Restaurants in Miami
Miami restaurants have gained worldwide acclaim for offering unique New World cuisine, also known as “Nuevo Latino” or “Floribbean,” a play on the combination of Caribbean and American culinary styles. Restaurants in Miami tend to specialize in Cuban and South American dishes, but as an international destination Miami offers plenty of award-winning international and fusion restaurants that will satisfy cravings for Chinese, Japanese, French, Middle Eastern and Italian cuisine, too.
Miami is also known for the number of nightclubs that double as restaurants, especially in South Beach. Cibo Wine Bar, located in Coral Gables, serves up authentic, rustic Italian, and also doubles as a nightlife hotspot. The stone and glass interior, complete with rustic wood finishes, makes it a sport that feels both casual and contemporary. Award-winning The Forge, open since 1969, serves a farm-to-table menu in a sumptuously decorated space with walls of hand-carved blonde wood and antique smoked mirrors. The menu boasts specialties based on Miami’s bounteous seafood, such as sea scallop ceviche, Maine lobster risotto and Florida stone crab claws, as well as fusion twists on seafood classics like miso-marinated Chilean sea bass and organic farm-raised salmon served with hazelnuts and smoked trout caviar.
An outpost of New York’s Sushi Samba, this South Beach restaurant employs a multicultural approach to sushi, using Japanese, Peruvian, and Brazilian flavors to create unique dishes. The lively space has a club-like atmosphere that frequently attracts celebrities.
Chef Michelle Bernstein’s 50-seat bistro on Miami’s Upper East Side may be small in size, but it’s bold in design, featuring orange-covered booths, capiz shell chandeliers, and a deep blue floor and ceiling.
Originally founded in the Art Deco District, the Frieze is named after the famous architectural element used in many buildings there. The shop is owned by the Warren family, who supervises the production of the company’s ice cream and sorbet flavors, made fresh daily.
Luxe Italian steak house from Wise Guys star
Located in Wynwood, this no-nonsense Latin American dive is known for fresh, affordable food.
Andrea Menichetti prepares hearty Tuscan fare (gnocchi with ricotta baked in parmesan olive oil), made with ingredients from his family's farm in Italy.
In 2003, renowned chef Tim Andriola opened his Mediterranean-Italian restaurant, Timo, in Sunny Isles Beach. With seating for around 100 people, the dining room boasts red brick walls, brown leather seats, and tables covered in white linens.
Chef Miguel Aguilar puts his stamp on the Latin-inflected menu, but the art-filled interiors are as much of a draw as the food.
Known for its authentic, uncomplicated French fare, this Coral Gables restaurant is the namesake of chef Pascal Oudin, who studied under culinary legend Alain Ducasse.