Best Miami, FL Restaurants

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    10. Smith & Wollensky

    Join the power brokers at this clubby, traditional steakhouse, which offers sublime outdoor dining on the waterfront, complete with sweeping views of exclusive Fisher Island. Watch cruise ships leaving the Port of...

    Photo courtesy of Smith & Wollensky
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    9. Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

    Encased in the Wynwood Walls, a grassy art park featuring 20-foot murals and collages, sits Wynwood Kitchen & Bar. Hosting pieces inside and out by world-renowned graffiti artists, this restaurant is lovingly...

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    8. SUGARCANE raw bar grill

    At the end of the promenade at the Shops at Midtown sits Sugarcane, a raw bar and grill featuring a tapas-style menu in which small plates are distributed to be shared and enjoyed. A wrought iron awning welcomes...

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    7. Gigi

    Gigi advertises noodles, BBQ and beer. It's so much more. The place is casual. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows encase this small, extremely intimate restaurant; the interior has an industrial feel - exposed ducts, and...

    Photo courtesy of SuperMarket Creative
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    6. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

    Chef Michael Schwartz is a celebrity all himself. The James Beard Award winner has made his mark on Miami, combining the freshest local ingredients with an overwhelming purity of flavor. The menu changes daily, and...

    Photo courtesy of Jackie Sayet/The Genuine Hospitality Group
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    5. Joe's Stone Crab

    Open since 1913, Joe's Stone Crab is a legend in Miami. In fact, they say you haven't truly visited South Florida until you've been to Joe's. Stick out the typical two-hour wait, and you'll be amply rewarded with...

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    4. Barton G. - The Restaurant

    Barton G. Weiss' penchant for spectacle has proven to translate well into the culinary world. Within the sleek dining room, showmanship joins flavor and innovation, resulting in a menu of reinvented American...

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    3. Azul

    Paralleled by the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami, Azul is an extremely intimate and classically elegant delight combining the best in Mediterranean and Asian cuisines to stunning...

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    2. Prime 112

    The Art Deco facade of Prime One Twelve's Exterior is sharply juxtaposed by the sleek black vinyl-lined booths and eternally modern interior decor. One of Miami's most upscale steakhouses, Prime blends impeccable...

    Photo courtesy of Gary James Photography
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    1. Tuyo

    Tuyo is the crown jewel sitting atop Miami Dade College's new Miami Culinary Institute, offering a spectacular view of the bay and Miami skyline. Its breakthrough recipe for culinary excellence in the 21st century...

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About Miami, FL Restaurants

The cultural mosaic that is Miami readily defines the enticing array of culinary prowess displayed from hole-in-the-wall eateries to decadent restaurants offering diners a palatable and unforgettable experience. A large percentage of the Miami population is Latin American, and an overwhelming majority of restaurants draw inspiration from Cuban, Argentinian, Peruvian, Brazilian and Caribbean cuisine. A hometown invention, colorfully dubbed Floribbean fare, marries local ingredients to Caribbean sensibilities, grounding them in Continental technique. Local fish markets flood restaurants with just-caught seafood, including fresh snapper, stone crab grouper and conch. Most top restaurants feature locally grown fruits and vegetables, making the incorporation of Florida-specific items like mangoes and avocados seamless and delicious.

The cuisine here is varied and, thankfully, so are the prices. Exceptional mainstays like Joe's Stone Crab, Barton G and Azul offer plates that could double as artistic masterpieces, and come at a comparable (however worth it) price. Lest all hope for affordability be lost, know that South Florida shelters a clutch of budget-friendly eateries, which shirk neither ambiance nor excellence. Cuban sandwiches - a must for any visitor - can be found at casual lunch counters lining nearly every other street corner. The addition of tapas restaurants featuring light bites cuts any bill in half, and also leaves room for a great bottle of Spanish wine. Whatever piques your interest, you are sure to find it in Miami without much difficulty at all.


About Maria Arroyave

Maria Arroyave is a Miami native.  She left only briefly, to attend Florida State University.  She earned a master’s degree in print journalism from the University of Miami and has held an associate editor title with two local luxury lifestyle publications. Maria has also been a senior editor for an international travel publication...  Read more »

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