August 2019: The Brickell restaurant scene grew at lightspeed but, finally, it seems like the dust has settled on all the changing culinary landscape. Bazaar Mar closed after a couple of years, but in its place we’ve added pizza favorite Stanzione 87, swapped Marion for its neighbor, the popular supper club El Tucán, and added Mexican mainstay Cantina La Veinte. We’ve also welcomed Momi Ramen to the list because the world could use more options for late-night dining.
Not even the ever-changing skyline nor the precarious parking situation can detract from Brickell’s enduring dining scene—the best Brickell restaurants are among the best restaurants in Miami. The Downtown Miami neighborhood’s restaurant landscape is made up of equal parts fixtures and newcomers, serving up a wide range of cuisines in a variety of settings. So whether it’s a dry-aged steak with a martini, ceviche served al fresco that you’re after or you’re just looking for one of the best brunches in Miami, you’ll find that these best Brickell restaurants you covered.
Best Brickell restaurants
What is it? This financial district stalwart has survived recessions and land acquisitions, satiating the local business crowd with the freshest oysters around since 2003.
Why go? 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.
What is it? Gastón Acurio’s glittering waterfront restaurant doles out tasty Peruvian fusion in a cool, contemporary setting.
Why go? 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.
What is it? Famed Venezuelan chef Carlos Garcia’s first U.S. restaurant wows diners with innovative riffs on homestyle recipes—think fries topped with uni and carbonara pasta tossed with octopus.
Why go? Take a seat at the wrap-around counter and watch as he and his team of talented toques whip up Latin American comfort food from the restaurant’s signature open kitchen. Obra affords every diner the chef’s table experience without the pressure of a prix-fixe menu or steep prices.
What is it? This swanky, Mexico City import is your Brickell destination for stellar margaritas and the kind of Mexican cuisine you won’t find elsewhere in Miami.
Why go? The carnitas are flawless, the soft-shell crab taco served in a shooter delightful and the house-made corn tortillas the freshest in town. Ladies, be sure to stop by on Wednesdays between 5 and 10pm for free margaritas.
What is it? A total scene in the most fun 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.
Why go? A must for birthdays and celebrations (read: you won’t fret the bill if it’s a special occasion), Novikov scores both in the food and atmosphere categories. New to the menu? Zero in on the crispy duck salad and any of the assorted dim-sum options.
What is it? This rustic Italian restaurant churns out fresh pasta, wood-fired pizza and an assortment of generously portioned entrees, such as braised lamb and roasted fish.
Why go? Fi’lia’s daily aperitivo is one of the best happy hour deals in town, featuring $6 cocktails and pizzas for less than $10 every day from 4 to 7pm.
What is it? With more than a dozen locations around the country, star sushi chef Katsuya Uechi’s namesake restaurant operates like a well-oiled machine—expect stellar Japanese fare, excellent service and an inventive cocktail list.
Why go? Zero in on Katsuya Brickell’s smattering of new, Latin-inspired dishes, like the chicken oyako kamameshi—a Japanese hot pot meets arroz con pollo—and the Kilawin roll, a shrimp and snapper maki topped with a delicate coconut-citrus foam.
What is it? Enjoy sophisticated Niçoise cuisine at this upscale French import. Despite the white tablecloths and double-digit price tags, Le Petite is warm, welcoming and surprisingly low-key.
Why go? There are fries and then there are the french fries served at La Petite. Soaked, baked and fried, the labor-intensive spuds take hours to make and it shows through in taste and texture.
What is it? Husband and wife team Franco Stanzione and Ashley Lopez run this charming, Neopolitan-style pizza joint in Brickell.
Why go? Pizza, obviously. Crispy crust topped judiciously with house-made sauce and fresh topping is what brings people from far and wide. And, if you’re interested in learning to make them yourself, sign up for one of Stanzione’s intimate pizza-making classes where you’ll drink wine and bake your own pie.
What is it? This glittering supper club pairs its delectable Asian fare with tableside cabaret-style performances and notable DJ sets.
Why go? It’s a scene but the entertainment at this sparkler-fueled party makes it a blast. It doesn’t hurt that the food itself is above average, especially the sushi.
What is it? This sprawling meat emporium extends indoors and outdoors, boasting cozy nooks, enclosed dining areas and a leafy patio where guests tuck into a variety of Uruguayan dishes.
Why go? Quinto’s grill room puts diners in the center of the action. Take a seat at the 12-person counter and watch as slab after link after rib is grilled over open coals and fresh veggies are fire-roasted to perfection. At brunch, the room turns into one giant buffet spread—yum.
What is it? David Grutman’s flashy Asian restaurant and upscale cocktail lounge combine nightlife and high-end dining in one. Komodo’s sexy bird’s nest booths earned it a spot on the list of Miami’s most romantic restaurants.
Why go? See and be seen at Komodo, where the well-heeled satisfy cravings for authentic Peking duck (rows of roasted fowl hang near the entrance), dim sum and hand-crafted cocktails.
What is it? This compact, brick-laden ramen den serves up giant bowls of unctuous broth from morning to very late at night.
Why go? Besides being a popular drunk food spot, Momi is one of the few places in Miami to server proper ramen. Go for the pork belly, throw in an order of dumplings and prepare to be impressed.