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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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