The best new restaurants in Miami to try right now

Keep ahead of the pack with the best new restaurants Miami has to offer, plus new cafes and buzzy bars
Swan
Photograph: The Morelli Brothers
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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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Delicious Raw
Photograph: Gary James
Restaurants, Vegan

Delicious Raw

icon-location-pin South Beach

What is it? A healthy fast-casual spot in super fit Sunset Harbour. Redundant? Maybe. Worth a visit? Most definitely. The menu at this Florida-based mini-chain features an assortment of made-to-order bowls best enjoyed from the comfort of their expansive patio.

Why go? Your favorite cheat meals made wholesome using fresh, plant-based ingredients. Try the vegan pad Thai or the Nobl burger topped with smoked aioli, truffle-infused garlic dijon and yummy roasted veggies. Bonus: the vegan brioche bun is made in-house too.

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The Jim and Neesie
Photograph: Jacqueline Basallo
Restaurants, American

The Jim and Neesie

icon-location-pin Miami Beach

What is it? A cozy lobby bar inside the hip new Generator Miami winning over diners with its novel tableside cocktail program as much as with its American comfort food.

Why go? Ex Matador Room chef Daniel Roy is the reason you’re making dinner reservations at a bar—he's elevating snacks and paring down entrees to complement the eclectic drink offerings. Don’t miss the spicy roasted carrots, meaty oysters dressed in a honey, cucumber and mint mignonette, and the crispy octopus over a rich romesco sauce.

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Fiola
Photograph: Courtesy Fiola
Restaurants, Italian

Fiola

icon-location-pin Coral Gables

What is it? The second outpost of the famed Michelin-starred restaurant from Washington, D.C. Helmed by husband and wife Fabio and Maria Trabocchi, the elegant Fiola shows no restraint in décor (chandeliers!) or cuisine (truffles!).

Why go? Sophisticated pasta dishes that taste like heaven—such as Fiola’s signature lobster ravioli. Watching your carbs? Try the fresh crudos and juicy grilled meats.

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Vagabond Kitchen & Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Vagabond Kitchen & Bar
Restaurants, American creative

Vagabond Kitchen & Bar

icon-location-pin Miami

What is it? The Vagabond Hotel’s latest dining concept is a sushi restaurant and marketplace serving straightforward Japanese dishes, plus grab-and-go rolls and other Asian items.

Why go? The fun party atmosphere makes Vagabond a no-brainer for a dinner-and-drinks outing. Plus, there’s an adjacent pool bar and cocktail lounge to round out the night.

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Donna Mare
Photograph: Courtesy Donna Mare
Restaurants, Italian

Donna Mare Trattoria

icon-location-pin Miami Beach

What is it? Modern and airy, the Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club’s latest Italian spot fits right in with its beachfront location. Its whitewashed decor and oversize booths offer a low-key option for sophisticated pasta dishes and crispy, made-to-order pizzas.

Why go? Donna Mare makes it easy to stick to your low carb ways with a protein-heavy menu that’s just as appetizing as the bread-y stuff. You can’t go wrong with the beef carpaccio finished off with shaved truffles, the roasted branzino or the filet mignon.

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ADDiKT
Photograph: Courtesy ADDiKT
Restaurants, Global

ADDiKT at W Miami

icon-location-pin Brickell

What is it? This modern, globally inspired restaurant sits on the 15th floor of W Miami, where floor-to-ceiling windows are pretty much the norm.

Why go? Date nights just make sense here. Request a table by the window for a mood-setting view and trust that the international menu has something both you and your S.O. can get behind. You can tuck into a perfectly cooked bone-in steak while your vegetarian sweetie goes to town on roasted cauliflower and spiced carrots.

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Di Pompei
Photograph: Lauren Cedeño
Restaurants, Pizza

Di Pompei

icon-location-pin Brickell

What is it? This sprawling Brickell pizza joint honors its Vesuvian legacy with lava stones, rocks and ancient pie recipes.

Why go? The Vesuvius pizza, named for the mountain whose eruption buried the ancient city of Pompei, is as delicious to eat as it is fun to Instagram. Order it and get your digits ready to capture the calzone-style pie be set aflame tableside.

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Obra Kitchen Table
Photograph: Nelson Tirado
Restaurants, Latin American

Obra Kitchen Table

icon-location-pin Brickell

What is it? The first U.S. restaurant from famed Venezuelan chef Carlos Garcia is already a local sensation, luring diners from Brickell and beyond with its laid-back neighborhood vibes and sophisticated Latin American menu.   
Why go? The brilliant, open-kitchen concept gives every diner seated at the expansive bar a chef’s table experience. Watch as the talented toques keep their cool working the fancy Josper oven and whipping up tasty arepitas, tender octopus, uni toast and much more.

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vista
Photograph: Courtesy vista
Restaurants, Italian

vista

icon-location-pin Buena Vista

What is it? Upper Buena Vista’s first and only restaurant is a tropical, boho dream serving up rustic Italian cuisine and seasonally inspired eats.
Why go? Vista instantly makes you feel like you’re elsewhere in the world. Wood-washed and verdant (the canopy of a massive, 150-year-old banyan shades the outdoor dining area), the family-owned restaurant is the perfect date night spot or a quick getaway for wanderlust foodies. 

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La Cerveceria De Barrio
Photograph: Courtesy La Cerveceria De Barrio
Restaurants, Mexican

La Cerveceria de Barrio - Miami Beach

icon-location-pin South Beach

What is it? This sprawling Mexican restaurant along Lincoln Road specializes in all things seafood and tequila.

Why go? Pescatarians, rejoice. If you’re avoiding carnitas, you’ll find a fish or shellfish version of nearly every Mexican dish imaginable. Plus, there are hundreds of tequilas and mescal varieties to choose from, making La Cerveceria an easy sell for happy hour.

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800° Woodfired Kitchen
Photograph: Mike Viera
Restaurants, Italian

800 Degrees Woodfired Kitchen

icon-location-pin Aventura

What is it? Miami Heat stars Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem partner with chef Anthony Carron to bring this west-coast-based Italian spot to South Florida.

Why go? The chances for great pizza are as high as the probability of a celebrity sighting—so it’s a win, win. 800 Degrees’ wood-firing oven guarantees all pies are served crispy and with just the right amount of char. The vegetarian tartufo with truffle pecorino cheese and mushrooms is a solid choice.

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Babe's Meat & Counter
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Danilo F.
Restaurants, Delis

Babe’s Meat & Counter

icon-location-pin Palmetto Bay

What is it? Get your all-natural bacon and assortment of handmade sausages at this meat counter/sandwich shop in Pinecrest.
Why go? From the farmers’ market stand to a brick-and-mortar in Pinecrest, Babe’s popularity only continues to grow. Jump on the bandwagon early and brag to all your friends how you were the first to try the espresso-rubbed bacon and duck fat croquettes.

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Swan
Photograph: The Morelli Brothers
Restaurants, American creative

Swan

icon-location-pin Design District

What is it? David Grutman’s latest project features Pharrell, Top Chef Europe’s season three winner chef Jean Imbert, designer Ken Fulk and more shades pink than you’ll find in a teenage girl’s room and a baby shower combined. It’s beautiful and over the top, just as you’d expect from this bunch.

Why go? If you still own a bandage dress and need somewhere to wear it. If you’re craving (really expensive) pasta topped with caviar. If you’re looking to impress the hell out of a date. There are many reasons to dine at Swan, most of which require deep pockets.

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