What to Order at the Best Restaurants in Miami

Roasted duck breast, salmon ceviche, daily made omakase & more
October 6, 2014
by Carissa Chesanek

When visiting the top-rated restaurants in Miami (according to voters in the last Zagat survey), you’re faced with a tempting array of menu options. Which to choose? Here's a handy guide to the best dishes at the city's best spots.


Zagat Food Rating: 29
Must-Order Dish: Omakase

This Brickell Key hidden gem serves up this daily made chef's menu featuring a bento box with assorted sushi during two seatings (Monday-Saturday; 6 PM and 9:30 PM).

Palme d'Or

Zagat Food Rating: 28
Must-Order Dish: Seared duck breast

Coral Gables' French stunner rocks this seared duck breast with confit leg and a unique hibiscus rhubarb.

Zuma Japanese Restaurant

Zagat Food Rating: 28
Must-Order Dish: Salmon tataki 

Downtown's sexy sushi haven serves super-fresh raw delights including this salmon tataki made with smoked tofu and Japanese-style mustard. 

The Palm

Zagat Food Rating: 28
Must-Order Dish: Broiled jumbo Nova Scotia lobster

This old-school chophouse located in quiet Bay Harbour keeps things simple with its signature three pounder broiled to perfection and served with a generous amount of butter.

Il Gabbiano​

Zagat Food Rating: 27
Must-Order Dish: Scaloppine alla Champagne

Il Mulino's Downtown sibling gets this dish right, sautéeing the veal in a champagne cream sauce and serving it all over thinly chopped julienne vegetables.


Zagat Food Rating: 27
Must-Order Dish: Salmon ceviche

Tucked inside the boutique Sanctuary Hotel, this chill Pan-Latin is known for its standout ceviche, including this go-to, made with salmon, carrots and onions served in a light tangerine and tarragon sauce.

Pascal's On Ponce

Zagat Food Rating: 27
Must-Order Dish: Diver sea scallops

This cozy storefront French bistro has killer sea scallops, topped with beef short rib, fennel and fava beans.

Prime 112 Restaurant 

Zagat Food Rating: 27
Must-Order Dish: Jumbo lump crab cake

We already know you're getting a hefty hunk of beef inside this trendy steakhouse, but start with this monster of a crab cake served with sweet-corn relish.

Nobu Miami Beach

Zagat Food Rating: 27
Must-Order Dish: Fluke and monkfish pâté

This South Beach staple is known for its beautiful crowds and even prettier food plates including this freshly made fish pâté. 

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink​

Zagat Food Rating: 28
Must-Order Dish: Roasted turkey sandwich 

Hearty doesn't even begin to describe this whopper of a sandwich made with avocado, heirloom tomato, smoked bacon and herb mayo.

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