Though Toro Toro is located in the lobby of the newly renovated InterContinental Miami, don't think of this as a hotel restaurant; think of this as a restaurant that happens to be located in a hotel. Renowned Chef Richard Sandoval, who runs 34 establishments, including the nearby Kokoriko Natural Rotisserie, modeled this interpretation of a Pan-Latin steakhouse after his successful Toro Toro Dubai. The Mexico City native, who calls Miami one of his favorite cities, offers a great variety of small plates, ranging from ceviche nikkei (Peruvian-Japanese style) with ahi tuna, sweet potato, cucumber and quinoa to arepas with short ribs, guacamole and crema. The churrascaria and grill offers a number of cuts of meat and poultry, a few of which--like the small plates--can be shared family style, such as the "rodizio experience." If you prefer to dine a la carte, larger main dishes include several cuts of beef, achiote barbecued salmon and pan-roasted Florida grouper. Wash it all down with a specialty cocktail such as the "Ring My bell," made with Herradura Reposado Tequila, Cointreau, lime, bell pepper and rosemary. A well-informed staff is on hand to decipher more difficult menu items and drinks, but you don't need them to understand this: Dessert. Churros. Yum.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: This upscale steakhouse will make you feel like a king with impeccable service plus an unbeatable menu including an out of this world churrasco platter.
Priscilla's expert tip: Renowned chef and Mexico City native Richard Sandoval brings his tasty Pan-Latin steakhouse from Dubai to Miami.
Christy's is a long-standing local favorite in Coral Gables, with a cozy dining room, attentive service, and perfectly prepared, classic Continental cuisine. A favorite for business lunches and power dinners, the steaks here are always a worthwhile option. Try the huge prime rib with horseradish sauce, or opt for the filet mignon in a flavorful teriyaki marinade–"each is sure to please the palate. Lighter appetites will love the Caesar salads and tasty baked sweet potatoes. The grand finale? A truly impressive Baked Alaska or rich and dense Blackout Cake are two outstanding options you're sure to love. Reservations recommended. Business casual attire–"leave the flipflops and shorts on the beach.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Christy's is one of the most reliable spots for a steak worth driving out for (or extending a business lunch for, if you're already nearby).
Priscilla's expert tip: Christy's is always a refined spot, and they always put out some classic holiday decore for the season so keep it in mind for a steak dinner at the end of some nearby holiday shopping.
Local sports legend Don Shula, once the coach of the Miami Dolphins, runs this clubby steakhouse, which has some of the most tender and delicious beef in the area. The football theme is evident throughout, with photos, pennants and newspaper clippings on every wall –" particularly those detailing Shula's 1972 Super Bowl victory. Business groups, families, sports fans and steak lovers of every ilk rave about great cuts like the 48-ounce porterhouse and the tender filet. Try the surf and turf, which includes a succulent 3-pound Maine lobster. If you have any room left, double chocolate cheesecake is a treat. Reservations recommended.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Amazing Shula Cut steaks, the ability to make any steak dinner a surf & turf, and a full bar make Shula's 10Best worthy.
Priscilla's expert tip: You're at Shula's, so you may as well try the Shula Cut porterhouse, cowboy rib eye, Kansas City strip, New York strip, or filet mignon.
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 Miami as you dig into lemon pepper chicken or grilled salmon. Of course, heartier appetites will yearn for a bite of one of Smith & Wollensky's famous steaks, whether it's filet mignon, English cut prime rib, or grilled sirloin –" this desire should not be pushed aside. If it's too hot on the lovely deck, enjoy views from the massive picture window inside the dimly lit, upscale interior. Reservations recommended. Business casual attire.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: A top-notch experience between high-caliber service, gorgeous views, and of course, phenomenal steak is what you'll have at Smith & Wollensky.
Priscilla's expert tip: If you need something to whet your appetite, start by taking a look at the photographs of Smith & Wollensky's signature dishes on their website: USDA prime long bone rib eye, coffee & cocoa rubbed filet, and beef tenderloin trio, among others.
Perhaps the most northward-located churrascaria in Miami, Area Code 55 otherwise is very similar to the other rodizio restaurants in the city (rodizio being an all-you-can-eat of the highest caliber). With spaciously set tables; a salad bar featuring cold and hot items; waiters dressed as gauchos wielding skewers of bacon-wrapped chicken thighs, lamb chops, sausage and picanha; and a well-stuffed wine list, it's a veritable feast for the carnivore. Start with your card flipped to the green side and you'll soon be swarmed with offerings; flip it to red to take a break. Excellent for a group, a special date, or even a business meeting (if your co-workers are of the meat-loving variety).
Recommended for Steakhouses because: This rodizio-style restaurant offers excellent lunch and dinner specials so you never have to skip the steak.
Priscilla's expert tip: The only churrascaria in the North Miami region, this restaurant is perfect for those who want to skip the crowds of South Beach, Brickell/Downtown or Aventura.
For American cuisine with a creative French twist, try the elegant Forge. Renovated in 2009 in honor of its 40th anniversary, the space is chock-full of eye-catching antiques and an eclectic mix of upholstered and metal furniture. The farm-to-table menu draws you in, offering tantalizing dishes such as herb-infused steamed local snapper "In a Bag" and grilled wild salmon with basil mashed hearts of palm. Beef is a favorite, and the 16-ounce aged oak grilled "Super Steak" has been named the nation's number one steak by "Wine Spectator." Speaking of wines, the cellar houses an enormous collection â" more than 80,000 bottles of various vintages. Also, the Enomatic wine serving system, that serves wine by the glass, is great for sampling different wines by the ounce.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Their menu ranges from a $30 red wine braised short rib to an $120 40oz dry aged prime tomahawk chop for two you'll flip for.
Priscilla's expert tip: Take advantage of the Enomatic wine machines, allowing you to sample various wines by the glass. However, be aware that price range per glass can cost anywhere from $7.20 up to $102, so make sure you know how much you're willing to spend before the pour.
This innovative steakhouse in the heart of South Beach is the talk of the town. The quality of their meat shows, and you'll know it immediately when sinking your teeth into everything from Miyazaki Japanese Kobe and Kansas City strip to rack of lamb, tuna tataki or dry-aged prime tomahawk. Meat-heavy pasta dishes are also available, including a meatball bucatini and a parpadelle bolognase. To accompany dinner, guests can look forward to a selection of over 500 wines, numerous hand-crafted cocktails, and a lengthy list of indulgent side dishes like truffled whipped potatoes, four cheese mac & cheese, creamed spinach, and brussel sprouts with pancetta.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Red is a must for Miami's meat loving foodies, providing numerous dinner options, friendly waitstaff, and a trendy yet relaxed ambiance that is much appreciated.
Priscilla's expert tip: Happy hour specials are only available at the bar, so don't ask for a table and get surprised by the check later on.
Frequented by an upscale, highly visible clientele, Prime 112 is a steakhouse without compare. Its decor honors the restaurant's historic structure while invigorating it with modern detailing. The menu continues this theme of reconsidered classics. Dry-aged prime beef arrives sizzling, cooked to your specifications, and topped with a choice of butters or sauces (among them, peppercorn, horseradish cream, peanut hoisin, curry mayo, and english mustard). "Accessories" are sublime: truffled mac and cheese, sautéed forest mushrooms, or even rum-baked sweet plantains. Desserts, too, get stylish attention â" apple pie is topped with candied walnut streusel, while chocolate pudding cake flaunts Amarene cherries and a dollop of sweet cream.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Between the wide steak selection (8 oz. filet mignon to 40 oz. porterhouse for two) and celebrities aplenty, Prime 112 is a seriously prime choice.
Priscilla's expert tip: Before ordering your steak sauce (or cream), check out their list of special sauces/toppings under the chapeaux list (gorgonzola, goat cheese chive, and even foie gras).
The first Fogo de Ch–o was opened in Porto Alegre in 1979 by Southern Brazilian--Gaucho country--brothers who had worked their way up from busboys to churrasqueiro chefs. Today, the prix-fixe steakhouse has more than half-a-dozen locations in Brazil and more than twice that in the States. After starting your meal with all you can eat from their enormous salad bar (filled with more than 30 items both imported and local--hot and cold), you're saturated with 15 cuts of beef, pork, lamb and poultry, sliced tableside from skewers, until you've had your fill. And then, of course, there's dessert--perhaps flan, or strawberry cheesecake--if you can still make room, that is.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: You'll enjoy the best selection of meats from picanha and filet mignon to wagyu new york strip and more at this rodizio-style steak joint.
Priscilla's expert tip: Go hungry to this Brazilian steakhouse, where 15 cuts of beef, pork, lamb and poultry, sliced tableside from skewers, keep you on the go until you say no.
An uber-trendy steakhouse catering to the young and well-to-do on South Beach, STK is more than just a steakhouse. Stylish, eye-catching decor plus a dance floor where you can work off your filet mignon to the best House and retro beats? Unheard of in most fine dining establishments, but then STK is anything but standard. Don't get us wrong, though. This place isn't all flash. The food is just as impressive. Start with a blue iceberg or raw vegetable salad plus the seared scallops. Then work your way to glazed beef short rib, skirt steak, bone-in filet, or on special occasions, a porterhouse. Accompany this with jalapeno cheddar grits and broccolini (the best on the menu) and finish it off with the Bag o' Donuts and you'll never want to leave.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: For those looking for uber-trendy ambiance with your five-star dinner, look no further than STK. It's everything you love about Miami in a steakhouse.
Priscilla's expert tip: Phenomenal happy hour Monday thru Friday from 6-8pm, where glasses of prosecco and specific cocktails and wines, plus mini burgers with truffle fries and mini tuna tartare are all just $8.