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Hottest Restaurants in Miami

From big-name chefs to adventurous concepts from newbies, here's our updated list of the hottest restaurants in Miami right now. It's one heck of a culinary to-do list — and will undoubtedly get you very, very, very excited about the dining scene in the Magic City. Read on: 


NewJapaneseSouth Beach
This growing Russian chain brings a vast Pan-Asian menu to South Beach, its first US location, serving sushi rolls, robata meats, Peking duck and dim sum, plus creative cocktails. Visitors are greeted by a seven-ft. tall statue of a Tanuki – a shape-shifting Japanese talisman said to bring good luck – in a spacious set-up outfitted with reclaimed barn wood, yellow leather banquettes and digital imagery.

Must-order: Peking duck soba noodles with chuka chile soy

Insider tip: Sit at the bar to get a glimpse of the chefs working their magic in the open kitchen. And of course, be sure to order one of their spiked-tea cocktails while you're there!

1080 Alton Rd.; 305-615-1055

Paulie Gee's Miami

NewPizzaUpper East Side
This MiMo outpost of the storied Brooklyn-based pizzeria serves up wood-fired Neapolitan pies topped with unusual ingredients like gouda and maple syrup, plus vegan options and Miami-inspired combinations like roasted pulled pork, yellow mustard and pickles. The industrial space has a quirky vibe, complete with yellow-and-blue accents, a pinball machine and the original Chinese Palace sign from the previous restaurant owners.

Must-order: The Jewbano pizza, a Miami-inspired pie topped with Swiss cheese, mustard, Canadian bacon, pulled pork and pickles

Insider tip: The restaurant doesn't take reservations, so come in close to opening and kill time at the bar with one of the craft beers.

8001 Biscayne Blvd.; 786-655-5610

Phuc Yea

NewVietnameseUpper East Side
Vietnamese cooking with a Cajun flair and craft cocktails are the hook at this sultry but laid back Mimo destination from the team behind the now-shuttered The Federal. Set in an old concrete building, the handsome space features a raw bar, a lounge, garden seating and an upstairs dining room outfitted with street art, repurposed furnishings and traditional Asian accents.

Must-order: The fall-off-the-bone caja china duck, made with Coca Cola hoisin and served with roasted peanuts, pickles and lettuce leaves.

Insider tip: Love pho? Make sure to visit the restaurant during lunch, as it is not offered for dinner. Also, late night happy hour takes place on Thursdays from 10–12 PM with $6 cocktails, $3 beers and old school hip hop tunes. 

7100 Biscayne Blvd.; 305 602-3710

The Spillover

NewSeafoodCoconut Grove
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.

Must-order: The daily catch. It’s always fresh and local and the name of the fisherman and the boat is always featured on the special’s board. The fish changes daily and is prepared whole and grilled.

Insider tip: There are only 15 orders of its popular gator ribs per day, so make sure to come early and request the dish before it runs out.

 2911 Grand Ave #400d.; 305-456-5723

Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market

The first Miami location of this Florida chain brings a modern omakase menu, robata fare, a noodle bar, dishes like sake-steamed clams and a boutique fish market serving on-the-go items to Downtown Doral. Paying homage to traditional Japanese seafood markets, the massive izakaya space features high ceilings, metal fixtures, red chairs, a communal table and chandeliers fashioned from giant fishhooks.

Must-order: Chawanmushi, a traditional Japanese egg custard dish, made with snow crab, steamed egg, nameko, uni, ikura and mizuna

Insider tip: With food and drinks starting at $4, the Sunday–Friday happy hour (5–7 PM) will score you some sweet deals.

5241 Northwest 87th Ave.; 305-222-7447

PB Station

The Pubbelly Boys expand its empire to the mainland with this New American eatery at Downtown's historic Langford Hotel, serving seafood charcuterie like octopus pepperoni, entrees including Wagyu beef with foie butter and grilled shrimp with sofrito and bacon, plus an inventive cocktail list to match. The sleek, train station–inspired dining room has a distinctive mod-retro vibe, complete with wooden banquettes, green-leather booths, white-tiled walls and station signage.

Must-order: Any of the items off the seafood charcuterie menu (think octopus pepperoni and rock shrimp mortadella)

Insider tip: Killer city views (and drinks) await at its new rooftop bar upstairs. 

121 Southeast 1st St.; 305-420-2205

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; the signature mojito cake, with lime mousse, cream and mint, is a must-try for dessert

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

600 Brickell Ave.; 305-330-6310

Glass and Vine

New AmericanCoconut Grove
Chopped champion and Eating House chef Giorgio Rapicavoli helms this Peacock Park eatery in the former Coconut Grove library space, offering shareable, European-inspired vegetable, seafood and meat dishes, plus unique craft cocktails. Drawing inspiration from its lush surroundings, the nature-hued interior features a vine-covered roof with ceiling windows, a large bar and glass sliding accordion doors that connect to a tropical patio.

Must-order: Watermelon salad with crema, cotija cheese, toasted corn and cilantro

Insider tip: The indoor communal high-top table is a great place to sit with a small group of friends and watch chef Rapicavoli work his magic.

2820 McFarlane Rd.; 305-200-5268

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, served 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


A pair of Zuma alums turns the former Shikany space in Wynwood into an Asian-inspired concept, using Japanese barbecue methods to cook sustainable meats like duck breast and Wagyu beef on its centerpiece wood-burning grill. The rustic-industrial digs feature raw concrete walls, wooden and metal accents, plus an open kitchen.

Must-order: Soft-shell crab steamed bun

Insider tip: Tables are booked three weeks in advance, but the lounge offers the same menu. 

251 NW 25th St.; 786-577-0150

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