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.
Dreadlocked star chef Govind Armstrong has created dinner-as-theater here, with fussy service, a dramatic and soaring space, and a formal Los Angeles atmosphere.
Owned by Douglas Rodriguez—who also founded Yuca on Lincoln Road—OLA specializes in creative pan-Latino cuisine with Spanish and Caribbean influences. The expansive dining room has dark-wood floors, square chairs, and red accents.
With its glass mosaic mural, marble tables, and vibrant garden patio, Joey’s seems right at home in the Wynwood arts district.
Known for steak and Nova Scotia lobster, this restaurant is an old-school joint with caricatures of longtime regulars on the walls.
East meets West at the South Beach Setai Hotel’s signature restaurant, where well-traveled chef David Werly, a native Alsatian, fuses Asian and modern American flavors.
Ocean blue walls adorned with fish nets are an apt theme at Bahamain Pot, Little Haiti's popular Carribean eatery. Owner Trudy Ellis hails straight from Nassau and specializes in dishes unique to the island, such as conch fritters and whole fried fish.
The most civilized refuge on South Beach's main shopping artery, this café offers a mix of Latin and Southern cuisine, along with a healthy dose of people-watching. Snag one of the choice outdoor tables and enjoy the scene as well as the delicious grilled mahi tacos.
Neighbors rejoiced when James Beard award-winner Michelle Bernstein and her husband, David Martinez, opened Sra. Martinez in the Design District.
A Miami institution for many decades, this family-owned seafood restaurant draws crowds of locals, tourists, and even celebrities, with former patrons ranging from Frank Sinatra to Ivana Trump.