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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.

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Mama Joon
Photograph: Courtesy Life House Collins Park

November 2019: Restaurants are opening at a break-neck pace in Miami this month. It must be high season. Ready to welcome and feed the influx of snowbirds and tourists looking to escape the cold are newcomers in South Beach, like Mediterranean spot Mama Joon, in Wynwood, where new Jamaican awaits, and in other neighborhoods across the city.  

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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Gregory's Diner
Photograph: Gesi Schilling
Restaurants, Diners

Gregory’s Diner

icon-location-pin Miami

What is it? An all-American diner brought to us by the masterminds behind Greek powerhouse Mandolin Aegean Bistro. Its well-appointed, midcentury-designed space makes your favorite greasy spoon look like a ramshackle restaurant. 

Why go? Tuck into home-cooked classics such as the braised heritage pork shoulder, the roasted quarter chicken and tender glazed carrots. Gregory’s might bill itself as a diner but it’s the kind of restaurant you won’t think twice about visiting for a special occasion or a date night. 

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Grails Sports Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Grails Sports Bar
Bars, Sports Bars

Grail Sports Bar

icon-location-pin Midtown

What is it? Wynwood’s only sports bar also has the distinction of being owned by an award-winning chef and decorated mixologists. So the spot with dozens of TVs throughout doesn’t just promise a good view of the game, it ensures a great food and drink experience while you’re watching.

Why go? It’s easy for groups of friends where not everyone is interested in following the score but still want a cocktail and decent meal while pretending to watch. 

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Mama Joon
Photograph: Courtesy Life House Collins Park
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Mama Joon

icon-location-pin South Beach

What is it? Effortlessly stylish and strewn with thoughtful design elements, this humble, veg-forward restaurant wows in the subtlest of ways.

Why go? A rainbow of classic and modern Mediterranean snacks and dips such as labneh, house-marinated chili feta and beet hummus known as Mama’s Mezze. The homey spread outshines any we’ve ever tried. 

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Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen
Photograph: Courtesy Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen
Restaurants, Jamaican

Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen

icon-location-pin Wynwood

What is it? A family-owned Jamaican kitchen helmed by a father, mother and their daughter, Dukunoo puts out modernized versions of classic island dishes.

Why go? The “Jerk stand,” featuring all kinds of iterations and combinations of Jamaica’s signature cooking style, takes a fun approach to the national dish. Mix it up with different proteins and sides and make it your own.

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Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery
Photograph: Giovanny Gutierrez
Bars, Cocktail bars

Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery

icon-location-pin South Beach

What is it? The return of the popular tiki bar, formerly located inside the Washington Park Hotel. It’s now bigger, boasts indoor and outdoor seating and features an extensive menu of rum-based cocktails.

Why go? There’s an unheard-of happy hour that runs daily from 7 to 10pm. 

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Papi Steak
Photograph: Courtesy Seth Browarnik/World Red Eye
Restaurants, Steakhouse

Papi Steak

icon-location-pin South of Fifth

What is it? David “Papi” Einhorn’s eponymous steakhouse,  opened in partnership with David Grutman, is a cozy, velvet-strewn supper club brimming with celebs.

Why go? For fancy Jewish deli fare, like potato latkes and the best—and likely most expensive—wagyu pastrami you’ll ever try. It’s rich, marbleized perfection. 

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Le Jardinier
Photograph: Courtesy Le Jardinier/Michael Pisarri
Restaurants, French

Le Jardinier

icon-location-pin Design District

What is it? This futuristic-inspired, vegetable-forward restaurant from the team behind the late chef Joël Robuchon specializes in seasonal fare.

Why go? For beautifully composed dishes you’ll want to photograph as badly as you’ll want to eat them. Save room for the equally stunning desserts, made from fresh fruits and the highest quality chocolate.

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Blind Barber
Photograph: Courtesy Blind Barber
Bars, Cocktail bars

Blind Barber

icon-location-pin South Beach

What is it? Nearly 10 years after opening its doors in New York City’s East Village—and expanding to Los Angeles and Chicago—the barbershop by day and speakeasy by night finally opens in South Beach. 

Why go? The hidden bar trend may have come and gone but there’s still something sexy and fun about a secret entrance. Find it and you’ll be rewarded with stiff cocktails and a menu of indulgent grilled-cheese sandwiches. 

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El Santo
Photograph: Paul Stoppi
Restaurants, Mexican

El Santo Miami

icon-location-pin East Little Havana

What is it? Part Mexican taquería, part restaurant and part club, El Santo is breathing new life into Little Havana’s nightlife scene.

Why go? It’s a one-stop night out. Start at the supper club restaurant for dinner and move the party to the backroom for drinks and dancing at El Diablo.

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Delicious Raw
Photograph: Gary James
Restaurants, Vegan

Delicious Raw - Aventura

icon-location-pin Aventura

What is it? The Aventura Park outpost of the South Florida wellness restaurant chain stays loyal to its ethos of providing healthy food that tastes good. 

Why go? The famous Noble veggie burger with truffle-infused garlic dijon is just the kind of tasty treat yo’ self meal you won’t hate yourself after. 

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