August 2020: It’s been weeks now since Miami restaurants were last allowed to open for indoor dining, and the effects have been devastating for several Eat List entries. Le Sirenuse at the Surf Club recently announced that it would be closing permanently, as did Ghee in the Design District, although its original location in Dadeland remains in operation. The ongoing restrictions also forced other establishments to shutter temporarily, including Bourbon Steak, Balloo and 27 Restaurant & Bar. While we await their return (and keep our fingers crossed they do), we’ve added a few new options to the list. There’s Coconut Grove favorite Ariete that benefits from an expansive patio with plenty of tables for socially distanced outdoor dining. Plus, we’ve reintroduced Lung Yai and Mignonette, which have just killed the takeout game these past few months.
Talk about resilience. The best restaurants in Miami have weathered months of lockdown and come out the other side stronger, more nimble and with a deepened commitment to hospitality. We’ve seen tiny dining rooms pivot to become remarkable takeout operations. We’ve witnessed fine-dining spots lose the white tablecloths and the china in favor of disposable buckets filled with fried chicken. We’ve also come across many chefs and restaurant owners who added new titles and responsibilities to their existing roles—from delivering meals and taking orders to embracing social media as a way to stay connected to customers. Our picks of the top places to eat in the city reflect the current state of affairs, combining notable cheap eats with some pricier spots worth your hard-earned cash plus waterfront restaurants with great views and outdoor dining options for folks seeking some fresh air.
Just as we did before, Time Out’s local experts scour the city every day for great eats, great value and insider info (even if most of our research is done virtually these days). We value fun, flavor, freshness—and value at every price point. While we normally update the EAT List quarterly, plus whenever there’s a truly spectacular new opening, we’ll be making changes monthly. These are extenuating circumstances and we’ll be doing our best to keep you informed as new places open, others close and some of our favorites return. It could be a mega-hyped destination restaurant or a pop-up-turned-permanent spot: if it’s on the list we think it’s awesome and think you will too.
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