Where to Eat in Miami Right Now
Plant-based palaces, omakase emporiums, steakhouse stunners, and more.
Well, the world’s finest tire company finally thought enough of lil’ ole Miami to come to town and review our restaurants. The city’s first-ever Michelin guide recently gave nationwide nods to spots locals have been raving about for years, and to all of them, we offer a hearty congratulations.
That said, most of us can’t eat at Michelin-starred restaurants every night. Or maybe even don’t want to. Sometimes you just want a nice slice of pizza, an empanada, or some plant-based dan dan noodles to tide you over. And in a city as deliciously diverse as Miami, we can cover those bases too. So from two-Michelin-star fine dining to black beans and rice, here are the best places in Miami to eat right now.
The old chef from Mandolin sets up in a secluded garden along NW 24th Street, plating Aegean specialties good enough to earn the place a Michelin Bib Gourmand. Doya is one of Miami’s most romantic restaurants not just because of its dreamy, twinkling garden setting. It’s also because eating here is a sharable exploration, where dishes with names like turkey pastrami hummus and pacanga pie beg you to discover what’s next. Doya’s dips stand above any Mediterranean eatery in Miami, with a red-pepper based muhammara that’ll have you begging for the recipe as you leave.
Follow the smells of island spices and savory stews down a colorful alley in Wynwood, and you’ll find this Caribbean counter boasting Haitian classics adapted for the modern palette. You’d have to own a sailboat or have some serious WinAir frequent flier miles to sample the variety of Caribbean cuisines you’ll find and Manjay. While the Haitian staples like Griyo braised pork stew and deep fried pork Kreyol Bib sandwiches are the specialties, the jerk chicken bowls, conch fritters, and vegan roti give you a new appreciation for island cuisine.
How to book: Show up for first come, first served service.
Jaffa Israeli Kitchen and Wine Bar
Self-styled “spice detective” Yaniv Cohen debuted a full-scale outpost of his Design District food hall hit, with industrial chic décor accented by throw pillows and live belly dancing on the weekends. There’s a reason you’ll find Jaffa packed with Israelis most nights of the week. The menu goes far beyond the usual falafel-and-hummus and touches all the Holy Land’s cultural influences, with turmeric chicken and short rib tagines as a nod to Moroccan culture, and kofta kebabs inspired by Iraq, Persia, and other points north. We wouldn’t call it Israeli fusion cuisine, per se, but it’s a marked departure from options you’re used to at your neighborhood falafel shack.
Michelle Bernstein tries to make Bayside cool by opening a legitimately-great Cuban restaurant in the notorious tourist trap. Whether she succeeds remains to be seen, but with intricate, Cuban-inspired décor and stunning waterfront views, at the very least she’s given the mall some culinary cred. For visitors looking to try Cuban food during their pre-cruise layover, or locals looking for a decent place to take them, La Canita should be the new default with Cuban classics like arroz con pollo and ropa vieja that are a couple notches above what you’ll find at any Little Havana diner. Lest you let the heft of those dishes slow you down, you can also try the watermelon caprese or ceviche aguachile for something a little more refreshing.
La Traila Barbecue
Austin pitmaster Mel Rodriguez teams up with Buffalo Bills’ wideout Isaiah McKenzie to bring Texas-style barbecue to the far-flung suburbs. Don’t fret the drive: If this place were in Wynwood or Brickell the line would take even longer than your trip to Miami Lakes. We’d call Rodriguez the Josh Allen of brisket smoking, but to our knowledge he’s still undefeated against pitmasters from Kansas City. Regardless, he’s slow-smoking his brisket as well as anyone in the game, and has brilliantly layered it with baked beans, creamed corn, and queso fresco for the Instagram sensation Brisket Sundae. He’s also a food waste savant, taking the scraps from his meats, grinding them up, and putting out one of Miami’s best burgers.
How to book: Stop in for first-come, first-served service.
The folks behind Vietnamese smash Benh Mi opened this breezy café and brasserie on Biscayne Blvd., creating an instant go-to for hangover fare and morning-after brunches. MiMi’s splashed on the scene with a BYOB drink menu and a $75 order of chicken tenders. That door-in-the-face has swung back shut, but the tenders—now a reasonable $15, minus the caviar—are still a greasy, booze-soaking relief on a Saturday afternoon. Other brasserie-style standards include the drippy egg sandwich on brioche and burger with sherry caramelized onions and smoked pickle mayo. Though if you’re coming at night, the 12 ounce strip steak frites is perfect for fueling up.
No Miami pizza shop blends inside and outside quite like Editor Pizza, where you can opt to enjoy your wood-fired pie on the sunny rooftop, café-style sidewalk, or inside under skylights and large, street-facing windows. There’s not a whole lot of guesswork on Editor’s menu, as they keep it simple with a short selection of Neapolitan pies and fresh pastas. Most intriguing among the pizzas is the N’duja, a mouth-tingling creation topped with spreadable Italian sausage and chili oil. Share one of those then split either the lasagna or fresh-made spinach and ricotta ravioli, then wash it down with a glass of reasonably-priced Italian wine.
The Rogue Panda
Even vegans need to indulge sometimes, and this new stand at Time Out Market delivers Jewish Christmas dinner-worthy Chinese dishes minus the meat, with prices never before seen in the plant-based Chinese sphere. Rogue Panda’s menu is pretty small, but since it’s plant based you could legitimately order the whole thing, be comfortably full, and surprisingly NOT be hungry an hour later. If you’re not up for that level of vegan gluttony, start with the Impossible pork dumplings in a star-anise heavy Szechuan sauce, then move to the Dan Dan Noodles with Impossible Pork Ragu, which beat the pants of that chain with all the horse statues. Add on an order of the Kung Pao brussels, a spicy, greasy treat that reaffirm Brussels sprouts’ status as the new French fries.
How to book: Stop in for first-come, first-served service.
The front patio of Ocean Drive’s Lord Balfour isn’t immediately a spot you’d expect for a fantastic Peruvian dinner. But South Beach can still surprise you, and if you enjoy your pisco sours with a heavy side of people watching nowhere in Miami brings it better. When a hotel on Ocean Drive offers anything more impressive than a Cisco chicken sandwich, it’s cause to take notice. But even with that low bar, chef Steven Acosta excels, starting off with a creamy rock shrimp ceviche and Hamachi crispy rice that could have come straight from Lima. No, gringos, you won’t find Lomo saltado here, but if you refuse to try something new there’s still a pretty solid hamburguesa and an avocado and tomato salad for you.
The balmy, traffic ambience of La Farandula’s outdoor tables along Biscayne Boulevard feel as close to eating in Colombia as you’ll get without getting on a plane. And while you might find grittier Colombian cafeterias deeper into Miami, this place strikes a perfect balance of traditional and approachable. If you’re new to the world of Colombian cuisine, La Farandula is the perfect place to dip your toes, with empanadas, maduros, and arepas that are savory enough to satisfy but won’t weigh you down. That light-stomach bliss will end abruptly, though, when you order the Picada la Fara, a meat-tastic sampler of all that’s great about Colombian food, on one convenient platter.
How to book: Walk in for first-come, first-served service.
Tacking on to the two Michelin stars its upstairs neighbors got, this ground level spot from chef Alain Verzeroli notched a star of its own in 2022, plating beautiful, vegetable-forward dishes in a colorful, contemporary space. You don’t have to be a vegetarian, or even like vegetables much more than a stubborn seven-year-old, to appreciate what they’re doing at Le Jardinier. The menu is driven by which veggies are in season, meaning you’ll find stuff like gnocchi with red kuri squash, brown butter, and sage in the fall. Or sweet potato velouté with grilled Honeycrisp apple and cardamom. Le Jardinier still has a handful of solid seafood and steak offerings, but the veggies are the stars of the show. Each one is plated so perfectly you’ll be hesitant to ruin it by eating.
This spring’s Doral addition to our lineup of food halls boasts a multi-story entry bar and couch-filled seating area, followed by a collection of local food-fanatic favorites and a craft beer garden.
It’s hard to go wrong at Shoma Bazaar, where the Shahs of Kabob are serving epic grilled meat sticks right next to Ash Pizza and Pubbelly Sushi. InRamen also set up shop in Shoma, as has the new BFF Burger which quickly took the title of best burger in Doral. The show stoppers, though, are the desserts the size of your head at Sweet Manifesto, which might not be your dentist’s favorite but will definitely be your tastebuds’.
How to book: Stop in for first-come, first served service.
Miami’s most Instagrammed pandemic pizza pop-up has gone brick and mortar in the Design District, serving pizza and snacks Wednesday through Sunday, no pre-order required. Baking out of an oven much bigger than the one that fit on Greg’s home kitchen countertop, this version of Old Greg’s features seven different pies (Plain, ‘Roni, Shroomz, Veggie Supreme, Vegan Supreme, Rampz on Rampz on Rampz, and Lokal Kale & Tomato) in either square form or 18 inch rounds. As an added bonus there’s a small appetizer menu dubbed Snackies, featuring polenta-crusted wings, breadsticks, meatballs, and a refreshing kale salad. And like any self-respecting pizza shop, Old Greg’s also offers a hoagie menu with oyster po’ boys and chicken parm.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.
Ingredients flown in from Mexico make up a menu of unique creations and seafood standouts, served on a sidewalk cafe to a soundtrack of international vinyl. Michelin thought enough of this spot to bestow it a star. Los Felix’s bill leans heavily on Mexican corn, and the culinary team here has brought in varieties rarely found north of the border. They’re best expressed in the Totopos (you might call them tortilla chips) served with fresh guac and a daily-made salsas. You’ll also get the full effect with an order of Esquites, a collection of heirloom corn mixed with chile emulsion and cotija cheese. The chef plays the classics, too, but with a communal spin, from Pork Cheek Carnitas served braised in a bowl with blue corn tacos to a Squash Blossom Quesadilla that easily served four.
Niven Patel’s winning streak continues with this greenery-strewn gem inside the Thesis hotel filled with innovations straight from his farm. Despite Orno’s elegant décor, it feels a little like eating dinner on a family homestead—partly because you’ll find fresh vegetables and chopped wood stored along the dining room’s fringes, and partly because the bulk of the menu is inspired by what’s in season down at Rancho Patel. The James Beard-nominated chef is serving veggie specialties like Vadouvan Cauliflower with pickled apples and Aleppo pepper alongside seafood offerings like Red Snapper Crudo with mango and Thai basil. While vegetarians can definitely indulge here, carnivores aren't left out—the meaty lineup includes an A5 Wagyu Sirloin and Iberico Pork Pluma with peperonata.
How to book: Reserve via Resy.
Serving a menu of Basque stylings done with gourmet twists on the lush patio of the Rubell Museum, modern art and soft breezes combine to make this Miami’s new “it” date spot. If you’ve ever eaten at a real-deal family-style Basque restaurant, you know the general concept: large portions of meat, starches, and spices. But Leku takes that premise and makes it fancy, plating a 50-day Dry-aged Prime Bone-in Ribeye alongside Patatas Caseras and Wild Mushroom Rice. You’ll also find more-traditional Spanish tapas too, like Iberico Croquetas and Galician Octopus. And with everything set in the stunning confines of the Rubell museum, it’s hard not to have a memorable experience at Leku.
How to book: Reserve via SevenRooms.
Buya Izakaya & Yakitori
The grunge era is alive and well at this Seattle-style yakitori shop, where grilled meats and ramen combine with a cleaned up ‘90s-era setting for the best casual Asian restaurant in Miami. Buya’s menu takes big inspiration from drizzly-day northwest yakitoris, where the modernized take on authentic Japanese dishes are almost guaranteed to make you over order. Start with the tempura beech mushroom, a deep-fried fungus that’s like a bloomin’ onion minus the bad breath. Move on to the grilled wagyu with shiso chimichurri or the pork belly with fuji apple glaze. The short rib ramen is tops if you’re feeling noodle-y, and every housemade sauce on the menu will have you asking if they sell the stuff in bottles.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.
Giorgio Rapicivoli dives into his roots, plating takes on Italian cuisine along Coral Gables’ sunny Giralda Plaza. The Chopped champ and local restaurant impresario has put some genius twists on Italian standards, like Wagyu Beef Carpaccio with crispy sunchokes and Little Gem Salad with cacio y pepe dressing. The pastas are all worth a try, though the Short Rib Bolognese will have you rethinking every meat sauce you’ve ever had. If you want even more meat, the 28-ounce Bone-in NY Strip will easily feed you for multiple meals.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.
Eleventh Street Pizza
Fooq owner David Foulquier slings Brooklyn-style and Sicilian pies in his restaurant’s old downtown space, boasting one of Miami’s best happy hours to boot. Though taking pizza advice from a guy running a sports website makes about as much sense as living by restaurant ratings from a tire company, Dave Portnoy absolutely got this one right. The pizza he called “the best stuff I’ve had” is a crispy-crusted, wood-fired Brooklyn-style pie that immediately became a contender for best in the city. The round pies are the heavy hitters, but the Sicilian-style is also Miami’s most spot-on, forgoing excessive cheese on top for crispy parmesan and grilled zucchini. If you’re just up for a slice, head here for Happy Hour, where you’d score half-off slices and cold beer Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 5 pm.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out via Toast.
Uchi’s big name is matched by its quality eats and, while never cheap, is definitely a good spot to drop some cash. Miami got hit with more new omakase spots in 2021 than we did named storms. But the leader of the tasting-menu pack is this Texas transplant, boasting the best selection of sushi in the city. If you’d rather skip the omakase and order for yourself, the Hama Chili with Yellowtail will wake up your palate before moving on to the Hot Rock Wagyu Beef and the addictive Sweet Pumpkin Tempura. Every piece of fish here is going to be spectacular, so don’t be afraid to order adventurously—budget allowing, of course.
How to book: Order take-out via Aloha, or get delivery via Uber Eats.
Though it’s good to be skeptical of any Miami restaurant serving up expensive sushi with a heavy side of scene, Novikov is the odd eatery where the food lives up to the hype and high price point. It’s Chinese-Japanese fusion, which sounds like a recipe for disaster if you grew up eating in strip malls, but works masterfully here. Novikov’s best known for its dim sum, with duck-and-foie-gras-filled dumplings complimenting creations like the spicy prawn moneybag. The makis, sashimis, and bao buns hold their own against any in Miami, and if you want a big plate, delving into the cilantro pesto branzino or sweet and sour mango chicken won’t lead you astray.
How to book: Reserve via SevenRooms.
Ghee Indian Kitchen
Niven Patel—who Food & Wine named one of its top 50 new chefs last year— brought home even more hardware in 2022, notching a Michelin Bib Gourmand. All he does is win by taking whatever’s fresh on his Homestead farm and transforming it into Floridian twists on Indian classics. The menu varies wildly at Ghee based on what’s in season at Rancho Patel. One week you may wolf down an entire tomato and eggplant curry. Another week you’ll order multiple ears of charred corn with smoked paneer. Niven’s happy to play the hits too, and does tikka masala and saag paneer as well as anyone anywhere.
Richard Hales of Blackbrick and Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives fame is plating the best barbecue we’ve had outside of Texas. It’s all reasonably priced, too, and a must-visit for any Miami ‘cue fan. Though Society’s logo has a big map of Florida, this is pure Texas-style goodness with slow-smoked brisket that could go up against anything in the Lone Star State. The pulled chicken and pulled pork sandwiches make for great lunches, and the vegan burnt ends also taste fantastic with Hales’ collection of homemade sauces poured on top. Reading this from outside South Florida? No need to get on a plane, as Society is happy to ship the stuff nationwide.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order takeout via Toast.
Say hello to intimate modern Italian cuisine from the people behind the massively popular La Pollita food truck, buttressed by a collection of wines worthy of a restaurant ten times its size. And recently the recipient of a sought after Michelin star. The menu at Boia De is almost as tiny as its diminutive space, but you won’t find a weak link anywhere. It’s Italian without crossing the in-your-face red sauce line, with subtle options like Crispy Polenta with marinated eggplant, Kanpachi Crudo with heirloom tomatoes, and Grilled Broccolini leading the parade. The entrees hold up just as well, highlighted by homemade Pappardelle with rabbit and rosemary, and massive Lamb Ribs with urfa yogurt and spicy cucumbers. Pro tip: Do yourself a favor and ask for a recommendation from the wine list—it’s packed with stuff you’ve never heard of that you’ll spend years trying to track down again.
How to book: Order takeout via UpServe.
L’atelier De Joël Robuchon
Miami’s lone two-Michelin star recipient is fine dining at its very finest, with creations carrying on the legacy of Joel Robuchon served in a dark, sexy setting with the quietest open kitchen you’ve ever seen. You’d be hard-pressed to find anything short of “the best thing I’ve ever had” on the menu at L’Atelier, where Key West Pink Shrimp with habanero and shishito dressing, Beef and Foie Gras Hamburgers, and Crispy Skin Duck Breast with stone fruit and cherry confiture are but a few of the masterpieces that greet you upon opening the menu. The choices can be overwhelming, so save yourself some stress and opt for the seasonal prix-fixe, which gets you five courses for $170. Then grab a seat at the bar and watch the kitchen work with the precision of a silent drill team, plating each dish with immaculate detail and captivating beauty.