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The absolute best restaurants in Miami

Dinner, date night, special occasion—the best restaurants in Miami have you covered from South Beach to Wynwood and beyond

Written by Virginia Gil in association with TD Bank
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The best restaurants in Miami are our local treasures. These are the places we turn to for a delicious meal and a great time, no matter the reason. Our top places to eat in the city are a true mix of flavors and feels, from white tablecloth fine-dining—like some of Miami’s best steakhouses—and trendy spots leading the way in culinary innovation to tried-and-tested cheap eats in Miami that never, ever disappoint. Don’t be surprised to run into some of Miami’s best bars on this list either. Where there’s a solid cocktail there’s likely to be an epic dish that follows. Now, who’s ready to dig in? Check back often as we update our roundup of best Miami restaurants with new discoveries and old favorites.

Just as we did before, Time Out’s local experts scour the city every day for great eats, great value and insider info. We value fun, flavor, freshness—and value at every price point. While we normally update the list of best restaurants quarterly, plus whenever there’s a truly spectacular new opening, we’ll be making changes monthly. 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.

We hope you’re hungry, Miami.

Best of the city under one roof

  • Restaurants
  • South Beach
  • price 2 of 4

What happens when you send editors out into the city to scout the best restaurants and chefs? Their collective efforts yield Time Out Market, a dining-and-cultural destination in South Beach, featuring some of Miami’s brightest talents and long-time members of the EAT List—including Kush and Azucar. Offshoots of several local favorites are among the kitchens, such as Phuc Yea’s Pho Mo. While you’re there, try cocktails from Miami’s top bars and catch cool art plus information on events at the Market on our massive LED screen. Our mission is simple (but spelled out here): If we discover something in Miami that’s great, it goes in our media; if it’s unforgettable, it goes in the market. 

Best restaurants in Miami

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Buena Vista
  • price 2 of 4

What is it? A cross between an L.A. strip-mall gem and a cozy, narrow Brooklyn dive, Boia De sits on the edge of Little Haiti, where it serves modern American dishes with a few that lean Italian.

Why we love it: Michelin-trained chefs Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer pour themselves into this place, constantly reinventing the classics. The beef tartare, for example, is topped with a crunchy shallot-garlic concoction as well as capers, which are fried for a burst of briny flavor, and then the whole thing is smothered in a yummy tonnato sauce, a tuna-based Italian condiment that holds everything together like some kind of fancy picnic salad. The pasta is fresh and the wine list superb, offering a few skin-contact options to coax you out of your comfort zone.

  • Restaurants
  • Peruvian
  • Brickell Key
  • price 4 of 4

What is it? Gastón Acurio’s renowned Peruvian restaurant inside the Mandarin Oriental, Miami, where the supremely talented Diego Oka runs the show.

Why we love it: It takes serious talent to skillfully execute the complicated raw dishes La Mar puts out daily, and chef Oka’s got it in droves. His precision and technique are on display in every ceviche and tiradito adorned by foams and edible flowers. La Mar’s waterfront patio is another sight for sore eyes, offering diners a 360-degree vista of Downtown and Brickell. Swoon.

Time Out tip: If you try one thing on the menu, make sure it’s the cheese-soaked tiradito bachiche. Aged parmesan and snapper go surprisingly well together, and you likely won’t find this combo anywhere else. 

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  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • South of Fifth
  • price 4 of 4

What is it? Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford’s edgy neighborhood restaurant doles inspired new American cuisine you’ll be craving long after your meal.

Stubborn Seed has the kind of wow-factor you don’t see often in these parts of South Beach, where it’s all sparklers and velvet ropes (yes, even at restaurants). There’s a thoughtful subtleness to Ford’s cooking, which we find at once unconventional and familiar. Starters like the gooey jalapeño fritters and the cacio e pepe cheesy puffs will leave you asking yourself, why have I never tasted this before? But now you have and you’ll never be able to get them out of your head. For a bit of nostalgia, we suggest the roasted barramundi served atop a delicate stew of onions, citrus and carrot puree, which was inspired by a dish Ford’s grandmother made him growing up.

Time Out tip: Arrive early for an unhurried journey through the eight-course chef’s tasting menu—a no-brainer for any first-timer at Stubborn Seed.

What is it? Zitz Sum is a modern, Asian-inspired restaurant in Coral Gables.

Why go? Chef and owner Pablo Zitzmann started his solo dumpling business during lockdown, and we couldn’t be happier for his success. Zitz Sum is now a brick-and-mortar in Coral Gables, which means we can pop in at any time for his hand-rolled dumplings, scallion pancakes and other Asian-influenced dishes. Zitzmann, who’s of German-Mexican heritage, lets his creativity run free with unexpected pairings like charred cabbage with habanero butter and aged parmesan and chicken pot stickers with Oaxacan salsa macha. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Greek
  • Buena Vista
  • price 2 of 4

What is it? Styled after the striking white-and-blue paint seen in Cycladic landscapes, Mandolin is a dreamy outdoor eatery serving traditional Greek food.

Why we love it: There’s no better date spot. The menu of shareable dishes—think mezzes, baskets of freshly baked pita bread and a fresh whole grilled fish for two—helps play up the romantic atmosphere. Mandolin’s satisfying homemade sangria really evokes the feeling of an island vacation, but don’t take too many sips: You might just confuse its whitewashed exterior for Santorini.

  • Restaurants
  • Korean
  • Design District

What is it? The Miami outpost of this Michelin-starred Korean steakhouse from New York City is every bit worth the splurge—and splurge you will.

Why we love it? Cote brings a new level of dining experience to Miami, one that’s upscale but approachable and with a high-end menu that’s still got plenty of heart. The tables are equipped with smokeless charcoal grills, where servers cook your dry-aged beef for you. Lest you forget the caliber of the restaurant, there’s no chance you’re going home smelling like you’ve been on the ‘cue yourself. (We can’t say the same about other Korean barbecue joints we’ve frequented.) First time? The Butcher’s Feast tasting experience is a great way to dip your way toe in the water and sample the restaurant’s heavy hitters for less than $60 a person. It’ll leave plenty of room in the budget to savor one of the excellent craft cocktails, such as the Esteban, a super smooth mezcal negroni.

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  • Restaurants
  • Indian
  • Dadeland

What is it? At Ghee, critically acclaimed chef Niven Patel doles out farm-to-table Southeast Asian food good enough to get folks to the ’burbs for dinner.

Why we love it: Patel grows about a quarter of his ingredients at his Rancho Patel in Homestead. And the whole operation is a family affair: His mother and mother-in-law can be seen whipping up smoked lamb neck, crispy cauliflower and steamed green millet, and other specialties in the open kitchen. The dishes are seasonal, the curries are made fresh, and the naan is so flavorful, it should really be savored on its own.

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  • French
  • Brickell
  • price 4 of 4

What is it? This enchanting import from Nice draws on its Mediterranean origins, serving a medley of seafood plates alongside a smattering of traditional French cuisine.

Why we love it? Try the escargot, the whole sea bream baked en papillote and the french fries, which are made with as much care as the entrées. In fact, the spuds cook for hours, going from boiling pot to fryer to oven. 

Time Out tip: The fresh tomato and bread service will catch you off guard if it’s your first time dining at LPM, but don’t be afraid grab a knife and slice right in.

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  • Restaurants
  • Peruvian
  • Design District
  • price 2 of 4

What is it? This family-owned, Nikkei-inspired restaurant grew from a humble stall in the neighborhood’s food hall, Mia Market, to a prime location in the Design District’s Palm Court. 

Why we love it: Itamae 2.0 is a glittering example of innovative Peruvian cooking, where the possibilities for raw fish are seemingly endless. You’ll find a variety of cebiches and other staples of South American cuisine, though our greatest obsession are the conchitas a la parmesana (stacked with fish, charred scallops and avocado). Each order offers four deliciously messy bites that make it snow parmesan flakes as you try to stuff one in your mouth. Getting it everywhere is actually half the fun. 

  • Restaurants
  • Caribbean
  • Coral Gables
  • price 2 of 4

What is it? James Beard Award-nominated chef Niven Patel (of Ghee Indian Kitchen) takes us on an island tour with a smattering of dishes inspired by his travels through French Polynesia, Asia and the Caribbean.

Why we love it: Getting to experience Patel’s range in the kitchen is a real treat. He ventures far away from the flavors we’re used to yet the food is still undeniably his. He stuffs the menu with as many locally grown ingredients as he can, most of which hs sources from his very own farm in Homestead. Dishes don’t skimp on spices but everything is well-balanced so you’ll never feel like you’ve been hit in the face by sofrito. If there’s one thing you must order, it’s the Ghee roasted plantains. We won’t spoil the surprise, so that’s all we’ll say.

Time Out tip: Mamey on 3rd is the restaurant’s third-floor rooftop bar, where you can order bites and drinks and watch the sunset. It’s a dreamy introduction to the cuisine if it’s your first time.

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  • Restaurants
  • Spanish
  • Allapattah
  • price 3 of 4

What is it? The Rubell Museum’s onsite restaurant offers a delightful journey through Spain’s Basque country, from the wines and the dishes to the signature burnt cheesecake.

Why we love it: Miami has quite a few Spanish restaurants but few with a focus on Basque cooking, which is pretty special based on our experiences at Leku. Their take on the cuisine is refined, ingredient-driven and occasionally playful—think short rib sliders on milk buns and 5 Jotas Iberico ham on an airy bread you crack with the back of a spoon to enjoy. Speaking of crackers, the starter version topped with seasonal tomatoes doesn’t jump off the page but trust us when we say a more flavor assortment of plump tomatoes, fresh herbs and edible flowers does not exist. Leku is good for a pit spot before or after a visit to the Rubell but it’s also great as a destination for special occasions. Celebrations in the hybrid indoor/outdoor space, tucked behind the sprawling Rubell gates, just hit different.

What is it? Luca is Giorgio Rapicavoli’s delicious salute to his home country, serving up modern interpretations of Italian classics.

Why we love it: We know this is a restaurant list, but we’re going to lead with cocktails. Luca’s impressive list of Italian standards and reinvented classics deserves serious praise. We can never decide between the banana espresso martini or the Portofino, which is his take on a dirty with a delicate drizzle of super high-quality olive oil. Naturally, we get them both. The same goes for the pasta—from the tangy al limone and the cheesy cacio e pepe to the rich short rib bolognese, you’ll want to order several when you dine here. 

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  • Bars
  • Gastropubs
  • Downtown
  • price 1 of 4

What is it? Brace for full Florida kitsch at this irreverent Downtown bar and restaurant steeped in all the things that make our great state weird and amusing.

Why we love it: Over Under is home to the best cheeseburger in Miami, plus a few more things that chef James McNeal does very well. The thoroughly Floridian menu touts local ingredients like the gulf oysters served on the half-shell and the wahoo used in the excellent smoked fish dip. Recently, the bar introduced a selection of natural wines should you need a break from the popular boozy slushies and craft cocktails—which are also excellent.

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  • Seafood
  • Midtown
  • price 3 of 4

What is it? Converted from a 1930s gas station, this is a genuine oyster bar, with the marquee to prove it.

Why we love it: Find the day’s Atlantic and Pacific bivalves listed on a retro signboard that’s perched above the counter, where you can take a load off and watch all the shucking action. The casual space has a definite diner feel, but with much better food: Overflowing with chunks of buttery claw meat, the Connecticut-style lobster roll comes complete with house-made potato chips.

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Downtown
  • price 3 of 4

What is it? After a brilliant lockdown pivot to an outdoor steakhouse in Little River, the Downtown bar and restaurant returns with a redesigned dining room and new outdoor seating.

Why we love it: Synergetic owners chef Carey Hynes and bar director Will Thompson manage to complement each other each step of the way. There’s no fino martini without an order of the market crudo, no Madame Butterfly without the parker house rolls and no Very Strong Baby without a heaping bowl of spicy rigatoni to make sure you’re not a very drunk diner. There are three parts to the perfect meal at Jaguar Sun: a martini, a pasta and an ice cream sandwich. Everything else is the cherry on top.

Time Out tip: Jaguar’s large-format martini is a deliciously dangerous proposition. Don’t think we’ve seen something like it anywhere else so we suggest you order one. You know, for science.

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • West Coconut Grove
  • price 2 of 4

What is it? At Ariete in Coconut Grove, Michael Beltran flourishes at the intersection of homestyle Cuban cooking and contemporary fine dining. He takes familiar dishes up a notch with high-low ingredient pairings that never feel like it’s trying too hard to connect: From a venison tartare and a uni disco (essentially a griddled sea urchin sandwich) to a monkfish encendido that combines shellfish with beef jus, it all kind of makes sense. 

Why we love it: Few restaurants can execute a burger, foie gras, ceviche and duck with the same level of precision. But then again, few places are Ariete.
 

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  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Bal Harbour
  • price 4 of 4

What is it? Stephen Starr’s fancy pants Japanese restaurant inside the luxurious Bal Harbour Shops.

Why we love it: Hello, freshness! Makoto dishes out top-quality seafood, from its sashimi platter and its sushi to its heaping crab salad. With the verdant corridors of the Bal Harbour Shops as the backdrop for its patio and a spicy tuna crispy rice that trumps all other versions of the trendy sushi starter, Makoto wins for its mix of crave-worthy dishes and relaxed, tropical atmosphere.

  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Aventura
  • price 4 of 4

What is it? A steakhouse for nonbelievers, Bourbon keeps things casual with a sleek wraparound bar and a lounge where snug booths and high-top tables are available sans reservations.

Why we love it: The menu sticks to tried-and-true standards: a crisp wedge salad, a tuna tartare that’s finished tableside, and myriad cuts of prime Angus beef and wagyu. Don’t overlook the burger, which pairs perfectly with the free (and unlimited!) duck-fat fries, served in lieu of the usual bread basket.

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  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Little Haiti / Lemon City
  • price 1 of 4

What is it? Its smash-hit food truck was a favorite among those whose preferred Saturday morning activity was waiting in line for food. Now El Bagel’s brick-and-mortar is the chosen bagel spot of people with incredible patience.

Why we love it: Takeout at this small MiMo shop can take up to two hours but no one craving an oversize, NYC-style hand-rolled bagel can resist. The B.E.C. with Proper Sausages bacon, egg, and cheese and the avo smash with a mound of fresh sprouts are day-one favorites you can still get at the shop. 

  • Restaurants
  • Downtown
  • price 3 of 4

What is it? NIU Kitchen Chef Deme Lomas and wine director Karina Iglesias’s compact Catalonian café is located deep in Downtown Miami. The intimate spot expanded next door to sister restaurant, Arson, where diners can space out safely and enjoy the best of both menus.

Why we love it: There’s a seasonal lineup of bold tapas and flame-grilled mains, like the delicate branzino fillet topped with guindilla peppers and jamón ibérico. While delicious pa amb tomàquet (the traditional rustic bread with vine-ripened tomatoes, olive oil and salt), bottles of natural wines and something starring a running yolk like the ous—a creamy bowl of poached eggs, truffled potato foam, jamón ibérico and black truffle—are always a given.

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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • South Beach
  • price 2 of 4

What is it? The take-out market next to iconic Joe’s Stone Crab in South Beach.

Why we love it: This must be the best-kept secret in South Beach (at least in terms of value). Though widely known for its insanely inexpensive fried chicken, it also serves the coveted crustacean, lobster sandwiches that’ll put the Maine ones to shame and slices of Joe’s irresistible key lime pie.

Time Out tip: Most people take their bounty to the nearby South Pointe Park to enjoy.

  • Restaurants
  • South Beach
  • price 3 of 4

What is it? Chef Michael Pirolo’s South Beach trattoria with a newly minted garden patio.

Why we love it: It’s the familiar rustic Italian dishes that do us in here. Get handmade pasta served with lamb ragú, tossed with clams or served simply with garlic and olive oil to enjoy outdoors or at home now that the restaurant introduced delivery.

Time Out tip: For a gut-busting meal that won’t burn a hole through your pocket, stop in for red sauce Sundays. Dinner for two with meatballs, rigatoni, salads and grilled country bread is just $50. (The deal is on a short hiatus but keep an eye out fir its imminent return.)

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Surfside
  • price 4 of 4

What is it? Thomas Keller’s restaurant inside the Four Seasons Surf Club is a shining example of the quality and elegance the chef is known for.

Why we love it: From the tightly edited classic American menu to the midcentury stylings to the special moments afforded by the numerous tableside preparations available, it’s all class, baby. It’s not stuffy though, as classic rock and dim lights give the warm space a lounge feel. Go in knowing you’re going to spend a fortune but it’ll all be worth it for shareable dishes like the flaky beef wellington that’s baked and carved to order.

  • Bars
  • Tamiami
  • price 2 of 4

What is it? Chef Eileen Andrade’s seven-year-old Cuban-fusion gastropub serves up craft cocktails and creative Latin/Asian dishes way out in West Kendall.

Why go? This neighborhood restaurant sits outside of Miami’s culinary epicenter but that doesn’t mean folks aren’t driving west in search of chef Andrade’s signature stick-to-your-ribs creations. Her menu is expansive, with hints of Asia, Latin America and, of course, Cuba. Her grandparents founded the iconic Islas Canarias restaurant, home to some of Miami’s best croquetas, which she also serves at Finka. First time? We suggest the braised oxtail or the Korean fried chicken for a taste of what Finka’s truly all about.

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Brickell
  • price 3 of 4

What is it? This splashy Northern Chinese restaurant in the heart of Brickell draws in Miami’s most well-heeled crowds.

Why we love it: Its Peking duck two ways (once with hoisin sauce and pancakes and a second time stir-fried with lettuce wraps), pillowy bao buns stuffed with lobster and a branzino in a tongue-tingling sauce are too tasty to forget.

Time Out tip: Hutong eclipses your favorite Chinese joint in quality and price but its limited-time Red Lantern menu (available Wednesday through Sunday) gives diners the opportunity to sample its most popular dishes for under $70.

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  • Thai
  • East Little Havana
  • price 2 of 4

What is it? Chef Bas’s compact restaurant in Little Havana is a delicious ode to his native Thailand. 

Why we love it: You will most definitely have to stand in line for the curries, but trust us: Every single one of them is worth it. Part of the schtick here is that you’re only allowed to order your food once, so make sure the pad see ew with beef (a stir-fry with thick rice noodles) and the khao soi gai (a golden curry) find their way to your table. You’ll want to slurp up the latter like a soup to get every last drop.

Time Out tip: Don't let the line discourage you. Put your name down and grab a beer or glass of wine from inside to enjoy on the sidewalk while you wait.

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  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Miami

What is it? This casual Upper Eastside restaurant serves up super-fresh chirashi bowls and house-made teas.

Why we love it: The authentic Japanese shop’s subtle but important details, like the hand-folded origami cranes hang on the wall. The effortless style goes wonderfully with the restaurant’s pared-down menu of simple, satisfying sushi bowls, sashimi and maki. The dishes—big on flavor and low on ego—don’t skimp on portions. Patrons choose from hearty combinations of fresh tuna, salmon, crab, rice, seaweed and more that will leave you feeling full but not sluggish.

  • Restaurants
  • Barbecue
  • Wynwood
  • price 2 of 4

What is it? This modern Asian eatery has nabbed multiple award nominations and, five years in, is still one of Wynwood’s toughest reservations to snag.

Why we love it: Executive chef Raheem Sealey elevates comfort-food classics like pork buns, Korean fried chicken and crab-fried rice into uniquely satisfying, visually arresting dishes. Try the crowd-favorite roasted cauliflower: Served over a bright Shishito herbs vinaigrette, the enormous charred head is tender but still has plenty of bite. Make sure to save room for the spot’s signature dessert: a towering slice of coconut cake, accompanied by toasted coconut shavings and a scoop of house-made coconut ice cream.

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  • Restaurants
  • Sandwich shops
  • East Little Havana
  • price 1 of 4

What is it? A modern take on a Cuban cafeteria, this Little Havana counter sells pressed sandwiches, croquetas and a handful of hearty, quick bites.

Why we love it: Sanguich infuses the proud Cubano with house-made ingredients, such as cured ham, brined pork, fresh pickles and artisanal mustard. (Hell, even the doughy bread is made to Sanguich’s strict specifications.) Obviously, the best Cubano in Miami resides here. Plus, its Cuban version of nachos—with fried plantain strips and garlic aioli sauce—is utterly out of this world.

 

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  • Pizza
  • South Beach
  • price 2 of 4

What is it? The hip Sunset Harbour outpost of one of Brooklyn’s most famous pizza joints, Lucali.

Why we love it: When it comes to pizza and bagels, Miamians defer to New Yorkers. Lucali opened here nearly seven years ago, and there hasn’t been a slow night since. The thin, wood-fired pies are the best-seller, closely followed by the lauded kale Caesar salad and the made-to-order Black Angus meatballs.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • North Beach
  • price 2 of 4

What is it? Dubbed the “Casa de Masa,” this beachfront Mexican spot is known for its signature blue masa tortillas and pared-down, street-style tacos.

Why we love it: Taquiza keeps it simple, with a high-quality base that doesn't need much to help it shine. In fact, it might shock some people that the tacos here are really only stuffed with meat—think al pastor and carne asada—and topped with a sprinkling of fresh onions and cilantro. The main attraction, though, are the totopos, a style of corn tortilla chips that originates in Mexico’s Oaxaca region. Crispy yet chewy, salty and fresh from the fryer, they pair perfectly with a side of guac and a refreshing michelada.

Time Out tip: Taquiza nearly doubled its outdoor seating recently in case you’d rather enjoy that beer cocktail in the sunshine.

  • Restaurants
  • Cuban
  • Little Gables

What is it? This family-owned Cuban restaurant in Coral Gables proffers homecooked dishes, reimagined tacos and nifty little pressed sandwiches called discos voladores.

Why we love it: It’s a true family affair over at Caja Caliente (follow their Instagram to watch all of the behind-the-scenes kitchen shenanigans) and it comes across in the restaurant’s food. The pork is just as juicy and flavorful as you’d expect to eat on Noche Buena (Cuban Christmas Eve), the yuca tender and garlicky and the mariquitas are always crispy and fresh. 

Time Out tip: The arroz con pollo weekend special sells out quickly, so be sure to order yours first thing in the morning or risk missing out on one of Miami’s best Cuban dishes.

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  • Restaurants
  • Fusion
  • Design District
  • price 4 of 4

What is it? Michael Schwartz’s Edgewater restaurant celebrates Miami’s dining scene and culture through a hyperlocal menu, comprising coastal ingredients and Latin-influenced dishes.

Why we love it: The views! For a city practically surrounded by water, Miami has few waterfront restaurants and Amara is on the top of that list. You’ll want to request a table outdoors to take in the full scope of Biscayne Bay while tucking into fresh fish dip, crudos and perfectly grilled, tender octopus.

  • Restaurants
  • Delis
  • Wynwood
  • price 2 of 4

What is it? Zak Stern’s eponymous bakery and certified-Kosher sandwich shop in Wynwood is ground zero for all things sourdough.

Why we love it: Stern’s bread is a well-known team player in sandwiches and toasts at countless other restaurants. But his own intricate breakfast sammies are in a class of their own, with ingredients like alfalfa sprouts and heirloom tomatoes. We’re also big fans of the spectacular bagel platters, classic deli-style food and the rotating vegan soup. Beyond doling out naturally leavened bread and handmade pastries, ZTB launched a popular falafel pop-up featuring sandwiches and crispy french fries. Delivery and takeout are available as is dine-in service at its newly built patio.

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Miami Beach
  • price 2 of 4

What is it? A homey, bi-level restaurant housed inside a former Art Deco home that serves globally inspired dishes made with fresh ingredients from local farms.

Why we love it: Hipster home-cooking is the thing here—familiar recipes featuring unexpected ingredients and portioned to share. The kimchi fried rice is a must at brunch or dinner while the newly added oyster mushrooms with malawach rule the appetizer game. And you can’t leave without ordering a cocktail by the famous Bar Lab team.

Time Out tip: Overwhelmed by the list of drinks? Tell your server your choice of spirit and preferred flavor profile (sweet, spicy, refreshing, etc.,) and wait for the perfect drink to arrive at your table.

  • Restaurants
  • Barbecue
  • Allapattah
  • price 2 of 4

What is it? The sprawling New York import with an expansive dining room, behemoth smoker and dinosaur-sized racks of ribs.

Why we love it: You can count on the Allapattah restaurant to serve all the ‘cue classics, like brisket and coleslaw, as well as some more unusual dishes, like pastrami bacon and a veggie yuca bowl. As for drinks, Hometown offers small-batch wines and hand-crafted cocktails to help wash down all those smoked meats.

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  • Restaurants
  • Cuban
  • West Little Havana
  • price 2 of 4

What is it? Versailles in Little Havana bills itself as Miami’s most famous Cuban restaurant—and they’re not lying.

Why we love it: This place is slammed at all hours of the day (now outdoors under a widespread tent). If you’re visiting, tick off every Cuban thing from your Miami bucket list—coffee, sandwich and pastelito. If you live here, you’re probably well acquainted with the ventanita dispensing thimbles of addictive cafecito. 

  • Restaurants
  • Cuban
  • Shenandoah / Silver Bluff
  • price 1 of 4

What is it? This 24-hour walk-up window is attached to a laundromat, but it's so much more than a place to grab a snack while you do your laundry.

Why we love it: Fuel up after a night out with a scrumptious pan con bistec—tender steak, lettuce, tomato, onions, ketchup and crispy potato sticks—or a tasty medianoche sandwich (like a Cuban but on sweet, challah-like loaf). Round-the-clock hours make it the ideal pitstop for a strong cafecito, an afternoon smoothie or a late-night Cubano.

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  • Restaurants
  • Israeli
  • Downtown
  • price 2 of 4

What is it? Sandwiched between jewelry stores in Downtown's historic Seybold Building, Motek rivals the hip cafés of Tel Aviv with its bright, inviting space and stacked menu of authentic Israeli delights.

Why we love it: From crispy falafel and juicy schnitzel to fresh salad and creamy house-made hummus, the fast-casual spot does street food with care, leaning into the spice-driven cuisine for simple, flavorful dishes you can enjoy at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our morning go-to? Motek’s shakshuka—made with just enough heat to kickstart your day.

  • Restaurants
  • Coconut Grove
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What is it? The Grove’s command central for people-watching and dog ogling has long occupied the same bustling corner.

Why we love it: There’s a small indoor dining room, though few would know it by the throngs of people who spill out onto the street waiting for a coveted table on the sidewalk. It’s a trusted breakfast and brunch spot, which is why you can get omelettes and pancakes every day well into the afternoon. Good weather days are best enjoyed here with one of Greenstreet’s signature Bloody Marys in hand and eggs and bacon on the way.

Local chefs, restaurants and concepts we love so much that we welcomed them into Time Out Market

  • Restaurants
  • Ice cream parlors
  • East Little Havana

If Azúcar was just your average ol’ scoop shop, it would still be hard to pass up thanks to its prime Calle Ocho location, but this place serves varieties that could come only from a Miami mind (which, in this case, is founder Suzy Battle). The flavors are ridiculously tasty and desserts double as an education in famous Cuban-American dishes. Azúcar’s super-popular Abuela Maria scoop features ribbons of sweet guava paste, chunks of cream cheese and crumbled Maria cookies—a classic Cuban combination.

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Coral Gables
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Bachour could probably charge admission just for folks to come in and stare at its artful pastries through the sleek display cases. Thankfully, it doesn’t. Also, unlike a museum, guests are encouraged to taste the works of art—which are as satisfying to eat as they are to look at. Don’t leave without sampling the red velvet croissant or the hypnotizing tulip confection (you can practically see your reflection in the red glaze). Other tempting options include the veggie burger topped with perfectly symmetrical slices of avocado and a tartine piled high with bright, fresh ingredients.

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  • Restaurants
  • Vietnamese
  • Little Haiti / Lemon City
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Cesar Zapata’s great Viet-Cajun experiment began as a pop-up in 2011. The response? More, please. And so Phuc Yea was born in Miami’s MiMo District, an area that has thankfully ballooned with culinary talent over recent years. Phuc Yea is no small part of that balloon. The restaurant enjoys a prime location on Biscayne Boulevard and a large, shaded courtyard awash in crimson accents and eye-catching lanterns. If the outside of Phuc Yea sings old-school glamour, the inside screams a more modern Miami attitude—with dashes of industrial chic and Asian flare with a tiki-bar aftertaste.

  • Restaurants
  • Hamburgers
  • Midtown
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Matthew Kuscher’s neighborhood burger joint is popular with people and canines alike (yep, they’ve got a special dog menu, too). Its selection of grass-fed beef burgers runs the gamut from traditional to only-in-Miami, like the famous Cuban frita burger with guava jelly. Most of what you’ll find on the menu is made from locally sourced ingredients (including the tender gator bites) and produced in-house. Brew-loving Kuscher has also made sure to stock an assortment of local beers.

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