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Restaurant reviews and recommendations: how we do it

Scouting the best restaurants in Miami is no easy feat—here’s how it’s done

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By Time Out Miami contributors |

We’ve visited every place on the Time Out EAT List in person (in the case of some of them, several times). We go incognito, and book, pay and tip like everyone else. We get treated like regular diners – sometimes we get the table by the restrooms. Some of these places are established icons of Miami’s dining scene, some are instant classics, some are future stars. We like to let places bed in, revisit them and explore the menu.

For a restaurant, café, gastropub or whatever to get on the EAT List, the food has to be amazing, that’s a given. But we’re after more than that. We’re looking for a combination of cooking, atmosphere and experience that makes a place truly memorable: somewhere you’d tell your friends about. Somewhere you can’t wait to go back to. We won’t include a place just because it’s innovative, or expensive, or hard to book: it always has to deliver flavor and value.

We rate out of five stars:

One star: avoid!
Two stars: not that great.
Three stars: good.
Four stars: really good.
Five stars: unmissable.

We also give you an idea of how expensive places are. Prices are based on two people, three courses, drinks and service.

Dollar-sign designations go as follows:

$ for meals $10 or less
$$ if you’re spending $10 to $25
$$$ for prices between $25 and $50
$$$$ when entrées set you back more than $50.

The EAT LIST is updated regularly, so you can be sure that it is always a picture of the very best of Miami’s current food scene.