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Hottest Restaurants in Miami

From new launches by big-name chefs to adventurous upstarts, here are the hottest restaurants in Miami right now. It's one heck of a culinary to-do list, so clear your calendar for the most exciting dining experiences in the Magic City.


NewDesign District
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.

Must-order: Super seed butter toast made with fluffy Zak de Baker brioche and topped with sea salt

Insider tip: The restaurant's second floor will soon be used for a variety of wellness-focused events, like yoga classes, interactive panel discussions and designer pop-up shops.

160 NE 40th St.; (786) 953-7620

Luke's Lobster Miami

NewSeafoodBrickell Area
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.

Must-order: Classic lobster roll, made with juicy hunks of the Maine crustacean topped with warm butter and celery salt and served on a perfectly toasted buttered roll

Insider tip: The lobster bisque is delicious on its own, but if you pair it with the skewered lobster tail it makes a killer dipping sauce.

701 S. Miami Ave.; (786) 837-7683

Upland Miami

NewCalifornianSouth Beach
Spun off from the same-name NYC original, this South-of-Fifth destination from restaurateur Stephen Starr and chef Justin Smillie turns out Italian dishes with a Southern California twist like wood-fired prawns, pappardelle with spicy sausage ragù and coal-roasted short rib, backed by a vast wine list. Much like its northern sibling, the moodily lit bistro lines its walls with jars of preserved lemons, but the tropical patio is Miami to the core.

Must-order: Coal-roasted short rib. Crusted in pepper, this incredibly tender showstopper is served on the bone with olives, walnuts and ribbons of shaved celery.

Insider tip: The 12 best seats in the house are at the chef's counter, allowing for a view of the gorgeous, bustling kitchen plus direct access to the chef.

49 Collins Ave.; (305) 602-9998

Ono Poke Shop

The growing trend of Hawaiian-style marinated seafood gains traction at this Wynwood fast-casual spot serving six takes on the island classic, plus build your own options, sake, beer and wine. The functional space caters to the grab-and-go crowd, but there's seating for those who wish to stay and eat their poke bowls onsite.

Must-order: Spicy tuna bowl with housemade wasabi aïoli and eel sauce

Insider tip: Fish often sells out by early afternoon so get there before 1 PM for the best selection.

2320 N. Miami Ave.; (786) 618-5366

DÔA Miami Beach

NewAsianSouth Beach
Finding common ground between Asian and Latin American cuisines, this South Beach eatery from the restaurateur behind Zuma and Coya serves ceviches, makis, skewers, dim sum and hot pots plus craft cocktails made with pisco, sake and more. The handsome indoor-outdoor setup includes an open kitchen, light wooden furnishings, green and orange accents and a lively patio overlooking Collins Avenue.

Must-order: Pork belly buns served with rocoto hoisin and pickled carrot. The soft-shell crab and the duck confit renditions are equally exquisite.

Insider tip: Next time you're out partying in SoBe, take advantage of the restaurant’s late hours and order the Levanta Muerto noodle special. Meaning “rise from the dead” in Spanish, this hangover cure comes with a secret shot from the bartender that will help ease the pain and fix you right up.

2000 Collins Ave.; (305) 587-2000

Bakehouse Brasserie

NewFrenchSouth Beach
Inspired by traditional Parisian eateries, this South of Fifth bistro from Menin Hospitality offers grab-and-go baked goods, an all-day French-themed brunch featuring dishes like stuffed croissant French toast and gravlax Benedicts, plus burgers and charcuterie. The retro-chic space also goes Gallic, with sophisticated white-and-gold lighting, brown leather banquettes and a pastry case filled with daily temptations.

Must-order: Stuffed croissant French toast made with the restaurant's own pastry and filled with rum-spiked bananas Foster and cream cheese frosting

Insider tip: Add a shot of Remy Martin VSOP to the South of Frosé (frozen rosé) for an extra kick.

808 1st St.; (305) 434-8249

Bazaar Mar by Jose Andres at SLS Brickell

NewSeafoodBrickell Area
Celebrity chef José Andrés brings this avant-garde seafood concept to Brickell's SLS hotel, offering imaginative riffs on classic tapas, including lobster croquetas, beet gazpacho, tiraditos, ceviches and seaweed dishes, plus grilled whole fish and inventive cocktails. The spacious Philippe Starck–designed interior boasts all-white furniture and a whimsical Delft-style blue-and-white tile mural inspired by famous seaports around the globe.

Must-order: Bagel and lox. This whimsical appetizer consists of fish-shaped “air bread” filled with cream cheese foam and topped with Russ & Daughters smoked salmon and pickled onions.

Insider tipIf you want to try hard-to-find European seafood like cigalas and lenguado, make sure to dine here on a Wednesday or Thursday, when the restaurant receives these special orders directly from the Spanish fish market Mercamadrid. (Take note: The supply runs out fast.)

1300 S. Miami Ave.; (305) 615-5859

Paradigm Kitchen

NewOrganicMiami Beach
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.

Must-order: The Purdy Haloumi — a large bowl filled with roasted green-harissa veggies and marinated greens and topped with grilled haloumi cheese and a warm beet-tahini burger. Add a lamb kebab for extra protein.

Insider tip: When ordering your coffee, skip the milk and go for the nut "mylk" instead, made in house with almonds, cashews and macadamia nuts.

1834 Bay Rd.; 786-453-2488

Bachour Bakery + Bistro

AmericanBrickell Area
From celebrated pastry chef Antonio Bachour and former Eating House chef Henry Hané comes this Brickell bakery and cafe, serving beautifully presented signature pastries and desserts (think guava and cheese croissants and mojito cakes), plus elevated bistro fare. An open kitchen gives guests a peek at the proceedings while stone walls, plants and warm furnishings add warmth to the industrial-chic digs.

Must-order: The spicy salmon tartine, served sashimi-style with grilled nori purée atop homemade bread. For dessert, the mojito cake with lime mousse, cream and mint is a don't-miss.

Insider tip: The owners recently partnered with Caviar to offer delivery within the Brickell area.

600 Brickell Ave.; 305-330-6310

Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann

ArgentineanMiami Beach
South American chef and grillmaster Francis Mallmann brings his updated Argentinean concept to the lavish Faena Hotel, serving meats, seafood and classic regional dishes from his open-fire kitchen. Gold-and-red accents and a massive chandelier lend the dining room an opulent feel, while the breezy poolside veranda, featuring an intricate, ocean-inspired ambiance, provides a more casual experience.

Must-order: Colorado rack of lamb, sided with asparagus, quinoa, dates and mint

Insider tip: Visit the restaurant on Sundays to experience a traditional Argentinean "asado" brunch cooked in the outdoor open-fire kitchen.

3201 Collins Ave.; 786-655-5610

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