You can’t stay on top of the Miami dining scene without knowing what’s new — which is why we offer this indispensable list of the most notable restaurant openings around town. We’ll update the guide every week, keeping the latest openings at the top of the page.
Brown liquor grabs the spotlight at this South Beach hangout, pouring over 120 kinds of whiskey, anchored by beers, cocktails and a New American menu offering charcuterie boards, duck fat fries and pork tacos. Wood accents, sculptural lighting fixtures, cushy banquettes and a wall made from whiskey barrels create a cozy ambiance for sipping into the wee hours.
One part bar and one part eatery, this nightlife concept from Menin Hospitality (Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, Halves & Holes) offers nostalgic carnival-inspired American fare like smoked corn dogs, Nashville hot popcorn chicken and waffles and funnel cakes, plus an elaborate cocktail and beer program. The decor mixes industrial and retro elements, with arcade games and neon lighting adding to its hangout appeal.
Restaurateur Mark Soyka converts a historic coral building that once served as a pump house for Morningside into an intimate Mediterranean hideaway decorated with stone walls and chandeliers, and surrounded by lush foliage. Locally sourced ingredients, including vegetables from the backyard garden, inform a menu that includes tuna crudo, grass-fed lamb burgers, red snapper and chickpea cakes.
A growing Brazilian chain brings this 24/7 French bistro to South Beach, its first US location, serving classics like steak tartare, coq au vin and cassoulet, plus pastas, risottos and creative cocktails. Channeling the cafe life of Paris’s 6th arrondissement along with Woody Allen’s film, Midnight in Paris, the opulent space has a theatrical feel, enhanced with red banquettes, quirky paintings and chandeliers.
Helmed by celeb chef Michael Schwartz, this high-energy Italian in the SLS Brickell hotel offers a straightforward, farm-to-table menu featuring handmade pasta, Caesar salads tossed tableside and wood-oven–fired pizzas, meats and seafood, plus Italian regional wines and craft cocktails. Simple presentations are right in step with the minimalist Philippe Starck–designed digs, outfitted with teak furnishings, vertically stacked planters and a sprawling open kitchen.
In the former Old San Juan space in Coral Gables, this modern Mediterranean serves up artfully presented dishes like crispy octopus, oxtail dumplings, pastas, risottos and pork loin chops, backed by a global wine list. The white-tablecloth setting has a homey feel, with soft lighting, a display of regional artwork and dark wooden furnishings.
Helmed by a pair of Greek chefs, this Mediterranean in Coconut Grove riffs on the classics with dishes like lobster risotto with goat cheese and Nutella calzones, paired with Aegean wines and sake cocktails. A bohemian spirit pervades the shabby chic digs, outfitted with recycled furnishings, vintage curios and floral wallpaper, plus charming sidewalk seating.
The Brickell location of this popular South Beach pizzeria offers Neapolitan-style, thin-crust pies with a variety of toppings, along with its signature star-shaped rendition, Nutella pizza, antipasti and mozzarella bar selections and salads. The simple, homey digs are outfitted with wooden tables, Frank Sinatra albums and coffee pots, plus a patio with plenty of outdoor seating.
Set next to the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, this French cafe from the team behind Buena Vista Bistro and Buena Vista Deli serves breakfast and light bites including croissants, quiches, tartines and salads, plus bistro fare like steak frites and beef bourguignon, along with gourmet chocolates. Wooden furnishings, wicker lamps, a patio and a deli counter displaying baked goods du jour complete the homey picture.
Open on show days, this progressive kitchen inside the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts’s Ziff Ballet Opera House offers reimagined French- and European dishes like whipped clam chowder and organic chicken with popcorn hollandaise from acclaimed chef Brad Kilgore (Alter). The sleek interior also grabs the spotlight, thanks to elegant details like plush bar seating, long curtains and abstract light fixtures.
Communal surfboard tables, wood-clad walls and blue ceilings bring a whiff of Hawaii to this Fort Lauderdale fast-casual where diners order cheffy takes on signature and build-your-own Hawaiian poke bowls, island-inspired buns, tacos and nachos, plus sake cocktails, wine and microbrews.
From the founder of Jugo Fresh comes this buzzy health-food haven in Sunset Harbour, serving nutrient-dense fare like poke bowls, dosa wraps, vegan sweets and juices made from sustainable ingredients. Industrial stools, communal tables and an open kitchen create a hip vibe, while bright yellow accents and neon signage enliven the minimalist aesthetic.
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A former Piripi chef helms this lively, industrial-style Coral Gables eatery, offering Miami-themed dishes with Latin and Asian accents, including skirt steak croquetas and Vietnamese-style vaca frita buns, along with signature cocktails. Live nightly music, local artwork, living plant walls and outdoor seating add to its hangout appeal.
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A husband-and-wife team brings its 'frozen creams,' a gelato-ice cream hybrid, to a simple, counter-serve space in Downtown Dadeland, scooping Miami-inspired flavors like arroz con leche and guava and cheese, plus sorbet and dairy-free options. Homemade pastries, including coconut tarts, cream puffs and layer cakes round out the sweet-tooth options.
True to its name, this overhauled Deerfield Beach bistro offers oceanfront views along with a seafood menu ranging from raw bar options and surf 'n' turf mains like grilled snapper to sushi and sashimi. A bright, maritime-inspired setting with dark wood furnishings, a marble bar and beach-facing terrace amp up the buzz factor.