The “starving artist” label doesn’t apply to the community of creatives—painters, sculptors, caricaturists, graffiti artists—who call Wynwood home. For starters, the rent is exorbitant these days. Plus, it’s downright improbable to go hungry in a neighborhood responsible for some of the city’s top restaurants (not to mention Miami’s best bars and the best Miami coffee shops). Wynwood restaurants—which account for a slew of the top new restaurants in Miami—have transformed the city’s dining scene. Within a several blocks radius you’ll find bread baked on the spot, dine on house-made sausages and knock back some very intricate cocktails involving all sorts of infusions. So if it’s your appetite rather than your artistic pursuits leading you to this hood, head to these top 10 Wynwood restaurants to quell your cravings.
Best Wynwood restaurants
In the culinary world, sleek and modern don’t always denote sparse and insipid. At GK Bistronomie, in Wynwood, the spacious dining room is punctuated with white pine tables and the kitchen is serving artfully plated, Peruvian-inspired dishes: It all translates to warm, inviting and authentic. While the indoor-outdoor bar and walls lined with various works of art serve as reminders of the burgeoning artsy neighborhood, the menu reads skilled and established. Try the Parmesan tiradito—a bold fish-and-cheese pairing that won’t disappoint—one of various types of ceviche, and any of the entrees—a sampling of dishes representative of land, air and sea.
Opened during Art Basel 2010, this neighborhood tavern fits in perfectly with its arty surroundings. Executive chef Miguel Aguilar has assembled a series of small plates that are straightforward but elegant; a collection of food on a stick includes skewered chicken with spring onion and chipotle aioli, and baby octopus with oregano purée. Mains have a pan-Latin flair, sauced and sided with piquillo pepper purée and corn salsa. Art is around every corner, too; sip on a Shepard Fairey—pisco with St Germain, simple syrup, pineapple juice and fresh mint—while gazing at the famed graffiti artist’s floor-to-ceiling mural, which features in the bar and lounge area.
A craft cocktail bar that stays open into the wee hours of the night may not bode well for serious foodies, but Beaker and Gray, Wynwood’s newest watering hole with a solid, globally inspired menu, is the exception. In part, it’s the auspicious pairing of co-owners Brian Nasajon and Ben Potts, whose years of experience as a chef and a mixologist, respectively, is reflected in dishes such as the pillowy pumpkin gnocchi with pork rib, lemon and red shiso, as well as cocktails like the Lavagave, a velvety concoction of Don Julio Blanco, Fidencio mezcal, lavender, egg white, grapefruit and vanilla bitters. More than a restaurant, Beaker and Gray is where to go in Wynwood for a dinner-and-a-drinks combo done right.
The Butcher Shop has built its reputation on being the place for big beers. If a hefty pint just won’t cut it, order the popular beer tower, which dispenses up to three liters of goodness. Fill it with any of the 24 varieties on tap—a mix of American craft beers and releases from local craft breweries, such as Wynwood Brewing Co. and Biscayne Bay Brewing. A menu of burgers, house-made sausages and just-baked pretzels make for great pairings. A large covered patio with rows of picnic tables and bistro lights give the industrial space a true beer garden feel.
What started as a small Kickstarter project is now a burgeoning cafe in Wynwood serving a variety of soups and sandwiches, plus bread fresh from the oven (a selection of which is also available for purchase at select specialty stores around town). Everything on the menu is kosher, including the popular house toasts (avocado is both on trend and on point) and the simple, albeit spectacular, chocolate chip cookies.
This is the place to go in Wynwood for freshly made guac and nontraditional tacos, like quinoa or crispy duck. Though Mexican staples like street corn (served both on and off the cob) are worth a try here, too. Be sure to check out the secret bar out back, especially during peak dinner hours, when lines wrap around the block and you need to drink to hold you over.
In Miami, at the intersection of gritty and innovative, a novel take on the classic diner is serving breakfast and craft cocktails—all day! Chef Michael Castino guides the elevated diner fare and only uses fresh and natural ingredients like premium natural beef, nitrate-free pork and all-natural chicken and eggs. For a perfect pairing, we love the country-fried steak with a Peach Pie Old Fashioned (spice peach-infused Dickel whiskey, house-made bitters, demerara sugar).
A pioneer of the Wynwood Arts District culinary scene, Joey’s boasts a vast menu of classic (and affordable) Italian dishes. But it’s the thin-crust pizza that keeps diners coming back—it was named as one of the country’s best by Food & Wine Magazine. The inventive menu includes the Dolce e Piccante (fig, gorgonzola, honey and hot peppers) and the signature Joey (tuna in olive oil with spicy salami, gorgonzola, capers and spinach). There’s live music to accompany your gorging every Thursday evening and happy hour specials on Fridays.
Owner Matt Kuscher describes his second brew-centric concept (he and his wife Priscilla also own LoKal Burger & Beer in Coconut Grove) as a great bar with equally great food. Judging by the extensive reserve list and in-house cellar used to store and age special varieties—like the Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise—the former is certainly true. Securing a table on weekends is nearly impossible, but you’ll welcome the wait since Botanica, the dimly lit adjacent bar, is reserved for customers killing time before being seated.
Chef Brad Kilgore took his previous fine-dining experience and channeled it into the delicious, refined American cuisine he and partners Javier Ramirez and Leo Monterrey are serving up at their Wynwood restaurant Alter. The modern, unassuming spot complements the progressive menu, which includes such standouts as the soft egg with sea scallop espuma, chive, truffle pearls and Gruyere, and the slow-braised brisket, served with parsley-cream corn. On weekends, the five-course, $65 tasting menu is especially popular with diners.