HAKKASAN
FACEBOOK/CIPRIANI
FACEBOOK/STREGISBALHARBOUR
FACEBOOK/AZUL-AT-MANDARIN-ORIENTAL-MIAMI
THRILLIST/NATALIE MARCINIAK
FACEBOOK/QUALITYMEATS
RED THE STEAKHOUSE
AREA 31
FACEBOOK/THEFORGEMIAMI
FACEBOOK/BYBLOSMIAMI
THRILLIST/NATALIE MARCINIAK
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1. Hakkasan 4401 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

From the guy behind the UK's only Michelin-rated Chinese restaurant, Hakkasan's broken up by dark latticework into a Pacman-like maze of banquettes and semi-private booths. The a la carte semi-Cantonese menu includes classics such as Peking duck with Petrossian caviar and spicy Szechuan chicken, in addition to seafood, varied meat, and vegetarian options. There's also a list of flavorful cocktails and assorted wines to accompany that plate of foie-gras Shangai dumplings.

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2. Byblos 1545 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

A warm weather offshoot of the Toronto original, Miami Beach's Byblos will make you rethink your standard understanding of Mediterranean food. The menu is a creative masterpiece that showcases mezze plates like Turkish dumplings with smoky eggplant and shakshouka with duck egg, as well as wood-fired flatbreads and seafood, raw or grilled. However, the highlight of the menu is the rice dishes that incorporate Middle Eastern ingredients like saffron, sujuk sausage, and sabzi herbs.

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3. The Forge Restaurant & Wine Bar 432 W 41st St, Miami Beach, FL 33140 (Miami Beach)

If you think New American food tastes best when consumed in a space with all the opulence of Jay Gatsby’s mansion-meets a medieval library-meets a Tim Burton-themed wedding a la Martha Stewart, well -- you should probably try to grab a highly coveted reservation at the Forge. Regulars rave over gussied up comfort food like the black truffle macaroni and cheese pot pie, decadently tempting enough that you’ll likely ignore the server’s advice to “let it cool.” Fortunately, the cavernous wine cellar – one of the largest in Miami – features enough chilled wines to offer a cooling respite.

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5. Red, The Steakhouse 119 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

Once voted Sexiest Steakhouse of the Year (by Playboy, no less) and beloved by A-listers, Red delivers on all the swanky fronts. But we suggest you let the food -- from appetizers like seared foie gras and caviar with crème fraiche to the steak and seafood entrées -- do the talking. Throw in a fully-loaded wine list, and the fact that Red is one of the few places in the country to use Miyazaki beef (like Kobe but more marbled), and you've got a steak night to remember.

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6. Quality Meats Restaurant 1501 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

This South Beach steakery grinds and mixes steak sauce right at your table. And while putting A1 on a prime cut is the stuff of late-night Denny's second-dinners, the stuff here mixes perfectly with the house-cut beef like the 12oz filet or the 24oz tomahawk bone-in ribeye. For an extra-healthy meal, you can also order the chicken parm pizza -- a 12in pounded-down breaded chicken, fried, then covered in sauce and cheese. It may or may not feed you for a week.

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7. Stripsteak 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140 (Miami Beach)

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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8. Azul 500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33131 (Brickell)

Don't pre-judge Azul, inside Mandarin Oriental, as just another overly priced, elaborate hotel restaurant. Because it's not. The menu boasts a range of Asian fusion dishes, like yellowfin tuna carpaccio and hibiscus-glazed short rib, available Ă  la carte or part of a multi-course tasting menu. Then of course, there's the waterfront ambience: the restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Biscayne Bay.

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9. J&G Grill at The Regis Bal Harbour 9703 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33154

This modern, elegant dinner spot serves up a host of seafood, which you can enjoy whilst taking in beachfront views through the restaurant's full-length windows.

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10. Cipriani Downtown 465 Brickell Ave CU1, Miami, FL 33131 (Downtown)

A nautical-themed Italian restaurant, Cipriani sits on the water and is serving up gourmet & authentic dishes, specialty 'tails, and sweet desserts.