Miami's restaurant scene is gearing up for season with a clear-cut focus on global cuisines. From a cluster of French-inspired eateries to a sexy den for Asian-fusion, here are 10 of the hottest new restaurants in Miami.
The Bâoli team brings the flavors of the south of France to Brickell with this French-themed, rose-colored grand cafe, market, bakery and raw bar featuring brasserie-style seating, lace curtains and a long counter outfitted with grills, a rotisserie and a baking area. Executive chef Jean Paul Lourdes (ex Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire, Paris) fuses tradition with modernity, serving charcuterie, grilled fish, paellas and snacks like pissaladière, accompanied by craft cocktails.
- Brickell Area
Must-Order: Sea bream crudo with Seville orange and cumin.
Insider Tip: The cocktails were created by the Bar Lab team (The Broken Shaker and 27).
Though more casual than its posh sibling, Villa Azur, this French-Mediterranean arrival in Midtown still packs a stylistic punch, decking out its digs with weathered brick walls, ceiling rafters, farmhouse tables and a foosball table, plus a seafood bar and a wine bar. Rotisserie chicken (available with extras like truffles) takes pride of place on the menu, along with dishes like moules-frites, apéritifs and Euro-style cocktails.
Must-Order: Croque madame served with ham or turkey, Swiss cheese, béchamel sauce and topped with a fried egg.
Insider Tip: The express lunch menu allows for a two-course meal in 45 minutes or less.
Middleterranean cuisine gains traction with the arrival of this eye-catching eatery, an offshoot of the Toronto original set in the Shorecrest tower of The Royal Palm South Beach Hotel offering unique takes on Levantine meze and exotically spiced lamb, duck, fish and vegetable dishes, plus spirit-spiked tea service delivered via trolley. The yellow-and-blue-colored space is just as transporting, with high ceilings, fabric-wrapped panels and a patio complete with terrazzo tile floors.
- South Beach
Must-Order: Yogurt baked fluke with toasted bread crumbs and walnuts.
Insider Tip: Head to the downstairs bar after dinner for a nightcap.
Set in a former warehouse in Wynwood, this intimate, informal New American haunt from chef/co-owner Brad Kilgore (ex J&G Grill) showcases locally sourced, seasonal ingredients in creative, globally influenced plates backed by a carefully curated wine list. The industrial space includes a small chef’s table facing an open kitchen, plus an organic garden, but its overall spare aesthetic keeps the focus on the cooking.
- New American
Must-Order: Blue crab with Peruvian aji chile.
Insider Tip: A bar-equipped outdoor patio is set to open in the coming months.
Set inside the 1 Hotel & Homes (recently transformed from the Gansevoort Hotel), the ultrachic chophouse resurfaces, showing off a shiny all-dark interior with soft lighting and tusklike ceiling fixtures, plus a DJ lounge displaying white leather banquettes and rosewood tables. Signature slabs of beef and sauces are served along with entrees like seared tuna and short ribs, plus sides including jalapeño cheese grits and corn pudding.
- South Beach
Must-Order: Jumbo lump crab salad and bone-in rib steak.
Insider Tip: The large central lounge decked out in crocodile tiles makes for the perfect post-dinner mingling scene.
The historic Marlin hotel is home to the latest venture from chef Michael Pirolo (Macchialina): a sexy den for fusion from the Far East, featuring dishes like Peking duck, noodles, chirashi and gyoza that show his mastery of the Asian genre. High ceilings, colorful lighting and a golden dragon overlooking the proceedings from the mezzanine further amplify its appeal.
- South Beach
Must-Order: Chirashi with Bazi rice, hamachi, tuna, king crab, Florida pink shrimp, smoked trout roe, fresh wasabi, avocado, shiso leaf, nori and dusted with togarashi.
Insider Tip: The chef's four-course tasting menu is a no-brainer at $70 per person.
Restaurateur Stephen Starr airlifts the spirit of his same-name Philadelphia staple to the Aloft South Beach, offering a globally inspired menu that skips from Chinese fried rice and build-your-own sushi to Puerto Rican–style roast pork, bolstered by tiki cocktails, local beers and an international wine list. The midcentury-meets-21st-century decor features turquoise banquettes, a rattan bar and a stylish patio, with a retro-ish neon sign lighting the facade.
- South Beach
Must-Order: Cheesesteak egg roll stuffed with cherry peppers, American cheese and Sriracha ketchup.
Insider Tip: Snag a seat at the 12-person bar for cocktail tips from the head bartender.
The SBE Group (which also owns SLS South Beach) brings this three-level, multifunctional dining, wellness and nightlife hub to booming Hallandale Beach. The complex includes a spa, fitness center and beach bar on the first floor serving fresh-pressed juices and light bites, along with a second-floor eatery featuring New American fare from chef Danny Elmaleh (Cleo), and a members-only top floor with a poolside lounge, restaurant and exclusive nightlife events.
- Hallandale Beach
Must-Order: The view is the main draw here, and early word on food has been rocky. We can vouch for the bacon blackberry pizza (with ricotta cheese, blackberry marmalade, triple-smoked bacon, arugula and Parmesan), as well as the Earl Grey Aviation cocktail.
Insider Tip: Arrive before sunset to watch the sky porn unfold from your beachfront table.
Set inside the Hotel Victor, this multitasker sports a spacious dining room serving American fare, two patios overlooking Ocean Drive and a retail shop selling treats like celebrity-themed Couture Pops and bulk candy. The comfort-food menu goes from sweet to savory, including red-velvet pancakes, Nutella crêpes, burgers and fish tacos, accompanied by confection-inspired cocktails and chocolate martinis and outrageous desserts such as fondues, sundaes and milkshakes.
- South Beach
Must-Order: Jalapeño burger; Chocolate Cookie Jar milkshake.
Insider Tip: The 24-scoop King Kong sundae is ideal for birthday parties (kids and adults).