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8 New Miami Restaurants With Stunning Design

By Carissa Chesanek | September 8, 2014 By Carissa Chesanek  |  September 8, 2014

Miami has plenty of fabulous poolside bars and sultry rooftops, but sometimes it's what's inside that counts. Hightail it indoors to these beautiful restaurants with stunning interior design. 

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  • Drunken Dragon

    Located in a quiet Alton Road plaza, this Korean barbecue joint designed by Studio Collective really surprises with its risqué dungeonlike vibe (flickering candles, bondage photography and walls strung with ropes). 
    Best Seat to Take in the View: At a gas grilling table to roast marinated meats while checking out the scene.

  • Seasalt & Pepper

    The view is what really draws you to this Lummus Park seafood joint, but the interior wows too, with its nautical theme, contemporary artwork and, of course, windows showing off the skyline and Miami River.
    Best Seat to Take in the View: A breezy table by the wide-open floor-to-ceiling doorway. 

  • The District Miami

    On a quiet tree-lined street in the Buena Vista neighborhood, this historic home turned sophisticated New American eatery boasts exposed brick and wood beams complemented by a large mural on the ceiling.   
    Best Seat to Take in the View: Nestled in the front of the dining room by the windows overlooking the patio.

  • Cavalli Miami Restaurant & Lounge 

    Created by the fashion designer himself, this glitzy SoFi space features a dining room splashed with exuberant color and animal prints, and a more subtle upstairs lounge for crafty cocktails.
    Best Seat to Take in the View: The outside terrace for people-watching. 

  • R House Wynwood

    Part contemporary global restaurant, part art gallery, the funky Wynwood restaurant brightens the gritty streets with its graffiti-covered exterior. The industrial-chic decor includes sliding walls and rotating artwork.  
    Best Seat to Take in the View: All the way in the back. 

  • Shikany

    Chef Michael Shikany's warehouse-turned-dining-space is as forward-thinking as his molecular gastronomy cuisine, with intricate three-dimensional wall art and a large, open kitchen.  
    Best Seat to Take in the View: A small table facing the open kitchen.

  • Il Sole

    Sitting pretty inside The Villa By Barton G. (formerly the Versace Mansion), this upscale Mediterranean venue boasts gorgeous mosaics, a frescoed ceilings and Versace-made Rosenthal china.
    Best Seat to Take in the View: At a center table to take in the sights. 

  • Prohibition

    Midtown's super-posh speakeasy offers a bustling scene with plush red banquettes, shiny wood accents and Deco-inspired artwork to complement the classic cocktails and eclectic comfort food.
    Best Seat to Take in the View: Tucked away in a large booth.

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The District Miami

Seafood Little Haiti
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R House Wynwood

Eclectic Wynwood
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Cavalli Miami Restaurant & Lounge

Italian South Beach
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Drunken Dragon

Korean South Beach
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Seaspice

Seafood Downtown
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