Downtown Miami restaurants
What is it? One of the very big reasons people see Downtown as a future food destination. Here, owner David Foulquier has borrowed all the best bits of his fine dining experience while somehow maintaining an easygoing atmosphere.
Why go? Because where else will you find amazing Persian cuisine mingling with Mediterranean flavors in such a hip place? In Miami, nowhere.
What is it? Flashy, fancy and delicious Japanese food. Make a reservation (it’s very necessary) and unleash your inner-celebrity—which means no shorts and flip-flops, pal.
Why go? Because it’s a treat-yo-self kind of night and that view of the Miami River (sit outside!) is so worth it. Brunch also comes highly recommended.
What is it? Gourmet coffee and breakfast food so good it’ll make you question every piece of French toast you’ve ever consumed. It’s tempting to label this the perfect hangover spot, but eating this food and drinking this coffee anything but alert and present is a waste.
Why go? Because the cold brew/rosemary limeade mashup is worth the hype. And you’re in the mood for fluffy French toast now aren’t you?
What is it? A fancy Mediterranean restaurant courtesy of the lauded chef Daniel Boulud. It was good enough for Manhattan’s competitive fine dining scene and it’s equally delicious in the 305.
Why go? Because Mr. Boulud could slap his last name on a port-o-potty and we’d line up to get in. Thankfully, this special occasion restaurant tastes and smells infinity times better than such a concept.
What is it? A rare healthy food concept that is less about flashy buzzwords and more about phenomenal quality. Everything is house-made, gluten-free, plant-based, organic and tastes amazing.
Why go? Because your stomach needs some positive vibes. Manna set out to provide a healthy, mindful dining alternative in Downtown and continues to be the best at that.
What is it? The closest thing to real Catalan cuisine in Miami. NIU is a hidden spot among bodegas and parking lots so—don’t worry—you’re in the right place. The narrow but cozy restaurant only has about ten tables, so reservations are encouraged.
Why go? Easy: the food. This spot plays by its own rules with shareable plates that mix tradition and an eccentric, adventurous spirit. A bottle of wine is a must. Your server will help you pick.
What is it? A family-owned trattoria that’s serving you nothing but fresh, homemade dishes. Expect live jazz and a living room ambiance.
Why go? Because it’s date night and you really need some fresh ideas. This place is effortlessly charming—and will feed you like a good Italian.
What is it? A Chinese-Japanese hybrid with a tinge of Russian that will fulfill your champagne wishes and caviar dreams. Prince Harry was apparently a fan of this restaurant’s London outpost.
Why go? Because you want to feel like an Oligarch for a night while nibbling on dishes topped with truffle and caviar. Welcome to the good life! Hope you’ve got some room on that credit card.
What is it? An old-school, super fancy Italian restaurant with a prime waterfront view. The servers wear white suits and will do their best to make your very expensive meal worth it.
Why go? The view and the food are neck-and-neck here. Both are incredible and rare in Miami. But for what you’re paying, they better be.
What is it? Greek comfort food that doesn’t skimp on portions or taste. It’s a great spot for a weekday power lunch or hearty dinner before a night out.
Why go? Really good Greek food in Miami tends to be on the pricer side of the spectrum. But here, tasty entrees rarely go above $12. Plus, it’s open until 11pm, which means: drunk gyros, baby.