MIAMI- DADE COUNTY FAVORITES

Consider this the answer to “Hey Bren, can you recommend a good restaurant in Miami?” 

Last Update: 04.19.2017

Listed in alphabetical order

MY FAVORITE MIAMI RESTAURANTS 

Alter Unexpected fine dining in a casual Wynwood setting.  Review HERE

Ariete They had me at foie gras over maduros. Brunch is a must.

Azul fine dining with an unforgettable, quintessential Miami view, and that classy hospitality offered by the Mandarin Oriental.

Bazaar Magical avant-garde menu that has something for everyone within the madness of South Beach. This is the perfect go-to if looking for upscale yet hip eats.

Bazaar Mar Upscale seafood eats with the usual José Andrés whimsical twist. Review HERE

Big Easy Winebar & Grill South African eats in a casual, yet chic environment. This one calls for stretchy pants and a happy heart. Go!

Bon Picat  Family-owned, this tiny and casual restaurant in Doral serves authentic Valencia eats.   

Bourbon Steak  I’ve lost count of how many times I have been to this Michael Mina powerhouse. Beautiful. Great service. Exceptional food. A long time favorite.

Byblos  Black. Truffle. Pide. Do it. Also, end with the Cold Tea Service. Thank me later. Read more HERE.

Caffe Vialetto  A Cuban, Argentinian, Italian trifecta that never disappoints. Oversized ravioli stuffed with pork and sweet plantains, topped with black bean sauce? Check! Owners Marcelo and Ernie are the heart of this operation. Tell them I send my love! I promise they will take good care of you.

Caviar Russe  For the serious gourmand. This New York City, ambitious Michelin-starred import arrives in Miami full speed ahead. Love caviar? This is the place for you. Reviewed HERE. Update 9/03/2016 Chef Valencia is no longer there.

Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant & Wine Bar  The only time this Broward girl happily drives to friggin’ Kendall is to dine at Chef Adrienne’s. Chef Calvo has created quite a special niche in the middle of nowhere. It’s all good!

Coya Miami  Gorgeous restaurant serving contemporary Peruvian dining on Brickell.

db Bistro Moderne  Chef Daniel Boloud’s southernmost restaurant. One of Miami’s few fine dining establishments. Dishes are impeccably plated and the attention to detail is astounding.  His New York restaurant Daniel boasts two Michelin stars.

Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market This Gainesville (sushi) and Orlando (robata grill and sushi) import in the new and upcoming Downtown Doral area hits all the right notes! Offering modern Japanese, this izakaya restaurant and fish market is truly a nice addition to the area.

Fi’lia There are dishes on the menu you’d expect from most Italian restaurants, but Chef Schwartz’ finessed hand is obvious throughout. From the lovely Corn Agnolotti to the bold Wood Grilled 42oz Bisteca Fiorentino or the Fish Stew, there is something for everyone. The food, warm and knowledgeable hospitality, buzzy vibe and beautiful decor (by interior design giant Philippe Starck) make this one a winner! Review HERE

Fratelli Milano  Hidden within the nearby Downtown Miami office buildings. Say yes to the pear fiocchi and the bucatini. Oh, and save room for dessert! I suggest choosing and setting your dessert aside upon arrival.

GK Bistronomie  Wynwood + casual + fine dining + Peruvian eats= DO IT! Review HERE

Finka  Croquetas de Jamón Pizza. Need I say more? Casual comfort food in a hip setting. The only thing that would make me drive there on a regular basis would be if they took reservations. They don’t …yet. If you are in the area, dale!

Hakkasan  Modern-Cantonese never looked this good. Located inside the Fontainebleau Hotel, Hakkasan’s space is sexy and the food is delicious.

Jaya  Upscale modern Asian fusion in South Beach with an emphasis on standout dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, India, China, and Japan. Brought to you by multi-talented Chef Gervais from The Setai. Three words, GET THE DUCK!

Komodo Pastrami. Egg. Roll. Everything is good at this new and in-charge restaurant. Reminds me a little bit of STK because of the vibe. Great choice for large groups. Get to thee….ASAP.

KYU  The worlds of Asian fusion and comfort eats collide. It’s located at the former Shikany spot, so you know it’s hip and edgy. Start with the pork belly, continue with the brisket, end with the coconut cake. The end. Easily one of Wynwood’s best!

La Fresa Francesa Tiny Hialeah hidden gem offering French comfort food in a friendly family-like environment. Read about it HERE!

La Mar  Peruvian-Japanese food located inside the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Brickell Key. I love this place! I recently featured La Mar on my blog. Read about it HERE!

Le Zoo Je like! French casual quality dining located at the Bal Harbour Shops. Review HERE.

Los Fuegos by Francis Mallman An Argentinian asado like you’ve never had before. Using the best of the best ingredients, one bite will have you singing a tango. Save room for the very decadent dulce de leche Napoleon.

Macchialina Taverna Rustica Small, cozy, and charming locale serving casual Italian in South Beach. I usually go for dinner, but their brunch is wonderful too!

MC Kitchen Do this…black mission fig pizzetta, roasted octopus, pear and cheese fiocchi, and the bucatini alla carbonara. That’s it. Simple. You’re welcome.

Michael’s Genuine A fun and creative menu awaits. The more guests in your party, the more dishes you get to try. The menu’s composed of mostly small plates and the desserts are to die for.

Mignonette Casual and hip. Order oysters off the marquee. Get the croissants. Order the South African Lobster. End with the bread pudding. You too will be a fan.

NaiYaRa Miss Khong River House? Well, miss no more. Chef Bee has a playground located on Sunset Harbour in SOBE. Read about it HERE

NAOE For the serious gourmand, this experience will educate and shock your senses. Note, this chef-led tasting menu is not for everyone. Arrive and dine with an open mind.

Nobu Now at the Eden Roc hotel. The best miso black cod in South Florida, that’s what. Oh, you know what else is good? The tuna tacos. And the lobster risotto. And the yellowtail sashimi. OK, just get it all.

Pao by Paul Qui  Major swank cred. Located inside the FAENA Hotel on mid-Miami Beach, Pao is an upscale modern Asian restaurant that must be experienced at least once. Expect quality ingredients and top notch service. Loved the Sweet Greens and the Unicorn (the edible one and also the non-edible one…check it out and you’ll see what I’m talking about).

Phuc Yeah Too cool for school. Really. A Vietnamese/Cajun fusion with a whole lot of passion and soul. I’m totally drinking the Kool-aid. Does it help I get to jam to Eminem, Biggie, and 2 Live Crew while dining? Oh yeah! Old school Miami meets Mimo 2016. Read more HERE.

Pied a Terre One of the very few restaurants in Miami Beach that is similar those Michelin-rated ones in other cities. It’s tiny and very special.

Plant Food + Wine Vegan. Raw. Badass. Go. Read more HERE

Prohibition Restaurant & Speakeasy Restaurant and lounge all in one. Tapas style. Share dishes with friends and then move on up to the lounge where the resident DJ will make you sway to the latest and old school Miami beats.

Proof Pizza and Pasta Simple, good eats done right. Not as casual as a pizza joint, but not a white table-clothed restaurant either. If available, order the angel hair crab pasta, oxtail pizza, and the corn agnolotti. The doughnuts and any of their macaron ice cream sandwiches are the perfect sweet endings.

Pubbelly Sushi Casual, creative, and addicting. If I lived closer, I would live there at least once a week.

Quality Meats Delectable and memorable eats. Peanut butter and jalapeño-jellied house cured bacon? Honey-lime baby back ribs? Corn creme brûlée? Nutter butter ice cream cake? Yes, yes, yes, and yes! Review HERE

Scarpetta Inside the beautiful Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. Home of Chef Conant’s famed tomato based spaghetti. The tasting menu is the way to go the first time.

STK SOBE The long awaited return of STK is finally here. Not many places offer exceptional dining, lounging, and dancing all under one roof.

Sugarcane Offering a tapas style menu in a hip, fast-paced, fun environment. Lunch, brunch, or dinner. There are no wrong choices here.

Sushi Samba Brazilian, Peruvian, Japanese fusion. I dream of their yellowtail taquitos and the sea bass anticuchos. All the time. It’s a problem really. Must get back there asap. You should too!

The Dutch Located inside the W Hotel, The Dutch has been a constant for years. A little pricier than most Miami Beach restaurants, but worth the splurge. After dinner, walk next door to Living Room for handcrafted cocktails and end the night with a boardwalk stroll or dancing at Wall.

TUYO Great food! Great service! Great view! Got it? Now, go!

Villa Azur Sexy, sexy, sexy! Villa Azur is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Miami. Oh, what’s that? Stellar food and service too? We have a winner!

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar NOT the place to eat lean proteins, veggies, and low carb anything. Diet schmiet! Cue the twang…this is good ole’ Southern cookin’

Zuma SO in love with the brunch. Two words: Zuma croquette. You must reserve and you must go hungry. Save room for dessert!

OTHER GREAT CHOICES

  • Blue Collar
  • Cafe Ragazzi
  • Edge Steak
  • Essensia
  • Graziano’s
  • Italy Today
  • Juvia
  • Love is Blind
  • Loba
  • Makoto
  • Meat Market
  • Prime One Twelve
  • Rouge
  • The Forge
  • Thea’s Supper Club
  • Timo
  • Wolfgang’s