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.
A fine dining favorite in Brickell, the acclaimed Azul is located inside Mandarin Oriental hotel and helmed by chef Joel Huff. Unveiled in July 2011, the restaurant's new menu features a blend of European, American, and Asian flavors.
A haven for clubgoers seeking an affordable, fast dining option to satisfy their late night cravings, T-Mex has earned a following with its reliable Mexican fare.
There's real substance to Claude Troisgrois's French-goes-tropical fare. To get in step with the fashion crowd, start off with the Crabavocat, a guacamole and blue-crab salad with a spicy tomato coulis and crispy shrimp.
Nightclub ambiance meets sumptuous Moroccan décor in this dimly lit South Beach restaurant that's the place to be on Monday nights.
Despite the dingy exterior and the interior’s dated and tacky ship-related décor, Captain’s Tavern serves some of the freshest seafood in South Miami.
Soft yellow lighting and warm wood accents are the more subtle design aspects at Sardinia Enoteca; more dramatic are the fully stocked wine racks that reach all the way up to the ceiling. Here, wine isn’t just a big deal, it's "an obsession," according to owners Pietro and Tony.
Since 1999, chef Michael D’Andrea has showcased his family’s 75-year-old recipes at this Staten Island-style Italian eatery in South Beach.
A flashy, high-end Chinese restaurant housed inside the equally flashy W South Beach Hotel, Mr. Chow is owned by famed restauranteur Michael Chow, who also owns restaurants in New York and London.
Miamians love the views of pricey speedboats and overloaded cargo ships from the open-air tables set along the Miami River at this downtown joint, but the real star is the seafood. It comes fried, blackened, or grilled to perfection and is served with sweet or green plantains.