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.
Rainer Becker's Japanese-inspired Zuma has sister operations in Hong Kong and Dubai.
The Corner is the kind of magical-seeming place where everyone knows your spirit of choice. The closest thing Miami may have to an actual speakeasy, this spot has managed to remain a well-kept secret by locals who don’t want to be found.
Wood Tavern is as cool as its drinks—and crowd, as well as its sticker-plastered, graffiti-draped restrooms.
Gramps quietly introduced itself to the hipster community and the Wynwood neighborhood during the country’s premier art mecca affair, Art Basel. Misfits found a friendly abode with air conditioning, cold beer and cocktails — as is stated on the buildings exterior—and so much more.
There’s plenty to love about Radio Bar, a pop-up bar that became a permanent local hot spot, and which embraces the giant Radio Tower presiding over it. Antique radios adorn the laid-back saloon that screams with sounds of funk and old-school hip-hop.
Blackbird Ordinary might not be an oldie, but it’s a goodie. Nix the drinking games and play some childhood games instead — such as Jenga, Battleship, Monopoly and Operation—or take your turn at corn hole in their back courtyard.
At Cypress Room, there’s a beverage book—it’s got a table of contents and several chapters.
At HaVen, a self-proclaimed gastro-lounge, the bar changes colors, the LCD walls change landscapes, and the booze flows till 5 a.m. Bar alchemist Isaac Grillo creates innovative and inventive cocktails using chef Todd Erickson’s farm-to-table method, only it’s farm-to-glass in his case.
You may not expect to get one of the best libation’s Miami has to offer from a fish bar, but barkeeper Rob Ferrara has created a cocktail menu that slurps just as good as the oysters found at Lure.
If the face pouring your drink looks familiar, it’s probably Julio Cabrera—winner of Bombay Sapphire’s “Most Imaginative Bartender All-Stars,” GQ cover model, and The Regent’s mélange virtuoso.
What started out as Miami’s first pop-up cocktail lounge has become a landmark for industry folks looking to get their nightcaps. Perched in an unassuming hostel in South Beach, The Broken Shaker eludes the pretention and glitz of the area it resides in.
Here’s an interesting story: a fireman who also happens to be a baker. When he’s not busy putting out fires, Fireman Derek is whipping up a fury of pies at his Bake Shop & Café in Wynwood.
When this New York restaurant docked at the Loew’s in South Beach, putting a key lime pie on the menu became the first order of business. Lure’s owners did 120 days of due diligence—traveling to the Key West and tasting as many pies as possible—to create the perfect slice.
Surely you’ve seen the movie Cocaine Cowboys that’s all about Miami. Its director Billy Corben is married to Meghan Perkins. Why is this important? Because Meghan makes the key lime pie at Blue Collar, and does so by hand squeezing key limes with her own two hands.