Winter: In most of the country it means months of cold weather and perpetual blizzards. In Miami it means months slightly cooler weather and a perpetual blizzard... of tourists. Ugh. And while we made it easier for you to tell the tourists from the locals, you can also avoid 'em by ducking into Miami's 13 best new restaurants before everyone knows about 'em...
Miami's 13 Best New Restaurants
As much as you probably enjoyed the drive to Aventura to get Michael Mina’s steak specialties at Bourbon Steak, sadly the SunPass lanes on 95 won’t be getting as much of your hard earned money. That's because you only need to go to the former Gotham Steak spot in the Fontainebleau to get them, plus caught-that-day seafood specialties, three cuts of wagyu, and entrees of meat medleys like the Colorado Lamb Tasting and an American vs. Australian Wagyu platter.
Michelle Bernstein has resurfaced to do something other than sling quinoa salad at Dolphins games with this spot in the swanky new Thompson Hotel. The long awaited “replacement” for Michy’s, Seagrape has farmers all over South Florida growing ingredients especially for its menu, which starts with crispy veal sweetbreads w/ smoky cranberry beans & confit grapes, and moves onto Florida staples like snapper w/ recado verde & potato puree or squid ink spaghetti.
There are two major problems with finding a pre-show dinner spot by the Arsht Center: 1) finding a good restaurant you can walk to, and 2) finding a restaurant where dinner doesn't cost more than your orchestra seats to Cats. Consider both problems solved at this new spot IN the Arsht Center, where you’ll get a three-course prix-fixe menu every night (for $36 per person) that has inventive desserts and craft cocktails. Plus you'll still be in your seat in time to hear "Memory."
Live jazz is typically something people associate with South Florida about as often as they associate hard core rap with Portland. But that may change soon now that Chef Laurent Tasic is helming the kitchen at this quiet, cozy new live jazz venue in Lauderdale. He's serving Funky Buddha and other local craft beers alongside a menu full of burgers named after jazz greats, such as the Louis -- a Florida grass-fed burger topped with crab and Newburgh aioli. And if your dog is a jazz lover, their patio has a whole menu just for them.
It’s like Chef Danny Elmaleh and the guys who brought this LA/Vegas hit to South Beach spent a week here and said, “Oh God enough with the freaking techno,” because they're uncharacteristically pumping classic rock to go with their Middle Eastern small plates -- like fresh-baked, wood-oven breads; Brussels sprout leaves with slivered almonds in red wine vinaigrette; and brown sugar marinated wagyu steak kebabs, which taste way better with Tom Petty than Skrillex.
Once upon a time, if you wanted to have dinner around a bunch of hot FSU girls you had to drive like nine hours to Tallahassee. Then, as you may have read in our guide to drinking in the 954, all you had to do was hit up the original American Social on Las Olas. But now, just head to the Miami River, where all that fun has now added boats, plus a menu with red wine short rib flatbread, wild boar sloppy joes, and the only thing AmSo is more famous for than its female patrons, the AmSo mac & cheese.
Although the words “affordable” and “South Beach” are typically used in the same sentence about as often as “Dolphins” and “playoffs,” the guys behind Downtown's wildly successful Peruvian joint have brought their brand of affordable Peruvian deliciousness to the far end of Lincoln Rd, where you’ll wanna get the Ceviche Seafood Orgy -- mixed, marinated, raw seafood swimming in tiger milk.
Although you may find it difficult to convince yourself you’re somewhere in the Mediterranean when you’re sitting at the Mondrian South Beach looking out at turquoise waters and the Miami skyline, the food at this brand-new spot inside will help. So enjoy your Valencia rice with braised kale and tomatoes or the yellowtail snapper “a la parrilla” with chargrilled lemon and salsa verde, and try to ignore the blasting AC/humidity.
Have you ever been on the Metrorail (okay, we know, no, but just go with it) and thought, “Man, I could REALLY go for some burrata from Puglia, the Italian region where it originated." Well, now you can easily satisfy that craving -- and cravings for all kinds of other Southern Italian food like Stufato stew and stuffed veal rolls with baked potatoes -- at this new spot from the Sardinia guys right next to the Brickell Metrorail station. Oh, and they've also got a killer prix-fixe lunch.
Although Sunny Isles hasn’t been a place known to get rowdy since the regrettable closing of the Collins Ave bingo hall, the good times are rolling again in this 15,000sqft resto-club, where during the week they’re plating prime veal burgers, house-made linguine w/ sturgeon caviar, and other delicacies. On the weekends there're musical acts onstage, a private karaoke room, and even an on-site day care.
Remember Lippi? That fancy-pants place next to the Christmas tree plaza in Brickell? Well, apparently the people behind it thought it was a little TOO fancy pants and have created a just-as-delicious, but far more accessible, new spot with an impressive crudo bar and an Italian menu long on seafood like bigeye tuna w/ shaved fennel & orange, and sea scallops w/ caponata.
You hear the term “locally sourced” thrown around a lot, but that could literally mean the chef bought all the produce at Winn-Dixie. Not the case here. Many of the ingredients come from the rooftop garden and the herbs come from the same backyard spot they use for Broken Shaker. This new restaurant, adjacent to Miami’s best outdoor drinking spot, is a house that used to sit next to the Freehand Hostel and now serves Miami-inspired cuisine amid '30s décor and drinks from BarLab in an upstairs lounge.
Though you’ll be disappointed to learn the new EDITION hotel won’t be boasting nightly performances from Bobby Brown and Johnny Gill, it’ll be a lot easier to handle with a dinner at Matador Room, the centerpiece of the hotel’s three new spots from Jean-Georges Vongerichten. This one is his take on Latin and Caribbean food, with stuff like Gulf white shrimp in “agua diablo,” or devil water if you’re new to Miami.
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1. Stripsteak4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
2. Seagrape4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
3. Brava!1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
4. Q Bar - Blues And Burgers2376 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale
5. Cleo - South Beach1776 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
6. American Social690 Southwest 1st Court, Miami
7. CVI.CHE 105111 NE 3rd Ave, Miami
8. La Savina1100 West Ave, South Beach
9. Moye829 SW 1 Ave , Miami
10. IKRA16850 Collins Ave Ste 106A, Sunny Isles Beach
11. Tamarina Restaurant600 Brickell Ave, Miami
12. 272727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach
13. Matador Room2901 Collins Ave, Miami
This chophouse, featuring beef from an in-house butcher, is Michael Mina’s second Fontainebleau outpost. Its menu packs a punch, with caught-that-day seafood specialties, three cuts of Wagyu, A4 rib eye, A5 strip loin, and entrees of meat medleys. For pure selection of top-of-the-line steaks, this place can’t be beat. The venue is two stories with both indoor and outdoor seating, and if you want an entertaining experience you should sit in view of the impressive open kitchen with a wood-burning oven.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head to the Miami River for a menu with red wine short rib flatbread, wild boar sloppy joes, and the only thing American Social is more famous for than its female patrons, the AmSo mac & cheese.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.