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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  1. Zuma
    Photograph: Courtesy of ZumaZuma
  2. Zuma Miami
    Photograph: Courtesy Zuma

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

This upscale Japanese restaurant at the edge of Downtown offers fine-dining fare in a dressed-down, modern environment with waterfront views

Scoring a reservation at Zuma is a small victory worth working for. The London transplant’s acclaimed Japanese izakaya, an increasingly popular style of informal dining, is anything but casual (see: no shorts or beachwear allowed). The riverfront restaurant is filled—day and night—with stunning people who know they’re as much a part of the show as the orchestrated action in the spacious open kitchen. Expect a massive selection of modern Japanese bites, from sea bass sashimi with yuzu, salmon roe and truffle oil to tiger prawn tempura. Zuma also has one of the best brunches in town. It’s a baikingu (buffet) set-up, meaning you have access to a generous spread of the menu’s most talked about items. Short on time during the workday? Opt for the set lunch that aims to serve guests in less than one hour.    

Time Out tip: The weekend brunch at Zuma is the best bang for your buck: bottomless champagne, unlimited helpings from a buffet stacked with Japanese starters and sushi, your choice of entrée like spicy beef tenderloin or miso cod, and an Instagrammable dessert platter for the table is just $99.


Epic Hotel
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Cross street:
at SE 3rd Ave
Bus 11
Opening hours:
Mon–Fri noon–3pm, 6pm–midnight; Sat noon–2pm, 6pm–midnight; Sun 11:30am–2:30pm, 6–11pm
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