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The Art of Dining

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The Art of Dining and Imbibing in Miami (Beach)

 Though there are many restaurants in Miami, Coconut Grove and Coral Gables, this list is concentrated on places on the beach.  Why?  Two reasons.  The editor lives there and many visitors stay in the various luxury hotels on the beach.  With so many excellent selections in the neighborhood, it makes venturing over the causeway a bit of an adventure – though usually quite enjoyable.

Choosing where to dine in Miami Beach is often the hardest decision to make!  There are so many amazing restaurants, ranging from casual and fun to formal and elegant.   As the city grows, the level of sophistication is rising as well… the restaurants are varied and colorful, and represent a full spectrum of international flavors, palates and styles.  Although, there are some disappointments affecting the overall dining experience, particularly when the level of service is below other “foodie” cities like New York, Paris, London and San Francisco.  Therefore, the venues included, or not included in this list, reflect the total package – where ambiance, décor, service and food all play important roles to the ultimate meal.



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STK in the Betsy Hotel.  Amazing popovers and the lobster salad is to die for.  All situated in a lovely setting, and the only recommended restaurant on Ocean Drive (with the exception of Villa, the ultimate “special occasion” restaurant).

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Crumb on Parchment in the Webster Boutique.  Chef Michelle Bernstein brings her magic to a sexy new location in the uber-chic Webster Boutique (also a location in the Design District).   

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Nespresso on Lincoln Rd.  In addition to the retail store which sells the beautifully merchandised Nespresso cuvees and equipment, they serve a complete coffee menu and very yummy lunch dishes.

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The Dutch.  Like its big brother in NYC, this restaurant feels like home.  The menu varies regularly, with interesting and often unusual combinations.  Light and bright, it is best for lunch and people-watching.

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Sunday brunch at Setai Hotel is spectacular, with the most beautiful food and limitless Tattinger champagne for $75 (plus service/tax)… in a stunning setting outdoor courtyard, or cozy inside.

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A La Folie, casual French crepe place – very charming and authentic serene ambiance situated at the west end of Espagnola Way, where you can dine outside under shady trees.

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See and be seen…

The Bazaar, SLS Hotel. Jose Andres is the second James Beard Award winning chef in town (homegrown Michelle Bernstein is the other). The newly opened hotel boasts three restaurants – with Andres’ The Bazaar shining with ultra-modern cuisine from Spanish, and “around the globe” The menu is extensive, with lots of unusual and unexpected food combinations. The other fine dining choice in the hotel is Katsuya- sleek and sexy with outstanding sushi.

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Juvia – The rooftop location at 1111 Lincoln Rd is a dreamy setting for a lovely meal. Long waits and buzzing crowd are best enjoyed if you can relax with a glass of champagne or cocktail before dinner.
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Ciccone in Soho House is open to the public in the otherwise private club. Nice scene… lovely setting, wide menu choices. The bar is a nice place to enjoy a drink before dinner as well.
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Lido Restaurant in the Standard Hotel – Lovely outside restaurant on the bay, uber-cool crowd. Bright and happy place! “Health-conscious” menu… food is fairly good, but just go for the setting, and make sure to check out the pool (one of the best in town) and spa. The co-ed hammam is quite …memorable.
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Lively and chic, Mr. Chow’s restaurant in the W Hotel – also the big bar in the back of the main floor is usually filled with cool people. 

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Chic and exclusive… sometimes you just want to feel like a super-star

Casa Tua… Italians know a thing or two about romance, chivalry, and food! Wonderful service, great international wine list (they even serve one of the best California Chardonnay’s – Kistler), delicious desserts, and a private club (sshhhh…) upstairs. Sister property is in Aspen. Always the “right crowd.”
1700 James St, Miami beach, fl 33139

The Villa, is a glimpse into the life of former Miami Beach resident Gianni Versace. His former abode was a labor of love, and a legendary scene for the fashion crowd. Probably the most famous home in the city, the restaurant is uber fancy, romantic, top tier service- and worth the price!
1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach FL

Good food, good vibe, good any time!

Yard Bird – Southern theme, authentic and always a great choice for comfort food, and delicious cocktails, with a heavy emphasis on Bourbon.
1600 Lenox Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139

Haven – Chef Todd English serves some of the most innovative and spectacular dishes. Sophisticated without being fussy… the sushi is, well, heavenly. The desserts are nirvana. The scene is loungey, late-night where hipsters hang at the bar. Beautiful videos change themes and the mood of the place on a nightly basis.
1237 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Pubbelly/Barceloneta/Macchialina – local hangouts, cozy, warm and great food. The owners have created several restaurants in South Beach, but slightly removed from the “scene” (each specializing in a different palate – from sushi to Spanish to Italian) with consistently wonderful service and yummy food.
1418 20th Street Miami Beach, FL 33139
1400 20th Street Miami Beach, FL 33139

STK in the Betsy Hotel, always delivers lovely food and great service in a beautiful setting on the beach. The adjacent bar is frequently filled with nice people as well..
1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139 hyperlink address

Sushi Samba on Lincoln Rd Mall – lively scene most days and nights, killer-sushi, creative cuisine (love the sea bass).. particularly fun vibe when the DJ’s are on premise!
600 Lincoln Road Miami Beach, FL 33139

Rosa Mexicana, of the New York group. Nice spot, good food, fresh guacamole… inside or outside, always a good choice.
1111 Lincoln Rd.Miami Beach

Joe’s Stone Crab. The institution of South Beach is celebrating 100 years in 2013. In two words: Stone. Crabs. The scene is an absolutely delicious melting pot extraordinaire.
11 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139

Sometimes you just want to eat steak

Miami Beach has a seemingly limitless number of steak houses, which is not my specialty.. but, Smith & Wollensky’s is always filled with locals, in a beautiful waterfront setting, with a lively bar scene and some tables outside on the rocks.. one of the best spots to enjoy the sunset. They have many good fish and veggie options too!
1 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139
Other steak houses that get rave reviews are Red and Prime 112.
119 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139
112 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139

Crossing the Border… venturing outside the center of Miami Beach are so many great restaurants.
These are just a few favorites- all within a $20/20 minute taxi ride

9700 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33154

J&G Grill in the St Regis Hotel
9703 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour – Miami Beach
Canyon Ranch

6801 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33141

Zuma in the Epic Hotel

270 Biscayne Boulevard Way Miami, FL 33131

1035 North Miami Avenue Miami, FL 33136

Michael’s Genuine contemporary American, organic fare by Michael Schwartz and to die for desserts




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SLS Hotel, the outside bar is a perfect place to enjoy a nice glass of wine and people watch.
1701 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139.

Delano, Ian Schrager’s iconic South Beach Hotel still has “it.”
1685 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139

W Hotel, has a nice bar in the back of the hotel, the new more casual “Dutch” and poolside tikki bar are all frequently fun and lively spots. The nicest W Hotel we have seen, with beautiful art work and soaring ceilings in the lobby.. great space!
2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Rooftop bar of the Perry (formerly Gansevoort) Hotel – a MUST! Best ocean view in Miami Beach
2377 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139 hyperlink

The Mondrian Hotel boasts one of the nicest views for sunset – sitting directly on the bay at the west side of the beach. It is so easy to relax and enjoy a festive cocktail at the “tikki bar” for a drink. Asia de Cuba, the main restaurant of the hotel, is always a good choice for dinner post-sunset cocktails too.

1100 West Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139

The Dream Hotel, rooftop pool and bar offers an intimate ambiance, and lovely city views… like its New York counterpart, this bar is truly dreamy. And quintessential South Beach chic.

1111 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139

Juvia. From the private elevator entrance whisking you to the penthouse floor atop the famous 1111 building, this lovely place sets the tone for a magical evening. Go early, or stay late, depending on your mood.

1111 Lincoln Rd.Miami Beach

Standard Hotel! Perched at the bar on the bay, you can enjoy a tranquil setting often accompanied by a festive, party atmosphere. Sunsets are sublime.
40 Island Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139

The Dutch
2201 COLLINS AVEMIAMI BEACH, FL 33139 305-938-3111
Star-studded NYC chef

J&G Grill
9703 MIAMI DRNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL 33162 305-993-3333
Jean Georges Vongerichten, emperor of a large contingent of restaurants throughout the world, has this whole restaurant thing down to a science. For his latest rendition of J&G Grill, JGV pairs the expertly executed cuisine of chef Richard Gras, who puts his own twist on Vongerichten’s global cuisine with such successes as veal chops bathed in pistachio pesto and soy glazed short ribs, in the elegant and airy dining room at the St. Regis Bal Harbour.

Like the Madonna of restaurants Joe’s needs only one name and little explanation. South Beach stone crab institution that’s always mobbed, no matter what the economy is …

A Stephen Starr restaurant in Bal Harbour Shops where what’s on the plate is more important than who’s sitting in front of it sounds almost as implausible as a half off …

Design District trailblazer featuring groundbreaking, contemporary American, organic fare by Michael Schwartz and divine desserts masking as art by pastry chef Hedy …


1035 N MIAMI AVEMIAMI, FL 33136 305-415-9911
The name and the location may be funky and offbeat, but chef/owner Micah Edelstein doesn’t give a shit what you think. What she cares about is her food–what some would …

1418 20TH STMIAMI BEACH, FL 33139(305)-532-7555
Typically, serious food fans would laugh off the notion of an Asian-inspired gastropub in Miami, but when it comes to Pubbelly, it’s no laughing matter and a serious …

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

1600 LENOX AVEMIAMI BEACH, FL 33139 305-538-5220
The Southern Belle of South Beach, Yardbird Southern Table and Bar brought comfort food to Miami when it opened in October of last year. The work of executive chef Jeff McInnis and 50 Eggs Restaurant Group Founder John Kunkel, Yardbird opened as an immediate success with everyone flocking for fried chicken and green tomatoes, washed down with a bourbon concoction.

Rainer Becker’s modern Japanese inspired by traditional, informal Izakaya-style dining may seem almost oxymoronic, but the sleek, chic crowd of culinary mafia, celebrities and scene-chasers who eat and drink here don’t care. After all it is the first Miami restaurant whose London and Hong Kong siblings made the Top 100 listing of The S.PellegrinoWorld’s Best Restaurants. 

Courtesy of Thrillist
820 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL
Phone: 305-532-7555
Status: Opening Tonight at 6 p.m.
After months of delays, the newest addition to the Pubbelly family,Macchialina Taverna Rustica, will finally make it’s long anticipated debut this evening in South Beach. Michael Pirolo, the former Scarpetta chef, matches his homey Italian cuisine with the style of the Pubbelly boys – Jose Mendin, Sergio Navarro, and Andreas Schreiner – to form the rustic Italian eatery. Located in the old Sylvano’s space on 8th and Alton, Macchialina will be open only for dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 6 p.m. to midnight and serving dinner until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturday. Reservations are accepted for parties of 8 or more.




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