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.
Music icons Emilio and Gloria Estefan are behind this fine dining Cuban concept in the Design District, offering reimagined takes of traditional family recipes like lechón flatbread, vaca frita and braised short ribs, all in an indoor/outdoor space evocative of Havana in the ‘50s with live music and performing servers & bartenders
At this upscale French eatery with locations in Dubai and London, acclaimed chef Raphael Duntoye serves classic Niçoise and Mediterranean fare like escargots, octopus carpaccio and whole roasted chicken with foie gras in a handsome, intimate setting styled with mismatched art, cozy banquettes and and floor-to-ceiling wooden shutters.
The sequel to restaurateur Buzzy Sklar’s Sliderz, this New York–style deli just off Lincoln Road spotlights classics like pastrami sandwiches, meatball subs, matzo ball soup, bagels and pastries in a modern space with retro touches like white subway tile and traditional black and white checkered floors.
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Taking a page from its Edgewater sibling, chef/owner Serfer repurposes a former 1980s diner in North Miami into a hip oyster bar/seafood haven. The menu straddles the line between luxurious and down-home, with starters like popcorn shrimp or caviar and blini, and mains, including grouper or prime rib, categorized under 'plain' and 'fancy,' while the wine and beer list hovers in the reasonable range.
Miami nightlife impresario Dave Grutman and the team that runs NYC’s The Smile are behind this Design District cafe, serving sandwiches, salads and baked goods for breakfast and lunch. Pale wood and pastel-hued accents along with hanging lamps and a wall menu lend personality to the minimal, industrial-style space.
New York City's famed food cart operation makes its way to South Florida with this fast-casual, brick-and-mortar outpost in Davie. The original gyro sandwiches and chicken-and-rice plates headline the menu, with the famous white sauce in to-go packets, backed by a smattering of Middle Eastern specialties such as falafel, hummus and baklava.
Mexican street food maven Richard Ampudia and fellow Mexico City native, chef Lourdes Herman, are behind this South of Fifth cantina, culling inspiration from Baja California for a menu of familiar favorites (tacos, chalupas and quesadillas), plus a raw bar and tequila-centric cocktails. The casual set-up combines dark wood furnishings with Mexican textiles and art enlivening the scene.
Chef-owner Phuket Thongsodchaveondee (ex Makoto) helms this Thai kitchen with locations in North Miami and Wynwood, featuring elevated street food like papaya salad, fried pork rice and crispy duck noodle bowls, plus a selection of beer and wine. The casual interior lends an industrial feel, with exposed ducts, tiled walls and dangling wicker lamps.
Launched by a New England native son, this chain of lobster joints mixes industrial elements with nods to the nautical life (strings of buoys and whatnot). Toasted rolls are stuffed with the eponymous Maine-caught crustaceans (plus crab and shrimp) and served in wax paper–lined plastic baskets, while other seafood shanty–style eats round out the menu.
Part of a hip Wynwood concept store, this coffee bar is set in a warehouse space with a lived-in feel, surrounded by vintage motorcycles, couches and light fixtures as well as men’s clothing. The cafe serves as a gathering spot for or custom-made espresso drinks, cold brew and donuts, plus beers, wines and cocktails concocted with java instead of booze.
This fast-casual Brickell City Centre spot, sibling of Big Easy Wine Bar next door, caters to grab-and-go shoppers with a health-conscious menu of salads, sandwiches, bowls and skillets made from seasonal, farm-sourced ingredients, plus a few craft beers and wines by the glass. Light-wood accents add warmth to the airy, modern farmhouse-inspired space.
Never mind the New Orleans nickname – this Brickell City Centre spot takes its moniker from Ernie Els, aka 'Big Easy,' and culls culinary inspiration from the golf star's heritage, with fellow native South African Maryna Frederiksen helming the kitchen. Regional wines also take center stage, while reclaimed wood floors, clay pottery and marbled stone accents lend a Western Cape wine country feel.
Traditional Mexican fare veers into modern territory at this fast-casual Lincoln Road offshoot of the California outfit featuring customizable, health-conscious tacos, burritos, tamales, guac and bowls topped with house-made sauces and extras. Old-timey lighting fixtures and illuminated words like 'Barrio Style' further enliven walls done up in white subway tiles and chevron-patterned wood accents.
Hidden behind Gramps in Wynwood, this late-night pizza stand from Brooklyn pizzaiolo Frank Pinello (Best Pizza) serves up New York–style by-the-slice options and whole pies, plus chicken wings, garlic bread and Cuban coffee in a no-frills setting with communal seating.
Guests can arrive by land or sea at this upscale seafood restaurant at a Miami Beach mega-yacht marina offering oceanfront views plus Mediterranean fare spotlighting seafood, with a deep wine list to match. The alfresco, maritime-inspired setting is done up with comfy seating nooks, cabanas, wooden furnishings and a DJ booth for late-night parties.
Diners have full view of the pizza-making stations and wood-fired ovens at this expansive, sociable South Beach pizzeria spun off from the Atlanta original. Neapolitan-style pizzas come bubbling hot, topped with ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes and local produce, while pressed sandwiches, pastries and gelato round out the menu.