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25 New Restaurants to Try in the Miami Area

By Carissa Chesanek
May 7, 2014

With all the new restaurant openings popping up in the last few months, it might be hard to keep track. Here's a roundup of the most notable recent openings. The restaurants are listed with the newest openings at the top of the slide show - and we'll continue to update this list periodically as additional eateries are unveiled.

  • Seasalt & Pepper (pictured)

    Pairing picturesque views of the river and Downtown Miami with airy ambiance and elaborate seafood dishes, this ultrachic hideaway is more than just a bonafide romantic date spot - it's become one of the hottest spots to be seen in the city.

    422 NW North River Dr.; 305-440-4200

  • 1826 Restaurant & Lounge

    Chicago chef Danny Grants helms the kitchen inside this multilevel South Beach space with an all-glass exterior, cooking up delicate New American plates on the first floor, while bartenders hold down the fort on higher levels, mixing up pricey, handcrafted cocktails.

    1826 Collins Ave.; 305-763-8860

  • Prime Fish

    The team behind the popular Prime 112 brings this latest SoFi seafood addition with a similar bustling ambiance as the sister steakhouse, sleek modern interior and hearty dishes focusing on fresh fish - but with plenty of traditional cuts of meats for the carnivores too.

    100 Collins Ave.; 305-532-4550

  • The Blue

    Perched high on top of Boca Raton Resort & Club's 27th floor, this chic New American restaurant boasts impeccable water views with an equally spectacular menu of seafood offerings, including a Claw Bar in the middle of the dining room full of lobster, shrimp, oysters and stone crabs. 

    501 E. Camino Real; 561-447-3222

  • Buns & Buns

    This relaxed South Miami bakery-turned-cafe offers freshly made breads like ciabatta and pretzel rolls to take home or a large grilled selection that can be ordered when guests want to sit down and eat in the comfy main dining area. 

    5748 Sunset Dr.; 786-216-7754

  • Verde

    Inside the new Pérez Art Museum Miami, you'll find Stephen Starr's contemporary American cafe, with indoor-outdoor seating overlooking the Biscayne Bay and a seasonal menu featuring thin-crust pizzas, burgers and seafood.

    1103 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-375-8282

  • Beauty & The Feast Kitchen | Bar

    Positioned inside the lobby level of The Atlantic Hotel & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, this New American waterfront restaurant serves hearty cuisine of both small plates like crispy chicken sliders and large "feast" options of a whole roasted pig suitable for the table. 

    601 N. Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd.; 954-567-8077

  • Bocce Bar

    The team behind the always-buzzing SUGARCANE raw bar grill brings this Midtown eatery featuring hearty Italian classics with a modern twist, a large wine selection and Miami's first official bocce ball court.

    3250 NE First Ave.; 786-245-6211

  • Michael Mina 74

    Situated in the old Arkadia space inside Fontainebleau Miami Beach, this sexy bistro/lounge created by chef-restaurateur Michael Mina offers American-style dishes mixed with a variety of global flavors along with a few Mina staples (tuna tartare and Kobe beef) and a rolling raw-bar cart served tableside. 

    4441 Collins Ave.; 305-674-4636

  • Taperia Raca

    This cozy little Spanish tapas nook (with functioning car wash) is perfectly located in the food-focused MiMo District, offering a traditional menu that plays on the classics, like patatas contentas with carbonara sauce, alongside refreshing sips of wines on tap and enhanced fruity sangrias.

    7010 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-751-8756

  • Nothing but the Best

    Coral Way's new modern French-fusion bistro with lush, tropical-gardenlike outdoor seating, has a menu that incorporates flavors and preparations from around the globe, including Mexico and Thailand.

    2525 SW Third Ave.; 305-858-2525

  • Lure Fishbar

    This NYC-based seafooder with a yachtlike interior makes a new home inside Loews Miami Beach serving up a mix of fish-focused delights, including catch of the day, raw-bar offerings and sushi. 

    1601 Collins Ave.; 305-695-4550

  • R House Wynwood

    Art gallery meets global restaurant inside this funky Wynwood spot with a vibrant graffiti-splashed exterior and a contemporary menu focusing on international flavors and housemade alcohol infusions. 

    2727 NW Second Ave.; 305-576-0201

  • Uvaggio Wine Bar

    Coral Gables gets a brand-new intimate wine bar to join Miracle Mile's lively strip, featuring old-world-style domestic and European vinos paired alongside small plates made by Top Chef contestant Bret Pelaggi.

    70 Miracle Mile; 305-448-2400

  • Il Sole

    Located in The Villa By Barton G. (or the old Versace Mansion), this tiny upscale Mediterranean restaurant with lavish mosaic-laden walls keeps the menu focused mainly on seafood offerings, with the likes of butter-poached lobster and Gulf snapper to steal the show.

    1116 Ocean Dr.; 305-576-8003

  • Kush Wynwood

    The team behind LoKal in Coconut Grove brings a new gastropub burger joint in Wywood with rotating brews on tap and New American comfort food including burgers, fried chicken and infamous brownies made with chopped bacon that are served with a "bag" of greens.

    2003 N. Miami Ave.; 305-576-4500

  • Orange Blossom

    Named after the Orange Blossom Special - a historic train that ran from New York to Miami - this hip South Beach New American eatery features a menu of locally sourced items and handcrafted cocktails served your way (i.e. customers choose the spirit, strength and taste for a signature concoction). 

    2000 Collins Ave.; 305-763-8983

  • SHIKANY

    The long-awaited warehouse-turned-modern-dining-space finally opened its industrial-style doors in Wynwood, fully equipped with whimsical decor, a modern menu (think scallop and sweetbreads served with vanilla cotton candy) and exclusive cooking classes in the near future. 

    251 NW 25th St.; 305-979-8052

  • Touché Rooftop Lounge & Restaurant

    Settled on top of Downtown's 24-hour risque nightclub, E11Even, this rooftop space holds both a quiet, enclosed dining room and lively open-air lounge, serving a unique menu of Italian-Japanese-fusion from Top Chef star Carla Pellegrino. 

    15 NE 11th St.; 305-358-9848

  • Tsukuro

    Ft. Lauderdale's cool new casual beachfront bistro, with a name that translates to "where the moon arrives over the water," features an Asian-fusion blended menu of raw bar, sushi and Korean-style ribs.

    225 S. Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd.; 954-523-1407

  • Sriracha House

    Influenced by Southeast Asia's street markets and noodle shops, this Pan-Asian newbie hits South Beach with a colorful, funky interior and upgraded cart food that can be customized to the guest's preferences with choice of meats, starches, veggies and sauces.

    1502 Washington Ave.; 305-534-0303

  • AQ by Acqualina

    Chef Dewey LoSasso (formerly from The Forge) sets up shop inside this elegant Modern American restaurant located in Sunny Isle's Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, featuring a sophisticated setting paired with globally enhanced cuisine and a top-notch single-malt selection.

    17875 Collins Ave.; 305-918-8000

  • Earl’s Kitchen + Bar

    The well-known 65-year-old Vancouver chain veteran opens its first Florida location inside Dadeland Mall's brand-new wing, bringing with it a bustling but relaxed vibe and large eclectic menu of anything from American gourmet burgers to Indian chicken curry.

    7535 N. Kendall Dr.;305-667-1786

  • La Mar by Gaston Acurio

    The latest from world-renowned restaurateur and Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio comes this Brickell Key stunner parked inside the Mandarin Oriental, featuring two bayside terraces, three cool bars (cocktails, ceviche and anticucho) and a unique menu of South American and nuevo-Andean cuisine. 

    500 Brickell Key Dr.; 305-913-8358

  • Cavalli Miami Restaurant & Lounge

    South of Fifth welcomes the over-the-top, flashy space by fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, with its all-over animal-print decor, multicolored giraffe-patterned ceiling and modern Italian fare complemented by the designer's own signature-label vodka.

    150 Ocean Dr.; 305-695-4191

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Places Mentioned

Prime Fish

Seafood • South Beach

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R House Wynwood

Wynwood

Food20 Decor21 Service19 Cost$45
 
 
 
Michael Mina 74

New American • Miami Beach

Food26 Decor23 Service23 Cost$79
 
 
 
Kush Wynwood

Wynwood

Food24 Decor21 Service22 Cost$26
 
 
 
Lure Fishbar

Seafood • South Beach

Food25 Decor23 Service23 Cost$108
 
 
 
AQ by Acqualina

American • Sunny Isles Beach

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Taperia Raca

Tapas Bar • Upper East Side

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Food23 Decor23 Service22 Cost$68
 
 
 
Earl's Kitchen + Bar

Eclectic • Kendall

Food20 Decor25 Service23 Cost$33
 
 
 
Sriracha House

Asian • South Beach

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Tsukuro

Asian • Fort Lauderdale

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Touché Rooftop Lounge and Restaurant

Fine Dining • Downtown

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Orange Blossom

New American • South Beach

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Il Sole

Mediterranean • South Beach

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Uvaggio Wine Bar

Wine Bar • Coral Gables

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Bocce

Midtown

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Verde

Downtown

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Buns & Buns

New American • South Miami

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Beauty & the Feast Bar | Kitchen

New American • Fort Lauderdale

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