What are the best restaurants in Miami?

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Il Mulino New York. Located inside Acqualina Resort & Spa, this great Italian restaurant has an energetic atmosphere, with an extensive selection of fine wines.
Zuma Restaurant. Moden Japanese restaurant located in downtown Miami with a fun and vibrant enviroment.
Joe's Stone Crab: A South Beach landmark, for nearly 100 years, they serve the freshest, most delicious seafood in greater Miami. It is a favorite spot for locals and tourists.
Cecconi's. Venetian-inspired Italian food, located at the Soho House; an elegant and relaxed place at the same time.
Bourbon Steak. Modern American steak and seafood restaurant, focused on all natural, organic and hormone-free cuts of beef poached and  finished over the wood-burning grills.

Ana Mantica

One of the best parts about visiting Miami is the array of savory cultural cuisine. Sample some of the best of what the city has to offer.

Capital Grille is known for its classic steakhouse fare. Perfectly aged beef like the Porterhouse Steak and creative seafood like the Seared Citrus Glazed Salmon, coupled with a deep wine list and superb service make for a top dining experience. Chef Michelle Bernstein takes a novel spin on comfort food at Michy’s, where you can find risotto with wild mushrooms and Summer truffles alongside goat cheese Gnocci with lamb meatballs and perfectly crisped steak frites. At Il Gabbiano’s you can feast on a delicious selection of classic Italian pasta dishes, risottos, and scampis. A breathtaking view of Biscayne Bay from the terrace elevates the experience. A cafe, bar and bookstore, News Café is an Ocean Drive staple strategically located for premiere people-watching. Head around brunch-time for a prime seat—and, of course, delicious breakfast fare, from omelettes and quiche, to Belgian waffles and French toast. Oratanique on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables takes “fusion” to new heights with a blend of Asian, Caribbean, and Asian cuisines, and an  island-like tropical vibe. Options include pumpkin bisque, red snapper ceviche, mussels in coconut curry broth, and heavenly drunken banana fritters for a decadent, sweet ending.

Jim Lee
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Pubbelly

Although Miami may not share the same reputation as other global culinary destinations such as New York, Paris or Tokyo, there are a handful of restaurants that feature inventive chefs that are raising the bar on the local culinary scene and causing diners to salivate for more.

Located in the trendy Sunset Harbour neighborhood of Miami Beach, Pubbelly is an Asian inspired gastropub that features an extensive list of innovative Asian street food, along with homemade pates, sausages and specialty terrines. The Cochinillo, one of my personal favorites, features a locally-sourced suckling pig with sour apple puree, confit of onions and cinnamon soy jus.

If you’re craving fine dining with gorgeous views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline, head over to Forbes Travel Guide five-star restaurant Azul inside the Mandarin Oriental, which serves New American cuisine with Asian and European influences. Although just about every item on the menu is superb, I love taking advantage of the fresh raw bar and caviar service that features River Beluga and Russian Royal Ostera.

Without question, Michael Schwartz is one of the pioneers of the culinary scene in Miami and the James Beard award-wining chef and owner of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink put the city’s Design District on the map with freshly-sourced dishes such as the Crispy Rice Cake Chorizo with Florida rock shrimp, chili aioli, and Lake Meadow farm egg; and the Slow Roasted & Grilled Harris Ranch Beef Short Rib with roasted cipollini onions, romesco sauce and duchilly hazelnuts.

The chef’s latest endeavor at the iconic Raleigh Hotel, appropriately called Restaurant Michael Schwartz, brings his culinary talents to South Beach where diners can enjoy a range of delicious food options, many of which can be shared, paired with well-crafted cocktails or housemade sodas. The desserts, such as the Lemon Meringue Bread Pudding, by renowned pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith are also not to be missed.

Carissa Chesanek

Emerging as quite a little food town, Miami is booming with lots of different restaurants that have become a household name to many local foodies. While there are tons of venues to check out, and lots of new spaces to try, here are a few standbys that will never let you down. 

Red, The Steakhouse
One of the all-time best steakhouses in Miami comes from Cleveland’s own restauranteur, Brad Friedlander and his masterpiece, Red, The Steakhouse. Serving up tender certified Angus beef prime alongside fresh seafood, rich pastas, and a plethora of wines, Red is a bonafide crowd pleaser. Inside, the ambiance is intimate and sexy that coincides perfectly with the decadent cuisine and impeccable plate presentation.

Makoto
Shelling out some of the freshest sushi around, Stephen Starr’s Makoto is the place to go when you’re craving fresh fish in a relaxed but pleasantly chic atmosphere. Sitting pretty inside the Bal Harbour Shops, you’ll find this charming Japanese restaurant run by Chef Makoto Okuwa who crafts up traditional dishes like the massive Rainbow Roll to the ginger garlic Kobe Beef Carpaccio. 

Il Mulino New York
Located on the ground floor of the beautiful beachfront Acqualina Resort in Sunny Isles, Il Mulino New York offers impeccable food with just as an exceptional ambiance. Darkly lit inside a classy dining room, this is a restaurant not to be missed when in the area, especially with its sophisticated tuxedoed waitstaff and delicious Italian cuisine. 

Juvia
Known exclusively for its stunning views of South Beach and plush outdoor garden penthouse space, Juvia is a newbie to the restaurant scene in Miami but offers more than just an elegant view. The cuisine, which is a mix of French, Japanese, and Peruvian, offers its guest delicious creations like the Salmon Nashi and the Sauteed Duck Magret, paired with tasty cocktail concoctions including the Cucumber Cooler and Juvia Lemonade.

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
With a motto of keeping things “simple” and “fresh,” Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink located in the Design District, always provides the freshest ingredients in their ever-changing menus. Pairing up with local farmers, Chef Michael Schwartz makes sure his restaurant only serves the best-of-the-best in his culinary creations such as the Slow Roasted Lamb Neck and Wood Oven Roasted Rabbit Leg, along with their exclusive Michael’s Genuine Home Brew.

Pubbelly
The three partners -- Andreas Schreiner, Jose Mendin, and Sergio Navarro -- made the “gastropub” what it is today, thanks to their first outpost, Pubbelly. Now, this small nook right off of Purdy Avenue is just one of the five different spaces run by this restaurant empire, delivering Fried Chicken in a mustard miso, Pork Belly doused in corn powder, and Duck & Pumpkin Dumplings soaked with soy brown butter.

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