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.
This lively local Cuban chain offers a host of island specialties, including cubanos, ropa vieja, croquetas, vaca frita and more, with craft cocktails and over 120 varieties of rum to match. The decor is evocative of Havana in the 1950s, capturing the once-glamorous feel with vintage prints and nostalgic memorabilia.
The owner of Bulla Gastrobar switches culinary gears with this upscale Peruvian gastropub in Kendall and Downtown Doral, putting a contemporary spin on traditional dishes, from ceviches to empanadas and lomo saltado (stir-fried filet mignon). The massive bar pours pisco sours and Chilcanos, while the handsome decor also leans South American with handmade tile accents and a color palette of copper, blue and orange.
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This casual Latin American South Florida chainlet turns out baked empanadas stuffed with classic and creative fillings ranging from pulled pork with barbecue sauce and guava to ground beef and mozzarella cheese, all served in a colorful counter-serve space with a custom-made graffiti wall and an outdoor bar.
These taquerias in Fort Lauderdale and South Miami offer modern takes on tacos, a quesadilla bar, empanadas and more in a trendy, graffiti-accented space with indoor/outdoor seating. Tequila and cocktails are also a focus, fueling the scene till late on the weekends.
Hawaiian-style poke reigns at this Brickell counter serve, boasting 7 different signature combinations, including whitefish with jalapeño and tuna with wasabi aioli, plus customized bowls, salads and burritos with a variety of homemade sauces and toppings. Fans stop by for a bowl to-go or settle down in the industrial space, outfitted with concrete floors, wooden furnishings and red accents.
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Cuban-inspired bar fare like lechon asado buns and plantain waffles are served with local craft beer and wine at this all-day Little Havana gastropub. A rustic, exposed-brick dining room with industrial touches and a charming tropical patio with string lights and mismatched communal tables complete the laid-back picture.
Crowning the EAST Miami hotel, this sleek rooftop bar on the 40th floor offers stunning views of the Brickell skyline plus globally inspired tapas like curry Korean chicken wings and lamb kebabs, plus craft cocktails. The lush, tropical setting with chic, Asian-inspired furnishings, a large outdoor bar and comfy seating nooks sweeten the deal.
Turning the tables on the speakeasy concept, this late-night South Beach hangout from Tatanka Guerrero (Radio Bar) places its industrial-meets-art deco–style bar near the front and hides its Japanese izakaya to the rear. The lounge serves Asian-inspired cocktails with an à la carte menu of bites like fried chicken and seafood, while the intimate restaurant offers a Kaiseki menu with multiple courses, making for a trendy scene.
The name of these taquerias references Mexico City's hip, artsy neighborhood, while the street food-centric menu features freshly made tacos with fillings like duck or roasted pork shoulder, plus margaritas made with over 100 brands of tequila and mezcal. The cheery, blue-hued digs boast an airy, modern feel, complete with picnic tables and patio seating.
The crew behind burger spots Lokal and Kush take a seafood turn with this Coconut Grove addition offering innovative surf 'n' turf menu items (think lobster BLT and crab cake sandwiches) paired with pours from a cider and mead bar. The spacious interior includes blue-hued brick walls, washed wood panels and tiled floors, plus communal seating and a patio at the front.
"Beer lovers rejoice" at the "endless" craft brews on tap and "dynamite" gussied-up bar eats – including "awesome burgers" as well as some "healthy options" – at this gastropub with locations in Coral Gables and Fort Lauderdale; the "trendy", industrial digs are constantly "swinging" with a "young crowd", so it "can get a little noisy", especially during weekend brunch since "everyone's caught on" to the bottomless mimosas.
Modeled on 1920s Jazz Age speakeasies, this Downtown hangout serves up classic cocktails with a modern twist, plus drink-friendly American fare at its expansive mahogany bar. The room is all warm brown leather and wood, with a been-there-forever vibe enhanced by long leather booths, a pool table and vintage suitcases lining the walls.