carpaccio, tartare, or prosciutto, the following restaurants rise to the occasion. What you find are some of the most delicious raw meat dishes in all of South Florida. —Sherri Balefsky


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Carpaccio

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9700 Collins Avenue
Bal Harbour, FL 33154
As its name suggests, Carpaccio is a go-to spot for (what else!) carpaccio. The Italian eatery boasts an entire menu dedicated to the raw meat delicacy. Located at the chic Bal Harbour Shops, the restaurant fits in quite nicely with its upscale boutique neighbors. And the fact that it’s been in business for over 15 years is a testament to the quality of its food and service.

2. Edge, Steak & Bar

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1435 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 381-3015
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This trendy steakhouse located on the seventh floor of the Four Seasons hotel is the masterpiece of executive chef Aaron Brooks, who has been treating the palates of Four Seasons guests throughout North America for over a decade. Whether you decide to dine on the terrace overlooking Biscayne Bay or in a private booth inside the dining room, be sure to order the beef tartare: Creekstone Farms tenderloin with old-fashioned gherkins, corn chipotle, and yellow mustard seed.

3. Makoto

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9700 Collins Ave
Bal Harbour, FL 33154
(305) 864-8600
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Headed by the restaurant’s namesake chef, Makoto Okuwa, Steven Starr’s second South Florida eatery continues to take modern Japanese cuisine to new levels. The trendy Bal Harbour Shops locale is a favorite of visitors and local alike, who come for the best sushi and robata skewers in the area. But don’t leave without trying the kobe beef carpaccio appetizer, which is seasoned with a tasty combination of ginger, garlic, mitsuba (a Japanese herb), and truffle oil.

4. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

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3252 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 369-0353
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Brought to you by the same people behind Sushi Samba, Sugarcane excites senses with an extensive menu of small plates and sushi. While this Midtown restaurant is primarily known for its raw seafood bar, its crudo menu is equally enviable. Try the Akaushi beef carpaccio, served with pickled mushrooms and a truffle ponzu sauce.

5. Macchialina

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820 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-2124
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Don’t let the construction deter you, this inviting Italian tavern, reminiscent of a local New York City eatery, features brick walls with chalkboards that display the day’s menu (which always includes a few sumptuous raw meat dishes). Stop by for happy hour on Wednesdays between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., when wine and beer are only $5 and the steak tartare crostino is only $7.

6. Prime Italian

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101 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 695-8484
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Situated directly across from its sister restaurant, the famous Prime 112 steakhouse, Prime Italian continues to live up to its reputation as being one of the best Italian restaurants in South Beach. The menu’s prosciutto has been aged 500 days and is served sliced to order with a selection of artisanal cheeses, fresh seasonal fruits, and house-made grissini.

7. Batch Gastropub

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30 SW 12th St
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 808-5555
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Brickell’s newest watering hole, located just two blocks from the bustling Mary Brickell Village, has had no problem luring in crowds. Many come for its inimitable drink selection and beer taps that can be accessed with just the swipe of a credit card, but Batch also has an excellent selection of cured meat and cheese. Meat lovers must order the "Divine Swine Pizza," which comes topped with bacon, chorizo, spiced salami, and prosciutto.

8. The District Miami

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190 NE 46th Street
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-4199
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Located in a historic home just north of the Design District (Buena Vista, to be exact), The District has already made a name for itself as a go-to spot in the area. At the helm: executive chef Horacio Rivadero, a 2014 James Beard Best Chef South semifinalist. He cooks up a selection of eclectic dishes that highlight local ingredients. As far as raw meat goes, there’s a selection of charcuterie and a Colorado lamb tartare that’s simply divine.

9. Fratelli La Bufala

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437 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 532-0700
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With more than 100 locations worldwide, Fratelli La Bufala serves up authentic Italian dishes and pizza, all of which highlight the restaurant’s namesake ingredient: fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese. There’s an extensive antipasti menu that features the delectable cheese—imported from Naples, Italy, two times a week—paired with various raw and cooked meats cured to perfection.

10. George's in the Grove

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3145 Commodore Plz
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
(305) 444-7878
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Don’t let the Buddha decorations and disco balls fool you, George’s is neither an Asian restaurant nor a discotheque. Instead, you’ll find quality French cuisine with an American twist. The chefs put their own twists on beef carpaccio, steak tartare, and—a guest favorite—a burrata caprese (don’t forget to ask for it with the prosciutto).

11. Bourbon Steak

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19999 W Country Club Dr
Aventura, FL 33180
(786) 279-6600
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Celebrity chef and restaurateur Michael Mina’s signature steak house can be found inside the luxurious Turnberry Isle golf resort in Aventura. The restaurant is known for its exquisite cuts of organic beef that are grilled to perfection. But if you’re in the mood for something raw, do not miss out on the American Wagyu beef tartare, which is mixed for you right at the table.

12. Bar Crudo Miami

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40 S Pointe Dr suite 109
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 763-8508
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With not a single stove or fire-burning oven in the joint, Bar Crudo certainly lives up to its name (crudo is Italian for “raw”). This South of Fifth neighborhood eatery offers a complete menu featuring various ceviche dishes and other raw delicacies. Try the wild boar tartare: diced wild boar with black truffle and sea beans. And be sure to wash it all down with one of the bar’s signature cocktails, like the grapefruit caipirinha or the chai and rye martini.

13. Steak 954

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401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
(954) 414-8333
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Located inside the chic W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Steak954 was the first Florida outpost for famed Philadelphia restaurateur Steven Starr (of Buddakan and Morimoto fame). As if expected of a Starr restaurant, the food, service, and ambience are all impeccable. For a truly memorable experience, dine on the beachfront patio and order the beef tartare appetizer: hand-chopped filet mignon with dijon sauce. And leave room for dessert…like the double caramelized chocolate panna cotta.

1. Carpaccio

9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, FL 33154
As its name suggests, Carpaccio is a go-to spot for (what else!) carpaccio. The Italian eatery boasts an entire menu dedicated to the raw meat delicacy. Located at the chic Bal Harbour Shops, the restaurant fits in quite nicely with its upscale boutique neighbors. And the fact that it’s been in business for over 15 years is a testament to the quality of its food and service.
9700 Collins Avenue
Bal Harbour, FL 33154

2. Edge, Steak & Bar

1435 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131
This trendy steakhouse located on the seventh floor of the Four Seasons hotel is the masterpiece of executive chef Aaron Brooks, who has been treating the palates of Four Seasons guests throughout North America for over a decade. Whether you decide to dine on the terrace overlooking Biscayne Bay or in a private booth inside the dining room, be sure to order the beef tartare: Creekstone Farms tenderloin with old-fashioned gherkins, corn chipotle, and yellow mustard seed.
1435 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL 33131

3. Makoto

9700 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour, FL 33154
Headed by the restaurant’s namesake chef, Makoto Okuwa, Steven Starr’s second South Florida eatery continues to take modern Japanese cuisine to new levels. The trendy Bal Harbour Shops locale is a favorite of visitors and local alike, who come for the best sushi and robata skewers in the area. But don’t leave without trying the kobe beef carpaccio appetizer, which is seasoned with a tasty combination of ginger, garlic, mitsuba (a Japanese herb), and truffle oil.
9700 Collins Ave
Bal Harbour, FL 33154

4. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137
Brought to you by the same people behind Sushi Samba, Sugarcane excites senses with an extensive menu of small plates and sushi. While this Midtown restaurant is primarily known for its raw seafood bar, its crudo menu is equally enviable. Try the Akaushi beef carpaccio, served with pickled mushrooms and a truffle ponzu sauce.
3252 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33137

5. Macchialina

820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Don’t let the construction deter you, this inviting Italian tavern, reminiscent of a local New York City eatery, features brick walls with chalkboards that display the day’s menu (which always includes a few sumptuous raw meat dishes). Stop by for happy hour on Wednesdays between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., when wine and beer are only $5 and the steak tartare crostino is only $7.
820 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

6. Prime Italian

101 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Situated directly across from its sister restaurant, the famous Prime 112 steakhouse, Prime Italian continues to live up to its reputation as being one of the best Italian restaurants in South Beach. The menu’s prosciutto has been aged 500 days and is served sliced to order with a selection of artisanal cheeses, fresh seasonal fruits, and house-made grissini.
101 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. Batch Gastropub

30 SW 12th St, Miami, FL 33130
Brickell’s newest watering hole, located just two blocks from the bustling Mary Brickell Village, has had no problem luring in crowds. Many come for its inimitable drink selection and beer taps that can be accessed with just the swipe of a credit card, but Batch also has an excellent selection of cured meat and cheese. Meat lovers must order the "Divine Swine Pizza," which comes topped with bacon, chorizo, spiced salami, and prosciutto.
30 SW 12th St
Miami, FL 33130

8. The District Miami

190 NE 46th Street, Miami, FL 33137
Located in a historic home just north of the Design District (Buena Vista, to be exact), The District has already made a name for itself as a go-to spot in the area. At the helm: executive chef Horacio Rivadero, a 2014 James Beard Best Chef South semifinalist. He cooks up a selection of eclectic dishes that highlight local ingredients. As far as raw meat goes, there’s a selection of charcuterie and a Colorado lamb tartare that’s simply divine.
190 NE 46th Street
Miami, FL 33137

9. Fratelli La Bufala

437 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
With more than 100 locations worldwide, Fratelli La Bufala serves up authentic Italian dishes and pizza, all of which highlight the restaurant’s namesake ingredient: fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese. There’s an extensive antipasti menu that features the delectable cheese—imported from Naples, Italy, two times a week—paired with various raw and cooked meats cured to perfection.
437 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

10. George's in the Grove

3145 Commodore Plz, Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Don’t let the Buddha decorations and disco balls fool you, George’s is neither an Asian restaurant nor a discotheque. Instead, you’ll find quality French cuisine with an American twist. The chefs put their own twists on beef carpaccio, steak tartare, and—a guest favorite—a burrata caprese (don’t forget to ask for it with the prosciutto).
3145 Commodore Plz
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

11. Bourbon Steak

19999 W Country Club Dr, Aventura, FL 33180
Celebrity chef and restaurateur Michael Mina’s signature steak house can be found inside the luxurious Turnberry Isle golf resort in Aventura. The restaurant is known for its exquisite cuts of organic beef that are grilled to perfection. But if you’re in the mood for something raw, do not miss out on the American Wagyu beef tartare, which is mixed for you right at the table.
19999 W Country Club Dr
Aventura, FL 33180

12. Bar Crudo Miami

40 S Pointe Dr suite 109, Miami Beach, FL 33139
With not a single stove or fire-burning oven in the joint, Bar Crudo certainly lives up to its name (crudo is Italian for “raw”). This South of Fifth neighborhood eatery offers a complete menu featuring various ceviche dishes and other raw delicacies. Try the wild boar tartare: diced wild boar with black truffle and sea beans. And be sure to wash it all down with one of the bar’s signature cocktails, like the grapefruit caipirinha or the chai and rye martini.
40 S Pointe Dr suite 109
Miami Beach, FL 33139

13. Steak 954

401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Located inside the chic W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Steak954 was the first Florida outpost for famed Philadelphia restaurateur Steven Starr (of Buddakan and Morimoto fame). As if expected of a Starr restaurant, the food, service, and ambience are all impeccable. For a truly memorable experience, dine on the beachfront patio and order the beef tartare appetizer: hand-chopped filet mignon with dijon sauce. And leave room for dessert…like the double caramelized chocolate panna cotta.
401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

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