1. Red, The Steakhouse119 Washington Ave, Miami Beach
2. Serafina (Dream South Beach)1111 Collins Ave, Miami
3. Smith & Wollensky Waterfront Patio1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach
4. Gotham Steak4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
5. Mercadito3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami
6. The Restaurants At SLS1701 Collin Ave, Miami Beach
7. Pubbelly Steak1787 Purdy Ave, Miami Beach
8. Hakkasan4401 Collins Ave, Miami 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.
Housed in the Dream South Beach Hotel, this Italian resto cooks up 24 different pizzas and a variety of other Italian dishes in a 129-seat indoor/outdoor space in South Beach.
The Waterfront Patio features a solid bar menu (oysters Rockefeller, buffalo chicken flatbread) and a Deco-ish design: the bar's made of textured blue-backlit glass blocks.
From the vaunted chef behind NYC's Gotham Bar & Grill, Gotham feels like a massive, two-story MiMo chandelier with an airy restaurant floating inside, where fish and foul are treated with innovative tropical and Asian flavors, and steak is treated...like steak.
Stop by Mercadito's weekend late-night taqueria, a perfect after-party for your night out. The tacos are cheap, which is good if since you spent all your money on drinks earlier. Or come on a weeknight - happy hour lasts from 4pm to 7pm Monday to Friday and includes drink and taco specials (with extra deals on "Taco Tuesday" and "Thirsty Thursday").
The SLS Hotel is far more attractive since it turned from a giant wall that said "Coming Soon" into a Philippe Starck-designed masterpiece. You, on the other hand, will be far less attractive after taking down a plethora of real-deal eats and cocktails in its two baller restaurants.
Because they'd just look like slackers if they only opened four restaurants in two years, the Pubbelly boys have birthed a fifth: Pubbelly Steak, a barn-style meatery in the old Georgia's Union digs (and right down the street from the rest of their empire) serving an extensive lineup of crazy beef cuts with even crazier toppings.
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.