Justin Namon
Cleo Restaurant at The Redbury South Beach
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1. Stripsteak 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Michael Mina's Stripsteak inside the Fontainebleau packs a punch with daily caught seafood and top-of-the-line beef from an in-house butcher. The two-story venue features indoor and outdoor seating, and the open kitchen with a wood-burning oven adds a bit of culinary entertainment to your meal.

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2. Seagrape 4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Located in the Thompson hotel, Seagrape has farmers all over South Florida growing ingredients just for its menu, which includes items like crispy veal sweetbreads w/ smoky cranberry beans and confit grapes.

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3. Brava! 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

This spot IN the Arsht Center has a three-course prix fixe menu every night for $36 per person that has inventive desserts and craft cocktails.

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4. Q Bar - Blues And Burgers 2376 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305

Chef Laurent Tasic is manning the kitchen at this quiet, live jazz venue in Lauderdale, serving Funky Buddha and other local craft beers alongside a menu full of burgers named after jazz greats like the Louis -- grass-fed and topped with crab and Newburgh aioli.

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5. Cleo - South Beach 1776 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

There's something about "small plates" and "Mediterranean" that go well together, and Cleo is doing some of the best Med shareables in Miami. An outpost of the LA original, the swanky restaurant serves traditional mezze, but the real star of the menu is the sheer variety of small plates. The menu is split into categories for flatbreads, salads, meats, seafood, and vegetables. The drink selection is equally varied with inventive vodka cocktails, wine from all over, and a few beers, including local drafts.

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6. American Social 690 Southwest 1st Court, Miami, FL 33130

Embracing the hard-working spirit of America, American Social is the ultimate destination for a post-work drink. Bedecked with red, white, and blue furniture and peppered with issues of LIFE magazine on the walls, American Social is a relaxing spot for dinner and drinks. Start off your meal with shared plates like Peekytoe Crab Toast, with red peppers, shallots, mustard, aioli, cucumber, jalapeno and tarragon on a pumpernickel crouton or rock shrimp tacos. The extensive menu encourages you to nibble on burgers and sandwiches, salads, and pub dishes like cheesy fries with pickled jalapeno, ranch, scallions, and proteins like chicken, rock shrimp and short rib. And last -- but certainly not least -- its spectacular waterfront views are enough to (maybe just maybe) restore your faith in the country.

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7. CVI.CHE 105 111 NE 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 33132

The guys who brought actually-reasonably-priced ceviche to Downtown have also produced the unthinkable in this spot: a trendy, delicious, reasonably priced seafood restaurant in South Beach.

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8. La Savina 1100 West Ave, South Beach, FL 33139

Though you may find it difficult to convince yourself you’re somewhere on the Mediterranean when you’re sitting at the Mondrian South Beach looking out at turquoise waters and the Miami skyline, the food at this spot inside will help. Enjoy your Valencia rice with braised kale and tomatoes and try to ignore the blasting AC/humidity.

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9. Moye 829 SW 1 Ave , Miami, FL 33130

Moye brings upscale Italian to Brickell, with two successful locations already in ACTUAL ITALY (Florence and Milan). The pre fixe menu is killer, with options like tortino puff pastry with sea bream and fussili with veal strips, tomatoes, and stracciatella.

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10. IKRA 16850 Collins Ave Ste 106A, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

This whited-out resto-club is plating up prime veal burgers, house-made linguini with sturgeon caviar, and other decadences during the week, then on the weekends there are musical acts up on stage, a private karaoke room, and even an on-site day care.

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11. Tamarina Restaurant 600 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

An Italian menu long on seafood like big eye tuna with shaved fennel and orange and sea scallops with caponata highlight the menu at this spot.

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12. 27 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Many of the ingredients come from the rooftop garden and herbs from the same backyard spot they use for Broken Shaker. Adjacent to Miami’s best outdoor drinking spot, this places serves Miami-inspired cuisine with a '30s décor and an upstairs lounge with drinks from Bar Lab.

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13. Matador Room 2901 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33140

The Matador Room takes on Latin and Caribbean food, but it puts a nice twist on classics with stuff like gulf white shrimp in “agua Diablo” (devil’s water).