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The best new restaurants in Miami to try right now

Fresh out of ideas? Find inspiration in the best new restaurants Miami has to offer, plus new cafes and buzzy bars.

Caja Caliente Coral Gables
Photograph: Courtesy Caja Caliente
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June 2019: Summer is only weeks away, and it shows in the spate of new Miami restaurants—more options on the mainland (ideal for locals) and more places to indulge in grilled meats and fresh fish (the kind of thing you want to eat during beach season). Plus, June brings second outposts of Wynwood’s Salty Donut and Caja Caliente

You rule the city’s food scene: You’ve wined and dined at the best restaurants in Miami, and if someone wants to know where to get brunch in Miami, you’re their go-to egg master (and pancake master… and mimosa master!). The coffee shops in Miami? They know your name, they know your order and they know you mean business. But there’s always something new to discover, and new to learn—that’s part of the reason you love the Magic City. Stay up to date—and stay reigning supreme—with our guide to the best new restaurants Miami is welcoming to town right now.

Best new restaurants in Miami

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Ember
Photograph: Courtesy Ember
Restaurants, American creative

Ember

icon-location-pin Design District

What is it? The latest from multiple James Beard Award nominee Brad Kilgore is an update on the classic American restaurant. It’s bougie but not stuffy, and cool without being pretentious. 

Why go? Kilgore doesn’t do anything simply, a culinary fact that holds true at Ember where meat and potatoes are far from straightforward. Though, it’s worth breaking from the expected steakhouse combo to try the fried chicken topped with caviar butter, the 30-layer wood-fired vegetarian lasagna and the most Miami very of banana cream pie made with maduros. 

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Caja Caliente Coral Gables
Photograph: Courtesy Caja Caliente
Restaurants, Cuban

Caja Caliente - Coral Gables

icon-location-pin Little Gables

What is it? Caja Caliente’s much-anticipated expansion into Coral Gables means more room (1,500 square feet!) to tuck into its signature Cuban-style tacos.

Why go? Owner Monica “Mika” Leon introduces to customers to even more of her family’s recipes, including a filling pan con lechón topped with a fried egg, and gator tacos—because Florida.

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B-Side sushi
Photograph: Virginia Gil
Things to do, Event spaces

B-Side at 1-800-Lucky

icon-location-pin Wynwood

What is it? The founders of Itamae at St. Roch take their talents to a new food hall, where they’re serving up inventive sushi with a Peruvian edge. 

Why go? The James Beard-nominated, brother-and-sister duo of Valerie and Nando Chang pushes the boundaries of traditional sushi with dishes like the octopus tiradito (sliced paper thin and dotted with an addictive, briny olive mousse) and a shrimp tempura roll topped with torched salmon and a tangy special sauce. Trust us, you won’t miss the soy sauce.

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The Egg Spot
Photograph: Courtesy The Egg Spot
Restaurants, American

The Egg Spot

icon-location-pin Downtown

What is it? This Downtown offshoot of Wynwood’s the Butcher Shop serves breakfast all day, plus brunch favorites like chicken and waffles and additional sausage-centric fare. 

Why go? When the craving for eggs strikes midday, this place more than satisfies it, offering a variety of options that range from filling and healthy—like the quinoa power bowl—to hangover-curing and decadent like a bagel egg sandwich. 

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Antilia - Time Out Market
Restaurants

Time Out Market Miami

icon-location-pin South Beach

What is it? A massive dining-and-culture destination housing 18 of the city’s best chefs and restaurants under one roof in South Beach. From Wynwood’s Kush and Coyo Taco to Little Havana’s Miami Smokers and Azucar, the gang’s all here. 

Why go? Our editors curated the joint, so you know it’s quality.

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Tigertail + Mary
Photograph: Courtesy Tigertail + Mary
Restaurants, American creative

Tigertail + Mary

icon-location-pin Coconut Grove

What is it? James Beard-winning chef Michael Schwartz is at it again in Coconut Grove, this time with a lush, laid-back restaurant serving a Florida-inspired, vegetable-forward menu.  

Why go? The bar scene is like none other in the neighborhood, thanks to an expansive counter and a cocktail program helmed by the Bar Lab folks. If you’re not there to drink, don’t miss the mashed fava pizza. If you didn’t order pizza at a Schwartz-led establishment, did you eat there at all?

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Sala’o Cuban Bar and Pescadería
Photograph: Courtsey Sala’o Cuban Bar and Pescadería
Restaurants, Cuban

Sala’o Cuban Bar and Pescadería

icon-location-pin East Little Havana

What is it? This retro-style, seafood-driven Cuban restaurant in Little Havana draws inspiration from Ernest Hemingway’s Cuba, featuring a cozy, 1940s-era dining room.

Why go? If those familiar with Cuban food won’t immediately recognize lots of what’s on the menu, which gives everyone plenty of room to try something new—from a Carribean version of a tirai’to and a tomato-based fish stew to sauteed clams done up with chorizo. 

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Salty Donut
Photograph: Courtesy Salty Donut/dmargherite
Restaurants, Bakeries

The Salty Donut - South Miami

icon-location-pin South Miami

What is it? The new South Miami location of Miami’s most beloved doughnut shop is roomier and chock-full of freshly baked treats and new-wave coffee. 

Why go? You’ve braved the traffic to Wynwood and stood in line in the sun. And finally, the doughnuts have come to you.

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LAID Fresh
Photograph: Anastasyia Yurkevich
Restaurants, American creative

LAID Fresh

icon-location-pin Wynwood

What is it? An eggcentric restaurant by the same people who brought you the wonderful Asian BBQ spot KYU. It’s the place where all hangovers go to die thanks to an assortment of hearty breakfast fare, pressed juices and a variety of coffees.

Why go? While we love an egg sandwich as much as the next guy, we can’t get enough of LAID’s spicy fried chicken sandwich. It’s drippy, messy and wonderful—and the kind of fuel you need to get you going after a night of drinking. 

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Chug’s
Photograph: Courtesy Chug’s
Restaurants, Diners

Chug’s

icon-location-pin Coconut Grove

What is it? This charming Cuban diner serves pastelitos for millennial palates (think PB&J and buffalo chicken) and delicious updates on traditional Cuban food that even your Abuela will approve of.

Why go? Chug’s ventanita opens at 7am. Ditch the long line at Starbucks and start your day with an artisanal brew and a house-made pastry. 

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Isabelle's Grill Room & Garden
Photograph: Ricardo Mejia
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Isabelle’s Grill and Garden

icon-location-pin Coconut Grove

What is it? The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove’s new contemporary American is unexpectedly laid-back and well-priced. If you like tasty food and uncomplicated preparations, this is the spot for you.

Why go? You can spend hours tucking into tuna tartare and lobster pappardelle and sipping rosé in the charming courtyard. Trust us, we did.  

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International Smoke Aventura Miami
Photograph: Jordan Wise
Restaurants, Barbecue

International Smoke Aventura

icon-location-pin Aventura

What is it? Chef Michael Mina and notable cookbook author Ayesha Curry partner in this delicious showcase of global barbecue techniques. 

Why go? There’s more than one way to ’cue an ingredient. In fact, there are dozens and International Smoke covers them all—from roasted veggies and smoked shellfish to grilled meats. Plus, the restaurant finishes most of its dishes and cocktails tableside for an added dose of pomp. 

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El Tucán
Photograph: Courtesy El Tucán
Restaurants, Cuban

El Tucán

icon-location-pin Brickell

What is it? Now in its third iteration, El Tucán is the Brickell supper club Brickell you didn’t know you needed.

Why go? Too often restaurants that woo with beautiful dancers, pyrotechnic bottle service and Instagrammable interiors don’t measure up in the food department. El Tucán isn’t one of those places. Go for the wagyu sliders and toro roll as much as for the Asian-inspired cocktails and seductive performers. It’s all good. 

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