11 Most Anticipated Miami Openings of 2017

By Michelle Muslera  |  January 3, 2017
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Considering that almost half of the restaurants on this list are set to debut in January, you can expect another fast and furious year when it comes to openings. But don’t stress out — we’ve rounded up the hottest ones to know in order to stay up to date. These are the launches we're most excited to see in 2017.

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ETA: January
This Spanish newcomer by Enrique Iglesias, Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol will open this winter at the Ritz Carlton in South Beach. Chef Nicholas Mazier (ex Nobu) has been recruited to head up the kitchen, preparing traditional Iberian fare as well as contemporary renditions with local twists.

1669 Collins Ave.

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Artisan Beach House
ETA: January
Get ready for the triumphant return of chef Paula DaSilva to the South Florida dining scene. Her new Bal Harbour eatery, in a casually elegant setting with sweeping ocean views, will focus on global cuisine made with seasonal ingredients. 

10295 Collins Ave.

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Halal Guys
ETA: January
As part of a global franchise expansion, NYC’s street-meat specialist is bringing its popular gyros to South Florida this month. At the Tower Shops in Davie, the restaurant will serve sandwiches and platters with beef gyro, chicken and falafel, along with the much talked-about white sauce. 

2268 S. University Dr.

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La Petite Maison
ETA: January
The crew behind Zuma and Coya are opening the first U.S. outpost of La Petite Maison in Brickell this winter. They've brought on chef Patron Raphael Duntoye to re-create the classic niçoise menu from the first location in the South of France, while crafting new signature dishes as well.

1300 Brickell Bay Dr.

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Employees Only 
ETA: January
After several successful pop-ups, NYC’s famed cocktail bar is moving to a permanent space at the Washington Park Hotel in South Beach. The Magic City location will be a close replica of the original, offering elaborate cocktails, nightly psychic readings, burlesque entertainment and complimentary chicken soup at closing time. 

1050 Washington Ave.


The Arketekt by Aficionados
ETA: January
This winter, the team behind Aficionados Brickell are launching their first eatery, The Arketekt By Aficionados, right next door. The Arketekt will offer a curated menu mixing Modern American cuisine with South American flair plus a vast wine list and cocktail program.

1200 Brickell Bay Dr.


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Hank and Harry's Deli
ETA: February
The sequel to restaurateur Buzzy Sklar’s Sliderz is a New York–style deli just off Lincoln Road, where Sklar can explore classics like pastrami sandwiches, bacon-egg-and-cheese sandwiches, meatball subs, bagels and pastries. Expect all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner in an attractive indoor/outdoor setting, plus delivery.

1691 Michigan Ave.; 305-555-5555

Point Royal
ETA: February
The Diplomat hotel’s recent $100 million facelift will soon bring a slew of new dining options, including this fish-focused entry by Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian. Right on the beach, the restaurant will feature a raw bar and coastal American fare.

3555 S. Ocean Dr.

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ETA: March
Also part of the Diplomat's new rollout is this modern Japanese joint from chef and restaurateur Michael Schulson, offering updated izakaya dishes, a sushi bar, specialty cocktails and a karaoke bar. 

3555 S. Ocean Dr.

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Blue Bottle Coffee
ETA: Summer
The first Miami branch of this mighty Bay Area coffee chain is expected to open this summer, bringing its famous slow-drip coffee and intense, freshly roasted blends to a 2,800-sq.-ft space at the Design District. A second locale will follow at the Aventura Mall later this year.  

498 NW 1st Ave.

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Central Fare
ETA: Summer

Miami was long overdue for an awe-inspiring, food-focused market geared toward both locals and tourists. This summer, the MiamiCentral complex in Downtown (also welcoming a Miami-Orlando express train) will launch Central Fare, a 50,000-sq.-ft. venue showcasing restaurants and more than 20 artisanal vendors.

400 NW 1st Ave.