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27 Restaurant & Bar

At 27 Restaurant in Miami Beach, expect New American meets New Caribbean cooking, served with a casual, friendly attitude.
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Food at Bar Centro, Miami, Florida

Bar Centro

Ideal for after-dinner drinks, the outdoor Bar Centro caters to the swanky yet sophisticated Miami set, with upscale touches like an overhead art installation and a thoughtful cocktail menu, curated by none other than José Andrés himself. He puts his magic touch on the small food menu, with innovative bites like a frozen blue cheese sandwich, served alongside a mysterious but delicious air margarita.

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Food at Blue Collar, Miami, Florida

Blue Collar

Small and cozy, Blue Collar serves generous portions of gourmet comfort food that are juxtaposed by the lengthy list of tasty veggies.
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Boia De

One of Miami's top spots for Italian-ish cuisine, Michelin-starred Boia De promises exceptional food in a fun-loving, intimate setting. The name comes from a Tuscan slang for “oh my god!”—which explains the exclamation-point motif seen in the pink neon sign above the entrance and on the forest-green wallpaper inside. It also might anticipate what you say after tasting some of the dishes on the menus (created by co-owners/chefs Alex Meyer and Luciana Giangrandi).

Highlights during a recent visit included roasted cauliflower served on top taleggio and anchovy sauce, zucchini-stuffed pasta with squash blossoms, and a saffron tagliatelle served pomodoro-style.

The restaurant draws a relaxed crowd of foodies who may or may not feel the need to dress up for a Michelin dining experience. People are here—which by the way, means a strip mall in Buena Vista—for the excellent, inventive food and drinks, not for the "see and be seen" vibes typical of a Miami hot spot.

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Bar at Byblos Miami, Miami, Florida

Byblos Miami

Byblos gives Mediterranean food a modern makeover in a lively, soaring space in South Beach. Aside from a few large format plates and basmati pilafs, most everything on the menu is sized for a meze-style meal. The culinary reach spans from Northern Africa and Greece to the Middle East, and it’s hard to go wrong when ordering: roasted red beets rolled in pistachios, bulgur shells stuffed with duck confit, figs, tahini and date molasses, wood-fired breads, eggplant with zucchini flowers and chickpea batter, fluke baked with yoghurt and walnuts. Desserts are equally light and floral.

The two-story space is open and airy, with light walls and whitewashed oak acting as a backdrop for colorful artwork and tables set with mismatched ceramic platters. Go for dinner, pluck a chilled cocktail from the spiked tea trolley when it rolls up tableside, and soak in the spirited atmosphere for a fresh night out on South Beach.

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Bar at Casa Tua, Miami, Florida

Casa Tua

Call three weeks ahead for a weekend table at Casa Tua, one of the hardest reservations to land in this restaurant-besotted city. Here diners relish delicate Italian dishes (try the gnocchi in a burrata, cream and tomato sauce) while seated in a candlelit room that showcases rotating art exhibitions, including photography by Albert Watson.

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Bar at Cecconi's, Miami, Florida


Cecconi’s, in Soho Beach House, manages to mix a laid-back, comfortable but elegant dining experience with expert service.
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El Secreto Omakase at Faena Miami Beach

El Secreto Omakase

At Miami’s Baz Luhrmann–designed Faena Hotel, James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Qui has created an über-exclusive omakase (chef's tasting) experience, welcoming just six guests for two seatings (at 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.), on Thursday, Friday and Saturday only. Ingredients are flown in daily from Japan—with such highlights as sea urchin from Hokkaido and Sanuki Olive Wagyu from Kagawa. Expect Tokyo-style sushi and Kyoto-style kaiseki alongside internationally-influenced dishes.

The Faena Theater.

Faena Theater

At Miami’s Baz Luhrmann–designed Faena Hotel, the Faena Theater is a captivating cultural hub renowned for its immersive and avant-garde entertainment experiences. With its opulent decor and intimate setting, the theater offers a range of mesmerizing performances, from cabaret, jazz and live music to dance and theater productions. Guests come for the theater's unique blend of artistry, world-class talent, and cutting-edge technology, resulting in unforgettable evenings that transcend traditional entertainment. Whether seeking a night of glamour, artistic innovation, or simply a remarkable time, the Faena Theater promises an enchanting escape that appeals to both local patrons and global visitors alike. The theater is open Thursday through Saturday evenings (Thursday from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Friday from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. to midnight). Light bites like caviar service and crudos, cheeses and sliders are served alongside Champagne and martinis—as well as a few larger dishes including a burger, a salad and pasta. 

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Fireman Derek’s

Located in the heart of Wynwood, this bakery serves delicious homemade pies in a colorful storefront. Stop here after exploring the nearby Wynwood Walls to indulge in one of the most popular pies, including the addictive chocolate peanut butter pie or the coconut custard cream. Fireman Derek’s also offers healthier fare like breakfast bowls and sandwiches.

Dinning Area at Hakkasan, Miami, Florida


One of the only reasons to set foot in the massive Fontainebleau resort (the other being Italian restaurant Scarpetta), Hakkasan serves authentic Chinese food in a chic setting. Don’t miss the Dim Sum weekend lunches. You will understand how Alan Yau became a legend with this food at his London outpost.

Food at Harry's Pizzeria, Miami, Florida

Harry's Pizzeria

Many argue that Harry’s Pizzeria serves the best thin-crust pizzeria in all of Miami, with the short rib pie a particular favorite.
Food at Joe's Stone Crab, Miami, Florida

Joe's Stone Crab

This Miami Beach staple was founded in 1913 as a lunch counter and has since grown into a world-famous destination. Still family-run by Joe’s descendants, the restaurant is old Miami and the dark-wood paneled interior and devoted staff reinforces this feeling. Order the Alaskan king crab or stone crab and hash browns to enjoy the full experience. Open from mid-October through mid-May.

Exterior View - Joe’s Take Away, Miami, Florida

Joe’s Take Away

The line at landmark Joe’s Stone Crab restaurant isn’t nearly as long for lunch as it is for dinner, when devotees without connections have been known to wait for two-plus hours for a table. But if you don’t mind forgoing service, head to the takeout shop next door to pick up crab claws with mustard sauce, cole slaw and creamed spinach, and eat it right there. Open from mid-October through mid-May.

Food at Katsuya by Starck, Miami, Florida

Katsuya by Starck

For tasty sushi in design heaven, Katsuya by Starck in the SLS surely delivers. Expect excellent and inventive dishes and equally exciting people watching.
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Lido Restaurant & Bayside Grill

The Standard Hotel’s restaurant on the water is a lovely spot throughout the day and night, with a low-key and easy-going vibe.
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Faena Los Fuegos

Los Fuegos

Celebrity chef Francis Mallmann chose Miami’s Baz Luhrmann–designed Faena Hotel for his first restaurant in the United States, a fitting pick considering his tendency for the eccentric. The Argentine, who owns some of the world’s best restaurants (Garzón and Patagonia Sur, to name a few), is famous for his asado (outdoor barbeque) cooking. 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. The adjacent bar, The Living Room, can become quite lively in the evenings, feels old Hollywood meets Miami, with leopard print banquets and touches of red spread throughout.

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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. It works just as well for a celebratory Saturday evening out or more casual weekday evening. 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. Sit inside or outside, which is blissfully shaded under the ceiling–or pull up a seat at the beautiful circular bar. On a recent visit, one local was sitting at the bar with her white Pomeranian in the seat next to her.

Given its location, it's quieter than the scene-y restaurants in South Beach, a welcome contrast–and you can shop beforehand or just wander to enjoy the fountains, artwork and towering palm trees of the shopping center.

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Mandolin Aegean Bistro

Housed in a tiny, early 20th-century house in the Design District, this charming restaurant channels the Greek isles with simple, white and blue décor and a romantic patio space that is lit with flickering lights at dusk. The dining room features blue ceramic plates along its walls and cushioned seating, where patrons can feast on fresh Greek-Turkish fare like marinated gilled octopus and an excellent sampler of Mediterranean dips that is perfect for sharing.

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This 2015 newcomer quickly became one of Miami’s most popular restaurants—and an instant classic in the downtown area, which has not historically been a destination for visiting foodies. In addition to a proper restaurant, the stylish French brasserie boasts a market and a bakery, which churns out freshly baked bread and pastries like madelines and tarts (and are included on the 28-item dessert menu). The whimsical interiors feature French lace curtains and classic brasserie furniture by Parisian manufacturer Drucker, and the menu includes such classic bistro cuisine as sea bream crudo, wild arugula salad and a whole roasted rotisserie chicken for two.

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Matador Room

Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Miami outpost is in a stunningly retro dining room in the Edition hotel on Collins Avenue. The 1950s-inspired interior includes Deco touches as well as references to the Spanish bullfighters in its round space. Cuisine consists of Vongerichten’s favorite elements from Spanish, Caribbean and Latin American food, and the menu is divided into categories like “Light and Bright” (with raw shaved Florida red snapper with green chili dressing) and “Golden and Crispy” (which might be crunchy potato nuggets with spicy-tangy sauce and rosemary aioli). Dishes are meant to be shared, and the lovely waitstaff can offer suggestions for favorites and how much to order.

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Michael's Genuine

The bottom of the menu at Michael’s Genuine explains their philosophy in just a few short words: “genuine: authentic; real; free from pretense.” That theme is evident throughout the cozy restaurant. Dishes make use of fresh local produce and the atmosphere is decidedly down-to-earth. The welcoming Design District bistro is perfect for any meal (all of which should include “pop-t’s,” the homemade pop tarts that both remind and banish all thoughts of the commercialized childhood snack), and is loved by diners of all ages.

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A fun and casual oyster bar, Mignonette is known for its rotating mollusks selection along with lobster and crudo. For dessert, don't miss the heath bar bread pudding.

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For a celebratory evening out in Miami Beach, Mila delivers in spades with excellent "Mediterrasian" dishes and a buzzy vibe.

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Eden Roc and Nobu Miami’s Nobu outpost draws a younger, sometimes celebrity-studded crowd thanks to chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s cuisine.

Interiors at Setai Pool & Beach Bar, Miami, Florida

Ocean Grill at the Setai

Open not just to hotel guests, the Setai’s pool and beach restaurant and bar serves simple fare in one of South Beach’s most stunning and serene settings.
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Orilla Bar & Grill

A taste of Buenos Aires in Miami Beach, Orilla 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. Unlike many Miami “hot spots,” however, Orilla isn’t too loud or sceney to enjoy the food or the company, service is friendly and prices aren’t outrageous.

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