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The 17 best Brickell restaurants right now

The best Brickell restaurants boast spots from far-flung places, DJ-backed lounges and also some fine pizzas

Virginia Gil
Eric Barton
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Virginia Gil
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Eric Barton
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Those of us in Miami for a while (not that long, actually) remember Brickell as the sleepy neighborhood just south of downtown, a place you’d never consider for dinner when that big client comes to town. Since all those condos rose out of nowhere, this one neighborhood now rivals the dining options of most major cities. Sparkly chandelier-topped dining rooms and DJs holding court in lounges define many of the best restaurants in Brickell, but the area is also home to some damn fine pizza in Miami, some excellent Miami brunches and exported cuisines from Hong Kong to Lima to Nice.

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Best Brickell restaurants

  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Brickell
  • price 3 of 4

Chef Aaron Brooks’ seasonally driven, farm-to-table menu is filled with dishes made from ingredients he sources locally and spices with herbs grown in the restaurant’s garden. In keeping with the wholesome vibe, Edge serves lightened-up versions of various meat dishes available on the menu, focusing on smaller cuts and veggie sides. On Fridays, nine-to-fivers in the Brickell area flock to the outdoor patio for drinks in the beautiful garden.

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Brickell
  • price 3 of 4

This financial district stalwart has survived recessions and land acquisitions, satiating the local business crowd with the freshest oysters around since 2003. The River Oyster Bar’s sleek, contemporary space is as timeless as its classic seafood menu, featuring staples like crab cakes, whole roasted fish and Florida lobster. Few Miami specials beat the daily happy hour: half-priced oysters and $6 prosecco every day from 4 to 7pm.

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  • Restaurants
  • Peruvian
  • Brickell Key
  • price 4 of 4

Gastón Acurio’s glittering waterfront restaurant doles out tasty Peruvian fusion in a cool, contemporary setting. Chef Diego Oka is constantly experimenting with new recipes, so whether it’s your first time at La Mar or your 20th (lucky you), there’s always something fresh and exciting to experience. Highlights among the new additions include the mole nikkei with pork belly and the torrejas de choclo, savory corn cakes topped with fresh seafood.

  • Restaurants
  • Pan-Asian
  • Brickell
  • price 3 of 4

Osaka, the internationally renowned eatery from Lima, makes it obvious why there’s such an appetite locally for Nikkei cuisine, the Peruvian-Japanese trend. Its approachable up-market dining room has something to do with it, but mostly it's an exhaustive menu that runs the gamut from strictly sushi and seafood to traditional anticuchos and coal-fired meats dressed in spicy pepper sauces.

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Brickell
  • price 4 of 4

Enjoy sophisticated Niçoise cuisine at this upscale French import. Despite the white tablecloths and double-digit price tags, LPM is warm, welcoming and surprisingly low-key. It's true that the restaurant caters to more refined palates, but it's also a haven for potato lovers. Case in point: There are fries and then there are the pomme frites served at LPM. Soaked, baked and fried, the labor-intensive spuds take hours to make, and it shows through in taste and texture.

  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Downtown
  • price 4 of 4

Novikov is a total scene in the way that only a trendy Miami restaurant can be. But don’t let the beautiful crowd keep you from Novikov’s sushi—it’s as good as the people watching. A must for birthdays and celebrations, Novikov scores high both in the food and atmosphere categories. Zero in on the crispy duck salad and any of the assorted dim-sum options.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • Brickell
  • price 2 of 4

One of the neighborhood’s original supper clubs, Marion delivers on both food and feeling. It’s a party atmosphere that picks up as the night goes on and the lights dim, so choose your own adventure: Arrive on the earlier side for shareable potions of ribeye steak, miso ginger chicken and other Asian-fusion dishes, or stroll in late for table dancing, craft cocktails and the occasional live saxophonist or flutist. Yep, that still happens.

  • Restaurants
  • Pizza
  • Brickell
  • price 2 of 4

Stanzione 87 is all about traditional Neapolitan pizza, so expect fresh mozzarella on top of dough that has that classic balance between soft doughiness and structure. Each crispy pie is topped judiciously with house-made sauce and fresh toppings and beckons pizza lovers far and wide.

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Brickell
  • price 3 of 4

Hong Kong expat Hutong shows off its culinary prowess with a Peking duck that takes 24 hours to make, carved tableside and served in two ways. The rest of the northern Chinese menu includes seafood items from Shanghai, a variety of noodles and rice dishes and plenty of dim sum to snack on and share with the table. Pricey Asian fare is common in Brickell, but Hutong attracts a more upscale crowd that’s more focused on the food and ambiance (what’s that crazy box thing above the bar, anyway?) than the scene.

  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Brickell
  • price 4 of 4

Nightlife impresario David Grutman is behind this Brickell hotspot, which features a menu filled with traditional Chinese dishes such as dim sum and Peking duck that hang by the entrance. Weekday happy hour brings the opportunity to try some more innovative options, like the pastrami egg roll, as well as discounted cocktails.

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  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Brickell

If it’s buttered, baked or toasted, you’ll find it at Henry Hané’s popular Brickell spot. Portable sweets include verrines, like delicate dessert parfaits, and pastries that range from assorted croissants to a gooey Nutella brioche. This is the place where beautiful tarts topped with berries and other fresh fruit taste as good as they look.

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Brickell
  • price 3 of 4

The fine-dining chain Casa Tua, with its big-bucks restaurant on South Beach, operates a concept in Saks that feels more like a food hall, with stations serving pasta, pizza and charcuterie. Ask for a seat in front of the pizzaiolos and you can watch the quite excellent pies get well charred in just a few seconds.

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  • Restaurants
  • Uruguayan
  • Brickell
  • price 3 of 4

From the creators of Uruguay’s famed Parador La Huella comes Quinto La Huella, featuring South American classics cooked over an open flame. Many of its offerings are made using a parrilla, a Latin American grill traditionally used to cook meat, fish and vegetables. Signature plates include grilled provolone cheese, sweetbreads, steak milanese and squid ink rice.

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Marabú dips into the city's Cuban heritage with a menu headlined by items cooked over charcoal. Grab a Havana-inspired drink and a Cubano with pit-roasted ham at the outdoor pergola or the expansive bar inside.

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Brickell
  • price 2 of 4

The Pubbelly boys put a fresh spin on sushi at their foray into Japanese cuisine. Pubbelly’s gastropub pedigree means you’ll find heartier fare here too, although, still, you should not skip dipping the crab roll into drawn butter. Chef/co-owner José Mendín introduces unexpected ingredients and Latin flavors to create inventive rolls you won’t find anywhere else.

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