Top Tables

Top Tables: Miami’s Best Restaurants

Miami has beckoned visitors with sun, stretches of sandy beaches and buzzy nightlife for decades. And in recent years, the city’s restaurant scene has vaulted as a whole new reason to spend a weekend (or longer) in Magic City—and not just on South Beach—with a Michelin’s Guide first launching in 2022.

Indagare is always scouting for the newest best restaurants, classic spots and neighborhood gems that feel like a special find. Though the restaurant scene changes often, here is our current list of top tables in Miami, for any occasion.

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Editors’ Picks: Lunch

Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop

An institution, Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop is a must-stop for Cuban fare while in Miami. Serving guests from a small counter and take-out window, the no-frills establishment lets the food shine for itself (get the Cubano). Grab breakfast, lunch or snacks on the way into Wynwood. 186 NE 29th St.


Located on the top floor of the luxury shopping mecca that is Bal Harbour Shops, Makoto is one of the best Japanese restaurants in Miami, attracting a mix of couples, friends out for the night and families with older kids and teens. The menu centers around high-quality sushi (innovative sashimi preparation is a highlight but order the two kinds of crispy rice to share), and top-sourced meats. 9700 Collins Ave.

Mandolin Aegean Bistro

Mandolin Aegean Bistro, in an unassuming early 20th Century house in the Design District, channels the Greek isles with casual charm. Patrons can feast on fresh Greek-Turkish fare like marinated grilled octopus and an excellent sampler of Mediterranean dips (perfect for sharing) and halloumi (you won’t want to share). The romantic back patio space draws a trendy crowd, celebrity sightings can be frequent. 4312 NE 2nd Ave.


A fusion of New American and Asian delights, Marion's extensive menu and spirits list is matched by the over-the-top lounge decor. A great place to begin a night out in Miami, especially if it falls on Lobster Tuesday for the specials. 1111 SW 1st Ave.

Michael's Genuine

Michael's Genuine, a welcoming Design District bistro, is a great mid-shopping lunch stop (order the “pop-t’s,” homemade pop tarts that both remind and banish all thoughts of the commercialized childhood snack). 130 NE 40th St.


A fun and casual oyster bar, Mignonette is known for its rotating mollusks selection along with lobster and crudo. While there is an impressive list of appetizers and veggie sides, don’t miss the heath bar bread pudding. 210 NE 18th St.

Ocean Grill at The Setai

Ocean Grill at The Setai serves simple fare—salads, sandwiches and pizzas—in one of South Beach’s most stunning and serene settings, between the hotel’s pools and beach. 2001 Collins Avenue.

Editors’ Picks: Dinner

Boia De

An unpretentious Michelin-starred foodie favorite, Boia De is not your typical Miami hot spot. It's in a Buena Vista strip mall, and people come here for the excellent Italian-ish dishes, not a see-and-be-seen atmosphere.


Byblos gives Mediterranean food a modern makeover in a lively, soaring space in South Beach. Aside from large format plates and delectable rice dishes, most everything on the menu is sized for a meze-style meal and the culinary reach spans from Northern Africa and Greece to the Middle East. 1545 Collins Ave.

Casa Tua

Diners at Casa Tua can enjoy delicate Italian dishes (the gnocchi in a burrata, cream and tomato sauce is a highlight) while seated in a candlelit room that showcases rotating art exhibitions. Call three weeks ahead for a weekend table, one of the hardest reservations to land in Magic City. 1700 James Ave.


Cecconi’s, in Soho Beach House, is neck and neck with Casa Tua in the contest for best Italian restaurant in Miami Beach. Mixing laid-back and elegance, diners can enjoy pasta and pizza alfresco (the large trees and plants on the terrace make every table feel intimate). 4385 Collins Ave.

Joe's Stone Crab

This Miami Beach staple, which has grown into a world-famous destination, was founded in 1913 as a lunch counter and is still family-run by Joe’s descendants. Quintessentially old Miami with a dark-wood paneled interior, ordering the Alaskan king crab or (more obviously) stone crab with hash browns is a must at Joe’s Stone Crab. 11 Washington Ave.

Lido Bayside

The only place to eat on the water in South Beach, Lido Bayside at The Standard serves a menu focused on seasonal produce and locally sourced ingredients. Whether it’s simply sipping frosé; and enjoying the view solo or a feast among friends, the grilled and chilled dishes with plays of citrus and fermentation are all winners. 40 Island Ave.

Lido at The Surf Club

Evoking the leisure, elegance and ease of Italian summers, Lido Restaurant at The Surf Club is oceanfront dining at its best. Set in a large ballroom filled with potted plants, the Old Hollywood decor is juxtaposed by extremely modern dishes. Signatures include langoustine with yuzu dressing and a caviar duo, steamed branzino with pantesca sauce and more. 9011 Collins Ave.

Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann

Famous for his asado (outdoor barbecue) cooking, celebrity chef Francis Mallmann chose Miami’s Baz Luhrmann-designed Faena Hotel for his first restaurant in the United States. Los Fuegos serves open-fire Argentine specialties including succulent beef empanadas, grilled octopus and wagyu steak with domino potatoes, alongside grilled vegetables and excellent craft cocktails and wines. Seating options include the buzzy, glamorous, over-the-top dining room and a more casual, covered outdoor patio. 3201 Collins Ave.

Matador Room

In a 1950s-inspired dining room (with references to the namesake: Spanish bullfighters), Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Matador Room at The Miami Beach EDITION is a love letter to Caribbean and Latin cuisine. The menu is divided into categories like “Light and Bright”; and “Golden and Crisp”; and dishes are meant to be shared. While it’s a great spot for dinner, brunch is also available. 2901 Collins Ave.


Chef Michael Michaelidis’s menu has both Mediterranean and Japanese influences, often within a single dish (salmon tataki with golden berries and cherry tomatoes, or burrata with wasabi peas and a balsamic and ponzu vinaigrette, for example). Delivered in a buzzy, indoor-outdoor rooftop setting, MILA's music is thumping and fire-dancers perform in the water garden.* 1636 Meridian Avenue Rooftop.*

Orilla Bar & Grill

A taste of Buenos Aires in Miami Beach, Orilla Bar & Grill serves Argentine classics—house-pastas, grilled steaks, chicken Milanese—in a stylish, indoor-outdoor dining room with sexy banquette seating, lush plantings and vibey music. 426 Euclid Ave.

Phuc Yea

In a sultry, industrial meets mid-century meets street art space in MiMo, Phuc Yea is not your typical Vietnamese restaurant. Inspired by owners Aniece Meinhold’s Vietnamese heritage and Cesar Zapata’s Cajun and Colombian culinary roots, the menu is a fusion full of explosive flavors and shareable plates along with an extensive cocktail list. The Millionaire Fried Rice is a must-order for the table, complete with black truffle and quail egg. 7100 Biscayne Blvd.

Prime 112

Prime 112 is renowned for its marbleized prime beef (try the 30-ounce bone-in rib eye for two), creamed corn, truffle macaroni and cheese and its buzzing scene. While you stand at the bar waiting for a table—;everyone has to wait, even those with reservations—;you’ll be clamoring for drinks with every facet of Miami’s society. 112 Ocean Dr.


This Asian-fusion restaurant has amassed a loyal following of diners who appreciate its comfort food and extensive offering of craft-beers. Pubbelly(named for the menu’s star ingredient, pork belly) serves ramen, dumplings, veggies and more. Multiple locations.

Stubborn Seed

Helmed by Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford, Stubborn Seedis one of Miami Beach’s most imaginative restaurants, serving artful cuisine in an industrial-chic dining room. Don’t skip the cocktails, which are crafted with as much precision as the seasonal American dishes. 101 Washington Ave.

27 Restaurant & Bar

Inside a former home that’s across the pool deck from the buzzy Freehand hotel/hostel (and its trend-setting cocktail bar), 27 Restaurant & Bar has been a Miami Beach mainstay since opening in 2014. Expect New American meets New Caribbean cooking, served with a casual, friendly attitude. 2727 Indian Creek Dr.

Published onApril 4, 2016

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