Best new restaurants in Miami
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.
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.
What is it? Miracle Mile’s newest restaurant is a homey Italian spot with a small deli counter offering assorted charcuterie to-go.
Why go? Head to Salumeria for classic pasta and pizza made simply and with high-quality ingredients. The trattoria doles out excellent meat-and-cheese spreads and will happily pair your aperitivo with a delightful wine.
What is it? This delightful hidden gem in Little Haiti serves heavenly roast chicken and French-style fare.
Why go? Put aside your assumptions about the developing neighborhood for a minute and focus on the matter at hand: the best organic chicken you’ve ever tasted. Seasoned, brined and then cooked in a rotisserie spit for two hours, the juicy bird is sold solo, with yummy sides like hand-cut fries and in salads or sandwiches. Sixty10 is BYOB for now, so hurry up and visit.
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.
What is it? Designed to resemble a modern izakaya restaurant, Katsuya Brickell is the serious, more refined younger sister of South Beach’s flashy outpost.
Why go? Katsuya Brickell touts the same quality Japanese fare you’ve come to expect from the reputable chain, plus new favorites exclusive to the neighborhood. Trust them to satisfy your cravings for fish in all forms: ceviche, sushi and robata-grilled.
What is it? A modern Italian spot in the rapidly growing Buena Vista neighborhood. Palat serves shareable Italian plates in a warm environment.
Why go? Palat is a solid addition to Buena Vista’s growing culinary options. Reasonably priced cocktails and the tapas-style menu make this a great place to start the night before heading out to Wynwood (just a few minutes away). Start with charcuterie and cheese before moving onto the delightfully dark sea urchin pasta.
What is it? This swanky London export, beloved by celebs like Leonardo DiCaprio, fits right in with Miami’s flashy diners.
Why go? It’s a Chinese-Japanese restaurant that shows equal deference to both cuisines, elevating traditional Peking duck and sushi with high-end finishings like quail eggs, truffles, and Russian caviar. Flex all of your fancy-food-loving muscles here.
What is it? A cleaned-up version of your favorite neighborhood diner, Mason serves breakfast late and cocktails early. Sandwiches, salads and various daily specials keep you satiated in between.
Why go? Comfort food served in welcoming surroundings, plus there’s plenty to drink, too. The folks behind Beaker & Gray helm the project, so expect a superior cocktail program, baked goods made from scratch (the pancakes are infamous) and inventive dishes, like the hearty bagel bites.
What is it? Miami’s bounty of modern and approachable Italian restaurants continues to grow with this sleek spot in Wynwood.
Why go? The European staff and clientele suggest the kind of straightforward, wholesome cooking that goes on here. Instead of heavy sauces and gimmicky truffles, Sette puts forth fresh pastas and simple wood-fired pizzas similar to what you’d find in Italy.
What is it? Coral Gables’ newest European-inspired restaurant features a Josper-driven menu of delicious Portuguese, Spanish and Greek eats.
Why go? The stunning Art Deco-style boasts elegant marble accents, a sexy lighting design and a romantic olive tree that bode well for date nights. Daily fresh catches from the Med and succulent octopus make for a satisfying spread.