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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 tip: If 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
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
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
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